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Aldermen, have your heads stopped spinning over all the details in that McCormick Place/Navy Pier megadeal announced Thursday? If so, we have some questions for you. No, not about that megadeal. About the last megadeal. The one on revising the parking...
Clout StreetPardoned former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley told aldermen today he wants the right to own a handgun, even though he once had felony convictions on his record. Bradley, who in recent decades has set up shop as a self-professed “...
Clout StreetThe Chicago City Council today easily approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $6.5 billion budget for next year.As aldermen met, the only debate was over the mayor’s expected margin of victory. Last year, the City Council voted 50-0 to approve Emanuel's...
Clout StreetThe City Council today approved paying more than $12 million to settle two wrongful arrest lawsuits stemming from the Chicago Police Department’s handling of a 2003 anti-Iraq War march. In one settlement, the city will pay a total of $11 million...
In observance of Flag Day on Thursday, Ald. James Balcer, 11th, will show his respect for the American flag by burning thousands of them in a massive public disposal ceremony. The South Side alderman has organized the event for five years as a way for...
Clout StreetA majority of Chicago aldermen have signed on to an ordinance that would allow police to write tickets instead of make arrests for small amounts of marijuana possession, a strong indicator the measure will pass when the City Council votes on it next week....
Clout StreetMayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial speed-camera ordinance that would ding violators with tickets of up to $100 won Chicago City Council approval today. The 33-14 vote came after the mayor made changes to the camera plan in an effort to build...
Tags: Voting, Politics, Ray Suarez, Fines, Rahm Emanuel
Clout StreetIllinois residents who owe money to Chicago City Hall could find a hold placed on their state income tax refunds under a measure endorsed today by the City Council Budget Committee. The city hopes to collect between $8 million and $20 million in unpaid...
Tags: Personal Income, Fines, Chicago City Hall, Chicago, Punishment
Clout StreetPeople breaking into abandoned buildings in Chicago would face stiffer fines under a proposal headed to the City Council. Aldermen and Fire Department officials have sought ways to give more teeth to city ordinances governing abandoned buildings, which...
Tags: Fines, Punishment
Chicago could become the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads if the City Council approves an ordinance introduced Wednesday. Ald. James Balcer, 11th, and George Cardenas, 12th, introduced the ordinance in response to a series of...
Tags: Consumers, Parenting, Lisa Madigan, Maryland, George A. Cardenas
Despite objections from the industry, Chicago on Thursday became the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to concern that the popular products pose a suffocation risk to babies. The City Council approved the ordinance in...
Tribune reportersChicago could become the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads if the City Council approves an ordinance introduced today. Ald. James Balcer, 11th, and George Cardenas, 12th, introduced the ordinance in response to a series of...
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