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Alderman Skirmish Over Proposed Ward Remap

Posted 12.02.2011 | Chicago

Though Chicago aldermen set out Thursday evening to approve a ward remap that increases Hispanic representation on the City Council, they ultimately f...

Rahm Feels The Love: Budget Approved Unanimously

Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scored a major victory Wednesday afternoon as his first city budget was passed unanimously by the City Council. All 50 ...

My Yes Vote on the 2012 Budget

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.16.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

From the very beginning this budget process has been transparent, inclusive and reasonable and the mayor deserves a lot of credit for doing the majority of what he said he would during the campaign.

Emanuel's Budget Likely To Pass With Flying Colors

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said himself, the city's current fiscal situation forced him to make some "tough choices" when drafting the 2012 budget....

Emanuel Agrees To Some Budget Changes

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

After hearing feedback from aldermen and residents, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that he would make $10 million in changes to his propo...

City Council Agenda: Marijuana, Plastic Bags, Homeless Rides & More

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

It was a busy City Council meeting for Chicago aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday. The agenda included everything from talk of a plastic bag ba...

Decriminalize It... Don't Criticize It

Joe Moreno | Posted 12.28.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

The police shouldn't be wasting their time arresting and processing people who are caught with an insignificant amount of marijuana. I'd rather see them on the streets, preventing violent crime and catching bad guys.

Why I Completely Support the Occupy Movement

Joe Moreno | Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

I believe that what these people are doing is the very definition of courageous. The people camping and marching should be admired for doing something that many people are too lazy or fearful to ever even consider.

Could Chicago Ban Saggy Pants? Community Group Hopes So

Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago

A community group based in North Lawndale on Chicago's West Side hopes to amend the city's indecent exposure law to make the wearing of saggy pants il...

Sending a Message: The First Budget From Mayor Emanuel

Joe Moreno | Posted 12.12.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Mayor Emanuel's first budget will be tough pill for many people to swallow. But Chicago has been sick for a long time... It's time for us to start taking our medicine.

Texting While Biking Could Now Get You A Ticket

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance barring bicyclists from using their cell phones to text message or talk on the phone witho...

Lake Shore Drive Tolls, City Income Tax Could Be Ahead

Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Charging a $5 toll for using Lake Shore Drive and introducing a separate city income tax are just two of several ideas City Hall's watchdog has for cl...

City Council To Cyclists: No Texting While Biking

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

If Chicago cyclists want the same privilege as motorists, the City Council says they'll have to abide by the same rules: and that includes not using t...

Urban Farming Ordinance Approved By City Council

Posted 11.09.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council approved a zoning code amendment allowing for more widespread urban agriculture Thursday. As WBEZ reports, the zoning code...

Finally: Chicago Workers Offered Maternity Leave After Decades Without It

Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago

The city of Chicago has never offered maternity leave to its pregnant employees, but the Emanuel administration announced a change to that policy Wedn...

Change In Trash Collection Could Erode Classic Chicago Politics

Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

The method by which the city of Chicago collects garbage seems like the most esoteric of municipal concerns. But the debate over the possible shift to...

Two Years Later, City Allows Chicago Hot Dog Stand To Hang Their Sign

Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

The owner of Felony Franks, a prison-themed West Side hot dog stand, on Thursday installed a sign advertising his business following a two-year legal ...

Should Property Taxes Go Up To Help Fund Schools? Aldermen Debate

Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago

When Rahm Emanuel replaced Richard Daley as mayor of Chicago, and an unprecedented number of new aldermen were elected to the City Council, many predi...

Will A Stricter Curfew Help Reduce Crime?

Posted 09.27.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council approved, without debate, a more strict citywide curfew for children 12 years of age or younger Thursday. Unsupervised min...

Glitches Fixed, Emanuel's Ethics Reforms Pass City Council

Posted 09.27.2011 | Chicago

After fixing some troubling provisions in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's ethics-reform ordinance, the Chicago City Council passed the measure on Thursday, the C...

Inmates Could Be Cleaning Cages At Cook County Pound

Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

A key committee of the Chicago City Council put forth a money-saving proposal to bring non-violent offenders from Cook County Jail to clean animal cag...

City Hall Eyeing Paid Maternity Leave For Workers

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

It looks like City Hall may be emerging from the Dark Ages when it comes to offering paid maternity leave to pregnant women. Tucked away in the mem...

Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Aldermen Propose Earlier Curfew

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's youth might not be aware, but as of two years ago, they've been on curfew. No one under the age of 17 is legally allowed out of the house un...

Ed Burke Offers Up Ideas For Chicago's 175th Birthday Party Next Year

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

With only about nine months to go until Chicago's 175th birthday — March 4, 2012 — the City Council has begun conversations of how the city should...

Aldermen Want Random Drug Tests For City Employees

Posted 08.09.2011 | Chicago

In the midst of Wednesday's City Council meeting, two members, powerful 14th Ward Alderman Edward Burke and 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O'Connor, introduce...