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Prisoner's Dilemma: Should a Chicago Alderman Relish His Opposition to Felony Franks?

Marilia Duffles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marilia Duffles

Leave it to a Wall Street Journal story this week about a Chicago alderman's opposition to Jimmy Andrews' Felony Franks -- a hot dog joint that hires ...

Aldermen Use Stealth Fund To Hire Friends, Family, Shady Characters

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As City Hall struggles to pay for basic services, a stealth budget account worth millions has allowed Chicago aldermen to put family members, campaign...

Anti-Abortion Activists Required To Keep Distance From Clinics, People Under New Ordinance

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council today voted 27-11 to pass an ordinance creating a so-called bubble zone requiring anti-abortion activists to keep their dista...

Daley Property Tax 'Gimmick' Clears Finance Committee

Chicago Sun-Times | KARA SPAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's proposal to tap $35 million of Chicago's parking meter reserve funds to provide modest property tax relief for some city homeowners pass...

Daley Will Sign Abortion Protest Buffer Zone Law

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a political about-face, Mayor Daley said Friday he would sign legislation creating a protective zone around Chicago hospitals and clinics to keep p...

Budget Approved By City Council Will Drain $270M From Parking Meter Fund

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A windfall from the sale of Chicago parking meters that was supposed to last for 75 years would be nearly exhausted in just one year to stave off tax ...

Aldermen Threaten To Reject Big Pay Raises For Cops

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If an independent arbitrator awards double-digit pay hikes to Chicago Police officers, there's a good chance the City Council will reject it, some ald...

Aldermen Call Daley Tax Relief Plan A Gimmick

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley was hoping for a quick approval of the plan, but obviously that's not going to happen....

Council Approves Fines For Barking Dogs

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Owners of loudmouth dogs that keep their Chicago neighbors awake at night could pay through the nose if they don't find a way to muzzle their pets....

Police Board Overhaul Ahead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The city council is expected to vote on a reform ordinance that would force the board to explain its decisions in writing - namely, its perplexing un...

City Council Panel Approves Mandatory Jail Time For Gun Law Violators

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A City Council committee today approved an ordinance to require at least a few days behind bars for anyone convicted of illegally carrying a gun under...

Aldermen Spend $73,280 Taxypayer-Funded Expense Accounts On Cars, Friends And Family

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen have used their newly expanded, taxpayer-funded expense accounts to hire relatives, lease expensive vehicles and pay for downtown par...

What Happened To The Independent Aldermen?

NBC Chicago | Steve Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

t seemed like the City Council might be growing a pair in the wake of Mayor Daley's parking meter mess and his exposed Olympic financial guarantees. ...

Alderman's Retirement Party Cum Personal Fundraiser Canceled

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A retirement party for powerful Ald. William J.P. Banks (36th) has been canceled, just days after the Tribune reported that invitees were asked to mak...

Alderman's Retirement Party Turned Into Personal Fundraiser

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The heir apparent to powerful Ald. William J.P. Banks (36th) is throwing a $200-a-ticket retirement party for the outgoing City Council zoning boss an...

Should City Set Contract Quotas For Gay-Owned Businesses?

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's first openly gay alderman today re-opened the volatile debate about whether City Hall should establish contract set-asides for businesses ow...

Roberto Maldonado Named 26th Ward Alderman As Daley Bucks Former Alderman

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley today appointed Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado to replace Billy Ocasio as 26th Ward alderman....

Chicago's Green Food Resolution Advances

Wesley Epplin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Wesley Epplin

Chicago is even closer to beating out the likes of New York and San Francisco in officially resolving to help both the the planet and their citizens by encouraging more sustainable, healthier food options.

Alderman Drops Anti-Gay Minister As Successor Pick, Wants Wife Instead

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Ald. Billy Ocasio said today he wants his wife to succeed him as 26th Ward alderman, and he has withdrawn his recommendation of a controversial...

Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus, Ald. Ocasio's Hand-Picked Successor, Blasted For Anti-Gay Views

Chicago Tribune | Oscar Avila | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[I]n a complicated blending of morality and politics, the pastor's possible appointment has drawn protests from gay activists who object to other rhet...

Indicted Developer Calvin Boender Took Care Of Aldermen

Chicago Sun-Times | TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Three years ago, City Hall approved giving $5.3 million in taxpayer funding to a labor organization so it could buy land from a client of Ald. Edward ...

City Council Holding Parking Meter Deal Hearings

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Aldermen who rushed to approve Mayor Richard Daley's controversial lease of the city's parking meter system today will hold a hearing to examine the d...

Alderman Burke Helped Clients Get City Zoning Changes For Business Deals

Chicago Sun-Times | CHRIS FUSCO, TIM NOVAK AND FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Edward M. Burke wrote a letter in his official capacity that helped a client of his law firm win City Council approval to develop a blighted stre...

Help! I'm Being Nibbled to Death by Ducks

Dan Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Rosenthal

Our esteemed legislators in Springfield are getting their ducks in a row this week and when they're done, we'll be in for a nibbling like we never imagined.

Olympics Leaders Hold Closed-Door Briefings With Aldermen Following Uproar

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, the Chicago 2016 Olympics committee leaders balked at the idea of publicly briefing the City Council about a wrinkle that could put taxpaye...