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City To Crack Down on Valets

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In an effort to weed out "abusive fly-by-night" valet parking companies, City Hall would require valet firms to buy more insurance and more leased par...

City Parking Officially Privatized: Aldermen Approve Meter Deal

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

Chicago aldermen "afraid" to increase parking meter rates for the last 20 years on Thursday gave a private contractor carte blanche to raise them sky-...

Parking Meter Vote: Aldermen Given Copies Of Ordinance Just Minutes Before Vote

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Wednesday's meeting of the City Council's Committee on Finance had a single item on the agenda: consideration of an ordinance that would give a privat...

Parking Meters To Be Fed Sundays And Holidays Under Privatization Plan

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

Mayor Daley's $1.15 billion plan to privatize Chicago's 36,000 parking meters -- and sharply increase the rates motorists pay to feed them -- got ligh...

Backyard Chicken Coops Gaining Popularity

NBC 5 | Steve Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A year ago, the Chicago City Council contemplated banning backyard chicken coops. "For that small, but apparently growing segment of Chicago homeowne...

Budget Cuts Hurt Police Department

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council is scheduled to vote on the 2009 budget later today. The proposal cuts seventeen million dollars from the police department's...

City Council Voting On Daley's Budget

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council is scheduled to vote today on Mayor Richard Daley's 2009 budget proposal, which is designed to address what he called the wor...

Alderman Tries To Cut Inspector General Out Of City Budget

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

Ald. Bernard Stone (50th) struck out Monday in his attempt to write Inspector General David Hoffman out of the city budget in retaliation for an absen...

Will The City Clerk's Office Be Eliminated?

FOX Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's last two city clerks have gone to prison, turning the office into an easy target for those who want to abolish it. Now a commission appoint...

Daley Rebukes Anti-War Alderman

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

Ald. Ed Smith (28th) on Wednesday used a City Council resolution honoring the memory of an Illinois National Guardsman who died in Afghanistan to dema...

Taxpayers To Foot $7M Bill For Downtown Project

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Taxpayers will pick up $7 million in costs for the creation of a new downtown public plaza at Randolph and Franklin Streets, part of an office project...

Daley's Budget Approved After Council Rebellion Quelled

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

Mayor Daley's tough times 2009 budget -- precariously balanced with 929 layoffs, slow police hiring and $52.5 million worth of taxes, fines and fees -...

Ice Cream Trucks Banned In City Ward

Chicago Reader | Mike Sula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Well, thanks to Alderman Killjoy, the kiddies of Ashburn, Auburn-Gresham, and Chicago Lawn will just have to hoof it into Englewood or suburban Burban...

Daley Proposes $12 Million For Block 37

Chicago Sun-Times | David Roeder and Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Downtown's Block 37 project, already one of the most tax-subsidized developments in city history, is in line for more money. Mayor Daley proposed Wed...

President Obama: Chicago Aldermen Come Knocking

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After the appropriate nod to the history made by Barack Obama's presidential election, Chicago aldermen quickly got to the bottom-line, City Hall styl...

Aldermen Riled Up Over City Garbage Cuts, Daley's Budget

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

City Council griping about Chicago's financial woes reached its loudest volume Thursday as Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi testifi...

Cell Phone Fines Can Be Paid Out Of Court

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

Chicago motorists caught yakking on cell phones while driving -- and committing no other violation -- will soon be able to hang onto their driver's li...

Aldermen Easy On Top Cop Despite High Crime Rate

Chicago Tribune | Angela Rozas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis presented the City Council today with a budget that will cut 200 civilian jobs and reorganize top brass, and faced ques...

Free Public Transit Rides For Low-Income Disabled

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 10/24 "Misunderstandings on how to apply for a free rides program for disabled riders has resulted in a number of applications being rejected,...

City Council Takes Issue With Daley's Budget

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

Mayor Daley's plan to slow police hiring, shrink the size of city garbage crews and lay off 929 employees by cutting basic housekeeping services came ...

What Does Green Mean?

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley and his top aides--and by extension most aldermen--are big on the idea of making Chicago the greenest city in the country. In fact, some s...

Why Property Taxes Rise Even As Home Values Plunge

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A few hours after my property tax bill arrived in the mail last week, I took the dog for a walk and bumped into a neighbor. "My taxes went up again," ...

Chicago Bans Texting While Driving

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

Motorists who send text messages or surf the Internet while driving would face stiff fines -- ranging from $75 to $200 -- under a crackdown advanced b...

City Helping Divorcing Homeowners

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a rare case of aldermen defying Mayor Richard Daley, a City Council panel voted today to approve an ordinance that would prevent the city from coll...

City Council Approves Midway Airport Deal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE The City Council approved the 99-year, $2.5 Billion lease of Midway Airport 49-0 Wednesday. Aldermen are already divvying up the expected $1 ...