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Chicago Wal-Mart: Aldermen Delay Showdown After Unions Request More Time | Deric Bownds' MindBlog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The City Council's Zoning Committee put off a vote today on Wal-Mart's planned Chicago expansion, acting at the behest of labor leaders who want more ...

Chicago Wal-Mart: Unions Ask Aldermen To Delay Vote After Meeting | WV Cycling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Union leaders urged their City Council allies on Tuesday to put off today's showdown vote on Wal-Mart's planned Chicago expansion after their unpreced...

A Reluctant Vote for Walmart -- A Report From the Chicago City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

I voted for the zoning change to allow for the Walmart because I wanted to honor the hard work of labor and community organizations. I cast my vote with great trepidation, however.

Chicago Wal-Mart Approved By City Council

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved the construction of a Wal-Mart super-center on the city's South Side, ending a six-year stalemate. Loca...

Is Walmart The Only Retailer Interested In Pullman? Maybe Not.

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The fight over a proposed new development in Pullman on the far south side has so far been focused on whether it should include a new Walmart store, a...

Wal-Mart Will Talk With Organized Labor About Community Benefits

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Wal-Mart has agreed to hold an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with organized labor in a last-ditch attempt to break the stalemate that has stalled...

Chicago Wal-Mart: Daley Wants Up-Or-Down Vote

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley today called for a vote by the full City Council on a contentious plan for a Wal-Mart on the Far South Side, regardless of whether...

Ike Carothers Sentenced To 28 Months For Taking Bribes

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers (29th) was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison today, four months after pleading guilty plea to taking tens of ...

Chicago Wal-Mart: Unions Reach Deal, Passage Expected

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At a press conference this morning, the Chicago Federation of Labor announced its support for a Wal-Mart superstore on the South Side, after reaching ...

Watchdog or Puppy Dog? A Report From the Chicago City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

With the help of some of my colleagues I was able to delay a vote on a misguided piece of legislation -- the establishment of a "Legislative Inspector General," the proposed "watchdog" of the City Council.

Chicago Wal-Mart: Aldermen To Discuss 'Living Wage' Rule On Big Boxes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Plan Commission has approved plans for the new Wal-Mart. While the Plan Commission is an adviso...

City Council Approves Inspector General; Reformers Say Measure Doesn't Go Nearly Far Enough

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen agreed today to hire an independent inspector general to investigate the City Council, although the job is saddled with restrictions ...

Chicago Aldermen Compare Arizona Immigration Law To Nazi Germany, Vietnam War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Arizona's controversial new(ish) immigration law has prompted protests, boycotts and even copycat bills throughout the country. And this week during a...

Chicago Recycling: Aldermen Take No Action On Expanding Blue Cart Program

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's stalled recycling program was the subject of much hand-wringing and no action at a City Council committee meeting Monday. Ald. Tom Allen pu...

Where Are Chicago's Food Trucks?

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Claire Bidwell Smith

Chicago's tough laws state that for a food truck to be in operation no cooking, cutting or food prep of any kind can take place on board.

Power to the People

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

As an alderman, I have embarked on an new alternative to the old style of decision-making. I'm letting the residents of the 49th Ward decide how to spend my entire discretionary capital budget of more than $1.3 million.

Chicago Wal-Mart Vote Delayed Again

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The fate of a new Chicago Wal-Mart is still hanging in the balance, as the City Council's Zoning Committee once again postponed a vote on the project....

Street Cleaning Starts Tomorrow...Mayor Daley's Way

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was a good try, but no...quorum. A vote shy of the number needed to call a special session of the city council, the Mayor's compromise will move...

Street Sweeping Rebellion Brewing In City Council

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Normally Mayor Daley always gets his way. But, perhaps not this time. Last Tuesday, just eight days from the traditional April 1st start of the ...

Alderman Restricts Massages To Fight 'Sex Parlors'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Hairdressers, nail salons and health clubs would have a tougher time offering massage services in Chicago, under a zoning change advanced last week to...

Stroger Vetoes Limits On Pay Raises

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger wielded his veto stamp this week on a measure he believes is another effort to erode his power. The measure ...

Students Protest 'Sickening' School Lunches: Pizza, Nachos NOT What Some Kids Want

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When school officials defend serving a daily menu of nachos, pizza, burgers and fries, they often say they're just giving students what they want. ...

City Officials Call On Bankers To Testify About Foreclosure Mess

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Ray Suarez (31st Ward) and State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) called a joint meeting in Chicago on Monday to pressure the banks to do a better ...

Mayor Daley Appoints Rep. Deborah Graham, Proco Moreno To City Council

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley made two appointments to vacant City Council seats today, naming a state lawmaker for the 29th Ward and a businessman for the 1st ...

Toothless Tigers and Missing Blue Carts: A Report From the Chicago City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

Under its new measure, the City Council would appoint its own inspector general. Who can blame the public for rightly asking how can you trust the fox to guard the hen house?