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Brendan Reilly
Chicago council member targets sidewalk cafe 'encroachment'

A Chicago City Council member says some downtown sidewalk cafes are encroaching too far into pedestrian territory. Alderman Brendan Reilly has introduced an ordinance that would allow the city to issue temporary shutdown orders to restaurants that rack up three or more violation notices. The measure would also allow fines of up to $500 a day. The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) that Reilly says some restaurants "are taking tremendous liberties — extending their cafes the length of a block well beyond their footprint." He says that creates a hazard for pedestrians, who sometimes have to step off the curb and into the street to make their way around...