| Apr 24, 2012
| 11:19 AM
The Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to lure private money for public-works projects, tossing aside concerns from some aldermen that there's not enough oversight.
Aldermen voted 41-7 to approve the Chicago...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 10:34 AM
Bicyclists soon will face the same restrictions against texting while riding in Chicago as motorists do while behind the wheel.
The City Council today passed an ordinance prohibiting bicyclists from texting while moving. They also cannot make cell...
| May 2, 2012
| 10:02 AM
New financial disclosure statements show six of the Chicago City Council's 16 new aldermen have outside jobs or own businesses.
Nine of the aldermen who were elected for the first time last year gave up other jobs, according to disclosures and...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 6:07 PM
The Chicago City Council today moved a step closer to turning part of historic Rosehill Cemetery into a public nature preserve.
The council's Housing Committee approved paying $7.7 million to buy about 21 acres at the northwest corner of the North Side...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 3:44 PM
The Chicago City Council did more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel's head tax reduction pitch on Wednesday.
Here's a roundup:
*Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd, introduced a measure that puts into place an agreement with banks on how vacant properties in foreclosure...
| Jul 20, 2012
After a four-hour hearing filled with heated questions and tearful testimony, an expanded mobile food ordinance two years in the making was approved Thursday by the Chicago City Council's License and Consumer Protection Committee.
And while some...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 4:24 PM
The Chicago City Council isn’t done tinkering with gun-control measures it hastily approved last summer after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a decades-old handgun ban.
The council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday recommended...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 5:52 PM
Leaders of the City Council’s Latino Caucus today said they expect more majority-Hispanic wards to emerge from the ward remap process that is just getting underway.
The group put forth its argument as new census data showed large drops in the...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 2:15 PM
Over the objections of community activists, a Chicago City Council committee on Monday signed off on a watered-down proposal to hold banks accountable for vacant property on which they hold mortgages.
The measure, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:26 PM
Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, an old-school ward boss who often bragged about his political dominance with a barnyard reference to his virility, was indicted Thursday on charges he pocketed campaign funds and a county stipend without paying...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:57 PM
People who illegally use disability placards to park in free or convenient spaces could have their vehicles impounded and be required to pay up to $4,000 in fines and fees under a plan the Chicago City Council approved today.
Under the measure, police...