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Committee on Finance

Guns not on menu if Ald. Burke has his way

While repeating that “booze and bullets do not mix,” Alderman Ed Burke (14th) successfully pushed through the Chicago City Council Finance Committee on Friday an ordinance that would ban guns at restaurants and most other establishments that serve alcohol.

City’s top lawyer: No end in sight to Burge torture lawsuits

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee approved on Friday two settlements totaling $12.3 million with plaintiffs who say they were tortured by former police commander Jon Burge.

If the full City Council approves the settlements on Wednesday, that will bring the total amount the city has paid out in cases where Burge is a defendant to $85 million, according to Friday’s committee testimony from Stephen Patton, the city’s corporation counsel. A federal court convicted Burge in 2010 of lying under oath about systemic torture committed under his command.

Opponents of coal tar sealant ban address Council committee

Members of the City Council’s finance committee on Friday heard from opponents of an ordinance that would ban in Chicago the use of coal tar sealants, a key product used to coat driveways and parking lots. The measure was introduced by finance committee Chairman Ed Burke (14th) and Alderman Will Burns (4th).

Coal tar sealants have been banned in Minnesota, Washington, Austin, Tex., South Barrington, and in some counties in Maryland, New York and Wisconsin.

Finance committee reviews measure to hike littering penalty

Aldermen on Monday discussed, but did not vote on, an ordinance to increase the fines for littering in Chicago.

The measure, put forth by Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), would raise the minimum penalty for littering from $50 to $150.  Under the proposal, the maximum penalty would increase from $200 to $1,500.

Council committee considers ban on potentially toxic driveway sealer

The Chicago City Council Committee on Finance held a hearing on Friday pertaining to an ordinance to ban coal tar sealants, which are used on parking lots and driveways. According to a recent series of studies, the sealants contain high levels of known carcinogens.

The committee adjourned without calling a vote on the ordinance sponsored by Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the finance committee chairman, and Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns said that the committee will be “having a couple of substantive hearings” before taking a vote on the measure.

Emanuel’s parking meter changes advance to City Council

The Chicago City Council Committee on Finance on Monday voted 15-6 to approve the revised terms of the city’s 75-year parking meter lease that Mayor Rahm Emanuel renegotiated with Chicago Parking Meters LLC.  

As vote on parking meter agreement nears, some aldermen still hope for a buyback option

Aldermen from the Committee on Finance spent another day going over the fine print of the city’s renegotiated parking meter lease agreement.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel brokered the changes to the deal between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC for the operation of Chicago’s parking meter system. Those changes affect how the city and the company collect meter data as well as when and where drivers are charged for parking.

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City to aldermen: we’re coming out slightly ahead in parking meter agreement

Taxpayers will save a few dollars through agreements in the renegotiated parking meter deal, Chicago officials told the City Council Committee on Finance on Tuesday.

If it receives City Council approval, the renegotiated deal would alter some aspects of the city’s 2009 agreement with Chicago Parking Meters LLC for the operation of Chicago’s parking meter system.

Aldermen scour new parking meter agreement

Members of the City Council Committee on Finance took their time on Friday as they scrutinized the renegotiated lease of the city’s parking meters.

The proposed revisions to the agreement between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the firm that operates Chicago’s parking meter system, includes a provision that would make most of the city’s parking free on Sundays. In exchange, the meter hours in some downtown areas would be extended to midnight.