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City Council

Alderman meets with bond experts on buying back parking meters

Proposed pedicab ordinance draws criticism

2 dozen aldermen back mayor’s parking meter plan — not enough to seal the deal

Emanuel lays out changes to parking meters, wants steeper traffic tickets for bikers

City Council members voiced concerns on Wednesday with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed revisions of the 75-year parking meter lease between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC.

City approval of charter school ignites debate over aldermanic privilege

The rezoning of an industrial site in McKinley Park to build a charter school passed the Chicago City Council on Wednesday but not before a debate about what, if any, responsibilities aldermen have to evaluate zoning legislation outside their wards.


Ald. Roberto Maldonado accuses cop of racism after he gets ticket

Aldermen offer support for gay athletes

One week after Jason Collins became the first active player in a major U.S. men’s professional sports league to come out, a City Council committee advanced a resolution stating each male sports league must support gay athletes and enact sanctions against homophobic actions.

Ald. James Capplemen (46th), a resolution co-sponsor who is also one of two openly gay aldermen, called gay men in team sports the “last group” of people that routinely experience overt prejudice due to their sexuality.

City to pay $325,000 to hemophiliac beaten by cop, falsely charged with DUI

TIF accountability ordinance tabled

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), the sponsor of an ordinance to increase online information about the Chicago Tax Increment Finance program, vowed on Monday that the measure would pass and that Council members are working with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on amendments that yet further TIF reporting requirements.

Chicago program to reward reports of fly dumping advances

A measure creating a two-year pilot program under which people who report fly dumping would be eligible for a $100 reward passed through the City Council Finance Committee Monday.