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Aldermanic menu money provisionally approved for urban farm

Aldermen and the Chicago Department of Law admitted confusion on Wednesday about how City Council members may use funds from the aldermanic menu program.

Council committee holds hearing on proposed plastic bag ban

Supporters and opponents of a proposal to ban city retailers from providing plastic bags offered extensive testimony measure during a Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection meeting Tuesday, but there will likely be some changes to the ordinance before the committee votes on the measure.

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Theater group holds on to Uptown community center for now

The fate of a former Jane Addams Hull House Association community center in the Uptown neighborhood remains uncertain due to conflicts between members of the Pegasus Players theater company, which currently leases the property, and new building owner Dave Gasman, president of DLG Management

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.

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City Council green lights Emanuel’s revised parking meter deal

The Chicago City Council passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s renegotiated parking meter contract on Wednesday by a vote of 39-11. Several aldermen thanked the mayor for negotiating the revisions to the 75-year lease of city meters to Chicago Parking Meters LLC and for the process through which he addressed their concerns.  

“You had the guts to take it on,” Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) said to Emanuel in a floor speech.

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