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City Council

Night games re-emerge as Wrigley sticking point, alderman says

Ald. Brookins calls campaigning on state time charge against Stanley Moore a 'minor infraction'

Mayor proposes closing tax loophole benefitting property investors

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed an ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that closes a property tax loophole, a move he says could save the city about $2 million in tax revenue over the next two years.

The measure amends the city’s Real Property Transfer Tax ordinance to clarify that only lenders such as banks or credit unions – not investors – that are selling or transferring properties foreclosed upon are exempt from paying a property transfer tax.

Year-round city stickers, tougher penalties for gambling, drinking and urinating on the public way receive Council approval

Chicago city stickers will be sold year-round beginning in 2014 under a measure passed Wednesday by the City Council.

The plan, championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza, will transition the city’s current seasonal registration schedule to one in which drivers can purchase a new sticker in any given month. Drivers currently only have a window of a few weeks in May and June to buy a vehicle sticker.

Mendoza said Chicago residents currently purchase about 1.3 million stickers each year during the one-month registration period.

Ald. Brendan Reilly breaks with mayor over city’s parking tax

Revamp of jumbled North Side intersection moves forward

The Chicago Community Development Commission on Tuesday approved a plan from the city’s Department of Transportation to revamp the chaotic intersection at Fullerton, Damen, and Elston avenues on the near North Side.

Ideas for free water for nonprofits percolate among aldermen

City wants nearby residents hired for construction projects

An ordinance requiring city contractors to hire “project area” residents for construction projects was passed by the  City Council budget committee today, but ambiguity exists regarding how exactly “area resident” will be defined under the measure.

Fioretti calls for diversion of TIF funds to CPS, criticizes mayor for school closings

Ald. Robert Fioretti took to the stage at a City Club of Chicago luncheon Monday to voice both his support for proposed state legislation that would redirect tax-increment-financing dollars to Chicago’s public schools and his frustrations with the mayoral administration’s handling of school closings and other CPS-related matters.

Terms for enterprise zones extended by Committee on Finance

The lifespan of some of the city's "enterprise zones" would be extended under legislation approved Monday by the City Council Committee on Finance.

Mandated by the state, enterprise zones are special areas that offer a number of tax exemptions and credits to businesses — many from the manufacturing sector — that are located within the zones’ boundaries. There are currently 95 enterprise zones in Illinois, six of which are located in Chicago.