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City Council

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.

Finance committee votes “yea” for restructured garage parking tax

The City Council Committee on Finance signed off on a plan Monday that would replace the flat tax on garage and lot parking with a progressive tax system based on parking rates. The potential effects of the proposal on Chicago’s hospitality and garage industries remain in question, however.

The approved proposal would switch the city’s current tax for parking in a garage or a lot from a flat rate to a rate based on a percentage of the fee charged by the parking lot operator.

Merchants aren't rushing to back Reilly off-duty police plan

Tunney suggests parking garage part of Wrigley Field mix

Ald. Osterman talks Argyle Street at State of Uptown luncheon

Alderman not satisfied with plan for West Loop office tower

West Side SRO under fire at Council meeting

West Side Chicago residents used a City Council committee meeting on Tuesday to passionately argue for closing New Parie Hotel, a single room occupancy residence at 2847 W. Washington Blvd. that witnesses claim is a haven for prostitution and drug use.