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City Council

Ald. Ed Burke seeks millions in property-tax refunds from city

Panel approves tax break for Ford dealership

A tax break that cleared a City Council committee last week would let Fox Motors move one of its Ford dealerships to the Near North Side while saving an estimated 50 percent on their Cook County property tax payments over the next 12 years.

The City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to provide the Michigan based company with Class 7(b) tax status so it can relocate its dealership from 2401 S. Michigan Ave. to 2450 N. Elston Avenue.

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.

CountyCare enrollment on target, but questions remain

The state legislature this Tuesday moved to expand Medicaid eligibility in Illinois, effective Jan. 1, 2014, under the landmark federal Affordable Care Act.

Cook County has already initiated 55,000 applications to its CountyCare program for patients newly eligible for Medicaid as a result of federal health care reform. A waiver the county received from the federal government last October allowed the health system to begin enrolling patients in the CountyCare pilot program before the ACA takes effect in January.

Revised bed bug ordinance moves to City Council

A joint City Council committee endorsed on Thursday a revised version of an ordinance to comprehensively regulate bed bug extermination procedures.

The measure passed unanimously after less than a minute of discussion, even though the joint Committee on Housing & Real Estate and Health & Environmental Protection tabled a similar ordinance one month earlier. At the earlier meeting, aldermen said that some landlords could be unfairly burdened by the new pest control management and extermination requirements.

Ordinance protecting tenants of foreclosed buildings receives committee approval

An ordinance requiring banks to pay relocation fees to residents they evicted from foreclosed properties was approved by the city’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate on Thursday.

Sponsored by Ald. Dick Mell (33rd), the “Keep Chicago Renting" ordinance requires banks and individual buyers who take possession of property through foreclosure to pay evicted tenants $10,600 to cover relocation expenses.

Measure allowing for new firefighter test moves forward

Steps are being taken to comply with the terms of a settlement that will give 138 former female firefighter applicants the option to reapply for a job with the Chicago Fire Department.

The City Council Committee on Workforce Development and Audit approved an ordinance Wednesday that would permit the city’s fire commissioner to enter into agreements with outside agencies to provide training and testing for “prospective members” of the fire department. Existing law grants the commissioner authority to contract with entities for the provision of services for current members only.

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.

Tunney calls Cubs plaza a 'mouse trap,' could hurt small business

Cost to build affordable housing in Chicago on the rise

The cost of building affordable housing units in Chicago is on the rise, while at the same time there is less public money to finance those projects, according to the city’s Department of Housing and Economic Development.

The findings were disclosed at a meeting on Tuesday of the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate, where DHED released the city’s first quarter affordable housing progress report.