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Committee on Human Relations

City Hall looking at IDs to help immigrants, homeless, transgendered

Chicago City Council to fire words at Russia

Aldermen seek more attention on veteran suicides

Aldermen hold hearing on preventing human trafficking

The City Council Committees on Human Relations and Public Safety held a joint hearing on Wednesday to address concerns about the rising incidence of human trafficking in Chicago and to call attention to measures designed to prevent the practice.

Current law concerning human trafficking defines the victims as children involved in sex trade, adults age 18 or above who are forced or deceived into commercial sex acts and anyone forced into any form of labor or services.

Aldermen urge Tribune Co. to sell Chicago Tribune locally

The City Council Committee on Human Relations approved a resolution Tuesday calling for the Chicago Tribune to be sold to local buyers.

Recent reports have suggested that the Tribune Co.’s owners — senior creditors Oaktree Capital Management; Angelo, Gordon & Co.; and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — are considering selling its eight daily newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune Co. declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and emerged free of its debt on Dec. 31, 2012.

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.