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Ald. Burke proposes horse-drawn carriage ban, but motive is unclear

Alderman Ed Burke (14th) introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would entirely ban the horse-drawn carriage industry in Chicago, but it is not clear if Burke will push for the ban, or if the alderman merely wants to spark a debate.

A news release issued by Burke on Wednesday stated, “It is my goal, at a minimum, to begin that discussion” as to “whether horse-drawn carriages should operate at all in Chicago.”


City Council approves Emanuel's $1.9 billion bond sale

The City Council voted 43-4 on Wednesday to approve a $900 million bond sale proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though some had expressed concerns about the city’s overall debt picture and a lack of specifics on how Emanuel plans to use the money. Also by a 43-4 vote, with the same four aldermen voting "no," the council approved the sale of $1 billion in bonds to pay for improvements at Midway Airport.  


Mayor introduces land development measures to City Council

Emanuel pushes public health ordinances to curb youth smoking

Emanuel’s budget sails through City Council

The City Council on Tuesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed $6.98 billion budget for 2014 by a vote of 45-5. The vote followed a low-key discussion on the council floor, with aldermen mostly praising the mayor and his budget team.

In remarks to the council, Emanuel on Tuesday said, “The budget does reflect the consensus about a strategy three years running.” Emanuel’s previous two budgets passed by margins of 50-0 and 46-3.


Bill Daley's now defunct campaign: Had D.C. fundraiser planned this week, others on his lt. gov. list

Former employee lashes out at Ald. Joe Moore on ethics: 'Joe's lying'

New law makes it twice as hard to run for alderman

Emanuel shakes up Council committee chairmanships

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday named Alderman Michelle Harris (8th) as the new chairman of the City Council Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics in the wake of the retirement of Dick Mell, former alderman of the 33rd Ward who previously served as that committee’s chairman.

Council members hope to bring TIF cash to CPS despite Emanuel opposition

Members of the Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus will move forward with an ordinance to direct surplus Tax Increment Finance money to Chicago Public Schools despite the stated opposition of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.