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Mayor targets gun violence through new Council measures

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced measures to the City Council on Wednesday aimed at curbing gun violence in Chicago.

One of those ordinances is designed to increase safety for students by creating  new “student safety zones” and hiking the penalties for serious weapon and gun-related offenses that take place in those zones.


Pritzker parking garage: Alderman OKs proposal, despite opposition

'End run' by LED sign company fails

Mayor proposes “first of its kind” cargo center at O’Hare

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the development of a cargo center at O’Hare International Airport that would store perishable items such as flowers, food, and medicine.

On Wednesday, Emanuel introduced to the City Council the measure establishing an agreement with Chicago Perishable Center, Inc. for the operation of a 27,000 square foot center just east of O’Hare’s Terminal 5. If the measure receives the Council’s approval, the center will open next year.

City Council green lights Emanuel’s revised parking meter deal

The Chicago City Council passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s renegotiated parking meter contract on Wednesday by a vote of 39-11. Several aldermen thanked the mayor for negotiating the revisions to the 75-year lease of city meters to Chicago Parking Meters LLC and for the process through which he addressed their concerns.  

“You had the guts to take it on,” Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) said to Emanuel in a floor speech.


Emanuel lays out changes to parking meters, wants steeper traffic tickets for bikers

City Council members voiced concerns on Wednesday with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed revisions of the 75-year parking meter lease between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC.

City approval of charter school ignites debate over aldermanic privilege

The rezoning of an industrial site in McKinley Park to build a charter school passed the Chicago City Council on Wednesday but not before a debate about what, if any, responsibilities aldermen have to evaluate zoning legislation outside their wards.


Aldermen want to expand authority of city inspector general

Chicago City Council members proposed amendments to the 1989 City Inspector General Ordinance intended to significantly increase the power of the inspector general, the in-house watchdog of the city’s executive branch.

City hall progressives push for online TIF database

Alderman wants Chicago to ban pavement sealants made with coal tar