| Sep 9, 2014
| 10:55 AM
A joint Chicago City Council committee approved a resolution today calling on the federal government to impose more stringent restrictions on the shipments of crude oil by train than were proposed in July by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx....
| Sep 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The Chicago City Council meets today, with aldermen expected to introduce a proposal to change regulations of single-room occupancy hotels and vote on measures creating a special taxing district in Washington Park and urging the federal government to...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 9:38 AM
A company that wants to convert the former Sun-Times printing plant into a large-scale data center would get an $11.4 million property tax break under a deal a Chicago City Council committee endorsed Thursday. QTS plans to spend up to $500 million over...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Smokers may no longer be allowed to light up cigarettes as they watch bands play at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Riot Fest or North Coast music festivals in Chicago.
That’s if a push to ban smoking in the city’s nearly 600 city parks –...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 3:01 PM
Minimum wage, as I know it, is not intended to be a figure that will support families. It is supposed to be a fair wage for some entry-level positions, being paid to someone who does not as yet have advanced clerical or technical skills.
It is hoped,...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:33 AM
The Chicago City Council today approved a 911 phone line fee increase without dissent.
The fee hike will hit nearly all Chicago residents in September and October just months before the February city elections. The idea is that the 911 fee hike will help...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:43 PM
The redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels and residential hotels within Chicago will largely come to a halt until early next year, now that the Chicago City Council has passed a six-month moratorium related to those projects.
| Aug 1, 2014
You'd think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open.
A year ago Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law...
| Aug 1, 2014
Just how dumb does the Chicago City Council believe its constituents to be?
Really, really dumb.
Aldermen on Wednesday approved an ordinance that weakens their own inspector general. They hope Chicago voters will believe the baloney that the City...
| Jul 23, 2014
A Chicago developer that has been among the most active firms behind the conversion of dilapidated, very-low-income housing into market-rate apartments is teaming with the city to offer more than four dozen subsidized units to Chicagoans who make no...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:54 AM
The Chicago City Council meets today, the agenda topped by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s introduction of a plan to regulate gun sales in the city by controlling where the stores can go and requiring videotaping of sales and strict record-keeping....