| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A political fund backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assembled a scorecard for would-be Chicago City Council candidates to gauge their views on key issues such as property taxes, public schools and the minimum wage.
The six-question form was sent via email...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed legislation that would have established statewide regulations on ride-sharing services that compete with taxis, saying he didn’t want to put in place a “one-size-fits-all approach” on an...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 6:34 PM
Four years after Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wouldn't seek another term, the door has opened for his nephew to try for a Chicago City Council seat from the family's ancestral home in Bridgeport.
Patrick Daley Thompson made it known Tuesday that...
| 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 14, 2014
| 3:19 AM
Almost 11 months after an ordinance took effect to protect tenants in foreclosed, repossessed rental buildings within Chicago, no enforcement tickets have been issued or fines assessed against building owners.
One reason is that some of the banks taking...
| Aug 11, 2014
In the past 30 years, 32 Chicago aldermen have gone to jail. Clearly there's a desperate need for oversight. When I agreed to police the City Council in 2011 as legislative inspector general I made it clear that I was not going to be a lap dog, despite...
| Jul 31, 2014
Friday's print column 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....