| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:41 PM
Ald. Deb Mell, 33rd, announced Thursday on Twitter that she and her wife, Christin Baker, are ending their marriage.
Mell, the first openly lesbian alderman in the Chicago City Council, was a voice in the fight for same-sex marriage in Illinois when she...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:48 AM
The Chicago City Council today voted 36-10 to ban plastic bags in most stores next year, a change that backers say will improve the city's environment but opponents contend will harm the local economy.
The ban, proposed by Ald. Proco “Joe”...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Orland Park's Public Safety Committee is seeking residents' input on whether the village should regulate pet shops that sell dogs from large-scale commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills."
In a statement from the village, Trustee Pat Gira...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:09 PM
Two years after marijuana possession became a ticketable offense, arresting people with a few grams of the drug remains a bad habit for law enforcement, drug policy researchers said Monday at a Roosevelt University symposium.
Cook County has the highest...
| May 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Just imagine if the Chicago City Council had gone after guns and street gangs with the same intensity as they did with plastic bags.
There is a possibility that city would have undergone a metamorphosis. As a result, streets would be safer.
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:25 PM
A key Chicago City Council committee today endorsed paying more than $6.6 million to settle two lawsuits, one for a man who spent more than three years behind bars after police allegedly fabricated his murder confession and another for a now-disabled...
| May 22, 2014
| 11:04 PM
Orland Park trustees put a decision on prohibiting the sale of pets from commercial breeders on hold, saying they want additional time to consider their options.
"I don't see any point in rushing this because we want to get it right," Trustee Pat Gira...
| May 23, 2014
| 12:55 PM
A Chicago City Council committee took steps Friday to curtail the taking of videos beneath a woman’s skirt without her consent — even though state law has long addressed the issue.
Alds. Ed Burke, 14th, and Latasha Thomas, 17th, said their...
| May 28, 2014
| 11:11 AM
The Chicago City Council today voted to make shooting videos beneath a woman’s skirt an ordinance violation carrying a fine of up to $500.
Sponsoring Ald. Ed Burke noted that state law has an identical offense with a harsher punishment, but...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:15 AM
The Humane Society has backed away from a proposal supported by Gov. Pat Quinn to prohibit pet stores across the state from selling dogs from breeders, instead amending the plan to try to make sure only "reputable breeders" provide the animals to the...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I support laws in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and over 40 other communities around America that prohibit sales of dogs and cats (and sometimes rabbits, too) in pet stores. The presumption is that most of the animals sold at pet shops come from puppy...