| Sep 10, 2014
| 11:10 AM
Warning that the frequent railroad trains loaded with crude oil passing through the Chicago area are a “serious risk to public safety,” the City Council is calling for tighter restrictions on the shipments than federal officials proposed in...
| Sep 7, 2014
We've often wondered if Faisal Khan knew what he was getting into when he accepted the job as Chicago's first legislative watchdog. Now we know.
"I cannot believe the third biggest metropolis in this country has operated in terms of ethics the way...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A proposal to require scores of Chicago gas stations to install pumps for newer fuels with higher levels of ethanol went nowhere today after a nearly five-hour hearing today before the City Council Finance Committee.
The measure would have required all...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:29 PM
The park surrounding Chicago’s historic Water Tower would be renamed “Jane M. Byrne Plaza” in honor of the former mayor under a proposal endorsed today by the City Council Finance Committee.
Aldermen set aside other proposed ways to...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Renaming the park next to Chicago's historic Water Tower as Jane M. Byrne Plaza in honor of the former mayor was approved today by the City Council.
Aldermen a day earlier set aside other proposed ways to honor Byrne after the former mayor's daughter,...
| 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 10, 2014
| 5:28 PM
More than two-thirds of the Chicago City Council is on board with a plan to give the city’s top watchdog the power to investigate aldermen — with at least one string attached.
Inspector General Joseph Ferguson would get the same powers he...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 10:26 AM
In something of an end run around the new state concealed carry gun law, Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, is pushing a city ordinance that would require all city businesses serving alcohol to prohibit firearms in their establishments.
State law prohibits the...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:53 PM
A decades-old requirement for Chicago gun owners to register their firearms will soon be off the books after a panel of aldermen on Monday recommended repealing it.
If the full City Council agrees as expected on Wednesday, it will be the first time in...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 12:18 PM
A Gold Coast condo building doorman was honored today for saving a woman who was attacked near his building in June.
Cornell Wrightington was presented a City Council resolution by Ald. Edward M. Burke, 14th, and Brendan Reilly, 42nd, in the lobby of the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:26 PM
A pair of Chicago aldermen introduced a resolution today opposing a proposal to name the headquarters of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Prohibition-era crime fighter Eliot Ness.
Alds. Ed Burke, 14th, and James...