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  • A new dynamic for Chicago's City Council?

    A new dynamic for Chicago's City Council?
    Less than two hours after the polls closed on Tuesday, it was clear that Rahm Emanuel had won Chicago's first mayoral runoff election. Quick, now: Who won the City Council? A cursory nose count shows a lopsided majority comprised of aldermen who have...
  • Welcome to Runoff City

    Welcome to Runoff City
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will have plenty of company as they prep for an April 7 showdown. Roughly one-third of Chicago's wards are headed for City Council runoffs — more than the city saw in 2011. That magic number of...
  • Snow-covered streets still a deep concern for some in Chicago

     Snow-covered streets still a deep concern for some in Chicago
    As the city Department of Streets and Sanitation started moving snow piles to vacant lots and city property on Wednesday, some Chicago residents were still wondering when they would see the pavement of their streets. Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman...
  • CTA budget hearing tonight: Fight over CTA No. 11 Lincoln bus

    CTA budget hearing tonight: Fight over CTA No. 11 Lincoln bus
    After years of contentious budget hearings about proposed service cuts, increases in the prices of unlimited ride passes and the rocky transition to the Ventra fare payment system, the looming public hearing for the CTA’s 2015 budget should be...
  • Chicago City Council approves Emanuel budget 46-4

    Chicago City Council approves Emanuel budget 46-4
    The Chicago City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 budget, a $7.3 billion spending plan that includes some tax increases but puts off dealing with the city’s most vexing financial woes until after next...
  • Most aldermen accept 2015 raise

    Most aldermen accept 2015 raise
    While Chicago aldermen press to boost the wages of the city's lowest-paid workers as they enter campaign season, half of those seeking another term on the City Council also have seen fit to accept their own pay increase. In all, 28 of the city's 50...
  • Aldermen pass SRO preservation law

     Aldermen pass SRO preservation law
    Owners of single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago will not be able to so easily evict residents and convert their properties to market-rate apartments, under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council. By a vote of 47-2, aldermen...
  • Aldermen seek O'Hare express train to Union Station, McCormick Place

    Aldermen seek O'Hare express train to Union Station, McCormick Place
    Five aldermen well-versed in Chicago's transportation issues on Wednesday called for yet another study to examine the feasibility and cost of launching high-quality airport express train service for O'Hare International Airport, Union Station and...
  • Potential remakes of residential hotels pose concerns

    Potential remakes of residential hotels pose concerns
    They're called single-room-occupancy hotels or residential hotels, and the frequently dilapidated structures are often the housing of last resort for those down on their luck, a step away from homelessness or a shelter. The buildings also are a slowly...
  • CTA president: No plans to restore Lincoln Avenue bus cut

    CTA president: No plans to restore Lincoln Avenue bus cut
    CTA president Forrest Claypool said Wednesday the agency has no plans to restore a controversial 2012 cut of Lincoln Avenue bus service despite a North Side alderman's push to have service reinstated. "We have no plans to change our previous crowding...
  • Zoning Board OKs Cubs' remote parking lot

    Zoning Board OKs Cubs' remote parking lot
    The Chicago Cubs on Friday won city permission to keep operating a remote parking lot in the increasingly upscale North Center neighborhood, despite opposition from the local aldermen and residents about its impact on their area. But the Zoning Board of...