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  • Chicago OKs app to help taxis compete with Uber, ridesharing services

    Chicago OKs app to help taxis compete with Uber, ridesharing services
    Chicago has opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs.
  • Chicago City Council OKs minimum wage hike to $13

    Chicago City Council OKs minimum wage hike to $13
    Chicago's minimum wage will bump from $8.25 to $10 on July 1, and then gradually increase to $13 in 2019, after the City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance backed by Mayor Emanuel.  "We cannot allow ourselves to not increase the wage today,...

    Emanuel taxi proposal: No fare hike, centralized dispatch

    Emanuel taxi proposal: No fare hike, centralized dispatch
    Chicago cabbies won't get a fare hike but stand to get a centralized dispatching system to help taxi companies compete with ride-sharing services under a plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled today. The idea is part of a package of cab industry reforms...

    Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism

    Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday started to sell his idea of loosening Illinois drug laws for possession of illegal substances like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, but some of those he has to convince said they're skeptical because he'll want tougher gun laws...

    City wants tighter rules on crude oil trains

    City wants tighter rules on crude oil trains
    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...