| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Environmentalists came to City Hall on Tuesday to support a proposal to ban plastic bags at Chicago stores, a move retailers say will hurt businesses unless they charge shoppers up to 10 cents for each paper bag that's used instead.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration should take more action to combat Chicago's food deserts and focus less on issuing news releases touting progress on the issue, aldermen said Wednesday.
That advice came in response to a Tribune story that showed...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 6:44 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to pump $13 million more into city coffers next year by raising amusement taxes on cable TV services and boosting zoning permit fees for large construction projects, City Hall officials say.
The increases are part of a series of...
| 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 23, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Many Chicago shoppers would have to change the way they tote groceries, clothing and other items from store to home under a plan to ban the plastic bags that have become a ubiquitous feature of modern life.
The idea is to dramatically lower the number...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Seven years after a plastic bag ban was first proposed for Chicago stores, aldermen said Tuesday it's time to end the debate.
“Our environment has waited too long” for a ban on the bags that litter streets, clog sewer drains and end up in...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 7:18 PM
A group of aldermen said Monday they will ask City Hall's top watchdog to investigate Chicago's beleaguered red light camera program following a Tribune investigation that revealed a series of suspicious ticket spikes around the city that tagged thousands...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 11:30 PM
A former employee of Ald. George Cardenas, 12th, alleged in a lawsuit Thursday that the politician is under federal investigation and that Cardenas fired her a day after she spoke with FBI agents about his office.
Cardenas, an alderman since 2003 who...