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  • Chicago Police Department not at full strength, top cop says

     Chicago Police Department not at full strength, top cop says
    The ranks of the Chicago Police Department are well below full strength, even as the rate of hiring has increased in recent years, according to testimony Thursday before the City Council. The department now has 587 vacancies, with plans to hire only...
  • Aldermen question speed cameras

    Aldermen question speed cameras
    Aldermen on Wednesday raised questions about the speed camera ticketing system rolled out this year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking whether it is the best way to slow traffic and whether it is following state law. Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, raised the...
  • Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle

    Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle
    Chicago’s arts and festivals chief on Wednesday defended last summer’s money-losing Taste of Chicago festival along with the first-time Great Chicago Fire Festival that culminated in a flame-out that disappointed tens of thousands of...
  • Emanuel allies block elected school board question from city ballot

    Emanuel allies block elected school board question from city ballot
    A City Council committee on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to putting three referendum questions on the ballot for the late February city election, a move that would block aldermen who want to ask voters if they support an elected school board from...
  • Friends of the Parks rolls against Lucas museum site

     Friends of the Parks rolls against Lucas museum site
    Cassandra Francis' goal is to convince anyone who will listen that the proposed site of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is not a done deal. The group Francis leads, Friends of the Parks, is organizing a petition drive and letter-writing campaign...
  • Paid Sunday parking may return in some Chicago neighborhoods

    Paid Sunday parking may return in some Chicago neighborhoods
    Folks who have become accustomed in recent months to not feeding the meters on Sundays in a host of North and Northwest Side shopping districts could get a bit of an unpleasant surprise next month. In response to requests from five aldermen, Mayor...
  • Activists, business still at odds on minimum wage

    Activists, business still at odds on minimum wage
    A city task force’s recent recommendation to raise the minimum wage satisfied neither activists who wanted a higher number nor business interests who wanted no raise at all. Mayor Emanuel’s minimum wage working group this week announced a...
  • Chicago aldermen reduce oversight of their campaign fundraising

    Chicago aldermen reduce oversight of their campaign fundraising
    The City Council today voted to give the job of campaign finance oversight of aldermen to a city agency that doesn’t want it, a move that the council’s watchdog said will be viewed as “a cynical ploy” to avoid scrutiny.  ...
  • Aldermen want red light camera hearing at City Council

    Aldermen want red light camera hearing at City Council
    Nineteen Chicago aldermen supported a resolution today calling for a City Council hearing into the city’s troubled red-light camera program following a Chicago Tribune investigation that found thousands of drivers were ticketed for $100 fines they...
  • Silence of the City Hall lambs

    We wish we hadn't lent our trusty Accusplit Pro to a sports writer now bivouacked in darkest Sochi. With stopwatch in hand, we could have measured to the teeny-weeny fraction the number of seconds it took Chicago aldermen Wednesday to authorize huge new ...
  • Details of billboard deal raise questions

    Details of billboard deal raise questions
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's no-bid deal for new expressway billboards guarantees the city far less than half the $700 million the private vendor expects to make and essentially requires Chicago to repay all the upfront cash the mayor touted as a key selling...