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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Aldermen urge mayor's office to keep tabs on transportation companies

    Aldermen urge mayor's office to keep tabs on transportation companies
    Aldermen on Friday pressed the head of Chicago's Business Affairs office to make sure the ride-share companies that compete with taxi cabs honor new city regulations, but questioned whether there are enough inspectors on the payroll to keep sufficient...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Emanuel allies fill ballot with referendum questions

    Emanuel allies fill ballot with referendum questions
    The City Council Finance Committee today recommended placing three citywide questions on the March primary ballot in a move that will block a long-sought attempt by foes of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ask voters if they want an elected school board. If the...
  • First Emanuel infrastructure trust project approved after delays

    First Emanuel infrastructure trust project approved after delays
    Following a series of fits and starts, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval Wednesday for his first Chicago Infrastructure Trust project, but only after the work was scaled back again due to lack of interest from investors. The trust’s initial...