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  • City population loss, race issue make council remap tricky

    Veteran Ald. Richard Mell laid out the basics of redrawing the lines of Chicago’s 50 wards on Wednesday, saying this go-around will be the most challenging in recent memory. Two of the biggest challenges involve race: The city’s African-...
  • Emanuel police cuts push draws criticism

    Emanuel police cuts push draws criticism
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for ways to slash tens of millions of dollars from the Chicago Police Department and already is running into heavy criticism from police union leaders who question whether it's all "a stunt." Making those kind of major...
  • Black, Latino aldermen press Quinn to sign casino bill

    Black, Latino aldermen press Quinn to sign casino bill
    Latino and African American aldermen today prodded Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation that would allow Chicago to get a casino. The City Council members said a casino would help create badly needed jobs for the city’s minorities because it would...
  • African-American aldermen propose new Chicago ward map

    African-American aldermen propose new Chicago ward map
    A unified group of African-American aldermen made their opening offer Monday in Chicago’s redistricting debate: one less majority black ward and two more majority Latino wards. The deal was politically easy for the City Council’s Black Caucus...
  • Chicago ticketing cars with old city stickers?

    Chicago ticketing cars with old city stickers?
    As a transplant to Chicago, Bonnie King thought the city’s annual vehicle stickers were “novel.” So each year, she left the old city sticker on her car when she attached a new one. Last week, the 32-year-oldAlbany Park resident was...
  • Aldermen decry proposed library cuts, offer few solutions

    Aldermen decry proposed library cuts, offer few solutions
    Citing the library’s importance to education and community gathering, Chicago aldermen on Friday spent three hours voicing their opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to cut library staff and hours, though few had suggestions on how to...
  • City wants crackdown on disabled-parking abuse

    City wants crackdown on disabled-parking abuse
    City Hall next year plans to crack down on drivers who fraudulently use disabled-parking placards to park free at meters and in more convenient spots elsewhere, officials said today. Karen Tamley, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People...
  • Latino aldermen want more Chicago City Council seats

    Latino aldermen want more Chicago City Council seats
    Leaders of the City Council’s Latino Caucus today said they expect more majority-Hispanic wards to emerge from the ward remap process that is just getting underway. The group put forth its argument as new census data showed large drops in the...
  • Aldermen back Emanuel push for Chicago casino

    Aldermen back Emanuel push for Chicago casino
    The City Council today backed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to get Gov. Pat Quinn to sign off on a major gambling expansion that would bring a casino to Chicago. One after another stood up to say a casino would bring new jobs and generate $20 million a month...
  • City Council hears about homeless cuts; librarians protest at mayor's office

    City Council hears about homeless cuts; librarians protest at mayor's office
    Homeless people seeking overnight help in finding shelter are on their own when it comes to transportation, after Chicago cut the 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. outreach crews that once hit the streets during those hours, a top city official said today. Family and...
  • City Council schedules ward remap hearings

    City Council schedules ward remap hearings
    A City Council committee that will remap the city’s 50 wards on Tuesday recommended an initial round of public hearings that would start Wednesday without any formal public notice and no proposed map to review. Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, chairman...