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  • 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...
  • After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel

    After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel
    There was something missing as Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke on the Far Northwest Side in March to offer an explanation on what City Hall was doing about the roads after a winter that "left nothing but potholes and pockmarks throughout the city of Chicago."...
  • A higher minimum wage will help Chicago's neighborhoods

    A higher minimum wage will help Chicago's neighborhoods
    The discussions about the fiscal future of Chicago have forgotten the neighborhoods and the people. I believe we need to address one simple fact: Most people who worked hard and played by the rules do not have enough money to live healthy, productive...
  • Minimum wage: The fight over the Fight for $15

    Minimum wage: The fight over the Fight for $15
    Chicago aldermen have proposed gradually raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour and then later increasing it according to the cost of living. In November, Illinois voters may be asked in an advisory referendum whether they supper raising the state...
  • Chatham residents stand up for community in wake of violence

    Chatham residents stand up for community in wake of violence
    When Jahmal Cole, 30, wanted to settle down with his wife six years ago, he was looking for an African-American community with brick bungalows and manicured lawns. His real estate agent suggested either Beverly or Chatham. The Coles chose Chatham, and in...
  • Speed camera plan advances

    Speed camera plan advances
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a slight tweak to his controversial speed-camera ticketing plan Wednesday, unveiling a version with a lower fine just before a City Council committee considered the measure and recommended approval. A ticket for driving six to...
  • City Council passes new ward map, 41-8

    City Council passes new ward map, 41-8
    Less than two hours after putting the finishing touches on a new map of the city's 50 wards, the Chicago City Council  approved it over the vehement objections of some aldermen whose political futures are imperiled by the redrawn boundaries. The vote was...
  • Former Ald. Lyle appointed Cook County judge

    Former Ald. Lyle appointed Cook County judge
    The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed former Chicago Ald. Freddrenna Lyle as a Cook County Circuit Court judge to fill a vacancy. Lyle, the former 6th Ward alderman, will serve until next year’s elections determine a replacement for Judge...
  • Emanuel defends income-tax hike refund seizure

    Emanuel defends income-tax hike refund seizure
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today gave an impassioned defense of the city’s effort to intercept millions in state income tax refunds from people across Illinois who owe City Hall money. The speech came after the City Council approved the plan 41-8. “...
  • Chicago aldermen split on schools strike

    Chicago aldermen split on schools strike
    For a time Monday, visitors to aldermen's offices at City Hall office were greeted by a 7-year-old whose Mets cap was barely visible over the top of a desk. Chicago teachers were out on strike, so Roberto Maldonado II wasn’t at Drummond...
  • CTA to close Dan Ryan branch of Red Line for 5 months

    CTA to close Dan Ryan branch of Red Line for 5 months
    In deciding to close the south leg of the Red Line for five months starting next May, CTA officials bet that short, intense pain will be easier to suffer through than several years of track construction migraines. South Side aldermen – previously...