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Tribune reportersThe state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. In a 2-1 decision that is a major...
Tags: Chicago City Hall, Laws, Safety of Citizens, Pat Quinn, Lawyers
Tribune reporterA majority of Chicago aldermen have signed on to a proposal to once again provide free city water to many nonprofit organizations across the city. The proposal, sponsored by Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, and Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st, would restore free...
A yearlong dispute about water fees between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and dozens of the city's religious leaders reached a climax this week. With congregations suddenly threatening to close their doors to free public programs if the city continues to charge them...
Clout StreetMayor Rahm Emanuel says the teachers strike is "not necessary" because the two sides were close. "I believe this is avoidable because this is a strike of choice," Emanuel said at a hastily called news conference at the Harold Washington Library Sunday...
Tribune reporterThe Chicago City Council overwhelmingly voted today to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal passed 44-3, allowing Chicago police to issue pot-possession tickets starting Aug. 4. The move makes...
Clout StPosted by John Byrne at 9:10 p.m. Ald. Daniel Solis, an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was selected today to be chairman of the City Council's Hispanic Caucus. Solis, 25th, who also is chairman of the council's powerful Zoning Committee,......
Tribune reporterA City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed-camera plan has been postponed as aldermen try to figure out how constituents will react to them supporting the controversial proposal. Ald. Margaret Laurino, 39th, called off the Monday meeting of the...
Clout StreetAldermen today asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel for information to back up his contention that speed cameras near schools and parks are about saving lives, rather than swelling city coffers. The demand for data came as Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein...
Clout StreetChicago voters might not have to weigh in on a new City Council ward map this year after a national expert on Monday blessed a compromise plan put forth by dueling groups of aldermen. But council members plan to press forward with more public hearings...
Clout StreetLatino 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...
Tags: Richard F. Mell, Government, Laws, Pat Quinn, Susana Mendoza
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