City Council

Wed, 02/15/2012
Ahead of this spring’s NATO and G8 summits, four influential aldermen on Wednesday proposed prohibiting audience members from waving signs or engaging in any “demonstration of approval or disapproval” during City Council meetings. Under the proposal, the banned conduct in the council chambers would include — but would not be limited to — “cheering...
Wed, 01/18/2012
Despite his reputation as a hard-charging and foul-mouthed politician, it’s a 10-letter c-word –compromise – that has become a buzzword of rookie Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. After tweaking his 2012 budget to secure unanimous approval from the City Council in November, compromise was the word of the day at City Hall on Tuesday also....
Tue, 01/10/2012
Four Cook County commissioners failed to take some or all of the required 10 days off without pay in the fiscal year that ended Nov. 30, 2011, according to a preliminary report by the county comptroller’s office. All 17 Cook County Commissioners approved last year’s budget, which called for most of the county’s 23,700 employees to take five...
Tue, 01/03/2012
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward) is in danger of becoming the third incumbent ward boss to be removed from the March primary ballot. Brookins, who is running for re-election as the Democratic committeeman of the 21st Ward, may not have enough signatures to remain on the ballot after his nominating petitions were challenged and a preliminary review...
Wed, 11/30/2011
Cuts to emergency aid for Chicago’s homeless were reversed late Tuesday after the Illinois General Assembly approved a measure to restore funding for state grants for emergency and transitional housing. The budget reallocation measure prevents the proposed $4.7 million reduction of state financing, a 52 percent cut, for emergency and transitional...
Wed, 11/02/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved Wednesday to reinstate limited overnight emergency services for the homeless, which had been shut down after a state budget cut. A City Council ordinance introduced by Emanuel would earmark $200,000 to create two to three outreach teams, each consisting of two employees and a van, to transport homeless people to shelters...
Wed, 11/02/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved Wednesday to reinstate limited overnight emergency services for the homeless, which had been shut down after a state budget cut. A City Council ordinance introduced by Emanuel would earmark $200,000 to create two to three outreach teams, each consisting of two employees and a van, to transport homeless people to shelters...
Wed, 10/19/2011
As the City Council held its first hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2012 budget Wednesday, its longest-serving member questioned the plan to end water fee exemptions for non-profit institutions, one of many politically-sensitive measures in the cost-cutting budget. Emanuel’s budget, which seeks to close a projected $636 million deficit,...
Wed, 10/12/2011
As they had done so many times for Mayor Richard M. Daley, aldermen stood and applauded at the end of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget speech since he was elected to succeed Daley. And the longest-serving City Council member, Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward) predicted that a “clear majority” of aldermen would approve Emanuel’s 2012 budget proposal...
Mon, 10/03/2011
The Chicago Teachers Union’s closed-door “policy briefings” for aldermen Monday were as much about public relations as they were about school policy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s unofficial City Council floor leader, Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th Ward) said after attending one of the three sessions. For weeks, the union and Emanuel have been locked in a war...