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Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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By Ngozi Agomo

City Council Committee Approves Chicago Food Trucks Ordinance

City Council Committee Approves Chicago Food Trucks Ordinance

The Chicago City Council committee approved the new Chicago Food Trucks ordinance Thursday. Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

City Goes After Problem Businesses

Administration focusing on liquor and convenience stores which inspectors contend cater to criminal activity. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Cook-On-Site Food Trucks Might Roll

Cook-On-Site Food Trucks Might Roll

Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Tom Tunney and Alderman Joe Moreno are introducing an ordinance Wednesday that would allow food truck operators to cook food on-site rather than prepare and pre-package it in an off-site... Read »

Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Emanuel: New Apps to Hold City Accountable

Emanuel: New Apps to Hold City Accountable

Chicagoans may find requesting and tracking city services a little easier to do, directly from their smart phones. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Groupon to Offer Discounted 3-Day CTA Passes

The Chicago Transit Authority joined forces with Groupon this summer to offer discounted three-day passes, a potential win for all involved. The CTA's first-ever partnership with a daily deals site means an... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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By David Wolinsky
      

Mayor Seeks to Slash Biz Licenses

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed on Tuesday a consolidation effort that would reduce the number of business licenses in the city from 117 to 49, which means less red tape, less bureaucracy, and less headaches... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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By Lisa Balde

October Dates Set for Chicago Ideas Week

October Dates Set for Chicago Ideas Week

AOL co-founder Steve Case, TIME Magazine Rick Stengel and Felicity Aston, the first woman to ski across Antarctica alone are among confirmed speakers at Chicago Ideas Week 2012. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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By Allison Preston

Women-, Minority-Owned Biz Certification Streamlined

Women-, Minority-Owned Biz Certification Streamlined

Women- and minority-owned businesses will have less bureaucracy to deal with under a "reciprocal certification" program unveiled Tuesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Chicago Aims for Tourists

Chicago wants to drop its "Second City" moniker in favor of projecting something a little more ... confident. In what's being pegged as the city's "first true branding effort," locally based firms were hired to... Read »

Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

O'Hare Begins Non-Stop Flights to Cuba

O'Hare Begins Non-Stop Flights to Cuba

Charter will fly to Havana every Friday. Read »

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