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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Council Allows Gun Shops, With Restrictions

Chicago aldermen on Wednesday unanimously passed what Mayor Rahm Emanuel said is a "tough, smart and enforceable" ordinance that allows gun shops within city limits but regulates where they can exist and... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By Associated Press

City Council Honors Slain Teacher Betty Howard

City Council Honors Slain Teacher Betty Howard

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the teacher's father and other family members that she lived "a life worth living" and thanked them for sharing her with the city. They mayor gave her relatives a copy of a city... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council to Take Up Guns, Head Shops

City Council to Take Up Guns, Head Shops

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is streamed live on the website of the Chicago City Council. Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

City Council Passes New Rideshare Regulations

By the end of August, rideshare companies that operate in the city of Chicago will need to make sure their drivers have chauffeur licenses and are insured under a measure passed by aldermen Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Aldermen Add $500 Fine for "Upskirting"

Aldermen Add $500 Fine for

Ald. Ed Burke is the chair of the City Council's Finance Committee and said last week the fine was needed because "there are a lot of weirdos roaming around." Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

'Upskirting,' Gun Proposals Top City Council Agenda

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is streamed live on the website of the Chicago City Council. Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Girls Hoops Champs Cry Foul After Council Only Honors Boys

The state champion Whitney Young High School girls basketball team is feeling snubbed after their male counterparts were honored by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council last week, but their accomplis... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Council Sets New Limits on Pedicabs

City Council Sets New Limits on Pedicabs

Pedal-powered taxis can no longer exceed 200 citywide and are no longer allowed in certain areas during rush hour. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

8 a.m. Sunday Liquor Sales OK'd by City Council

8 a.m. Sunday Liquor Sales OK'd by City Council

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th) introduced the idea in January and then modified the proposal to exclude smaller stores after pushback from colleagues. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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By BJ Lutz

City Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

City Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Larger retailers will need to start complying by August 2015. Smaller stores will need to follow suit a year later. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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