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Emanuel Wants to Raise Fees for Horse-Drawn Carriages




    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trotting out a new plan at the city council meeting Wednesday.

    Emanuel is proposing an ordinance that will update the regulations and licensing processes for the city's horse-drawn carriage industry.

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    The ordinance will include amendments to regulations such as the temperatures at which horses can be out.

    Currently, the temperatures are measured based on conditions at O’Hare Airport, but the new regulations would measure from Northerly Island, since most carriages operate in the downtown area.

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    The ordinance will also increase the fees to obtain a license, so that it covers the costs incurred by the department and the chauffeurs will face similar regulation to cab drivers.

    The regulations have not been significantly updated since the 1980s, according to the mayor’s office.