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Committee on License and Consumer Protection

Aldermen empower police superintendent to close problem nightclubs and bars

City Council License Committee takes action to deter illegal towing practices

The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection passed an ordinance on Wednesday intended to deter towing companies from illegally relocating vehicles parked on private property.

The ordinance requires towing companies to take at least one picture of unauthorized vehicles parked on private property prior to towing those vehicles. Towing companies would have to make those photographs available to vehicle owners. The photographs will have to clearly show the date and the time, the entire vehicle, the location and the license plate. 

Aldermen crack down on stolen cell phones

Watered-down BYOB crackdown advances with restaurants exempt

Chicago head shops face strict new reporting requirements

Aldermen crack down on fliers attached to garage doors

City Council committee approves Emanuel ride-share ordinance

The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's newly amended ride-share ordinance Thursday, marking the first city effort to police popular car service companies like Uber and Lyft.

Only Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd) and John Arena (45th) voted against the ordinance. Arena said after the meeting that he took umbrage to Emanuel and Alderman Emma Mitts (37th), chair of the License Committee, continually changing the legislation.

Alcohol sales ban proposed for Jefferson Park business district

Council panel advances valet crackdown, some Sunday morning booze sales

Downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly’s proposed crackdown on rogue valet companies cleared the City Council License and Consumer Protection Committee Wednesday.

Reilly (42nd) explained that his measure “does not place new requirements upon the valet industry” but “simply strengthens some of the penalties for violating the most egregious rules.”

These include a provision that valet companies caught operating without a license will be banned from operating for a year, and fined between $2,000 and $5,000.

City Council passes anti-puppy mill ordinance

The City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday with a 49-1 vote that would ban the sale of puppy mill-bred animals in Chicago pet stores, with Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) opposing the measure.