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Emanuel’s budget sails through City Council

The City Council on Tuesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed $6.98 billion budget for 2014 by a vote of 45-5. The vote followed a low-key discussion on the council floor, with aldermen mostly praising the mayor and his budget team.

In remarks to the council, Emanuel on Tuesday said, “The budget does reflect the consensus about a strategy three years running.” Emanuel’s previous two budgets passed by margins of 50-0 and 46-3.


City moves to let Cubs sell beer in Wrigley Field plaza

Alderman upset about felony wait period for horse-drawn carriage license

New regulations on horse-drawn carriages trotted through a City Council committee Monday, but not before Alderman Walter Burnett (27th) slammed language that imposes a five-year waiting period before any convicted felon may operate a carriage.

“We have to give these people the opportunity to redeem themselves,” Burnett said of convicted felons. “Who wants to ride a horse in the freezing cold? If a guy who made a mistake can’t get that job, then we might as well put a gun in his hand and tell him to go out and rob people.”

Emanuel, alderman strike last minute deal on cigarette tax

The City Council Finance Committee on Monday agreed to decrease Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed cigarette tax increase from $0.75 per pack to $0.50 per pack. The move comes one day before aldermen vote on Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget.

Under the budget amendment put forward by Emanuel’s office, the city makes up for the decrease in projected cigarette tax revenue by raising the fine for cars obstructing fire hydrants. Under Emanuel’s original budget proposal, such a fine increased from $100 to $110. With the revision, the penalty for a motorist obstructing a hydrant would be $150.

City committee ratifies contract with police sergeants

Senn High principal, alderman oppose new Edgewater charter school

Red-light camera at Hollywood Avenue to remain after alderman's protest

Aldermen: Contain or ban oil refining waste plaguing Southeast Side residents

Wind-damaged steeple removed from church, cross saved

Kenwood residents kill Pritzker's plans to buy Frank Lloyd Wright houses