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City Council

Rules Committee Chairman Ald. Michelle Harris asks for patience

Impact of mental health clinic closings unclear after budget hearing

The head of Chicago’s Department of Public Health on Tuesday said that the city has increased the number of mental health patients it serves since the controversial closing of six mental health clinics in April 2012. However, there are fewer patients in the system today than prior to when the clinics closed. 

Bechara Choucair, commissioner of the Public Health Department, told aldermen at a City Council hearing on the mayor’s proposed 2014 budget that the city has expanded the number of mental health patients it serves from 2,369 when the clinics closed to 2,440 today.

Troubled Capitol Club in Portage Park shut down for good, alderman says

Aldermen express frustration, concern about homeless population

Aldermen registered complaints on Friday about homeless issues in their wards, and also questioned officials’ count of the city’s homeless population. The comments came on the City Council Budget Committee’s fifth day of hearings, as aldermen review Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget.

Chicagoans talk 2014 budget with Progressive Reform Caucus at town hall meeting

Ferguson claims flaws with Legislative Inspector General Office in City Council budget hearing

City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said on Wednesday that the Legislative Inspector General’s Office, charged with investigating the City Council, is often in “no-man’s land in respect to what it does.”

Aviation commissioner gets an earful about jet noise

Tribune meets with alderman about riverfront printing plant

Protected, buffered bike lanes could be installed in Uptown this year

Aldermen want Emanuel to extinguish cigarette tax hike

Several City Council members on Monday denounced Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise the city cigarette tax by 75 cents per pack. The proposal is part of the mayor’s proposed 2014 budget.