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City Council

Fulton River District high-rise project unveiled

Council passes mayor’s gun control measures

The City Council on Wednesday during a special meeting unanimously passed gun control ordinances introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

One of the ordinances strengthens the city’s assault weapons ban and establishes new possession penalties of 20-90 days in jail and a $1,000-$5,000 fine. The measure was introduced in the wake of gun-related legislation enacted by the state last week that gave Chicago and other cities 10 days to update their assault weapons bans.

Ald. Reilly blasts proposal to require sprinklers in old high-rises

Measures strengthening assault weapons ban, hiking fines for gun possession near schools advance to City Council

A Chicago City Council committee passed by voice vote on Tuesday two gun control measures introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel despite several aldermen’s contentions that the proposed penalty for possessing an assault weapon is too lax. A National Rifle Association lobbyist, meanwhile, testified that ordinances would be vulnerable to legal challenges.

The applications are in for Chicago's 33rd ward seat

Exclusive: Ald. Dick Mell secretly owned share of Joliet landfill that sparked feud with Blagojevich, lawsuit claims

Deb Mell files to fill father Dick Mell's old City Council seat

Aldermen hold hearing on preventing human trafficking

The City Council Committees on Human Relations and Public Safety held a joint hearing on Wednesday to address concerns about the rising incidence of human trafficking in Chicago and to call attention to measures designed to prevent the practice.

Current law concerning human trafficking defines the victims as children involved in sex trade, adults age 18 or above who are forced or deceived into commercial sex acts and anyone forced into any form of labor or services.

Influential alderman embraces allowing 18-year-olds to take Chicago Police exam

Rep. Mell wants father’s seat on Chicago City Council