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City Council

$203M Wilson Red Line rehab kicking off this winter despite early delays

Aviation Committee starts and stops leases at city’s airports

The city’s Committee on Aviation on Friday approved the termination of a lease agreement with Delta Airlines for a cargo site at O'Hare Airport.

Delta’s lease of the cargo building was originally set to expire in May 2018, but the airline sought an early exit from the agreement because of the company’s merger with Northwest Airlines, first announced in 2008. Cargo operations for Delta have since relocated to a larger facility at O’Hare, according to Chicago Department of Aviation General Counsel Jonathan Leach. The lease had been in place since June 1973.

City contract payments for minority- and woman-owned businesses climb in 2013

The amount of money the City of Chicago paid to Minority- and Women-Business Enterprises rose by 11 percent over the last year, according to testimony from the city’s chief procurement officer at Friday’s City Council Budget Committee meeting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office also announced Friday that from January to September of this year the city paid out $504 million for contract work -– 37 percent of which went to M/WBE firms. That figure exceeded the city’s goal of 30 percent spending on these companies for the year.

Aldermen have less to give up with proposed independent budget office

Ald. Reilly wants crackdown on ‘crappy’ valet parking companies

Aldermen push for more business inspectors, change in liquor laws

Chicago aldermen on Thursday called on the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to hire more business inspectors and to work weekends to deal with rogue businesses.

CDOT chief leaves open possibility of bike registration

Echoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s previous comments, Gabe Klein, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, voiced skepticism on Wednesday about Alderman Pat Dowell’s (3rd) idea to make cyclists register their bikes. But Klein also left open the possibility of a $25-a-bike registration fee that Dowell argued could help the city generate revenue.

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