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City Council

Ald. Roberto Maldonado accuses cop of racism after he gets ticket

Aldermen offer support for gay athletes

One week after Jason Collins became the first active player in a major U.S. men’s professional sports league to come out, a City Council committee advanced a resolution stating each male sports league must support gay athletes and enact sanctions against homophobic actions.

Ald. James Capplemen (46th), a resolution co-sponsor who is also one of two openly gay aldermen, called gay men in team sports the “last group” of people that routinely experience overt prejudice due to their sexuality.

City to pay $325,000 to hemophiliac beaten by cop, falsely charged with DUI

TIF accountability ordinance tabled

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), the sponsor of an ordinance to increase online information about the Chicago Tax Increment Finance program, vowed on Monday that the measure would pass and that Council members are working with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on amendments that yet further TIF reporting requirements.

Chicago program to reward reports of fly dumping advances

A measure creating a two-year pilot program under which people who report fly dumping would be eligible for a $100 reward passed through the City Council Finance Committee Monday.

Ald. Reilly wants to ditch swap of free Sunday parking for midnight meters

Tunney: Ricketts made ‘mistake’ threatening to move Cubs

Horse drawn carriage weather regulation gallops through committee

A measure to protect horses that drive carriages from extreme weather passed a City Council committee on Thursday amid concerns from carriage drivers.

Measure to keep tenants in foreclosed buildings stalls in committee

An effort to prevent tenants residing in foreclosed buildings from being evicted stalled Wednesday in the City Council’s housing committee.

Called the “Keep Chicago Renting” Ordinance, the measure was first introduced last year and has undergone several changes. Aldermen passed the ordinance but housing committee chairman Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) said it would be held in committee until its June 5 meeting to give opponents of the proposal more time to air out their grievances.

Mayor’s floor leader blasts Catholic Church over water squabble