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Austin calls report of remarks on Kirk a ‘flagrant misrepresentation’

Chicago saw less power outages, quicker response times in 2012

There were less power outages in Chicago 2012 than any other year since 1997, when the city began to review ComEd’s compliance with its franchise agreement with Chicago, according to the findings in the Annual Commonwealth Edison 2013 Summer Preparedness and 2012 Reliability Report.

Additional Wrigley night games get OK from council committee

Panel passes zoning changes for Hyde Park tower, new British School of Chicago, Malcolm X College

The city’s zoning committee on Monday approved the rezoning of 1330 East 53rd St. in Hyde Park to allow for the development of Vue 53, a 13-story mixed-use tower that is planned to contain 30,000 square feet of retail space, 267 dwelling units and 218 parking spaces.

City Council committee approves new food truck locations

Food trucks would operate from nine new areas in the city under a measure approved by the City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety on Monday. The measure would increase the number of designated food truck locations in the city to 30.

Food trucks would be able to prepare and serve food on board while parked in any of the proposed locations for up to two hours. The city already has 21 designated food truck areas, and food trucks are also allowed to park in any legal metered parking space that is at least 200 feet from a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Wrigley Field plan a ‘burden’ for Lake View, residents say

Emanuel’s parking meter changes advance to City Council

The Chicago City Council Committee on Finance on Monday voted 15-6 to approve the revised terms of the city’s 75-year parking meter lease that Mayor Rahm Emanuel renegotiated with Chicago Parking Meters LLC.  

Ald. Ed Burke seeks millions in property-tax refunds from city

Panel approves tax break for Ford dealership

A tax break that cleared a City Council committee last week would let Fox Motors move one of its Ford dealerships to the Near North Side while saving an estimated 50 percent on their Cook County property tax payments over the next 12 years.

The City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to provide the Michigan based company with Class 7(b) tax status so it can relocate its dealership from 2401 S. Michigan Ave. to 2450 N. Elston Avenue.

As vote on parking meter agreement nears, some aldermen still hope for a buyback option

Aldermen from the Committee on Finance spent another day going over the fine print of the city’s renegotiated parking meter lease agreement.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel brokered the changes to the deal between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC for the operation of Chicago’s parking meter system. Those changes affect how the city and the company collect meter data as well as when and where drivers are charged for parking.