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City Council

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

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.”