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City Council

Council approves Ald. Burke’s restaurant gun ban, city prepares for legal battle

Responding to Illinois’ landmark concealed carry law, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday that restricts the carry of concealed firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.


Chicago broadband public-private partnership advances to City Council

A Chicago City Council committee agreed on Tuesday to let a private company install broadband cables for the city following last-minute assurances from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office concerning the public-private partnership. 

Federal money clears path for new Bloomingdale Trail

The City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations passed an ordinance on Tuesday that lets the City of Chicago spend $12.3 million in newly-received outside money, including a $10.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the redevelopment of the Bloomingdale Trail.

Alderman slams Jefferson Park speed cameras, says Rahm broke promise

City Council committee slows down high-speed broadband plan

Citing a lack of needed information, a Chicago City Council committee postponed approving on Monday a plan for a private company to install for the city about seven miles of fiber optic cable for high-speed broadband Internet service.

Aldermanic panel: Bike riders on Sheridan sidewalks pay $200 fine

Chicago aldermen recommend repealing city gun registry

Guns not on menu if Ald. Burke has his way

While repeating that “booze and bullets do not mix,” Alderman Ed Burke (14th) successfully pushed through the Chicago City Council Finance Committee on Friday an ordinance that would ban guns at restaurants and most other establishments that serve alcohol.

Ald. Hairston to seek alternative school for South Shore

City’s top lawyer: No end in sight to Burge torture lawsuits

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee approved on Friday two settlements totaling $12.3 million with plaintiffs who say they were tortured by former police commander Jon Burge.

If the full City Council approves the settlements on Wednesday, that will bring the total amount the city has paid out in cases where Burge is a defendant to $85 million, according to Friday’s committee testimony from Stephen Patton, the city’s corporation counsel. A federal court convicted Burge in 2010 of lying under oath about systemic torture committed under his command.