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Rahm Stands by Giving CPS Grads Leg Up on Police, Fire Hiring

Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not back down from an initiative he says rewards Chicago Public Schools students.

Downtown »

Increase in Phone 911 Surcharge Will Fix Pension Mess, Rahm Says

"We avoided an increase in the property tax," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Downtown »

Rahm Defends Efforts to Welcome 'Child Migrants' to City

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cited the experience of his own grandfather, who fled European violence as a teen.

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$13 Minimum Wage Proposed by Rahm, Aldermen

But critics said it doesn't go far enough and "leaves out huge swaths of the workforce."

West Loop »

West Loop Businesses Pan Landmarking Plan: 'This Isn't Communist China'

Many longtime business owners said Tuesday they don’t support the city's landmarking proposal. 

Downtown »

Aldermen Pass Law Allowing BYOB Bans, but Restaurants Exempt

Aldermen now can stop customers from bringing liquor to some businesses.

Downtown »

Synthetic Marijuana Sales Ban Strengthened as City Council Closes Loophole

Prohibiting businesses from possessing the substance will make it easier to charge them, the city said.

Downtown »

Graffiti Crackdown Approved by Council, Fines For Taggers More Than Doubled

The City Council hiked the fine for vandalism from $750 to a range from $1,500 to $2,500.

Downtown »

Former Mayor Jane Byrne Honored by Council With Renamed Water Tower Plaza

The City Council voted to name the park around the Water Tower "Jane M. Byrne Plaza."

Avondale »

Ald. Colon Cancels 'Celebrity Bartending' Appearance After DUI Arrest

Colon canceled plans to “celebrity bartend” at an Avondale fundraiser after he was charged with a DUI.

Uptown »

With SRO Plan on Council Agenda, Advocates Unsure How Cappleman Will Vote

The North Side alderman spoke out against SROs recently, after initially pledging to help preserve them.

Englewood »

Englewood Group to Represent Chicago at 2014 UN Conference

Tameka Lawson and Shango Johnson will serve as delegates at the UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

Downtown »

Why Chicago's Divvy Trails New York's Citi Bike-Sharing Program

New York's bike-sharing program has four times as many members as Chicago's, and they took more trips.

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