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Local businesses are granted awards for business upgrades

The Back of the Yards College Prep’s gymnasium looked more like a convention center room than a high school gym as more than 30 businesses lined up behind presentation tables giving out food samples and information about their services.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded 51 businesses with more than $5 million in grants through the Retail […]

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Alderman Approve Parking Meter Changes

Despite backlash from some Chicago aldermen, the City Council voted to approve changes to the city’s parking meter deal on Wednesday, June 5. After a lengthy debate the council voted 39-11 in favor of the changes despite opponents concerns that the new deal would give the private company Chicago Parking Meters LLC more money. The […]

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Grid Garbage System to Roll Out in Chicago’s Southwest Side

The grid garbage collection system will soon be implemented in the city’s Southwest Side. Beginning Dec. 10, approximately 56,000 households in wards 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 and 23 will transition from a ward-based collection system to a grid-based system that follows main streets and natural boundaries. In a press conference today, […]

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Chicago’s New Ban on Synthetic Marijuana is Now Law

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Alderman Edward M. Burke recently held a news conference announcing that Chicago’s new law banning the sale of “synthetic marijuana” has gone into effect. The measure, sponsored by Aldermen Burke (14th), Matt O’Shea (19th), Will Burns (4th), Harry Osterman (48th), Joann Thompson (16th) and others, bans products that have eluded […]