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Activists fear possible privatization of city’s mental health services

Mental health activists and a group of aldermen are asking City Council for a hearing to discuss the future of six Chicago mental health clinics. The request comes more than a year after the city closed half of its mental health facilities as part of a budget-cutting plan in 2012. Members of the Mental Health […]

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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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Chicago Teachers Union Wants to Launch Voter Campaign to Oust Mayor, Stop School Closings

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is going after elected officials who want to close schools. At a press conference on Monday, April 15 she said the union is planning to launch a citywide voter registration campaign to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials who were part of the decisions involving the closing […]

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Mayor Emanuel Announces 2013 City Budget Proposal, No New Taxes or Fees

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his proposal for the city’s 2013 budget to the City Council today, keeping to his promise of no new taxes or fees. The $8.3 billion budget balances the city’s finances without introducing new taxes, fines or fees, and eliminates the employee head tax by the end of 2013, according to Emanuel. […]

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City Updates: Infrastructure Trust Ordinance, Mental Health Clinics, Automated Speed Cameras

Infrastructure Trust Ordinance 41 aldermen vote yes to bringing private investors into city’s infrastructure plans After much debate and opposition from community groups, the City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Infrastructure Trust Ordinance with a vote of 41 to seven on Tuesday, April 24. The ordinance gives private investors the opportunity to finance future development […]

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Proposed Amendments May Reverse Immigration Ordinance

The Cook County board voted Wednesday, Jan. 18 to send two proposed amendments to the board’s Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. The immigration ordinance filed last September, helps prevent compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) to detain inmates. The first proposal by Republican Timothy Schneider, requires compliance with ICE detainers for those with repeated […]

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Chicago City Council Approves Ordinances for Upcoming NATO, G-8 Summits

Despite recent objections from aldermen, community groups and residents, the Chicago City Council approved several ordinances on Wednesday Jan. 18 aimed to prepare the city for the upcoming G-8 and NATO summits in May. The measures, which were criticized by groups like Occupy Chicago, were scaled-back versions of the mayor’s original proposals that dealt with […]

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City Council Passes New Ward Map

After multiple public hearings and proposed ward maps, the Chicago City Council passed a compromise ward map on Thursday, Jan. 19. The new ward map, which includes 18 Black wards, 13 Hispanic wards and 2 Hispanic influence wards, passed with a final vote of 41 to 8—the necessary votes to avoid a referendum. However, as […]

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People’s City Council Drafts New Resolution

On Thursday July 7, the UIC forum became the gathering place for a mock city council debate led by activists, city residents and union members. Over 1,000 Chicagoans representing a coalition of community and labor groups gathered in support of a one-of-a-kind “people’s city council meeting.” “We will hear the stories of how American families […]