News Coverage: City Hall


March 23, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel "don't own Chicago", says busted 311 caller

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Rahm Emanuel
Rahm Emanuel
A caller to the city's 311 line is facing charges after he allegedly told the operator that Mayor Rahm Emanuel "don't own Chicago" and added, "I'm going to vacate everybody and I'm going to lay him down." The man, King Heard, of the 4500 block of North Sheridan Road, was held on $750,000 bail yesterday. 

No word on whether the mayor's called him back to explain that he does, in fact, own Chicago.  Read more...

March 23, 2012 @ 7:00 AM

City Council advances proposal to allow live-work storefronts


Looking to find a cure for the many vacant storefronts that have popped up since the housing crisis began, City Council’s Zoning Committee  yesterday approved a zoning change allowing up to half of work space in low-intensity business districts to be used for living space.


March 23, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

City worker peddled vitamins to owners of restaurants she inspected

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A city inspector allegedly issued citations for $500 worth of fines, but passed the Rogers Park restaurant on a second inspection without visiting the kitchen after the owner bought hundreds of dollars in vitamins from her. The inspector has since resigned.

March 21, 2012 @ 9:21 AM

City Hall gives ‘emergency’ sewer deal to clout-heavy company


Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has awarded a $249,999 “emergency” contract to replace aging sewer pipes to Benchmark Construction, a clout-heavy company that the city formerly certified as being minority-owned and operated at a time that its African-American president had admitted in sworn testimony that his white business partner actually oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations.

March 14, 2012 @ 7:00 AM

Aldermen ask whether city's speed-camera push is about safety or dollars


Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his plan to blanket Chicago with speed cameras is an effort to improve safety around schools and parks. But, with the mayor set to unveil his proposed speed-camera ordinance to the City Council today, several aldermen are questioning whether the camera push is actually a bid to bring more dollars into City Hall and aid some of Emanuel’s political allies.


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