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CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council has given its backing to construction of the Obama Presidential Center in a park on the city's South Side.

Members of the Chicago City Council have approved a major slice of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $8.5 billion proposal to overhaul O'Hare International Airport.

A Chicago City Council committee is recommending that the city's police department study devices that will tell officers immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. 

The Chicago City Council is creating a Vehicular Terrorism Task Force that will look for ways to reduce the chances of an attack like the one in New York where a man drove a truck onto a bike path and struck and killed several people near the World Trade Center in October. 

The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget for 2018.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has presented an $8.6 billion budget to the city's aldermen that would spend about $289 million more than last year's funding plan.

Two commissioners have proposed creating an identification card for anyone living in Cook County, including those in the U.S. illegally.

Chicago's City Council has approved over $5 million in settlements to families of two African Americans fatally shot by Chicago police.  The settlements approved include about $3 million for the family of 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman and roughly $2 million for the family of 27-year-old Darius Pinex. 

Chicago's City Council has approved a $1.3 million fund to help immigrants with legal services, including those facing deportation.  There was widespread support for the fund, which will use money set aside from a little-used property tax relief program.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used his annual budget speech to laud the cash-strapped city for being "back on solid ground."  Emanuel told members of the Chicago City Council that the 2017 budget he's proposing is free of a pension crisis and insolvency threatening city employee retirements. 

Rahm Emanuel's floor leader in the Chicago City Council says the mayor plans to hire "hundreds" more police officers after the city's deadliest month in decades.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pitched a new tax on Chicago water and sewer bills to help fund the largest of the city's employee pension funds.
He proposed the idea Wednesday in a speech to investors, saying it'd raise an estimated $230 million annually once it's fully in place. The money will shore up the municipal workers' retirement system which has $18.6 billion in unfunded liability.
The tax would be phased in over four years, raising the average homeowners' bill by $50 each year until it reaches $200 in the fourth year.

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Chicago's City Council has approved rules to address complaints that short-term rental companies like Airbnb are turning residential buildings into virtual hotels and party hotspots.  Council members passed the measure after weeks of debate and a compromise that failed to fully satisfy critics on either side.

Chicago has approved less restrictive regulations on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft after the city council member who crafted the rules dropped an insistence on fingerprint background checks.  The City Council passed the measure after months of debate and intense lobbying by the companies. 

A Chicago City Council committee has advanced plans to increase regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.  The proposal requires similar regulations on Uber and Lyft drivers as taxi drivers, including fingerprinting as part of a criminal background check. Drug tests and city debt checks would also be required. 

A Chicago City Council panel has voted to temporarily change the selection process for police superintendent.  That way Mayor Rahm Emanuel can avoid the usual procedures and appoint a longtime member of the department as its next leader. 

  A Chicago City Council committee is recommending the city pay more than $6.4 million to families of two men who died in police custody. During a finance committee hearing Monday aldermen angrily denounced the officers who ignored the pleas of Philip Coleman’s parents. They pleaded to have their son taken to a hospital for psychiatric treatment before the incident in which he was pulled from his jail cell and shot repeatedly with a stun gun. Coleman later died after being given an anti-psychiatric drug.

The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.  The vote followed a recommendation that was made without opposition by the City Council's finance committee last week. 

Chicago's City Council has approved a budget that includes a massive property tax hike and other fees to help close a shortfall and address the city's underfunded pension system.  Chicago has the worst-funded pension system of any major American city.

The Chicago City Council has approved filmmaker George Lucas' plan to build a museum along Lake Michigan.  The "Star Wars" director plans to build the 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along the city's lakefront.  Construction could start in the spring and the museum could open by as early as 2019.

Chicago's City Council will vote next week on plans for a lakefront museum that will be financed by filmmaker George Lucas.  The "Star Wars" director is planning a 300-thousand-square-foot facility along Lake Michigan. 

Rauner pitches 'turnaround' agenda to Chicago

May 7, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is asking Chicago aldermen to be his partners in fixing state and city finances. Illinois Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian reports.

Before Rauner stepped foot into City Hall chambers - aldermen and union members made their feelings about him known - and the mayor didn’t stop them. Floor leader Pat O’Connor lead the charge against Rauner’s plan to make union membership and dues VOLUNTARY.

"The right to work zone is not the right to work a good living. It’s the right to have a second-hand job."

The Chicago City Council has approved a $5.5 million reparations package to the victims of the city's notorious police torture scandal.

Disgraced Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is expressing disbelief the city has established a fund to compensate alleged victims of torture at his hands.

Federal and local prosecutors say they are investigating the October shooting death by Chicago police of an alleged knife-wielding teenager.

Three Chicago City Council committees are recommending the city take control of two pieces of park land on the South Side so that Barack Obama can choose one as the site for his presidential library.

Chicago aldermen are expected to vote on raising the minimum wage Tuesday. But Illinois lawmakers might not let Chicago go as high as it wants.