municipalities

Chicago Will Remain a Sanctuary City

Jan 25, 2017

  CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and its aldermen say Chicago will remain a sanctuary city despite President Donald Trump's executive order to cut off some federal funding from immigrant-protecting municipalities.

 

As news was breaking on Wednesday that Trump has signed the executive order, the City Council overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution to reaffirm Chicago's status as a sanctuary city. A few minutes later, the mayor told reporters that Chicago is "going to stay a sanctuary city."

 

A group of suburban Chicago leaders says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed reduction to local governments' share of income tax revenues could equal public safety cuts. 

Towns across Illinois are paying more and more money into their local pension funds for cops and firefighters. But many are still seeing the financial health of those pensions get worse and worse. Unions and municipalities fiercely disagree on what caused the crisis and how state lawmakers should fix it. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports. 

It could be months before anyone can actually bring a gun outside the home.  But a separate provision of Illinois’ new concealed carry law has already taken effect.  Beginning this weekend, communities will no longer have the ability to enact restrictions on assault weapons. As Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports, the state has given municipalities until midnight tonight to act.