Tag: Daley

Signed Into Law: more parking difficulties for disabled people; less landfills for Cook County

At the end of each session in Springfield, a pile of bills that pass the legislature end up on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting his signature. We’ll keep track of those that make it into law. Disabled people will no longer get automatic parking meter fee exceptions – HB5624 will not only increase the fine... Read more »

News Roundup: Measure to extend jobless benefits fails to pass the House vote.

While Illinois unemployment rate crept down last month, the state remains plagued by unemployment in the country’s tepid economic recovery. While the federal unemployment benefits are set to run out over the holiday season, a measure to extend the benefits failed to pass with the two-thirds majority required by the tactic used to bring the... Read more »

News Roundup: Austin residents worried about police scale back

Austin residents expressed concern that cuts to the Chicago Alternative Police Strategy program may leave the neighborhood even more vulnerable to crime at a Beat 1524 meeting  in September. In an area with more than 1,000 arrests a month, community members will have to assume some of the community policing duties to prevent the crime... Read more »

Chicago's limp crackdown on slumlords

Chicago's limp crackdown on slumlords
Chicago Ald. Leslie Hairston thought she’d finally put the kibosh on the city’s habit of handing public money to landlords the city was suing for major building code violations. Hairston worked for at least three years to pass a measure to cut slumlords out of city contracts. “While I couldn’t stop them from collecting money... Read more »