Aldermen Receive Draft Ordinance of Mayor’s New Water-Sewer Tax, Direct Introduction to Finance Committee Expected Next Month

By Claudia Morell

Last Friday, aldermen received a draft copy of an ordinance for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed water tax to shore up revenue for the Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF), the largest of the city’s four retirement funds. On Tuesday The Daily Line obtained a draft copy of that ordinance, dated Friday, August 19, 2016.

Zoning Cmte. Approves Zoning Plans for McDonald’s New Chicago Headquarters; Andersonville Residents Oppose Expansion of Auto Repair Shop

By Claudia Morell

The City Council’s Zoning Committee approved a zoning change to facilitate the construction of McDonald’s new Chicago corporate headquarters planned for Fulton Market, a new 196-room hotel for downtown Chicago, and nearly every other application detailed in yesterday’s preview.

County Wrap: Racial Tensions Flare, County Gets Long-Term Transportation Plan

By A.D. Quig

Accusations of racism flew at an otherwise routine Cook County Board meeting yesterday, which also saw adoption of a 25-year transportation plan and introduction of a healthcare program for the uninsured.  

Rahm Emanuel’s Two Front War: CTU and Police Reform

City Council is officially on summer break, but trouble is brewing, especially for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s battling two big issues. On the one side, he’s got well-organized reform activists demanding he give over police oversight to citizens. Their numbers are growing by the day. Then there’s the Chicago Teachers Union, which refuses to pick up more pension and health care costs, and is threatening to strike, despite what public school officials say is a good faith effort to cut costs on their end. All of this leads into a blockbuster fall, when school funding, police reform, and the city’s annual budget process will collide, leaving aldermen with a lot of tough decisions to make.

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