Another Round for Dueling Plans To Spend $15M In Unclaimed Rebate Money

By Claudia Morell

Aldermen on the Council’s Budget Committee are scheduled to reconvene at 8:45 this morning to consider a contentious list of initiatives the mayor plans to fund with nearly $15 million in leftover property tax rebate dollars.

Finance Committee Holds Navarro Lawsuit, Amusement Tax Changes

By Claudia Morell

The City Council’s Finance Committee approved $773,000 in police-related settlements, but held one $250,000 payout involving the department’s second highest in command, First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro. The committee also held an amendment to the city’s amusement tax introduced by the budget department, while approving a direct introduction from Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) that aims to make it easier for small businesses to remit taxes to the city.

Budget Committee Advances Ed Siskel To Corporation Counsel; Siskel Dodges Commitment To Consent Decree

By Claudia Morell

President Barack Obama’s former Deputy White House Counsel Ed Siskel received unanimous approval from the Council’s Budget Committee to replace Steve Patton as the city’s next top lawyer. Siskel, who started on the job last week, will take over as the city’s Corporation Counsel at a turbulent time for the city as it confronts ongoing reform efforts at the Chicago Police Department.

Conflict in Midway Contract? Crackdown on Street Signs, Downtown Drummers

A $75 million contract for Midway Airport advances out of Council Committee. But if you look at the small print, it appears to be a sweet deal for one Mayoral ally. The City’s Transportation Department cracks down the number of honorary street signs for each ward. Downtown residents bemoan the “maddening” noise by the “bucket boys” of Michigan Avenue and State Street. And we preview a key showdown vote expected for next week.

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President Barack Obama’s former Deputy White House Counsel Ed Siskel received unanimous approval from the Council’s Budget Committee to replace Steve Patton as the city’s next top lawyer. Siskel, who started on the job last week, will take over as the city’s Corporation Counsel at a turbulent time for the city as it confronts ongoing reform efforts at the Chicago Police Department.

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