Lightfoot offers no proof after accusing Uber of ‘buying off black ministers’ to kill fee hike; firm says mayor is ‘completely factually inaccurate’ November 14, 2019 By Heather Cherone - The battle over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to triple taxes on some ride-hailing trips erupted Wednesday as Lightfoot accused Uber of “buying off black ministers” in an attempt to kill the plan set to generate $40 million for the city in 2020.

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Progressive Caucus objects to Lightfoot’s proposal to raise — but not eliminate — tipped minimum wage November 14, 2019 By Heather Cherone - The City Council’s Progressive Caucus Wednesday rejected Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal to require employers to pay their tipped workers $2 more an hour starting next year as insufficient — rather than $15 an hour by 2021.
Pension consolidation bill passes House after dramatic day November 14, 2019 By Hannah Meisel - A bill that would partially consolidate Illinois 649 suburban and downstate police and firefighter pension funds passed the House Wednesday and will land in the Senate for a final vote on Thursday, overcoming  a hurdle that nearly derailed the bill

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Scooters are here – what to expect on your street (or sidewalk)

After about a year of negotiations between bureaucrats and tech companies eager to unleash the shiniest new thing in one of America’s biggest cities, all eyes are on implementation of Chicago’s scooter pilot. Two transportation experts: Audrey Wennink, the Director of Transportation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Kyle Whitehead, the managing director of public affairs at the Active Transportation Alliance, will discuss their hopes (fewer cars, more people using transit) and worries (safety and equity) about the four month scooter pilot. Plus, Nico Probst from Lime tackles other scooter FAQs.


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