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To honor the first women of Chicago’s City Council, we mix smoky mezcal and bright grapefruit juice. It’s sweet but not too sweet, sharp but never bitter, and tough enough to duke it out with the best (or worst) of ‘em. 

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Should parents be held responsible if they know their kids have guns? We speak to Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward) about a new ordinance.

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Big changes are coming to the North Branch of the Chicago River. Why some are up in arms over the plan.

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City officials say the ordinance affirms that government agencies will not practice discrimination-based operations, but some activists say the city could do more to protect immigrant and minority rights.

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Will the mayor cave to pressure to get independent oversight of the Chicago Police Department?

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Aldermen on the City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday approved a plan to lock the Ohio Street pedestrian tunnel between midnight and 5 a.m.

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The fight to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park has residents polarized and leveling accusations of racism.

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More details emerge about alleged gun dealing, racist and sexist behavior by a politically connected subordinate at the city’s Department of Water Management.

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Aldermen fight to keep their discretionary “menu money” funds for ward improvements to streets, sidewalks, alleys and other projects.

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City Clerk Anna Valencia (Chicago Tonight)

The fates of municipal IDs, police oversight and aviation security at O’Hare hang in the balance at City Council.

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Don't have a drivers’ license or other form of official documentation? Chicago may soon be issuing municipal IDs to provide documentation to undocumented immigrants, ex-offenders and the homeless. 

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City Council is expected to vote March 29 on an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance that would restrict some street performers from major stretches of two downtown streets.

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Five candidates are vying for the position of 4th Ward alderman in the Feb. 28 special election. They join us to discuss their platforms.

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Aldermen say they are prepared to go to battle against the police union to get rid of contract provisions they say lead to a culture of cover-up.

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A city ordinance intended to curb disposable bags will go into effect Feb. 1. (Walmart / Flickr)

Shopping trips may become additionally taxing for Chicagoans starting in February as the checkout bag tax is set to go into effect on the first of the month.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named former chief deputy U.S. Marshal John P. O’Malley to the Chicago Police Board, which decides the most serious cases of police discipline.