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Chicago City Council consists of 50 elected aldermen and meets monthly to shape the city. The council works with Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor, and Susana Mendoza, the City Clerk.

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The Mayor proposes most city-wide policies. These include business transactions, changes to the municipal code, bond issuance and appointments.

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At the local level, matters like land use, signs, street parking, business permits, and other residents issues require the local Alderman's support.

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Latest Council Meeting

At the latest City Council meeting on Feb 22nd, council members took action on 108 pieces of legislation, including 3 that are non-routine.

One of the more unusual aspects of Chicago City Council is the volume of ordinances that are introduced and passed every month. Most of these are routine items like sign permits, damaged vehicle claims, sidewalk cafe approvals and honorifics.

To help sort through all of this, we classify all legislation and tag it appropriately. If something doesn’t look like a routine piece of legislation, we tag it as Non-Routine to make it easier to discover.

Non-Routine Activity

Communication 2017-11 None

Notification of sale regarding General Obligation Bonds, Project and Refunding Bonds Series 2017A and Taxable Project Series 2017B ( the Bonds)

2/22/2017 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Bonds

Ordinance 2017-838 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 4-60-022 (30.51) and 4-60-023 (30.60) to allow additional alcoholic liquor and package goods licenses on portion(s) of N Milwaukee Ave

2/22/2017 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance 2017-86 Active

Installation of riverwalk, children's playground, dog park, plaza, amphitheater, trail system, landscaping, outdoor elevator, stormwater detention, water main, sanitary sewer and right-of-way ...

2/22/2017 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified