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Cook County judge: Chicago alderman's personal emails, texts generally not subject to FOIA

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 31, 2018

Emails and text messages sent and received by Chicago aldermen on their personal accounts and devices generally may not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a Cook County judge has ruled, partially thwarting an attempt by Chicago lawyer Ameer Ahmad to uncover what he believed were efforts by his neighbors to use connections to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno to allegedly improperly block Ahmad from obtaining a permit for a home improvement project.

City of Chicago passes zoning ordinance to ensure 'affordable housing' in three hot residential zones

By John Sammon | Oct 30, 2017

The Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance intended to compel developers of new apartment buildings and other residential housing to set aside a greater percentage of "affordable housing" within certain zones in or near the city's downtown.

Chicago orders hotels to provide workers with panic buttons to reduce risk of sexual assault

By John Sammon | Oct 23, 2017

Chicago hotels will provide portable “panic buttons” to workers who venture alone into hotel rooms to do cleaning and other chores, according to a newly passed city ordinance.

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