City Council crackdowns

Aldermanic crackdowns made headlines in 2012.
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By Compiled by Jake Malooley |
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Alderman wants crackdown on building-mounted satellite dishes
—CBS, January 27, on an ordinance proposed by 31st Ward Ald. Ray Suarez that would force building owners to move “eyesore” satellite dishes out of sight

Anti-crackdown ordinance? Alderman Munoz wants NATO, G8 protesters to have wireless access
—Huffington Post, February 15, on 22nd Ward Ald. Ricardo Munoz’s push to prohibit authorities from cutting off cell and Wi-Fi service to protesters

Chicago aldermen want crackdown on City Hall gallery outbursts
—WBEZ, February 17, on a proposed ordinance—endorsed by aldermen Suarez, Ed Burke, Richard Mell and Carrie Austin—to prohibit cheering or booing during Council meetings

Alderman wants crackdown on Wrigley permit parking resales
—Chicago Tribune, April 24, on 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney’s attempt to strengthen sanctions on “the black market for parking tags” near the Friendly Confines

Aldermen want CPS crackdown on saggy pants
—Huffington Post, May 31, on 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts’s desire to ban, as she described it, “saggin’ and baggin’”

Aldermen, Pride Parade organizer talk new route, alcohol crackdowns
—Chicago Phoenix, June 19, on Tunney’s effort to limit public alcohol consumption during Pride

Southwest Side alderman wants graffiti crackdowns
—Sun-Times, June 19, on 23rd Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski’s proposal to increase fines and penalties for taggers

Chicago alderman wants crackdown on noisy garbage trucks
—Tribune, December 11, on 42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly’s attempt to halt middle-of-the-night trash pickup

Cappleman wants crackdown on feeding pigeons
—Chicagoist, December 13, on 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman’s bid to increase the penalties for giving food to the flying rats

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