THE WATCHDOGS: CTA crime is up, and more than 90 percent of serious crimes reported on the L and buses and at CTA stations in Chicago go unsolved.
Emanuel, a former House member who led Dems to a majority in 2006, huddled with House Democratic leaders and the Democratic House Whip meeting.
Ald. Ray Lopez Lopez wants to inspect stations more often and also to quintuple — from $500 to $2,500 — the fines for violating existing regulations.
SEIU still must organize airport contract employees and hold union elections, but the ordinance “lays important groundwork,” a union official said.
“Can you imagine sitting in vehicle with a coat on in 90-degree weather?” Ald. Gilbert Villegas said. “You’ve got to hit people in the pocketbook.”
The ordinance would empower CPD officers to issue citations to parents and guardians for “failing to stop the illegal possession of a firearm.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the team chose concerts over night games, and now must “live with the consequences of the choices. That’s how this works.”