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Chicago City Council shows deep hypocrisy in passing pedicab ordinance

On Tuesday, Chicago’s City Council’s joint committee on  License and Consumer Protection and Transportation and Public Way passed a deeply flawed proposal to regulate the pedicab industry after hours of largely opposing testimony. On Wednesday, the measure passed the full City Council without any changes, showing that Chicago is neither serious about promoting “green” transportation alternatives or the

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