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Downers Grove sign ordinance harms local business

Should a local government be allowed to ruin a long-existing business if it decides it doesn’t like a sign that’s been on the business’s property for decades? Apparently, officials in the village of Downers Grove think so. That’s what they’re trying to do to local business owner, veteran and former volunteer firefighter Bob Peterson. Peterson’s

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    After Chicago reportedly cracked down on 81 businesses that offered drink specials on New Year’s Eve in 2013, there are fewer open-bar deals and happy-hour specials being offered this year. According to Illinois’ Happy Hour Law, no business may serve an unlimited number of drinks during a fixed period of time to the public at […]

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    Chicago Cracks Down on Unregulated Eating

    Chicago regulators have moved to crack down on private dinner parties, following New York City’s lead. According to Thrillist, the city of Chicago issued a citation to Julia Pham, who ran Relish Underground Dining from her apartment in Lincoln Square, forcing her to shut down. Pham, according to the profile, is “a 20-something, self-taught chef […]

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    POLICE BODY CAMERAS, BAN ON CHOKEHOLDS MAY BE COMING TO CHICAGO SOON

    In an effort to learn from national scandals surrounding the use of force by police, Chicago officials have announced reforms aimed at improving police accountability and transparency. A pilot police-body-camera program is slated to start in Chicago by early 2015. Initially, program participants will be officers who have volunteered to wear the body cameras. But […]