WBEZ | ordinance http://www.wbez.org/tags/ordinance Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: USDA suggests changes to SNAP program http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-12/morning-shift-usda-suggests-changes-snap-program <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Veg - Flickr - danicuki.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ producer Monica Eng explains how the USDA aims to rehabilitate the SNAP program. And, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas is using his experience here to try to reform troubled schools in other large cities. What solutions would he suggest for CPS now?</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-63/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-63.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-63" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: USDA suggests changes to SNAP program" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-12/morning-shift-usda-suggests-changes-snap-program Morning Shift: Cleaning streets and bringing business to Chicago's neighborhoods http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-06/morning-shift-cleaning-streets-and-bringing-business <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Gray Stone - Flickr - zenia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ald. Brookins proposed a new ordinance dishing out hefty fines for littering. Will this be the tactic that stops people from tossing their trash in the streets? And, Mayor Emanuel has identified seven struggling neighborhoods as &quot;opportunity neighborhoods&quot;. What are his plans?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-36.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-36" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Cleaning streets and bringing business to Chicago's neighborhoods" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-06/morning-shift-cleaning-streets-and-bringing-business Evanston considers banning hands-free devices while driving http://www.wbez.org/story/evanston-considers-banning-hands-free-devices-while-driving-97057 <p><p>City Council members in Evanston are considering a proposal that would ban hands-free devices while driving. The ordinance would be one of the toughest cell phone bans in the country, keeping all electronic devices out of driver's hands.</p><p>Ald. Jane Grover (7th) sponsored the proposal, which would amend the current city law that allows drivers to only use hands-free devices. Grover was the sponsor of that ordinance as well, which has resulted in almost 3,000 tickets since it was enacted in 2010. According to Grover, the laws aren't tough enough to prevent accidents from distracted driving.</p><p>"It's the same level of cognitive impairment whether a driver is using a handheld device or using a hands-free device," she said. "There's really no difference in the risk of crashing."</p><p>In December, the National Transportation Safety Board called for a national ban of all electronic devices, especially those that are hands-free. Officials say the level of distraction a driver experiences is the same on a hands-free device as it is on a regular cell phone.</p><p>But the ordinance isn't getting unanimous support from the city council. Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) voted against the bill in committee. She said she voted for the current law, but thinks amending it to include all devices would go too far.</p><p>"I think it will just lead to ill will between taxpayers and the city government in Evanston because it is unenforceable," Fiske said.</p><p>Fiske said she believes creating cell phone bans is the responsibility of the state, not separate municipalities. She said it's less confusing for drivers who travel throughout Illinois. Fiske and her fellow aldermen will be discussing the bill in the coming days, with a vote scheduled for the full city council meeting later this month.</p><p><em>Correction on 03/19/12 at 10:24: An earlier version of this story misspelled Grover.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/evanston-considers-banning-hands-free-devices-while-driving-97057 Sale of synthetic cocaine banned in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/sale-synthetic-cocaine-banned-chicago-96451 <p><p>Chicago's city council approved on Wednesday a ban on the sale of synthetic cocaine, also known as bath salts. The ordinance follows a similar ban that went into effect in December for the sale of synthetic marijuana.</p><p>In presenting the ordinance, Ald. Ed Burke said it was needed to address a loophole in a similar statewide ban.</p><p>"Some bath salts are blatantly marketed as being legal because they simply do not contain the specific chemicals outlawed in the Illinois law," Burke said.</p><p>The ordinance classifies synthetic stimulants as substances that contain any chemical that mimics the effects of cocaine, methamphetamine and several other illegal drugs.</p><p>The Illinois Poison Center says that in 2011 three people in Illinois died from using these bath salts. Another 235 calls related to bath salt use were made to the center’s helpline.</p><p>Businesses that violate the ban could be fined up to $1,000 for each offense and could have their license suspended or revoked.</p></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/sale-synthetic-cocaine-banned-chicago-96451 Proposed ordinance calls for security at vacant properties near schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-05/proposed-ordinance-calls-security-vacant-properties-near-schools-92839 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/abandoned buildings flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vacant properties received quite a bit of attention from the city of Chicago recently. This past July, the city passed an ordinance making banks and lenders responsible for the upkeep of empty buildings on their books. If a new ordinace proposed by the <a href="http://www.ctunet.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Teacher's Union</a> and alderman were to pass the City Council, owners of abandoned properties close to schools may be required to post security guards outside those buildings during daytime hours. To find out what effect vacant buildings had on Chicago's hardest hit communities and if the proposed ordinances could do anything to improve the situation, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/authors/angela-caputo" target="_blank">Angela Caputo</a> of the <a href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Reporter</em></a>. Caputo covers housing and criminal justice for the <em>Chicago Reporter</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-05/proposed-ordinance-calls-security-vacant-properties-near-schools-92839 City urges businesses, property owners to shovel sidewalks http://www.wbez.org/story/ashley-gross/city-urges-businesses-property-owners-shovel-sidewalks <p><p>If you own a business or property in Chicago, the city has a message for you: grab a shovel. <br /><br />Now that more streets are passable, people are turning their attention to sidewalks. The city of Chicago requires that property and business owners clear their own sidewalks. Brian Steele is a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation. <br /><br />&quot;It is of course required by city ordinance but more importantly, it&rsquo;s about being a good neighbor,&quot; Steele says. <br /><br />He says the city can issue tickets but rarely does. Instead, he says inspectors check up on 311 calls about unshoveled sidewalks to encourage compliance. <br /><br />That&rsquo;s especially important to people with disabilities. Marca Bristo heads the disability rights group Access Living.<br /><br />&quot;The sidewalks are our streets in many respects,&quot; Bristo says. <br /><br />She says lots of people they work with are staying close to home. <br /><br />Bristo says the city needs to do a better job making sure sidewalk ramps get shoveled so people in wheelchairs can get back to work and back to their regular lives. <br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 06:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ashley-gross/city-urges-businesses-property-owners-shovel-sidewalks Affordable housing ordinance up for vote in Chicago City Council http://www.wbez.org/story/affordable-housing/affordable-housing-ordinance-vote-chicago-city-council <p><p>A measure to create more affordable housing in Chicago is coming up for a long-awaited vote today in the city council.</p><p>The ordinance takes aim at a special pot of money Mayor Richard Daley has used for years for economic development. The measure would set aside 20 percent of those tax increment financing dollars to create affordable housing and rehab foreclosed homes. <br /><br />Daley has opposed the plan, which was first introduced in March. One sponsor, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., 27th, said he&rsquo;s hopeful it will pass and that Daley won&rsquo;t strike it down.<br /><br />&quot;If he vetoes it, all he does is strike a nerve in so many more people in the city of Chicago who have suffered, who are suffering right now,&quot; Burnett said.<br /><br />Burnett said a majority of aldermen have pledged support. City officials have argued that some TIF dollars already go toward affordable housing and the ordinance would hamstring efforts to create jobs. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 06:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/affordable-housing/affordable-housing-ordinance-vote-chicago-city-council