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Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council take up gun sales and minimum wage

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is introducing a plan to the Chicago City Council which will regulate gun sales in the city by controlling where stores can be located as well as requiring the videotaping of gun sales and staunch record-keeping procedures, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Wednesday. Another measure to go before the City Council on Wednesday is a step towards banning video “upskirting” in which persons make video recordings with the lens aimed up a woman’s skirt. Also, according to the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, the Chicago City Council will consider giving fines for posting handbills which are placed on residential properties and ultimately lead to continuous littering.

Regarding the gun sales ordinance to be presented by Emanuel, it follows a federal judge’s finding last January that Chicago’s ban on firearms retailers is unconstitutional. The Emanuel plan on the issue would require sales to only occur in certain areas that are zoned for commercial purposes. Additionally, gun sales would not be allowed within 500 feet of a park or school. According to DNAinfo, Emanuel is calling his plan one of the toughest, smartest licensing laws in the country with its restrictions on sun shops in the city.

Another controversial issue which may be presented before the City Council will be a plan to regulate the ride-sharing industry after a group of city aldermen blocked a vote on the issue at their last City Council meeting. Such ride-sharing operations as Uber X and Lyft are going along with the plan as lobbyists for cab companies say the plan does not go far enough to make Uber X and Lyft the same as cab companies.

Yet another handful of aldermen are going to introduce a proposal to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. It has been reported that this plan will likely not be favored by the City Council. In response to the ongoing concern of minimum wage, Mayor Emanuel has developed an advisory panel on the topic of minimum wage. The panel is to report on their findings sometime this summer. On the state level, House Speaker Michael Madigan is pushing a plan to include a statewide ballot referendum in the November midterm elections asking voters whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $10 an hour. Currently, Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25.

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