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by Matthew Blake
Wed Jun 27, 2012

Pot Ticketing Plan Clears City Council

Earlier today, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to let the Chicago Police Department issue $250 to $500 tickets to people caught with 15 grams or less of pot, instead of arresting them. The ordinance passed by a 44-3 vote. Most aldermen who spoke on the council floor gave the same talking points: Black residents are a disproportionate target of marijuana arrests, the Cook County court dismisses most pot arrests, and ticketing will save police resources.

“We are running on a treadmill,” said Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd). He pointed out that about 90 percent of arrests are dismissed.

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Jun 26, 2012

Stricter Pot Ticketing Ordinance Set To Clear Chicago City Council

An ordinance pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana punishable by ticketed fines will likely sail through city council tomorrow amid some concerns that the $250 to $500 tickets are too steep a levy against the low-income, black residents who are often targets of marijuana arrests.

Ald. Danny Solis (25th), the ordinance's sponsor, is not currently considering any amendments including changing the fine, according to Solis spokesman Stephen Stults.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Jun 21, 2012

Black Caucus Aldermen Voice Concerns As Pot Ticketing Plan Advances

The Chicago City Council committee on public safety voted 13-1 today for an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to change possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by fine.

The committee hearing raised questions about how fines would be implemented, particularly if they might disproportionately hurt black residents in low-income neighborhoods who make up about 75 percent of the of Chicago Police Department's pot arrests.

“This will raise dollars on the backs of poor people,” said Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) at the hearing. Dowell and other black caucus aldermen, such as Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), raised these concerns, but did not vote against the legislation.

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by Progress Illinois
Mon May 21, 2012

Hundreds Of Protesters Kick Off NATO Boeing Protest (LIVE BLOG)

The Boeing protest is underway, with hundreds of protesters arriving and chanting, "Another World is Possible!"

The police presence is heavy, with many protesters saying "there are more cops here than people!"

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by Ellyn Fortino
Sun May 20, 2012

NATO Protesters Rally In Support Of Education, Labor & Living Wages (VIDEO)

More than 2,000 NATO and anti-war protestors gathered in Grant Park Sunday before they took to the streets and descended on McCormick Place where world leaders are meeting for the summit.

Protestors with various causes such as ending drone attacks and promoting women’s rights overseas held signs, chanted in megaphones and waved peace signs as a heavy police presence lined the park and the surrounding streets.