Chicago aldermen are expected to consider several new measures during Wednesday's city council meeting, ranging from the mayor's tobacco tax plan to a proposed 50-cent charge for cab fares paid with credit cards.
Proposals seeking to outlaw chewing tobacco at Chicago sporting events and eliminate the city's sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins also are set to go before the city council. Additionally, aldermen plan to take up two police misconduct settlements totaling $830,000.
Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tobacco tax plan, the smoking age in Chicago would go up from 18 to 21. The proposal would also impose a $6 million tax on non-cigarette tobacco products, with the revenue going in part toward Chicago Public Schools orientation programs.
Consideration of Emanuel's tobacco tax plan -- which has drawn opposition from businesses and praise from health advocates -- was delayed for one month during the February council meeting by a group of opposing aldermen.
Check back with Progress Illinois for updates on these and other city council agenda items.