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The city has unveiled a plan to boost taxi drivers income, but some say the benefits are unclear, since it includes no actual increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly a decade. | Sun-Times File Photo

City plan bolsters cabdriver income--without raising fares

 
The city has unveiled a plan to boost taxi drivers income, but some say the benefits are unclear, since it includes no actual increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly a decade. | Sun-Times File Photo

City plan bolsters cabdriver income--without raising fares

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has found a way to put more money in the pockets of struggling Chicago cabdrivers. But some drivers are upset that the package of changes does not include an increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly 10 years.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners in July. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Emanuel prods sister agencies to mandate $13-an-hour minimum wage

Four weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order requiring city contractors and subcontractors to increase the “living wage” paid to their employees by nearly 9 percent — from $11.93 to $13 an hour. Now, Emanuel is pressuring all local government agencies under his control — CTA, CHA, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges and Public Building Commission — to follow his lead.

Fewer Aramark custodians in CPS schools losing their jobs Tuesday

Aramark, the private service company now in charge of managing all the custodians in Chicago Public Schools, has decreased the number of janitors who were going to lose their jobs on Tuesday. SEIU Local 1 warned members that 468 custodians were going to lose their jobs on Sept. 30, but 178 with top seniority will stay on, the affected members learned Monday in a robocall from union president Tom Balanoff.

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks at a ceremony launching Chicago Carriage Cab Co. in 2003. File photo originally downloaded from the firm's website.

Daley’s legacy takes another turn with ex-cab official’s arrest

In the waning days of Richard M. Daley’s mayoralty, we at the Chicago Sun-Times published a quickie book, “The Daley Legacy: Looking Back at Four Decades of the Chicago Mayors.” It was fine little book within the limitations inherent in such a project, not the least of which was that Rich Daley’s legacy had yet to fully reveal itself. With each passing year, though, that legacy keeps taking more hits. We received yet another reminder of that Monday with the indictment of a Chicago cab operator Alexsandr Igolnikov.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs an executive order requiring city contractors to pay a $13 minimum wage on Sept. 3. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Single moms need a minimum wage hike

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that even as the national poverty rate declines, it remains more than two points higher than before the start of the Great Recession. But it gets worse. The report also found that children under the age of six whose mothers are single live in poverty at more than five times the rate for children whose parents are married. If there was ever a time to raise the minimum wage, it is now.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters last week. (AP File Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Mugabe lobbying trial opens with little Burris, lots of intrigue

The buildup to Chicagoan C. Greg Turner’s trial has been dominated by allegations former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, a star prosecution witness, tried to shake down a businessman for a $250,000-a-year job. But Burris was only a side note Monday as opening statements in Turner’s trial focused instead on Turner’s character and his role at the center of an international drama that could have been ripped from the pages of a spy thriller.

Chicago Carriage Cab driver Cheikh Dione, 49 (left), with Alex Igolnikov, checking out the hybrid engine in a taxi in 2007. | Sun-Times library

Ex-top cab official arrested in vehicle title laundering case

A former top official of Chicago’s largest cab company — Chicago Carriage Cab — has been charged with illegally obtaining “clean” vehicle titles for at least 180 wrecked cars that had been put into service as taxis in violation of city laws. Alexsandr Igolnikov was charged with conspiracy, interstate transportation of false automobile titles and possession of false auto titles.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn | M. Spencer Green/AP

Quinn urges City Council to tighten reins on small digital signs

Gov. Pat Quinn urged the City Council on Monday to revisit a belated crackdown on small digital signs that allowed a company partially owned by his Republican opponent to blast Quinn with more obtrusive signs closer to homes than the new rules allow.

Uber Regional General Manager Andrew MacDonald (left) and Gov. Pat Quinn announce plans for Uber to expand and add more than 400 new jobs. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Uber forges ahead with 420-job expansion contingent on veto

Ride-sharing giant Uber Technologies is forging ahead with plans to expand its regional headquarters and create 420 new jobs, confident that Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a statewide ride-sharing bill will not be overturned.

 
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