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Many garment workers were killed by the collapse of an eight-story building in Bangladesh in 2013. The collapse has shed new light on the plight of the workers, and a proposed Chicago city ordinance would require that uniforms worn police officers, firefighters and other city employees must not come from sweatshops or be produced using child labor. | Getty Images

Emanuel, Pawar join forces on anti-sweatshop ordinance

Uniforms, head gear and footwear worn by Chicago Police officers, firefighters and other city employees could not come from “sweatshops” or be produced using child labor, under a groundbreaking ordinance to be introduced Wednesday.

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Emanuel tries to make property tax hike more palatable to council

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to make the bitter pill of a five-year, $250 million property tax increase to save two city employee pension funds a little easier to swallow for aldermen 10 months away from re-election. At the behest of Aldermen Will Burns (4th) and Ameya Pawar (47th), Emanuel has promised to declare as a surplus all of the new property tax revenue — generated by a $250 million tax increase — in Chicago’s 175 tax increment financing districts.

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