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City Council took the following action at its Sept. 28 meeting:
Ø Council extended health-related benefits to same-sex domestic partners of City employees.
Ø An ordinance restricting peddlers and solicitors from space around Ryan Field on days of Northwestern University games was approved, but Council will consider the matter again on Oct. 12. Council also added a sunset clause to the ordinance, and the Chief of Police will report on the ordinance’s effectiveness after the end of the basketball season.
As the result of a letter from the Chamber of Commerce, the proposed green building ordinance was held in Council once again. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, City Manager Walter Bobkiewicz, Ninth Ward Alderman Coleen Burrus and Seventh Ward Alderman Jane Grover all displayed varying levels of dismay, disappointment and disgust that no vote was held on the ordinance. Second Ward Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste sided with Chamber Executive Director Jonathan Permian; and Fourth Ward Alderman Donald Wilson appeared also to support him. Eighth Ward Alderman Ann Rainey tried to remove the City and City buildings from the ordinance. First Ward Alderman Judy Fiske and Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam were silent. Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes moved to hold the ordinance.
For more in-depth coverage of these issues, see the print edition of the next issue of the RoundTable.