Philadelphia City Council

(Councilman Jim Kenney.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Jim Kenney Nearing Decision on Philadelphia Mayoral Run

Kenney spent much of today holed up in his City Council office, making what an aide described as “personal calls.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/23/2015

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, far right, faces the news media in City Council chambers.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Councilman Kenney Still Weighing Mayoral Run as Council President Reaffirms He’s Out

“Bunch of e-mails, bunch of phone calls, wanting to know if I was announcing that I was getting back in the race,” he began.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/22/2015

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco, in her City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Marian Tasco Announces Retirement From Philadelphia City Council

“I’ve decided that I will not seek re-election this year for City Council, for the 9th District,” Tasco told KYW Newsradio this morning.

01/13/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Darrell Clarke Running Again For City Council, Ending Speculation on Mayoral Run

By law, Clarke would have had to resign his seat to run for mayor.

01/12/2015

Neil McDevitt, executive director of Deaf Hearing Communications Centre, addresses City Council. (credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Briefed On How Police Interact With Deaf, Hard Of Hearing

Advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing appeared at Philadelphia City Council this past week to give their view on how the police department interacts with deaf people who are victims of crimes, or even suspects.

01/11/2015

File photo/Philadelphia Board of Ethics from 2013. (credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Candidate’s Use Of Personal Funds Triggers Key Ruling From Philadelphia Ethics Board

Orie Fiebush, according the Ethics Board, has put more than $250,000 of his own money into his campaign, and by law that triggers a doubling of contribution limits on other candidates.

01/06/2015

(Jenné Ayers announces her candidacy for a Philadelphia City Council at-large seat.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Daughter of Retired Philadelphia Fire Chief Announces Run For City Council

Jenné Ayers wants to become the youngest person ever to serve on Philadelphia City Council, announcing her candidacy for a Council at-large seat.

12/30/2014

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Pa. Ruling Lets Law Firm Donate Services Without Limit To Mayoral Candidate

Back in 2007, then-candidate Bob Brady (in photo) faced a challenge from rival Tom Knox, and Brady racked up nearly a half-million dollars in legal fees.

12/21/2014

(Chris Christie chats with Jerry Jones in 2013 file photo.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Councilman Standing Firm For Calling Christie A ‘Fat [Expletive]’ On Twitter

Councilman Jim Kenney was fuming that Gov. Christie sat with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field during Sunday night’s Eagles game.

12/15/2014

File photo of City Hall. (Credit: Paul Gluck)

City Council Praised For Taking A Stand Against ‘Notarios’ Defrauding Immigrants

They’re often called ‘notarios’ — scammers who demand thousands of dollars from new immigrants without any guarantee they can actually get them papers.

12/15/2014

(credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Gets Gift Of Holiday Concert Performed By Adults With Intellectual Disabilities

The “Joybells” choir provided a festive note for city council members and staffers Thursday after the council adjourned for the year.

12/14/2014

(Former Philadelphia DA and current mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham speaks with reporters outside the City Council president's office in City Hall.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayoral Candidate Lynne Abraham Urges Another Try at PGW Sale

Abraham hand-delivered a letter to City Council president Darrell Clarke asking him to reconsider scheduling a hearing and inviting the private utility, UIL, back to the table.

12/11/2014

(Councilman Bill Greenlee.  File image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Getting New, Compromise Paid Sick Leave Bill

After two mayoral vetoes, councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee will try, try again to make mandatory sick leave the law of the land in Philadelphia.

12/11/2014

(file photo) Frank Rizzo Junior (credit: Steve Tawa)

Frank Rizzo Jr. To Run For At-Large Seat On Philadelphia City Council As Democrat

Frank Rizzo Jr. says after three years on the sidelines, including switching parties last year, he wants to get back to tackling pressing issues.

12/11/2014

(credit: Cherri Gregg)

City CouncilHears of Rocky Results In DHS Outsourcing Of Child Welfare Cases

Philadelphia City Council held a public hearing on Wednesday to check on the progress of new DHS system of outsourcing child welfare cases to community agencies.

12/11/2014

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