I've previously posted about the proposed BAN on keeping chickens in residential neighborhoods in Chicago. My last update was a hopeful one that I would have a bit of time to work out a plan and to petition the city to drop this proposal. Well, I was wrong. The city apparently can move pretty fast when it wants. Who'd have known that they can schedule and announce a public meeting -- my only opportunity to address the committee -- 3 business days in advance? The Committe on Health met this morning, heard the complaints about chickens from ONE person, and recommended that the amended ordinance be put to the vote at the next full City Council meeting on December 12, 2007. I heard about the meeting late this morning from a reporter. (The same one who posted to this forum seeking Chicago chicken owners for a story). She had just returned from the meeting and said she had only learned about it while checking the city's website last night. I'm very angry about the process and worried about this being on the next Council agenda. I'm sure this issue doesn't even register on the radar of many alderman and I have very little time to educate them. IF YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ALDERMAN AND URGE HER OR HIM TO VOTE NO TO THIS PROPOSAL. Stacey (SeaChick) from SoPo Chickens has given me permission to lift stuff off her website, and I'd highly recommend you do just that when you message your alderman. I'll post more resources and info later. Just wanted to pass this on right away!