Emanuel's billboard plan advances in city council - FOX 32 News Chicago

Emanuel's billboard plan advances in city council

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for dozens of digital billboards on Chicago highways is advancing.

A Chicago City Council committee Monday approved a multi-million dollar, 20-year deal with Interstate-JCDecaux. The company installed all the bus shelters around town.

Thirty-four billboards up to 100 feet tall will be installed on city property under the deal.

Three Chicago aldermen voted no, citing concerns about taxpayers and the city's skyline.

The deal would generate at least $155 million in new revenue over the next 20 years.

The proposal could run in to trouble because other companies were not given a chance to bid on the deal.

The full city council votes on the plan next week.

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