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Alex Nitkin, The Daily Line

More Than 2 In 3 Cook County Residents Feel Unsafe In Their Neighborhoods, Index Survey Finds

The most recent survey polled 703 Chicago residents and 128 Cook County suburbanites between Nov. 29 and Dec. 20 last year.

Citywide

Ald. Pat Dowell Announces Run For Rush’s Congressional Seat, Leaving Behind Secretary Of State Bid

She is the first candidate to throw in her hat since Rush announced he will not seek a 16th term representing Chicago’s South Side and south suburbs.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Thompson Center In Line For $70 Million Sale To Developer Who Plans ‘Total Gut Renovation’

The result will be 425,000 square feet of renovated office space and a hotel, with the existing light-drenched, 17-story atrium mostly intact.

Downtown

Anjanette Young Lawsuit Set For $2.9 Million Settlement; $2.1 Million In Other Settlements Up For Approval

Young was handcuffed while naked as police officers rummaged through her home after mistakenly targeting her in the execution of a search warrant.

Citywide

Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Challenger Would Be Booted From 45th Ward In City Council’s Proposed Remap

Megan Mathias, who lives in Old Irving Park, could still challenge Gardiner for 45th Ward alderman even if her home is drawn into another territory — but she'd have to relocate if she were elected.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Chinatown Unified In Draft City Map, But Will A Majority-Asian American Ward Make It Through Negotiations?

Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson claimed dividing up the ward to create an Asian American majority is "racism," while supporters are hopeful the map will pass.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Chinatown, Lincoln Yards, Belmont Cragin Emerge As Flashpoints As Remap War Intensifies

One of the most contentious areas in this year’s remap war does not have a single resident living in it yet — Lincoln Yards.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Dogs Allowed In Pup-Friendly Chicago Bars After City Council Approves New Rules

Bar owners have complained the city tickets them because they allow dogs on the same premises as cocktail garnishes like lemons and limes. The new rules eliminate this issue for bars that choose to allow pups.

Downtown

City To Pay $2 Million To Family Of Woman Killed By Fleeing Driver In ‘Reckless’ Police Chase

Curtis Pugh killed Julia Lynn Callaway in 2018 as he fled officers who allegedly smelled cannabis coming from his car. Callaway’s family alleged “it was reckless for the police to pursue" Pugh "when the need to apprehend [him] was minimal."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Ethics Board Says Aldermen Who Violate Code Of Conduct Should Face Harsher Punishments As Gardiner Retaliation Claims Investigated

The Ethics Board also referred a case involving the alderman back to the inspector general for deeper investigation, following new facts brought to light from his attorney.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Ald. Gardiner Kills Apartment Plan Near Jefferson Park Transit Hub In Zoning Move That Will Block Dense Developments

A 48-unit apartment complex near the Jefferson Park Blue Line and Metra station was approved by former Ald. John Arena. But now, only single-family homes or two-flats can be developed there.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Pubs For Pups: Bars Will Be Allowed To Welcome Pets Under Ordinance Set For City Council Approval

Bar owners have complained that city health officials are ticketing their businesses because they allow dogs on the same premises as cocktail garnishes like lemons and limes.

Citywide

Aldermen Poised For Long-Awaited Chance To Grill Police Over Controversial ShotSpotter Technology

Two reports have panned the gunshot detecting system as ineffective, kicking up a backlash among activists and some aldermen. 

Citywide

Sportsbook Ordinance Set For Discussion As Teams Jockey For Early Gambling Revenue

The proposal would allow fans to place bets at Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Soldier Field, the United Center and Wintrust Arena.

Citywide

Push To Reopen Shuttered Mental Health Clinics Challenged By City’s Top Doc

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is pushing back hard on a proposal from the City Council to reshuffle mental health spending to reopen city-backed clinics.

Citywide

Fire Department Chief Vows Diversity Push Timed With First New Recruitment Test In 7 Years

The Chicago Fire Department is dominated by white men — but the department’s first-ever Black woman leader vows to change that.

Citywide

Business Department To Set Aside $46 Million In Federal Money For ‘Food Equity,’ Nonprofit Support

The money will be spent on programs aimed at improving neighborhoods’ food options, boosting first-time entrepreneurs and padding the budgets of local nonprofits.

Citywide

City Must Map Out An ‘Endgame’ To Transform ‘Problem’ Buildings Languishing In Court, Top Buildings Official Says

The city could lobby for legislation that makes it harder for landlords to hold onto vacant properties, a city leader said, holding up a Block Club article on the issue.

Citywide

Cook County Mulls Revamp Of Ballooning Electronic Monitoring Program As Criticism Mounts

Changes could be coming to Cook County’s controversial home surveillance programs designed to pigeonhole pre-trial defendants who have been released from jail.

Citywide

Ethics Board Finds Ald. Jim Gardiner May Have Violated City Anti-Retaliation Rules, Calls For Deeper Investigation

Ald. Jim Gardiner could face up to a $10,000 fine for running afoul of city ethics rules, officials suggested in a notice issued this week.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park
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