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Police Gang Database Is ‘Riddled With Errors’ And Has Ruined Lives, Aldermen Say — So Why Is CPD Still Using It?

A trio of police officials described a database the department is planning to roll out that will be governed by tighter controls. But some alderpeople want the whole system scrapped.


Today’s City Council Preview: Police Reform, Michael Reese Overhaul, Aldermanic Power And More On Tap

Chicago aldermen meet Wednesday to take on a host of proposals including creating a civilian oversight board for Chicago Police.


Lightfoot’s Campaign Promise On Police Oversight Comes Tantalizingly Close, 16 Months After Last Deal Fell Apart

The plan would empower the civilian commission to draft and mandate police department policy. The mayor would be able to reject the commission’s policymaking decisions, but the City Council could then override her veto.


Aldermen Pounce As Brown, Lightfoot Stand By ‘False Narrative’ Linking Courts To Shootings

At least 90 people were shot in Chicago during the Fourth of July weekend, including two police officers and a 6-year-old girl.


Aldermen Force Special Meeting To Put Top Cop ‘On The Stand’ Over CPD Summer Plans

Nearly half the City Council used a legal maneuver on Wednesday to trigger a special meeting designed to probe Chicago Police Department leaders about their plans to head off summer violence ahead of the July 4 weekend.


State Adopts ‘Alderperson’ To Describe Chicago City Council Members — But Some Alderpeople Aren’t Thrilled

While state statutes will now use the gender-neutral term "alderperson," several City Council members plan to continue going by alderman, alderwoman or just plain "alder."


Police Misconduct Transparency Ordinance Set For Key Vote As Lightfoot Defends Compromise

A newly revised substitute ordinance sent to aldermen Sunday evening added language to clarify that the database will include records of complaints that were "not sustained, unfounded, or exonerated."


Michael Reese Site Primed For $97 Million Sale As ‘Bronzeville Lakefront’ Edges Closer To Reality

When completed, the $4 billion Bronzeville Lakefront campus is planned to include nearly 7,000 housing units and 8 million square feet of office, retail and research facilities.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

State Sending 50,000 Moderna, Pfizer Vaccine Doses To Chicago While Johnson & Johnson Is Paused

"As cases climb across the country, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible," Gov. JB Pritzker said.


Logan Square Weed Shop Gets Key Approval To Open In Historical Milwaukee Avenue Bank

The Zoning Board of Appeals also approved plans for the CTA to build a power station in Avondale to boost capacity on the overcrowded Blue Line and for an Avondale weed shop to expand.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

New Coach Houses To Be Allowed Under Proposed Law Before Aldermen Wednesday

The coach house ordinance is one of several items before aldermen during the City Council's last virtual meeting of 2020.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Aldermen Consider Push To Rename Lake Shore Drive For Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable

Du Sable, who was of African descent, is considered the first permanent non-Indigenous settler in Chicago.


Anti-Deconversion Ordinance’ Will ‘Interrupt’ Loss Of Cheap Housing Stock In Pilsen, 606 Area, Officials Say

Housing officials want to make it harder to convert some small apartment buildings into single-family homes.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

2 Weed Dispensaries Get Key City Permit To Open In Greektown, River North

The Herbal Care Center and PharmaCann got Zoning Board approval for new dispensaries. Now, the state has to sign off.

Near North Side, River North

Gold Coast Condo Tower, Bridgeport Distribution Center Set For Plan Commission Approval

The 35-story luxury condo tower at 40 W. Oak St. would be across the street from the Newberry Library and Ogden Elementary School.


Despite Budget Sweeteners, Lightfoot Faces Uphill Climb To 26 Votes, Aldermen Say

Despite padding the budget with an extra $10 million for violence prevention efforts, some aldermen who are typically aligned with Lightfoot have signaled they will not support her proposed property tax hike.


Layoffs Averted, But Sticking Points Remain As Budget Ordinances Set For Monday Rollout

The proposed property tax hike has some officials skeptical the mayor will have enough votes by Nov. 24, when the budget is scheduled for a final vote.


Lightfoot, Budget Officials Defend Expanding Speeding Tickets: ‘This Is About Keeping Communities Safe’

The mayor campaigned on ending the city’s reliance on ticketing to balance its budget. Now, she wants to ticket drivers who exceed the speed limit by more than 6 miles per hour.


Aldermen Probe Languishing Police Oversight Plans As Lightfoot’s ‘Alternative’ Proposal Lies In Wait

Unlike the community commission outlined by GAPA, whose members would be paid $12,000 annually, CPAC’s members would serve full time and draw the same nearly $118,000 salaries earned by aldermen.


West Loop Office Building, River North Hotel Secure Key City Approval At Plan Commission

A West Loop office building is planned for a vacant lot while a River North hotel will take the place of a parking lot.

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