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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

Downtown Pot Sale Expansion, Police Union Contract On Tap For Last City Council Meeting Before Budget Battle

The $600 million police union contract would give cops a 20 percent raise over its eight-year life.

Citywide

Crackdown On Single-Use Plastics Set For Council Vote, As Some Alderpeople Yank Support For Less Strict Ordinance

If passed by the City Council, Chicago restaurants would largely be banned from giving customers unsolicited plasticware, napkins or condiment packet.

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Narrowed Plasticware Crackdown Set For Hearing As Tougher Version Remains On Shelf

Restaurants would be banned in most cases from sending customers home with unsolicited plasticware or condiment packets under an ordinance set to be considered Monday. But some say the measure doesn't go far enough.

Citywide

Downtown Could Finally Get Weed Shops As Push For Less Regulation Clears Committee

The new version of the ordinance would shrink the city's Downtown cannabis “exclusion zone” to a fraction of its current size.

Downtown

Apartment Complex Near O’Hare Gets Key Approval From City Commission — Despite Aldermen’s Opposition

The commission voted 10-1 to approve Glenstar’s proposal to build a seven-story, 297-unit apartment complex at 8535 W. Higgins Road in the 41st Ward. It would also have 59 affordable units.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

West Loop Apartment Towers With More Than 1,000 Units Get Key City Committee Approval

The city’s Plan Commission Thursday gave the green light to Jamal Properties’ plan to build two apartment towers at 601 W. Monroe Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Affordable Apartment Project Near O’Hare Faces Key Vote As Developer Battles Alderman Who Doesn’t Want It

Ald. Anthony Napolitano appealed to his colleagues to defeat the proposal, saying its approval could set a new citywide precedent eroding aldermen’s unwritten powers to kill developments in their own wards.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

‘Anger And Panic’ As Pilsen Landlords Scramble To Appeal Skyrocketing Tax Assessments

About 58 percent of homeowners in the 25th Ward, which includes Pilsen, saw higher property tax bills this year compared to 2020. But more than 93 percent of commercial owners in the ward were hit with tax hikes.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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.

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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.

Citywide

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.

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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."

Citywide

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."

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