Logan Square Weed Shop Gets Key Approval To Open In Historic 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City Council To Weigh Cracking Down On Polluters In Last Meeting Before 2021 Budget Talks
Aldermen are likely to approve a measure creating a way for the city to revoke tax incentives awarded to “bad actor” developers. The mechanism won't be applied retroactively to Hilco, however.
Northwest Side Affordable Housing Proposal Tests Lightfoot’s Resolve On ‘Aldermanic Privilege’
Ald. Nicholas Sposato's plan to downzone a property at 6001 W. Lawrence Ave. would hobble a nonprofit's plan to build an all-affordable 48-unit housing development.
Lightfoot ‘Moving On’ From GAPA Police Oversight Proposal, Pledges To Introduce ‘Alternative’ Plan
Lightfoot said she “spent a lot of time with the GAPA folks,” but they never came back with a counteroffer to settle “remaining issues” after the mayor’s rejected their last plan.
Council Tensions Linger Over Lightfoot’s Ongoing Battle Against ‘Aldermanic Prerogative’
Although some aldermen say little has changed since Lightfoot sought to limit aldermanic veto power, others are pushing back. “Unfortunately what we’ve seen so far is much worse: mayoral prerogative," one alderman said.
COPA Blew Deadlines For Releasing Videos Of Police Shootings, Watchdog Says
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability missed its deadline to publicly release more than 25 percent of the videos of police violence it was responsible for sharing between 2016 and 2019.
South Side School Buildings Converted To Temporary Shelters To ‘Decompress’ Homeless Population
The city has already begun setting up 540 shelter beds at former schools in Auburn Gresham and Bronzeville.
Single-Night Airbnb Rentals Would Be Banned Under Proposed City Crackdown
Short-term rental hosts could also be fined $10,000 for allowing parties under a proposed ordinance set to be considered Tuesday.
Cook County Board Resolves To Redirect Dollars Away From Jails And Policing, Calling It A ‘Failed System’
By approving the Justice for Black Lives resolution, Cook County will work to steer its multibillion-dollar policing budget toward health care, restorative justice and jobs instead in the coming years.
How Lightfoot And Housing Activists Reached An Uneasy Truce In The Battle For Woodlawn’s Future
The latest proposal to protect the area around the library includes extra measures aiming to help low- and middle-income earners buy homes in the neighborhood, where home prices have more than tripled in the past five years.