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Sawyer Pushes Youth Activists’ Peace Book Ordinance Amid Summer Violence: ‘We Want Long-Term Solutions’

Good Kids Mad City's plan calls for 2 percent of the Chicago Police Department budget to be reallocated to create neighborhood commissions that promote peace and safety.

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Lightfoot Promises To Push Forward On ‘Essential’ Housing Density Ordinance Facing Uneasy City Council

Lightfoot's plan to boost housing near transit and whittle away at the city’s segregation won't survive a council vote without a hard-fought battle.

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Ald. Roderick Sawyer Is Running For Mayor, Following In His Father’s Footsteps

The South Side alderman vowed to tackle the city's crime and would fire Police Supt. David Brown. "The city is lacking in terms of what people want to see in leadership," Sawyer said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Retiring Alderman Defends Move To Scoop Up City-Owned Properties In His Ward At Bargain Prices

Departing Ald. Michael Scott and his wife are on track to benefit from a city-backed land deal to buy a pair of vacant lots adjoining their North Lawndale home.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Casino Plan, Curfew Ordinance To Meet Fates Wednesday Before Afternoon Grill Session On Summer Crime

From Chicago's first casino to a special meeting where top officials will be grilled on their plans to get ahead of summer violence, here's everything you need to know about today's City Council meetings.

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11th-hour Remap Deal Emerges With 41-plus Votes, Dimming Threat Of Referendum

The tentative deal on how to redraw Chicago's 50 wards for the next decades comes less than two weeks before a deadline that would have sent the issue to voters.

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Bally’s Casino Plan To Face First Test Of City Council Support As Lightfoot Looks To Fast-Track Vote

Aldermen who have raised a stink over Lightfoot’s pick for a casino at the Tribune Freedom Center site in River West will get their chance to grill city officials Monday.

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Chicago Casino Will Be Bally’s In River West At Tribune Publishing Plant, Lightfoot Announces

Neighboring alderpeople and resident groups have fought the casino, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced it as the winning pick Thursday. She still needs City Council and a state agency to sign off on the plan.

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Lightfoot Set To Announce Casino Pick As Critics Question The Selection Process

The mayor is widely expected to choose the Bally’s River West proposal over the loud objections of neighbors and some aldermen.

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Cook County Leaders Call On CTA, Metra To Combine Fare Systems: ‘This Is Something Our Residents Need’

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other senior county officials made the appeal Tuesday.

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Alderman’s Push To Expand Private Lot Booting Gets The Boot

Ald. Ariel Reboyras said he introduced the ordinance after former Ald. Joe Moore —now a lobbyist for a private booting company — asked him to.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Fulton Market Hotel Tower, Edgewater Apartments Up For Plan Commission Approval

Developers plan to add to the Fulton Market construction boom by razing the vacant former Bridgford Foods plant at the corner of Green and Peoria streets.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Ald. Pat Dowell Says She ‘Cannot Support’ Hard Rock Casino Proposal Near Soldier Field

Her position leaves just one casino proposal — Rhode Island-based Bally’s plan to build a resort in River West — whose local alderman has not come out against a gambling site in their own ward.

Downtown

Alderman Says He ‘Cannot Support’ A Casino At 78 Mega-Development Amid Neighborhood Opposition

Neighbors said their biggest concerns were that the casino could lead to more crime in the area and declining home values while contributing to heavy traffic and exacerbating problem gambling.  

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Who Is Nicole Lee? 11th Ward Alderman Pick Has Background In Corporate Giving, Chinese-American Organizing And Oil Consulting

If confirmed, Nicole Lee would become the first Chinese-American alderman to serve in Chicago's City Council.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

A ‘Back Door’ To O’Hare Airport Is Coming After City Council Approves New West Tollway

The tollway will make it faster to get to the airport from the suburbs and reduce overcrowding on existing roads by more than 20 percent, an alderman said Wednesday.

O'Hare

11th Ward Appointment Falters As Fossil Fuel Divestment, Demolition Fee Ordinances Kick Off Era Of Electronic Voting

City Council will meet Wednesday — but officials won't vote on a new alderman to represent the 11th Ward.

Downtown

Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop’s 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally’s In River West

City officials said Tuesday there will be three community meetings held for residents to discuss each of the proposals 6-8 p.m. April 5-7.

South Loop

Fees Intended To Slow Gentrification In Pilsen And Along The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail Could Continue After Council Vote

The finance committee also approved $2.54 million in tax-increment financing for developers working to convert the Morton Salt shed into a concert venue and restaurant space.    

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Police Misconduct Lawsuits Cost Taxpayers $40 Million In 2020, Report Shows — And Costs Are Growing

Early indications show police department legal costs have shot up since 2020.

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