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Erin Hegarty, The Daily Line

Vote To Expand Car Booting Citywide Delayed By Committee

Car booting is currently only legal in about two-thirds of the city’s 50 wards. An ex-alderman is lobbying to expand the practice.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Popular DJ Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez Running For Alderman In 26th Ward

Perez, who was a staple on B96 in the '90s, intends to run against Ald. Roberto Maldonado, who has held the 26th Ward seat for more than a decade.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Aldermen Skeptical Of Lightfoot’s Gas Card Giveaway Plan: ‘Burning Up $12.5 Million To Very Short-Term Relief’

Lightfoot's gas relief plan to give $150 gas cards and $50 CTA fare cards to some Chicago residents didn't advance Wednesday, putting its implementation in flux.

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City Announces Plan To Add 48 Miles Of Bike And Pedestrian Trails, Give Away 5,000 Bikes To Residents

Several of the projects, including plans to convert an old railroad into a trail in Englewood, are still in the planning and design phases.

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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

With Daley Thompson Guilty Verdict, Clock Begins Ticking To Appoint New 11th Ward Alderman

The Bridgeport official was found guilty Monday on federal tax fraud charges. State law requires the two-term alderman to step down from City Council.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Watchdog Report Tears Into Lightfoot Office’s Attempt to ‘Mislead,’ Provide ‘False Narratives’ In Anjanette Young Raid Fallout

The watchdog’s report found “the inefficient and wasteful management of the City’s response to a wrong raid."

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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

Aldermen Demand Better Testing, More Info On CPS’ Strategy For Addressing COVID-19 Surge

“Alderpeople aren’t really being kept in the loop" on CPS' COVID-19 mitigation efforts, Ald. Maria Hadden said. She and other are calling for a special hearing on the issue.

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After Delay In Establishing Police Oversight Commission, Applications Set To Open Before Year’s End

The ordinance establishes three-member district councils for each of the city’s 22 police districts and a citywide commission empowered to implement police policy.

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Years-In-The-Making Humboldt Park Affordable Housing Plan Spurs Design Debate

Despite concerns from some commissioners that the design of the proposed 64-unit, mixed-use affordable housing building is not “iconic” enough, the Plan Commission advanced the proposal.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Aldermen Push For New York-style Vaccine Requirement In Restaurants, Other Public Spaces

New York City is requiring a vaccination for entry to dine indoors, attend theater productions and concerts and use gyms. Some alderpeople want the same for Chicago.

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Beefed-Up Forestry Crews Will Help Shift City To Long-Sought ‘Block-By-Block’ Tree Trimming, Hedge Down Backlog, Officials Say

Backlogs of tree trimming requests have piled up, leaving residents waiting as long as one year to have their trees maintained. 

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City On Right Path With Divvy Expansion, Bike Lane Funding, But Protection And Maintenance Are Key, Advocates Say

Transportation officials expect to use $17 million from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Works capital plan to add 50 miles of new and upgraded bike lanes during both 2021 and 2022.

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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.

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Housing Officials Tout Coach Houses, SROs Among Tools To Expand Affordable Housing: ‘It’s No One Thing’

The city has received more than 300 applications from property owners who want to turn basements, attics and coach houses into additional dwelling units in five pilot zones.

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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.

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Aldermen Decry City’s Year-Long Tree Trimming Backlog: ‘I Can’t Say It Enough — Forestry, Forestry, Forestry’

Streets and Sanitation leaders also revealed the city's dismal recycling rate remained flat at 8 or 9 percent.

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Lightfoot Set To Introduce 2022 Budget Proposal, Plan To Spend $1.9 Billion In Federal Stimulus Money

The mayor’s budget plan is likely to be met with tough scrutiny amid ongoing calls from some aldermen and advocacy groups to divest money from the police department.

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