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Erin Hegarty, The Daily Line

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Police Contract Approved, Giving Cops A 20% Raise Over 8 Years

Aldermen voted 40-8 to approve the $600 million contract. Reform groups said the agreement “fails to make many of the changes we know we need.” 

Citywide

Resident Group Calls For Ward Remap To Make Englewood Whole: ‘We’ve Always Felt Like The Step-Children’

Greater Englewood has been split up among six different wards since at least after the 2000 Census. 

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

‘Water For All’ Ordinance Would Provide ‘Accessible, Affordable’ Water Delivery, Alderman Says

Ald. Daniel La Spata’s ordinance would make permanent the ban on water shutoffs due to non-payment and expand existing utility relief.

Citywide

Medical District Zoning Changes To Expand Development Get Committee Approval

The area could undergo a shift, from being primarily a medical district to becoming a "truly mixed-use neighborhood," a city official said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Loop Apartment Tower Plan Moves Forward, Would Bring 288 Units To Area

The $100 million high-rise would be sandwiched between buildings at 1201 W. Washington Blvd. and 1229 W. Washington Blvd.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Massive Goose Island Development Poised To Get Initial Approval From City

The development would bring Goose Island its first residential units in decades and a 300-room hotel.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Aldermen Push For City Mask Mandate As COVID Cases Climb

"I think if, and when, we see numbers move into the high-risk territory, we may move to put a mandate in place,” Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said.

Citywide

Push To Ban No-Knock Search Warrants, Pointing Guns At Kids During Raids Debated By Chicago Police Officials, Aldermen

One proposal would eliminate no-knock warrants and require police officers to wait at least 30 seconds after knocking and announcing themselves before entering a home to execute a search warrant.

Citywide

Will Chicago Police Reform Plan Move Forward? Aldermen Set To Vote On Civilian Oversight Of CPD

If approved Wednesday, the ordinance will establish a seven-member oversight commission charged with drafting and proposing Police Department policy.

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.

Citywide

Plan Commission Set To Hear Next Phase Of Roosevelt Square Development, Controversial Uptown Luxury Residential Proposal

Also on the agenda for the meeting is the long-awaited renovation of the Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport.

Downtown

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.

Citywide

Change From ‘Alderman’ To ‘Alderperson’ Gets Mixed Response In City Council

Ald. Jeanette Taylor noted the change is "about identity," but Ald. Pat Dowell said she prefers to keep the title "alderman."

Citywide

Tax Incentive To Rehab Bridgeport Warehouse Gets OK; Home Business Ordinance Stalls

Bubbly Dynamics’ intent to sublease the warehouse space on 37th Street has generated “a lot of interest already from potential tenants who would love to move in,” Edel told aldermen.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park
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