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Erin Hegarty, The Daily Line

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

Black, Latino Caucuses Look To Maximize Power In City Council Remap Amid Population Shifts

Chicago is losing population, driven primarily by a sharp drop in Black residents. With a ward remap on the horizon, the Aldermanic Black Caucus and Latino Caucus aim to keep communities in their wards together.

Citywide

Michael Simmons Sworn In As Newest State Senator, Beating Out Cassidy For Far North Side Seat

Simmons, deputy director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, fills the seat left vacant by the resignation of state Sen. Heather Steans.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago’s Bike Lane Efforts Have Fallen Short For Decades. Can Lightfoot Help The City Catch Up?

About 359 miles of bike lanes traverse Chicago’s streets, a far cry from the 645-mile network a 2012 plan envisioned the city would have by 2020.

Citywide

Plan To Turn Jefferson Park Firehouse Into Brewery And Apartments Gets Key City Approval

Lake Effect Brewing would anchor the redeveloped firehouse at 4841 N. Lipps Ave.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

2021 Spending Plan, Management Ordinance Clear Committee, Teeing Up Final City Council Vote

The spending plan was approved 26-8, drawing support from the minimum number of aldermen the ordinance would need for approval by City Council.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Too Many Coyotes, Raccoons And Barnyard Animals In Chicago, Aldermen Tell Animal Control

Wildlife roaming city neighborhoods proved a topic of concern among aldermen during a City Council budget hearing.

Citywide

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.

Downtown

Chicagoans Want Money Reallocated From Police Budget, City-Sponsored Survey Shows

“Of more than the 19,000 comments we received on the survey, more than 18,000 mentioned the police,” the city's budget director said.

Downtown

Ordinance Creating Process To Revoke Property Tax Incentives From ‘Bad Actors’ Set To Advance

The ordinance was born after a demolition at the old Crawford coal plant — a site owned by developer Hilco — sent dust across Little Village.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop