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83,000 People Apply For Just 2,000 City Grants To Help Unemployed Chicagoans

The overwhelming demand for the grants means that fewer than 2.5 percent of applicants will get the funds, which will start going out this week.

Downtown

Lightfoot Pushing To Make TIFs More Equitable But Changes Lacking For Critics She’s Tried To Win Over

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: Chicago’s mayor has long promised to reform how special tax funds are spent on private projects. Her first move is a step but isn’t big enough for some.

Downtown

South Side Grow Site, Dispensary Expansion Set For Zoning Approval As Weed Industry Ramps Up

If approved, the facility would be the second grow site to receive the blessing of the City Council in as many months.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Aldermen OK Controversial Plan To Use Closed South Shore High school For Police Training

The former Chicago public high school is one vote away from becoming a temporary police training facility.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Horse-Drawn Carriages Could Be Banned In Chicago By Next Year: ‘Their Time Has Passed,’ Alderman Says

Aldermen will vote next week on whether to ban horse-drawn carriages from the city as of Jan. 1.

Downtown

Pilsen Alderman Says Mayor Lightfoot Should Apologize For Comments About The Neighborhood

"Pilsen 10 years ago was a neighborhood we all would have been a little concerned about being in after dark,” Lightfoot said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Lightfoot Won’t Support Changing Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples Day As A City Holiday

The mayor said there was more the city could do to “elevate the history of indigenous people” in Chicago, but she does not plan to eliminate Columbus Day.

Downtown

Get Scooter Riders Off The Sidewalks And Into The Streets, Aldermen Urge City

City officials said 192 people were injured while riding scooters during last year's pilot program.

Downtown

Lightfoot Plans To Spend $4.5 Million To Keep Woodlawn Residents In Their Homes Near Obama Center

Woodlawn Ald. Jeanette Taylor said the mayor’s proposal does not do enough to protect residents from being pushed out.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Divided City Council Agrees To Pay $11.9 Million To Settle 4 Police Misconduct Cases

Fifteen aldermen voted no — a significant chunk of the City Council, which usually casts unanimous or near-unanimous votes.

Downtown

Lightfoot Blasts Trump’s Commutation Of Blagojevich: It ‘Sends Entirely The Wrong Message’

“Blagojevich is a real touchstone for a lot of people of what is wrong in Illinois politics,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Downtown

Chicago Is The Most Corrupt City In The U.S., According To New Study

Chicago outpaced Los Angeles and New York in corruption convictions — and residents are already bracing for more.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

‘Poverty Is Killing Us — All Of Us’: Lightfoot Pledges To End Generational Poverty

Approximately 22 percent of Chicagoans fall below the Federal Poverty Level, which is an annual income of $26,200 for a family of four.

Downtown

Ready, Set, Brunch: Aldermen OK 9 A.M. Start For Booze Sales On Sundays

The proposal comes from restaurants that aim to serve soccer fans, who are often up early on Sundays to watch European teams.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Sunday Brunch Lovers Rejoice: Aldermen To Weigh 9 a.m. Start To Booze Sales

If approved, Chicago restaurants could start pouring beer, wine and spirits at 9 a.m. Sunday rather than waiting until 10 a.m.

Downtown

Lightfoot’s Plan To Expand Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Gets Thumbs Up From Aldermen

The changes to the fund are intended to make it easier for small businesses to apply and use the money.

Downtown

Groups Pushing For Obama Center CBA Stage Sit-In At Mayor’s Office

“We don’t trust the city,” Woodlawn Ald. Jeanette Taylor said. “We just don’t.”

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

‘Catastrophic’ Lakefront Erosion Targeted By Aldermen Who Want More Environmental Action

Aldermen declared a climate emergency in Chicago on Monday, pledging to act to combat the problems leading to lakefront erosion, flooding and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Rahm’s ‘Smoke And Mirrors,’ Lightfoot Claims Neighborhood Opportunity Fund As Her Own

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: Even as developers flooded the fund as cranes dotted Chicago’s skyline, Emanuel awarded 156 grants totaling only $890,000.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Ald. Taylor Vows To Block Lightfoot’s Scaled-Back Obama Center Affordable Housing Plan

"I’m going to fight [the Mayor] and everybody else on making sure that this doesn’t pass," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said. "It is either get right, or get right out of office.”

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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