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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
‘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.
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.
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.”