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6 Months Into Office, Lori Lightfoot’s Pledge To End Aldermanic Prerogative A Work In Progress

“We are still on a point where there is a lot of resistance to change,” Lightfoot said. “But I relish the challenge.”


Lightfoot Accuses Uber Of ‘Buying Off Black Ministers’ To Kill Fee Hike; Firm Says Mayor Is ‘Completely Factually Inaccurate’

“We’re going to keep seeing Uber throwing Hail Marys,” Lightfoot said, calling the ride hailing firms’ claims the taxes would hurt residents of the South and West sides disproportionately “complete nonsense.”


$65 Million Property Tax Hike Is Mayor Lightfoot’s Backup Budget Plan

The mayor is still trying to avoid pushing through a property tax hike, but time is running out for Springfield to deliver on other needed budget fixes.


Senior Veteran Housing Complex Likely Coming To The West Side After Key Vote

The development will bring 75 units of affordable housing for veterans to an area easily accessible to the city's VA hospitals.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

With Hate Crimes Up 60%, Aldermen Say New Plan Is Needed

Seventy-seven hate crimes have been reported to the Commission on Human Relations by the police so far this year, Noriega said. In all of 2018, there were 78 hate crimes reported to police, Noriega said.


CPS Tallies Cost Of New Teachers Contract In 2020: $33M, But Six Strike Days Will Save $68M

The district plans to make up five days of school canceled by the strike by holding class on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, June 17 and June 18.


Ald. Sigcho-Lopez Takes Aim At Disgraced Ex-Ald. Solis’ Use Of Campaign Cash To Pay Lawyers

Danny Solis, an FBI mole, paid $220,000 out of his campaign fund to cover legal fees in May.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

No ‘Large’ Property Tax Hike In Lightfoot’s 2020 Budget — But It Relies On State To Fill Gap

If state lawmakers balk at the plan, a property tax hike will be necessary to plug the hole, the mayor said.


Mayor Lightfoot, With Teachers Still On Strike, To Reveal Wednesday How She Plans To Plug Budget Hole

The big question Lightfoot will answer is how much of the budget deficit will have to be filled with a property tax hike.


Change To Allow Cell Towers In City Parks Alarms Park Groups Who Say There Was No Community Input

An ordinance to allow "freestanding facilities" up to 150 feet tall in city parks was submitted to City Council Sept. 18, but activist groups say no one informed them of the proposal until Monday.


Pressure Intensifies On Mayor Lightfoot As Legal Pot Rules Stall And Teachers Strike Looms

With pressure mounting on all sides, Wednesday could prove to be a definitive day for Mayor Lori Lightfoot.


As Police Defend Murder Clearance Rate, Aldermen Demand More Detectives

"In our community, murders don’t get solved,” West Side Ald. Emma Mitts said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Jason Van Dyke Lied, Refused To Cooperate With Probe While Other Officers Destroyed Evidence In Laquan McDonald’s Murder, City Watchdog Says

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson concluded in June 2016 that Van Dyke made “false reports, false statements and material omissions” in an effort to “exaggerate the threat McDonald posed."

McKinley Park

City’s First Shared Street, Welcoming Cars, Bikes And Pedestrians In Uptown, Could Become Permanent

Although the program kicked off amid some confusion, it has not been a source of frequent complaints, officials said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Want To Fight Trump? Make Sure You Are Counted In Census, Lightfoot Says

When the 2020 Census kicks off in six months, it will take an “all hands on deck” effort to improve on the 66 percent response rate notched by Chicagoans during the 2010 Census.


Ald. Gardiner ‘Overstates His Ability’ To Block Plans For Six Corners Development, Lightfoot Says

Gardiner announced Friday that he opposed the updated plans for the Point at Six Corners development.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Ousted Ald. Arena Hired By The City As Department Of Planning Senior Adviser

Arena, who served two terms on the City Council, will be paid $123,996 annually.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

ICE Agents ‘Manipulated’ Chicago Cops By Calling 911 During Raids, Ald. Says: ‘This Was A Bait Call To Get CPD Out There’

Activists are urging the city to investigate why police responded to the scene of two ICE operations and are informing undocumented Chicagoans of their rights.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Aldermanic Power To Blame For City Segregation, Housing Advocates Say — And They Want Mayor Lightfoot To Rein It In

“In white wards, aldermanic prerogative is often used as a tool of the new Jim Crow,” said one advocate. “It is time for us as a city to face our history and to take concerted action to repair it.”


Developers Face Up To $10,000 Fine For Harassing Homeowners To Sell Under New City Rule

Introduced by Pilsen Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, the ordinance looks to curb "predatory tactics" to get homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods to sell their property.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards
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