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‘I Was Profiled, I Was Threatened’: 911 Audio Shows Distraught Nikkita Brown After Cop Grabbed Her Near Beach

Lawyers say the Chicago Police Department has yet to turn over vital evidence, like body cam footage and police reports taken after a Black woman was grabbed by an officer telling her to leave a closed park.

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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City Council Postpones Vote On Lightfoot’s Overhaul Of Weed Rules

City Council will now vote on Lightfoot's push to allow weed shops in much of Downtown at the next City Council meeting, which is set for Monday.

Citywide

Uptown School Getting New Accessible Playground And Nature Walk After City Council Approval

Courtenay Elementary will get $2.1 million in city funds to update its play area for all ages of students.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Want Plastic Utensils Or Napkins With Your Takeout? Now You Have To Ask For Them, After City Council Passes Ordinance

In four months, Chicago restaurants will be mostly banned from giving out single-use plastics with meals.

Citywide

Ald. Jim Gardiner Says Sorry For Foul-Mouthed Texts As Council Colleagues Call For Hearing To Investigate Him

Gardiner is facing increasing scrutiny from colleagues and constituents over leaked text messages that reveal he sought to withhold city services to ward critics and demeaned others with misogynistic language.

Citywide

City Council Approves South Loop Hotel, Apartment Towers With More Than 1,000 Units

The new residences and apartments are planned for 525 S. Wabash and 1400 S. Wabash.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Affordable Apartments Near Englewood Square Get City Council Approval

The 56-unit building will offer one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments, 22 parking spaces, an elevator and commercial space.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Park Station Affordable Housing Development In Woodlawn Passes City Council

The $31 million project next to the Cottage Grove Green Line station is the first project approved under the new Woodlawn affordable housing protections.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Six Corners Sears Redevelopment Gets Full City Council Approval

Supporters hope the long-anticipated project will help revive the prominent Northwest Side intersection and draw in more businesses.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Plans For 21-Story Residential Building On Near North Side Approved By City Council

The 21-story building will have 178 residential units, retail on the first floor and 53 parking spaces.

Near North Side, River North

West Loop Boom Continues As City Council Approves More Than 1,300 New Apartments

Jamal Properties plans two apartment towers with more than 1,000 units, while DAC Developments plans 288 apartments in West Loop.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

TimeLine Theatre Gets OK To Move To Uptown, Renovate Warehouse Into Arts Center

Lakeview-based Timeline Theatre is moving to a bigger facility in Uptown and will inhabit a rebuilt warehouse building on Broadway.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Edgewater’s Wing Hoe Building To Be Replaced By Apartment Complex After City Council Vote

The development, first proposed in 2019, will now move forward after the City Council granted a rezoning request.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Crackdown On Single-Use Plastics Set For Council Vote, As Some Alderpeople Yank Support For Less Strict Ordinance

If passed by the City Council, Chicago restaurants would largely be banned from giving customers unsolicited plasticware, napkins or condiment packet.

Citywide

Chicagoans Would Still Be Able To Comment Virtually At Meetings After COVID-19 Subsides Under Proposal

Some aldermen said they hope there would be a change to the state’s Open Meetings Act to allow some committee meetings to operate virtually in the future.

Downtown

To Combat Gun Violence, Mayor Lightfoot Wants To Sue Gang Members

The ordinance would enable the city to sue purported gang members in civil court and try to seize their assets. But critics say the plan relies on an error-ridden gang database that was supposed to be overhauled.

Citywide

Six Corners Sears Project Nears City Council Approval After Surviving Affordable Housing Debate

The project has been praised for its potential to revive the once-thriving retail district, but the lack of affordable units has drawn criticism.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

‘Do Not Help Her’: After Texts Show Ald. Jim Gardiner Called Constituent A ‘C-nt,’ Council Members Want Him Punished

More than 20 elected officials are calling on Gardiner to publicly apologize after he urged staff not to help constituents who criticized him and called female residents and City Hall staffers “b-tch” and “c-nt.”

Citywide

Citing ‘Lawlessness And Violence In River North,’ Downtown Alderman Wants More Cops On Weekends

Ald. Brendan Reilly wrote Mayor Lori Lightfoot to demand more police patrols after a viral video showed two men being attacked in his ward.

Downtown

Chicago Rolls Out Mental Health Emergency Teams To Reduce Police Encounters With People In Crisis

The Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement program will create teams focused on de-escalating an emergency and providing follow-up treatment.

Citywide
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