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City Council Approves $377 Million COVID-19 Relief Package Over Opposition From Ald. Ed Burke

The Council voted 37-10 on Friday after Ald. Ed Burke sought to cast doubt on the administration's federal pandemic relief spending.


City Council Approves Plan To Convert Morton Salt Factory Into Music Hall, Office Building

The $30 million project will generate $4.5 million in annual tax revenues, according to developers.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Plan To Bring More Retail, Film Studio To The Fields Campus Gets Final Approval From City Council

The approval comes after some community members tried to block the vote over what they called a lack of transparency.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

COVID-19 Relief Package Stalls After Alds. Burke And Lopez Move To Delay Vote And Council Meeting Abruptly Ends

The abrupt end meant aldermen couldn't approve hundreds of millions of dollars for people who need help, Mayor Lightfoot said. "In a time where people are hurting and bearing an inordinate burden, what we need is progress, not parliamentary tactics."


Mayor’s ‘You Gotta Be F–king Kidding Me’ Hot Mic Moment Was Not Directed At Council Members, Alderman Says

"She texted me and said she was talking about something brought to her by her staff," Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez said following the mayor's gaffe.


Black Chicago Alderwomen Demand Search Warrant Reforms After Anjanette Young Raid

The Anjanette Young Ordinance would ban no-knock warrants and place tighter restrictions on the police's ability to get warrants. “We’re going to continue to push this until it happens,” Young said.


Aldermen Call For Chicago Postmaster To Resign Immediately After Watchdog Found Huge Issues With Mail

Complaints of delayed mail have dogged the Post Office for months, with issues reported in every part of the city — but four South Side post offices have faced thousands of complaints.


Morton Salt Building, The Fields Project Move Closer To City Council Approval

The city's zoning committee signed off on the major projects on Goose Island and the Logan Square/Avondale border, in addition to approving an ordinance on smoke detectors.


Anjanette Young Sues City, Cops Over Humiliating Wrongful Raid, Alleging Police Began An Immediate Coverup

Though some have asked Young whether recounting the graphic details of the raid adds to her trauma, she said she won't be silent. “I will tell it again today. I will tell it again tomorrow. I will tell it again until no other woman in the city of Chicago is ever treated that way again."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Rival Proposals To Let Civilians Run Police Department Could Be Merged In A Compromise Deal — But Lightfoot Delays Vote Again

Supporters of CPAC and GAPA, two proposals to create civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department, are negotiating towards a compromise ordinance to fend off a third measure set to be introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.


Key City Panel OKs ‘Audacious’ Plan That Imagines A Mixed-Income Fulton Market

The updated Fulton Market Innovation District would, among other details, open the area north of Lake Street for residential development. City officials said more TIF funding will be needed to support the plan.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

First Phase Of Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment Plan Gets Key City Approval

The developer's vision for the former hospital site was a hit with community leaders and elected officials, but some residents still have concerns.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Massive Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment Set For Plan Commission Vote Thursday

An update to the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, a proposed 50-foot building at The Fields development and a new elementary school in Belmont Cragin will also be considered.


Chicago Lists 40 Statues That Could Be Problematic For Public Review — Including 5 Of Abe Lincoln

The city did not say what will happen to the artwork it has flagged, though it's asking for residents to provide feedback.


CPS Parent Group Says Kids Learning From Home Need More Support From District

Raise Your Hand for Illinois, an education advocacy group, created a list of demands for the district, calling for more transparency, increased spending on remote learning and a meeting with CPS leadership.


Under Fire For Not Enforcing Private Recycling At Multi-Unit Buildings, Streets And San Boss Happy To Pass Off The Work

Streets and Sanitation is required to make sure owners of buildings with five or more units hire private waste haulers, a job the department's commissioner said he "wouldn't object" to kicking to another branch within the city.


Aldermen Push For Librarians To Be Vaccinated Soon, But City’s Top Doc Says That’d Slow Rollout For Seniors

"We're gonna get the librarians vaccinated. I promise. But it'll be in line with a lot of other frontline essential workers," Dr. Allison Arwady said.


Chicago Cracking Down On Suburbanites Taking Vaccine Appointments In The City

More than 323,000 people have been vaccinated in Chicago, with about 63 percent of doses going to residents and 37 percent going to non-residents.


Lakefront Could Reopen Soon — But Chicago Is Not ‘Past COVID’ And Still Needs Safety Restrictions, City’s Top Doc Says

The Lakefront Trail was allowed to reopen in June, but beaches and parks east of it are closed. Many Chicagoans have questioned why indoor dining can return or schools can reopen but people can't spend time outside along the lake.


Chicago Teachers Union Leaders Send Schools Reopening Plan To Full Membership For A Vote

The deal to reopen schools comes after weeks of escalating tensions between the Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson.

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