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With Southeast Side Metal Scrapper On Hold, Activists And Neighbors Pledge To Keep Fighting ‘Until The Permit Is Denied’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot delayed the city's permit review for General Iron's owner to open a fifth facility in East Side after EPA officials said the proposal raises "significant civil rights concerns."

South Chicago, East Side
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Developers Pitch South Chicago Neighbors On Plans To Revitalize Commercial Avenue With Housing, Retail And More

The competing projects blend housing, retail and outdoor community space. One of the plans will be chosen for a mostly vacant stretch of 8840–54 S. Commercial Ave.

South Chicago, East Side

Anjanette Young Calls On Aldermen To Support Search Warrant Changes In Her Name: ‘Do The Right Thing’

Young, who was left naked and handcuffed for 40 minutes as police conducted a wrongful raid on her home, is pushing for reform. But her supporters face an uphill battle without Mayor Lightfoot's support.

Citywide

85 Percent Of ShotSpotter Alerts Are Dead Ends — But Officers Coached To Think They’re Responding To Dangerous Situations, Study Finds

A new analysis argues ShotSpotter is too inaccurate for routine use. But police say the technology speeds up response time to shootings.

Citywide

Lake Shore Drive Renamed Du Sable Drive? Name Change Approved By Key City Committee

The name change will now go before the full City Council — over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s objections.

Citywide

Good Government Experts Who Advised Lightfoot’s Transition Team Say Mayor Is Failing To ‘Bring The Light’ When It Comes To Police Misconduct

Members of Mayor Lightfoot's "good governance committee" criticized her commitment to transparency after she rejected creating a database of police misconduct records.

Citywide

Who Wants To Run Chicago’s Lone Casino? City Officially Opens Up The Bidding

The license will allow the winner to operate a temporary casino for two years before moving into a permanent location and holding the rights to operate slot machines at the city's two airports.

Citywide

City Council Lifts Residential Ban In Fulton Market, Opening Door To West Loop Housing Boom

Long off limits for residential projects, the approval now means new developments are allowed within the Kinzie Corridor Overlay District, bounded by Ogden Avenue, Carroll Avenue, Hubbard Street, Halsted and Wayman streets.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

With In-Person City Council Meetings Back In Session, Aldermen Approve Affordable Housing Measure While Lightfoot Pushes Ald. Burke To Resign

The approved Affordable Requirements Ordinance increases how many lower-cost units must be included in large residential projects. Meanwhile, Ald. Ed Burke is facing new scrutiny in his pending court case.

Citywide

City Council Approves $5 Million Sale Of Washburne School Site To St. Anthony Hospital

The Little Village site will become home to a hospital, a trade school, affordable housing, restaurants, retail and more.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Mayor’s Plan To Require More Affordable Units In Residential Developments Earns Key City Approval

The Lightfoot administration's plan would require developers building in most parts of the city to include 20 percent affordable units, up from the current 10 percent.

Downtown

West Loop Housing Boom Set To Expand North As City Committee OKs Lifting Ban In Long Off-Limits Fulton Market Stretch

The Zoning Committee also approved plans for a 19-story West Loop condo tower, a 12-story Near West Side apartment building, a 5-story Lakeview apartment building and a North Park Culver's.

Citywide

Culver’s Could Be Coming To North Park After Getting Key City Approval

The city's zoning committee signed off on a Culver's proposed for 6001 N. Lincoln Ave. City Council is scheduled to vote on it Wednesday.

North Park

As Frustrations Toward Chicago Police Mount, Another Attempt At Reform Stalls At City Hall: ‘We’re Out Of Runway’

Some aldermen and a city watchdog pushed to make the city make public a database of complaints against police officers. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot opposed it and a key city committee did not vote on the ordinance.

Citywide

$1 Billion Of City’s Federal Stimulus Cash Should Be Used To Pay Off Debt, Aldermen Told By City

The city is getting $1.9 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money, but more than half will be used to pay off debt incurred in 2020 and 2021.

Citywide

Plan To Stop ‘Rogue’ Tow Trucks From Preying On Car Crash Victims, Holding Vehicles ‘Hostage,’ Stalls In City Council Committee

Despite incidents of gunfire between rival tow truck drivers and towers listening to scanners to beat police to the scene of a crash, a council committee said it needs more time to consider the crackdown.

Citywide

Home-Based Businesses Would Face Less Red Tape Under City Proposal

The ordinance modifies Chicago’s home-based business license requirements and expands the range of occupations that qualify to be operated out of someone’s home.

Citywide

Need Time Off To Get A Coronavirus Vaccine? Your Employer Might Be Required To Provide It Under Proposed City Measure

The workplace protection ordinance comes as the city is racing to vaccinate Chicagoans as cases of coronavirus rise.

Citywide

Chicago Police Continue To Use ‘Seriously Flawed’ Gang Database Despite Pledging An Overhaul 2 Years Ago, Watchdog Finds

"For Chicagoans impacted by an opaque and procedurally flawed system, time is short — and two years is a very long time," said one official with the Inspector General's Office.

Citywide

New Zoning Rules Would Open The Door For Residential Development In Long Off-Limits Stretch Of Fulton Market

The alderman has long eschewed residential development north of Lake Street, but a new measure could lift the de facto ban for a small portion of Fulton Market.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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