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A West Side Vacant Lot Will Soon Become A Roller Rink And Community Plaza

The roller rink will be built along a troubled street in an effort to use public investment and community engagement to deter crime and help revitalize the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘DuSable Lake Shore Drive’ Name Change Compromise Could Get Sealed By City Council Friday

The City Council is back Friday after a chaotic Wednesday meeting got pushed back. Meanwhile, 22 aldermen sent Mayor Lori Lightfoot a letter asking her to follow City Council procedures.

Citywide

City Council Meeting Abruptly Ends In Chaos With No Vote On Renaming Lake Shore Drive

The drama began when aldermen were asked to consider Mayor Lori Lightfoot's appointment of Celia Meza as Chicago’s corporation counsel earlier than expected. City Council is “not a council of order anymore,” one alderman said.

Downtown

Plan To Build 300 Apartments Near O’Hare Could Be Dead After Local Aldermen Objects, Saying He Wants Businesses There Instead

The vote is a reminder of the influence aldermen maintain over development in their wards.

O'Hare

Critics Of Changing Lake Shore Drive To DuSable Drive Suggest Alternatives — But Supporters Aren’t Backing Down

Ald. David Moore said the votes are still there to pass an ordinance that would rename Lake Shore Drive after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable — and said attempts to rename the Riverwalk and Millennium Park in its place won't work.

Downtown

Dueling Police Oversight Proposals Stall After Key City Committee Doesn’t Vote On Either Plan

It was unclear if either proposal had enough votes to set up a City Council vote — but a late compromise had one coalition feeling confident.

Citywide

Rival Proposals For Reforming Chicago Police Will Face Off Friday — But It’s Not Clear If Either Has Votes To Move Forward

Aldermen on the public safety committee will review rivals proposals for reforming oversight of the Police Department.

Citywide

State Adopts ‘Alderperson’ To Describe Chicago City Council Members — But Some Alderpeople Aren’t Thrilled

While state statutes will now use the gender-neutral term "alderperson," several City Council members plan to continue going by alderman, alderwoman or just plain "alder."

Citywide

Midnight Curfew For Alcohol Sales Gets Key City Approval, Setting Stage For City Council Vote

The controversial rule is part of a larger relief package to support local businesses after the pandemic and streamline the permitting process.

Citywide

Anjanette Young Says Lightfoot Has ‘Betrayed’ Her As City Fights Lawsuit Over Wrongful Raid That Left Her Handcuffed And Naked

“I will continue to fight until I receive the justice that I am due," Young said Wednesday.

Downtown

West Side Roller Rink Gets Key City Support, Moves Closer To Getting $1.5M In Public Funding

The rink could be built this summer at a city-owned vacant lot at 4008 W. Madison St. if City Council approves the plans.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Liquor Store Sales Would End At Midnight — Not 10 PM — Under Lightfoot’s ‘Compromise’ Plan

A curfew on alcohol sales was implemented during the pandemic, but the mayor faced backlash in trying to make a 10 p.m. rule permanent.

Citywide

Family, Friends Honor ‘School Of Rock’ Musician Kevin Clark With Loud Farewell — And Promise To Fight For Bike Safety On Western Avenue

The boisterous sendoff was a fitting tribute to Clark, a “loud” drummer known for his role in the “School of Rock” movie. A driver fatally hit Clark last month as he biked through the intersection at Logan Boulevard and Western Avenue.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago Can Choose An Energy Provider For The First Time In 30 Years — And It Might Not Be ComEd

The city could pick a new energy provider now that its 1992 deal with ComEd is set to expire.

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Police Department’s ‘Vague’ New Foot Chase Policy Doesn’t Fix Glaring Problems, Activists Say

Critics say the policy gives “far too much discretion” to officers to determine when a foot chase is necessary and will lead to dangerous interactions. It could have been improved if the department had listened to community voices, they added.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Cleanup In Aisle 9! Crews Rip Up Old Town Walgreens, Piling Mounds Of Dirt And Bricks In The Middle Of The Store

A viral tweet shows workers inside in a deep trench ... in the middle of an Old Town Walgreens, where people continued to shop.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Could Scooters Become A Permanent Fixture In Chicago? Aldermen Push Back After Latest Pilot Test

A 2020 pilot saw fewer complaints about e-scooters than the 2019 one — but aldermen said they still aren't sold amid safety concerns.

Citywide

New Weed Law Will Bring More Black And Brown Entrepreneurs Into The Fold — And More Dispensaries To South And West Sides, Applicants Hope

Under the bill, passed by the state General Assembly over the weekend, 190 dispensary licenses will be awarded, with a focus on social equity applicants.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lightfoot’s Plan To Ban Alcohol Sales After 10 PM ‘Dead On Arrival,’ Alderman Says

“You can’t kneecap a whole industry of mostly independent small businesses ... because of anecdotal concerns about quality of life,” one expert said.

Citywide

Liquor Sale Curfew, DuSable Delayed: Here’s Everything You Need To Know Out Of City Council

There was little change for the most controversial items that were on the City Council docket, but aldermen did approve multiple projects in the neighborhoods.

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