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Here’s What Chicago’s Casino Could Look Like

The five casinos are proposed at the Tribune Publishing site, the old Michael Reese site, near McCormick Place, near Solider Field and at The 78 megadevelopment.

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City Council’s Black, Latino Caucuses Urged To Compromise As Fight Over New Ward Map Continues

The Latino population has grown in Chicago while the Black population has declined. Latino Caucus members say that means there should be more majority Latino wards — but that shouldn't come at the cost of Black representation, opponents say.

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Lightfoot’s Pick For Police Oversight Boss Apologizes To Slain Officer Ella French’s Family While Defending Agency’s Report

Mayor Lori Lightfoot still supports interim COPA chief Andrea Kersten, but said French’s inclusion in the report was “tone deaf and it was absolutely unnecessary.”

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Skeptical City Council Blocks Move To Explore How The City Could Buy Chicago Bears

Ald. George Cardenas said his resolution was a conversation starter on how to keep the franchise in the city, but Ald. Ray Lopez said it wasn't a conversation worth having.

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City Council Puts Police Board In Charge Of Gang Database Appeals Process — But Some Want Police To Fix The Database First

Someone who wants their name removed from the controversial database must go through police. But for the first time, they'll be able to appeal if they are denied.

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Groceries By Bike? Courier Startup Will Launch In Wicker Park After Zoning Change Approved

Buyk, a New York City-based startup that provides ultra-fast grocery delivery by bike, wants to expand rapidly in Chicago as rival Getir also launches in the city.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Dogs Allowed In Pup-Friendly Chicago Bars After City Council Approves New Rules

Bar owners have complained the city tickets them because they allow dogs on the same premises as cocktail garnishes like lemons and limes. The new rules eliminate this issue for bars that choose to allow pups.

Downtown

Hundreds Of Affordable Homes Coming To North Lawndale After City Approves $5.3 Million In Funding

The funds will go to the environmental remediation work that must happen on the lots before construction on the houses can begin.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City To Pay $2 Million To Family Of Woman Killed By Fleeing Driver In ‘Reckless’ Police Chase

Curtis Pugh killed Julia Lynn Callaway in 2018 as he fled officers who allegedly smelled cannabis coming from his car. Callaway’s family alleged “it was reckless for the police to pursue" Pugh "when the need to apprehend [him] was minimal."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Aldermen Slam Lightfoot’s Pick For Police Oversight Boss After ‘Tone Deaf’ Report On Slain Officer Ella French

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommended discipline for French stemming from the botched raid at Anjanette Young's home. The report was finished in April, months before French was killed, but released to the public last week.

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Chicagoans Will Get Another Chance To Weigh In On City Ward Remap This Week

Community organizers have blasted alderpeople for not seeking enough public input to draw the newest ward boundaries. The City Council has until Dec. 1 to approve a new map with enough backers to avoid sending it to voters.

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From John Barleycorn To Weed: Sunnyside Lakeview Opens Massive Dispensary Just Steps From Wrigley Field

Sunnyside Lakeview opened its 10,000-square-foot dispensary in the site of the former John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Support Grows For A Majority Asian American Ward In Chicago, ‘Unifying The Voices Of The People’

Despite differences on the city's new ward map, leaders of both the Black and Latino caucuses have now came out in support of Chicago's first majority Asian American ward.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

West Town Community Groups Say Proposed Latino Caucus Ward Map Carves Up The Neighborhood

As a battle between City Council’s Latino and Black caucuses heats up to decide political boundaries for the next decade, neighborhood leaders are pushing back against the Latino Caucus' proposal.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Billionaire Casino Magnate Says Allowing Betting At Wrigley, United Center Would Hurt City’s New Casino Before It’s Built

Allowing betting at the United Center and Wrigley Field would eat into the city's potential tax windfall from casino gambling, potential casino operator Neil Bluhm said.

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Chicago’s Vaccine Mandate For Police Temporarily Suspended By Judge Amid Fight With Police Union

The move halts Mayor Lori Lightfoot's mandate for officers as the city and the Fraternal Order of Police battle over the issue in court.

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Push To Repeal Vaccine Mandate For City Workers Fails

Spurred on by the city’s largest police union, aldermen debated the measure to repeal the mandate for two hours. It ultimately failed 13-30.

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Chicago 2022 Budget Approved By City Council, Spending Over $1 Billion On Social Programs And Economic Recovery

Nearly $2 billion in federal cash allowed Mayor Lori Lightfoot to avoid a hefty property tax and cancel old debt while spending liberally on social programs favored by progressives.

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City Council Blocks Move To Repeal Vaccine Mandate, But Court Rejects Extended Gag Order For Police Union President

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara called on officers willing to go into a no-pay status to report to police headquarters Tuesday.

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Lightfoot’s 2022 Budget, With More Dollars For Social Services And Direct Cash Payments, Secures Key City Approval

The final version of the budget includes more spending on mental health clinics and homelessness prevention, and to retain a $500-a-month direct cash program for 5,000 low-income Chicagoans.

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