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The Daily Line

A professional guide to politics since 2007.

Read Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Full Inauguration Speech

"For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well get ready, because reform is here."

Downtown

Deadline To Weigh In On Chicago Police’s New Gang Database Is Saturday

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said it was a “good question” whether the police department should even operate a database.

Downtown

Ald. Ed Burke Wins Re-Election In 14th Ward Despite Facing Federal Corruption Charges

Burke is one of four Chicago aldermen facing legal problems.

Downtown

Ald. Danny Solis Secretly Recorded Ed Burke For The FBI, Sun-Times Reports

Solis is expected to resign immediately now that his role as an FBI informant has been made public, the Sun-Times reports.

Downtown

Read Ald. Ed Burke’s Criminal Complaint Here

In a 37-page document, the feds reveal secretly-recorded Burke phone conversations.

Downtown

Legal Pot, Gambling, Bonds And Law Changes: Rahm Emanuel Makes His Case For Solving Pension Crisis (FULL TEXT)

"These are not things that just make a difference today, or tomorrow, but for generations," Emanuel said.

Downtown

Liquor Ban On Division Street In Wicker Park Gets Approved By City Committee

Too Much Booze On Division Street? Ban On Sale Of Alcohol Likely Returning To Wicker Park Strip

An exception to the longstanding packaged goods ban was granted for Foxtrot, which opened over the summer.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

17 Percent Of Homes Where City Crews Installed Water Meters Have Elevated Lead Levels

City officials first learned of the issue nearly six months ago.

Downtown

Ald. Ameya Pawar Announces Bid For City Treasurer, Touts ‘Bold Progressive Agenda’

If elected, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said he wants to mobilize the city’s dollars for financial justice and racial equity.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

It’s OK To Close Roads Through Jackson Park For Obama Library, Aldermen Say

The plan calls for the closure and widening of several roads to allow the four-building center to be built in Jackson Park.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With CPS Poised To Release 2018-19 Enrollment Data, ‘Astronomical’ Decline Expected To Continue

CPS enrollment has decreased by 11.8 percent since the since the 2006-07 school year, figures show.

Downtown

Massive Redevelopment Of Tribune Printing Plant, Union Station Gets The OK From Key City Commission

The $2.5 billion project could break ground in 2020 and faces two more votes at City Hall before it wins final approval.

Downtown

Trump Administration Says Chicago Police Don’t Need Reforms Laid Out In Consent Decree, Sparking New Battle

The Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department called the all-but completed consent decree “dangerous.”

Downtown

Elections Officials Explore Vote By Mail Programs To Increase Turnout, Security

In Colorado, increased vote by mail options made turnout skyrocket – and officials are looking at how to do that in Illinois.

Downtown

Plans For Brewery, Office Tower In Fulton Market Approved By Plan Commission

Blind Pig Hospitality will revamp an old industrial building on Green Street into a new brewery, distillery and restaurant.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Uber, Lyft, Via Agree To Pay City $10.4 Million For Failing To Properly Vet Drivers

The Daily Line: Uber will pay $6.4 million, while Lyft will pay approximately $4 million, the mayor’s office announced.

Downtown

Plan Commission To Weigh Plans For Office Tower, Brewery In Fulton Market; Luxury Apartment Complex Near 606 Trail

At Ald. Walter Burnett's request, a developer said he'd "try" to keep retail spaces affordable enough for small businesses in his Sangamon Street tower.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Incumbent Aldermen Haul In Big Bucks As Opponents Gear Up To Challenge Them

Candidates in contested aldermanic races have roughly $5.2 million to spend on upcoming races.

Downtown

Concerned About Lincoln Yards Transportation Issues? Get Organized, Ald. Hopkins Says

The Daily Line: “You have Friends of the Parks and Friends of the River focused on parkland and open space. ... You don’t have a friends of the bridge."

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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