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Chicago Sees A Record 27 Migrant Buses Arrive In Less Than A Week

The pace of arrivals has accelerated, further straining the city's already-strapped shelters, police stations and resources.


South Side Alderman, Activists Call On Mayor To Help Pass South Shore Housing Protections

Activists hope Mayor Brandon Johnson is more supportive than his predecessor as they push to keep neighbors in their homes amid the Obama Presidential Center's construction.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

What To Know About GardaWorld, The Controversial Security Company Tapped To Build Migrant Tent Camps

A plan to build shelters in Denver was nixed last-minute over criticism of GardaWorld's alleged "immigrant detention centers" in Texas and Canada.


Mayor, All But 2 City Council Members In Line For Raises In January

Alds. Byron Sigcho-Lopez and Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez were the only alderpeople to reject the raise, according to budget records obtained by Block Club.


Chicago Signs $29 Million Contract To Build Tent City ‘Base Camps’ For Migrants

Virginia-based GardaWorld Federal Services also was hired by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to send migrants to Democrat-led cities. The company has faced criticism for its treatment of asylum seekers in other states and in Canada.


Chicago Could Soon End Subminimum Wages For Tipped Workers

Chicago would become the largest city to independently phase out subminimum wages for tipped workers if the "One Fair Wage" ordinance is approved by City Council.


These South And West Side Neighborhoods Have Been Hardest Hit By Pollution, Study Shows

Chicago's "environmental justice neighborhoods" were identified in a new study, which will help inform how the city develops communities overburdened by pollution and industry.


Mayor Says ‘Strategic Plan’ Is In Place To Battle Surge Of Robberies

The West Town and Logan Square areas have been hit hard by armed robberies this summer. Two Northwest Side alderpeople are holding a public safety meeting Sept. 25 in response to the issue.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Plan To Hike Real Estate Transfer Tax To Fund Homelessness Prevention Moves Forward

If passed by the City Council this fall, the Bring Chicago Home initiative will then go in front of Chicago voters during a referendum next year.


Plan For ‘Migrant Camp’ On Vacant Roseland Lot Fiercely Opposed By South Side Neighbors

Neighbors have been looking forward to a development at the site that would bring housing and retail to 115th Street — set to break ground next year. They fear the camp would cost them jobs and much-needed investment.

Roseland, Pullman

Chicago Faces $538 Million Budget Gap — But Mayor Commits To Not Raising Property Taxes

Johnson said in a news release his 2024 budget plan "holds the line on not raising the base property tax levy."


Proposed ‘Migrant Camps’ To Be Discussed At Far South Side Community Meeting Wednesday

The meeting will "open the dialogue" about a vacant lot at 115th and Halsted streets possibly becoming one location for "winterized" tent camps for migrants.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Robberies Have Skyrocketed In West Town And Logan Square. Neighbors Ask: What Is The City Doing About It?

A dramatic uptick in armed robberies on the Northwest Side has community leaders, local police and neighbors on edge and scrambling for solutions.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago’s ‘Migrant Camps’ Will Be Modeled After New York City’s Tent Shelters

As busloads of migrants continue to arrive, the ongoing humanitarian crisis is estimated to cost Chicago taxpayers $255 million by the end of the year, Mayor Brandon Johnson revealed.


‘Refugee Camps’ In Chicago? Mayor Proposes Tent Cities For Migrants, Report Says

Mayor Brandon Johnson told the Sun-Times the city aims to move migrants out of police stations and into giant tents that hold up to 1,000 people. Ald. Andre Vasquez said it'll "basically look like refugee camps."


Judge Urges Feds To Review Whether Soccer Team’s Deal To Build On Public Housing Land Violates Civil Rights Laws

Meanwhile, Mayor Brandon Johnson is letting the Chicago Housing Authority spend public funds to keep the deal in place by fighting a lawsuit brought by CHA residents and activists.

Near West Side

Black, Latino Voters Had ‘Shocking Low’ Turnout In Election That Made Brandon Johnson Mayor, Report Shows

White voters continue to have outsized influence on City Hall, the study shows. And the number of Black voters who came out to elect Mayor Harold Washington was nearly triple the number that showed up for Johnson.


Queer Fam Pride Jam Draws Hundreds Of Families To Celebrate Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Community

PHOTOS: The all-ages Pride festival featured drag makeovers, house music dance lessons, LGBTQ+-owned vendors and other activities.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

One Year After First Migrant Buses Sent To Chicago, City Still Unprepared To Tackle Crisis: ‘There Is No Over For This’

Thousands of people are still sleeping on police station floors and a lack of concrete, long-term planning has the city's stopgaps failing.


Kenwood Migrant Shelter Will Bring Families Out Of Police Stations, But Some Neighbors Fiercely Oppose Plan

The city plans to move 300 migrants into Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in Kenwood as soon as Friday. But a lack of transparency and other concerns stirred tensions at a raucous meeting.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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