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Brendan Reilly
Brendan Reilly

Temporary Casino In River North Draws Complaints From Neighbors Who Doubt Traffic, Parking Won’t Get Worse

Bally's plans to open a temporary casino in River North while it builds a permanent casino on the Chicago River's North Branch.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Here’s Who Is Running To Represent Downtown, West Loop In City Council

Alds. Walter Burnett and Brian Hopkins are running unopposed, while Ald. Brendan Reilly has a challenger. Two newcomers are vying for the newly relocated 34th Ward.

Downtown

River North Alderman Blocks New Hotel Proposal Because Of Trouble At Hotel Next Door

The zoning change, which comes after neighbors complained of violence at a hotel next door, blocks any future hotel development from opening on the Huron Street lot.

Downtown

Pedicab Crackdown Would Limit Rides At Navy Pier, But Drivers Say It Would Be ‘Devastating’ For Business

If approved, pedicabs would not be allowed to operate 6 p.m.-9 a.m. at the tourist hot spot.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Cops Can Use Drag Racing Videos To Impound Cars Under New Crackdown Ordinance

The ordinance, introduced by Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, also allows officers to impound cars without the owner present and boosts fines for people caught racing or drifting.

Citywide

Here’s What Bally’s Temporary Casino At Medinah Temple Could Look Like

Medinah Temple, a landmark, won't see changes to its exterior if it hosts the temporary casino — but its three-story interior will be renovated, officials said.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

The Loop’s Central Business District Extends Seasonal Patio Hours To Midnight

The ordinance allows patios in The Loop's central business district to serve alcohol until midnight through Dec. 1

Downtown

Chicago Casino Approved By City Council After Screaming Match Between Mayor, Alderman

After a heated vote, the $1.7 billion casino planned for the Tribune Publishing site now goes to the state's gaming board for final approval. Here's what it will look like.

Citywide

Chicago Casino Set For Final City Vote Wednesday After Committee OKs Bally’s Plan

The key vote came just weeks after Lightfoot announced Bally's was her top pick. The full City Council will vote on the controversial plan Wednesday.

Citywide

Despite Delay, Bally’s River West Casino Proposal Primed For City Council Vote Next Week

Alderpeople must "do some studying this weekend" after last-minute updates. A vote is planned Monday, sending the proposal to the full City Council on Wednesday.

Citywide

Fast-Tracked Chicago Casino Is The Parking Meter Deal All Over Again, Ald. Says As He Vows To Fight It

Ald. Brendan Reilly wants City Council to pump the brakes. "The last time we were given less than two weeks to vet and approve a deal, it blew up on our faces and it was called the parking meter deal."

Citywide

‘Disappointed But Not Surprised’: Outraged Alderman, Neighbors Pledge To Lobby Against Bally’s As Chicago’s 1st Casino

Lightfoot's pick is the Tribune Publishing site on the Chicago River — and aldermen are accusing her of sidestepping the city's casino committee. "Tired of these false, zero-sum choices that Chicago mayors have been setting up for decades," one tweeted.

Downtown

Ghost Bike Put Up Downtown To Honor Gerardo Marciales — But Officials Say It’ll Likely Get Tossed Soon

The bikes are used to honor people killed by drivers, but police said this one could be too distracting. Marciales, 41, was killed Feb. 28 when a driver hit him as he rode through the crosswalk of DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Downtown

Could Drivers In Bike Lanes Be Ticketed If They’re Caught On Video? 2 Aldermen Are Considering It

Parking, driving or idling in bike lanes is punishable by a $150 ticket, but drivers still do it. Alds. Brendan Reilly and Andre Vasquez tweeted they are interested in using video evidence to crack down on drivers illegally in bike lanes.

Downtown

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

Citing ‘Lawlessness And Violence In River North,’ Downtown Alderman Wants More Cops On Weekends

Ald. Brendan Reilly wrote Mayor Lori Lightfoot to demand more police patrols after a viral video showed two men being attacked in his ward.

Downtown

West Loop Apartment Towers With More Than 1,000 Units Get Key City Committee Approval

The city’s Plan Commission Thursday gave the green light to Jamal Properties’ plan to build two apartment towers at 601 W. Monroe Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

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

Man Arrested In Attack On Ald. Brendan Reilly Outside Boss Bar In River North

Reilly said two men punched and kicked him Feb. 18 while he was leaving the bar at Clark and Hubbard streets.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Ald. Brendan Reilly Says He Was Attacked By 2 Men Outside Boss Bar In River North

Reilly said two men punched and kicked him outside the River North bar last week but he didn't report it to police.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side
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