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City Council Approves $377 Million COVID-19 Relief Package Over Opposition From Ald. Ed Burke

The Council voted 37-10 on Friday after Ald. Ed Burke sought to cast doubt on the administration's federal pandemic relief spending.

Citywide

West Side Job Readiness Campus Gets $2.5 Million Boost From City Grant

The workforce development center will house programs for returning citizens, as well as a community events space and cafe.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Council Set To Vote Tuesday On 2021 ‘Pandemic Budget’ With $94M Property Tax Hike

The tax hike is part of an effort to close an unprecedented $1.2 billion shortfall next year. The budget also seeks to refinance debt, a tactic known as “scoop and toss” budgeting.

Citywide

Aldermen Fight Back On Proposed Property Tax Increase As City Tries To Fill $1.2 Billion Budget Hole

The tax hike is one tool Lightoot’s "pandemic budget" relies on to close an estimated $1.2 billion budget gap, but it’s drawn the most heat among aldermen.

Citywide

Progressives Push For Amazon Head Tax To Plug City’s Budget Shortfall, But Aldermen Send Plan To Purgatory

A plan to reallocate $5 million from the police to create a mental health crisis response team was also sent to the Rules Committee by unsupportive colleagues.

Citywide

Aldermen Slam City’s Planning Chief, Accuse Him Of Bypassing Them In Key Ward Projects: ‘You’ve Got To Do A Better Job’

One alderman graded Commissioner Maurice Cox's department with a “resounding D or F.” Cox took over the role last year.

Citywide

Delivery E-Bikes Get OK To Use City Streets For Package Drop-Offs

Companies such as UPS and Fed-Ex can now use the slow-speed, three-wheeled package delivery bikes in the city.

Downtown

City Council Approves Plan To Scrap Tax Breaks For ‘Bad Actor’ Developers — But It Won’t Apply To Hilco

The ordinance gives the city a way to penalize companies that violate rules and development agreements. But it will not apply retroactively to Hilco, responsible for the demolition that covered Little Village in dust.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Council Approves $1.5 Million Grant For Little Village’s Xquina Cafe, Incubator

The Little Village Chamber of Commerce and Little Village Community Foundation aim to start work on the first phase of the project later this year.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Council Approves Plans To Supersize West Loop Luxury Condo Building

City officials also approved a plan for a five-story office building along Randolph Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Some Aldermen Say Lightfoot Is Shutting Them Out When Chicago Needs Collaborative Leadership The Most

That blunt style that initially made the mayor a popular meme is wearing thin for some local aldermen. "This is a mayor who is very imperial in her approach and it's her way or the highway," one said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Here’s A Look At New Laws Going Into Effect Today For Chicagoans

Several new Illinois laws take effect July 1, impacting minimum wages, public school curriculum and work conditions.

Downtown

Englewood Nonprofit Gets $1 Million For Job Training Program

The program offers paid construction training and apprenticeship programs to returning Chicago residents.

Englewood, Chatham

Healthy Marketplace Planned For Englewood Gets Boost With $1.75 Million City Grant

The funding for the grocery store and community area is earmarked from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, which Mayor Lori Lightfoot is trying to revitalize.

Englewood, Chatham

City Council’s First 2020 Meeting Will Feature 606 Demolition Ban, Food Truck Changes — But No New Weed Rules

Food trucks will be able to stay in the same spot for four hours under a rule change scheduled for a vote by the City Council Wednesday.

Downtown

As Ald.-Elect Jeanette Taylor Gets Ready To Enter Office, She Vows To Leave The Power In The Hands Of Her Community

The days of the "go along to get along" city council are over, Taylor says.

Englewood, Chatham

Lincoln Yards Almost A Done Deal After Sailing Through Bizarre Zoning Committee Meeting

"So Cappleman gets political cover and Emanuel gets his way anyway," longtime City Hall reporter Fran Spielman tweeted. "What a charade."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

At Chicago City Hall, The Legislative Branch Rarely Does Much Legislating

While aldermen are focused on ward issues, Chicago mayors have seized control of the legislative and oversight process at City Hall.

Downtown

New Damen Green Line Stop Will Right A Historic Wrong, Burnett Says

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) said not having a stop near the now-torn-down Henry Horner Homes was "discrimination."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Council Approves 2019 Budget, But Aldermen Acknowledge Storm Clouds Brewing On Horizon

With no new taxes or fees, Ald. Scott Waguespack cast the lone vote against the budget. Ald. Derrick Curtis was absent.

Downtown