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City Funding To Support Migrants Stalls After Alds. Beale, Lopez And Napolitano Block It

City Council was expected to earmark $51 million to help newly arrived migrants, but three alderpeople delayed the vote.


Mayor Brandon Johnson’s First Regular City Council Meeting Is Wednesday. Here’s How To Watch

Alderpeople are expected to vote on Johnson's picks to lead City Council's committees and $51 million to help migrants.


These City Committees Didn’t Do Much But Spend Your Money. Now Mayor Brandon Johnson Wants To Reward Their Leaders.

Despite troubles with the city's airport operations and contracting, the City Council hasn't met to discuss the issues in more than eight months.


As Chicago Struggled With Migrant Crisis, City Council’s Immigration Committee Didn’t Meet For More Than A Year

By the time the committee finally convened, families in need were sleeping on police station floors. Even then, the committee didn't take action.


Satanists Sue Chicago For Not Allowing Them To Say ‘Hail Satan’ At City Council Meetings

Minster of Satan Adam Vavrick said his request has been stuck in purgatory, which "left me with no choice but to file suit."


No Wonder So Many Alderpeople Get In Trouble: There Is No Training Manual For Newly Elected Folks

City Council still doesn’t have a formal onboarding and transition process for new alderpeople. Different groups have tried to fill the gap — and compete for influence.


Chicago Is About To Have The Gayest City Council In The Country

Lesbian, gay and bisexual alderpeople now are one-fifth of the City Council — and they represent all corners of the city. The new members show "there is LGBTQ life outside of Boystown," one said.


Near West Side’s Greater Union Baptist Church Is A Chicago Landmark

The church, which dates back to 1886, has promoted civil rights and progressive policies throughout its history.

West Loop

Edgewater Single-Room Occupancy Building Will Expand, Add Social Services After City Council OK

Three apartments will be added to the Devon Avenue building at a time when single-room occupancy units have been disappearing from the city.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

CircEsteem’s Uptown Headquarters Gets $5 Million For Renovation With City Council Approval

The circus arts nonprofit plans to renovate its Sheridan Road building into a performing arts center. The project required the removal of a popular mural.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Drivers Caught On Camera Blocking Bike Lanes Will Soon Get Tickets In The Mail

The Smart Streets pilot program will mail tickets to drivers caught by city camera blocking bike lanes in the Downtown area.


Popular ‘Paris Metro’ Entranceway Being Removed Due To Grant Park Metra Station Overhaul

Upgrades to the Van Buren station, one of the Metra's oldest, will include two ADA-accessible entrances as well as new platforms and lights.


Anabel Abarca Picked To Lead 12th Ward After Cardenas Resigns

Former Ald. George Cardenas resigned when he was elected to the Cook County Board of Review. Abarca was his chief of staff.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

242 Cars Towed On First Night Of Winter Parking Ban, Highest Number Since 2019

Car owners could pay at least $235 in towing, ticket and storage fees for forgetting to move their cars during the ban, which is enforced even if there's no snow.


25 City Council Members Ditch Meeting About City’s Homelessness Crisis

Alderpeople who support the Bring Chicago Home ordinance said they're "profoundly disappointed" by efforts to derail the meeting after Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke out against the measure.


CTA Needs 1,000 Workers As It Struggles With Ghost Trains And Buses, Transit Boss Says

After skipping meetings with aldermen, transit President Dorval Carter was grilled Thursday amid the CTA's mounting problems. "If the CTA is not safe, people will not take it," one alderman said.


Bronzeville Is Getting A ‘Time Out-Style’ Food Hall, An Outpatient Clinic And An Eco-Apartment Project

All three projects are set to open within the next two years.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

How Much Does My Alderman Make? Here’s A Complete List

The highest-paid alderpeople will make $142,772 next year, thanks to a nearly 10 percent raise. The lowest-paid alderperson makes $115,560, by comparison.


City Hall Shake-Up: Why Aldermen Are Retiring In Droves And How It Could Change Chicago Politics

City Council hasn’t seen this level of turnover in decades, experts said. To find a similar situation, one would have to look back to the post-World War II era, when returning servicemen ran for office.


Should Aldermen Be Allowed To Have 2nd Jobs That Conflict With Their Office? A Proposal To Ban It Stalls

Aldermen are paid six-figure salaries and have access to a city expense account, but they are considered part-time employees who can take outside jobs.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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