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Pot Shops Now Allowed In Most Of Downtown After City Council Changes Rules

The old rules saw the city lose out on businesses and tax revenue during the first round of dispensary licensing, Lightfoot's cannabis advisor said.

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Lightfoot Set To Introduce 2022 Budget Proposal, Plan To Spend $1.9 Billion In Federal Stimulus Money

The mayor’s budget plan is likely to be met with tough scrutiny amid ongoing calls from some aldermen and advocacy groups to divest money from the police department.

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City Council Approves South Loop Hotel, Apartment Towers With More Than 1,000 Units

The new residences and apartments are planned for 525 S. Wabash and 1400 S. Wabash.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Park Station Affordable Housing Development In Woodlawn Passes City Council

The $31 million project next to the Cottage Grove Green Line station is the first project approved under the new Woodlawn affordable housing protections.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Downtown Pot Sale Expansion, Police Union Contract On Tap For Last City Council Meeting Before Budget Battle

The $600 million police union contract would give cops a 20 percent raise over its eight-year life.

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Chicagoans Would Still Be Able To Comment Virtually At Meetings After COVID-19 Subsides Under Proposal

Some aldermen said they hope there would be a change to the state’s Open Meetings Act to allow some committee meetings to operate virtually in the future.

Downtown

Narrowed Plasticware Crackdown Set For Hearing As Tougher Version Remains On Shelf

Restaurants would be banned in most cases from sending customers home with unsolicited plasticware or condiment packets under an ordinance set to be considered Monday. But some say the measure doesn't go far enough.

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Affordable Apartment Project Near O’Hare Faces Key Vote As Developer Battles Alderman Who Doesn’t Want It

Ald. Anthony Napolitano appealed to his colleagues to defeat the proposal, saying its approval could set a new citywide precedent eroding aldermen’s unwritten powers to kill developments in their own wards.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Massive Goose Island Development Poised To Get Initial Approval From City

The development would bring Goose Island its first residential units in decades and a 300-room hotel.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Police Gang Database Is ‘Riddled With Errors’ And Has Ruined Lives, Aldermen Say — So Why Is CPD Still Using It?

A trio of police officials described a database the department is planning to roll out that will be governed by tighter controls. But some alderpeople want the whole system scrapped.

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City Council Votes To Make It Easier For Businesses Seeking Sign Permits, OK’s $1.2 Million Settlement

The settlement was one of three approved Wednesday totaling $1.9 million.

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Michael Reese Megadevelopment Approved By City Council, Clearing Way For Apartments, Retail, Park And New Pavilion

The $3.8 billion project will overhaul Bronzeville land that has been sitting empty for more than a decade.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

$60M Regal Mile Studios In South Shore Gets City Council Approval

The “state-of-the-art media campus” is planned for a 6.5-acre plot in the far southwest corner of South Shore.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

West Loop Boom Continues As City Council Approves Fulton Market Apartment Towers With Over 1,000 Units

LG Development and Fulton St. Companies received approval for separate projects just blocks from each other.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Today’s City Council Preview: Police Reform, Michael Reese Overhaul, Aldermanic Power And More On Tap

Chicago aldermen meet Wednesday to take on a host of proposals including creating a civilian oversight board for Chicago Police.

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Plan Commission Set To Hear Next Phase Of Roosevelt Square Development, Controversial Uptown Luxury Residential Proposal

Also on the agenda for the meeting is the long-awaited renovation of the Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport.

Downtown

Aldermen Pounce As Brown, Lightfoot Stand By ‘False Narrative’ Linking Courts To Shootings

At least 90 people were shot in Chicago during the Fourth of July weekend, including two police officers and a 6-year-old girl.

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Chicago Liquor Stores Can’t Sell Booze After Midnight Anymore, But Lightfoot Loses Bid To Move Some Powers Away From Aldermen

Aldermen pushed back, fearing a Fifth Floor power grab would limit their influence in their neighborhoods.

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Lake Shore Drive Is Now Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Council Votes

The change comes as people have sought ways to honor Black historical figures like Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the first non-Indigenous settler of Chicago.

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Liquor Sale Curfew, DuSable Delayed: Here’s Everything You Need To Know Out Of City Council

There was little change for the most controversial items that were on the City Council docket, but aldermen did approve multiple projects in the neighborhoods.

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