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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

Sean Flynn, Ald. David Moore’s Former Chief Of Staff, Challenging Ald. Michelle Harris For South Side Seat

Flynn hopes to oust the four-term City Council veteran representing the 8th Ward. But Harris said she's "absolutely, positively not going anywhere."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Will More Aldermen Step Down? Lightfoot Expects ‘More Announcements’ As City Hall Faces Great Resignation

A dozen aldermen have already said they're retiring or won't run for reelection — and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she expects to see more announcements.


Here’s A Full List Of City Council Seats Likely Up For Grabs In 2023

Several alderpeople are resigning, retiring or running for mayor, guaranteeing some City Council seats will change hands, while other seats have already flipped this year. Here's a running list.


Bill Conway, Former Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate, Launches Bid For Alderman Of A New Downtown Ward

The new 34th Ward will includes parts of Downtown and the West Loop. The territory was shifted under the new ward map, and current Ald. Carrie Austin plans to retire, so there is no incumbent for the City Council seat in 2023.

West Loop

Historical Monumental Baptist Church, An ‘Enduring Fortress’ In Bronzeville, Is Now A City Landmark

The South Side church hosted extravagant performances of Handel's "Messiah" in the '60s that would draw visitors from across the country.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Here’s How Mayor Lightfoot Will Pick The New 43rd Ward Alderperson For Lincoln Park

The 43rd Ward covers most of Lincoln Park and includes portions of other Near North Side communities.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

City Council Pushes Lightfoot To Release Full Report On Little Village Botched Implosion. What Will The Mayor Do?

The measure is non-binding, meaning it does not compel the mayor to do anything. It now falls to the city's Department of Law, which is under Mayor Lori Lightfoot's purview, to make the call.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Lakeview Getting 24-Unit Apartment Building Near Paulina Brown Line Stop

City Council approved plans to redevelop the building at 3310 N. Lincoln Ave.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Slower Speed Camera Tickets Could Get Killed By City Council Today — Will Lightfoot Veto The Change?

Ald. Anthony Beale's ordinance would nix speed camera fines for people going 6-10 mph over the limit, which Lightfoot and transportation advocates fiercely oppose.


Washington Park Apartments Coming Near Green Line Stop, With More Housing, Data Center Pitched For Near South Side

The 49-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space would be one block away from the 51st Street Green Line station.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Smylie Brothers Brewery To Open Beer Garden With Food Trucks At Bowmanville Plant

The "chill hangout" will offer neighbors a place to grab beers and a bite to eat, "and the kids can run around," the brewery's owner said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bucktown Daycare Gets Green Light To Build 3-Story Facility Near 606 Trail

Four buildings along Damen Avenue would be torn down to build the three-story day care, including the former home of Mindy's Hot Chocolate.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

After 3 Seniors Die During May Heat Wave, City Council Passes New Cooling Rules

City Council passed Ald. Maria Hadden's rule change that requires cooling systems in senior buildings and requires some buildings to set up cooling centers during warm spells.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

33-Story Tower With More Than 200 Apartments Planned For Fulton Market

The proposed building would include 41 affordable apartments, 50 parking spots and commercial space on Morgan Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

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.


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.


Greater Chicago Food Depository Building Southwest Side Meal-Prep Facility

The plans for the new space and garden were supposed to go through key City Council committees in 2020, but the project was delayed due to the pandemic.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards
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