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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

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

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

The City Is Supposed To Publicize Police Response Times To 911 Calls — But It’s Weeks Past Court-Mandated Deadline

The city agreed to release the data to settle a lawsuit from the ACLU and Central Austin Neighborhood Association about police failing to respond to 911 calls in Black neighborhoods on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How Did Your Alderperson Vote At City Council? Track Their Decisions Here

Electronic voting makes it easier than ever to track how your alderperson is voting on certain issues, like a police settlement and controversial casino committee. We're rounding up their votes here to save you time.

Citywide

More Homes Coming To Bronzeville’s Drexel Boulevard

A frequent Bronzeville developer wants to build rowhomes and a single-family home on vacant lots near 40th and Drexel.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

$1.67 Million Settlement For Woman Beaten By Police At Brickyard Mall Blocked By 4 Aldermen

Alds. Ray Lopez, Silvana Tabares, Felix Cardona and Nick Sposato blocked a vote on the police misconduct lawsuit settlement for Mia Wright, who was attacked when she went shopping at Brickyard Mall in 2020.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

City Council Approves Plan To Buy Closed West Side Aldi So It Can Be Turned Into A New Grocery Store

The city now can buy the Aldi building that closed in October, allowing local leaders to help community groups work toward bringing back a neighborhood grocery store.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Finalizes Purchase Of Pilsen’s Largest Vacant Lot To Create Hundreds Of Affordable Apartments

The city is buying the 6-acre lot at 18th and Peoria streets for $12 million. Officials said they will build nearly 300 affordable apartments on the site.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago’s ‘Concerned Citizen’ George Blakemore Celebrates 80th Birthday With Flashy Party — And Doesn’t Plan On Being Quiet Anytime Soon

Blakemore said he hadn't had a birthday party since he was 10. A community group made sure he celebrated his 80th in style.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Lightfoot’s Pick For Police Oversight Agency Clears Key Committee Hurdle In Tight Vote

Andrea Kersten's nomination to lead the Civilian Office of Police Accountability will be reviewed by the full City Council amid ongoing criticism over the agency's decision to include slain Officer Ella French in a disciplinary report.

Citywide

After Workers At 2 Chicago Starbucks Move To Unionize, Alderman Calls On City To Put Pressure On Coffee Giant

Workers at Downtown and Logan Square Starbucks locations are asking for pay raises that rise with inflation, at-home COVID-19 tests, cheaper benefits and more training.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Englewood Residents Push For City Council To Reconsider 5-Way Divided Englewood Map: ‘Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen’

“This is a decision about where I live and what it’s going to look like in the future,” a 30-year resident said. “Be transparent with us, and give us a leader that can focus on us.” 

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago Ward Map Fight Rages On As Wednesday Deadline Looms

The City Council must vote by Wednesday on a new ward map — but they're running out of time to come up with a map to vote on.

Citywide

Pubs For Pups: Bars Will Be Allowed To Welcome Pets Under Ordinance Set For City Council Approval

Bar owners have complained that city health officials are ticketing their businesses because they allow dogs on the same premises as cocktail garnishes like lemons and limes.

Citywide

One Neighborhood, 6 Aldermen: Why Englewood Residents Are Pushing For A More Unified Ward Map

"How are you paying attention to Englewood when you have three or four other communities to monitor?" a longtime resident said. "We need to get aldermen in one big area and say, 'OK, this is Englewood.'” 

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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
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