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Gilbert Villegas
Gilbert Villegas

Latino Caucus Puts Its Ward Map Proposal Up For Referendum: ‘It’s Time For The Voters To Decide’

Supporters of the Latino Caucus map maintain they'll continue negotiations, but are confident they'll be victorious if Chicago voters decide between multiple maps.

Citywide

City Council’s Black, Latino Caucuses Urged To Compromise As Fight Over New Ward Map Continues

The Latino population has grown in Chicago while the Black population has declined. Latino Caucus members say that means there should be more majority Latino wards — but that shouldn't come at the cost of Black representation, opponents say.

Citywide

Support Grows For A Majority Asian American Ward In Chicago, ‘Unifying The Voices Of The People’

Despite differences on the city's new ward map, leaders of both the Black and Latino caucuses have now came out in support of Chicago's first majority Asian American ward.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

As Lightfoot Bargains To Pass Budget, Black Caucus Wants Cash-For-Poor Pilot Money Spent To Combat Violence Instead

Meanwhile, progressives are pushing the city to invest $10 million in mental health clinics — and they've got the support of a slim City Council majority.

Citywide

As Lightfoot Moves To Allow More Locations For Weed Shops, Aldermen Fear Losing Their Control

Critics say the city needs to change or risk losing licenses to the suburbs. Said one potential license holder of aldermen: “They want to make sure that somebody comes and kisses the ring, but ain’t nobody got time for that."

Citywide

Chicago Fire Eyes Belmont Cragin As Home For Team’s Massive $90M Training Facility

Neighbors can attend a community meeting Thursday about the project, which includes a performance center and soccer fields at Hanson Park.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Plan To Stop ‘Rogue’ Tow Trucks From Preying On Car Crash Victims, Holding Vehicles ‘Hostage,’ Stalls In City Council Committee

Despite incidents of gunfire between rival tow truck drivers and towers listening to scanners to beat police to the scene of a crash, a council committee said it needs more time to consider the crackdown.

Citywide

Hermosa Overlooked In City’s Protect Chicago Plus Vaccination Plan, Neighborhood Leaders Say

A local clinic recently opened a vaccination site in hard-hit Belmont Cragin. Hermosa, which shares a ZIP code with Belmont Cragin, should've been factored into the city's plan, neighborhood leaders said.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Lightfoot’s Floor Leader Gilbert Villegas Resigns, Ald. Michelle Harris Taking Over Role

Villegas' resignation comes 18 months into Lightfoot's first term. Under a newly created position, Ald. George Cardenas will serve as deputy floor leader.

Citywide

Belmont Cragin Is Facing One Of The Biggest Coronavirus Outbreaks In The City. Is One New Testing Site Enough?

Aldermen are pushing the city to open up church rectories and Downtown hotels to Belmont Cragin residents who need to self-isolate.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

‘Society Should Not Accept This’: After Toddler Shot Dead In Alley, Neighbors Rally To Find Killer

The boy, identified as 2-year-old Julien Gonzalez, was caught in the crossfire Saturday night while with his parents at a family party in Hermosa.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago’s Bird Rescuers Panic As Pigeon Racing Advocates Gain City Support

Pigeon racers say they wouldn't hurt their birds — but a Chicago group says pigeon racing will lead to more injured birds in the city.

Downtown