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Aldermen Probe Languishing Police Oversight Plans As Lightfoot’s ‘Alternative’ Proposal Lies In Wait

Unlike the community commission outlined by GAPA, whose members would be paid $12,000 annually, CPAC’s members would serve full time and draw the same nearly $118,000 salaries earned by aldermen.

Citywide

What Would A Graduated Income Tax Mean For Chicago?

The potential for extra revenues at the state level doesn’t make a significant dent in the city deficit, and isn’t a silver bullet for fully funding items Lightfoot campaigned on last year.

Downtown

Lightfoot Defiende Acciones De La Municipalidad Por Demolición De Chimenea Industrial En La Villita

Durante un encuentro virtual de la alcaldía, como parte del proyecto “Lens on Lightfoot”, la edil sostiene que el promotor inmobiliario es el culpable y promete que tal incidente no volverá a ocurrir.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Northwest Side Affordable Housing Proposal Tests Lightfoot’s Resolve On ‘Aldermanic Privilege’

Ald. Nicholas Sposato's plan to downzone a property at 6001 W. Lawrence Ave. would hobble a nonprofit's plan to build an all-affordable 48-unit housing development.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

VIDEO: Mayor Lightfoot Fields Questions From ‘Lens On Lightfoot’ Collaboration

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answered questions from Block Club Chicago and all seven newsrooms in the "Lens on Lightfoot" collaboration.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

None Of The City’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants Went To North Lawndale Last Round

Lawndale is one of the neighborhoods that is supposed to be prioritized under the INVEST South/West initiative. Now the fund has reopened, and West Side leaders are encouraging applicants to try again.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Council Tensions Linger Over Lightfoot’s Ongoing Battle Against ‘Aldermanic Prerogative’

Although some aldermen say little has changed since Lightfoot sought to limit aldermanic veto power, others are pushing back. “Unfortunately what we’ve seen so far is much worse: mayoral prerogative," one alderman said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

South, West Side Business Owners Can Now Apply For $250,000 Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Grants

Applications for grants of up to $250,000 are open through Nov. 6. They're for entrepreneurs and non-profits on the South and West sides.

After String Of Safety Problems At Chicago Early Childhood Centers, Feds Take Notice

The federal government says Chicago has not done enough to correct health and safety problems in the child care programs it oversees for some 11,000 children.

Downtown

City Awards 1,500 Grants To Small Businesses Decimated By Coronavirus, Vandalism

The $6.2 million in grants is the first allocation from the Together Now fund launched last month by the mayor.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How Lightfoot And Housing Activists Reached An Uneasy Truce In The Battle For Woodlawn’s Future

The latest proposal to protect the area around the library includes extra measures aiming to help low- and middle-income earners buy homes in the neighborhood, where home prices have more than tripled in the past five years.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Advocates Push For Expansion Of Mental Health Care To Latino Communities

In 2012, six public mental health clinics were closed, aggravating the lack of access to mental health to thousands of Hispanics residing in Chicago.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

‘Only Time Will Tell’ If Lightfoot’s Sustainability Czar Can Move the Needle on Environmental Justice

The mayor has finally appointed a policy adviser to guide the city through its environmental challenges. Activists say her pick seems right, but they wonder how much of a difference the appointment will make.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Says It Will Reform School Budgeting. Can Efforts Survive A Pandemic?

In a moment of historical financial uncertainty, how reform will get done — and what cuts it could mean in other places — only underscores how difficult it is to revisit school funding in a city that has faced chronic school budget deficits.

Downtown

Chicago Police Arrested More People For Protesting Than For Looting In Early Days Of Unrest, Contradicting Original Claims

Just 20 percent of arrests during the first few days of protests over the killing of George Floyd were for looting-related crimes, new data shows, refuting earlier statements by CPD that looting accounted for the majority of arrests that weekend.

Downtown

Healthy Marketplace Planned For Englewood Gets Boost With $1.75 Million City Grant

The funding for the grocery store and community area is earmarked from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, which Mayor Lori Lightfoot is trying to revitalize.

Englewood, Chatham

Lightfoot Pushing To Make TIFs More Equitable But Changes Lacking For Critics She’s Tried To Win Over

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: Chicago’s mayor has long promised to reform how special tax funds are spent on private projects. Her first move is a step but isn’t big enough for some.

Downtown

Woodlawn Residents, City Officials Call For Quick Action To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

Neighbors at Tuesday's meeting on the city's affordable housing proposal for Woodlawn held a variety of opinions, but many agreed a plan of action needs to be decided soon.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Lightfoot Facing Off Against ComEd Over the Future

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: With an agreement between City Hall and the power company expiring this year, the mayor is focusing on an internal study and federal investigation as leverage.

Downtown

As Citywide Crisis Deepens, Residents Await Lightfoot’s Master Plan On Affordable Housing

LENS ON LIGHTFOOT: "I don’t want us to go into the future continuing to be known as one of the most segregated cities in the country," the mayor said.

Downtown
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