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Lori Lightfoot
Lori Lightfoot

Aldermen Who Rep Obama Center Neighborhoods Sit Out Press Conference, Say Mayor Must Ensure South Siders Get Construction Jobs

The mayor and governor didn't discuss how they'd employ local residents for the infrastructure projects ahead of the center's groundbreaking. "So why am I there?” Ald. Jeanette Taylor asked.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Center Site Work Begins As City Preps For Official Groundbreaking Later This Year

The work is starting five years after President Obama chose the Jackson Park site. "There has truly never been a better time to invest in our South Side," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Riverwalk Vendors Begin Reopening Friday, Starting With Beat Kitchen And City Winery

The Riverwalk will be fully operational by the end of May.

Downtown

New Zoning Rules Would Open The Door For Residential Development In Long Off-Limits Stretch Of Fulton Market

The alderman has long eschewed residential development north of Lake Street, but a new measure could lift the de facto ban for a small portion of Fulton Market.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Lori Lightfoot Promised Chicago’s Violence Reduction Committee Would Be Transparent. Its One Meeting So Far Was Closed to the Public

Some anti-violence groups were surprised to learn the task force had met at all. Others want to know why the committee doesn’t include more grassroots programs and community members.

Citywide

After Year Of Pandemic, West Side Health Collaborative Credits ‘Power Of Partnership’ To Battle Health Disparities

West Side United, led by a partnership of six hospitals, is working to close the life expectancy gap between Black and white Chicagoans. But when COVID hit, it pivoted to tackle those unique challenges, too.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lightfoot Unveils Plan To Boost Affordable Housing In New Developments, But Some Aldermen Want Stronger Measures

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan would require 20 percent affordable units in some new developments, but a competing plan backed by aldermen seeks a minimum affordable requirement of 30 percent.

Downtown

A West Side Landmark Will Be Redeveloped Into A Museum, Cafe And Business Incubator

The city chose the project to give new life to Austin's Laramie State Bank as part of the INVEST South/West initiative. Plans also call for housing to be built nearby.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Discover Customer Center Coming To Chatham, Taking Over Former Target Site

City officials said the call center at 8560 S. Cottage Grove Ave. will create 1,000 jobs.

Englewood, Chatham

‘What’s Said Here, Stays Here.’ Work Of The Committee That Identified 41 Public Monuments For Possible Removal Remains Opaque

A committee formed by Lightfoot concluded statues of Columbus, Washington, Lincoln and others should be reviewed, but City Hall isn’t releasing many details about how those decisions came to be because it says the committee isn’t a public body.

Citywide

Indoor Dining Expanded To 50 Percent In Chicago As Reported Coronavirus Cases Drop

Bars and restaurants can now stay open until 1 a.m. and packaged alcohol can be sold until 11 p.m.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
COVID, mask, Chicago, winter, Wicker Park, file photo

With 37,000 Students Returning To Class Monday For CPS, Anxious Excitement Abounds

"For the first time, they were hustling me to get out of the house in time to get to school today," one father said.

Citywide

Chicago Promised Police Torture Survivors A Memorial. Nearly 6 Years Later, They’re Still Waiting For Funding

Though the memorial was approved in 2015, former Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration failed to allocate funding before he left office in 2019. Now, organizers are working with the Lightfoot administration to fulfill this promise.

Englewood, Chatham

Developers Could Pay A $15,000 Fee To Tear Down Homes In Pilsen And Along The 606

The proposal is the latest effort by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and aldermen to slow displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Mayor’s ‘You Gotta Be F–king Kidding Me’ Hot Mic Moment Was Not Directed At Council Members, Alderman Says

"She texted me and said she was talking about something brought to her by her staff," Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez said following the mayor's gaffe.

Citywide

Anjanette Young Sues City, Cops Over Humiliating Wrongful Raid, Alleging Police Began An Immediate Coverup

Though some have asked Young whether recounting the graphic details of the raid adds to her trauma, she said she won't be silent. “I will tell it again today. I will tell it again tomorrow. I will tell it again until no other woman in the city of Chicago is ever treated that way again."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Lightfoot Defends Spending $281 Million Of Coronavirus Funding From Feds On Police, Says Criticism Is ‘Just Dumb’

Lightfoot did not say why the city needed to spend more than $280 million on law enforcement as part of its response to the pandemic.

Citywide

Lightfoot Says Raising Bridges This Summer Was ‘Right Decision’ — And Doesn’t Rule Out Doing It Again

"If there is a need, and that need is justified, I'm not going to hesitate to use any tool that is necessary to keep our residents and our businesses safe," Lightfoot said.

Citywide

Lightfoot Backs Police Chief ‘1000%’ After Scathing Watchdog Report Found Cops Botched Response To Summer Unrest

Some Chicagoans said Supt. David Brown should resign over how the Police Department handled unrest this summer, but Lightfoot said the department learned from these "challenges" and he has her full confidence.

Citywide

Chicago Has A Deal With Teachers. How Long Can The Peace Last?

One week after Chicago struck a fragile peace with its teachers union, fault lines have emerged over who gets to work from home, for how long, and why.

Citywide
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