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Lori Lightfoot

Chicago Should Cancel ShotSpotter Contract After Report Shows Police Influence On Technology, Activists Say

ShotSpotter is touted by police for its real-time gunshot detection technology, but recent reports have cast doubt on its reliability.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Jefferson Park Cyclist Killed On Milwaukee Avenue, Advocates Push City To Fix The ‘Bike Highway’ — Before Someone Else Dies

"We need protected routes on major ways or intermediary routes to bike safely — and we needed it years ago," said a Northwest Side cycling advocate.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Citing Student Trauma From Violence And Pandemic, Chicago Educators Call For School Budget Redo

Educators argued the district should spend more on student support personnel, such as counselors.

Citywide

Showtime Puts $500K Toward Vacant Lot Cleanup And Art Installations In North Lawndale, Bronzeville

The money will fund a cleanup of 32 vacant lots in the neighborhoods and support six public art installations that will be created by the Chicago Public Art Group.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Controversial Affordable Housing Project In Auburn Gresham Will Be Redesigned — But Neighbors Still Want A Grocery Store Instead

Rather than building one affordable housing complex in Auburn Gresham, developers and city officials have proposed adding two.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

City Council Votes To Make It Easier For Businesses Seeking Sign Permits, OK’s $1.2 Million Settlement

The settlement was one of three approved Wednesday totaling $1.9 million.

Citywide

Chicago Police Department Getting First-Ever Civilian-Led Oversight Commission

The civilian commission is a compromise between police reform advocates and Mayor Lori Lightfoot after a two-year standoff.

Citywide

A Popular West Side Dessert Shop Is Getting A Sweet Makeover With An Expanded Dining Area, New Facade

Bitoy's Sweet Treats in Austin was awarded a city Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant, which will be used to upgrade the building and customer experience.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago’s Fastest Kids Crowned At Pullman’s New Game-Changing, $53.6 Million Track And Field Center

For a city that often lacks basic track equipment and proper indoor running spaces, the newest doors of Gately Park open year-round opportunities.

Roseland, Pullman

New Program Will Help South, West Side Teens Stay Safe This Summer — And It’s Hiring Youths

Youth will be paired with community groups at safe events with free food, DJs and more. The community groups are hiring.

Citywide

Aldermen Pounce As Brown, Lightfoot Stand By ‘False Narrative’ Linking Courts To Shootings

At least 90 people were shot in Chicago during the Fourth of July weekend, including two police officers and a 6-year-old girl.

Citywide

Aldermen Force Special Meeting To Put Top Cop ‘On The Stand’ Over CPD Summer Plans

Nearly half the City Council used a legal maneuver on Wednesday to trigger a special meeting designed to probe Chicago Police Department leaders about their plans to head off summer violence ahead of the July 4 weekend.

Citywide

Judge Throws Out $100M Lawsuit From General Iron’s Owner That Tried To Force City To Give Permit To East Side Metal Scrapper

Southside Recycling's owners sued the city for more than $100 million and the right to open its East Side facility after the feds intervened.

South Chicago, East Side

Chicago Expands Violence Reduction Committee’s Membership, Increases Transparency

Following The Trace’s reporting on the composition and secrecy of the committee, Mayor Lightfoot has invited more organizations to participate.

Citywide

Hundreds Of Homes To Be Built For Working-Class Families On West Side Vacant Lots: ‘How Do We Create Wealth For People Of Color?’

The mayor announced the city will sell 250 vacant lots for $1 to support the Reclaiming Communities Campaign to promote homeownership.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Liquor Stores Can’t Sell Booze After Midnight Anymore, But Lightfoot Loses Bid To Move Some Powers Away From Aldermen

Aldermen pushed back, fearing a Fifth Floor power grab would limit their influence in their neighborhoods.

Citywide

‘DuSable Lake Shore Drive’ Name Change Compromise Could Get Sealed By City Council Friday

The City Council is back Friday after a chaotic Wednesday meeting got pushed back. Meanwhile, 22 aldermen sent Mayor Lori Lightfoot a letter asking her to follow City Council procedures.

Citywide

As Motorcycle Gangs And Partiers Take Over Pedestrian Bridge, South Side Neighbors Beg City For Help

The 41st Street pedestrian bridge was supposed to improve the quality of life for residents. Instead, it's destroying it, neighbors say.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Critics Of Changing Lake Shore Drive To DuSable Drive Suggest Alternatives — But Supporters Aren’t Backing Down

Ald. David Moore said the votes are still there to pass an ordinance that would rename Lake Shore Drive after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable — and said attempts to rename the Riverwalk and Millennium Park in its place won't work.

Downtown

Rival Proposals For Reforming Chicago Police Will Face Off Friday — But It’s Not Clear If Either Has Votes To Move Forward

Aldermen on the public safety committee will review rivals proposals for reforming oversight of the Police Department.

Citywide
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