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Lori Lightfoot
Lori Lightfoot

Here’s How Mayor Lightfoot Will Pick The New 43rd Ward Alderperson For Lincoln Park

The 43rd Ward covers most of Lincoln Park and includes portions of other Near North Side communities.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Cops Can Use Drag Racing Videos To Impound Cars Under New Crackdown Ordinance

The ordinance, introduced by Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, also allows officers to impound cars without the owner present and boosts fines for people caught racing or drifting.

Citywide

Cops In Crisis: After 3 Officers Die Of Suicide In A Month, Colleagues Say They’ve Reached A ‘Breaking Point’

After losing 20 officers to suicide since 2018, police and mental health advocates say the city needs to act now to support officers — and not just with counseling, but actual time off.

Citywide

Here’s What Bally’s Temporary Casino At Medinah Temple Could Look Like

Medinah Temple, a landmark, won't see changes to its exterior if it hosts the temporary casino — but its three-story interior will be renovated, officials said.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Near South Side CPS High School A Step Closer To Reality After CHA Agrees To Lease Former Public Housing Site

The move sets aside part of the old Harold Ickes Homes site to build a $120 million school for Near South Side neighborhoods. Now, the plan heads to the Chicago Board of Education for a vote.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

NASCAR Races Are Coming To Chicago’s Streets Next Year — Here’s The Course

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the excitement around NASCAR races in Chicago is "off the charts." But one Downtown alderman isn't on board as the City Council is poised to crack down on drag racing and drifting throughout Chicago.

Downtown

The City Is Bringing More Public Art To The South And West Sides — And Neighbors Can Choose What It Will Be

The Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Bronzeville and Austin projects could be much more than murals, officials said — it could be art that makes the area safer or highlights history like the Humboldt Park Puerto Rican flags. 

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Lightfoot Appoints Former Ald. Michael Scott Jr. To Chicago Board Of Education His Father Once Ran

Michael Scott Jr.'s former aldermanic seat is staying in the family, too. Last month, Lightfoot appointed his sister, Monique Scott, to replace him.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

No More After-Hours Bars In River North? Alderman Looks To Kill 5 AM Licenses As Area Struggles With Shootings

Bar owners say they're not to blame for shootings, pointing to crowds drinking on the streets and open-air drug deals on corners. “We’re short-handed and being overrun by criminals.”

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Activists Say They’re Being Left Out Of City’s Plan To Combat Sex Trafficking And Gender-Based Violence

The city is devoting $25 million to boost services for survivors, training, education and other prevention. Some say they've not been informed or included in any of it.

Citywide

As Support Floods Into Highland Park, Chicagoans Facing Daily Violence Wonder: What About Us?

The July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park shocked the country. In Chicago, there can be multiple mass shootings in one month. “The trauma is real everywhere.”

Citywide

Union Station’s $400+ Million Makeover Awaits Federal Cash That Mayor, Durbin Urge Feds To Approve

Station renovations would include adding express escalators and related work would add rail service from O'Hare Airport to McCormick Place.

Downtown

Katie Holmes, A Hidden Trump Tower And Bread Girl: Our Favorite Easter Eggs In City’s Museum Campus Renderings

We couldn't help but notice some special guests and hidden gems in the city's renderings for the new improvements for Chicago's Museum Campus. What did you find?

Downtown

Here’s What An Overhauled Museum Campus Would Look Like To Keep The Bears (Dome Not Included)

Recommendations include upgrades to Soldier Field, increased accessibility to various portions of the campus and restoring Northerly Island.

Downtown

South Loop’s Motor Row Gets $11 Million Facelift

Mayor Lori Lightfoot championed the project as one of the city's tools to "enhance public safety" by protecting pedestrians.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

A Dome Over Soldier Field? Mayor’s Special Committee Poised To Pitch Roof Recommendation, Report Says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has not "formally" received her working group's report on how to keep the Bears in Chicago and renovate the Museum Campus.

Downtown

Chicago Will Help Highland Park After Mass Shooting: ‘Whatever You Need, We Will Be Here For You,’ Lightfoot Says

"When this happens anywhere — whether it's here on the Southeast Side, whether it's in Austin, Englewood, whether it's in Highland Park or Uvalde or Buffalo or Philadelphia last night — we all have to feel this as Americans."

Citywide

DJ Terry Hunter Teases Possible Collaboration With Beyonce At Chosen Few’s 30th Anniversary Picnic

Scores of house music lovers descended onto Jackson Park on a perfect summer day, some still holding tickets from last year’s canceled event. "It’s wonderful to be back."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Young West Siders Launched A ‘Safe Zone’ To Stop Area Violence. Hours Later, One Says He Was Punched By A Cop

Tae Dudley was swarmed by police, punched and cuffed without explanation, he said. He was never charged with a crime. Now, police and the Mayor's Office are investigating the incident.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Englewood Connect, A $15 Million Business Incubator To Be Built In An Old Firehouse, Could Break Ground This Fall

Englewood Connect will be built in three phases, the first including a restoration of the firehouse and construction of the “Living Room,” a year-round gathering space for neighbors.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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