Skip to contents

Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
Lori Lightfoot

Chicago Inks $422 Million Deal To Start Shifting City Buildings, Operations To Clean Energy By 2025

The city will partially power the airports, Harold Washington Library, the Jardine Water Purification Plant and other buildings with solar energy from a new Downstate plant.

Citywide

City Claims On Anti-Violence Program Are Overblown

Mayor Lightfoot’s choice to lead the city’s campaign against gun-crime has a history of hyperbole, both about her efforts to confront Chicago’s greatest crisis and her own career.

Citywide

Bronzeville’s 43 Green, A Project Bringing Affordable Homes Next To Green Line, Celebrates Milestone With ‘Topping Ceremony’

The development will bring 99 apartments — 50 of them affordable — to Bronzeville.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago NASCAR Race Will Take Over Most Of Grant Park For Two Weeks, Report Says

A report reveals next year's NASCAR race will include a two-week takeover of Grant Park, though Park District officials say they will make sure public access is "minimally impacted."

Downtown

As Lollapalooza Opens, Activists Threaten Federal Lawsuit Over Chicago’s Youth Curfew

The curfew unfairly targets Black and Brown youth and keeps them from Downtown while white residents and visitors get a pass for events like Lolla, organizers said.

Downtown

Here’s What A Soldier Field Dome Could Look Like Under Mayor Lightfoot’s Latest Proposal To Keep Bears In Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled three proposals to overhaul Soldier Field, including converting it into a dome.

Downtown

River North Group Wants Bally’s Casino To Scrap Riverfront Music Venue For A Public Park

Bally's officials said they'd consider the group's push for a park as negotiations continue. "I like to go to concerts but not across the street from my house,” one River North leader said.

Downtown

Activists Say Proposed Near South Side High School Would Create More Segregation

The $120 million school is planned for a portion of the former Harold Ickes Homes site, already being redeveloped into housing that pledged to bring hundreds of low-income units back to the land.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

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
3 of 26