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Chicagoans Could Vote On Ward Map For First Time In 30 Years As Alderpeople Send Rival Version To Ballot

Alderpeople who backed a ward map proposed by the City Council's Rules Committee are putting their map on the June 28 primary election ballot, going head to head with the map created by the Latino Caucus.

Citywide

Voters Should Decide On Chicago’s New Ward Map, Latino Caucus And Independent Group Say As They Join Forces To Push For Referendum

The head of the City Council Black Caucus fired back that the Latino Caucus map proposal would "reduce the gains the Black community has made in Chicago."

Citywide

Will Nipsey’s Be Shut Down? City Slaps South Side Restaurant With More Citations As Alderman Pushes To Close ‘Nuisance’ Business

Representatives with Nipsey’s Restaurant & Lounge will appear in a disciplinary hearing Feb. 25, but are calling on Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) to help resolve the issue before then.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Alderpeople Emerge From Ward Remap Negotiations Sunday Without A Compromise

The two sides emerged without a compromise, sniping that the other wasn’t open to negotiations. If they can't compromise, Chicagoans will vote on competing proposals in June.

Citywide

City Council Ends Ward Remap Hearings, But Alderpeople Are No Closer To An Agreement

City Council has until mid-May to work out a compromise, otherwise Chicago voters could be asked to choose the next ward map.

Citywide

Citing Fighting, Loud Music And Public Urination, Alderman Vows Crackdown On Nipsey’s — And Neighbors Want It Closed

Nipsey’s Restaurant & Lounge in Burnside has only been around one year. Neighbors say problems started almost immediately, while a restaurant leader said the alderman is trying to sabotage the business.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Ward Map Battle Begins Again With New Hearings — Can Alderpeople Reach A Compromise?

The Rules Committee map draws several competitors of aldermen out of their wards. Ald. Michelle Harris said individual aldermen have to defend their maps. "I’ve not said ‘Did you take this church out? Did you put this church in?' ... It’s their map."

Citywide

City Council’s Black, Latino Caucuses Urged To Compromise As Fight Over New Ward Map Continues

The Latino population has grown in Chicago while the Black population has declined. Latino Caucus members say that means there should be more majority Latino wards — but that shouldn't come at the cost of Black representation, opponents say.

Citywide

Chicagoans Will Get Another Chance To Weigh In On City Ward Remap This Week

Community organizers have blasted alderpeople for not seeking enough public input to draw the newest ward boundaries. The City Council has until Dec. 1 to approve a new map with enough backers to avoid sending it to voters.

Citywide

Chatham’s Gift Of Hope To Receive $5 Million Towards Redevelopment After City Council Approval

The money will go towards revamping the organization's Chatham headquarters.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Lightfoot’s Floor Leader Gilbert Villegas Resigns, Ald. Michelle Harris Taking Over Role

Villegas' resignation comes 18 months into Lightfoot's first term. Under a newly created position, Ald. George Cardenas will serve as deputy floor leader.

Citywide

Old Kenwood Liquors Building On Stony Island For Sale For $5.5 Million

The store at 8810 S. Stony Island Ave. was one of several hit by looters this year, forcing the family-owned business to permanently shut its doors after over 60 years.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Amid Citywide Surge, Carjackings Rattle A Southeast Side Neighborhood: ‘I’m Afraid To Go To The Store’

Residents said they've asked for more officers in the Calumet Heights area as carjackings surge. But local leaders and police haven't been responsive.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

New 134-Unit Affordable Senior Living Center Opens In Calumet Heights

Thirty-four of Montclare's one-bedroom units will be subsidized by the Chicago Housing Authority.

South Chicago, East Side

Huddle House, A 24-Hour Diner Known For Big Breakfasts, Opening First Chicago Location In Pill Hill

The diner will be just the second full-service dining option in the 8th Ward. It's expected to open in 2021.

South Chicago, East Side

Free Masks, Coronavirus Tests Available Friday In Grand Crossing Parking Lot

The mobile testing site at 7522 S. Greenwood Ave. is coordinated by New Life Covenant Church Southeast, Howard Brown Health and Ald. Michelle Harris.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

South Side Politicos Team Up For Virtual Events To Boost Dismal Census Numbers

Census data is used to determine how much federal funding a community receives for critical services, and whether that community can be redistricted.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Closed South Shore School Will Become Police Training Center As City Council Approves Controversial Plan

Neighbors said in March they didn’t get a proper chance to vet the city's plan.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

‘Filthy’ Dollar Tree At 87th And Stony Island Closed By City Inspectors, Alderman Says

"This store has been a thorn in the community for years," Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

South Shore Neighbors Blindsided As Plan To Turn Closed School Into Police Training Center Is Resurrected

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's team praised the "inclusive and collaborative process" of drafting plans for the old school site, but the last meeting was on a Friday night — and no notice was posted online.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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