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Organizers Demand Better Pay, Local Workers At West Side Amazon Warehouse: ‘We Need Them To Be A Good Partner In Our Community’

The West Humboldt Park facility is expected to open in August. Activists want politicians to support a $28.50 minimum wage, demand local hiring and refuse donations from Amazon.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Ald. Raymond Lopez, One Of Lori Lightfoot’s Fiercest Critics, Is Running For Mayor

The South Side alderman hopes his promise to be tough on crime can oust Mayor Lori Lightfoot from City Hall. "I am sick and tired of watching Chicago flounder at the hands of a rudderless ship,” he said.

Back of the Yards

City To Pay $2 Million To Family Of Woman Killed By Fleeing Driver In ‘Reckless’ Police Chase

Curtis Pugh killed Julia Lynn Callaway in 2018 as he fled officers who allegedly smelled cannabis coming from his car. Callaway’s family alleged “it was reckless for the police to pursue" Pugh "when the need to apprehend [him] was minimal."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Council Postpones Vote On Lightfoot’s Overhaul Of Weed Rules

City Council will now vote on Lightfoot's push to allow weed shops in much of Downtown at the next City Council meeting, which is set for Monday.

Citywide

New Park District Headquarters In Brighton Park Slated To Be Finished In 2023

The headquarters will include a 58,100-square-foot office space and a 20,000-square-foot field house with a gym and more.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

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

Closed Earle Elementary School Could Become Affordable Housing With Park In West Englewood

The $22 million development will create 63 units of affordable housing. Residents will have access to recovery support and recreational activities.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Englewood Aldermen Commend Neighbors For Stepping Up To Help Amid Carjacking Surge

Local businessmen and volunteers are stepping up to stand watch at neighborhood gas stations as part of "Operation Safe Pump."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Here’s Where To Get A Free Flu Shot In Englewood This Weekend

Free vaccinations will be administered for the next two weekends at various locations in Englewood and Back of the Yards.

Council Tensions Linger Over Lightfoot’s Ongoing Battle Against ‘Aldermanic Prerogative’

Although some aldermen say little has changed since Lightfoot sought to limit aldermanic veto power, others are pushing back. “Unfortunately what we’ve seen so far is much worse: mayoral prerogative," one alderman said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Stop Opening Fire Hydrants, Officials Plead: ‘This Isn’t Cute Or Funny Anymore’

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) said he's received hundreds of complaints about open hydrants, which reduce water pressure for residents, cause trouble for area firefighters and create a safety hazard for kids playing nearby.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Southwest Side Alderman’s Home Vandalized: ‘This Was Meant To Send A Message’

Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) said a vandal broke two windows at his home and tried to set fire to a neighbor's garage.

Back of the Yards

Englewood Seniors And Essential Workers Can Get Free Masks Thanks To This Man’s Constant Sewing

Inspired by Christian Siriano and CNN, Hugo Lopez is sewing hundreds of masks to keep his Southwest Side neighbors healthy.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Leaked Recordings Reveal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Firmly In Charge And City Alderman Left Largely On The Sidelines

Combative and, at times, dismissive, Chicago’s first-term mayor gathers power as she leads the city’s fight against the coronavirus.

Downtown

‘Snow More Excuses’: Businesses Hit With $500 Tickets As Alderman Cracks Down On Shovel Scofflaws

Ald. Raymond Lopez is on the hunt for unshoveled walks in his ward — and several businesses have been slapped with tickets.

Back of the Yards

What Will Make Englewood Thrive? Investment In People, Residents Say At Packed Town Hall: ‘We Are Our Own Solution’

More than 500 people and five aldermen packed a South Side auditorium to discuss solutions to issues facing Englewood.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Englewood’s 5 Aldermen Coming Together For Town Hall On State Of The Neighborhood Tuesday

"For so long, the aldermen of Englewood have not worked together," one alderman said. But the current crop of aldermen are trying to change that now.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Logan Square All-Affordable Apartments Score City Council Approval Despite Ald. Lopez’s Push To Stall Project

Ald. Ray Lopez said people called his South Side ward office to speak out against the proposal, but the zoning change was ultimately granted.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago’s Only Goat Dairy And Other Longtime Urban Farmers Say Livestock Ordinance Would Shut Them Down

West Siders who rely on the livestock they raise want to know why Cinespace was allowed to take over their neighborhood but they can't raise chickens on their property.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Here’s How You Can Help 60 Dogs And Cats PAWS Chicago Took In After Hurricane Dorian

Blankets, towels, and canned food are among the items still needed, according to Ald. Raymond Lopez.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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