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Black, Latino Caucuses Look To Maximize Power In City Council Remap Amid Population Shifts

Chicago is losing population, driven primarily by a sharp drop in Black residents. With a ward remap on the horizon, the Aldermanic Black Caucus and Latino Caucus aim to keep communities in their wards together.

Citywide

Michael Simmons Sworn In As Newest State Senator, Beating Out Cassidy For Far North Side Seat

Simmons, deputy director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, fills the seat left vacant by the resignation of state Sen. Heather Steans.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Plan To Turn Jefferson Park Firehouse Into Brewery And Apartments Gets Key City Approval

Lake Effect Brewing would anchor the redeveloped firehouse at 4841 N. Lipps Ave.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

New Coach Houses To Be Allowed Under Proposed Law Before Aldermen Wednesday

The coach house ordinance is one of several items before aldermen during the City Council's last virtual meeting of 2020.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Winners Chosen To Design Huge Research Hub In New ‘The 78’ Neighborhood

The $7 billion “The 78” mega-development will include retail, a hotel, restaurants and up to 10,000 units of housing along the Chicago River.

South Loop

2021 Spending Plan, Management Ordinance Clear Committee, Teeing Up Final City Council Vote

The spending plan was approved 26-8, drawing support from the minimum number of aldermen the ordinance would need for approval by City Council.

Citywide

Gold Coast Condo Tower, Bridgeport Distribution Center Set For Plan Commission Approval

The 35-story luxury condo tower at 40 W. Oak St. would be across the street from the Newberry Library and Ogden Elementary School.

Citywide

Despite Budget Sweeteners, Lightfoot Faces Uphill Climb To 26 Votes, Aldermen Say

Despite padding the budget with an extra $10 million for violence prevention efforts, some aldermen who are typically aligned with Lightfoot have signaled they will not support her proposed property tax hike.

Citywide

Layoffs Averted, But Sticking Points Remain As Budget Ordinances Set For Monday Rollout

The proposed property tax hike has some officials skeptical the mayor will have enough votes by Nov. 24, when the budget is scheduled for a final vote.

Citywide

Lightfoot, Budget Officials Defend Expanding Speeding Tickets: ‘This Is About Keeping Communities Safe’

The mayor campaigned on ending the city’s reliance on ticketing to balance its budget. Now, she wants to ticket drivers who exceed the speed limit by more than 6 miles per hour.

Citywide

Aldermen Probe Languishing Police Oversight Plans As Lightfoot’s ‘Alternative’ Proposal Lies In Wait

Unlike the community commission outlined by GAPA, whose members would be paid $12,000 annually, CPAC’s members would serve full time and draw the same nearly $118,000 salaries earned by aldermen.

Citywide

What Would A Graduated Income Tax Mean For Chicago?

The potential for extra revenues at the state level doesn’t make a significant dent in the city deficit, and isn’t a silver bullet for fully funding items Lightfoot campaigned on last year.

Downtown

City Council To Weigh Cracking Down On Polluters In Last Meeting Before 2021 Budget Talks

Aldermen are likely to approve a measure creating a way for the city to revoke tax incentives awarded to “bad actor” developers. The mechanism won't be applied retroactively to Hilco, however.

Downtown

Northwest Side Affordable Housing Proposal Tests Lightfoot’s Resolve On ‘Aldermanic Privilege’

Ald. Nicholas Sposato's plan to downzone a property at 6001 W. Lawrence Ave. would hobble a nonprofit's plan to build an all-affordable 48-unit housing development.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Chicagoans Want Money Reallocated From Police Budget, City-Sponsored Survey Shows

“Of more than the 19,000 comments we received on the survey, more than 18,000 mentioned the police,” the city's budget director said.

Downtown

Ordinance Creating Process To Revoke Property Tax Incentives From ‘Bad Actors’ Set To Advance

The ordinance was born after a demolition at the old Crawford coal plant — a site owned by developer Hilco — sent dust across Little Village.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

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, West Loop

COPA Blew Deadlines For Releasing Videos Of Police Shootings, Watchdog Says

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability missed its deadline to publicly release more than 25 percent of the videos of police violence it was responsible for sharing between 2016 and 2019.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

South Side School Buildings Converted To Temporary Shelters To ‘Decompress’ Homeless Population

The city has already begun setting up 540 shelter beds at former schools in Auburn Gresham and Bronzeville.

Englewood, Chatham

Single-Night Airbnb Rentals Would Be Banned Under Proposed City Crackdown

Short-term rental hosts could also be fined $10,000 for allowing parties under a proposed ordinance set to be considered Tuesday.

Downtown
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