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Pubs For Pups: Bars Will Be Allowed To Welcome Pets Under Ordinance Set For City Council Approval

Bar owners have complained that city health officials are ticketing their businesses because they allow dogs on the same premises as cocktail garnishes like lemons and limes.

Citywide

Aldermen Poised For Long-Awaited Chance To Grill Police Over Controversial ShotSpotter Technology

Two reports have panned the gunshot detecting system as ineffective, kicking up a backlash among activists and some aldermen. 

Citywide

Sportsbook Ordinance Set For Discussion As Teams Jockey For Early Gambling Revenue

The proposal would allow fans to place bets at Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Soldier Field, the United Center and Wintrust Arena.

Citywide

Beefed-Up Forestry Crews Will Help Shift City To Long-Sought ‘Block-By-Block’ Tree Trimming, Hedge Down Backlog, Officials Say

Backlogs of tree trimming requests have piled up, leaving residents waiting as long as one year to have their trees maintained. 

Citywide

City On Right Path With Divvy Expansion, Bike Lane Funding, But Protection And Maintenance Are Key, Advocates Say

Transportation officials expect to use $17 million from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Works capital plan to add 50 miles of new and upgraded bike lanes during both 2021 and 2022.

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Housing Officials Tout Coach Houses, SROs Among Tools To Expand Affordable Housing: ‘It’s No One Thing’

The city has received more than 300 applications from property owners who want to turn basements, attics and coach houses into additional dwelling units in five pilot zones.

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Fire Department Chief Vows Diversity Push Timed With First New Recruitment Test In 7 Years

The Chicago Fire Department is dominated by white men — but the department’s first-ever Black woman leader vows to change that.

Citywide

Business Department To Set Aside $46 Million In Federal Money For ‘Food Equity,’ Nonprofit Support

The money will be spent on programs aimed at improving neighborhoods’ food options, boosting first-time entrepreneurs and padding the budgets of local nonprofits.

Citywide

City Must Map Out An ‘Endgame’ To Transform ‘Problem’ Buildings Languishing In Court, Top Buildings Official Says

The city could lobby for legislation that makes it harder for landlords to hold onto vacant properties, a city leader said, holding up a Block Club article on the issue.

Citywide

Aldermen Decry City’s Year-Long Tree Trimming Backlog: ‘I Can’t Say It Enough — Forestry, Forestry, Forestry’

Streets and Sanitation leaders also revealed the city's dismal recycling rate remained flat at 8 or 9 percent.

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Lightfoot Set To Introduce 2022 Budget Proposal, Plan To Spend $1.9 Billion In Federal Stimulus Money

The mayor’s budget plan is likely to be met with tough scrutiny amid ongoing calls from some aldermen and advocacy groups to divest money from the police department.

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Police Contract Approved, Giving Cops A 20% Raise Over 8 Years

Aldermen voted 40-8 to approve the $600 million contract. Reform groups said the agreement “fails to make many of the changes we know we need.” 

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Downtown Pot Sale Expansion, Police Union Contract On Tap For Last City Council Meeting Before Budget Battle

The $600 million police union contract would give cops a 20 percent raise over its eight-year life.

Citywide

Resident Group Calls For Ward Remap To Make Englewood Whole: ‘We’ve Always Felt Like The Step-Children’

Greater Englewood has been split up among six different wards since at least after the 2000 Census. 

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicagoans Would Still Be Able To Comment Virtually At Meetings After COVID-19 Subsides Under Proposal

Some aldermen said they hope there would be a change to the state’s Open Meetings Act to allow some committee meetings to operate virtually in the future.

Downtown

Narrowed Plasticware Crackdown Set For Hearing As Tougher Version Remains On Shelf

Restaurants would be banned in most cases from sending customers home with unsolicited plasticware or condiment packets under an ordinance set to be considered Monday. But some say the measure doesn't go far enough.

Citywide

Downtown Could Finally Get Weed Shops As Push For Less Regulation Clears Committee

The new version of the ordinance would shrink the city's Downtown cannabis “exclusion zone” to a fraction of its current size.

Downtown

‘Water For All’ Ordinance Would Provide ‘Accessible, Affordable’ Water Delivery, Alderman Says

Ald. Daniel La Spata’s ordinance would make permanent the ban on water shutoffs due to non-payment and expand existing utility relief.

Citywide

Push To Ban No-Knock Search Warrants, Pointing Guns At Kids During Raids Debated By Chicago Police Officials, Aldermen

One proposal would eliminate no-knock warrants and require police officers to wait at least 30 seconds after knocking and announcing themselves before entering a home to execute a search warrant.

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Police Gang Database Is ‘Riddled With Errors’ And Has Ruined Lives, Aldermen Say — So Why Is CPD Still Using It?

A trio of police officials described a database the department is planning to roll out that will be governed by tighter controls. But some alderpeople want the whole system scrapped.

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