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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, Norwood 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, Auburn Gresham

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

Cook County Board Resolves To Redirect Dollars Away From Jails And Policing, Calling It A ‘Failed System’

By approving the Justice for Black Lives resolution, Cook County will work to steer its multibillion-dollar policing budget toward health care, restorative justice and jobs instead in the coming years.

Downtown

How Lightfoot And Housing Activists Reached An Uneasy Truce In The Battle For Woodlawn’s Future

The latest proposal to protect the area around the library includes extra measures aiming to help low- and middle-income earners buy homes in the neighborhood, where home prices have more than tripled in the past five years.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Lightfoot, Taylor To Roll Out Compromise Ordinance On Housing Protections Near Obama Center

Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) is backing an ordinance proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot laying out a suite of affordable housing programs for Woodlawn.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Watchdog, Lightfoot Announce Parallel Investigations Into Little Village Dust Cloud

The city has to "explain why this permit was so urgent, why this was necessary in the middle of a pandemic," Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

South Side Grow Site, Dispensary Expansion Set For Zoning Approval As Weed Industry Ramps Up

If approved, the facility would be the second grow site to receive the blessing of the City Council in as many months.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Aldermen OK Controversial Plan To Use Closed South Shore High school For Police Training

The former Chicago public high school is one vote away from becoming a temporary police training facility.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Mark Fishman And Logan Square Landlords Sue To Block Affordable Housing Project Near Blue Line

The lawsuit argues replacing a surface parking lot with 100 subsidized apartments would cause them “irreparable injury.”

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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