City Council Committee Backs Plan To Protect Chicago Workers Who Take Time Off To Get COVID-19 Vaccine“This ordinance will ensure that no worker has to choose between keeping their job and getting the COVID-19 vaccine,” Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno said.
Aldermen Approve Revised Plan To Close Loophole In Anti-Puppy Mill Ordinance Restricting Sales Of Dogs, Cats, And Rabbits At Pet StoresChicago’s puppy mill ordinance prohibits retailers from selling dogs, cats, or rabbits that do not come from government-run animal shelters, private humane societies, or animal rescue groups.
Aldermen Condemn Congresswoman Mary Miller For Saying Hitler 'Was Right About One Thing'Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), one of two Jewish members of the City Council, said Congresswoman Mary Miller “disgraced her office and gravely offended the citizens of the state of Illinois.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Announces Proposal To Update City's Affordable Housing Ordinance With New Requirements For DevelopersSeeking to boost the number of affordable housing units available for lower-income Chicagoans, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday proposed new requirements for developers who get city subsidies, purchase city land, or require a zoning change for their projects.
Ald. Anthony Beale Calls For City Council To Return Threshold For Speed Camera Tickets To 10 MPHBeale has introduced a proposal to end the ticketing of drivers going 6 mph to 9 mph over the limit, and to resume ticketing only drivers exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or more.
City Council Approves Full Calendar Of Summer Festivals, Hoping For Possible Return Of Taste Of Chicago, Air & Water ShowThe Taste of Chicago, the Air & Water Show, and other popular summer festivals were canceled last year as part of the city’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Has 'Sincere Hope' City Council Will Resume In-Person Meetings In AprilThe mayor said her office will hold briefings with aldermen in the coming days to discuss specific plans for how meetings will be held to allow for proper social distancing and other safety measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
City Council Approves Extra Demolition Fees For Homes In Pilsen And Along Bloomingdale Trail“This is an extremely reasonable policy to protect naturally-occurring affordable housing in our Chicago neighborhoods that are seeing record-high displacement in this moment,” said Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th).
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Seeks To Require Chicago Employers To Give Workers Time Off To Get VaccinatedThe proposed ordinance would require employers to allow workers to use any available paid sick time or other paid time off to get a vaccine.
Developers Could Soon Have To Pay Thousands More To Tear Down Residential Buildings In Pilsen, Near Bloomingdale TrailRevenue from the additional fees would go to the city’s Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund, which collects various fees from developers to help subsidize affordable housing initiatives in lower-income neighborhoods.
Aldermen Discuss Possible Pilot Program For Guaranteed Basic Income Funded With COVID Relief MoneySimilar pilot programs in other U.S. cities typically offer $500 cash to around 125 people for a limited time, with no strings attached.
City Council Public Safety Committee Chair Vows To Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Anjanette Young Ordinance For Search Warrant ReformsAld. Chris Taliaferro said he's recommending sponsors of the Anjanette Young Ordinance speak with the mayor about “working together on responsible legislation.”
Aldermen Approve Full Slate Of Summer Festivals, But Fate Of Taste Of Chicago And Air & Water Show Still UncertainThe city’s 2021 spending plan does not include money for the Taste of Chicago or the Air & Water Show, but officials hope the latest federal COVID relief plan might help fund some summer events.
City Council Approves Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Plan For $377 Million In Federal COVID-19 Relief FundsAldermen voted 37-10 in favor of an ordinance authorizing a package of new federal grants to go toward the public health response to the pandemic, rental assistance, and other programs.
Chicago City Council Could Resume In-Person Meetings As Soon As AprilAfter holding meetings exclusively by video conference for the past 11 months, the City Council could resume in-person meetings as early as April, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at Wednesday's meeting.