City Council Approves Plan To Ease Zoning Rules For Marijuana Businesses, Open Up Sales In Most Of DowntownThe changes in the ordinance are aimed at making it easier for firms owned by minorities to get in on the legal marijuana business in Illinois
Lightfoot Unveils $16.7 Billion Spending Plan For 2022, Using Federal Funds And Modest Property Tax Hike To Balance BudgetIt's the second year in a row the mayor is asking aldermen to back a property tax hike in Chicago, although it's a smaller one than the $94 million property tax increase the City Council approved for 2021.
Chicago Board Of Ethics Finds Probable Cause Ald. James Gardiner Violated Ethics Ordinance TwiceThe city's ethics board found probable cause to believe Ald. James Gardiner used his office to retaliate against political opponents, in violation of the city's government ethics ordinance.
Critic Calls Ald. James Gardiner's Remarks About Offensive Texts A 'Non-Apology' And 'Insufficient'Ald. James Gardiner (45th) made his first public comments Tuesday about leaked text messages in which he used slurs when talking about another alderman and women who work in city politics – but his critics say his words fell flat.
Aldermen Seek Public Hearing On Questions About Accuracy Of Police ShotSpotter TechnologyA group of 16 aldermen, most of them members of the City Council's Progressive Caucus, are seeking a public hearing to "assess the reliability of ShotSpotter" technology.
Lightfoot, City Council Turn Aside Ald. Anthony Beale's Bid To Repeal Lower Threshold For Speed Camera Tickets“This has nothing to do with safety. This has everything to do with revenue, revenue, and revenue," Ald. Anthony Beale said of the city's lowering the threshold for speed camera tickets from 10 mph to 6 mph.
Aldermen Stall Plan To Ease Zoning Rules For Marijuana Businesses, Open Up Sales In Most Of DowntownAld. Anthony Beale (9th) and Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the vote until the next City Council meeting, which Lightfoot then scheduled for Monday.
Ald. James Gardiner Apologizes To City Council For Offensive Texts, Amid Effort To Censure Him“I stand before this body to offer my sincerest apologies for the pain and insult that anyone has endured as a result. I take full responsibility for my offensive words in those messages," Gardiner said.
City Council Approves $600 Million Police Contract With Chicago FOP, Including 20% Raises For CPD OfficersThe new pact with the FOP will cost Chicago taxpayers a total of approximately $600 million, including more than $360 million in retroactive pay raises.
City Council Approves Ordinance To Crack Down On Single-Use Utensils At Chicago RestaurantsThe ordinance would prohibit restaurants from automatically providing most single-use plastic utensils, unless they’re specifically requested by customers.
City Council Committee Advances Ordinance That Would Ban Single-Use Plasticware In Restaurant Takeout OrdersA City Council Committee has approved a measure that would set a limit on plasticware in Chicago.
Aldermen Seek To Require Banks Holding City's Accounts To Disclose More Information On Lending PracticesAldermen said the new disclosure requirements are aimed at helping address racial disparities in home lending practices in Chicago.
Finance Committee Backs $20.5 Million Settlement For Two Men Who Say They Were Framed By Former CPD Detective Reynaldo GuevaraJose Montanez and Armando Serrano spent 23 years in prison for the murder of Rodrigo Vargas, but were later cleared when an informant who implicated them said his testimony was coerced by former Det. Reynaldo Guevara.
City Set To Pay $20.5 Million To Settle Lawsuit For Two Men Who Say They Were Framed By Former CPD Detective Reynaldo GuevaraJose Montanez and Armando Serrano spent 23 years in prison for a murder they did not commit.
8 Aldermen Ask Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady To Require Proof Of Vaccination In Public Indoor SettingsEight aldermen who sit on the Committee on Health want the city to begin requiring proof of vaccination to enter indoor public settings like restaurants, theaters, and gyms.