Aldermen Seek To Close Loophole In 2014 Anti-Puppy Mill OrdinanceAld. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said some pet stores circumvented the ban on selling animals from large-scale for-profit breeders by setting up fake non-profits as front organizations posing as rescue groups.
Cocktails To Go Now Legal In Chicago, As Bars Also Open Their Outdoor SeatingThe ordinance unanimously approved by aldermen on Wednesday would allow bars and restaurants with liquor licenses, but not liquor stores, to offer pre-mixed cocktails for pickup or delivery.
Aldermen Approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Plan For Spending $1.13 Billion In COVID-19 Stimulus FundsA group of aldermen this week sent Lightfoot a letter demanding a promise not to spend any of those funds on policing, but the mayor's office has made no such promises.
Bid To Force CPD Officers Out Of Chicago Public Schools Sent To City Council's Legislative PurgatoryMayor Lori Lightfoot has opposed entirely removing police officers from public schools, arguing it should be up to elected Local School Councils to decide if police should be stationed at individual schools.
City Council Honors Juneteenth With Hourlong Discussion Of Systemic RacismAld. Leslie Hairston (5th) said “it is time for this City Council to wake up and stop being dismissive” of progressive legislation, and urged aldermen to stop allowing progressive measures to get stuck in committee without a vote.
Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr. Conrad Worrill, Late African-American Leader In Civil Rights And Education“He was unapologetically black, he was well studied on African history, and he made sure that everybody knew it. He will truly, truly be missed,” Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said.
Aldermen To Introduce Ordinance To Force Removal Of Police Officers From Chicago Public SchoolsThe "Police Free Schools Ordinance" would require CPD to terminate its $33 million contract to provide police officers as security at CPS buildings within 75 days.
Aldermen Back Ordinance To Provide Tenants Hurt By COVID-19 Pandemic With New Protection From EvictionThe measure would set up new rules for landlords to follow before they could move forward with eviction proceedings against tenants over unpaid rent.
Aldermen OK $200,000 Settlement Of Lawsuit Against Two Paramedics For Failing To Treat Man Who Later DiedThe family of Charles Myers filed a lawsuit against the city in 2017, accusing the paramedics of negligence.
Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings ActThe lawsuit comes two days after Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted an unnamed alderman for recording and leaking a May 31 conference call in which she traded profanities with Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th).
Aldermen Move To Speed Up Sidewalk Café Permits As Restaurants Reopen For Outdoor DiningThe measure would allow the city's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to issue permits to any business that meets the requirements, without first needing City Council approval.
License Committee Signs Off On Plan To Allow Cocktails To Go At Bars And Restaurants In ChicagoThe ordinance would allow bars and restaurants with liquor licenses, but not liquor stores, to offer pre-mixed cocktails for pickup or delivery.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot And Ald. Raymond Lopez Have Foul-Mouthed Argument Over Looting; 'You’re 100% Full Of S***' Mayor SaysAld. Raymond Lopez (15th) accused the mayor of being unprepared when looting spread from downtown to the neighborhoods more than a week ago.
Aldermen Approve $20M Tax Break For Downtown Project, After Two-Month Delay Due To Questions About Minority Participation“Any developer or any contractor that seeks City Council approval needs to take into account and consideration that there be some diversity and some parity when awarding some of these contracts,” Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Introduces Plan To Give Tenants More Notice When Leases Won't Be RenewedThe measure would require landlords to provide 90 days notice to tenants who have lived in their units for more than 6 months before terminating or deciding not to renew their lease.