Mayor Lori Lightfoot Backs Declaring Juneteenth An Official City Holiday Starting Next YearAfter previously arguing it would be too costly to do so, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced she now supports making Juneteenth an official city holiday, a move that requires City Council approval.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Doubles Down On Her Proposal To Honor Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Without Renaming Lake Shore DriveTwo aldermen on Wednesday threw up a roadblock on Ald. David Moore’s (17th) proposed ordinance to rename Outer Lake Shore Drive from Hollywood Avenue to 67th Street after DuSable.
City Council Agrees To Create New License For Towing Companies, In Bid To Crack Down On 'Rogue Towers'Aldermen on Wednesday approved a plan to require towing companies to obtain a city license in order to respond to car crash scenes in Chicago.
Plan To Rename Lake Shore Drive After Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable DelayedThe measure would rename the outer Drive from Hollywood Avenue to 67th Street after DuSable, the Black man credited with founding the city of Chicago.
City Council OKs Expansion Of Jefferson Park Marijuana Dispensary, After Black Aldermen Sought Delay Over Concerns About Equity In IndustryAld. Jason Ervin (28th) asked his colleagues to vote against the expansion until the Illinois General Assembly passes a new law aimed at giving Black and Brown entrepreneurs a better shot at getting into the legal marijuana industry.
Lightfoot Introduces Package Of Relief Efforts For Businesses, Protections For Consumers And Workers, 10 P.M. Cutoff For Alcohol Sales At Liquor StoresMayor Lori Lightfoot is introducing a bevy of proposals geared toward helping Chicago restaurants and other businesses as they seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new protections for consumers and workers.
City Council Committee Backs Zoning Change For Thompson Center To Assist State's Efforts To Sell BuildingAld. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said Gov. JB Pritzker requested the zoning change as the state begins the process of seeking potential buyers, who might seek to replace the Thompson Center entirely, or add a skyscraper to the site.
Compromise Plan On Police Misconduct Database Stalled, As Sponsor Vows To Work With City's Top Watchdog To Find 'Middle Ground'"Frankly I’m just going to have to go back and grind it out again," Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said of efforts to reach an agreement with the city's inspector general.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Unveils Plan For Civilian Police Oversight Commission, Which Would Allow Her To Keep Ultimate Control Of CPD“Because the buck stops with me, I will ultimately as mayor – and any other subsequent mayor – be making that decision” on hiring or firing the CPD superintendent, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
City Council Public Safety Chairman Vows To Hold June Vote On Push For Civilian Board To Oversee CPDAld. Chris Taliaferro (29th) said he plans to hold a vote on civilian police oversight proposals on June 18, in time for a final vote by the full City Council on June 23.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Vows To Present Her Long-Stalled Plan For Civilian Police Oversight By Next WeekThe mayor has said, because she “wears the jacket” for crime in Chicago, she’s not willing to essentially hand over control of CPD to a civilian oversight board.