Aldermen Back $500,000 Settlement For Family Of Romello Palmer, Who Died In Police CustodyOfficers handcuffed Romello Palmer while he was unconscious in a Lawndale alley on Sept. 4, 2017, according to a lawsuit filed by his mother, Jaywana Palmer.
Finance Committee Votes To Close Tax Collection Loophole For Online Sales Of Bottled Water And AlcoholThe City Council Finance Committee on Thursday approved an ordinance that would make it clear wholesalers must collect all applicable city taxes from the sales of bottled water and alcohol.
Finance Committee Backs $6.6M Tax Subsidy For Ramova Theatre Renovation PlanBrooklyn-based Our Revival LLC plans to revive the Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport as a concert venue, restaurant, and brewpub.
Aldermen Advance Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages, After Years Of Wrangling With Industry They Say 'Refuses To Comply With The Law'The License Committee on Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance to phase out all 10 of the city's existing horse-drawn carriage licenses by Jan. 1, 2021.
Alderman Rips Developers Seeking Tax Break For Not Having Numbers On Minority Participation On Building Rehab; 'Stop Playing Games'Several aldermen threatened to block a $20 million property tax break for a project to convert a historic downtown office building into a new hotel, when the developers could not answer questions about minority participation in the $137 million project.
Aldermen Seek To Punish Cyber-Flashing With Up To 90 Days In Jail"Imagine being on a train, and getting a picture of someone’s genitals, getting a picture of someone naked, getting a picture you did not ask for, and can’t stop a preview, and not knowing where it came from,” Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) said.
Vote On Civilian Police Oversight Board Delayed In Dispute Over Who Gets Final Say On CPD PolicyThe mayor's office and a group of activists are at odds whether a new civilian oversight commission or the mayor should have ultimate authority for setting CPD policy.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Won't Support Effort To Rename Columbus Day As Indigenous People's Day In ChicagoTwo ordinances were introduced to the City Council last year to remove Columbus Day as a city holiday, and replace it with Indigenous People's Day.
Aldermen Tighten Reins On Outside Jobs For City EmployeesThe City Council is placing new limits on side jobs for some city employees, closing a loophole that allowed them to work for private contractors who have government deals they oversee.
Public Safety Committee Chairman To Call Hearings On Police Suicides, Minority Hiring At CPD And CFDCity Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Chris Taliaferro (29th) said the Chicago Police Department can learn some lessons from Los Angeles in addressing officer suicides.
City Council Finance Committee Signs Off On $10.7 Million In Settlements For Lawsuits Against Police OfficersChicago taxpayers will soon be on the hook for nearly $11 million more to settle lawsuits accusing police officers of misconduct, including a $10 million payout to a man left a paraplegic when police officers shot him during a foot chase in 2012.
Aldermen Poised To Vote On Proposed $10M Settlement For Tarance Etheredge, Shot In The Back By Police During 2012 ChaseTarance Etheredge was left a paraplegic after a police officer shot him in the back during a chase in South Shore in 2012.
Aldermen Seek New Limits On City Employees' Outside EmploymentThe City Council Ethics Committee on Thursday backed an ordinance tightening the reins on when city employees can moonlight for private contractors.
Sunday Brunch An Hour Earlier? Aldermen Back Ordinance To Start Sunday Liquor Sales At Restaurants At 9 A.M.Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), who co-sponsored the proposed change in liquor sale hours, said it was prompted in part by the growing popularity of European soccer.
City Council Public Safety Committee Backs Huge Fines, Jail Time For Impersonating Rideshare DriversChicago Police Lt. John Cannon said criminals have been exploiting the rise of services like Uber and Lyft in order to prey on unwitting victims.