Budget Committee Signs Off On Emergency Spending Powers For Mayor Lori Lightfoot During PandemicThe 23-10 vote by the Budget Committee came only after the mayor’s office agreed to scale back the ordinance, and after Tuesday’s virtual meeting was delayed for an hour so the mayor rally support.
Promising Focus On Community Policing, Acting CPD Supt. David Brown Easily Wins Public Safety Committee Approval As New Top Cop“I will develop and identify community policing savants to push, pull, and if necessary to drag the police department to a community policing-oriented culture that yields outcomes that make us all safer," Brown said.
Charlie Beck Steps Down As Interim Chicago Police Superintendent; David Brown Takes OverBeck said he couldn’t wait to get home to his family, adding that he will be leaving family behind.
City Council Holds First Virtual Meeting Amid COVID-19 Crisis; 'Something New And Something Different That We Have To Do'Mayor Lori Lightfoot chaired the meeting from her office on the fifth floor of City Hall, while 48 aldermen attended the meeting via the Zoom video chat app.
Chicago City Council Meeting On April 15 To Be Held Via VideoconferenceThe mayor's office said next week's meeting will have an abbreviated agenda, focused mainly on adopting rules for holding future council and committee meetings by videoconference.
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.