License Committee Approves Package Extending Relief Measures For Restaurants, Businesses Into 2021“In order to provide as much ongoing regulatory relief as possible for the businesses that are continuing to experience closures and a lot of hurt during this pandemic, these measures need to continue,” Business Affairs Commissioner Rosa Escareno said.
City Council Zoning Committee Rejects Proposed Pilsen Landmark District“Let’s be clear, why are we valuing Bohemian-inspired buildings over people’s lives?” said Adriana Diaz, who grew up in Pilsen.
City Council Approves Lightfoot's $12.8 Billion Budget, $94 Million Property Tax Hike, But Critics Say 'Don’t Give Me Crumbs And Tell Me It’s Cake'Aldermen voted 29-21 to approve the mayor’s spending plan, and 28-22 to back the property tax hike. It was the tightest margin of approval for any city budget since the infamous City Council Wars under Mayor Harold Washington, when a coalition of 29 mostly white men routinely voted against Washington's agenda.
City Council Approves 15% Cap On Service Fees Charged By Food Delivery Apps“Hopefully this will really be an effort that helps a lot of our restaurants and keeps a lot of them in business,” Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said.
City Council Advances Mayor Lori Lightfoot's $12.8 Billion Budget Plan; Final Vote Set For TuesdayThe mayor needs at least 26 votes to pass her budget plan on Tuesday, and while it appears she has the votes, it could be the closest budget vote in decades.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's $12.8 Billion Spending Plan For 2021 Easily Clears Budget Committee, Paving Way For Full City Council ApprovalThe vote sets the stage for the full City Council to take a final vote on the mayor’s full budget plan as soon as next week. The 26 votes approving her spending plan on Thursday are the bare minimum needed for full Council approval.
Finance Committee Signs Off On Mayor Lori Lightfoot's $94 Million Property Tax Hike Plan, Rest Of 2021 Tax PlanThe 21-12 vote by the Finance Committee signals Lightfoot likely has the votes to pass her budget plan through the full City Council, possibly as soon as next week.
Aldermen Push Back On Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Proposed Property Tax Hike As Budget Vote Looms“We have looked at a lot of things before we get to this point,” Budget Director Susie Park said. “The property tax was not an easy decision to come to.”
Aldermen Advance Plan To Cap Food Delivery App Fees At 15%The City Council could set a 15% cap on the fees delivery services such as Grubhub and DoorDash charge to restaurants before Thanksgiving, offering a “lifeline” to the city’s struggling hospitality industry during the second wave of the pandemic.
Aldermen Propose Adding Immigration Status And Gender Identity To City's Hate Crime ProtectionsTwo aldermen are proposing a measure to expand the city's hate crime ordinance to add protections for people based on their gender identity or their citizenship and immigration status.
Facing 'Zero Easy Choices,' Mayor Lori Lightfoot Stands By Call For $94 Million Property Tax Hike To Balance 2021 Budget“I feel like we are all on the right path as we are right now,” Lightfoot said.
Mayor, Aldermen Seek To Cap Fees Delivery Services Charge To Restaurants At 15%“This will provide critical temporary relief to eligible small businesses that cannot operate indoors right now,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Progressive Aldermen Offer 'Amazon Tax,' Other Budget Amendments, But Measures Bottled Up In CommitteeUnited Working Families, a community coalition which helped draft the proposals, denounced the moves to bottle up the ordinances in the Rules Committee, calling it "cynical maneuvering."
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Proposes Property Tax Hike, Gas Tax Increase, Layoffs, Other Job Cuts To Close $1.2 Billion GapWith no financial help on the horizon from Congress or the state, the mayor said the city must rely on making "shared sacrifices" to address the economic crisis created by the pandemic.
Aldermen Vote Down Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Proposal To Scale Back Cross-Lobbying BanThe City Council Ethics Committee on Tuesday balked at Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal to partially roll back the city’s ban on “cross-lobbying,” which aldermen unanimously approved in February.