Aldermen, Mayor Clash Over Proposals For Civilian Oversight Of CPD, After Vote Delayed Until MarchThe City Council Public Safety had been scheduled to meet Friday to vote on two separate ordinances to create a civilian oversight agency, but the vote has been pushed back until March.
Aldermen To Consider Settlements In CPD Wrong Raid From 2017, Fatal Police Shooting In 2015The first case involves an incident on March 23, 2017, when police broke through Ashanti Franklin’s apartment door at 6 a.m., guns drawn, looking for someone who didn't live there.
Ald. Gilbert Villegas Steps Down As Mayor Lori Lightfoot's City Council Floor LeaderVillegas has been Lightfoot’s floor leader since she took office in May 2019, helping her wrangle votes for her agenda on the City Council, including two contentious budget votes.
Joliet Chooses Chicago Over Hammond To Supply Drinking Water From Lake MichiganJoliet's existing water source is expected to dry up by 2030.
City Council Black Caucus Seeks Series Of CPD Reforms In Response To Wrong Raid Of Anjanette Young's HomeThe proposals from the Black Caucus would not make any changes to CPD or city policy, but would give aldermen another opportunity to publicly discuss what specific reforms the city should seek in order to stop incidents of wrong raids.
Emmett Till House In Woodlawn Designated Chicago City LandmarkThe Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House, at 6247 S. St. Lawrence Ave., will be protected from demolition or significant alterations as an official city landmark.
City Council Expands Protections For Immigrants, Blocks CPD From Cooperating With ICEAldermen voted 41-8 to approve a plan to eliminate exemptions in the Welcoming City Ordinance that had allowed police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in certain limited circumstances.
City Council Honors 'Great Hero' Dwain Williams, Retired Firefighter Killed In Attempted Carjacking“He spent his life dedicated to protecting the residents of this city, and it’s my pledge to Lt. Williams’ family that we will do all that we can to stop this senseless violence in the city of Chicago,” said Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th).
Proposal For 'COP House' Pilot Program In Roseland Moving Forward After Compromise Between Alderman And Lightfoot AdministrationMayor Lori Lightfoot had earlier pushed back on the project, telling Ald. Anthony Beale she could not support it without more specifics on how much it would cost, who would pay for it, and how it would fit with CPD’s existing community policing strategies.
Stalled $56 Million Cargo Facility Project At O'Hare Moving Forward With New Lead ContractorThe project is the third and final phase of a million-square-foot expansion of cargo space at O'Hare.
City Seeks To Settle Lawsuit Filed By Antown Golatte, Wounded In 2015 Police Shooting Ruled UnjustifiedMore than three years after the city’s police oversight agency ruled officers were not justified when they shot Antwon Golatte during a traffic stop in 2015, the city is on the verge of settling his excessive force lawsuit.
Aldermen Back Plan To Eliminate Exemptions To Chicago’s Welcoming City OrdinanceAld. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) said the measure creates “a clear line separating local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement.”
Aldermen Want Chicago FOP President John Catanzara To Step Down After Downplaying U.S. Capitol RiotDozens of Chicago aldermen are demanding the resignation of Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, after he downplayed last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol, falsely claiming there was no violence from those who stormed the building.
Aldermen Renew Bids To Create Civilian Oversight Of Chicago Police DepartmentAldermen on Tuesday revived long-stalled efforts to create a civilian oversight board for the Chicago Police Department, although it remains unclear if either of two competing proposals offered up has enough support from the City Council and Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
City To Begin Enforcing New Lower Threshold For Speed Camera Tickets On March 1, After 44-Day Grace PeriodMayor Lori Lightfoot's office said the city will begin issuing warnings to drivers caught on speed cameras going 6 to 9 mph over the limit on Jan. 15. Starting March 1, the city will start issuing $35 tickets.