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.
Deal Reached To Create Database Of Chicago Police Officer Misconduct; Watchdog Calls Compromise 'A Significantly Smaller Step' Than Original PlanAfter court battles and calls for transparency, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and city aldermen have reached a deal to create a new public database of Chicago police officer misconduct files.
City Council License Committee Backs Bid To Crack Down On Predatory Towers, Require Towing License To Respond To Crash Scenes“Today is the beginning of a safer and more accountable tomorrow as we move forward with requiring towers to be licensed by the city of Chicago if they are operating in the city,” Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said.
City Panel Backs $97 Million Sale Of Vacant Michael Reese Hospital Site For Massive 'Bronzeville Lakefront' DevelopmentGRIT’s $3.8 billion “Bronzeville Lakefront” plan for the site would include early 6,800 units of new housing, and nearly 8 million square feet of mixed-use space – including office, retail, research, healthcare, and data center facilities, as well as park space.
Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson, Nephew And Grandson Of Former Mayors, Facing Federal Charges Tied To Collapse Of Bridgeport BankThompson faces five counts of filing a false income tax return, and two counts of false statements to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp regarding $219,000 in loans and other payments he received from Washington Federal Bank for Savings.
After Heated Debate, City Council Committee Backs Plan To Rename Outer Lake Shore Drive After Jean Baptiste Point DuSableAfter an unusually lengthy and heated discussion on Thursday, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to rename Outer Lake Shore Drive after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the Black man credited with founding the city of Chicago.
Stalled Debate Over Civilian Oversight Of CPD Leads To Tense Exchange Between Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez“It’s been a real difficult time in our community, and what ultimately it demands and deserves is more than prayers and platitudes, but action Mayor Lightfoot," said Ald. Byron Sigcho Lopez (25th)
Aldermen Approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Plan To Update Affordable Housing Requirements For Developers As City Council Resumes In-Person MeetingsAldermen voted 42-8 to approve the mayor’s proposal, which would set new requirements for developers who get city subsidies, purchase city land, or require a zoning change for their projects.