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.
Bid To Settle Lawsuit Seeking Decades Of Police Misconduct Records Stalls; Aldermen Seek To Create Database For Complaint RecordsAld. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said he has shared a proposed ordinance for the creation of a public database of police misconduct complaints with his colleagues on the City Council.
City Council Overhauls Vehicle Impoundment Rules, Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Failure To Return Seized Cars To Innocent OwnersThe ordinance rolls back impoundment fines and fees that were doubled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011, and caps the storage fees charged to motorists whose cars have been seized at $1,000,
Aldermen To Weigh $4.95M Settlement Of Lawsuit Over Failure To Return Impounded Vehicles To Innocent OwnersA class action lawsuit against the city claims police have routinely refused to release cars seized in drug cases, even after charges were dropped, and owners were entitled to get their vehicles back.
Aldermen Back $2.25 Million Payment To Unarmed Autistic Man Shot By Police; Two Other Lawsuit SettlementsSgt. Khalil Muhammad shot Ricardo Hayes, then 18, in the arm and chest in the Morgan Park neighborhood on Aug. 13, 2017. City attorneys said Hayes functions at the cognitive level of a first-grader.
City Seeking $2.25 Million Settlement In Police Shooting Of Unarmed Autistic Teen Ricardo Hayes; Sgt. Khalil Muhammad Was Suspended 6 Months For Excessive ForceEarly on Aug. 13, 2017, Sgt. Khalil Muhammad shot Ricardo Hayes, then 18, in the arm and chest on the 11100 block of South Hermosa Avenue in Morgan Park.
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.
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.
Chicago Board Of Election Commissioners To Buy New Touchscreen Voting Machines For $19 MillionBoard spokesman Jim Allen said the city and county haven't purchased new voting machines since getting rid of the old punchcard equipment in 2005.
Aldermen Reject Settlement With Witness To Laquan McDonald Shooting Who Said Officers Pressured Her To Change Story; 3 Other Misconduct Settlements ApprovedAlma Benitez says detectives accused her of lying about what she saw, and tried to convince her to change her account of the shooting of Laquan McDonald.
City Council Finance Committee To Weigh More Than $1 Million In Settlements For Police Misconduct LawsuitsThe largest settlement on the agenda for Monday’s meeting is a $500,000 payment to Andy Jardinas, who accused a police officer of shoving him to the ground while handcuffed, in a police lockup in 2016, causing a major head injury.
Alderman 'Pissed Off' After Finance Committee Backs $1.2M Settlement To Family Of 'Coke-Fueled' Man Who Died In Police CustodyDespite claims they were essentially approving a “hush money” payment to the family of a “coke-fueled” gang-banger, the City Council Finance Committee on Wednesday signed off on a $1.2 million settlement in the death of Heriberto Godinez, who died during an arrest for burglary four years ago.