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.
Aldermen Approve Ordinance To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Presidential Center In WoodlawnThe measure is designed to protect Woodlawn residents from being forced out of their homes when the Obama Presidential Center is built in Jackson Park.
Lightfoot, Woodlawn Aldermen, Activists Reach Compromise To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Center“This ordinance will go a long way in maintaining and developing a wide range of housing options for renters, homeowners and investors for our South Side neighborhoods,” said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th).
City Council Honors Juneteenth With Hourlong Discussion Of Systemic RacismAld. Leslie Hairston (5th) said “it is time for this City Council to wake up and stop being dismissive” of progressive legislation, and urged aldermen to stop allowing progressive measures to get stuck in committee without a vote.
Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr. Conrad Worrill, Late African-American Leader In Civil Rights And Education“He was unapologetically black, he was well studied on African history, and he made sure that everybody knew it. He will truly, truly be missed,” Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said.
Six Aldermen Pledged In 2015 To Work To Abolish Red Light Cameras, So What Have They Done? 'We Did All We Could'An activist got hundreds of candidates to sign a pledge four years ago to fight the city’s red light cameras if elected. Six of those candidates are now aldermen, so what have they done to keep their promise?
In The Race For 33rd Ward Alderman, Sanchez Leads Mell By 19 VotesVotes are still being tallied in the 33rd ward on Chicago's North Side. That's where incumbent Ald. Deb Mell is being challenged by political newcomer Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez. According to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, Sanchez has a 19 vote lead over Mell.
5th Ward Race Between Incumbent Leslie Hairston And Activist William Calloway Too Close To Call In the battle between the established politician and an activist who wanted to challenge the establishment incumbent Leslie Hairston and William Calloway are neck and neck.
Aldermen Upset At Lack Of Contact From CPS As June 1 Closing NearsAn ordinance to send surplus TIF money to CPS whenever the district is in financial distress remained bottled up in committee.
Alderman Who Proposed Scrapping IPRA Glad To Hear Mayor Emanuel's PlanA South Side alderman who proposed doing away with the much-criticized Independent Police Review Authority in the wake of the Laquan McDonald case said Saturday morning she was surprised to learn the mayor is planning to do just that, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Alderman Seeks To Create New Police Watchdog AgencyA South Side alderman and others said overhauling the city’s existing police oversight agency won’t work, so they want to replace the Independent Police Review Authority with a completely different panel to investigate alleged police misconduct.
Prosecutors Investigating Alderman's Offer Of Prizes To VotersCook County prosecutors have begun investigating a South Side alderman who admitted she made a mistake by offering rewards to her constituents if they vote in the upcoming election, no matter who they vote for.
Hairston Gives Mariano's CEO Tour Of Possible Store Sites In South ShoreAld. Leslie Hairston (5th), who earlier criticized the Mariano’s grocery store chain for ignoring her ward, has taken the company’s top man on a tour of possible sites to open a new store.
Aldermen OK Ban On Plastic Bags, Delay Ride-Sharing RulesThe City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.
City Council Committee Approves Mayor Emanuel's BudgetChicago Aldermen have advanced Mayor Emanuel's proposed 2014 budget, leaving it poised for final action next week.