Mayor Lori Lightfoot's $16.7 Billion Budget Plan On Track For Approval Next Week After Second Key Committee VoteBy a 27-5 vote, the Budget Committee advanced the mayor’s 2022 budget recommendation, setting up a final vote by the City Council on Wednesday.
Dozens Of Chicago Firefighters, Water Department Workers Sue To Block City's Vaccine MandateThe lawsuit, filed in federal court on Thursday by attorney Jonathan Lubin, seeks to prevent the city from requiring workers to disclose their vaccination status or be disciplined for not being vaccinated.
City Council Finance Committee Approves $76.5 Million Property Tax Hike, As Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2022 Budget Plan Passes First TestThe Finance Committee voted 19-12 to approve the property tax increase, which includes a $22.9 million automatic tax hike tied to the consumer price index, which aldermen authorized last year as part of the 2021 budget plan; another $25 million to help fund the mayor’s $3.7 billion capital infrastructure plan; and $28.6 billion in tax revenue that will be collected from new property.
City Hall, Police Union Return To Court As Fight Over Vaccine Mandate Drags OnThe Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is asking a judge assigned to the case to recuse herself over a past professional relationship with the mayor.
More Than A Third Of CPD Staff Missed Vaccine Reporting Deadline; City Could Begin Placing Employees On 'No Pay' Status TodayFriday night was the deadline for all city workers to inform the city of their vaccination status, or face the prospect of being placed on “no pay” status.
Chicago Police Union President Estimates More Than 3,000 Officers Defying City's Vaccine Reporting MandateThe Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has said the city's vaccine mandate is a change to employment policies that must be negotiated with the union.
Judge Bars Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara From Encouraging Officers To Defy City's Vaccine MandateThe standoff between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police over the city's vaccine mandate is now in the hands of the courts, after both sides filed lawsuits against each other on Friday.
Chicagoans Worry Vaccine Mandate Standoff Between City Hall And FOP Will Leave Them Less Safe; 'It's Like This Big Macho Thing'“I think they want to make it about them, It ain't about, really, the people. It's like this big macho thing between both parties,” Shulonda Stamps said.
Lightfoot Not Backing Down From Vaccine Reporting Deadline For City Workers, Despite Police Union Threatening DefianceThe stare-down between the mayor and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is fueling concerns that Chicagoans’ safety might be put at risk.
FOP President Predicts 50% Of CPD Officers Will Stay Home If Mayor Lightfoot Doesn't Back Down From Vaccine Mandate“If you want to send officers home, and risk the safety and security of the citizens of this city, then so be it. It’s not us, it’s you. Our officers want to work,” FOP President John Catanzara said.
Park District Board Taps Former City Business Affairs Commissioner Rosa Escareno As Interim CEO In Wake Of Mike Kelly's OusterKelly resigned Saturday, just hours after Mayor Lightfoot called on the Park District Board to fire him over his handling of a sex abuse scandal involving lifeguards at the city's beaches and pools.
Chicago Park District CEO Mike Kelly Resigns After Mayor Lori Lightfoot Said He Should Be Fired Over Handling Of Lifeguard Sex Abuse Scandal"The culture of sexual abuse, harassment, and coercion that has become pervasive within the District’s Aquatics Department lifeguard program ... is unacceptable," Lightfoot said in a statement.
Chicago City Workers Who Aren't Vaccinated By Oct. 15 Must Undergo Regular COVID-19 TestingCity employees who don't report their vaccination status by Oct. 15 will be placed on "no pay" status.
Inspector General's Office Completes Probe Of Anjanette Young Raid And Its Fallout“We’re done with the investigation and it will go to the administration next week, we hope,” Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said.
Lightfoot Calls For Federal Investigation Of West Side Shootout After Foxx Accused Mayor Of Lying About Decision Not To File Charges"Discussing the facts of this case in the press without the benefit of all of the evidence does a disservice to the communities who have been impacted by this violence," Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said.