Lightfoot Announces Task Force To Tackle City's Shortage Of Affordable HousingTaking aim at a 120,000-unit shortage of affordable housing in the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a new task force that will help develop potential solutions to a challenge that she touted as a priority on the campaign trail.
Chicago Teachers Union To March Through City Three Days Ahead Of Strike; Negotiations Resume This MorningThe Chicago Teachers Union is just three days away from going on strike if a new contract isn't reached with the city. The teachers plan to hold an indoor rally and then march through the city Monday afternoon but say they're not expecting any negotiations before then.
Mayor Lightfoot Fears Chicago Teachers Union 'Determined To Strike At All Costs'; Union Calls Latest CPS Offer 'Frankly ... Insulting'The union, however, has called the city's latest offer "a joke." “We’re talking about an offer that frankly was insulting to us," CTU President Jesse Sharkey said.
Chicago Police Department To Reopen Two Detective Areas Closed In 2012; CPD, CFD, And OEMC To Merge Administrative FunctionsThe mayor's office said the merger will allow the city to move 151 police officers and 11 firefighters out of headquarters and back into the neighborhoods.
Lightfoot Accuses CTU Of Stalling On Contract Talks Over Affordable Housing; Union Says CPS Has Nearly 17,000 Homeless StudentsIn a statement Tuesday night, Lightfoot said that the union's contract with CPS is "not the appropriate place for the city to legislate its affordable housing policy."
Chicago Fire Moving Back To Soldier Field, Starting In 2020The Chicago Fire will return to Soldier Field, beginning with the 2020 season, after 14 years playing in Bridgeview.
Chicago Wants Your Input On Proposed Recreational Marijuana RegulationsSoon recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed a plan that would ban sale in most of downtown Chicago and split the rest of the city into seven "cannabis zones."
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Demands Written Contract Terms From Chicago Teachers Union; 'We Can’t Bargain Against Ourselves'"CTU leadership is not exhibiting the sense of urgency needed to move these negotiations forward in a substantive way to avoid a strike," Mayor Lightfoot said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Has No Plans For CPS To Make Up Any Missed Days If Teachers Go On Strike"There’s zero plan to make up any days that might be lost as a result of a work stoppage," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said of a possible teachers' strike on Oct. 17.
Work Begins On CTA's $2 Billion Red & Purple Modernization ProjectThe CTA officially broke ground Wednesday on a huge new project to make the commute easier for riders who take the Red, Purple, or Brown lines on the North Side.
Chicago Public Library To Eliminate Overdue Fines, Wipe Out Existing DebtsThe Chicago Public Library will eliminate all late fines starting Tuesday – and wipe out all users’ existing fines – becoming the largest public library system in the U.S. to go fine-free.
City Unveils Vehicle Sticker Amnesty, Ticket Relief Programs For Scofflaw DriversThe city has announced an amnesty program for drivers who haven’t purchased their sticker yet, and a chance to get some of their tickets wiped out.
Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Public Schools Back At Negotiating Table After 94% Strike Authorization VoteUnion leaders and CPS officials were meeting at CTU headquarters in the West Town neighborhood, hoping to agree to a contract both sides can support.
Aldermen Sign Off On Changes To City Fines And Fees To Help Low-Income MotoristsMayor Lori Lightfoot noted Cook County leads the nation in Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings, with many of those cases tied to unpaid debt to the city.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Zoning Plan For Legal Marijuana Would Ban Pot Sales In Most Of Downtown ChicagoThe city also would prohibit marijuana sales within any designated residential zoning district, any building with a residential unit, or within 500 feet of a school.