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Influential alderman outraged, not surprised by weekend bloodbath

Influential alderman outraged, not surprised by weekend bloodbath

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, a former Chicago police officer, said during the stay-home order, crime and drug sales decreased. But as the economy reopens, that inclu [...]

Read full article: Influential alderman outraged, not surpr...→
Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss Proposal to Remove Police From Public Schools

Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss Proposal to Remove Police From Public Schools

Chicago City Council was slated to debate on Wednesday a new proposal to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jean [...]

Read full article: Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss P...→
Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chicago Public Schools

Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chicago Public Schools

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jeanette Taylor and [...]

Read full article: Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chic...→

BGA sues City Council over meetings between Lightfoot, aldermen

The watchdog group contends an unannounced session that turned into a shouting match between the mayor and Ald. Lopez violated the state's open meetings law—an [...]

Read full article: BGA sues City Council over meetings betw...→
Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top cop tied to preoccupation with curbing overtime, alderman says

Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top cop tied to preoccupation with curbing overtime, alderman says

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, says CPD Supt. David Brown had "hundreds" fewer officers on the street over the holiday weekend [...]

Read full article: Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top co...→
Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined remotely by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s City Council floor leader Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) to discuss the c [...]

Read full article: Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Vi...→
R. Kelly keeps asking for release because of COVID-19 fears  (LIVE UPDATES)

R. Kelly keeps asking for release because of COVID-19 fears (LIVE UPDATES)

Former Ald. Dick Mell, 82, who was once a 33rd Ward political powerhouse known for his efficiency as well as his short fuse, is now battling the pandemic one p [...]

Read full article: R. Kelly keeps asking for release becaus...→

Sanders allies have some November advice for Biden

U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa say the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee needs to stress the right issues, particularly o [...]

Read full article: Sanders allies have some November advice...→
Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches to Chicago Police officers citywide

Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches to Chicago Police officers citywide

Ald. Matt O’Shea has paid to deliver meals to hospitals, police and fire stations. Now, with Tuesday’s citywide lunch, delivered by O’Shea’s staff and particip [...]

Read full article: Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches...→

Coronavirus infects dispute over General Iron plant

“It’s unconscionable that they are continuing operations,” says Ald. Brian Hopkins, arguing that COVID-19 makes the North Side scrap metal facility an even big [...]

Read full article: Coronavirus infects dispute over General...→
City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but stops short of declaring it a city holiday

City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but stops short of declaring it a city holiday

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) delivered an impassioned speech, talking for eight minutes and 46 seconds — which is how long a Minneapolis police officer had his k [...]

Read full article: City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but...→
Aldermen, CPS students continue push for police-free schools: ‘You have a bad day, you get to go to jail?’

Aldermen, CPS students continue push for police-free schools: ‘You have a bad day, you get to go to jail?’

"Any elected official who doesn’t agree the police needs to be out of schools doesn’t deserve to serve the citizens of Chicago," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said.

Read full article: Aldermen, CPS students continue push for...→
Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay General Iron’s move to Southeast Side

Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay General Iron’s move to Southeast Side

"Emissions on the Southeast Side only serve to further the environmental injustice, all the more glaring as this facility considers moving from the wealthy and [...]

Read full article: Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay Gene...→
Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings Act

Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings Act

The lawsuit comes two days after Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted an unnamed alderman for recording and leaking a May 31 conference call in which she traded profan [...]

Read full article: Better Government Association Sues City ...→
Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’

Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’

An extremely frustrated Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. lamented the extensive damage to businesses in his South Side ward and questioned why police had not done more [...]

Read full article: Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t ...→
Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic district scrapped

Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic district scrapped

"It became clear that landmark designations do not preserve people and communities, they merely protect buildings," Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) said.

Read full article: Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic ...→
In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

"He came out and apologized immediately and said ‘I’m sorry that I blindsided you guys with this,’" said Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st). Despite his apology, B [...]

Read full article: In first day as superintendent, David Br...→
Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spending and procurement powers during pandemic

Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spending and procurement powers during pandemic

Ald. Anthony Beale, on of Lightfoot’s most vocal City Council critics, denounced the ordinance as a "power grab" that is unnecessary because aldermen can condu [...]

Read full article: Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spend...→
Developer apologizes to Little Village residents for ‘anxiety and fear’ caused by demolition

Developer apologizes to Little Village residents for ‘anxiety and fear’ caused by demolition

Despite the mea culpa, Ald. Mike Rodriguez (22nd) is not in a forgiving mood. "That company gave us guarantees that no dust would leave the site," he said. "We [...]

Read full article: Developer apologizes to Little Village r...→
Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest Side alderman is grateful, winning grudge match by just 20 votes

Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest Side alderman is grateful, winning grudge match by just 20 votes

Ald. George Cardenas admitted he was nervous on Election Night when the results showed him behind but held out hope when he learned how many mail ballots remai [...]

Read full article: Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest ...→
Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violators could face arrest

Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violators could face arrest

Ald. Harry Osterman wrote that that the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south are closed to the public. Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said the "ent [...]

Read full article: Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violat...→
Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr. Conrad Worrill, Late African-American Leader In Civil Rights And Education

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 H [...]

Read full article: Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr....→
Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers  [...]

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers [...]

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jeanette Taylor and. [...]

Read full article: Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ord...→
After Little Village demolition debacle, alderman wants option to revoke tax breaks

After Little Village demolition debacle, alderman wants option to revoke tax breaks

Ald. Mike Rodriguez wants to allow Chicago to revoke tax breaks when developers commit "egregious violations of law ... that jeopardize the health, safety and [...]

Read full article: After Little Village demolition debacle,...→
Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined by Chicago City Council Education and Child Development Committee chairman Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th). [...]

Read full article: Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Sc...→
Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City Council critic tussle over police tactics during looting

Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City Council critic tussle over police tactics during looting

Ald. Ray Lopez said the mayor told him he was "full of s--t" when he demanded to know her plan to protect neighborhoods. His response? "I told her, ‘F--k you. [...]

Read full article: Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City ...→
Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council meeting turns profane

Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council meeting turns profane

It started when an unidentified male voice said, "No one here knows what the f--- they’re voting on." Next was Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza: "This is a total s-- [...]

Read full article: Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council...→
Alderman proposes rent and mortgage relief

Alderman proposes rent and mortgage relief

Rookie Ald. Matt Martin is urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to provide up to 90 days of "mortgage forbearance" for property owners.

Read full article: Alderman proposes rent and mortgage reli...→
Chicago City Council holds first virtual meeting

Chicago City Council holds first virtual meeting

The 37-minute meeting opened with Mayor Lori Lightfoot sitting alone at her desk. When the roll was called, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) responded: "Virtually present [...]

Read full article: Chicago City Council holds first virtual...→
Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen of control over permits at center of Little Village demolition controversy

Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen of control over permits at center of Little Village demolition controversy

Armed with a city permit that local Ald. Mike Rodriguez was powerless to block, a sub-contractor hired by Hilco Redevelopment Partners demolished a 95-year-old [...]

Read full article: Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen o...→

Pilsen clinic now offering COVID-19 testing

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said Pilsen Family Health Center’s decision to start conducting tests will "help everyone in the community in these times when testing [...]

Read full article: Pilsen clinic now offering COVID-19 test...→
Trail and all parks along lakefront closed: aldermen

Trail and all parks along lakefront closed: aldermen

In an email to constituents, Ald. Harry Osterman wrote that that the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south are closed to public access. This in [...]

Read full article: Trail and all parks along lakefront clos...→
Influential alderman outraged, not surprised by weekend bloodbath

Influential alderman outraged, not surprised by weekend bloodbath

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, a former Chicago police officer, said during the stay-home order, crime and drug sales decreased. But as the economy reopens, that inclu [...]

Read full article: Influential alderman outraged, not surpr...→
Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr. Conrad Worrill, Late African-American Leader In Civil Rights And Education

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 H [...]

Read full article: Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr....→
Aldermen, CPS students continue push for police-free schools: ‘You have a bad day, you get to go to jail?’

Aldermen, CPS students continue push for police-free schools: ‘You have a bad day, you get to go to jail?’

"Any elected official who doesn’t agree the police needs to be out of schools doesn’t deserve to serve the citizens of Chicago," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said.

Read full article: Aldermen, CPS students continue push for...→
Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chicago Public Schools

Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chicago Public Schools

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jeanette Taylor and [...]

Read full article: Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chic...→
After Little Village demolition debacle, alderman wants option to revoke tax breaks

After Little Village demolition debacle, alderman wants option to revoke tax breaks

Ald. Mike Rodriguez wants to allow Chicago to revoke tax breaks when developers commit "egregious violations of law ... that jeopardize the health, safety and [...]

Read full article: After Little Village demolition debacle,...→
Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings Act

Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings Act

The lawsuit comes two days after Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted an unnamed alderman for recording and leaking a May 31 conference call in which she traded profan [...]

Read full article: Better Government Association Sues City ...→
Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City Council critic tussle over police tactics during looting

Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City Council critic tussle over police tactics during looting

Ald. Ray Lopez said the mayor told him he was "full of s--t" when he demanded to know her plan to protect neighborhoods. His response? "I told her, ‘F--k you. [...]

Read full article: Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City ...→
Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic district scrapped

Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic district scrapped

"It became clear that landmark designations do not preserve people and communities, they merely protect buildings," Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) said.

Read full article: Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic ...→
Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined remotely by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s City Council floor leader Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) to discuss the c [...]

Read full article: Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Vi...→
Alderman proposes rent and mortgage relief

Alderman proposes rent and mortgage relief

Rookie Ald. Matt Martin is urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to provide up to 90 days of "mortgage forbearance" for property owners.

Read full article: Alderman proposes rent and mortgage reli...→
Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spending and procurement powers during pandemic

Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spending and procurement powers during pandemic

Ald. Anthony Beale, on of Lightfoot’s most vocal City Council critics, denounced the ordinance as a "power grab" that is unnecessary because aldermen can condu [...]

Read full article: Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spend...→

Sanders allies have some November advice for Biden

U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa say the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee needs to stress the right issues, particularly o [...]

Read full article: Sanders allies have some November advice...→
Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen of control over permits at center of Little Village demolition controversy

Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen of control over permits at center of Little Village demolition controversy

Armed with a city permit that local Ald. Mike Rodriguez was powerless to block, a sub-contractor hired by Hilco Redevelopment Partners demolished a 95-year-old [...]

Read full article: Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen o...→
Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest Side alderman is grateful, winning grudge match by just 20 votes

Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest Side alderman is grateful, winning grudge match by just 20 votes

Ald. George Cardenas admitted he was nervous on Election Night when the results showed him behind but held out hope when he learned how many mail ballots remai [...]

Read full article: Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest ...→
Trail and all parks along lakefront closed: aldermen

Trail and all parks along lakefront closed: aldermen

In an email to constituents, Ald. Harry Osterman wrote that that the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south are closed to public access. This in [...]

Read full article: Trail and all parks along lakefront clos...→
City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but stops short of declaring it a city holiday

City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but stops short of declaring it a city holiday

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) delivered an impassioned speech, talking for eight minutes and 46 seconds — which is how long a Minneapolis police officer had his k [...]

Read full article: City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but...→
Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss Proposal to Remove Police From Public Schools

Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss Proposal to Remove Police From Public Schools

Chicago City Council was slated to debate on Wednesday a new proposal to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jean [...]

Read full article: Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss P...→
Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers  [...]

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers [...]

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jeanette Taylor and. [...]

Read full article: Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ord...→
Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay General Iron’s move to Southeast Side

Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay General Iron’s move to Southeast Side

"Emissions on the Southeast Side only serve to further the environmental injustice, all the more glaring as this facility considers moving from the wealthy and [...]

Read full article: Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay Gene...→

BGA sues City Council over meetings between Lightfoot, aldermen

The watchdog group contends an unannounced session that turned into a shouting match between the mayor and Ald. Lopez violated the state's open meetings law—an [...]

Read full article: BGA sues City Council over meetings betw...→
Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined by Chicago City Council Education and Child Development Committee chairman Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th). [...]

Read full article: Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Sc...→
Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’

Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’

An extremely frustrated Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. lamented the extensive damage to businesses in his South Side ward and questioned why police had not done more [...]

Read full article: Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t ...→
Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top cop tied to preoccupation with curbing overtime, alderman says

Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top cop tied to preoccupation with curbing overtime, alderman says

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, says CPD Supt. David Brown had "hundreds" fewer officers on the street over the holiday weekend [...]

Read full article: Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top co...→
Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council meeting turns profane

Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council meeting turns profane

It started when an unidentified male voice said, "No one here knows what the f--- they’re voting on." Next was Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza: "This is a total s-- [...]

Read full article: Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council...→
In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

"He came out and apologized immediately and said ‘I’m sorry that I blindsided you guys with this,’" said Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st). Despite his apology, B [...]

Read full article: In first day as superintendent, David Br...→
R. Kelly keeps asking for release because of COVID-19 fears  (LIVE UPDATES)

R. Kelly keeps asking for release because of COVID-19 fears (LIVE UPDATES)

Former Ald. Dick Mell, 82, who was once a 33rd Ward political powerhouse known for his efficiency as well as his short fuse, is now battling the pandemic one p [...]

Read full article: R. Kelly keeps asking for release becaus...→
Chicago City Council holds first virtual meeting

Chicago City Council holds first virtual meeting

The 37-minute meeting opened with Mayor Lori Lightfoot sitting alone at her desk. When the roll was called, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) responded: "Virtually present [...]

Read full article: Chicago City Council holds first virtual...→
Developer apologizes to Little Village residents for ‘anxiety and fear’ caused by demolition

Developer apologizes to Little Village residents for ‘anxiety and fear’ caused by demolition

Despite the mea culpa, Ald. Mike Rodriguez (22nd) is not in a forgiving mood. "That company gave us guarantees that no dust would leave the site," he said. "We [...]

Read full article: Developer apologizes to Little Village r...→
Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches to Chicago Police officers citywide

Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches to Chicago Police officers citywide

Ald. Matt O’Shea has paid to deliver meals to hospitals, police and fire stations. Now, with Tuesday’s citywide lunch, delivered by O’Shea’s staff and particip [...]

Read full article: Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches...→

Pilsen clinic now offering COVID-19 testing

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said Pilsen Family Health Center’s decision to start conducting tests will "help everyone in the community in these times when testing [...]

Read full article: Pilsen clinic now offering COVID-19 test...→
Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violators could face arrest

Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violators could face arrest

Ald. Harry Osterman wrote that that the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south are closed to the public. Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said the "ent [...]

Read full article: Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violat...→

Coronavirus infects dispute over General Iron plant

“It’s unconscionable that they are continuing operations,” says Ald. Brian Hopkins, arguing that COVID-19 makes the North Side scrap metal facility an even big [...]

Read full article: Coronavirus infects dispute over General...→
Influential alderman outraged, not surprised by weekend bloodbath

Influential alderman outraged, not surprised by weekend bloodbath

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, a former Chicago police officer, said during the stay-home order, crime and drug sales decreased. But as the economy reopens, that inclu [...]

Read full article: Influential alderman outraged, not surpr...→
City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but stops short of declaring it a city holiday

City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but stops short of declaring it a city holiday

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) delivered an impassioned speech, talking for eight minutes and 46 seconds — which is how long a Minneapolis police officer had his k [...]

Read full article: City Council recognizes Juneteenth — but...→
Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr. Conrad Worrill, Late African-American Leader In Civil Rights And Education

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 H [...]

Read full article: Aldermen Seek Permanent Memorial For Dr....→
Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss Proposal to Remove Police From Public Schools

Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss Proposal to Remove Police From Public Schools

Chicago City Council was slated to debate on Wednesday a new proposal to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jean [...]

Read full article: Watch: Chicago City Council to Discuss P...→
Aldermen, CPS students continue push for police-free schools: ‘You have a bad day, you get to go to jail?’

Aldermen, CPS students continue push for police-free schools: ‘You have a bad day, you get to go to jail?’

"Any elected official who doesn’t agree the police needs to be out of schools doesn’t deserve to serve the citizens of Chicago," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said.

Read full article: Aldermen, CPS students continue push for...→
Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers  [...]

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers [...]

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jeanette Taylor and. [...]

Read full article: Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ord...→
Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chicago Public Schools

Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chicago Public Schools

Three Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Monday to remove police officers from the city’s public schools. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Ald. Jeanette Taylor and [...]

Read full article: Aldermen Push to Remove Police From Chic...→
Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay General Iron’s move to Southeast Side

Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay General Iron’s move to Southeast Side

"Emissions on the Southeast Side only serve to further the environmental injustice, all the more glaring as this facility considers moving from the wealthy and [...]

Read full article: Ald. Garza pushes Pritzker to delay Gene...→
After Little Village demolition debacle, alderman wants option to revoke tax breaks

After Little Village demolition debacle, alderman wants option to revoke tax breaks

Ald. Mike Rodriguez wants to allow Chicago to revoke tax breaks when developers commit "egregious violations of law ... that jeopardize the health, safety and [...]

Read full article: After Little Village demolition debacle,...→

BGA sues City Council over meetings between Lightfoot, aldermen

The watchdog group contends an unannounced session that turned into a shouting match between the mayor and Ald. Lopez violated the state's open meetings law—an [...]

Read full article: BGA sues City Council over meetings betw...→
Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings Act

Better Government Association Sues City Council Over Private Conference Calls, Says They Violate Open Meetings Act

The lawsuit comes two days after Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted an unnamed alderman for recording and leaking a May 31 conference call in which she traded profan [...]

Read full article: Better Government Association Sues City ...→
Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined by Chicago City Council Education and Child Development Committee chairman Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th). [...]

Read full article: Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Sc...→
Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’

Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’

An extremely frustrated Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. lamented the extensive damage to businesses in his South Side ward and questioned why police had not done more [...]

Read full article: Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t ...→
Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City Council critic tussle over police tactics during looting

Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City Council critic tussle over police tactics during looting

Ald. Ray Lopez said the mayor told him he was "full of s--t" when he demanded to know her plan to protect neighborhoods. His response? "I told her, ‘F--k you. [...]

Read full article: Profane exchange: Lightfoot, chief City ...→
Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top cop tied to preoccupation with curbing overtime, alderman says

Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top cop tied to preoccupation with curbing overtime, alderman says

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, says CPD Supt. David Brown had "hundreds" fewer officers on the street over the holiday weekend [...]

Read full article: Memorial Day ‘fail’ by city’s new top co...→
Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic district scrapped

Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic district scrapped

"It became clear that landmark designations do not preserve people and communities, they merely protect buildings," Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) said.

Read full article: Pilsen alderman wants proposed historic ...→
Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council meeting turns profane

Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council meeting turns profane

It started when an unidentified male voice said, "No one here knows what the f--- they’re voting on." Next was Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza: "This is a total s-- [...]

Read full article: Four-letter fiasco: Virtual City Council...→
Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined remotely by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s City Council floor leader Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) to discuss the c [...]

Read full article: Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Vi...→
In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

"He came out and apologized immediately and said ‘I’m sorry that I blindsided you guys with this,’" said Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st). Despite his apology, B [...]

Read full article: In first day as superintendent, David Br...→
Alderman proposes rent and mortgage relief

Alderman proposes rent and mortgage relief

Rookie Ald. Matt Martin is urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to provide up to 90 days of "mortgage forbearance" for property owners.

Read full article: Alderman proposes rent and mortgage reli...→
R. Kelly keeps asking for release because of COVID-19 fears  (LIVE UPDATES)

R. Kelly keeps asking for release because of COVID-19 fears (LIVE UPDATES)

Former Ald. Dick Mell, 82, who was once a 33rd Ward political powerhouse known for his efficiency as well as his short fuse, is now battling the pandemic one p [...]

Read full article: R. Kelly keeps asking for release becaus...→
Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spending and procurement powers during pandemic

Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spending and procurement powers during pandemic

Ald. Anthony Beale, on of Lightfoot’s most vocal City Council critics, denounced the ordinance as a "power grab" that is unnecessary because aldermen can condu [...]

Read full article: Lightfoot seeks expanded emergency spend...→
Chicago City Council holds first virtual meeting

Chicago City Council holds first virtual meeting

The 37-minute meeting opened with Mayor Lori Lightfoot sitting alone at her desk. When the roll was called, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) responded: "Virtually present [...]

Read full article: Chicago City Council holds first virtual...→

Sanders allies have some November advice for Biden

U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa say the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee needs to stress the right issues, particularly o [...]

Read full article: Sanders allies have some November advice...→
Developer apologizes to Little Village residents for ‘anxiety and fear’ caused by demolition

Developer apologizes to Little Village residents for ‘anxiety and fear’ caused by demolition

Despite the mea culpa, Ald. Mike Rodriguez (22nd) is not in a forgiving mood. "That company gave us guarantees that no dust would leave the site," he said. "We [...]

Read full article: Developer apologizes to Little Village r...→
Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen of control over permits at center of Little Village demolition controversy

Lightfoot’s decision to strip aldermen of control over permits at center of Little Village demolition controversy

Armed with a city permit that local Ald. Mike Rodriguez was powerless to block, a sub-contractor hired by Hilco Redevelopment Partners demolished a 95-year-old [...]

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Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches to Chicago Police officers citywide

Southwest Side alderman delivers lunches to Chicago Police officers citywide

Ald. Matt O’Shea has paid to deliver meals to hospitals, police and fire stations. Now, with Tuesday’s citywide lunch, delivered by O’Shea’s staff and particip [...]

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Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest Side alderman is grateful, winning grudge match by just 20 votes

Voters mailed it in – and one Southwest Side alderman is grateful, winning grudge match by just 20 votes

Ald. George Cardenas admitted he was nervous on Election Night when the results showed him behind but held out hope when he learned how many mail ballots remai [...]

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Pilsen clinic now offering COVID-19 testing

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said Pilsen Family Health Center’s decision to start conducting tests will "help everyone in the community in these times when testing [...]

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Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violators could face arrest

Lakefront Trail and parks closed, violators could face arrest

Ald. Harry Osterman wrote that that the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south are closed to the public. Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said the "ent [...]

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Trail and all parks along lakefront closed: aldermen

Trail and all parks along lakefront closed: aldermen

In an email to constituents, Ald. Harry Osterman wrote that that the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south are closed to public access. This in [...]

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Coronavirus infects dispute over General Iron plant

“It’s unconscionable that they are continuing operations,” says Ald. Brian Hopkins, arguing that COVID-19 makes the North Side scrap metal facility an even big [...]

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