MAY 24, 2022
Aldermen convene for a special City Council meeting on Monday. [The Daily Line/Alex Nitkin]
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her City Council allies stuck the landing Monday on a series of procedural acrobatics designed to tee up preliminary approval for Wednesday of a $1.7 billion Chicago casino plan, overcoming a flurry of late questions to advance an ordinance and corresponding public benefits agreement in a lopsided vote.
The City Council Special Committee on the Chicago Casino launched the casino measures to approval in a 27-3 vote just after the full City Council gave final stamps of approval to dozens of other items, including a program designed to speed the installation of water meters and a new licensing apparatus to allow major concert venues like the upcoming “Salt Shed” to hold outdoor concerts.
However, Lightfoot’s allies punted on a plan to codify her controversial push to push forward the city’s youth curfew, throwing the ordinance’s chances of passage into doubt.
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