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    Renderings for the proposed 37-story development to replace the vacant bank building at 1555-1569 N. Clybourn Ave. [Department of Planning and Development]

    The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday gave approval to a new residential development planned for the edge of Lincoln Park and Old Town and new residential developments in Fulton Market.

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson presides over a City Council meeting June 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council on Wednesday approved a measure to penalize groups that distribute hateful literature and similar materials, appointments to fill the vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals and an ordinance that could make it more difficult for the proposed Chicago River swim to be permitted. 

    Additionally, Ald. Michelle Harris (8), chair of the Committee on Committees and Rules, declined to call for a vote on installing Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) as the new zoning committee chair. There hasn’t been a permanent chair since Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) resigned last fall.

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    Kyle Lucas, of Better Streets Chicago, speaks at a news conference for a package of Vision Zero proposals on July 17, 2024. [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line]

    A coalition of alderpeople introduced a legislative package to City Council this week that includes a reduction in Chicago’s default speed limit, a working group to suggest equitable enforcement measures and a measure enacting residential reporting of parking violations. The package of proposals is geared toward reducing pedestrian and cyclist deaths from traffic crashes to zero.

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    Ald. Jason Ervin addresses the City Council on July 17, 2024. [Livestream]

    The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a severance package (O2024-0010131) for outgoing Chief Procurement Officer Aileen Velazquez, who the mayor had wanted to get rid of before the end of her term next September.

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson presides over a June 12, 2024 City Council meeting. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to crack down on the mass distribution of hateful flyers and similar materials, an ordinance allowing the city to prohibit athletic events deemed unsafe and an ordinance to extend the window for a pilot program for automatic enforcement of parking violations.

    The chair of the ethics committee also plans to call for a vote on a measure that bans lobbyists from donating to mayoral campaigns.

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    Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) speaks about the proposed Milwaukee Avenue Special Character Overlay District at a zoning committee meeting on July 16, 2024. [Livestream]

    A vote on a measure to repeal the city’s longstanding ban on additional dwelling units (ADUs) was delayed at Tuesday’s zoning committee meeting, but the committee approved two appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals and a measure to upzone portions of Western Avenue.

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    The police and fire committee meets Monday. [Livestream]

    The City Council Committee on Police and Fire on Monday held for the second time the remaining mayoral appointment to the civilian police oversight commission over perceived conflict of interest concerns after the item stalled in committee two months ago.

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    Ald. Bennett Lawson (44) is pictured during a City Council meeting in October 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council zoning committee will consider a measure Tuesday that would repeal the citywide ban on additional dwelling units (ADUs) following a pilot program that saw mixed success. The zoning committee will also consider two mayoral appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals, a landmark designation for a church and an ordinance regulating indoor event venues. 

    The Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards will meet at 10 a.m. in council chambers.

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    The finance committee meets in council chambers on Monday. [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Finance met Monday and approved legal settlements related to a paramedic exam and a deadly 2019 police pursuit but declined to approve a settlement related to a vacated murder conviction. The committee also approved an allocation of tax increment financing (TIF) funds and changes to the city’s administration of neighborhood opportunity fund grants.

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    Ald. Timmy Knudsen (43) is pictured at a City Council meeting in November 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council’s health and human relations committee on Friday approved an ordinance that imposes fines for those who print and distribute hateful and bigoted literature and other materials on private and personal property, sending the measure to the full City Council this week.

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    City Hall is pictured in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Finance on Monday will vote on several allocations of tax increment financing (TIF) dollars, changes to the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program and several legal settlements. The finance committee will meet at 10 a.m. in council chambers.

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    The city’s police and fire committee will reconsider the stalled nomination of the seventh appointee to the civilian police oversight board, the future of the Bally’s Chicago Casino project got more optimistic Friday, and the budget committee is set to discuss proposed changes for the city’s procurement department.

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    Ald. Timmy Knudsen (43), sponsor of an anti-hate flyering measure, is pictured at a City Council meeting in November 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Health and Human Relations will meet Friday to hold three subject matter hearings on rodent control, dumping prohibitions to deter wild animals and hate flyering.

    The committee will meet at 11 a.m. in council chambers.

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson is pictured at a June 12, 2024 City Council meeting. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The mayor on Tuesday made multiple announcements to mark the administration’s progress in carrying out the Cut the Tape initiative, the mayor’s plan to reduce bureaucratic hurdles and speed up the approval process for developers of residential and commercial real estate.

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    Chicago announced an increase in the number of young people hired through its summer jobs program, and the county received recognition for technological innovation and excellence for the fifth year in a row.

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