- Former Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli will be the Vice President of Restorative Justice at the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, she announced. Campanelli spent six years as the county’s top public defender before Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tapped Sharone Mitchell, Jr. to take her place earlier this year. Comm. Dennis Deer (D-2), said in a press release that Campanelli “is a welcome addition as we fight for justice and equity in my home community of North Lawndale and beyond.” Campanelli said she’d been an admirer of the Center for many years and looks “forward to transforming our ‘systems’ by being committed to racial equity and justice for all.”
- Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new round of applications for Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs) in an effort to “expand housing access across Chicago.” More details are available at chicago.gov/adu. In December 2020, the City Council passed an ordinance making Additional Dwelling Units legal again in five “pilot areas” of Chicago. Previously, “in-law units,” coach houses, and other secondary dwelling structures had been illegal since 1957. Applicants may request permission to establish an additional dwelling unit in their attic, basement, or in another structure, or request post-hoc legalization of “units that were previously built without zoning approval and building permits,” according to a city news release.
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