JUN 06, 2023
A flyer notifies residents of District Council 14 meetings. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]
Members of the 22 Police District Councils were sworn in for the first time just over one month ago, and a majority of the councils have already held at least one public meeting.
District Councils, each with three elected seats, were established under the ordinance (SO2019-4132) approved by the City Council in 2021 that also created the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, the first civilian police oversight body of its kind in Chicago.
Related: After delay in establishing police oversight commission, applications set to open before year’s end
JUN 06, 2023
JUN 05, 2023
The Logan Boulevard bike lane in Chicago between Rockwell Street and Diversey Parkway. [Erin Hegarty]
Cook County recently released its first-ever plan to address the needs of cyclists and beef up its bike infrastructure in response to findings that the area’s bike path connectivity and accessibility could be improved. The Cook County Bike Plan, released May 24, lays out the principles and methods for improving cycling infrastructure countywide as well as best practices for bike-friendly facilities.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the completed plan during their regular May meeting. The plan is a follow-up to the 2016 Connecting Cook County long range transportation plan. Both plans’ creations were led by the county Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) and included public input.
JUN 05, 2023
Community groups last week filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development challenging a move to lease former public housing land to the Chicago Fire. Mayor Brandon Johnson last week promised to appeal a decision reversing the denial of a permit for a metal shredding facility on the Southeast Side.
JUN 02, 2023
Alderpersons during Wednesday’s City Council meeting continued rolling out proposed legislation they hope to pass this term. While some proposals that failed to pass last term are now back on the board, alderpersons also introduced new legislation that would add flexibility to aldermanic staffing and require a hearing on pedestrian and traffic safety during the upcoming NASCAR race.
JUN 02, 2023
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas speaks to the Cook County Finance Committee about her office's studies on the property tax code on Oct. 25, 2022. [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]
A new law would reform the Illinois tax code to close a loophole that the Cook County Treasurer’s Office has demonstrated to have sapped millions from taxing districts and mostly harmed communities of color.
The overhaul to the tax code included in the legislation would also slash the interest rate for late property tax payments and reform the so-called Scavenger Sale system.
JUN 01, 2023
Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20) speaks during the City Council meeting Wednesday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
After lengthy and at times contentious discussion Wednesday, the City Council approved an ordinance allowing the city to use $51 million in surplus from 2021 to help fund services for migrants who are being sent to Chicago from other states like Texas.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presides over a special meeting of the county board of commissioners in December 2022. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
New legislation passed by the General Assembly and awaiting the governor's signature would amend the Illinois Pension Code to make permanent the annual contributions Cook County has made toward its pension obligations and implement reforms to the pension system.
MAY 31, 2023
Members of the City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection met Tuesday. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]
After a small group of alderpersons last week scuttled a vote on an ordinance (SO2023-1605) that would allow the city to use $51 million in surplus from 2021 to support migrants through June, the City Council is scheduled on Wednesday to take another look at the proposal.
Alderpersons are also scheduled to vote on the permanent expanded outdoor dining program and a proposal to boost funding for some council committees.
MAY 31, 2023
The flag of Cook County flies over the entrance to the county building in Chicago. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
Cook County’s minimum wage is set to rise in July, but at a rate below the annual rise in prices.
The county issued a notice Tuesday that the minimum wage for non-tipped employees working in the county would rise from $13.35 to $13.70 an hour July 1. Tipped employees’ minimum wage will rise from $7.40 to $8 an hour.
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Comm. Ken Meyer speaks during a news conference last week. [City of Chicago livestream]
As Chicago’s weather appears to have unofficially hit summer mode, the City Council could approve a permanent expanded outdoor dining proposal introduced last week.
The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection is set to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday to consider the ordinance (O2023-2093) introduced by Mayor Brandon Johnson and various alderpersons during last week’s first meeting with the new mayor presiding. If the measure is approved Tuesday, it is likely to go before the City Council on Wednesday for a final vote.
Some Chicago alderpersons are hoping the city’s new agreement with JCDecaux for “street furniture,” including shelters at bus stops, will open the door to bring more public bathrooms to Chicago.
Under the new agreement, which began Jan. 1, revenue the city would receive from JCDecaux, the company that installed bus shelters throughout the city and sells advertising on the shelters, could instead go toward the company building and maintaining public bathrooms in the city, according to Ald. Daniel La Spata (1).
MAY 30, 2023
Comm. Bridget Degnen (D-12), left, is pictured during a December 2022 meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
The county government could soon expand the paid parental leave it offers most of its non-union employees if a new proposal is approved by the board of commissioners next month.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Comm. Bridget Degnen (D-12) sponsored the proposal, which was introduced by resolution at Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting and referred to the Finance Committee.
MAY 26, 2023
Comm. Kevin Morrison (D-15) holds a news conference in the Cook County building on his ordinance protecting people from discrimination for exercising bodily autonomy on May 24, 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved two major pieces of legislation during its meeting Thursday — a ban on the retail sale, distribution and display of flavored liquid nicotine products and an ordinance extending discrimination protections related to reproductive health and gender-affirming care decisions.
Both measures passed via unanimous voice votes with little discussion and no questions, though the flavored nicotine ban was the subject of much commissioner deliberation and some hesitancy before it was unanimously approved during a Wednesday Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting.