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    Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36), the chair of the Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development, is pictured in May 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development will meet Tuesday morning and consider appointments and reappointments for multiple Special Service Areas, a resolution calling for a hearing on data storage security and a tax incentive for the redevelopment of the historic Hoyt Building. 

    The committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in council chambers.

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    Chicago Public Health Comm. Olusimbo Ige is pictured during a press conference on migrant housing on Jan. 29, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Alderpeople on Tuesday are expected to hold their first hearing with acting Chicago Department of Public Health Comm. Olusimbo Ige, who was appointed by Mayor Brandon Johnson to lead the health department last fall.

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    Chicago's skyline is pictured in this file photo.

    Following a monthslong public outreach campaign, city planners are likely to prioritize additional pedestrian-only streets, public safety, outdoor spaces and affordable housing when crafting the 20-year update to the guiding document for the downtown area.

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    Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) attends a City Council meeting in October 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The mayor and 15 alderpeople are backing legislation (O2024-0007305) that would effectively ban current forms of natural gas energy from being used for heating or appliances in new construction.

    Advocates say it’s a necessary first step, as about 68 percent of Chicago’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment. While having a limited effect on existing buildings, the legislation is seeking to make sure the emissions share doesn’t increase with new developments. 

    But another group representing more than half the City Council is supporting a measure that calls for a cost analysis of the proposal before any decisions are made.

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    A vehicle parked in a Chicago bike lane. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]

    Acting Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Comm. Tom Carney said the city aims to begin a pilot program this summer to use cameras to deter drivers from endangering cyclists and pedestrians by parking in bike and bus lanes and in crosswalks.

    Carney’s comments were made during a subject matter hearing on the city’s Complete Streets Ordinance at Tuesday’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety meeting.

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    Ald. Anthony Beale (9) said he's opposed to the Bring Chicago Home ballot measure because he's worried it could stymie investment in Black communities like those in his ward. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    A Far South Side alderperson and a member of the Cook County Board of Review spoke out against the Bring Chicago Home proposal during a virtual meeting hosted by the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance (NBOA) on Tuesday.

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

    The City Council Committee on Contracting Oversight and Equity will meet Wednesday and consider two ordinances, including one to audit the city’s adherence to its contracting equity goals on an annual basis. The contracting committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. in City Council chambers.

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    Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29) is pictured during a City Council meeting in October. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Alderpeople on the Committee on Police and Fire on Monday debated a proposal to raise the retirement ages for sworn members of the police and fire departments by two years — a proposal on which the city’s police and fire department disagreed.

    Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29), the committee chair and sponsor of the ordinance, told The Daily Line the proposal could be split due to the departmental divide, but a vote is not yet slated. Taliaferro’s earliest estimation for a vote was March. 

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    The City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will hold a hearing on the city’s Complete Streets Ordinance on Tuesday, and the mayor announced an appointment to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

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    Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29) is pictured during a City Council meeting in October. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Police and Fire will meet Monday morning to consider an ordinance that raises the retirement ages for police officers and firefighters and an ordinance establishing a comprehensive staffing analysis for the police department. 

    The committee will also hold a subject matter hearing on a report on the city and police department’s progress toward consent decree compliance covering the first half of 2023.  

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    The Chicago Police Department emblem outside of Chicago's public safety headquarters is pictured in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    A judge ordered a stay of Chicago Police Board disciplinary proceedings on Wednesday following the City Council declining for the second week in a row to hold a second vote on a provision of the city’s new contract with the Chicago police union that would give officers facing serious discipline the chance to have their cases decided in private proceedings.

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    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Iris Martinez speaks to reporters after giving her “State of the Clerk’s Office” address in 2021. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Incumbent Cook County Circuit Clerk Iris Martinez is facing a primary opponent who has more cash on hand and is outspending her despite the clerk’s campaign raising more outside money than her opponent in the last three months of 2023, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections last month. 

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    Chicago became the largest U.S. city to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict in Gaza, as the City Council passed a resolution Wednesday with a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Brandon Johnson and despite a temporary delay of the proceedings due to public disruptions. 

    “People have flooded aldermanic offices with emails, thousands and thousands of emails of people demanding that we take a stance on a ceasefire. That was what drove us to get this done,” Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33), one of the lead sponsors of the resolution and chair of the committee where the resolution received initial approval, said following the passage of the resolution. 

    The council did not hold a scheduled vote on the option for union-represented police officers to have serious disciplinary decisions decided in private proceedings.

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    The Chicago Police Department emblem outside of Chicago's public safety headquarters is pictured in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Workforce Development voted along the same lines as last month to reject a provision of the contract between the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and city that would allow police officers accused of serious misconduct to have their disciplinary cases heard by private arbitration. The provision will go before the City Council Wednesday for the second time. 

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    DFSS Comm. Brandie Knazze speaks during a news conference on the migrant shelter limit policy Monday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    A day after Mayor Brandon Johnson announced his administration would postpone a policy that limits temporary stays for migrants in city shelters to 60 days, the City Council Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights held a subject matter hearing on the conditions and operations of the shelters. 

    Related: Johnson announces another delay of 60-day limit for migrant shelter stays, evictions pushed back to March

    During Tuesday’s hearing, Deputy Mayor for Immigrant, Migrant and Refugee Rights Beatriz Ponce De León said the city was working in collaboration with the state and Cook County to develop “a shared strategy … to address this mission together, looking for ways that we can leverage our combined resources and expand shelter capacity outside of Chicago.”