Meetings & Agendas
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pair of bills to reform Illinois’ controversial biometric privacy law and make new changes to the state’s cannabis laws didn’t advance by the end of session despite late pushes from lawmakers.
Some Illinois voters will have a state Supreme Court race on their ballot in 2024 that won’t determine the partisan makeup of the court but is a key opportunity for Latinos to get their first seat on the state’s high court.
The long-term future of the Invest in Kids scholarship has grown more uncertain after lawmakers passed the Fiscal Year 2024 budget without including an extension of a tax credit that has been a controversial piece to the program since 2017.
Bipartisanship looks different in both chambers of the General Assembly even as Democrats have a super majority in each, according to speeches the four legislative leaders gave last week to close out the spring session