OCT 26, 2022
Public hearing on 2023 budget proposal set for Wednesday, no votes on Anjanette Young ordinance or car booting after all
Aldermen on the City Council floor. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]
Multiple aldermen during Wednesday’s City Council meeting were planning to call a vote on proposed legislation that has faced delays over the past months and years, but backers of two of the four measures had withdrawn their calls by Tuesday evening.
Wednesday’s City Council meeting will also include a public hearing on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed 2023 spending plan.
The 12 days of departmental budget hearings concluded on Monday, and aldermen could vote on the proposed spending plan as early as Nov. 7
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) submitted notice last week that she intended to call a vote on the revised Anjanette Young ordinance (O2022-1226), but she has since withdrawn that notice. Hadden told The Daily Line on Tuesday that she had filed the notice because the proposal had not been called for discussion or a vote in the Committee on Public Safety.
But after Hadden filed the notice, Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29), who chairs the public safety committee, agreed to put the proposal on the committee’s Nov. 10 agenda.
Hadden, Ald. Sophia King (4), Ald. Leslie Hairston (5), Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20) and Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16) proposed their original ordinance (O2021-764) in February 2021, but the proposal was never called for a vote.
The measure proposes to create new rules for residential warrants executed by Chicago Police Department members following the botched raid of Young’s home in 2020.
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Revisions to the proposal include removing a section that limited warrant service times to between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Hadden said.
The revised Anjanette Young ordinance has 21 cosponsors, Hadden said on Tuesday.
Ald. Emma Mitts (37) filed notice on Friday that she would call for a vote on a controversial proposal (O2022-1217) from Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30) that would legalize private car booting citywide. But Mitts withdrew that notice by Tuesday evening.
Aldermen voted 12-6 in September to pass the proposal out of committee, but those who oppose the measure say the expansion isn’t about safety or businesses but about the one booting company operating in Chicago, Innovative Park Solutions, widening its market.
Reboyras in April filed his proposal to allow private booting citywide, but Innovative Park Solutions and its own Michael Denigris has been dropping hundreds of dollars in donations into aldermen’s campaign funds for more than a year.
Since the beginning of the year, Denigris and his booting company have donated at least $11,250 to members of the City Council alone. The donations generally range from $250 up to $1,000 with most coming in at $500.
Denigris and his company have given donations to at least 17 aldermen this year including three separate donations of $500 each to the 26th Ward Democratic Organization committee meant to support Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26). Denigris gave two separate $500 donations to Ald. Brian Hopkins (2). Ald. George Cardenas (12) received two donations totaling $750 through his Cardenas for Cook committee. Innovative Parking Solutions made a $1,000 donation to Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) this year.
Additionally, Innovative Parking Solutions made a $750 donation to Mitts, who chairs the City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection where Reboyras’ proposal was assigned.
Only six of the aldermen who received donations are on the license and consumer protection committee. Innovative Park Solutions made a $500 donation to Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16) earlier this year, but she voted “no” on the measure in committee.
Denigris made a $500 donation to Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) this year despite the 1st Ward alderman being one of the strongest opponents to the citywide booting proposal. La Spata in April rerouted Reboyras’ booting proposal to the council’s Committee on Committees and Rules, essentially delaying further consideration of the measure.
La Spata told The Daily Line in September that the donation from Denigris was unsolicited and will not change his stance on citywide booting on private lots.
“I want to be clear, I have always been crystal clear with him that we’ve removed private booting from the 1st Ward,” La Spata said in September. “Why he chose to make that contribution is truly beyond me.”
Napolitano introduced the proposal in May, and it has 40 sponsors.
Ald. Felix Cardona (31) filed notice on Oct. 5 that he plans to call for a vote on a proposal (O2021-4123) from Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) that would modify the city’s rules on licenses and insurance requirements for crane operators.
Hopkins proposed the measure in September 2021 and he is the only sponsor.
TIF extensions, terminations
Separately on Wednesday, aldermen are set to consider extensions of six tax-increment financing (TIF) districts throughout the city.
TIF districts put a freeze on property tax collections in specified areas and divert the new revenue generated by tax growth into special funds to be used for construction or one-time expenses. Chicago has more than 130 such districts.
The City Council Committee on Finance last week approved the TIF extensions unanimously and without discussion.
TIF Districts up for extension are the Northwest Industrial Corridor (O2022-2929), the Western/Ogden TIF (O2022-2930), Bronzeville (O2022-2941), 43rd Street/Cottage Grove (O2022-2952), Pilsen (O2022-2958) and Roosevelt/Cicero (O2022-2963).
“In determining which districts to recommend for extension, [the Department of Planning and Development] and other departments undertook a robust data analysis and a review of the overall community needs,” Tim Jeffries, deputy commissioner for the city’s Department of Planning and Development, told aldermen last week. “Based on that review it was found that these districts each demonstrated a clear rationale for an extension.”
The City Council will also consider the early termination of the following TIF districts: Archer Courts (O2022-2984), Montclare (O2022-2985), Peterson/Cicero (O2022-2986) and Roosevelt/Union (O2022-2987).
Aldermen will also consider the following measures during Wednesday’s City Council meeting:
O2022-2982 — The sale of city-owned property at 7339 S. South Chicago Ave. in the 5th Ward to the Comer Science and Education Foundation for $13,000.
O2022-2981 — The sale of city-owned vacant as-is parcels at 5216 W. Ferdinand and 5223 W. Ferdinand in the 37th Ward to By the Hand Club for Kids subject to environmental reporting for $24,500.
O2022-2983 — The sale of a city-owned vacant parcel at 1800 W. 17th St. in the 25th Ward to SBSS LLC for $9,300.
O2022-3000 — The sale of 20 city lots to Inherent L3C subject to the redevelopment agreement under the City Lots for Working Families Program to build 16 affordable homes and five market rate homes in West Humboldt Park in the 27th Ward.
O2022-2999 — The sale of seven city-owned lots in the 7th Ward to R&D Builders LLC so they can build affordable homes under the City Lots for Working Families Program.
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