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Police Board – NBC Chicago

At least 25 people applied to become Chicago’s next police superintendent, officials said Friday. The number is higher than the 23 reported by the Chicago Police Board Monday, which was the deadline for application submissions.   Of the applicants so far, 21 are men and four are women. Eleven of those who applied have experience working in Chicago’s police department. The next step in the process will be “in depth interviews with the best qualified candidates,” according to the board. “This search is a priority for the board and the city as a whole, and we plan to complete an ... Read more

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Scolds Aldermen Over ‘Offensive Nature’ Of Debate On Study Of Possible Contract Set-Asides For LGBTQ Businesses

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Angered over what she called “the offensive nature of the tone” of a debate over a measure to study possible contract set-asides for LGBTQ-owned businesses, an impassioned Mayor Lori Lightfoot chastised aldermen for objecting to a plan to determine whether the gay community faces obstacles in obtaining city contracts. “I feel compelled to speak to this issue,” the mayor said after several aldermen voiced concerns that setting specific contract goals for LGBTQ businesses could lead to fraud. The mayor is ordering a one-year study that would determine whether gay- and ... Read more

Your Guide to the 2019 Chicago Municipal Runoff Elections – NBC Chicago

Election Day in Chicago is here, with voters across the city heading to the polls. Here’s a look at some essential resources to help you prepare for the big day — WHEN IS CHICAGO’S ELECTION DAY? Chicagoans will head to the polls on April 2 to vote in the runoff election for a new mayor, a new treasurer and in some cases, for their ward’s City Council seat. Election law dictates that in races where no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote outright in the Feb. 26 election, voters have to cast their ballots once more in ... Read more

Aldermen Cut Back On Plan For Development Moratorium Near 606 Trail, Seek To Halt Demolitions For 6 Months – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen whose wards include parts of the popular 606 trail have dramatically scaled back plans for a moratorium on new development in the area, after Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized their original plan as too broad. The measure sponsored by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) would prevent property owners from obtaining demolition permits within an area near the 606 for six months, starting Feb. 1. The aldermen want to halt the trend of people buying existing affordable multi-family homes and replacing them with luxury housing, pushing out working class and middle class families. Ramirez-Rosa ... Read more

New Chicago Police Station Opens At O’Hare International Airport – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on a new Chicago Police Department facility at O’Hare International Airport, providing more office space and training space for officers. The new facility includes a new roll call room, locker rooms with showers, a modern gym, interview rooms, and dedicated space for the airport’s bomb squad, SWAT teams, and K-9 units. “I can tell you without a doubt that this facility is a great improvement over our last facility,” said Chicago Police Cmdr. William Mullane, who has been assigned to O’Hare since 2016, when the new facility was still ... Read more

Bid To Allow Marijuana Use At Tobacco Shops Stalls In City Council Committee, But Vote Could Come Next Week – CBS Chicago

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to allow for on-site consumption of marijuana at licensed cigar bars, hookah lounges, and other tobacco shops hit a speed bump on Wednesday, as the City Council License Committee delayed a vote on the plan until at least early next week. The measure would require a business to make more than 80% of its gross revenues from the sale of tobacco products and smoking accessories in order to allow on-site consumption of marijuana. A shop also would have to be located in a standalone building with ... Read more

Food Trucks Would Be Able To Stay In One Spot For Four Hours Under Plan Backed By License Committee – CBS Chicago

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago CHICAGO (CBS) — Food trucks in Chicago would be allowed to set up shop in one place for up to four hours — twice the current legal limit — under an ordinance the City Council License Committee gave unanimous support on Wednesday. Food trucks are currently required to park at least 200 feet away from brick-and-mortar restaurants, and can only operate for two hours, which owners said often leaves them with not enough time to make a profit, given how long it takes to set up and break down their trucks. Mayor Lori Lightfoot last ... Read more

Chicago’s Homicide Rate Decreases For The Third Straight Year – CBS Chicago

(CNN) — Chicago is reporting a significant drop in homicides for the third straight year, news that city leaders are embracing after the Windy City was singled out for gun violence during a particularly deadly 2016. The nation’s third-most populous city has recorded 490 murders in 2019 as of Tuesday morning, Chicago police say — about 13% lower than 2018’s total of 564. That also would be a roughly 35% drop from 2016, when Chicago reported its highest number of homicides in two decades: 756. Shootings also are down. The police department’s preliminary tally of shootings for the year — 2,139 ... Read more

11,400 Chicago Drivers Apply For Vehicle Sticker Amnesty Program; $11.5 Million In Debt Eliminated – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of Chicago drivers wiped out $11.5 million in debt over the past month, by taking advantage of an amnesty program for vehicle sticker scofflaws. The mayor’s office said approximately 11,400 people applied for the sticker forgiveness program, which was open to motorists from Nov. 15 through Dec. 16. Before the amnesty program started last month, the city offered drivers who didn’t have a required vehicle sticker to buy one without any late fees or penalties in October. Once scofflaws came into compliance, they were given the opportunity to have up to three unpaid vehicle sticker tickets ... Read more

Nine Chicago Public Library Branches Add Sunday Hours Today – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Starting this afternoon, nine public library branches in Chicago are adding Sunday hours, and by next fall officials expect every library in the city to be open on Sundays. The Portage-Cragin, Northtown, Dunning, Little Italy, Toman, Hall, Whitney Young, West Pullman, and Chicago Lawn branches will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Until now, the only libraries that were open on Sundays were the Harold Washington Library Center downtown; two regional libraries, Sulzer and Woodson; and three branch libraries – Austin, Richard M. Daley, and Douglass – which added Sunday hours earlier this ... Read more

Mayor Proposes Allowing Pot Use At Tobacco Shops, Cigar Bars, And Hookah Lounges – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cigar bars, hookah lounges, and other tobacco shops would be authorized to allow customers to smoke weed sometime next year, under a proposed ordinance Mayor Lori Lightfoot has introduced to the City Council. The mayor introduced her proposal just moments after defeating an effort by the council’s Black Caucus to delay recreational marijuana sales in Chicago for six months. The measure would require a business to make more than 80% of its gross revenues from the sale of tobacco products and smoking accessories in order to allow on-site consumption of marijuana. A shop also would have to ... Read more

City Council Rejects Black Caucus Bid To Delay Recreational Marijuana Sales By 6 Months – CBS Chicago

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Recreational marijuana sales in Chicago will begin Jan. 1, after the City Council voted down a bid by the Black Caucus to delay recreational marijuana sales in Chicago by six months, following a heated debate at City Hall. The 29-19 vote against the proposed ordinance means recreational pot sales in Chicago will begin on Jan. 1, just as in the rest of the state. The Black Caucus is upset that the 11 existing medical marijuana companies in Chicago that will be allowed to immediately begin recreational sales on Jan. 1 are ... Read more

Chicago Police Announce Expansion of Detective Divisions – NBC Chicago

The Chicago Police Department announced Tuesday the number of detective areas in the city is expanding from three to five in order to improve response times, particularly on the West Side. Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned the plan in October, and a report from the Police Executive Research Forum recommended the expansion, saying it was challenging to effectively police large areas and respond in a timely manner. Detectives in those areas can take between 60 and 90 minutes to arrive at a crime scene, Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference. “By then many witnesses are gone and evidence has often ... Read more

City Attorney Gives Up Access to Private Road, to Pay Back Property Tax Exemption – NBC Chicago

Chicago City Attorney Mark Flessner has given up his access to a private road used by officials to avoid congestion in downtown Chicago and will pay back monies he was paid through a property tax exemption that he claimed on one of two properties he owns in the state, according to a city spokesman.  Flessner, who was hired by Lightfoot earlier this year, received a pass to use a private road, nicknamed “the Bat Cave,” that connects downtown Chicago and McCormick Place, helping officials to avoid traffic jams.  Flessner’s condo is just blocks from McCormick Place, but the mayor’s office ... Read more

City’s Top Lawyer Got Homeowner’s Tax Break On Two Homes At The Same Time – CBS Chicago

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of the Chicago Law Department has received a property tax break reserved for a homeowner’s primary residence on both his house in west suburban Naperville and his condo in the South Loop for at least three years. The mayor’s office insisted the dual tax breaks were an honest mistake, and said Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner will pay back the money he owes. Flessner moved from Naperville to Chicago in April, a month before Mayor Lori Lightfoot officially appointed him as Corporation Counsel when she took office. Before moving ... Read more

Nine Chicago Public Libraries To Begin Sunday Hours This Weekend; – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Nine library branches across the city will be open on Sundays starting this weekend, the first step towards Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to have Sunday hours at every library in the city by next fall. Calling the city’s libraries an “intrinsic part of every neighborhood,” the mayor said they are more relevant than ever, providing not only a place for people to check out books, but for people who are unemployed to search for jobs on the Internet, and for children to learn and have fun outside of school. “Ensuring every resident has the opportunity at their ... Read more

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says She Fired Law Department Spokesman Bill McCaffrey Over ‘Serious Issues Regarding Professionalism And Judgment’

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is defending her decision to fire a longtime City Hall spokesman – although she won’t say exactly why she did it – and is chastising reporters for tweeting what she calls “totally false” reasons for the move, in posts citing unnamed sources. Lightfoot said she fired Law Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey over the weekend, due to what she called “serious questions about his professionalism and his judgment.” “On the basis of what I was briefed on, there was support for the decision to terminate him for cause. ... Read more

Lightfoot Says She’s Working With Black Caucus To Avoid Bid To Delay Recreational Pot Sales; ‘I Feel Comfortable That We’ll Get There’

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing a potential City Council showdown over an alderman’s bid to push back the start of recreational marijuana sales in Chicago from January to July, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday said she’s confident she’ll be able to work out a compromise to avoid a delay. Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), who chairs the City Council Black Caucus, has moved to force a City Council vote this week on his proposal to delay legal weed sales in the city for six months. Ervin’s ordinance has been bottled up in the Committee on ... Read more

Getting ‘Eddie Johnson drunk’ at Ceres Cafe | News

“That’s just alcohol.” The mixed drinks at Ceres Cafe famously come with the mixer on the side. Maya Dukmasova for Chicago Reader “Humor can often be the most disarming thing and put people in a position where they’re questioning things that they might not have otherwise,” said Matt McLoughlin, a lanky man with a thick handlebar mustache and a tiny ponytail, as he and a few acquaintances settled at a table in the center of Ceres Cafe in the Board of Trade building. On the ... Read more

Gia Biagi Named New Chicago Department Of Transportation Commissioner – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tapped Gia Biagi, an urban planner with renowned architecture firm Studio Gang, as the new commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for overseeing road and bridge design and construction, the city’s red light and speed cameras, and the Divvy bike sharing program. Biagi, pending confirmation by the City Council, will take over for interim CDOT commissioner Tom Carney, who has been running the department since Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld resigned just weeks before Lightfoot took office. “Gia’s expertise and years of on-the-ground experience make her the ideal choice to lead ... Read more

Aldermen Fend Off Effort To Kill Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $40 Million Rideshare Tax, Approve 2020 Revenue Package – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Moving one step closer to approving Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $11.65 billion budget plan for 2020, the City Council Finance Committee approved the mayor’s revenue package on Tuesday, after her allies swept aside an effort by Uber to push through an alternative to her $40 million ridesharing tax hike. Uber and the Lightfoot administration have been at odds over her plan to increase the city’s congestion tax on ridesharing services, which would more than quadruple the fee charged for solo rides in and out of downtown. As the Finance Committee was weighing the mayor’s tax package for the ... Read more

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2020 Budget Plan, Including Minimum Wage Hike, Sails Through Budget Committee – CBS Chicago

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget plan for 2020 cleared its first hurdle on Monday, including her plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, on a unanimous vote by the City Council Budget Committee. The mayor’s minimum wage proposal would increase the minimum wage in Chicago from $13 an hour to $14 an hour starting in July 2020, and to $15 an hour in July 2021. After that, annual increases in the minimum wage would be tied to the consumer price index, but capped at 2.5%. ... Read more

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Heads to Springfield With Lengthy Agenda

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will head to Springfield on Tuesday with several key objectives on her to-do list as the city puts together its budget. Lawmakers in Springfield are currently engaged in their veto session for the year, and as Lightfoot makes the trip downstate, she is aiming to get some momentum behind one of her key initiatives. “Casinos I think are at the top of the list, but I think there’s a couple of other things we’re looking at as well,” she said. Lawmakers are examining ways to enable Chicago to attract a casino developer after a feasibility study ... Read more

Charlie Beck – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — He’s the new temporary top cop in Chicago. Charlie Beck will take over for Superintendent Eddie Johnson. CBS 2 political investigator Dana Kozlov looks at Beck and what he might bring to Chicago. Chicago’s new interim police superintendent Charlie Beck said he doesn’t want the permanent job, but does want to work closely with outgoing Superintendent Eddie Johnson and first deputy superintendent Anthony Riccio to find the best candidate. “I think this the right time for an outsider, on an temporary basis, to move things forward,” Beck said. Beck starts this job 17 months after retiring as ... Read more