Mayor’s Police Reform Ordinance Explained in Detailed Charts

By Claudia Morell

The Mayor’s intergovernmental affairs staff released to aldermen this week a new version of the administration’s police reform ordinance and various briefing documents explaining how it compares to two alternative aldermanic proposals.

Human Relations Committee Approves Stronger Protections For Undocumented Chicagoans

By Claudia Morell

The City Council’s Human Relations Committee advanced an amendment to the city’s so-called “Welcoming City Ordinance” that adds further protections for undocumented Chicagoans who have run-ins with the police. The changes also protect undocumented Chicagoans from any coercion or verbal abuse, both of which are defined in the ordinance, by a city employee.

Housing Committee: Near North Montessori School To Pay $3.6M For City-Owned Surface Parking Lot; North Branch Riverwalk Bridge Lease Agreement

By Claudia Morell

An ordinance intended to jumpstart construction of a new North Branch riverwalk under the Addison Street bridge, a nearly $4 million dollar land sale to Near North Montessori School, and several appointments to the Community Land Trust Board are up consideration by the Council’s Housing and Real Estate Committee this morning.

Rahm Emanuel’s Two Front War: CTU and Police Reform

City Council is officially on summer break, but trouble is brewing, especially for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s battling two big issues. On the one side, he’s got well-organized reform activists demanding he give over police oversight to citizens. Their numbers are growing by the day. Then there’s the Chicago Teachers Union, which refuses to pick up more pension and health care costs, and is threatening to strike, despite what public school officials say is a good faith effort to cut costs on their end. All of this leads into a blockbuster fall, when school funding, police reform, and the city’s annual budget process will collide, leaving aldermen with a lot of tough decisions to make.

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