1,301 Early Votes Cast in 4th Ward Special Election

By Claudia Morell

As of early Friday afternoon, 1,301 early votes have been cast in the special election for 4th Ward alderman, including 1,149 in-person early votes and 152 cast by mail, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. The special election is four days away, scheduled for Tuesday, February 28.

Zoning Meeting Preview: Two CPS Projects, Multiple TOD’s

By Claudia Morell

The City Council’s Zoning Committee will consider zoning applications recently approved by the Plan Commission, including two CPS applications, and a couple of existing downtown projects paying for more density.

New Introductions: Restrictions On Pharmacists, AFSCME Support Resolution, Police Reform Hearings

By A.D. Quig

More than a thousand items were introduced at yesterday’s full City Council meeting. While most were routine matters, including hundreds of sidewalk cafe permits, we’ve catalogued some of the more interesting items in our monthly spreadsheet here: February 2017 Introductions.

Conflict in Midway Contract? Crackdown on Street Signs, Downtown Drummers

A $75 million contract for Midway Airport advances out of Council Committee. But if you look at the small print, it appears to be a sweet deal for one Mayoral ally. The City’s Transportation Department cracks down the number of honorary street signs for each ward. Downtown residents bemoan the “maddening” noise by the “bucket boys” of Michigan Avenue and State Street. And we preview a key showdown vote expected for next week.

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As of early Friday afternoon, 1,301 early votes have been cast in the special election for 4th Ward alderman, including 1,149 in-person early votes and 152 cast by mail, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. The special election is four days away, scheduled for Tuesday, February 28.