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 To Consider Strengthening Protections for Undocumented Residents; A Slew Of Commission Appointments

By Claudia Morell

The Council Committee on Human Relations meets this morning to consider a slew of appointments and reappointments two city commissions that deal with monitoring and strengthening the city’s human and civil rights laws, as well as an ordinance that would strengthen protections for undocumented residents living in Chicago. There’s also a resolution calling on the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to change the name of the new McCormick Square neighborhood that cites the building’s namesake, Robert R. McCormick, and his alleged racist past.

IRMA, Chamber & Aldermen Form Small Business Committee, Citing City’s Hostile Climate

By A.D. Quig

Chicago-area business leaders and aldermen gathered Monday morning on the 2nd floor lobby of City Hall to announce a committee to “combat Chicago’s unfriendly business climate,” and the “onslaught of taxes, regulations and mandates that are crushing neighborhood small businesses.”

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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