‘Little mayors’ no more as Lightfoot’s executive order rolling back aldermanic prerogative takes effect July 19, 2019 By Heather Cherone - Chicago aldermen no longer enjoy unlimited power in their wards as Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s initial attempt to roll back aldermanic prerogative took full effect Friday.
2 new Downtown skyscrapers with 503 units OK’d by Plan Commission July 19, 2019 By Heather Cherone - The Chicago Plan Commission endorsed on Thursday two new Downtown skyscrapers with 503 units overlooking Millennium Park.
Developers, advocates push for long-term tax relief to create affordable housing July 19, 2019 By Hannah Meisel - As the state — especially Cook County — struggles to address a shortage in affordable housing, developers and advocates told lawmakers Thursday that a property tax incentive program could help create a boom in low-income units.

Scooters are here – what to expect on your street (or sidewalk)

After about a year of negotiations between bureaucrats and tech companies eager to unleash the shiniest new thing in one of America’s biggest cities, all eyes are on implementation of Chicago’s scooter pilot. Two transportation experts: Audrey Wennink, the Director of Transportation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Kyle Whitehead, the managing director of public affairs at the Active Transportation Alliance, will discuss their hopes (fewer cars, more people using transit) and worries (safety and equity) about the four month scooter pilot. Plus, Nico Probst from Lime tackles other scooter FAQs.


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