The Chicago Plan Commission meets Wednesday morning to consider proposals for three West Loop projects, including a 200-room Hyatt Hotel from Sterling Bay, and the return of a pair of 15-story residential towers designed by bKL Architects dubbed Union West. The Wednesday meeting is rare. The land use-body regularly meets once a month, almost always on Thursdays.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointments to the seven-member Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 508 are the only items on the Education Committee’s agenda Monday afternoon. In July, Mayor Emanuel announced Walter Massey, the chancellor for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), will serve as the new Chair. Current chair Charles Middleton and Vice Chair Gary Gardner both resigned. Gardner recently won aldermanic approval to serve on the Plan Commission.

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The ordinance establishing COPA passed on October 5, 2016 after a fraught process of substitutions, infighting, and an outside push from community activists for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). Ald. Leslie Hairston (5) and Ald. Jason Ervin (28) also pushed for their own set of ordinances that ultimately never came up for a vote.

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