It’s likely to be a long day for aldermen, protesters, and Council watchers, as a number of honorary and victory lap items are slated for the day’s agenda — while hundreds of police officers angry about what their union leadership calls “politically motivated reform” plan to pack City Hall.Ald. Mike Zalewski (23) will cap off his 42 years of city employment with his final City Council meeting Wednesday, with lengthy tributes from his colleagues likely to follow. Mayor Rahm Emanuel tapped a small group of Southwest Siders to choose his replacement from an almost equally small pool of applicants. The mayor must also select a new leader for the Aviation Committee. A spokesperson for the mayor said not to expect either replacement to be named Wednesday.
Aldermen are also likely to pay tribute to former Ald. Wilson Frost, who died earlier this month.
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 plan to converge on City Hall by the busload to protest lengthy contract negotiations, and recent Police Board, Civilian Office of Police Accountability disciplinary decisions about officers.
Members of the No Cop Academy coalition opposed to the city spending $95 million to construct a new public safety academy on the city’s West Side also plan to return to City Hall Wednesday in the hopes of convincing aldermen to hold off on earmarking $20 million for the Garfield Park facility.
Also on tap:
- Obama Presidential Center (O2018-123) — The Obama Presidential Center is now one vote away from winning final approval from the city of Chicago. Expect many aldermen to follow the example of Ald. Michelle Harris (8) who voted “yes, yes, yes” at Tuesday’s zoning committee meeting. Also set for final approval are four transit-oriented developments Together, the new buildings would feature 92 units, but just 39 parking spaces for cars.
- Gender Pay Gap Fix for City Contractors (O2018-3981) – The Finance Committee is scheduled to consider this measure, which would enshrine the mayor’s executive order on pay history and equity into city law, and mandate that city contractors sign an affidavit affirming they will not ask new hires about past wages or salary. Our coverage.
- Throop Sale Proceeds for Police Academy, 3-1-1 (O2018-3823) – The budget committee quickly approved this ordinance to appropriate the $106 million the city gained from the sale of its Fleet and Facility Management property on Throop Street to help pay for the new 2FM facility in Englewood, the new Police Academy in Garfield Park and the modernization of the City’s 3-1-1 system. It was met with protests from activists from the No Cop Academy coalition, who want to see the money spent on youth and educational programming.
- Nursing Home Safety Zones (SO2017-3910) – Former CPD officer Chris Taliaferro (29) introduced this ordinance to imposes harsher penalties on those caught with assault weapons, high capacity magazines or shotgun extensions, and silencers within 500 feet of a senior or nursing home. Fines range from $1,000 and 120 days in jail to to $20,000 and six months in jail, and mirror school safety zones. Our coverage.
- Retry of condo owner rules (O2018-3239) – Downtown aldermen went back to the drawing board on this ordinance, which prevents homeowners’ associations from sharing unit owners’ personal cell phone numbers and email addresses unless a two-thirds majority of the association votes to allow for the sharing of that personal information. It loosens the rules to allow voting members of condo boards’ mailing addresses to be released, preventing a “chilling effect on Democracy,” Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) said. Our coverage.
- Mobile Merchants Pilot Extended (SO2018-3467) – After aldermen expressed concern mobile merchants would steal business from brick and mortar and that food truck operators would revolt, aldermen opted to keep the status quo for mobile merchants for the next year.
- Low Income Housing Trust Fund Appointments (A2018-37, A2018-36, A2018-38) – The mayor’s appointments of Barry A. Chatz, Warren C. Flowers, and David Wells to the 15-member board that provides rental subsidies and loans to affordable housing developments easily passed the Housing committee.
- Board of Ethics Appointment (A2018-22) – Stephanie Cox-Batson is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pick to serve on the city’s Board of Ethics. She is the chief medical officer of the Near North Health Service Corporation. Our coverage.
- Vet Small Biz Benefits (O2018-3204) — This establishes a program authored by former Marine Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) that would launch a pilot setting city contracting goals for firms owned by veterans. Contracts of more than $10,000 would set aside 1 percent for veterans, if there are more than three firms certified by the city to do the work.
- New park for old Edgewater Hospital (O2018-3195) – The redevelopment of the old hospital in the 40th ward continues, with the city agreeing to spend no more than $960,000 to purchase property at 1628-30 W. Hollywood Ave. and 1619-25 W. Edgewater Ave. and hand it over to the Chicago Park District. MCZ Development plans 141 units on the site. The funds will come from the Edgewater-Ashland Tax Increment Financing District. Our coverage.
- New park in Pullman (O2018-3197) – At the site of a city-owned, vacant parcel at 10440-10444 S. Corliss Ave.
- Former Hayes Administration Building Sale (O2018-3354) — The building at 6530 S. Harvard Ave. and 6529-33 S. Stewart Ave., an old Chicago Public Schools’ administrative building, will be sold to the Greater Southwest Development Corp. for $75,000.
- Industrial Tax Breaks (R2018-415, R2018-416) – Two 12-year property tax breaks for businesses in Ald. Anthony Beale’s (9) ward passed unanimously. The beneficiary, Pullman-based Dutch Farms, distributes meat, eggs and cheese from a four-building complex where 393 people work. Our coverage.
- Borrowing Authority(O2018-3409) — that would allow the city to reimburse itself for up to $800 million in expenses related to projects set to be funded with borrowed money, including the city’s planned capital budget for 2018-19.
- Solis Double Parking Carve-Out (SO2018-3228) – An amendment to Ald. Brendan Reilly’s (42) crackdown on double parkers in and around Downtown Chicago provides a carveout in Ald. Danny Solis’ (25) ward. Our coverage.
- TIF for Gotham Greens Warehouse (O2018-3792) — An agreement to spend $3.35 million from the North Pullman Tax Increment Financing District to fund a Gotham Greens commercial greenhouse facility at 720 E. 111th St. in the 9th Ward.