Several proposed large-scale development projects like the Nobu Hotel for West Randolph Street, a residential complex off the Brown Line’s Southport stop, and the new development next to the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park await approval from the City Council today. Three Mayoral appointments and one City Council appointment, Ben Winick as the Financial Analyst for the City’s new independent budget office, will also get called for a vote. Here are some highlights:
The following mayoral appointments passed in committee and will be reported out for a full vote:
Lisa Morrison Butler as the Commissioner of the Department of Family and Supportive Services [A2015-47] Butler currently serves as Executive Director for City Year Chicago, an organization that works with CPS to help at-risk students graduate from high school. Mayor Emanuel announced Butler’s appointment at the beginning of the month, saying she will “help quarterback some of the most critical items on my second term agenda,” from progress on the Mayor’s universal pre-K program to an expansion of youth violence prevention programs.
Lori Lightfoot as President of the Chicago Police Board [A2015-48]. Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor She also worked for the City as head of the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards (OPS), where she investigated cases of police misconduct. After two years as Chief Administrator for OPS, Lightfoot worked in the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC), and eventually migrated over to the Office of Procurement Services. Following her tenure with the City, Lightfoot went back to private practice and has since worked with the law firm Mayer Brown. The Police Board is an independent body that decides disciplinary action against police accused of misconduct. Lightfoot told the committee she’ll do what she can to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency.
Judy Frydland as Commissioner of the Department of Buildings [A2015-46] Frydland currently serves as the Deputy Corporation Counsel for the Chicago Department of Law’s Building & License Enforcement Division. During her tenure with the law department, Frydland was involved in high profile cases like the E2 nightclub disaster in 2003 and the 2003 Lincoln Park porch collapse. Frydland will be responsible for enforcing the building code and modernizing the department, but didn’t provide any details on her priorities during the committee hearing.
The following ordinances passed in committee (keep scrolling for items approved in committee Tuesday):
The Pullman National Monument Advisory Commission [O2015-4653]: the seven member body would include a chairman and six members appointed by the mayor “with input from Pullman community leaders, business owners, and residents,” according to the ordinance. The board would be responsible for coordinating projects to promote tourism and raise community awareness, maintaining the area, and reporting new developments with the City Council and Mayor’s Office. The board could also solicit and accept public and private contributions, but would have to coordinate spending with the National Park Service.
Amendments to the Ethics Code for “Financial Statements of Interest”[O2015-4685] It moves the maximum requirement for ownership in stock of a publicly traded company from $15,000 to one half of 1% of that company’s outstanding shares, and refines the reverse revolving door provision that applies to incoming city officials or employees by permanently prohibiting them from participating in a city matter if they worked personally and substantially on that matter for their immediate pre-city employer or client. They would be prohibited for 2 years from working on any other matter that involves their pre-city employer or client unless they’ve severed monetary ties.
An ordinance adding federal & state Perchloroethylene regulations to the Municipal Code [O2015-4652] The ordinance aligns Chicago code with state and federal standards, so Chicago public health inspectors would have the authority to ticket dry cleaning facilities and auto repair shops that improperly dispose of perchloroethylene (“PERC”), a hazardous chemical found in polishes and cleaner. The state currently regulates the use and disposal of the chemical. Violators would be fined between $1,000 to $5,000.