‘Moderate’ Democrat and ‘freedom, faith and family’ Republican face off in a bid for west suburban Senate district October 23, 2020 By Joel Ebert - For the first time in nearly a decade, Jim Oberweis’ name will not appear on the ballot to represent the voters of Kane, DuPage and Kendall counties.
City Hall to shift $55 million in costs onto Chicago Public Schools October 22, 2020 By Erin Hegarty and Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat - In Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s efforts to close a $1.2 billion gap in the city budget, City Hall will shift more costs onto Chicago Public Schools. In a budget plan detailed Wednesday, which includes a property tax hike and job cuts,

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Aldermen advance proposals to sell city parcels for affordable housing, acquire land for restaurants near planned police academy October 23, 2020 By Erin Hegarty - A proposal to sell multiple city-owned parcels in the 26th Ward for the construction and sale of affordable housing and a proposal for the city to buy land next to the planned Police and Fire Training Academy in the 37th

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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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