Senators weigh pros, cons of eliminating cash bail in Illinois: ‘There needs to be some form of accountability’ October 21, 2020 By Joel Ebert - State leaders’ effort to eliminate cash bail in Illinois faced criticism from two judges and a sheriff in a Senate hearing Tuesday, as several panelists stressed the need to take less dramatic steps first.
Aldermen probe languishing police oversight plans as Lightfoot’s ‘alternative’ proposal lies in wait October 21, 2020 By Alex Nitkin - A pair of coalitions pitching dueling plans for civilian-run police oversight councils faced a grilling from aldermen  Tuesday on which proposal holds up better under legal and practical scrutiny, even as neither is likely to get a vote in its

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Rep. Tom Morrison, Democrat Maggie Trevor set for rematch in suburban Cook County House race October 21, 2020 By Joel Ebert - Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has been riding around his suburban state house district on a bicycle as part of his efforts to convince voters to reelect him for two more years. He says the unusual tactic, which he calls his

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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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