Failure of last-minute ethics bill opens door for stronger reform efforts, advocates say January 22, 2021 By Joel Ebert - When a late-night effort to revamp Illinois’ ethics and lobbying laws was among the many bills that failed to reach a vote during the waning hours of the 101st General Assembly, advocacy groups, which have long pushed for change, had

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Aldermen approve slew of tax breaks for developers, including $9.8M for owner of controversial asphalt plant January 22, 2021 By Erin Hegarty - Aldermen approved a $9.8 million tax incentive for an already-built and occupied warehouse in Back of the Yards over the vocal objections of one alderman. Members of the City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development voted to approve

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TDL Springfield Morning Briefs: Friday, January 22 January 21, 2021 By Joel Ebert - News in brief: Senate delays return to session; Welch announces House Democrats’ leadership team.

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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