Aldermen to consider proposal to increase fines for industrial air polluters January 14, 2021 By Erin Hegarty - Aldermen are scheduled Thursday to consider a proposal from Mayor Lori Lightfoot to increase fines for large industrial air polluters and to hold a hearing on the environmental and health impacts that designated industrial districts have on neighborhoods. Lightfoot’s proposal

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Cook County leaders revel in elimination of cash bail, see path to further shrinking jail population January 15, 2021 By Alex Nitkin - The leaders in charge of Cook County’s multibillion-dollar jail and courts system praised state lawmakers’ vote this week to phase out the use of cash bail, saying the new law will push forward bail reform efforts they have already pursued

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TDL Springfield Morning Briefs: Tuesday, January 12 January 12, 2021 By Joel Ebert - News in brief: Madigan suspends campaign for speaker; lawmakers approve first pillar of Black caucus agenda; Giannoulias launches listening tour, IL GOP outlines process to pick new chair

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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