Today is the monthly City Council meeting with some big ticket items slated for approval: authorization language for Chicago’s new Municipal ID program and the appointment of a new Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety.

The Council’s License Committee is also scheduled to meet an hour before the meeting to consider updated regulations for party bus operators. Though the mayor’s office sent out a synopsis of the changes (detailed in below), no language was provided by publication.

Notable Appointments

  • Laura L. Kunard, Ph.D as the city’s new Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety. With an annual salary of $137,000, Kunard would oversee a division of about 20 people within the Inspector General’s Office focused exclusively on analyzing trends, training, and policies at the Chicago Police Department. (Coverage)
  • Deborah H. Telman, a Vice President and General Counsel at Johnson Controls, to the Board of Trustees for Chicago City Colleges (A2017-16) and the re-appointment of D. Darrell Griffin and Karen Kent to the board (A2016-91)
  • Olga Camargo, a managing partner at TOROSO Investments, LLC, to the Public Building Commission, an 11 member board that oversees all construction and renovation projects at city-owned buildings. Camargo would finish the remainder of Martin Cabrera’s term, which expires September 30, 2020. Cabrera will continue to serve as the Chair of the city’s Plan Commission. (A2017-8) (Coverage)

Items Up For Vote – Highlights

  • An ordinance giving City Clerk Anna Valencia the authority to establish a new Municipal ID program for Chicago. A $1 million appropriation was included in the 2017 budget approved last year. Eligible recipients for the ID include: undocumented residents, city youth, the homeless, and possibly ex-offenders. (O2017-1950) (Coverage)
  • Relaxed zoning regulations for shooting ranges to bring the city in compliance with a recent ruling by a federal appeals court. He ruling said the city’s current zoning regulations on ranges violate the Second Amendment. The zoning code currently limits shooting ranges to Manufacturing (M) Districts. This ordinance would allow them in any Business (B) or Commercial (C) District, subject to a special use permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). O2017-1949
  • Clean up language consolidating Public Place of Amusement, Tobacco, and various liquor licenses (SO2017-1951)
  • An ordinance authorizing a contract with Ameresco, Inc. for the city’s Smart Lighting Project, $160 million, a four-year plan to upgrade 85% of the city’s light fixtures. (O2017-2034)(Coverage)
  • Intergovernmental agreements between the Chicago Police Department and two sister agencies. The CTA agreement is part of CPD’s Voluntary Special Employment Program (VSEP), which allows sworn officers to volunteer their off-duty hours to sister agencies. The Park District agreement expands existing “baseline services” CPD provides through routine patrols of public green space. (O2017-1953, O2017-1956) (Coverage)
  • A lease agreement that’d let the Chicago Police Department rent out classroom space at Kennedy-King College and Dawson Technical Institute for the training of new recruits. This is one of several lease agreements the Council has approved to alleviate overcrowding at the training academy as the city embarks on its two-year hiring plan (O2017-2218)
  • Authorization for the city to disperse the first round of Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus Funds. About $3 million in grants would be made available to eligible businesses. (O2017-914) (Coverage) (MAP of eligible areas)
  • Amended hours of operation rules for outdoor patios (O2017-2011)
  • An ordinance allowing food trucks at O’Hare Airport. These trucks would be located in the taxi staging area and won’t be open to the general public. The ordinance gives BACP and the Department of Aviation the authority to designate additional locations at O’Hare. It also authorizes trucks at Midway, but none are planned at the moment ( O2017-1952)
  • A grant change for Millennium Park workouts. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Millennium Park Foundation to support the city’s free summer workout program at the downtown park.(O2017-1947 )
  • An ordinance fixing a “mistake” in the city’s Ethics Ordinance that included “independent contractors” under the definition of “City Council Employee.” This meant those contractors, most of whom are paid through campaign or ward funds, are subject to ethics rules governing city council staff who receive their paycheck from the city. The change has been lambasted by the chair of the city’s Ethics Board. (O2017-2027)
  • Four police-related settlements totaling just under $1 million, including for an arrestee who died from a drug overdose in custody, a motorcycle crash involving a CPD vehicle, an arrestee injured while not wearing a seatbelt in a squad car, and the wrongful arrest of a 67 year-old man with cerebral palsy. (More below)
  • Four sales and loan agreements for affordable housing developments. (Coverage)
  • $48 million in TIF for construction of a new elementary school in the South Loop (O2017-2785). TIF will cover the entire cost of the new South Loop Elementary, built to address overcrowding at the existing school.