The City Council Committee on Finance will consider adding $4.45 million to the city’s tab of police-related settlements at its meeting set to take place at 10 a.m. Monday — as well as legalizing pigeon racing.
The measure (O2018-4988) introduced by Aldermen Gilbert Villegas (36), Ariel Reboyras (30) and Nicholas Sposato (38) would legalize the sport beloved in Poland, but banned here in Chicago.
The move is opposed by bird rescue groups, whose leaders told Block Club Chicago they are concerned they’d be deluged with requests to help abandoned and abused birds.
The families of an 88-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man killed by a car fleeing Chicago Police during a 2015 pursuit through Greater Grand Crossing would get $3 million under a settlement set to be considered by the finance committee, as first reported by the Sun-Times.
Aldermen will also consider paying $950,000 the family of a man shot to death by an off-duty Chicago Police sergeant in 2013. The sergeant told investigators he thought the man was armed and burglarizing his home when he shot him. No weapon was recovered, officials said.
In addition, aldermen will consider settling a lawsuit filed by the daughter of a man who died while being held in the Jefferson Park Police District lock-up in 2015 for $500,000. The suit claimed officers ignored 41-year-old Johnny Lopez’ cries for help.
Aldermen will weigh whether to pay $4 million to the family of a Romeoville man who died after the motorcycle he was riding hit a pothole. The man was thrown to the ground, and killed by the vehicle behind him, according to the Tribune.
In all, the committee will consider paying out nearly $8.5 million in settlements.
The committee will also consider two affordable housing proposals from Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
- O2018-5090 — The Opportunity Investment Fund, which would set aside $30 million to provide low-cost financing to help people buy multi-family housing in gentrifying or high-cost areas in return for an agreement to set aside 20 percent of each complex’s units for low- and moderate-income residents for 15 years.
- O2018-5091 — Another $30 million pilot program that would provide financial assistance for the purchase or refinance of multi-family residential buildings in exchange for an agreement to set aside the units for low- and moderate-income residents for 30 years.
Two redevelopment agreements are up for a vote, as well:
- O2018-5022 — An agreement with the Chicago Family Health Center to construct and operate school-based health center at Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School.
- O2018-5827 — An agreement with Montclare Calumet Heights LLC to build a controversial 134-unit senior housing complex in Ald. Michelle Harris’ 8th Ward.
- O2018-5051 — An agreement to restructure the city’s loan to the developer of the 50-unit St. Edmunds Corners affordable housing community.
Other items set to be considered:
- O2018-5052 — Authored by Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11), the measure would prohibit the use of plywood or wood-based material for securing vacant buildings and instead require that polycarbonate material be used. In 2016, Ald. Ed Burke (14) sponsored an ordinance changing the city’s Municipal Code to allow “the use of polycarbonate clear boarding to secure vacant residential buildings.” This type of transparent plastic is advertised as a way to board up homes as not to attract vandals or squatters, because the material makes it indiscernible that the home is closed off.
- A2018-63 — The mayor’s appointment of Ald. Jason Ervin (28) to the board of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. He replaces Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) in the shuffle following O’Shea’s appointment to chair the Aviation Committee.