Today will be the first of two full City Council meetings this month where aldermen will take up some big ticket items like Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new water-sewer tax, a significant redesign plan for Navy Pier, and the authority for the city to issue up to $3.5 billion dollars in bonds for O’Hare Airport. This month’s second meeting, on September 29, is expected to address police reform measures only.

The Council will also welcome a special guest. At 9:30 a.m., there’ll be a special meeting to award the Chicago Medal of Merit to the former President of Ireland, Mary Therese Winfred Robinson.

“Don’t wear orange!” Ald. Patrick Thompson (11) somewhat jokingly reminded his colleagues when Ald. Ed Burke (14) made the announcement about the special guest at Monday’s Finance Meeting. 

Planned Pressers:

  • Supporters for CPAC (a Civilian Police Accountability Council) will hold a press conference at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall to demand a vote on their ordinance.
  • Ald. Joe Moreno (1) and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) have scheduled a presser at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of City Hall to announce the introduction of an amendment to the city’s Affordable Housing Requirements Ordinance (ARO) “that would require developers who receive tax increment financing assistance (TIF) under the ARO, to build affordable housing units on site.”
  • The Community Renewal Society will take over the 4th floor of City Hall to demand “the City Council not accept police reforms that lack teeth.” Their presser is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Items Slated for a Vote (Highlights)

  • The Mayor’s new water-sewer tax, which will be phased in over four years to shore up revenue for the Municipal Pension Fund, the city’s largest retirement fund for city employees.
  • Authority for the city to issue up to $3.5 billion dollars in bonds for O’Hare Airport. Part of the offering will pay off existing debt, the new money portion will help with Terminal 5 upgrades and the construction of a new runway. (Bond Package Briefing Docs.)

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