These are some of the items that’ll be up for consideration at today’s meeting:

  • $9M in four legal settlements. The largest payout ($3.8M) settles a class action lawsuit brought by female Chicago firefighters in 2012. Another $3M settlement with the family of Cedric Chatman, a teenager shot dead by Chicago Police Officer Kevin Fry while fleeing an alleged car theft.
  • $1.3M appropriation for a new Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants (Revenue Source: leftovers from the property tax rebate program)
  • Resolution from Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) condemning hateful speech and violent actions directed toward Muslims, those perceived to be Muslims, immigrants, and people of color  
  • Resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel reaffirming Chicago as a Welcoming City.
  • Rollback of flavored tobacco rules from Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11) that would lift the ban on selling flavored tobacco (including menthol) within 500 feet of elementary and middle schools. That 500 foot measurement is taken from the property line of the school to the property line of the retailer (not from door to door, as retailers would have preferred).
  • New efficiency Rules for downtown development an ordinance that would eliminate the maximum allowable number of studio apartments (called “efficiency units” in the zoning code) within the Downtown (D-district) for projects located within 600-feet of a CTA or Metra train station. The city’s zoning code currently limits these efficiency units, ranging from from 50% of total units in a D-16 zone to 20% in a D-3 zone (the corresponding numbers provide for allowable density).
  • 2017 Special Events Ordinance for DCASE
  • Class L designation for Tucker Development, which is rehabbing 11 buildings in Fulton Market to construct a commercial retail complex in the historic Fulton-Randolph Market area. The incentive will offset some of the $21M in rehabilitation costs needed for the project (The leasing plan and renderings of the planned upgrades.)
  • The designation of Enterprise Zone 6, one of several city zones created to “stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization by offering state and local tax incentives to companies expanding or relocating within depressed areas.” This special zone includes wards 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, and a portion of 4. View the boundaries here.  
  • Intergovernmental agreement with the CTA to disperse TIF funds for Ventra Machines. TIF revenue from two downtown TIF districts–Canal/Congress and LaSalle Central– will pay for 20% of the approximately $814,500 project. Most of the budget, $500,000, will pay for fare equipment along the new rapid bus route around the Loop.
  • Appointment of Simon Gordon, a pastor at Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church in Roseland, to the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, a board created in 2012 to enforce Chicago’s Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance. (Gordon’s Resume)
  • Appointment of Cristina Matos, a CHA resident of the Southeast Scattered Site, to the ten-member Chicago Housing Authority Board.
  • Three Class 6(b) property tax incentives for industrial properties in the 12th, 27th and 35th Wards. Companies that will get a reduced tax bill over the next 12-year incentive period include: Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services (3101 S. California Ave.), Chicago Flyhouse Inc. (317 N Francisco Ave & 335 N Francisco Ave.), and H.M. Witt & Co. (3313 W. Newport Ave.).
  • Sale of city-owned land in Humboldt Park (1345 N. Rockwell St.) to The Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The property is valued at $1.53M and will be sold for $1.
  • Sale of city-owned land in Chinatown to Sea Dog Ventures, Inc., a subsidiary of Entertainment Cruises for duck boat tours along the Chicago River. (Price: $191,000)