Chicago gets more money from the state to care for migrants. City Council rubber-stamps Johnson’s $16.6 billion budget. And former Ald. Ed Burke’s trial resumes after a COVID-19 delay.
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City Officials Set Mid-January Deadline for Some Migrants to Leave City Shelters; Rest Will Have to Leave by AprilNov 17, 2023 0 Comments
The new policy could mean more than 3,000 people will lose their beds in city shelters by early February, with the rest forced out by April.
The NTSB will examine the condition of the track and the train, how people were protected inside the train, the operator’s training and work history, and the CTA’s safety culture, including how dispatch cleared the Yellow Line train.
‘A Fixture in Chicago Politics’: Testimony Begins in Ed Burke Corruption Trial With Crash Course on City CouncilNov 17, 2023 0 Comments
Federal prosecutors called their first witness Friday afternoon in the longtime alderman’s landmark corruption trial — Elmhurst College professor Constance Mixon, who gave the jury a crash course in the city’s political system.
Have You Heard of ‘Leave the Leaves’? It Might Not Mean What You Think, So Don’t Toss That Rake Just YetNov 17, 2023 0 Comments
The core principle of “leave the leaves” is to manage the leaves on site. It doesn’t mean to just leave them where they fell.
Dueling Portrayals of Ex-Ald. Ed Burke Take Shape as Opening Statements Begin: ‘Bribe-Taker, Extortionist’ Vs. ‘Old School Public Servant’Nov 17, 2023 0 Comments
While prosecutors said former Ald. Ed Burke was a “bribe-taker and an extortionist” who used his elected office to “line his pockets,” Burke’s attorneys said he was an “old school, hardworking public servant” devoted to Chicago and its residents.
Regulators at the Illinois Commerce Commission unanimously approved rate hikes for four major natural gas utilities, but the little-known regulatory body’s decision was perhaps more notable for what it rejected. The board flexed its regulatory muscle, slashing the utilities’ requested rate increases by as much as 50 percent.
It’s Fire Season — On Purpose — In the Region’s Forest Preserves. Cook County Has a New Map of Prescribed Burn SitesNov 17, 2023 0 Comments
Forest preserve districts across the region are in the middle of fire season — not combatting them, but setting them.
The Avondale Restorative Justice Community Court program offers those charged with nonviolent offenses a chance to turn their lives around. Rather than serving time, people are given another option.
Chicago is set to get more money from the state to care for migrants. What local Mexican restaurants are bringing to the table for vegans. And why Cicero has worse air quality than its neighbors.
According to Cook County data, 35% of residents speak a language other than English at home, while 14% of those people say they speak English less than “very well.” Meanwhile, migrants continue arriving in Chicago with limited to no English-speaking skills and few resources.
Cicero Independiente’s Yearlong Project Reveals Air Quality in Cicero is ‘Much Worse’ Than in Surrounding CommunitiesNov 16, 2023 0 Comments
The project involves sensors installed and monitored by the Cicero Independiente and MuckRock providing data to back up what many community members were already feeling.
When it comes to tacos, the first thing on many people’s minds is what kind of meat is going to be inside that tortilla. But these days, about 20% of Mexicans identify as vegan or vegetarian, and a growing share of America’s Latinos do as well.
After a seven-year wait, the state of Illinois will finally begin issuing monarch butterfly specialty license plates, Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias announced Thursday.
The Workers United union chose Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day to stage the walkout since it’s usually one of the busiest days of the year.
The Chicago Police Department has reached full compliance on just 6% of its consent decree requirements. Independent monitor Maggie Hickey expressed a belief that additional transparency will help bring police in line with necessary reforms.
A tree lighting, makers markets and Italian food usher in the weekend. Here are five things to do in and around Chicago.