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City Council OKs $1 Million in TIF Dollars for Clark Park’s Controversial Boat House

By Patty Wetli

Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St., is getting its boat house, whether park users want one or not. During Wednesday’s session, City Council approved $1 million in TIF dollars toward construction of the boat house along the Chicago River, with the money being funneled to the Park District via the Department of Housing and Economic Read the Rest…

Deal Looks Close to OK Map for Better Chicago; Better for Whom?

By Patty Wetli

The standoff between City Council’s African-American and Hispanic caucuses looks close to a resolution, with a vote on a new ward map possibly coming as soon as Thursday, Jan. 19. For the hundreds of residents who packed last week’s ward remap public hearing at DePaul, pleading for their voices to be heard, this won’t come Read the Rest…

Winnemac Park Neighbors Upset About Proposed Shift to 40th Ward

By Patty Wetli

There are, undoubtedly, a large number of Chicagoans completely disengaged from the ward remap process. The Winnemac Park Neighbors are not among them. Depending on which map City Council ultimately adopts, many or all of the residents in the area bounded by Damen, Western, Lawrence and Foster, will shift from the 47th Ward to the Read the Rest…

Residents Rally to Restore Funds to City’s Libraries

By Patty Wetli

The protest may not yet be on the scale of Occupy Wall Street, but there’s another citizen movement afoot, this one to save the Chicago Public Library system from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s cost-cutting axe. When reports surfaced that the mayor’s proposed budget included $10 million in cuts to the city’s libraries, translating to 363 eliminated Read the Rest…

Ald. Waguespack Says Much Of City Run By ‘The Same People As Before’

By Mike Fourcher

In a “State of The Ward” address on Tuesday night, Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) told members of the South Lakeview Neighbors Association, that in his opinion, the city is still run by many of the same people in the Richard M. Daley Administration. “In many ways, things are the same. That’s why you will see Read the Rest…

City to Crack Down on Vacation Rentals

By Cody Prentiss

Vacation home rentals in Chicago have operated unregulated, but a recent ordinance passed by City Council is putting that all in the past. Now those renting out space in their home, apartment, or condo will have to pay a $500 licensing fee every two years and host city inspectors in order to operate. The ordinance Read the Rest…

City Council Holds Off Vote on Nightly Vacation Rental Ordinance

By Hunter Clauss

Northcenter-based Pat?s Place will be able to stay in business for at least a couple of more months, because a proposed city ordinance that aims to regulate vacation nightly rentals has been tabled yet again. During a joint meeting of the City Council?s committees on zoning and licensing, some aldermen expressed concerns about the scoop Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Wins Approval from Residents

By Hunter Clauss

Lincoln Square residents overwhelmingly approved the proposed Ravenswood Station development by a vote of 100 to four. The nearly $50-million development calls for a three-story commercial building that will include a Mariano’s Fresh Market grocery store and a health club that has yet to be determined. The project will also include a four-level parking garage Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Development Up for a Vote Tonight

By Hunter Clauss

The fate of the proposed Ravenswood Station development will be decided tonight at McPherson Elementary School, where residents will be allowed to vote on the project beginning at 7 p.m. Dan Luna, who is the chief of staff for Lincoln Square Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th), said residents will be given cards to hold up when Read the Rest…

Mell, O’Connor, Schulter Disagree on Creation of New Inspector General

By Hunter Clauss

The three aldermen whose wards make up the Lincoln Square, Northcenter, and Ravenswood area were divided over the creation of a new inspector general?s office that has the authority to investigate members of the City Council and their staffs. The City Council passed the measure by a vote of 28 to 17, with aldermen Richard Read the Rest…

Controversial Ravenswood Station Development Axes Condo Tower

By Hunter Clauss

The new developers working on the controversial Ravenswood Station project have tabled previously announced plans to include an 11-story condominium tower. During last night’s community meeting at McPherson Elementary School, Lincoln Square Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) said he asked the site’s new developer, Magellan Development Group LLC, to hold off on plans for the residential Read the Rest…

Community Garden Slated for Empty Lot Next to Walgreens

By Hunter Clauss

The city-owned vacant lot located next to the Walgreens near Lawrence and Western avenues won’t be completely empty for long. That’s because a new community garden is slated for the location, which was formerly occupied by a burnt-out apartment building that was demolished last year. The city paid $1.4 million to acquire the property in Read the Rest…

Nightly Vacation Rental Ordinance Put on Hold … Again

By Hunter Clauss

A contentious ordinance designed to regulate illegal nightly vacation rentals has once again been put on hold so aldermen can continue to hammer out various details. The proposed plan?which was introduced last summer by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) and is now in its 26th draft, a new City Council record?would have required nightly rental owners Read the Rest…

City Council Still Looking at Event Promoters Ordinance

By Hunter Clauss

The future of a proposed city ordinance cracking down on event promoters remains in legislative limbo, but an influential alderman says the so-called ?event promoters ordinance? isn?t dead. Ald. Eugene Schulter chairs the City Council?s Committee on License and Consumer Protection, which would have to sign off on the ordinance before it?s sent to the Read the Rest…

Last Chance to See 50 Aldermen/50 Artists

By Hunter Clauss

Tomorrow is the last day to catch the 50 Aldermen/50 Artists exhibit at Johalla Projects, located at 1561 N. Milwaukee Ave.?As you can probably tell by the name, 50 artists were deployed to create portraits of all the members of the City Council. The artists who covered aldermen Richard Mell (seen to the right), Eugene Read the Rest…

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