Public Meetings Report. Illustration by Holley Appold/South Side Weekly
Public Meetings Report. Illustration by Holley Appold/South Side Weekly
  1. Public Meetings Report – March 18, 2021
  2. Public Meetings Report – April 1, 2021
  3. Public Meetings Report – April 15, 2021
  4. Public Meetings Report – April 29, 2021
  5. Public Meetings Report – May 13, 2021
  6. Public Meetings Report – May 27, 2021
  7. Public Meetings Report – June 10, 2021
  8. Public Meetings Report – June 24, 2021
  9. Public Meetings Report – July 08, 2021
  10. Public Meetings Report – July 22, 2021
  11. Public Meetings Report – August 05, 2021
  12. Public Meetings Report – August 19, 2021
  13. Public Meetings Report – September 30, 2021
  14. Public Meetings Report – October 14, 2021
  15. Public Meetings Report – October 28, 2021
  16. Public Meetings Report – November 11, 2021
  17. Public Meetings Report – November 25, 2021
  18. Public Meetings Report – December 9, 2021
  19. Public Meetings Report – January 13, 2022
  20. Public Meetings Report – January 27, 2022
  21. Public Meetings Report – February 10, 2022
  22. Public Meetings Report – February 24, 2022
  23. Public Meetings Report – March 10, 2022
  24. Public Meetings Report – March 24, 2022
  25. Public Meetings Report – April 7, 2022
  26. Public Meetings Report – April 21, 2022
  27. Public Meetings Report – May 5, 2022
  28. Public Meetings Report – May 19, 2022
  29. Public Meetings Report – June 2, 2022
  30. Public Meetings Report – June 22, 2022
  31. Public Meetings Report – June 30, 2022
  32. Public Meetings Report – July 14, 2022
  33. Public Meetings Report – July 28, 2022
  34. Public Meetings Report – August 11, 2022
  35. Public Meetings Report – August 25, 2022
  36. Public Meetings Report — October 20, 2022
  37. Public Meetings Report — November 17, 2022
  38. Public Meetings Report — December 1, 2022
  39. Public Meetings Report — January 12, 2023
  40. Public Meetings Report — January 26, 2023
  41. Public Meetings Report — February 9, 2023
  42. Public Meetings Report — February 23, 2023
  43. Public Meetings Report — March 9, 2023
  44. Public Meetings Report — March 23, 2023
  45. Public Meetings Report — April 20, 2023
  46. Public Meetings Report — May 4, 2023
  47. Public Meetings Report — May 18, 2023
  48. Public Meetings Report — June 1, 2023
  49. Public Meetings Report — June 15, 2023
  50. Public Meetings Report — June 29, 2023
  51. Public Meetings Report — July 13, 2023
  52. Public Meetings Report — July 27, 2023
  53. Public Meetings Report — August 10, 2023
  54. Public Meetings Report — August 24, 2023
  55. Public Meetings Report — September 7, 2023
  56. Public Meetings Report — September 21, 2023
  57. Public Meetings Report — December 7, 2023
  58. Public Meetings Report — February 1, 2024
  59. Public Meetings Report — February 15, 2024

Apr. 22
The Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation and Policy Council passed a resolution at its meeting opposing a bill to disband the Forest Preserves police and transfer jurisdiction to the Cook County Sheriff. The disbanding effort was spurred by a 2018 incident in which a Forest Preserves officer failed to intervene in harassment. Despite nods to wanting to improve the police force, council members argued Forest Preserves officers have conservation-related responsibilities that would make sheriff’s police a poor replacement.

Apr. 28
The first week after Chicago Public Schools high schools reopened for in-person learning on April 19, around a quarter of students attended in person, according to data presented at the Chicago Board of Education meeting. Though far more students are learning virtually for the full school week, nearly a fifth of all high schoolers were absent entirely. More change is coming during this tumultuous time: days later, CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced her June resignation.

A plan to close three North Lawndale schools and open a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school is moving ahead, according to a report at a meeting of the North Lawndale Community Action Council. The proposal was delayed in December after some parents protested, calling for investment in existing schools instead. But a presentation highlighted recent work on logistics and engagement. CPS aims to hold a final vote on the plan by February 2022.

Apr. 29
A proposal to rename outer Lake Shore Drive after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the first non-Indigenous permanent settler in Chicago, was approved at a contentious meeting of the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Ald. David Moore (17th Ward) called a last-minute attempt by the mayor to amend his proposal to honor du Sable, a Black man, “racist bullshit.” City Council committees have heard public comments supporting the renaming for months, but opponents had raised concerns about cost and convenience. Moore’s version of the proposal was passed unanimously and now awaits a vote by the City Council. 

Apr. 30
About a quarter of the more than 395,000 members of Cook County’s Medicaid health plan, CountyCare, are unhoused or housing insecure, according to data shared at a meeting of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board of Directors. CountyCare officials said they want to do more to identify those members and connect them to housing and mental health support. CountyCare’s enrollment has increased over twenty percent in the past year.

May 1
On May Day, five council members announced the formal creation of the Democratic Socialist Caucus of the City Council. The council members, which include South Siders Ald. Jeanette B. Taylor (20th Ward) and Ald. Byron Sigcho López (25th Ward), said in a statement that they have worked together informally in the past and are forming the official caucus “to center working class Chicagoans and their movements for justice in our legislative efforts” and “to address the shared challenges our communities face of wealth inequality, climate change, police violence, and structural racism.”

May 3
At a meeting of the City Council Committee on Health and Human Relations, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Dr. Allison Arwady argued Chicago has had the most equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the U.S., but added that vast racial disparities remain. The percentages of Black and Latinx Chicagoans who received at least one dose as of April 29 (29 and 35 percent, respectively) are far less than the 51 percent of white Chicagoans who are similarly vaccinated. Ten of the fourteen least-vaccinated city ZIP codes are on the South Side. 

May 4
Council members questioned Chicago’s strategies for addressing summer violence at a joint meeting of the City Council Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Health and Human Relations. Norman Kerr, acting deputy mayor for public safety, said the City will be implementing a plan for the fifteen “most violent” police beats; other officials discussed summer jobs and youth programming. Public commenters argued increased investments in resources like parks, mental health services, and affordable housing are better ways to prevent violence than police. 

The Systems Subcommittee of the Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans discussed advancing recommendations from its 2020 report during its meeting. One recommendation was to establish community-based programs to certify birth doulas, who are people trained to provide non-medical support during pregnancies. Some states pay certified doulas through Medicaid, the task force reported, and larger open meetings to develop detailed suggestions for Illinois are planned.

May 6
A proposal to prioritize “neighborhood anchors” for 2021 restoration grants was approved by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks during its meeting. Adopt-a-Landmark Fund applications will be evaluated on their potential “positive, catalytic impact.” Criteria will prioritize projects in communities targeted by the City’s INVEST South/West program, which includes ten South and West Side neighborhoods. 

✶ ✶ ✶ ✶

This information was collected in part using reporting from City Bureau’s Documenters at

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *