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
  60. Public Meetings Report — April 11, 2024
  61. Public Meetings Report — May 9, 2024
  62. Public Meetings Report — May 23, 2024
  63. Public Meetings Report — July 18, 2024

January 6

At its meeting, the City Council Committee on Workforce Development heard conflicting views on a proposed ordinance about licensing crane operators. The ordinance would require operators using hoisting machinery with a 1,000 pound weight capacity or higher to be licensed and to be covered by commercial general liability insurance. The current law, which aligns with federal labor standards, sets the capacity at 2,000 pounds. One concern was that, if passed, the new ordinance could affect forklift operators at retail stores. Another was that the change should have been handled by the Chicago Building Trades, a group of local construction unions, not the City Council.

January 10

At its meeting, the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate received the first results from ChiBlockBuilder, a new program and web portal launched in November to facilitate the sale of roughly 2,000 City-owned vacant lots. So far, the portal has received 325 applications, reported Maggie Cassidy, program director at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The primary goal, notes the program’s website, is to “encourage the purchase and redevelopment of City-owned vacant land in partnership with community stakeholders.” Cassidy said that about half of the applicants want to buy a vacant lot to use as a side yard or open space. The remaining applications were either for commercial use or market-rate or affordable housing. Kathy Dickhut, deputy commissioner of DPD emphasized that increasing the city’s housing stock is an important goal. Committee members Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) and Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward) expressed concern that land-use applications from outside developers might be chosen over those of local residents.

During its meeting, the City Council Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development approved tax incentives for the Tierra Hermosa waste recycling center transfer station site in Brighton Park to make further development possible. In 2021, the City issued a $10.8 million building permit to Flood Brothers, a disposal and recycling services firm, to begin development by building a one-story recyclable material transfer in the area. The committee also heard City departments representing several of the nine infrastructure programs in the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) initiative review their annual and five-year plans. The $12.8 billion program is “dedicated to building a world-class city,” according to the CIP website. Presenters reported on progress in programs covering aviation, water management, assets and information services, and transportation. Other areas include city space, economic development, lakefront-shoreline, municipal facilities, and neighborhood infrastructure.  

The Community Development Commission approved four property purchases or negotiations by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (CPD) at its meeting. The commission approved $4 million in City tax increment financing (TIF) funds for the United Yards mixed-use project at the old Goldblatt’s property on 47th Street and Ashland Avenue. It also approved the purchase of about 1.6 acres of land adjacent to the 18th & Peoria Development Framework parcel sites, which have long been slated for mixed-use affordable development. The approval to acquire three sites in the Madison/Austin Corridor TIF redevelopment area made use of a novel approach in which the City proposes a use for an area—in this case, a new grocery store within a mixed-use development–and then seeks developers. The traditional approach is to wait for proposals from developers.

January 13

Two public commenters at a joint meeting of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Committee on Finance, Audit & Budget and Board focused in detail on inconsistent CTA service, including “ghost” buses and trains that are scheduled on the CTA’s tracker app but don’t arrive. The commenters acknowledged CTA staffing shortages but emphasized that commuters and others are willing to, and even want to, take public transportation, in part because of anticipated convenience and of heightened concerns about climate change. In other words, the market is there but the CTA is not serving it well. The CTA reported that it is attempting to resolve staff shortages with job fairs and other initiatives. A pilot program with Amazon to install lockers for pickup and delivery of packages at CTA stations is continuing with adjustments documented in the form of “amendments” to a developing contract. There have been no security issues to date. Jeremy Fine, the CTA’s chief financial officer, reported that figures for November 2022 were about $12.4 million better than both the amended budget and amended budget basis. In an eighteen-minute closed-door session, the Committee approved a negotiated CTA settlement of $20 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by a pedestrian struck by a CTA bus at Fairbanks and Ontario in September 2019. 

The City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations approved a request from Latoya Vaughn, the City’s deputy budget director, at its meeting. The request was for $61,000 from a federal government grant for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to support four programs related to, in effect, drunk driving. The request covers overtime to conduct twenty-four hours of sessions of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standard field sobriety courses; sixteen hours of sessions of the advanced roadside impaired-driving enforcement course and twelve eight-hour sessions of the NHTSA’s standard field sobriety testing course refresher; continuing training for CPD Academy instructors on impaired driving enforcement; purchase of the Safety Administration standard field sobriety testing, training equipment, and supplies. The grant is administered by local authorities. The impaired driving training program is anticipated to serve roughly twenty to twenty-four participants per class, and reach more than four hundred CPD officers total. The approval of requested funds was passed by the Committee with no further discussion.

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