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

July 6

Three members of the five-member Illinois Pollution Control Board were present at a  meeting and voted to approve several motions unanimously. The board accepted the filing of a petition contesting an administrative citation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) against the Robert C. Crowder Trust, the Mary E. McClelland Trust, and Max McClelland. The citation stated that the owners allowed open dumping of waste, resulting in litter and open burning in connection with the demolition of a house reported by an IEPA inspector. The board authorized the reimbursement of $20,054 in legal fees to Parker’s Gas & More, Inc., by the IEPA. The board approved a settlement of $5,000 by the BP AM PM Gas Station, without BP admitting violations, in connection with the station failing to properly test vapor emissions and to provide pollution reports.

July 10

At its meeting the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability 8th Police District Council–Chicago Lawn took questions about the treatment of migrants being housed in police stations. The meeting took place just days after there were reports that police officers were being investigated for having improper sexual relations with immigrants sleeping in police stations. In response, at the meeting, Chair Jason Huff said the council is trying to support the process to expedite work visas and will try to provide an update at next month’s meeting. While the misconduct reportedly took place in the 10th police district, a community member said that it should be considered an issue of public safety across the city. CPD Commander Bryan Spreyne said he wants to “improve communication” and “bridge gaps” and encouraged community members to get involved with Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). Community concerns included police response times and the possibility of a community survey being provided in languages other than English.  

July 11 

During the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board (CLIHTF) meeting, members heard the latest updates on housing data and strategy. A nonprofit that seeks to meet the housing needs of Chicago’s lowest income residents, at the end of the first quarter the CLIHTF had 2,815 units nearly evenly split between the South and North Sides, with a smaller proportion on the West Side. A board member said that in the future, the trust fund should collect data on landlords and tenants lost as well as those gained. The trust fund provides long-term financing for new rental housing for low-income households. One program—Multi-Year Affordability through Upfront Investment—supplies “interest-free forgivable loans” to replace up to fifty percent of a specified type of a developer’s mortgage. Tenants making less than thirty percent of an area’s median income are eligible for CLIHTF units.

July 13

A report delivered at a meeting of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Finance Committee and Quality & Patient Safety Committee noted that the system’s budget and patient intake operating numbers have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Responding to a surge in overdoses in the county, Chief Recruitment Officer Charles Jones requested an increase of $115,000 in a contract with Lochness Medical Supplies. Lochness provides medical supplies such as testing strips for xylazine (“tranq”), a horse tranquilizer; fentanyl, an opioid; and benzodiazepines (“benzos”) in connection with “harm reduction” practices, according to its website. It offers mobile drug screening services as well. A grant from the federal government covers the contract. 

July 15

The Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability 3rd Police District Council–Grand Crossing heard concerns, complaints, and public service announcements from community members at its meeting. Grand Crossing, Woodlawn, and South Shore residents voiced concerns over displacement, carjacking, flooding, gentrification and displacement, and an overall lack of communication from police. One resident related an incident in which an individual claiming the rights to her property called police when she resisted. The individual was eventually removed, but the resident said that police officers must be knowledgeable about more than protecting the community in traditional ways: “They need to be educated on property rights.” Alleged lack of access to the district’s calendar prompted five separate community complaints. Preparing community calendars falls to a district’s community organizer, who is generally responsible for facilitating communication between a community and the police as well as planning events. This role has not been filled in the 3rd district since February 2022. Community members want filling the position to be a priority. The council is struggling with basic administrative issues that affect its ability to function, including the lack of a budget. Council members paid for refreshments for the community attendees at this meeting.

July 18

The pace of construction in sixteen housing developments slated to create 1,800 mixed-income apartments has increased, Tracey Scott, CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority told the CHA’s Board of Commissioners at its meeting. Other issues included roaches in some units, the presence of migrants in a parking lot, and one individual landlord, who a community member said has “constantly harassed [his family] to move and threatened” them. Several attendees complained about this landlord. CEO Scott asked the affected residents to meet separately with her staff after the meeting. Cheryl Burns, the CHA’s chief housing choice voucher (HCV) officer, reported that inspection contracts related to HCV, project-based vouchers, public housing, and other programs total about $55 million over five years. With 47,000 vouchers, the CHA program is the second largest in the country. One contract she summarized was for plumbing to replace galvanized steel risers for 134 units at the Maria Diaz Martinez Apartments. Some residents will be temporarily displaced. Another was for a security management information system to track incident reports, visitor management, video for police and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and other services.

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This information was collected and curated by the Weekly in large part using reporting from City Bureau’s Documenters at documenters.org.

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