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City Council approves Lightfoot’s $11.6B budget plan

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks to reporters after meeting with House Democrats for an hour at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. Lightfoot is seeking a break on proposed taxes on a planned Chicago casino to attract developers and wants the Legislature's help on plugging a city budget hole.

Associated Press

November 26, 2019

The Chicago City Council has passed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $11.6 billion budget plan by a 39-11 vote. Lightfoot’s office says Tuesday the budget is balanced and will close an $838 million shortfall without a “significant” increase in new property taxes. Lightfoot says in a release that...

Burke faces new charges in superseding indictment

Burke faces new charges in superseding indictment

Associated Press

May 30, 2019

One of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago history faces new federal charges that include racketeering. Among the charges in the superseding indictment handed down Thursday is that Edward M. Burke threatened to oppose a Chicago museum's admission fee increase because it didn't respond...

Chicago mayor gets first reforms through City Council

Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over her first city council meeting at City Hall in Chicago on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Associated Press

May 29, 2019

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has begun implementing reform to Chicago's City Hall. During her first time chairing a City Council meeting, Lightfoot got aldermen to go along with her picks to chair council committees that will vote on key parts of her agenda. The aldermen also approved new operating rules...

OPINION: With a fresh City Hall, Chicago’s new mayor faces an uphill battle

OPINION: With a fresh City Hall, Chicago's new mayor faces an uphill battle

Stuart Dantoin, Contributing Writer

May 28, 2019

Lori Lightfoot, the first openly gay African-American woman to be elected mayor of Chicago, won a sweeping mandate of 73.7% of the vote. Lightfoot gained public support form public attorneys, the former Chicago Public Schools board president, and numerous co-runners who lost the first round. Lightfoot...

OPINION: As a new Chicago City Council prepares to be sworn in, “new progressives” take hold

OPINION: As a new Chicago City Council prepares to be sworn in,

Grace Del Vecchio, Contributing Writer

May 13, 2019

"Socialism has appeared many times in history, in many different forms, but now, in the U.S. and specifically in Chicago, it has taken on a young and relatable modern face."

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