Mayor Lori Lightfoot

18 Jul 19
CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — Earlier this week, a Chicago homeowner, armed with video evidence, showed city workers not doing the work he was promised, and now others are coming forward with similar claims. Residents in West Lawn say that want answers from the city after realizing several of them are waiting on the same request–tree trimming. So far, the effort from the city isn’t cutting it, they say. “Hopefully it gets done and addressed soon,” said Eddie Guillen. “The last thing I need is the tree hitting someone or hitting our roof and now, it has to come out of our pocket.” Last week, Guillen’s home surveillance cameras recorded a city worker tearing down no parking signs put up days earlier with the promise that work would be done. That employee then took off without ever touching the  three trees near his home. CBS 2 reached out to the city. A representative says, “Occasionally, weather, vehicle obstruction or other operational complications prohibit the department from completing trims on all the trees that have been scheduled, and we work to reschedule those locations as quickly as possible.” Now, almost a week later — nothing has been done. But Guillen says several of his West Lawn neighbors did speak up after CBS 2’s first report on the problem. “Since the story went out, a lot of people have reached out to me, saying this is happening around the area,” he said. People like Katherine Torres – she’s been trying to get the city to take action about problem trees since March. Torres tells CBS 2 the tree on her property is starting to push up the sidewalk. “If someone trips on the sidewalk, who is responsible? Who will be sued?” she said. She filed a claim on 311, called her alderman and even wrote a letter to mayor Lori Lightfoot – no results so far. “Let’s not wait until it puts a hole in my brand new roof,” Torres said. “Now what do i do? Who’s going to pay for it?” City officials can’t say exactly why the scheduled work was never done outside Guillen’s home or how many others are still waiting. They said the work will be done at some point.
18 Jul 19
The Art Of Chart

Chicago mayor: Police ‘are losing the streets’ to major eruptions of violence – Fox News By Chicago mayor: Police ‘are losing the streets’ to major eruptions of violence  Fox News Lightfoot names five sites, all on South and West sides, as possible casino locations  Chicago Tribune Aldermen say they’re surprised by Lightfoot’s casino site picks  Chicago Tribune Chicago’s […]

18 Jul 19
Illinois Delivered

https://ift.tt/2xUO36d Want to get a jump-start on upcoming deals? Meet the major Chicago players at one of our upcoming events! Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference (BMAC) Southeast September 10, 2019 | Register Now   Featured Speaker Noel Khalil Founder, Chairman, & CEO, Columbia Residential Few politicians have come into office with more ambitious plans than Cook […]

17 Jul 19
IGMOA

https://ift.tt/2Gdo0LR Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that the city submitted five sites to be considered as the location for a new casino in Chicago as part of the state’s new gambling expansion. The sites to be considered include: Harborside (111th Street and the Bishop Ford Freeway), the former Michael Reese hospital (31st Street and Cottage […]

17 Jul 19
Naperville Magazine

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is floating five sites, all on the city’s South and West sides, as possible locations for a Chicago casino, her office said Wednesday. A state-hired consultant will study the economic feasibility of the sites and report its fin…

17 Jul 19
CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said five sites are being looked at for a possible casino in Chicago. An “economic feasibility study” is being launched by an independent consultant to see what it would take to develop and operate a casino in Chicago. The mayor’s office said a new casino “will create thousands of jobs fo the community.” “While a Chicago casino had been talked about for more than 30 years, today we are moving forward to ensure the new casino is viable for Chicago and all of its communities,” Lightfoot said in a statement. The firm Union Gaming was chosen with help from the Illinois Gaming Board. According to the Illinois Gambling Act, the board has to select a consultant and the consultant has 45 days to finish its “revenue forecast” and turn in the findings to the city of Chicago. The study will also examine five sites identified as possible casino locations. They include: Harborside, located at 111th and Bishop Ford Freeway The site of the former Michael Reese Hospital, at 31st and Cottage Grove Pershing and State Street Roosevelt and Kostner The former U.S. Steel parcel at 80th and Lake Shore Drive. According to the city, an “open and thorough community engagement process to solicit meaningful feedback on preferred areas” will take place. First, an online survey will be put out, followed a series of neighborhood town halls to get feedback.
17 Jul 19
Block Club Chicago
CHICAGO — As the city hunts for new revenue, officials are considering five South and West Side sites for Chicago’s first-ever casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday. The sites include: Harborside at 111th and the Bishop Ford Freeway in Pullman the former Michael Reese Hospital site at 31st and Cottage Grove in Bronzeville a site at Pershing & State in Douglas a site at Roosevelt & Kostner in North Lawndale the former U.S. Steel/ South Works site at 80th and Lake Shore Drive Noticeably absent from consideration is a downtown site. The move to open a casino will bring in much-needed cash for the city’s severely underfunded pension funds and create thousands of new jobs, Lightfoot said. “While a Chicago casino had been talked about for more than 30 years, today we are moving forward to ensure the new casino is viable for Chicago and all of its communities,” she said. The city will now work with an independent consultant, Union Gaming, on an economic feasibility study, which is required before the city can develop a new casino in city limits. Before a site is selected, city officials will host a series of community meetings to get feedback from residents. Already, Ald. Sophia King (4th) said she didn’t want a casino on the Michael Reese Hospital site, according to the Daily Line. Ald. Sophia King says she remains completely opposed to a casino — and calls on Mayor Lori Lightfoot not to include it in the feasibility study. More TK.— Heather Cherone (@HeatherCherone) July 17, 2019 Once a site is chosen, City Council must approve the casino plan. Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.
17 Jul 19
Naperville Magazine

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is floating five sites, all on the city’s South and West sides, as possible locations for a Chicago casino, her office said Wednesday. A state-hired consultant will study the economic feasibility of the sites and report its fin…

17 Jul 19
Blithe Spirit

Alderman sells property at high price before downzoning it. But he’s for “affordable” (to whom?) housing, so he’s politically correct. Is he ethically correct? Can there be a conflict? Mayor Lori, champion of both ethical and correct, has a hard choice.

17 Jul 19
85.5

An elusive alligator was captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago early Tuesday morning, one week after the reptile was first spotted there. The gator, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper,” was hiding in the lily pads when he was caught safely and unharmed at about 1:30 a.m., officials said. Expert Frank Robb, who traveled to- Chicago […]

17 Jul 19
News Directory

Tthe Chicago Police Department is still to take up Jussie Smollett. Last week, footage was released from the company “Empire"With noose around his neck. However, some people in Chicago have questions – as a video of Smollett was loose within a month – although all charges dropped – but when a black teenager was killed […]

17 Jul 19
AJ Blackston & Associates

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday justified allowing a City Hall consultant who lives in Wilmette to skirt a city residency rule for public … from Consulting News for WordPress Post link: https://ift.tt/2GfjHjn https://ift.tt/eA8V8J

17 Jul 19
Illinois Delivered

https://ift.tt/2SgbMHa Even as President Donald Trump cracks down on immigration, Illinois is going in the opposite direction, with both Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot going out of their way to proclaim the state and city as welcoming to immigrants. Lightfoot last week announced the city would give 20% more – or $250,000 […]

16 Jul 19
RogersEdge Reporter

Edgewater’s race for mayor is heating up, but the candidates are a bit fluffier than those who ran against Lori Lightfoot earlier this year. Six animals are working hard to become the first “Pet Mayor” of Edgewater.  And not only are votes for sale (for a good cause), voters are encouraged to take to the […]

16 Jul 19
Blithe Spirit

On June 9, “Heard on the Street” said it: The state’s decision to legalize gambling and marijuana helps immediate problems but delays the state’s inevitable financial collapse This week, Crain’s Chicago Business referred to it in an assessment by Mark Glennon, of Wirepoints, “Why Illinois pols haven’t fixed our fiscal crisis,” which supports that dire […]

16 Jul 19
Block Club Chicago
Get more in-depth, daily coverage of Chicago politics at The Daily Line. CITY HALL — When Mayor Lori Lightfoot halted the installation of water meters in Chicago homes after city officials found elevated levels of lead in more than one in five metered homes they tested, she urged worried residents to test their water. But less than 30 percent of Chicago residents who asked city officials for a kit to do just that during the past three months have received their test results, according to data provided to The Daily Line by the Department of Water Management. Of the 7,364 kits residents requested between April 1 and July 1, residents returned 3,695 to the Department of Water Management. However, city sent results to only 2,188 households, records show. Kits returned to city officials are sent to an outside lab for processing. Water Department spokesperson Megan Vidis said she did not know how long it took on average for city officials to get results and send them to residents. “Turnaround time varies based on the availability of the lab,” Vidis said. In addition, Vidis said she did not know how many kits were waiting to be tested. “This number fluctuates daily with demand and the capacity of the lab which is also processing results from other locations,” Vidis said. Chicago residents can also schedule an appointment to have a Department of Water Management representative to come to their home to take water samples. The kits include three sample bottles. One is for water collected after the water has been off for six hours. Another for water collected after the source runs for three minutes. The third is collected after five minutes. Results — identified by block rather than individual address — are posted online. Homes that have a meter or have water that has tested positive for elevated levels of lead can request a free filter set, which includes a water pitcher and six cartridges to remove lead. Only 10 percent of eligible homes have made that request, officials said. Data gathered as part of a study of 510 homes found that 22 percent of residences with new water meters had elevated levels of lead, the mayor’s office announced last week. Of those homes, 7.1 percent had lead levels above the 15 parts per billion action level set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Lightfoot said the city’s water is safe and officials are investigating the source of the elevated levels of the brain-damaging chemical for which there is no safe amount in drinking water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The EPA requires water agencies to act to reduce lead when more than 10 percent of tap water samples exceed the lead action level of 15 parts per billion. Chicago has met that standard annually based on a sample of homes tested by officials, a point city officials have repeated. The Tribune reported in 2013 that EPA researchers found the installation of meters and the replacement of water mains were linked to high amounts of the toxin, because lead pipes that are disturbed by street or plumbing work can release the material into the water supply. For nearly 100 years, city law required that lead pipes be used to funnel water to single-family homes and small apartment buildings. Federal law banned the use of lead pipes in 1986, when it was discovered that they could cause brain-damaging toxins to leach into the water. The city considers water delivery pipes – or service lines – to be the responsibility of the property owner. Residents concerned about lead levels should flush or run water continuously for five minutes after it has been stagnant for six hours or more to reduce lead levels and exposure, city officials said.