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Wed 12/14/2016
10:00a.m.
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Latest Council Meeting

At the latest City Council meeting on Nov 16th, council members took action on 319 pieces of legislation, including 74 that are non-routine.

One of the more unusual aspects of Chicago City Council is the volume of ordinances that are introduced and passed every month. Most of these are routine items like sign permits, damaged vehicle claims, sidewalk cafe approvals and honorifics.

To help sort through all of this, we classify all legislation and tag it appropriately. If something doesn’t look like a routine piece of legislation, we tag it as Non-Routine to make it easier to discover.

Non-Routine Activity

Order 2016-649 Active

Demolition of historical landmark building at 1446 N Milwaukee Ave

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance 2016-8402 Active

Historical landmark designation for 4518-4866 N Broadway, 4601-4829 N Broadway, 1200-1214 W Gunnison St, 1201-1215 W Gunnison St, 4756-4810 N Kenmore Ave, 4751-4811 N Kenmore Ave and various ...

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Historical Landmark

Ordinance 2016-7294 Passed

Historical landmark designation for Graeme Stewart Public School Building at 4524 N Kenmore Ave

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Historical Landmark

Ordinance 2016-7295 Passed

Historical landmark designation for Lakeview Avenue Row House District at 2700-2710 N Lakeview Ave

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Historical Landmark

Order 2016-651 Approved

Payment of various small claims

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Small Claims Settlement of Claims

Report 2016-55 Active

Revised Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Project Redevelopment Project Area

11/16/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Appointment 2016-101 Approved

Appointment of Robert D. Loncar as member of Special Service Area No. 5, Commercial Avenue Commission

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment 2016-111 Active

Reappointment of Shanina M. Thomas as member of Special Service Area No. 50, Calumet Heights/Avalon Commission

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8423 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (35.85) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Armitage Ave

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance 2016-8419 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 4-60-022 (12.149) and 4-60-023 (15.121) to allow additional alcoholic liquor and package goods licenses on portion(s) of S Campbell Ave

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance 2016-8415 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 72

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Order 2016-673 Active

Call on executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control Commission to declare facilities "no-kill" institution and amend operating procedures to reflect humane measures and policies

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance 2016-8455 Active

Bond inducement language for John Penncuff Apartments for low-income housing at 2031-2037 N Milwaukee Ave

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance 2016-8414 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 71

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8422 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-17-0311-B(5) concerning limitations on rooftop features in Residential Zoning Districts

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-8416 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 52

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment 2016-109 Active

Appointment of Denise R. Carpenter as member of Special Service Area No. 50, Calumet Heights/Avalon Commission

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment 2016-110 Active

Appointment of Rethel T. Dixon as member of Special Service Area No. 50, Calumet Heights/Avalon Commission

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8448 Active

Correction of City Council Journal of Proceedings of October 5, 2016

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Correction of City Council Journal

Ordinance 2016-8421 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-6-0403-F to require special use approval for small venue entertainment and spectator sports facilities and sports and recreation participants within Planned ...

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Appointment 2016-92 Approved

Appointment of Susie Park as member and chair of Chicago Emergency Telephone System Board

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Ordinance 2016-8440 Active

Termination of Addison Corridor North Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Project Area

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Appointment 2016-105 Approved

Appointment of Patricia A. Hutzel as member of Special Service Area No. 34, Uptown Commission

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7364 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 43, Devon Avenue (Year 2017) and amendment of 2016 ordinance

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Resolution 2016-915 Approved

Call for Illinois Governor Rauner to enforce welcoming and protecting all immigrants

11/16/2016 - Adopted
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance 2016-7780 Passed

Annual Appropriation Ordinance Year 2017, as Amended

11/16/2016 - Passed as Amended
Non-Routine City Matters Annual Appropriation

Ordinance 2016-8426 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-8 by adding new Section 2-8-040 entitled "Honorary Street Name Designation"

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-8405 Active

City of Chicago Special Events Ordinance (2017)

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance 2016-8453 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 10-28-675(43) concerning restricted zones for designated advertising benches

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Appointment 2016-107 Active

Appointment of Barry M.A. Hoven as member of Special Service Area No. 19, Howard Street Commission

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8491 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-022 (12.288) to allow additional alcoholic liquor licenses on portion(s) of W 34th St

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Appointment 2016-102 Approved

Appointment of Peggie M. Jones as member of Special Service Area No. 14, Marquette Park Commission

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8433 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-13-0905 by adding new Section 17-13-0905-G concerning drive-through facilities for restaurants

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-8428 Active

Termination of Calumet River Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Project Area

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Appointment 2016-94 Approved

Appointment of Jonathan Lewin as member of Chicago Emergency Telephone System Board

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Appointment 2016-108 Active

Reappointment of Wayne A. Janik as member of Special Service Area No. 33, Wicker Park & Bucktown Commission

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-4860 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-3-0503-D by designating segment at 847-861 N Larrabee St as pedestrian streets

11/16/2016 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Pedestrian Street

Appointment 2016-106 Active

Appointment of Cristina Matos as member of Chicago Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

11/29/2016 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Ordinance 2016-6448 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-64 to restrict access to public libraries by child sex offenders

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-7445 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-12-1005-D to allow use of alternate principal tenant business identification regarding High-Rise Building Signs

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-5504 Passed

Pedestrian street designation for property at 847-861 N Larrabee St, Map No. 3-F

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Pedestrian Street

Ordinance 2016-7989 Passed

Property tax levy for Year 2017

11/18/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Taxes

Ordinance 2016-8420 Active

Sale of City-owned property at 3620-3632 S Loomis Pl to B.E.T.O.N. Construction Co.

11/29/2016 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Getting and Giving Land

Ordinance 2016-6356 Passed

Historical landmark designation for John Lothrop Motley School Building at 729-759 N Ada St and 1337-1347 W Chicago Ave

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Historical Landmark

Ordinance 2016-6357 Passed

Historical landmark designation for Plymouth Building (Later LaSalle Extension University) at 417-421 S Dearborn St and 416-420 S Plymouth Ct

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Historical Landmark

Ordinance 2016-7981 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10 concerning various taxes, charges and fees (2017 Revenue Ordinance)

11/16/2016 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-8413 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 21-2016

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Claim 2016-1711 Active

Various small claims

11/16/2016 - Failed to Pass
Non-Routine Small Claims Settlement of Claims

Ordinance 2016-8417 Active

Sale of City-owned property at 2817-2827 N Natoma Ave to Zitella Management LLC

11/29/2016 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Getting and Giving Land

Ordinance 2016-7966 Passed

Allocation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds to Chicago/Central Park Small Business Improvement Fund program for improvement of commercial and industrial facilities in certain redevelopment ...

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Resolution 2016-908 Active

Reaffirmation of support for Chicago Welcoming City ordinance

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance 2016-7782 Passed

CDBG Year XLIII, as Amended

11/16/2016 - Passed as Amended
Non-Routine City Matters Community Development Block Grant

Ordinance 2016-7949 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 38 Northcenter (Year 2017) and amendment of 2016 ordinance

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7951 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 47, 47th Street & Cottage Grove (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7947 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 18, Northalsted (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7950 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 44, 103rd St/Beverly (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7953 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 61, Hyde Park (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7946 Passed

Budget and tax levy for Special Service Area No. 17, Central Lakeview (Year 2017) and amendment of establishment ordinance

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8434 Active

Termination of 69th/Ashland Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Project Area

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-7952 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 50, Calumet Heights/Avalon (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7948 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 32, Auburn-Gresham (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7961 Passed

Collective bargaining agreement with Public Safety Employees Union, Unit II

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Labor Agreement

Ordinance 2016-7954 Passed

Budget and service provider agreement for Special Service Area No. 69, 95th/Ashland (Year 2017)

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Order 2016-616 Approved

Landmark fee waiver for property at 5940 N Sheridan Road

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Fee Waiver

Appointment 2016-103 Approved

Reappointment of Cally E. Raduendzel as member of Special Service Area No. 19, Howard Street Commission

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-7965 Passed

Amendment of redevelopment agreement with Greenwood on 87th LLC for Stony Island Avenue Commercial and Burnside Industrial Corridors Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Redevelopment Project Area

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Appointment 2016-104 Approved

Reappointment of Rebecca C. Dohe and Marcy S. Huttas as members of Special Service Area No. 33, Wicker Park and Bucktown Commission

11/16/2016 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance 2016-8353 Passed

Annual Appropriation Ordinance Year 2017 - Corrections and Revisions

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Annual Appropriation

Ordinance 2016-7293 Passed

Historical landmark designation for Elizabeth Palmer Peabody School at 1438-1454 W Augusta Blvd

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Historical Landmark

Order 2016-653 Approved

Tag day permit(s) for St. Olaf College

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Churches and Non-Profits Tag Day Permits

Order 2016-629 Approved

Landmark fee waiver for property at 11307 S St. Lawrence Ave

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Fee Waiver

Ordinance 2016-7983 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 18 concerning various department functions and duties (2017 Management Ordinance), and associated first amendment to ...

11/18/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-8490 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 2, 4 and 7 concerning powers and duties of Director of Commission on Animal Care and Control

11/16/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance 2016-8354 Passed

CDBG Year XLIII Ordinance - Corrections and Revisions

11/16/2016 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Community Development Block Grant

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Since the last council meeting

After Nov 16th, City Council introduced 144 new pieces of legislation, including 19 that are non-routine.

Non-routine legislation introduced

Communication 2016-57 None

Property tax exemption application filing by Northwestern University Settlement Association for Rowe Middle School at 1434 W Augusta Blvd

12/14/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Communication 2016-58 None

Call for Special City Council Meeting November 30, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. Council Chamber

11/30/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance 2016-8580 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (30.2) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of N Milwaukee Ave

12/14/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance 2016-8581 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-022 (30.2) to allow additional alcoholic liquor licenses on portion(s) of N Milwaukee Ave

12/14/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance 2016-8573 Passed

Amendment No. 1 to Devon/Sheridan Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan and area

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-8577 Passed

Designation of Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project Redevelopment Project Area as redevelopment area pursuant to Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Act

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-8575 Passed

Designation of transit facility improvement area for Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance 2016-8576 Passed

Approval of redevelopment plan for Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project redevelopment project area

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-8574 Passed

Amendment No. 1 to Bryn Mawr/Broadway Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan and area

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-8578 Passed

Adoption of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project Redevelopment Project Area

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-8579 Passed

Redevelopment and intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Transit Authority for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) fund allocation for Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project

11/30/2016 - Signed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance 2016-8582 Active

Vehicle weight limitation at W Strong St from Lamon Ave to train tracks - 5 tons

12/14/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance 2016-8583 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-022 (45.3) to disallow additional alcoholic liquor licenses on portion(s) of N Milwaukee Ave

12/14/2016 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Communication 2016-60 None

Revised Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Project Redevelopment Project Area Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Area Plan and Project

12/14/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Communication 2016-59 None

Inspector General's Report regarding Chicago Department of Public Health’s Food Establishment Inspection Audit

11/29/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Special Funds Inspector General

Oath Of Office 2016-62 None

Oath of Office of Peter O'Sullivan, as Ex-Officio Trustee of Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund

12/14/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Oath of Office

Communication 2016-63 None

Corrected transmittal letter regarding intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Transit Authority for installation of Ventra-related facilities (O2016-7964)

12/14/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Report 2016-61 Active

Affordable Housing Plan 2014-2018 Quarterly Progress Report (2016 Q3)

12/14/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Affordable Housing

Communication 2016-64 None

Resignation of City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza

12/14/2016 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

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