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Chicago City Council consists of 50 elected aldermen and meets monthly to shape the city. The council works with Lori Lightfoot, the Mayor, and Anna Valencia, the City Clerk.

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The Mayor proposes most city-wide policies. These include business transactions, changes to the municipal code, bond issuance and appointments.

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Local issues

At the local level, matters like land use, signs, street parking, business permits, and other residents issues require the local Alderman's support.

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Upcoming Meetings

Next City Council meeting

Wed 11/04/2020
Council Chambers, City Hall
121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL


Committee meetings

Thu 10/22 - Committee on Housing and Real Estate

Thu 10/22 - Committee on License and Consumer Protection

Mon 10/26 - Committee on Budget and Government Operations

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Latest Council Meeting

At the latest City Council meeting on Oct 21st, council members took action on 5 pieces of legislation, including 4 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

Communication F2020-61 None

Call for Special City Council Meeting on October 21, 2020 regarding Year 2021 Executive Budget, Mayor's Budget Message, Budget Director's communication of estimated levies, publication of ...

10/21/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2020-5216 Active

2021 Budget Recommendations

10/21/2020 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2020-5215 Active

Budget Overview for Year 2021

10/21/2020 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Communication F2020-62 None

Estimated 2021 aggregate property tax levy

10/21/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Taxes

Since the last council meeting

After Oct 21st, City Council introduced 45 new pieces of legislation, including 6 that are non-routine.

Non-routine legislation introduced

Communication F2020-900 None


12/31/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Communication F2020-901 None


12/31/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Report F2020-58 Active

Inspector General's audit of Department of Human Resources' management of City employee performance evaluation process

11/16/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Special Funds Inspector General

Communication F2020-59 None

Certificate Pursuant to Bond Ordinance - Chicago O'Hare International Airport, General Airport Senior Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A, 2020B, 2020C and 2020D, and General Airport ...

11/16/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Airports

Report F2020-60 Active

Inspector General's Quarterly Report (2020 Q3)

11/18/2020 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Special Funds Inspector General

Ordinance O2020-4591 Active

License agreement with Chicago Transit Authority for use of City-owned property at 3939-3949 W Maypole Ave, 205-231 N Pulaski Rd, 254-256 N Harding Ave, 3942-3944 W Maypole Ave and 3936-3938 W ...

10/22/2020 - Substituted in Committee
Non-Routine Unclassified

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