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Latest Council Meeting

At the latest City Council meeting on Feb 26th, council members took action on 683 pieces of legislation, including 67 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

Resolution R2021-217 Active

Call for hearing(s) on establishment of City Council Office of Legislative Counsel to provide independent counsel to members of City Council

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Resolution R2021-221 Active

Call for resignation of Chicago Postmaster Wanda Prater

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-759 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapters 7-28 and 17-17 regarding refuse requirements for townhouse developments

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Resolution R2021-209 Active

Call for creditors to provide 60-day grace period before reporting late payments to credit reporting agencies

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Resolution R2021-213 Active

Call for hearing(s) on implementation of guaranteed income initiative and cash-based programs and policies to help working people and families become more resilient to financial emergencies

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Ordinance O2021-753 Active

Call for Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to update Expanded Outdoor Dining Program to permit BYOB

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-769 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 2-32-085 by modifying charitable organizations eligible for contributions from voluntary employee payroll deduction program

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-734 Active

Amendment of ordinance which authorized budget director to appropriate emergency-related funds in response to COVID-19 pandemic and to modify repeal date of said ordinance

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Resolution R2021-212 Active

Call for subject matter hearing(s) on Office of Inspector General's Report on Chicago’s Response to George Floyd Protests and Unrest

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-758 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 4-4-310 and 10-8-180 to prohibit snow and ice removal from subsurface parking lots onto public ways

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-641 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 9-64-206 by installing parking meters and regulating parking meter hours of operation on portions of W Erie St and N Kingsbury St

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Resolution R2021-214 Active

Call for public health agencies to include hotel and hospitality workers in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-618 Active

Management and maintenance agreement with 200 S Wacker LLC for Quincy Park

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Order Or2021-44 Active

Call for Chief Procurement Officer to provide electronic PDF copies of reports and documentation regarding Section E of filed Economic Disclosure Statements to Subcommittee on Slavery Reparations ...

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-735 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-6-230(g)(5) to prohibit booting of motor vehicles on private property within 1st Ward

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-732 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 5-20-030 regarding requirements for termination or discontinuation of gas supply

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Resolution R2021-215 Active

Call for hearing(s) to evaluate economic impact of shared vacant and abandoned properties

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Resolution R2021-216 Active

Designation of first Monday in March as "COVID-19 Memorial Day"

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-761 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 2, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 13 to update language concerning urban mobility, traffic safety and wrecks that involve automobiles and encourage achievement of Vision Zero ...

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-763 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Title 2 by adding new Chapter 2-150 entitled "Transparency and Accountability in the Police Department Lawsuit Settlements"

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-642 Active

Extension of privilege term to Chicago Title Land Trust Co. for maintenance and use of public plaza deck at 430 N Michigan Ave

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-764 Active

Establishment of regulations for Chicago Police Department warrant executions

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-624 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-12-1005-D to prohibit illumination of high-rise building signs between hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-627 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapters 17-7 and 17-9 to modify boundaries of Cannabis Zone Districts and requirements for cannabis business establishments

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Report F2021-25 Active

Inspector General's follow-up to audit of Department of Water Management's overtime monitoring

2/26/2021 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Special Funds Inspector General

Resolution R2021-225 Active

Call for denial of permit for proposed recycling operation at 116th and Calumet River and of any further permits for Reserve Management Group

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-797 Active

Amendment of ordinance SO2020-4101 to modify locations and expiration date of temporary, emergency government-authorized fire, police or life protection services

2/26/2021 - Direct Introduction
Non-Routine Unclassified

Resolution R2021-226 Active

Call for hearing(s) to establish mission and agenda for Committee on Health and Human Relations Subcommittee on Reparations

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Resolution R2021-218 Active

Call for public hearing(s) on leadership of Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown

2/26/2021 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-744 Active

Sundry traffic regulation(s) and sign(s)

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-446 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 2-44-080 regarding 30-year renewable term supporting Chicago Community Land Trust properties under ARO (Affordable Requirements Ordinance)

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2021-739 Active

Tow-away zone(s) - establish and amend

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-456 Active

Support of Class 6(b) tax incentive renewal for property at 4545 W Armitage Ave and 4559 W Armitage Ave

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Incentives

Ordinance O2021-95 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-022 (27.390) to allow additional alcoholic liquor licenses on portion(s) of S Halsted St, W Gladys Ave and W Quincy St

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2021-454 Active

Support of Class 6(b) tax incentive for property generally located at 3408 E 118th St

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Incentives

Ordinance O2021-457 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 4-60-022 (26.1) and 4-60-023 (26.1) to disallow additional alcoholic liquor and package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Armitage Ave

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2021-415 Active

Renewal and amendment of lease agreement with L.F.L. Properties, Inc. for use of space at 4300 W North Ave for Chicago Public Library North-Pulaski branch

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-294 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (42.56) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of N LaSalle Dr and W Ontario St

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Appointment A2021-3 Active

Reappointment of Dominic Irpino as member of Special Service Area No. 34, Uptown Commission

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2021-410 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 2-32-031 to include security instruments offering indemnification for workers' compensation and other insurance claims regarding construction and operations at ...

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Airports

Ordinance O2021-96 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 4-60-022 (27.167) and 4-60-023 (27.167) to allow additional alcoholic liquor and package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Carroll Ave and N Laflin St

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2021-416 Active

Support of Class 7(b) tax incentive for property at 1534-1538 S Western Ave

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2021-453 Active

Support of Class 6(b) tax incentive for property at 1321 W 119th St

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Incentives

Appointment A2021-1 Active

Appointment of Luis A. Monje as member of Special Service Area No. 27, West Lakeview Commission

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2021-18 Active

Reappointment of Jacqueline C. Edens as member of Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Ordinance O2021-412 Active

Acquisition of vacant parcel at 3410 W Ogden Ave in conformity with Ogden/Pulaski Redevelopment Plan

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2021-743 Active

Industrial permit parking zone(s) - repeal

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Ward Matters Business Permits and Privileges Industrial Permit Parking

Ordinance O2021-440 Active

Collective bargaining agreement with Illinois Council of Police

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Labor Agreement

Appointment A2021-4 Active

Reappointment of Lesley Showers as member of Special Service Area No. 34, Uptown Commission

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2021-19 Active

Reappointment of Horace E. Smith as member of Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Ordinance O2021-741 Active

Parking meter(s) - establish and amend

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-448 Active

Sale of City-owned vacant property at 1114 S Mason Ave to Neighborspace for Mason Community Garden

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-230 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (1.74) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of N Western Ave

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Appointment A2021-2 Active

Appointment of Ria Tjiong as member of Special Service Area No. 27, West Lakeview Commission

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2021-737 Active

Loading/Standing Zone(s) - establish and amend

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-742 Active

Vehicle weight limitation(s) - 5 tons - establish

2/26/2021 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Appointment A2021-17 Active

Reappointment of Barry A. Chatz as member of Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Appointment A2021-5 Active

Reappointment of Charles K. Newsome as member of Special Service Area No. 61, Hyde Park Commission

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2021-447 Active

Acquisition of Chicago Board of Education property at 6206 S Racine Ave

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Getting and Giving Land

Appointment A2021-6 Active

Reappointment of Mary J. Rogel as member of Special Service Area No. 61, Hyde Park Commission

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2020-6017 Active

Dedication, opening and vacation of public way(s) in area bounded by E 116th St, S Avenue O, E 122nd St and South Chicago & Southern Railroad

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2021-460 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-06-0400 regarding planned manufacturing districts and Section 17-09-0100 by modifying language regarding day care facilities

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2020-6016 Active

Vacation of public alley(s) in area bounded by N Ogden Ave, W Lake St, N Loomis St and W Randolph St

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Vacation of Public Street

Ordinance O2021-211 Active

Approval of plat of Riverside Subdivision

2/26/2021 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Subdivison

Appointment A2021-22 Active

Reappointment of Ernest C. Wong as member of Commission on Chicago Landmarks

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Appointment A2021-20 Active

Reappointment of Gabriel Ignacio Dziekiewicz as member of Commission on Chicago Landmarks

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Appointment A2021-21 Active

Appointment of Alicia Ponce as member of Commission on Chicago Landmarks

2/26/2021 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

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