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Wed 11/27/2019
10:00a.m.
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Latest Council Meeting

At the latest City Council meeting on Oct 16th, council members took action on 7 pieces of legislation, including 5 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 F2019-127 None

Call for Special City Council Meeting on October 23, 2019 regarding Year 2020 Executive Budget; Mayor's Budget Message; Amendment to Year 2019 Executive Budget; Estimated levies from Budget ...

10/22/2019 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Communication F2019-128 None

Estimated 2019 amended and 2020 aggregate property tax levies

10/22/2019 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Taxes

Ordinance O2019-8406 Active

Annual Appropriation Ordinance Year 2019 - amend

10/22/2019 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Annual Appropriation

Resolution R2019-745 Active

Call for hearing(s) on staff shortage and class sizes in Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District settlement contract on staffing, compensation, benefits and promotion opportunities

10/22/2019 - Add Co-Sponsor(s)
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Ordinance O2019-8407 Active

2020 Budget Recommendations

10/22/2019 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

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Since the last council meeting

After Oct 16th, City Council introduced 487 new pieces of legislation, including 61 that are non-routine.

Non-routine legislation introduced

Ordinance O2019-8403 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 4-8-010, 7-38-075, 7-38-115 and 7-38-138 concerning mobile food vehicle operation and servicing

11/11/2019 - Direct Introduction
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Resolution R2019-744 Active

Call for hearing(s) on unfilled employee vacancies within City departments

10/29/2019 - Add Co-Sponsor(s)
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Appointment A2019-95 Active

Appointment of Ivan Solis as member of Illinois International Port District Board

11/03/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Appointment A2019-96 Active

Appointment of Danielle Meltzer Cassel as member of Illinois International Port District Board

11/03/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Ordinance O2019-8001 Active

Approval of plat of Gage Park Community Education Campus subdivision

11/03/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Subdivison

Resolution R2019-743 Active

Call for Department of Transportation to formally recognize cohesive character of Division Street streetscape during review of public way permit process

11/03/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2019-8009 Active

Repeal of taxicab stand(s) on portion(s) E Illinois St (upper level)

11/03/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Parking Taxicab Stand

Ordinance O2019-8009 Active

Repeal of taxicab stand(s) on portion(s) E Illinois St (upper level)

11/03/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Parking Taxicab Stand

Ordinance O2019-8375 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 3, 63rd St

11/04/2019 - Held in Committee
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8394 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 38, Northcenter ( Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2019-94 Active

Reappointment of Julio Gomez as member of Special Service Area No. 59, 59th Street Commission

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8392 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 34, Uptown (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8389 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 26, Broadway/Edgewater (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8386 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 21-2016, Lincoln Square (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8398 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 60, Albany Park (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8390 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 29-2014, West Town (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2019-93 Active

Reappointment of Rita O. Ortiz as member of Special Service Area No. 59, 59th Street Commission

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-7297 Active

Public Hearing(s) on enlargement of Special Service Area No. 50, Calumet Heights/Avalon

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8391 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 33, Wicker Park & Bucktown (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-7507 Active

Public hearing(s) on enlargement of Special Service Area No. 51, Chatham Cottage Grove

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8396 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 19, Howard St

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2019-90 Active

Appointment of Chad J. Jashelski as member of Special Service Area No. 33, Wicker Park & Bucktown Commission

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8395 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 55, 111/Kedzie (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8393 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 35-2015, Lincoln Avenue (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2019-89 Active

Reappointment of Emil C. Mahler as member of Special Service Area No. 4, 95th Street Commission

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8377 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 5, Commercial Ave

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2019-91 Active

Reappointment of Rebecca C. Dohe as member of Special Service Area No. 33, Wicker Park & Bucktown Commission

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8399 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 71, Roseland (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8378 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 18, North Halsted

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8376 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 4, 95th St

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8397 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 59, 59th Street (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Held in Committee
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8387 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 25, Little Village (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2019-92 Active

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

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8388 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 24, Clark/Morse/Glenwood (Year 2020)

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8400 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 43, Devon Ave

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-8401 Active

Scope of services, budget and management agreement for Special Service Area No. 54, Sheridan Road

11/04/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2019-7506 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 10-28 by eliminating advertising signs in Sections 10-28-064 and 10-28-066 and creating new Article VII entitled "Sidewalk Signs"

11/06/2019 - Add Co-Sponsor(s)
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2019-7792 Active

Vehicle weight limitation at W Morse Ave from N Western Ave to N California Ave - 5 tons

11/11/2019 - Recommended Do Not Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance O2019-8239 Active

Parking meters at N Beaubien Ct and E Lake St - remove

11/11/2019 - Recommended to Pass
Non-Routine Ward Matters Parking Parking Meters

Ordinance O2019-7999 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (12.285) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of S Archer Ave

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2019-7999 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (12.285) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of S Archer Ave

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Appointment A2019-69 Active

Appointment of Sulema Medrano Novak as member of Human Resources Board

11/12/2019 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Appointment A2019-69 Active

Appointment of Sulema Medrano Novak as member of Human Resources Board

11/12/2019 - Approved
Non-Routine City Matters Appointment

Ordinance O2019-6835 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (35.1) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Irving Park Rd

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2019-6835 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (35.1) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Irving Park Rd

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2019-8101 Active

Concessions lease and license agreement with Taking Flight Concessions LLC for provision of dual-purpose concession and vending services at Chicago O'Hare International Airport Multimodal Facility

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Airports

Ordinance O2019-8101 Active

Concessions lease and license agreement with Taking Flight Concessions LLC for provision of dual-purpose concession and vending services at Chicago O'Hare International Airport Multimodal Facility

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Airports

Ordinance O2019-6960 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (9.8) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of E 103rd St

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2019-6960 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (9.8) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of E 103rd St

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2019-7127 Active

Installation and Lease agreement regarding Department of Aviation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for data communications equipment at Midway International Airport

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Airports

Ordinance O2019-7127 Active

Installation and Lease agreement regarding Department of Aviation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for data communications equipment at Midway International Airport

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Airports

Ordinance O2019-8006 Active

Designation of 15th Precinct of 13th Ward as Restricted Residential Zone prohibiting additional shared housing units and vacation rentals

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2019-8006 Active

Designation of 15th Precinct of 13th Ward as Restricted Residential Zone prohibiting additional shared housing units and vacation rentals

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2019-8021 Active

Designation of 31st Precinct of 11th Ward as Restricted Residential Zone prohibiting additional shared housing units and vacation rentals

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2019-8021 Active

Designation of 31st Precinct of 11th Ward as Restricted Residential Zone prohibiting additional shared housing units and vacation rentals

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2019-8027 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-244-140 to prohibit peddling on various portions of public way within 3rd and 4th Wards

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Restrict Peddling

Ordinance O2019-8027 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-244-140 to prohibit peddling on various portions of public way within 3rd and 4th Wards

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Restrict Peddling

Ordinance O2019-7985 Active

Interim agreements with Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois, Unit 156 - Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2019-7985 Active

Interim agreements with Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois, Unit 156 - Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains

11/12/2019 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Resolution R2019-742 Active

Call for hearing(s) on E-Scooter Pilot Program

11/12/2019 - Re-Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Resolution R2019-742 Active

Call for hearing(s) on E-Scooter Pilot Program

11/12/2019 - Re-Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

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