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Wed 3/15/2023
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Latest Council Meeting

At the latest City Council meeting on Feb 1st, council members took action on 663 pieces of legislation, including 77 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

Report F2023-8 Active

Funding Loan Notification of Multi-Family Housing Revenue Notes (Roosevelt Square Phase 3B) Series 2023A, Series 2023B-1 and Series 2023B-2

2/01/2023 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Bonds

Report F2023-10 Active

Follow-Up to Inspector General's audit of municipal depository designation process

2/01/2023 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-921 Active

Approval of plat of JARS Resubdivision

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Subdivison

Communication F2023-9 None

Department of Housing's draft of 2023 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan

2/01/2023 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Resolution R2023-307 Active

Call for subject matter hearing(s) on health costs of negative effects posed by fossil fuel companies

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2023-985 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (16.14) to disallow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W 63rd St

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-984 Active

Vacation of public way(s) in area bounded by S Avenue O, E 117th St, S Burley Ave and E 116th St

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Vacation of Public Street

Resolution R2023-354 Active

Call for Illinois General Assembly to amend Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act to include public safety programs and security services within redevelopment project areas

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-991 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-022 (48.31) to allow additional alcoholic liquor licenses on portion(s) of N Broadway and W Glenlake Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-1012 Active

Sale of City-owned property at 5230 S Indiana Ave to Steve Maurice Epting and Felicia Epting under Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition Program

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Getting and Giving Land

Appointment A2023-1 Active

Reappointment of James M. Ludwig as member of Special Service Area No. 18, North Halsted Commission

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2023-1013 Active

Correction of Sixty-second amending agreement with SomerCor, Inc. for provision of additional grant funds for 119th/Halsted Redevelopment Project Area

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1014 Active

Correction of City Council Journal of Proceedings of December 14, 2022

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Correction of City Council Journal

Appointment A2023-3 Active

Appointment of Jeremy H. Wright as member of Special Service Area No. 59, 59th Street Commission

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2023-1009 Active

Sale of City-owned property at 5130 S Wood St to Maria Sanchez under Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition Program

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Getting and Giving Land

Ordinance O2023-1015 Active

Redevelopment agreement with and issuance of multi-family housing revenue bonds or notes for Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc., Levy House Preservation Associates LP, POAH Levy House GP ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Bonds

Report F2023-11 Active

City Treasurer's annual report of overall income, asset allocation, cash position and portfolio credit quality (2022)

2/01/2023 - Placed on File
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1010 Active

Sale of City-owned property at 6708 S Green St to Pierre Williams under Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition Program

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Getting and Giving Land

Appointment A2023-5 Active

Reappointment of Kendra M. Boyd as member of Special Service Area No. 59, 59th Street Commission

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Appointment A2023-4 Active

Reappointment of Lynette F. Wasielewski as member of Special Service Area No. 13, Stockyards Commission

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2023-994 Active

City of Chicago Special Events Ordinance (2023)

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1011 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-8 by adding new Section 2-8-090 to require quarterly reports from Department of Family and Support Services on efforts to address homelessness

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Appointment A2023-2 Active

Reappointment of Lori N. Parrett as member of Special Service Area No. 64, Walden Parkway Commission

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Special Service Area

Ordinance O2023-904 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-68-080 regarding rules for private ambulances and Chapter 8-4 by adding new Section 8-4-076 regarding assault against emergency workers

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2023-998 Passed

Adoption of Tax Increment Allocation Financing (TIF) for Amendment No. 1 to redevelopment plan for expanded Madden/Wells Redevelopment Project Area

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1004 Passed

Adoption of Tax Increment Allocation Financing (TIF) for Amendment No. 3 to redevelopment plan for expanded 43rd/Cottage Grove Redevelopment Project

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1049 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Title 2 by adding new Chapter 2-166 entitled "Transparency in Long-Term City Contracts"

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2023-1024 Active

Vehicle weight limitation at W Summerdale Ave from N Lincoln Ave to N California Ave - 5 tons

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance O2023-896 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (35.11) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Diversey Ave

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-1044 Active

First amendment of intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Park District ordinance to increase maximum available Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) funds for renovation of Riis Park fieldhouse at ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-880 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (24.6) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Harrison St

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-1001 Passed

Adoption of Tax Increment Allocation Financing for Amendment No. 6 to provide Tax Increment Allocation Financing for enlarged Bronzeville Redevelopment Project Area

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2022-3985 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 2-102-030(cc) to require Department of Transportation to create Chicago Fatal Crash Legacy Report

2/01/2023 - Re-Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Order Or2023-41 Approved

Issuance of tag day permit(s) for Planned Parenthood Federation of America

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-263 Passed

Designation of 26th Precinct of 23rd Ward as Restricted Cannabis Zone prohibiting new or additional cultivation centers, craft growers, and processing, infuser, dispensing and transporting ...

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1046 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 2-92-450 regarding granting of reduction or waiver of commitment to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2023-613 Passed

Renewal of designation of 44th and 47th Precincts of 13th Ward as Restricted Residential Zone prohibiting additional shared housing units and vacation rentals

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Unclassified

Resolution R2023-358 Active

Call for public hearing(s) on adoption of ranked choice voting for Chicago's municipal elections

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2023-858 Passed

Intergovernmental agreement with Public Building Commission of Chicago regarding assessments, inspections, upgrade or construction of public buildings, facilities furnishing essential ...

2/01/2023 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Intergovernmental Agreement

Ordinance O2023-834 Passed

Annual Appropriation Ordinance Year 2023 amendment within Fund No. 925 for Department of Public Health, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and Department of Family and Support Services

2/01/2023 - Passed as Substitute
Non-Routine City Matters Annual Appropriation

Ordinance O2023-1028 Active

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

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance O2023-879 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (24.33) to disallow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Roosevelt Rd

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-997 Passed

Designation of Amendment No. 1 expanded Madden/Wells Redevelopment Project Area as redevelopment project area pursuant to Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1020 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (21.206) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W 95th St

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-1027 Active

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

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance O2023-1026 Active

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

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance O2023-626 Passed

Vacation of portions of W 23rd St and S Spaulding Ave within area bounded by W 24th St, S Christiana Ave, W 22nd St (W Cermak Rd) and S Sawyer Ave

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Vacation of Public Street

Ordinance O2023-1003 Passed

Designation of Amendment No. 3 expanded 43rd/Cottage Grove Redevelopment Project Area as redevelopment project area pursuant to Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1043 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (1.101) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Armitage Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-886 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-022 (42.276) to disallow additional alcoholic liquor licenses on portion(s) of S Michigan Ave and E Ida B. Wells Dr

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-1002 Passed

Approval of Amendment No. 3 to 43rd/Cottage Grove Redevelopment Plan for expansion of project area

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1045 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 11-12 regarding Utility Billing Relief Program

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2023-28 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (50.22) to allow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of N Western Ave

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Resolution R2023-359 Active

Call for hearing(s) on oversight of grant planning and implementation of Chicago Recovery Plan

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Hearing

Ordinance O2023-1000 Passed

Designation of Amendment No. 6 expanded Bronzeville Redevelopment Project Area as redevelopment area pursuant to Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Resolution R2023-360 Active

Call for Illinois General Assembly to pass House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 78 to allow community-based organizations and healthcare providers to operate overdose prevention sites

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Council Matters Call for Action

Ordinance O2023-996 Passed

Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Madden/Wells Redevelopment Project Area Redevelopment Plan for expansion of project area

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-890 Passed

Redevelopment agreement with American Blues Theater NFP and provision of tax increment financing (TIF) assistance for construction of theater facility at 5627 N Lincoln Ave

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-27 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (44.7) to disallow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of N Broadway

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Order Or2023-44 Approved

Settlement agreement regarding case of Talat Ara Imam, individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of Syed Muhammad Fatah Imam, deceased v. City of Chicago, et al, No. 20 L 2964

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters Settlement Agreement

Resolution R2023-357 Passed

Celebration of Black History Month

2/01/2023 - Adopted
Non-Routine Unclassified

Resolution R2023-357 Passed

Celebration of Black History Month

2/01/2023 - Adopted
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1047 Active

Fee exemptions, no-fee permits and associated fee waivers for all applications filed by Chicago Building Commission or its contractors for associated buildings, facilities and projects used for ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Fee Waiver

Ordinance O2023-999 Passed

Approval of Amendment No. 6 to Bronzeville Redevelopment Project Area Redevelopment Plan for expansion of project area

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1050 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 11-4 by repealing and replacing Article XII entitled "Electric Utility Franchise Control and Enforcement" and execution of Franchise Energy and Equity ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2023-1041 Active

Intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Park District for allocation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for expansion of park boundaries and improvements at Kells (George) Park, 3201 W ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1052 Active

Redevelopment agreement with and allocation of Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) funds to German American National Congress Chapter Chicago - North, and D.A.N.K. House d.b.a. DANK Haus German ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-885 Passed

Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-60-023 (42.86) to disallow additional package goods licenses on portion(s) of W Grand Ave and N Wells St

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine Ward Matters Land Use Liquor and Package Store Restrictions

Ordinance O2023-1029 Active

Intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Park District for allocation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for renovatIon of Clarendon Park fieldhouse at 4532-4534 and 4538 N Clarendon Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2022-3747 Passed

Vacation of public way(s) in area bounded by W Polk St, Belt Railway, W Fifth Ave and S Kilpatrick Ave

2/01/2023 - Passed
Non-Routine City Matters City Business Vacation of Public Street

Ordinance O2023-1040 Active

Intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Park District for allocation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for landscaping and facility improvements at Cragin Park, 2611 N Lockwood Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Economic Development Tax Increment Financing

Ordinance O2023-1017 Active

Amendment of Municipal Code Title 4 by modifying various sections to further regulate shared housing units and vacation rentals

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine City Matters Municipal Code

Ordinance O2023-1025 Active

Vehicle weight limitation at W Farragut Ave from N Lincoln Ave to N California Ave - 5 tons

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Ward Matters Traffic Vehicle Weight Limitation

Ordinance O2023-1054 Active

Adopt-a-Landmark grant funding agreement with Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church for preservation project at 4501 S Vincennes Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1055 Active

Adopt-a-Landmark grant funding agreement with Greenstone United Methodist Church for preservation project at 11211 S St. Lawrence Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1056 Active

Sale of vacant City-owned property to and execution of redevelopment agreement with Urban Equities, Inc. for development of community center at 5021 S Wabash Ave

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Unclassified

Ordinance O2023-1053 Active

Redevelopment agreement with and provision of Neighborhood Opportunity Funds to Juan and Only LLC for development of restaurant, catering and shared event space at 5924 W Chicago Ave and 5926 W ...

2/01/2023 - Referred
Non-Routine Redevelopment Agreement

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Since the last council meeting

After Feb 1st, City Council introduced 4 new pieces of legislation, including 1 that are non-routine.

Non-routine legislation introduced

Report F2023-12 Active

Notification of sale of Sales Tax Securitization Corporation Bonds, Series 2023A and Taxable Series 2023B, and Refunding Series 2023C, 2023A and 2023B

3/15/2023 - Placed on File
Non-Routine City Matters Finances Bonds