Public Gatherings Report – July 14, 2022 – South Side Weekly

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This is post 32 of 32 in the series “Report of Public Meetings”

A summary of selected local, county and state open meetings. Produced in association with the City Bureau’s Documenters.

  1. Public Meeting Report – March 18, 2021
  2. Public Meetings Report – April 1, 2021
  3. Public Meeting Report – April 15, 2021
  4. Report of Public Meetings – April 29, 2021
  5. Public Meetings Report – May 13, 2021
  6. Report of Public Meetings – May 27, 2021
  7. Public Meetings Report – June 10, 2021
  8. Report of Public Meetings – June 24, 2021
  9. Public Meeting Report – July 8, 2021
  10. Public Meeting Report – July 22, 2021
  11. Public Meetings Report – August 5, 2021
  12. Public Meetings Report – August 19, 2021
  13. Report of Public Meetings – September 30, 2021
  14. Report of Public Meetings – 14 October 2021
  15. Report of Public Meetings – October 28, 2021
  16. Public Meeting Report – November 11, 2021
  17. Report of Public Meetings – November 25, 2021
  18. Public Meetings Report – December 9, 2021
  19. Public Meetings Report – January 13, 2022
  20. Public Meetings Report – January 27, 2022
  21. Public Meetings Report – February 10, 2022
  22. Report of Public Meetings – February 24, 2022
  23. Public Meeting Report – March 10, 2022
  24. Public Meetings Report – March 24, 2022
  25. Public Meetings Report – April 7, 2022
  26. Public Meeting Report – April 21, 2022
  27. Public Meetings Report – May 5, 2022
  28. Public Meeting Report – May 19, 2022
  29. Public Meetings Report – June 2, 2022
  30. Public Meeting Report – June 22, 2022
  31. Report of Public Meetings – 30 June 2022
  32. Public Meetings Report – July 14, 2022

17th of June

The announced goal Capital Plan for Chicago Public Schools Listen was to “provide an overview of the proposed FY23 capital budget and seek feedback from stakeholders.” CPS Chief Facilities Officer Ivan Hansen and Executive Director of Capital Planning and Construction Venny Dye gave a lengthy presentation, but the focus was on the proposed allocation of $764.5 million to improve school infrastructure, accessibility and instruction. (Two other key components of the $9.5 billion proposal were recently unveiled publicly Listen: $8 billion for district current expenditures and $769 million for debt service budget.) The presentation explained how site improvements were selected and a breakdown of investments by category. All proposed projects were evaluated on “equity, assessed needs, educational priorities and available funding”. Six community members spoke during the public comment section that followed. Main issues were racial inequality in the schools and the related funding, particularly for a high school proposed for the Chinatown neighborhood.

June 21st

Meanwhile meetingthe City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards passed a proposed heating and cooling regulation introduced after three residents at the James Sneider Apartments died of heat exhaustion in May. The ordinance would require residential buildings with more than a hundred units and senior living buildings for people fifty-five and over to set up “cooling centres”, usually a common room or lounge, if the heat index is above eighty degrees. Various issues were discussed, notably the difficulties in efficiently converting buildings from heating to cooling versus the need to prevent occupant health problems and deaths before the measure was approved by the full council. In addition, 25 rezoning applications were quickly approved.

That City Council Committees and Rules of Procedure Committee approved the only item on the agenda meeting, and recommended that Monique Scott fill the 24th Ward City Council vacancy left by her brother, Michael Scott Jr., who resigned as city councilman to take a position at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Eighteen other community residents applied for the position and were considered by a four-person selection committee, which also included community residents. Monique Scott has served as Park Chicago Park District Supervisor.

June 22

During his fifth meeting since its inception in February by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the Task Force Alternative Health and Intervention and Response— formed to develop a mobile mental health pilot service — heard a presentation about the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s Treatment Response Team (TRT). The TRT was formed in 2019 to provide additional support for drug overdose emergency calls. During the pandemic, the program has relied on virtual mental health visits via computer tablets. TRT officers are taking 911 overdose calls and deciding if a virtual mental health visit is needed. Also discussed at the meeting was the task force’s work on a SWOT analysis to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the current crisis intervention landscape in the Cook County suburbs. The task force’s report is due August 1.

Amid a recent spate of traffic-related deaths, the City council viewed at his meeting– and then deferred and published – a proposed regulation in relation to speed cameras. The regulation would raise the threshold for ticketing by the cameras to ten mph above the speed limit of six, with advocates emphasizing that the cameras disproportionately ticket black and Hispanic drivers. Others pointed out that three children were killed by motorists in June alone, one each in Uptown, Lincoln Square and most recently near Douglass Park. The council heard from public commentators on a number of other issues, including calls for tax hikes to cater for the homeless; to preserve several historic buildings in Chicago, including St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Pilsen and St. Michael the Archangel’s Catholic Church at 83rd and South Shore Drives; and to replace Chicago’s combined sewage system, which mixes stormwater and sewage.

June 24th

at his meetingthe Board of Directors of the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA). Approved the conditional transfer of land to 548 Development for a mixed-use project in the South Chicago neighborhood as part of the Invest South/West initiative. The Board voted to expand the unilateral decision-making authority of CCLBA Executive Director Eleanor Gorski to authorize transfers of ownership up to $100,000. This move is intended to expedite ownership transfers and reduce the number of meetings required. The land bank plans to hire a real estate attorney to work with municipalities. The board also heard an update on environmental issues related to the installation of solar panels at a former petcoke plant on the Southeast Side. Before work can continue, the Illinois EPA is requiring additional testing to clarify several issues. Federal Superfund funds appear to be available for rehabilitation, and the site could be rehabilitated within four years.

A special City Council Joint Committee meeting demanded by thirty councilors focused on the city’s crime and how it is being addressed by the mayor’s office as a “public health crisis,” particularly gun violence. Some council members claim that the council was not involved in the decision-making process. For three hours, council members listened and interacted with a number of senior appointees, including Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez, Chicago Park District Superintendent Rosa Escareño, Office of Emergency Management and Communication Executive Director Rich Guidice, and Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Allison Arwady. The meeting was framed by Mayor Lightfoot’s “state-wide” program to apply lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to the city’s “public health crisis” at gunpoint. Concerns revolved around security in several areas: police shortages, unruly groups of youth and shootings, including a recent one on North Avenue Beach.

June 27th

That City Council Health and Human Relations Committee learned from her meeting that an updated COVID-19 vaccine could be available this fall. The number of new cases in the city has increased, although the city has no plans to enact new requirements or mandates unless hospital care is threatened. The Chicago Department of Public Health has several pilot programs based on community health, both in the area of ​​mental health crisis response and in communities through the Healthy Chicago Equity Zones program. The initiative, explains the city’s website, “applies hyperlocal strategies to counteract the social and environmental factors that contribute to health and racial inequalities — with the ultimate goal of closing Chicago’s racial life expectancy gap.”

June 30th

at his meetingthe Cook County Forest Preserves District Equity, Cultural Sensitivity and Inclusion Task Force shown to struggle with the process of determining whether the names of historical figures, including organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic, would be appropriate for naming Forest Preserve facilities. Seventeen individuals and organizations were screened by four teams and received numerical ratings based on their promotion of justice. However, task force members debated the validity of the assessments. For example, a challenging factor was the comparison of behavioral norms and equity in different time periods. The task force received an extension from the county board to complete its work, which would make the final decision on naming facilities. Public hearings are being considered, as is increasing awareness of the task force’s work on social media.

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This information was gathered in large part using reports from the City Bureau’s documenters at documenter.org.

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