City Council News

City Council Update 7/27/2017

July 27, 2017

Updates from the July 27th City Council:

The City Council approved a settlement for not giving a second notice to some red light camera violators. Individuals eligible for a partial refund will be getting notice of their eligibility sometime in the future. When receiving that notice, I encourage you to provide the required information so you can get back the money you deserve.

Introduced by Alderman Laurino, the City Council also passed an ordinance making it possible for schools and daycare centers to apply for designated school loading zones.  The ordinance makes it easier and safer for parents to drop off and pick up their children, creating designated spots for school or day care use only.  Interested schools and day cares should contact the 39th Ward Service Office to apply for the loading zone. 

​With the strong support of Alderman Laurino, Mayfair Commons Senior Apartments ​ ​received approval from City Council for critical renovations to preserve it as affordable senior housing. The building has 97 apartments for low income seniors and for 19 years has served the Mayfair, North Mayfair and surrounding communities. North River Commission has partnered with Alderman Laurino to open the doors at Mayfair Commons to seniors living in the area with an annual health fair. The $12.3 million Mayfair Commons project will include a new roof, windows, air conditioning, and energy efficient updates to each apartment. 

Also at the July meeting, Mayor Emanuel introduced an ordinance to establish higher wages and additional worker’s protections for employees at our airports. This ordinance brings much needed improvements to the working conditions at O’Hare and Midway airports.

Lastly, Alderman Laurino co-sponsored a resolution urging Governor Rauner to sign the automatic voter registration legislation currently pending that was unanimously approved by the Illinois General Assembly. This law would provide for individuals doing business with the Illinois Secretary of State and other state agencies to be automatically registered to vote. Almost half of the estimated 2.2 million unregistered voters would be registered due to this law. Illinois would become the tenth state with automatic voter registration.