Return to [remote or in person] City Council
Live reporting by Matthew Warakomski
View on Twitter
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB
Hi everyone, I'll be documenting Chicago's City Council meeting. #CHIdocumenters @CHIdocumenters
Trouble at City Hall. I will document remotely. Shame, but such is life.

10:08 AM Jun 12, 2024 CDT

Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 2/63
@CHIdocumenters Council agenda available: 19c87ae2-5df4-4481-8d1a-5b3741498036.pdf ()
usgovcloudapi.net
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 3/63
@CHIdocumenters Meeting beginning. 10:14 am June 12 2024
Mayor Johnson is in attendance.
Attendance: Harris, Beale, Chico, Lee, Mitchell, Quinn, Gutierrez, Lopez, Coleman, La Spata, Dowell, Moore, Cardona, Waguespack, Conway, Taliaferro, Sigcho-Lopez, Mitts, Clay, Sposato, Nugent, Vasquez.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 4/63
@CHIdocumenters Unable to get all in attendance, a quorum was called. Some attendants virtual.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 5/63
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 6/63
@CHIdocumenters Public comments begin: 10:21 am.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 7/63
@CHIdocumenters John Jansen first speaker. Pro-life activist. Against Quiet Zone on grounds of First Amendment rights.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 8/63
@CHIdocumenters Matt Moore. Second Speaker. People for Bikes. Lithium-ion battery testing requirement comments. Wishes for laboratory testing through NRTLs.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 9/63
@CHIdocumenters Billy Rivi: Third speaker. Speaking in support of the ceasefire in Gaza. Commends Alderwoman Rossana and commends the city for calling for a ceasefire.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 10/63
@CHIdocumenters Dan Schaefer: Fourth Speaker. Calling for more resources and support for LGBTQ+ community members in the 30th ward and beyond. Ex. Safe spaces, career coaching, and programs for further inclusion.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 11/63
@CHIdocumenters Dod McColgan: Fifith Speaker. Speaking to have a referendum for community power over policing being added to the ballot. Commends Alderwoman Rossana
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 12/63
@CHIdocumenters Koby Guillory: Sixth Speaker: Further support for the referendum for community power over policing.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 13/63
@CHIdocumenters Benita Ulisano: Seventh Speaker. Retort against Mr. Jansen to continue the Quiet Zone on the grounds that the protests are disruptive to operations.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 14/63
@CHIdocumenters Mia Combs: Ninth Speaker. Further support for the referendum for community power over policing.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 15/63
@CHIdocumenters Correction: Eight Speaker
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 16/63
@CHIdocumenters Maurice Wilbon: Ninth Speaker. Offering his help for activism through his company.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 17/63
@CHIdocumenters Benjamin P (couldn't catch the last name): Tenth Speaker. Pastor supporting pro-life (I think. His positions were all over the place).
End of public comments: 10:50 am.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 18/63
@CHIdocumenters Acknowledgments in progress.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 19/63
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 20/63
@CHIdocumenters Remarks from the city council on resolutions: Pride Month.
Community activists asked to attend.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 21/63
@CHIdocumenters Three alderpersons are supporting the Pride Month resolution. They have not explained what it is. Primarily commandments of Pride Month and giving thanks to pro-LGBTQ legislation and activism.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 22/63
@CHIdocumenters Continued and overwhelming support for Pride Month.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 23/63
@CHIdocumenters Alderman showed support for his mother's support during his time coming out. Acknowledgment of lack of support in the African American community for LGBTQ+ children.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 24/63
@CHIdocumenters Alderman Lopez remembering those fallen to hate crimes against LGBTQ+ community members.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 25/63
@CHIdocumenters Support for LGBTQ+ members of Asian decent.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 26/63
@CHIdocumenters Alderpersons call for community members to contact them for anything they can do to help their communities.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 27/63
@CHIdocumenters Alderman Mitchel Passes Resolution. 11:44 am.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 28/63
@CHIdocumenters Resolution Definition: Resolutions are often used to address matters of a non-legislative or temporary nature, and they serve as a formal means for a city council to communicate its stance or intention on a specific issue. (from Bing).
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 29/63
@CHIdocumenters Subsequent Resolution: Marian Robinson's remembrance. (Mother of Michelle Obama)
Members of her family.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 30/63
@CHIdocumenters Resolution ending. Less time on Robinson Remembrance. Mayor Johnson giving his thoughts. Speakers addressed the importance of the grandmother in African American families.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 31/63
@CHIdocumenters Final Resolution: Women Veterans' Day
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 32/63
@CHIdocumenters Alderman Conway speaks on the diversity of the military and debunked the myth of it only being men.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 33/63
@CHIdocumenters Continued support for women's rights and their accomplishments in the military. Alderwoman Harris gives personal thanks to her sister, who is present.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 34/63
@CHIdocumenters 11th Ward is starting VA days.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 35/63
@CHIdocumenters Further thanks are being given to military veterans. Overwhelming support and appreciation.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 36/63
@CHIdocumenters Alderman Villegas speaking to womens' contribution to American democracy and how more must be done to recognize women veterans.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 37/63
@CHIdocumenters Resolution passed with a rising vote. Everyone stood (as far as I could see.)
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 38/63
@CHIdocumenters Regular order of business resuming.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 39/63
@CHIdocumenters Ordinances from committees being read: 12:25 pm.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 40/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee reports being read:
1st Committee: Committee of Finance.
Issue: Provision of tax increment financing funds for improvements to Union Park.
Yea= 44
Nay= 0
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 41/63
@CHIdocumenters Reconsider to vote failed.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 42/63
@CHIdocumenters For further reference, tax increment finance is TIF.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 43/63
@CHIdocumenters TIF funds with Chicago Park District: 5
Ordered= All
Failed= 0
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 44/63
@CHIdocumenters There are no objections to other orders thus far.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 45/63
@CHIdocumenters Construction orders are being passed. Up to ordinance ten. For low to moderate-income housing.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 46/63
@CHIdocumenters Report on Committee of Finance ended. All orders passed. Committee of the Budget (missed the full name) begins 12:45 pm.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 47/63
@CHIdocumenters The transfer of funds concludes the report. Committee on Economic Capitol speaking as of 12:47 pm.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 48/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy speaking.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 49/63
@CHIdocumenters All orders "so ordered" thus far.
Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight reporting.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 50/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Housing and Real Estate speaking.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 51/63
@CHIdocumenters Alder Fuentes speaking on affordable housing across from Humbolt Park being built. Seeking support to combat gentrification.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 52/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on License and Consumer Protection speaking.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 53/63
@CHIdocumenters Statement from Chairman Silverstein calling for yea vote to lithium-ion batteries ordinance being added to the city code. It would require lithium-ion batteries to be certified for things like e-scooters and e-bikes. Not present due to religious obligations.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 54/63
@CHIdocumenters Lithium-Ion Battery legislation receiving many nos. For fear of monopoly with the testing lab and lack of input from other environmental groups. No official vote was called. The chair is being appealed under the grounds that the actions to defer and publish are out of order.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 55/63
@CHIdocumenters Motion to refer the item back to committee.
Yea= 32
Nay= 14
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 56/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety speaking. Three amendments to the municipal code passed.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 57/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Police and Fire speaking. All motions passed.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 58/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Transportation and Public Way: All orders passed.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 59/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Workforce Development: All five items passed.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 60/63
@CHIdocumenters Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards: All items passed except one. One deferred and published.
(Playful teasing took place.)
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 61/63
@CHIdocumenters All committee reports are finished. Taking a quick break during calender discussion.
Matthew Warakomski @MatthewW_CB 62/63
@CHIdocumenters I have returned. Unfinished business underway.