[This piece was written by Bella Perez] Background In 2015, the City of Chicago’s Off-Street Cleaning Program was implemented to maintain public areas in a clean and sanitary condition, protect public health and safety, and ensure accessibility to public areas for all. These cleanings, both off-street and deep occur on every Thursday between the hours … Continue reading A Clean Sweep: A Look at the city of Chicago’s Off-Street Cleaning Program Background
Our previous blog described Illinois home rule power and authority for municipalities and local units of government. We continue with our post-primary blog series with another topic of local authority, the city of Chicago’s Aldermanic Menu Money Program. The program gives Chicago aldermen power and authority to allocate funds used for capital improvement projects in … Continue reading Aldermanic Menu Money
Background The concept of home rule was first adopted in Article VII, Section 6 of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 to give units of local government greater power to pursue, implement, and administer its own policy initiatives, rather than the intervention of the state’s interests and power. Specifically, it allows municipalities of populations greater than … Continue reading What is Home Rule?