May, 4, 2022

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Alderman Reilly Reports

Possible Cinco de Mayo "Celebrations" on Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has indicated they are preparing for a large number of cars and caravans in the Downtown neighborhoods in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, on Thursday May 5, 2022. The City has not permitted any planned events, but CPD is closely monitoring social media chatter and proactively planning to mitigate traffic delays.

It is expected that this may affect routes on Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, and State Street. CPD is prepared to divert traffic in order to minimize the negative impact on businesses and residents, and may enact street closures to divert the caravan into alternate routes as needed. Alderman Reilly encourages residents to allow for extra travel time when traveling in the area.

Residents can receive real-time alerts from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) relating to traffic closures. Notify Chicago is a city service that provides residents with text messages, and/or e-mail alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations (including traffic impacts, severe weather emergencies, and hazardous materials) taking place throughout Chicago. Click here to register.

Special Committee on Chicago Casino to hold a Subject Matter Hearing on Monday, May 9, 2022

On Monday, May 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM, the Special Committee on the Chicago Casino will hold a virtual subject matter hearing to discuss the finalists selected to develop a casino in the City of Chicago. No vote will be taken. 

A link to livestream the meeting will be added to City Clerk's website on May 9 at 11:00 AM. 

Written public comment will be accepted at [email protected] and at [email protected] until 10:00 AM on May 6, 2022.

Individuals wishing to comment at the Special Committee meeting should call (312) 744-6800 and leave a voice message with their name and telephone number. Requests to comment will be accepted from 10:00 AM two business days before the scheduled meeting (Thursday) until 9:00 AM the business day before the scheduled meeting (Friday). Please click here to review further information on the public comment process for virtual committee meetings. 

The Special Committee met for the first time on April 25th to hold a Subject Matter Hearing (no vote was taken); a recording of that can be viewed here

Click here to review Reilly Reports on April 29, 2022, including Alderman Reilly’s position on the Casino process thus far.