Lake Shore Drive officially renamed Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive after City Council vote

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CHICAGO — In Friday evening’s City Council meeting, Lake Shore Drive was officially renamed Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

It was passed 33-15 by the City Council. The move honors Jean Baptistie Pointe DuSable, who is credited as one of the founders of Chicago.

While the City Council typically doesn’t meet on Fridays, the meeting was delayed from Wednesday after tempers flared during the meeting, resulting in nearly half of the council writing Lightfoot a letter saying she has not been following the rules and she is manipulating the democratic process.

Some council members objected to Lightfoot’s move. Mostly because of how Meza has handled settlement negotiations with the victim of a 2019 botched police raid, Anjanette Young.

Young recently refused a $1,000,000 settlement and Meza moved to dismiss her case.

After the meeting, Lightfoot blamed some of the council members and blasted them in a statement saying a small group brazenly created a spectacle which resulted in a disserve to their constituents.

When aldermen and Lightfoot reconvened Friday, several items were voted on, including renaming Lake Shore Drive Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable Lake Shore Drive.

The following measures and announcements were passed and made.

  • Mayor Lightfoot announces cap on late payment penalties for unpaid building inspection fees.
  • Mayor Lightfoot introduces amendment extending city’s MBE/WBE construction program.
  • Various Housing Measures were introduced by Mayor Lightfoot.
  • City Council passed Chi Biz Strong Initiative to Jumpstart Recovery for Chicago’s businesses, workers and consumers
  • Mayor Lightfoot signs Hotel Worker Right To Return To Work Ordinance.
  • Various community and land development measures were approved by City Council.

One of the biggest changes is that packaged liquor store sales will be banned after midnight.

Mayor Lightfoot initially proposed a 10 p.m. curfew, which was met with pushback from several alderman due to businesses struggling amid the pandemic.

If the measure was not passed, packaged liquor store sales would have reverted back to 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sundays.

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