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5. The print maps also have been revised with the new zoning
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Table of Contents
Letter from the Publisher
City Election Shake-Ups
New GIS Maps
Summary of Municipal Code Changes
Case Law Update
Know the Code
Welcome to the Spring 2007 Know the
Code eNewsletter. Okay, maybe we're a little optimistic about spring. We've completed updating our GIS mapping site through
January 2007 and will continue monthly updates as changes are passed by the City Council. We also are planning our first confrence on
sustainability - Building Green Chicago on April 25, 2007. Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues. They can get their own free subscription here.
This quarter we have included more details on some upcoming conferences, several key appellate court cases, and a summary of the recent Chicago elections. We'll also cover recent changes to the Municipal Code of Chicago and the status of chapters currently under
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact us. Your comments have
helped improve our products and services over the years and we will continue to solicit and act on your advice.
Mayor Richard M. Daley proved victorious after a landslide in the
Februrary 28th election that maintained his reign for a sixth term as Chicago's mayor. While his win seemed locked in from the
beginning, there were some surprises in the aldermanic races. Longtime loop and gold coast alderman Burton Natarus, for example, lost his seat.
Brendan Reilly, a 30-year-old telecom executive, will preside over the influential 42nd ward. Darcel Beavers (7th) was unseated by Sandi
Jackson, the wife of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. And while Arenda Troutman (20th) wasn't expected to retain her seat after the FBI brought bribery
charges against her, she still managed to get a third of the votes in her loss to challenger Willie B. Cochran.
In April, the following wards will be making decisions on
their Aldermen: 2nd Ward, 3rd Ward, 16th Ward, 18th Ward, 21st Ward, 24th Ward, 32nd Ward, 43rd Ward, 39th Ward and 50th Ward. Also, the 15th Ward
will be looking to fill the only open seat on the council.
Check our news
page for other stories covering City issues.
"When I talk about making Chicago the greenest city in the nation, I'm not being idealistic. I'm being very
- Mayor Richard M. Daley
Building Green Chicago:
Designing Green, Saving Green
April 25, 2007
As part of the City of Chicago's Earth Month Celebration, Index
Publishing is proud to present Building Green Chicago: Designing Green, Saving Green. Sadhu Johnston, Commissioner of the Chicago Department
of Environment, keynotes this conference that will feature city experts and industry leaders discussing the state of environmentally-conscious design
Expert panels on green initiatives and financial incentives, new
technologies and strategies for enhancing sustainability, a survey of existing green buildings and their performance and other discussions make this
conference a must for any forward-moving developer. To sign up for this conference, visit our registration page. Interested in sponsoring the conference? Contact us.
Earth Day Weekend
April 21-22 at McCormick Place, Lakeside
Don't miss Earth Day or the 1st Green Festival both of which will cover the full range of green
initiatives; specifically for the consumer: how can we green our own homes and lives? Click here to learn more!
Review of the Chicago Electrical
May 5, 2007
As it has in the past, Index Publishing will host a review of the Chicago Electrical Code.
Whether you are a veteran electrician in need of a refresher or preparing for the city's supervising electrician's exam, our presenters, Dan Caddigan
and Ron Webb, will help you to better understand the code. The one-day seminar costs $310 and includes a copy of the 2007 Chicago Electrical Code. For
more information on this seminar or to register, please contact us.
Chicago Building Permit Conference
Ever struggled to get building permits approved with the City? Would you like to hear from
city officials or professionals about the most efficient way to go through the process? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then plan on
attending the Chicago Building Permit Conference. Index Publishing, in conjunction with
the City of Chicago Department of Construction and Permits and other departments, will host this unique opportunity to review and outline the
complete building permit process. City officials and permit process professionals will walk attendees through the process one step at a time,
discussing best practices and answering questions. If you would like to streamline your permit application process, you don't want to miss this
opportunitiy. Please contact us and
we'll email you with more information as it becomes available. Interested in sponsoring this event? Let us know.
2007 Index Conferences and Events
Summary of Changes
In November 2006 the City Council made slight changes to three dozen sections after changing the
business license renewal cycle from one to two years. They also created, in Chapter 13-32, a program to be overseen by the Mayor's Office for People
with Disabilities whereby building permit applicants can voluntarily submit plans for review and assistance regarding accessibility.
On December 8, the Council made many changes to Chapter 7-4 broadening the regulations of
lead-bearing substances. Also in December, Chapter 11-18 was added to minimize the effect of development on stormwater management. In January,
many additions and alterations to Chapter 4-60 updated the liquor license ordinance, specifically the deleterious impacts of liquor-providing
Updates are constantly being added to Index Publishing's GIS mapping system (see a demo here). Since March of 2006, we've added 1,200
changes to the zoning map. In the last five months, the City Council has approved 400 map changes, including 27 new planned developments, 6 new
transportation districts and 8 new public open space districts. See the latest changes at ChicagoCodes.com.
See Recent Changes for a more detailed explanation of the amendments and additions to the Municipal Code.
"In the last five months, the City has instituted 400 map changes, including 27 new planned developments, 6
new transportation districts and 8 new public open space districts."
Case Law Update
Zoning - variance - manifest weight of the
Findings by the Chicago Zoning Board to deny application for a variance that
fails to meet municipal ordinance criteria is not against the manifest weight of the evidence where the Board is not required to provide
specific factual findings, the plight of the property owner is self-imposed and viable alternatives are available that will produce a reasonble
return without the variance.
Kimball Dawson, LLC v. City of Chicago Department of Zoning, et al.
See Zoning Law page for complete summary and additional cases on
Zoning - vested right in prior zoning
The correct date for determination of substantial expenditure to prove a vested right in the
prior zoning classificatation is the date that some official action was taken to change zoning, as opposed to date alderman first discussed
with the developer the possibility of zoning amendment.
See Illinois Supreme Court opinion in 1350 Lakeshore Assoc. v.
See Zoning Law page for complete summary and additional cases on
New Eminent Domain Laws Protect Property Owners
To read the full summary of the Act, read the complete
To read full case law summaries, visit the Zoning Law library.