McCarthy told aldermen crime was down, and the racial disparity for marijuana citations was "erased."
If approved, the four-story residential building would house 49 affordable units and a library.
Ald. Will Burns urged protesters to submit their proposal to Chicago Public Schools.
Ald. Ameya Pawar will discuss the proposed 2015 budget at a pair of town hall meetings.
Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld blamed shorter yellow lights on electrical fluctuations.
The proposal is designed to make the area more pedestrian friendly, though car-lovers object.
A vote on the 11- and 15-story towers was automatically deferred Tuesday ahead of community input.
Consultant Shajan Kuriakose and Marine veteran Peter Sifnotis are challenging Ald. Debra Silverstein.
The project aimed to modernize the Evergreen Towers I building for seniors and people with disabilities.
Shajan Kuriakose, 36, plans to challenge incumbent Ald. Debra Silverstein in the February election.
Voters are not required to bring an identification card, election officials said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he expected the screenings to be done with "sensitivity."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city is ready to deal with potential Ebola patients at the airports.
CHA's website offering a chance to get on the waitlists crashed for about thirty minutes.
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