Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with the Axios AM and PM newsletters. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to the Axios Closer newsletter for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios Pro Rata

Dive into the world of dealmakers across VC, PE and M&A with Axios Pro Rata. Delivered daily to your inbox by Dan Primack and Kia Kokalitcheva.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with the Axios Sports newsletter. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Des Moines newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Nashville news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Nashville newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Columbus news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Columbus newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Dallas news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Dallas newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Austin news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Austin newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Atlanta news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Atlanta newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Philadelphia news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Philadelphia newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Chicago news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios Chicago newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top DC news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with the Axios DC newsletter.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski via Getty Images

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday voted to establish a new civilian commission composed of publicly elected community members who will oversee the Chicago Police Department.

Why it matters: Chicago police have been the center of controversy for decades. In recent years, pressure for reform has increased when it was revealed that officers had tortured and coerced over 100 people into false confessions, and after police shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a Black teen, in 2014.

  • Though the department is under a court-mandated federal consent decree to overhaul use-of-force and accountability mechanisms, advocates say the new Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability is a faster and more direct way to regain public trust.

How it'll work: Seven community members will be elected to four-year terms on the commission starting in 2023, according to the Washington Post.

  • Two must be practicing lawyers, and others should have experience in areas like civil rights and mental health. Each commissioner will receive a $12,000 stipend.
  • They will have a say in decisions to hire or fire the police superintendent, police board members, and the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
  • The group is also tasked with developing restorative justice programs.
  • The commission's $3.5 million annual cost will come out of the police department's budget.

What they're saying: "It took two years longer than I expected, but today the Chicago City Council passed the strongest civilian oversight law in the country," City Council member Matt Martin tweeted after the vote.

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who backed the ordinance but has faced criticism for waffling on police reform, called the debate "one for the ages," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
  • "[L]egitimacy is key to the work that our police do," she said, per the Sun-Times. "If the communities do not trust them because they’re not legitimate to them, they will not be effective in their most core mission, which is serving and protecting every single resident of this city."

Worth noting: Illinois recently banned police from lying to minors during interrogations.

Go deeper

New public safety director: 'I was truly built for this opportunity'

Robert Clark, the new director of public safety in Columbus. Photo courtesy of the City of Columbus

Robert Clark knew his role as Columbus public safety director would be challenging.

  • It got tougher on his second day on the job, when two police officers were arrested for alleged drug trafficking.
  • The arrests reinforce his priority of restoring public trust in law enforcement, Clark tells Axios.
Oct 28, 2021 - Axios Denver

1-minute voter guide on Denver ballot measures 2G and 2H

Maura Losch/Axios

Denver ballot measures 2G and 2H would change how the city does its business.

Ballot measure 2G would revoke the mayor's appointing power over the Office of the Independent Monitor — the city's police watchdog — and reinstate it under the Citizens Oversight Board.

This year's Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame inductees

People celebrate at the Pride Parade in 2017. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynksi/AFP via Getty Images

The Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame will stream a virtual ceremony next week honoring its 2021 inductees.

Why it matters: For 30 years, the LGBTQ Hall of Fame has honored people and organizations that have made an impact on Chicago. This year's virtual celebration helps replace the 2021 COVID-cancelled Pride Parade festivities.