Welcome to
The Daily Line
LOGIN | JOIN

x

Access your member dashboard and receive the Free Review Morning newsletter

  • article-image
    Mayor Brandon Johnson is pictured during a City Council meeting April 17, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council gathered for the second time in a week on Friday to approve funding requests deferred at Wednesday’s meeting, including new spending for migrant care and the mayor’s $1.25 billion bond authorization to fund housing, economic and cultural development programs citywide.

  • article-image
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gives her 2024 budget address on Oct. 5, 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a measure Thursday repurposing funds in the county’s recently created Disaster Response and Recovery Fund to help Chicago feed and care for migrants.

  • article-image

    The Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to limit single-use plastics in the district on Tuesday.

    The resolution (24-0209) declares a climate emergency within the county and directs the district to “limit the procurement of single-use plastics” except in health emergencies or for disability needs and include new “green purchasing guidelines” in the district’s procurement manual. The resolution also declares an intention to formally limit single-use plastics via ordinance by the end of the year.

  • article-image

    The Cook County Finance Committee unanimously approved a proposed resolution modifying the allocation of the county’s Disaster Response and Recovery Fund on Wednesday. The resolution (24-2103) authorizes $70 million to be repurposed for food service and other costs for new migrant arrivals throughout the year, fulfilling the county’s share of a three-government deal to close a gap in funding.

    In February, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Gov. JB Pritzker announced joint funding plans to assist the ongoing influx of thousands of migrants including asylum seekers arriving from Texas and close a $321 million gap in funding. The governor is seeking $182 million in funding for fiscal year 2025, and the county board president requested the board of commissioners reallocate previously approved funding for migrants.

  • article-image

    The Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability held a forum with the Chicago Police Department (CPD)  Supt. Larry Snelling on April 8. The meeting included a public comment portion for community members to provide Snelling and the commission with feedback and ask questions.

    Snelling provided a brief introduction to start the forum, mentioning his roots in Englewood. After growing up in the neighborhood, he became an officer before serving as a lieutenant, eventually becoming district commander.

  • article-image
    Budget Committee Chair Jason Ervin is pictured at a City Council meeting April 17, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The chairs of the City Council’s budget and finance committees deferred final votes on new spending for migrant care and a massive bond authorization to fund housing, economic and cultural development programs citywide until a special council meeting scheduled for Friday.

    During a news conference Wednesday, the mayor said the delay of the items by allies on the council was a “parliamentary tactic” to ensure alderpeople get all their questions answered before anything is approved and not a signal that he lacked the votes to pass the measures.

  • article-image
    Mayor Brandon Johnson is pictured at a City Council meeting April 17, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The mayor’s pick to lead the reconstituted Department of Technology and Innovation and an order to keep gunshot detection technology in individual wards were both deferred during the City Council meeting Wednesday, delaying votes to Friday at the earliest.

  • article-image
    Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) is pictured during a City Council meeting on April 17, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Finance reconvened its recessed meeting Wednesday morning and voted to recommend approval of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s $1.25 billion economic development and housing bond proposal, which was then deferred by the City Council later that day, postponing a final vote on the proposal until a special council meeting on Friday.

  • article-image
    The Illinois Capitol 

    The House concluded their deadline week to pass bills to the Senate on Friday after passing 324 bills during the week. Measures advanced toward the end of the week included a bill to criminalize AI-generated child pornography, criminalizing sexual acts with an 18-year-old student and a ban on certain large cats and Australian animals as pets.  

  • article-image

    Gov. JB Pritzker suggested Thursday night he would favor a leadership change at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The House voted to pass a bill cracking down on drivers who park alongside the expressway waiting to pick up travelers at O’Hare. And the federal government recognized the Shab-eh-nay Reservation land in DeKalb County.

  • article-image
    Rep. Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) speaks on the House floor on Thursday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    A bill to pause school closures in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made it through the House Thursday as accusations of racism were lobbed at the sponsor of the bill — a message most House Democrats rejected. 

  • article-image
    Gov. JB Pritzker and Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) speak at a news conference on Thursday on the passage of the Healthcare Protection Act. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The House voted 81-25, with two voting present, on Thursday night to pass Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to make major changes to health insurance regulations in Illinois with new limits on step therapy and prior authorization.  

  • article-image
    Rep. Margaret Croke (D-Chicago) presents a bill in the House in 2023. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The House passed 71 bills on Wednesday as they move toward their Friday deadline to pass legislation to the Senate, including a bill cracking down on “ghost networks” referenced by Gov. JB Pritzker in his State of the State address.  

  • article-image

    The Senate is set to take up a bill that would ban certain food additives. And thousands rallied at the Illinois Capitol in opposition to abortion at the annual Illinois March for Life, including Republican lawmakers who condemned Democrats’ recent pro-abortion policies.  

  • article-image
    Illinois voters cast ballots in the March 19 primary.

    The 2024 primary season was marked by expensive races to unseat incumbents along with several big-spending candidates who fell short of their bids to be their party’s nominees.  

    How much did candidates in top races for the General Assembly spend per vote in the first three months of 2024 and was it enough to win over voters on the March 19 primary?

img