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Aldermen focused much of their time on Monday questioning the leader of the city’s Department of Family and Support Services on how the city is addressing homelessness and whether certain initiatives would continue beyond the life of the pandemic.
Only about 40 percent of the money allocated from a long-dormant city fund to help businesses survive last year’s spring lockdown actually made it to applicants, Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin told aldermen during a budget hearing on Monday. The rest remains tied up with private intermediary lenders, in part due to a quirk in city rules, she said.
Tuesday will mark day three of the City Council’s departmental budget hearings as aldermen are set to hear from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners on its proposed budget swell to handle the 2022 primary and general elections and the implementation of a new ward map. Members of the council’s Committee on Budget and Government Operations are also scheduled to hear from leaders of the administrative hearings and human resources departments on their proposed budget increases.
Aldermen spent part of the City Council’s first hearing on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed 2022 budget on Friday raising concerns over the sustainability of new programs proposed to be funded with the one-time federal stimulus dollars, probing city finance officials over whether the city has enough employees to carry out the programs.
Changes could be coming to Cook County’s controversial home surveillance programs designed to pigeonhole pre-trial defendants who have been released from jail.
Following the City Council’s all-day grilling of city budget officials on Friday, aldermen are set to begin drilling down into the city’s individual departments Monday morning as they quiz Clerk Anna Valencia and Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin about their expanded budgets for the 2022 budget year. And in the afternoon, the Committee on Budget and Government Operations will hear from the leader of the city’s License Appeal Commission and the chief of the Department of Family and Support Services.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pitch to add 75,000 new trees to the city’s canopy during the next five years could have little impact unless the city also works to maintain existing trees and ensure new trees receive proper care, according to one conservation group.
Launching a commission to oversee and expand public-private partnerships could beef up the benefits of state- and locally-backed transportation projects, lawmakers and experts said during a hearing on Monday.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the revised legislative maps that Democratic lawmakers pushed through the General Assembly last month, saying the new boundaries “align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will help ensure Illinois’ diversity is reflected in the halls of government.”
Judges should consider the years-old congressional effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act when weighing a 2018 ordinance that would have banned assault weapons in Deerfield, an attorney told members of the Illinois Supreme Court last week.
State officials and a cybersecurity expert on Thursday reflected on the challenges’ Illinois’ unemployment system faced during the COVID-19 pandemic while noting planned changes could put the state ahead of the curve in dealing with new fraud efforts.
Members of the House and state officials on Wednesday signaled plans to shift the way Illinois’ long-term care facilities are funded in an effort to encourage providers to improve care and address staffing needs.
The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday listened to oral arguments in a case that could affect residents’ ability to obtain information from government agencies via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Federal officials joined Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday to tour a state health center while touting the COVID-19 vaccine. The latest round of Rebuild Illinois grants include a hodgepodge of municipal infrastructure around the state. And two Republicans have joined forces with the Illinois Opportunity Project in a new recall campaign effort.