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    Advisory councils on bicycles and pedestrians haven’t met since the pandemic began. 

    It has been more than one year since advisory councils meant to help steer the city’s discussion and decision making on bike and pedestrian issues last met. 

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    Malcolm Whiteside, the city’s deputy commissioner of forestry, and Cook County Board Comm. Bridget Degnen (D-12) discuss Chicago’s tree canopy [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line] 

    Chicago’s new Urban Forestry Advisory Board could be the “answer to everything” for the leader of the city’s forestry bureau as he tries to grow Chicago’s tree canopy, he said.

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    City planning officials hope to sell this 26-space parking lot at 3840 N. Lincoln Ave. to a private developer. [The Daily Line/Alex Nitkin]

    City planning and budget officials are hoping to raise at least $10 million by selling off a crop of city-owned parking lots in Lakeview, North Center, Lincoln Square and Portage Park to private developers.

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    The Cook County Board of Commissioners held its first all-in-person meeting of 2021 on Thursday. [Alex Nitkin/The Daily Line]

    Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office isn’t moving fast enough to accommodate a surge of women seeking legal protection from their domestic abusers, multiple county commissioners said during a meeting on Thursday.

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    A report published by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found the Department of Streets and Sanitation has yet to implement actions to fix its weed-cutting program. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said an announcement on mandatory vaccinations for city employees is coming “shortly.” And Lightfoot cautioned against a new ward map drawn in a backroom deal. 

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    Aldermen are tasked with redrawing boundaries for the city’s 50 wards.

    August marks the City Council’s annual summer break from official business, but aldermen have little time to rest this year. In addition to focusing on work in their wards, council members are gearing up to redraw boundaries of the city’s 50 wards. 

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    Cook County Comm. Larry Suffredin (D-13) speaking during a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee on Wednesday

    The Cook County Board of Commissioners is poised on Thursday to delay the next property tax deadline until October and approve a framework for spending the county’s first round of American Rescue Plan dollars, among dozens of other measures, during the board’s last scheduled meeting until September.

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    From left: Chicago Police Officer Bob Long, Deputy Chief Thomas Mills and Cmdr. Sean Loughran speak during a virtual committee hearing on Tuesday.

    Chicago Police Department leaders pledged Tuesday to push forward with a long-promised overhaul of its controversial gang member database but defended sticking with their existing system in the meantime, even as they faced a barrage of criticism from aldermen and advocates over its inaccuracy and disorganization.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed four bills into law and issued an executive order aimed at helping immigrants and refugees in Illinois.  

    Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed four bills into law and issued an executive order aimed at helping immigrants and refugees in Illinois.  

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    Gov. JB Pritzker held a bill signing ceremony in Aurora on Monday as he signed into law a measure aimed at fixing and modernizing the state’s firearms owner identification (FOID) card system.

    Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed into law a compromise measure aimed at fixing and modernizing the state’s firearms owner identification (FOID) card system.  

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    Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law 65 bills approved by lawmakers during the spring session.  

    Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law 65 bills approved by lawmakers during the spring session. 

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    The view outside the governor's office inside the Capitol. (Joel Ebert/The Daily Line0

    Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order (2021-16) on Friday that will create the Office of Equity. Officials from the governor’s office said the standalone equity office will be tasked with promoting diversity, equity and inclusion all across state government.

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    A Senate committee on Thursday heard from witnesses who encouraged lawmakers to support a bill that would change the way certain state-led transportation and infrastructure projects are done in Illinois.

    A Senate committee on Thursday heard from witnesses who encouraged lawmakers to support a bill they said would speed up some state-led transportation and infrastructure projects. 

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    Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday signed into law an omnibus housing bill (HB 2621) and separate measure (SB 265) that will expand a utility assistance program for low-income families.

    Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday signed into law an omnibus housing bill (HB 2621) and separate measure (SB 265) that will expand a utility assistance program for low-income families.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill to set up an eventual elected school board in Chicago. Republican lawmakers called for more scrutiny of the Illinois Department of Employment Security after a new audit. And the Illinois Republican Party is hoping to join one of two pending redistricting lawsuits. 

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