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    Acting zoning chair Bennett Lawson is pictured in October 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards will meet Tuesday to consider a proposal to replace three historic residences next to Wrigley Field with an apartment building, consider approval of the Sterling Bay development opposed by the local alderperson and consider approval of a new residential development along the west branch of the Chicago River.

    The zoning committee will meet at 10 a.m. in council chambers.

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    President Toni Preckwinkle gives her 2024 budget address in October 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Cook County is projecting a $218.2 million budget gap for Fiscal Year 2025, county officials said Tuesday, and although County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she wouldn’t speculate much about how she intends to close the gap before the fall, she said taxes, fees and layoffs were not on the table.

    The board president expressed confidence in the county's finance team to construct balanced budget plan as usual and said she wasn't losing sleep over the upcoming budget.

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson presides over a City Council meeting on June 12, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Brandon Johnson’s office on Thursday announced the creation of a nine-member co-governance steering committee to help city government make decisions more collaboratively with community members.

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    Ald. Matt Martin is pictured at a council meeting June 12, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Ald. Matt Martin (47) was joined by several City Council colleagues and a coalition of progressive and good government organizations Tuesday to call for passage of his ordinance to allow for public financing of aldermanic campaigns.

    “Our current campaign finance system is broken,” said Martin during a news conference at City Hall Tuesday. “Too often it forces candidates to rely heavily on a few big special interest donors on their campaigns.”

    The ordinance (O2024-0010156) was introduced at last week’s City Council meeting and referred to the Committee on Committees and Rules.

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson presides over a City Council meeting June 12, 2024. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Brandon Johnson signed an executive order Monday that establishes a task force to study reparations for Black Chicagoans and recommend policies to carry out a “Black Reparations Agenda.”

    The announcement follows the allocation of $500,000 in the 2024 city budget to study reparations.

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    Tirrell Paxton speaks during a county Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting on June 12, 2024. [Livestream] 

    The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the appointment of a new independent inspector general Thursday, the first permanent inspector general since Pat Blanchard, who retired in 2022.

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson announces 10 Community Development Grant awardees at Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville on June 13, 2024. [Livestream]

    The mayor announced the first recipients of his signature Housing and Economic Development Bond program on Thursday. A community farm in West Englewood and an Austin health center are each set to receive $5 million to assist with construction costs, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced at a news conference.

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    The mayor told reporters Wednesday he continues to support the appointment of a current aldermanic staff member to the civilian police oversight commission, and the commissioner for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is retiring.

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    Rep. Marua Hirshaurer (D-Batavia) speaks at a news conference in Chicago in January with advocates for Karina’s bill. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]   

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday morning that could allow an initiative by domestic violence advocates to move forward in Illinois and ensure guns are taken out of dangerous domestic disputes.

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    Illinois Republican Party Chair Don Tracy speaks at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair in August. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The search is on for the next chair of the Illinois Republican Party, who party members hope can make the party more successful in fighting to elect Republican candidates and amplifying Republican concerns about Democrat-led Illinois.  

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    Don Tracy speaks at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair last August. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    Illinois Republican Party Chair Don Tracy will resign next month amid internal strife on the Republican State Central Committee. 

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    Former Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey arrives at the Illinois State Fair on a tractor in 2022. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The State Board of Elections decided Tuesday that former Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey and right-wing radio host and super PAC leader Dan Proft did not illegally coordinate during the 2022 campaign.  

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    Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R-Murrayville) participate in Friday’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability hearing in Springfield. [Blue Room Stream] 

    Nine of the 12 members of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) failed to attend Friday’s hearing to vote on a recommendation to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) plan to demolish and rebuild the Stateville and Logan prisons. 

    Though no formal recommendations have been made by state legislators charged with reviewing state facility closures, those who did participate in hearings offered specific steps IDOC should take as they consider their options for the prisons.  

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    Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director Latoya Hughes, middle, listens to public comment at Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability hearing on Tuesday in Joliet. [Blue Room Stream]  

    The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) did not voted Friday on any recommendations on the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) plans to close the Stateville and Logan prisons.  

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    House Minority Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) speaks at a news conference in February. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The business of the General Assembly is in the rearview mirror for 2024 and legislative leaders are laser focused on elections this November. As House Minority Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) tries to dig her caucus’ way out of their super minority status, she believes voters will share her party’s concerns about the recently approved state budget.  

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