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    The Chicago Plan Commission approved a 204-unit residential building at 210 N. Morgan St.

    Members of the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday quickly approved three new residential developments including a 204-unit building with affordable units proposed for Fulton Market.

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    Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) proposed an ordinance he hopes will help attract and retain police officers in Chicago. [Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago]

    More than 30 aldermen have signed on to a proposal from Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) that would give new Chicago police officers up to a $10,000 signing bonus or the same amount in assistance for first time homebuyers who serve in the department.

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference after Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

    Aldermen overwhelmingly approved a plan to move forward with Bally’s $1.7 billion blueprint for a Chicago casino, more narrowly endorsed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s curfew crackdown plan and threw another hurdle in front of a proposed ethics crackdow during a marathon City Council meeting on Wednesday.

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    Ald. Michael Scott, Jr. (24) and his wife Natashee Scott are set to pay $8,000 to buy a pair of vacant city-owned parcels next to their home in the 1200 block of South Albany Avenue. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line; Byrnes & Walsh LLC]

    Departing Ald. Michael Scott (24) is on track to benefit from a city-backed land deal in his own ward shortly after he leaves office that would allow him to and his wife Natashee Scott to buy a pair of vacant lots adjoining their North Lawndale home.

    The alderman has defended the move as above board, saying he had no personal involvement in the pair of land sales that his wife pursued through Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration so that his young children can enjoy a safe outdoor play space in the shadow of their home. And planning officials in Lightfoot’s administration also say the pending sales cross no legal or ethical lines.

    Still, the Scotts were able to take advantage of a city-led appraisal that undercut nearby property values, and of a city program that offers discounts to property owners who buy publicly owned parcels next-door to them.

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    A 380-foot, 204-unit residential building is proposed for 210 N. Morgan St. In the 27th Ward.

    The Chicago Plan Commission is set to meet on Thursday to consider a sparse agenda that includes a 204-unit residential proposed to be built in Fulton Market.

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    The mayor's allies blocked a vote Wednesday on Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez's (25) ordinance to downzone a Pilsen church to better control future development on the property. [Left, middle: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago; Right: Mauricio Pena/Block Club Chicago]

    This article was first published in Block Club Chicago.

    City Council members blocked a vote on an ordinance to downzone the site of the beloved St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Pilsen, setting off a heated exchange between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th).

    Alds. Nicholas Sposato (38th) and Ariel Reboyras (30th) moved to defer and publish Sigcho-Lopez’s proposal during Wednesday’s meeting, meaning it won’t go before City Council for a full vote until next month.

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    Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) and Eric Wollan, chief capital assets officer for the Archdiocese of Chicago, speak during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

    Aldermen on Tuesday supported a colleague’s proposal to downzone a shuttered Pilsen church as a way to slow any proposed redevelopment despite warnings from the city’s law department and the Archdiocese of Chicago that the move could invite a lawsuit against the city.

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    Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) speaks during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

    A normally routine re-referral of a proposal out of the City Council’s rules committee led to confusion and an unusual roll call vote on Tuesday an alderman attempted in vain to further delay a proposal that would allow the booting of cars citywide.

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    Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) speaks Thursday during the House Public Utilities and Energy and Environment Committees join hearing. [Blue Room Steam]

    Ameren customers are facing a price hike of more than $600 on their electric bills during the next year, but there’s little lawmakers can do to help bring costs down as they debate the role that a 2021 clean energy law plays into the reasons for the price hike.

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    Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, top left, Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), top right, Jesse Sullivan of Petersburg, bottom left, and former Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo), bottom right during Tuesday’s debates on NBC Chicago and WGN. [NBC-5 & WGN-TV]

    The six Republican candidates for governor took questions on live TV Tuesday night for the first time this year to share their vision for Illinois. As the candidates pushed policy positions or defended their records, some statements require a deeper explanation of the issue and what candidates are pledging to address.

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    From left to right, Jesse Sullivan (R-Petersburg), Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) and Gary Rabine (R-Bull Valley) appear at a forum on WGN Tuesday. [WGN-TV] 

    Illinois’ Republican candidates for governor covered a wide range of issues in a pair of fast-paced forums Tuesdays night as issues of gun violence, inflation and taxes hang over the state.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging the federal government to consider Illinois’ population undercount in the 2020 Census when aid is distributed to states. And House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) visited the New York State Assembly in Albany Tuesday.

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    The Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield.

    Legal contribution limits have been busted in the primary races for the 2nd Supreme Court District, setting up another expensive election cycle for a Supreme Court seat two years after voters removed a justice from the state Supreme Court following an expensive advertising campaign.

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    Rep. Lindsey LaPointe (D-Chicago), left, and Tina Wallace of Chicago, right. [Blue Room Stream & Tina Wallace Facebook]

    Rep. Lindsey LaPointe (D-Chicago) is trying to fend off primary challenger Tina Wallace in her newly drawn 19th House District on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It’s the second consecutive election LaPointe has faced an opponent within her own party after being appointed to the seat in 2019.

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    Rep. Mike Zalewski (R-Riverside), bottom left, and Abdelnasser Rashid, bottom left, speak during a League of Women Voters debate Wednesday. [League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area/Facebook]

    Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside), a 13-year veteran of the Illinois House and chair of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, is trying to fend off a challenge from Abdelnasser Rashid, a former aide to Chuy Garcia’s 2015 campaign for mayor of Chicago and to former Cook County Clerk David Orr.

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