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    City Hall is seen in a file photo.

    The City Council Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights on Wednesday will hold the first subject matter hearing under a measure passed this spring that calls for alderpeople to receive regular tallies of migrants evicted from city-run shelters under its 60-day shelter stay policy.

    The committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. in council chambers.

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    The county announced a $20 million investment in stormwater management projects countywide, and the city’s revenue subcommittee will discuss strategies for bringing in new dollars to the city’s coffers on Wednesday.

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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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    Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Maryland on Monday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    A busy June trying to attract international businesses to Illinois continued for Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday as the second term governor used his role as Illinois’ chief marketing officer to try to attract more investments to Illinois as governors from other states made similar pitches.  

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    Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed petitions Monday to run for president in Illinois. And the State Board of Elections is asking candidates and political committees to pay fines to the board.  

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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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