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    Aldermen during the Zoning Committee meeting Tuesday. [City of Chicago livestream] 

    Aldermen gave an initial OK to a proposal to build a 63-unit affordable housing development in Lincoln Square near the CTA’s Western Brown Line train station. 

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    Several questions about the Chicago Police Department’s overhaul of its controversial gang database remained unanswered after a three-hour meeting Monday where representatives from the police department, Office of Inspector General and the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability (CCPSA) discussed the proposed changes.

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday filed her petitions to run for reelection. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line] 

    Monday marked the close of the window for candidates to file petitions to get on the 2023 municipal ballot, and by the end of the day 11 people filed petition signatures to run for mayor. 

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    Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady, left, sat for a hearing before the City Council Committee on Health and Human Relations Monday [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line] 

    Chicago Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady said more money is needed to fulfill the goals of a proposed resolution that calls for the establishment of a citywide African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund. 

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    Members of the Zoning Committee on Tuesday will consider a proposal for a 63-unit affordable development in Lincoln Square. [City of Chicago] 

    A proposal to build a 63-unit affordable housing development in Lincoln Square could come one step closer to reality Tuesday if it nets approval from a key City Council committee.  

    The City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards will consider the proposal during its 10 a.m. meeting in City Council chambers, marking the first time the committee is set to meet in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

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    Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin both filed their petitions Monday to run for reelection. And five incumbent aldermen won’t face challengers next year. 

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    Ald. Ed Burke (14) during a City Council meeting. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    After more than 50 years on the Chicago City Council, Ald. Ed Burke (14) will not run for reelection next year.  

    Burke did not file petition signatures by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline for candidates seeking to run for election next year, Chicago Board of Elections spokesperson Max Bever told reporters Monday evening.  

    Burke, who is the longest serving alderman on the Chicago City Council, was indicted in 2019 on 14 counts including bribery, attempted extortion and racketeering. 

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    Chicago Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady speaks during a press conference [File] 

    The City Council Committee on Health and Human Relations will hear an update on the city’s COVID-19 response from Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady and discuss funding citywide programs to fight HIV and AIDS among the city’s Black population during a Monday meeting. 

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    Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Springfield Tuesday announcing a deal between business and labor groups. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    Business and labor representatives joined Gov. JB Pritzker and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers to announce the two sides reached a deal to pay down the remaining unemployment insurance trust fund deficit ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline.  

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    Illinois State Capitol 

    State lawmakers are returning to Springfield Tuesday for the final three days of session in 2022, though their agenda is expected to be light with few major pieces of legislation expected to be taken up this week.

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    Chicago Public Schools Chief of Safety and Security Jadine Chou, left, and Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), right, speak during a Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force. [Blue Room Steam] 

    Lawmakers and school officials discussed how schools have worked to combat violence in schools, particularly in Chicago, during a Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force hearing last week.  

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    Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), left, speaks at a news conference earlier this year. Right, advocates supporting the Pretrial Fairness Act voice opposition to changes to the law. 

    Democrats who crafted the SAFE-T Act and its provision banning cash bail, the Pretrial Fairness Act, have not produced any specific changes with lawmakers set to return to Springfield next week for the final time before the law takes effect.  

    The only proposal for changes publicly on the table comes from Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), but supporters of the law have criticized Bennett’s efforts.

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    Gov. JB Pritzker signs the Fiscal Year 2023 budget in April at Chicago State University. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    Two new reports show Illinois is on track to once again bring in more revenue than expected this fiscal year, prompting Gov. JB Pritzker to suggest three additional steps for state lawmakers to take by the end of the year to shore up the state’s fiscal stability and pay down debts.  

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    Andrew Johnson, executive director of the Native American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, speaks at a news conference in Springfield Wednesday. [Blue Room Stream]

    Illinois Native Americans are working to have a more noticeable presence in the state capitol and are asking lawmakers to consider legislation that improves their acceptance in the state.  

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    House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) speaks at the Illinois State Fair in August. [Blue Room Stream]

    House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) is not holding back on criticism of his own party as he gives up his leadership role. A week after his House Republican Caucus lost at least four seats, Durkin is offering a blunt assessment of where his party went wrong.

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