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    Department of Planning and development program director Maggie Cassidy shows a map of vacant or abandoned properties owned by the city of Chicago (in blue) and by the Cook County Land Bank Authority (in red) during a City Council committee meeting on Tuesday.

    A City Council committee unanimously endorsed a proposal on Tuesday designed to make it easier for the city to breathe new life into abandoned properties — but only after aldermen pushed for assurances that they’ll be a part of the process.

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