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    Mayor Brandon Johnson gives a press conference on the fifth floor of City Hall Monday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The city will not evict any migrants from its shelters until at least March, Mayor Brandon Johnson announced at a news conference on Monday.

    The 60-day limit for shelter stays for migrants had been set to go into effect Feb. 1 after it had been delayed previously due to freezing temperatures.

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    Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) chairs a meeting of the Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights in October 2023. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]

    A City Council panel will meet Tuesday for a subject matter hearing on the conditions at the city’s migrant shelters and the performance of an agency contracted by the city to operate the shelters. 

    The Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights will meet at 9 a.m. in City Council chambers.

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    Ald. Mike Rodriguez (22) is the chair of the Committee on Workforce Development. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council’s workforce development committee will on Tuesday consider again the arbitration provision of the new contract with the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police ahead of a City Council meeting and a court hearing on Wednesday. The committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. in council chambers.

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    New Cook County Comm. Tara Stamps is appointed on June 20, 2023 by local county Democratic committeepersons in Oak Park. Zerlina Smith-Members stands beside Stamps, to her right. [Cook County Democratic Party livestream]

    Cook County Comm. Tara Stamps (D-1) remains ahead of her Democratic Party primary opponent in garnering outside financial support even though she has less cash on hand overall, according to recently filed campaign finance reports for the fourth quarter of 2023, which lasted from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

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    The mayor visited the teams that will undertake an annual count of the city’s unhoused population, and the City Council’s health and human relations committee will get a chance to ask the new public health commissioner questions at an upcoming meeting.

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    Flags fly outside City Hall in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    An option for police officers facing serious discipline to have their cases decided in private arbitration will go back to the Committee on Workforce Development after it did not receive a vote at City Council as planned.

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    The City Council is pictured during a meeting in September 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council will take another vote Wednesday on a controversial provision of the new contract with the union representing rank-and-file Chicago Police officers a month after the provision was rejected by alderpeople. 

    The council is also set to consider final approval of two expensive legal settlement agreements while a full council vote on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip will be delayed.

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    Ald. Maria Hadden (49) speaks about the Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance during a news conference Tuesday. [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line]

    The mayor, a group of City Council members and multiple business and environmental advocacy groups alike are backing legislation, set to be introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, that would effectively ban the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas in newly constructed buildings. 

    If passed, the Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance (O2024-0007305) will set new indoor emissions standards for new construction, effectively requiring the use of electricity to heat new buildings and the use of all-electric appliances in most cases.

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    34th Ward Ald. Bill Conway is pictured during a City Council meeting in October 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Two Chicago alderpeople have introduced legislation to prevent large sums of the city’s federal pandemic relief funds from being used without City Council oversight and consent.

    Alds. Bill Conway (34) and Scott Waguespack (32) said the legislation they introduced, which would require the City Council to approve any allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars if the allocation was larger than $1 million, was spurred by Mayor Brandon Johnson’s spending of nearly $100 million late last year without notifying the council.

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    The outside of City Hall is pictured in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards will meet Tuesday morning and consider multiple rezoning requests to accommodate new residential units and buildings, including the conversion of a Streeterville hotel property.

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    City Hall is pictured in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Finance will convene for two meetings Monday morning on the designation of more than a dozen financial institutions as municipal depositories and the approval of legal settlements.  

    The finance committee proceedings are set to kick off at 10 a.m. in City Council chambers with a subject matter hearing on the issue before moving into a regular meeting. 

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    Chicago City Hall is pictured in this file photo. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Alderpeople on Thursday contended with the question of outside employment and income during a subject matter hearing at a Committee on Ethics and Government Oversight meeting.

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    The Chicago Federation of Labor endorsed multiple Democrats in the upcoming primary, and the local alderperson has responded to reports of a new White Sox stadium possibly being built in the South Loop.

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    The pillars outside City Hall in downtown Chicago. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate met Wednesday and approved the renewal of an agreement that helps low-income disabled households upgrade their units to make them accessible, issuing loans to preserve several affordable rental buildings and a low-affordability designation of a planned residential development to take advantage of a property tax incentive.

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    The county announced the winners of more than $2 million in total grant funds to prepare for, prevent and respond to instances of terrorism, and the county also opened applications for its annual transportation infrastructure grant program.