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    The Cook County flag is pictured in this file photo.

    The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved resolutions to authorize two affordable housing pilot programs worth a cumulative $15 million during its regular meeting Thursday.

    “These two programs will help provide quality, single family homes to Cook County residents who need help the most,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a news release Thursday.

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    The City Council budget committee will consider changing its term limits for directors of the council’s financial analysis office, and the Cook County Board will honor the recently deceased county clerk during a special meeting.

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    Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25), who chairs the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, is pictured in November 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate approved a measure Wednesday to tweak language in the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) to specify the ways developers must comply with the requirements of the affordable housing law.

    But the housing committee postponed a vote on an ordinance that would have continued an agreement between the city and Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to allow the CHA to utilize city hearing officers to adjudicate matters raised through its tenant grievance process.

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    The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved two measures Thursday, one to call on the state to eliminate the tipped wage and the other to mandate more comprehensive data collection practices for the county’s Asian American population.

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    Comm. Anthony Quezada is pictured during a county board meeting in October 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The Cook County Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee approved a resolution Wednesday that calls on the state legislature to eliminate the tipped wage statewide. The resolution will receive final consideration at Thursday’s County Board of Commissioners meeting, which kicks off at 10 a.m.

    Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17), the sole Republican on the county board, was the only committee member to vote no.

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    Ald. Sam Nugent (39) listens as Angel Rubi Navarijo speaks during a police and fire committee meeting Tuesday. [Livestream]

    The City Council Committee on Police and Fire approved six of the mayor’s seven nominees to the city’s civilian police oversight commission on Tuesday but postponed a vote on one nominee over concerns the appointment could lead to a conflict of interest.

    Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29), the committee chair, said he hopes to hold a meeting before next week’s City Council meeting to vote on the remaining nomination. The council could give final confirmation to the nominees approved by the committee next Wednesday.

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    On Wednesday, a Cook County Board of Commissioners committee will consider a measure to call on state lawmakers to eliminate the tipped minimum wage, and the City Council’s housing committee will tweak language in the Affordable Requirements Ordinance.

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    Ald. Pat Dowell (3), chair of the finance committee, is pictured. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Alderpeople on the finance committee approved the creation of a relief program for residents who have received sky-high water bills after underground leaks, but some implored the city to look at ways to expand program eligibility following a pilot period.

    On Monday, the committee approved an ordinance (O2024-0008889) creating a two-year pilot program that will provide financial assistance to property owners whose water and sewer bills jumped as a result of a leak in their metered water service line.

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    Parking on highway shoulders while waiting to pick travelers up from O’Hare will be prohibited under a bill passed by the General Assembly. [Google Maps] 

    You may have done it, or you’ve seen many other drivers doing it. Drivers who wait alongside highway shoulders outside the entrance to O’Hare International Airport will need to find a new spot if they want to avoid a ticket under a bill going to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk.  

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    Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Springfield on Thursday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    Gov. JB Pritzker reiterated the state needs to share limited available funding resources among many priorities as the governor and legislature get inundated with several high-profile funding requests at the same time they try to finalize a tight budget. 

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    The House advanced a critical reform demanded by businesses, though they remain opposed to the change, believing it doesn’t go far enough. The House also voted to pass a bill reforming laws behind pay for Illinois college student-athletes.  

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    Members of the Chicago Teachers Union speak at a news conference in Springfield. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) sent members to Springfield on Wednesday to ask state lawmakers for $1 billion of funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), but time is ticking toward a final version of the budget being introduced in Springfield. 

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    The House took a bipartisan vote Tuesday to approve a program that will allow student teachers to receive a stipend for their classroom experience that currently goes unpaid. But when the program will actually get off the ground is up in the air.  

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    The Illinois Capitol 

    The General Assembly is in their final weeks of the spring session with the budget the main focus for legislators ahead of their self-imposed May 24 deadline. 

    This spring’s session has been on the quiet side, though several important discussions loom for the fall or next spring — after the November elections. But legislators are still looking to send several important bills to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk before the end of the month.

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    Stateville Prision [City of Crest Hill]

    Leaders from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) detailed their plans to close and rebuild the Stateville and Logan County prisons with changes set to be made as soon as this fall. 

    IDOC is pushing an aggressive timeline to complete the entire project within three to five years, but in addition to concerns that IDOC is underestimating how long the project will take, IDOC employees and local officials are worried about the impacts of IDOC’s proposal to eliminate the Logan prison entirely.  

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