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Chicago headlines: 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposes $500 monthly cash assistance for 5,000 Chicago households hard hit by pandemic [Tribune]

‘We’ve Got to Be Bold’: Lightfoot on 2022 Budget [WTTW]

Civic Federation President Calls Mayor Lightfoot’s $16.7 Billion Budget Plan ‘Good News,’ But Some Aldermen Aren’t Sold On Specifics [CBS2]

Will budget help Lightfoot make progress with progressives? [Crain's]

Steele-Kaegi match? Water treatment board leader launches challenge to Cook County assessor [Sun-Times]

Calling Him ‘Chicago’s Very Own Donald Trump,’ Local Dems Say Ald. Gardiner Should Be Booted From Progressive Fundraising Site [Block Club]

Lightfoot ‘Disappointed’ in COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing at CPS [WTTW]

What should Chicago’s new schools CEO tackle first? Parents, students, and insiders have ideas. [Chalkbeat]

A bigger, better Soldier Field? Lightfoot makes pitch to keep Bears in Chicago [Sun-Times]

The Chicago Bears’ Rift With The Park District Widens Over Stalled Sports Betting Lounge At Soldier Field [WBEZ]

Possible indoor vaccine mandate faces flak from city restaurant group [Sun-Times]

Chicago-Area Doctors Express Hope After Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine Safe for Kids Ages 5 to 11 [NBC5]

Springfield headlines: 

Pritzker announces ‘historic investment’ of $327 million in pandemic relief for low-income families [Sun-Times]

Illinois’ eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3 [Capitol News Illinois]

State targets extra help for high-growth firms [Crain’s]

Pritzker strikes 1st deal with a state workers union over vaccine mandate [Sun-Times]

Marijuana license winners in Illinois now compete in ‘Shark Tank’-like scramble to get startup cash [Tribune]

State and local government job growth lags as economy recovers [Center Square]

New school exclusion COVID order doesn’t change quarantine due process, attorney says [Center Square]

Illinois providing more funds for home energy assistance, other services [Center Square]

Pritzker: Vaccine mandate will ‘work itself out’ despite concerns about testing costs [Center Square]

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