Michael McDevitt, a native Bostonian, is returning to Chicago where he first attended Loyola University to join The Daily Line as a reporter covering City Hall and Cook County. Michael, 26, spent the last three years reporting on city hall and county government in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the state's second largest city, for the USA Today Network. He bills himself "a municipal government nerd" and expects to apply the skills he developed there to his new job.
While a Loyola student, Michael worked for the award-winning student newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix, as a reporter and graduating in the role of managing editor. Michael has interned with CBS Chicago’s investigative team and reported stories for the Sun-Times as an intern and freelancer. When Michael’s not sitting in a committee meeting, catch him rewatching “Better Call Saul,” playing with his cat, listening to a podcast while at the gym or trying a new coffee shop or craft brewery.
Next year’s budget for the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is proposed to grow from $311.5 million to $344.7 million — a 10.6 percent increase.
DSS, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Department of Procurement Services will defend their proposed 2024 budgets on Friday.
Streets and Sanitation to defend growing budget; Aviation budget set to rise as city continues major projects at O’Hare, Midway
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.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) announced on Monday that he was pulling out of the race for mayor and instead running for another term on the City Council. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) in April was the first candidate to launch a challenge against Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the 2023 election. Upon entering the race, he tweeted “I'm in!”
But on the morning of the first filing day for nominating petitions, he announced he was out.
Lopez exits mayoral race to run again as alderman, 15th Ward challenger says her campaign is ‘prepared’ to face the incumbent
A file photo of voting booths.
A coalition of real estate industry groups and other commercial groups filed a lawsuit Friday morning against the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners alleging the city’s Bring Chicago Home ballot question is legally invalid in a few ways.
Ald. Matt O'Shea (19) asks Chicago Aviation Comm. Jamie Rhee questions during a budget hearing Friday. [Livestream]
Chicago Department of Aviation Comm. Jamie Rhee answered alderpersons’ questions about O’Hare airport’s massive modernization effort and migrant arrivals during a budget hearing Friday evening.
The aviation department, which manages O’Hare and Midway international airports’ operations, maintenance and capital improvement projects, is set to see its budget balloon to $1.42 billion under Mayor Brandon Johnson’s 2024 spending plan. That represents a more than 23.5 percent increase from 2023’s budget of $1.14 billion.
Alderpeople hear update on O’Hare modernizations, migrants during discussion on Aviation Department budget
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50), who introduced the fatal traffic crash review ordinance, is seen during a meeting in 2022. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]
The City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety on Wednesday is expected to discuss and vote on an ordinance that would lead the city to study fatal traffic crashes on a regular basis and pose policy solutions. The committee will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at an event in Dixmoor on June 12, 2023. [Livestream]
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle traveled to the village of Dixmoor Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a water main infrastructure improvement project that is backed by federal funding and money allocated by the county board of commissioners. Preckwinkle was joined by U.S Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), U.S Rep. Jonathan Jackson (D-Ill.) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Preckwinkle joins officials to break ground on Dixmoor water main project using funding from county board
Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas and Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson are running for Chicago mayor. [Provided photo for Vallas, Colin Boyle/Block Club for Johnson]
A new Chicago Index survey shows public safety, schools and transit matter most to likely voters and an increase in name recognition for Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson (D-1) and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas in the upcoming mayoral election.
The survey, administered by The Chicago Index, in conjunction with the Colorado-based firm Polco, collected answers between Feb. 9 and 20 from 1,332 people who said they lived in Chicago. The survey was weighted to better reflect disparities in the actual demographics of those who responded to the survey. The survey’s weighting was applied to demographic metrics such as race, gender, area of residence and housing tenure. Its margin of error is 3 percent.
Chicago Index survey shows Vallas voters have crime top of mind, while Johnson voters most focused on schools, homelessness and police reform
The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Thursday swiftly and unanimously approved a resolution related to property tax administration software that sparked debate and passed with several detractors at Wednesday’s Technology and Innovation Committee meeting.
A measure that would allow the Chicago Zoological Society to raise ticket prices and parking rates at the Brookfield Zoo to support the zoo’s budget was referred to committee during Tuesday’s Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners meeting.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a measure Thursday that will compare the costs involved in maintaining or merging two software systems used for property tax administration. Meanwhile, a measure that would allow ticket prices and parking rates to increase at Brookfield Zoo will be heard in a Forest Preserve District committee. Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin gave her annual State of the City Treasurer’s Office address Thursday. And state officials gave an initial OK to the temporary Chicago casino.
News in brief: County board passes cost-comparison analysis for property tax software; Brookfield Zoo price hike goes to committee; Conyears-Ervin touts office’s work on fossil fuel divestment
Comm. Alma Anaya (D-7) speaks about a proposal to create a countywide property tax relief loan program during a Board of Commissioners meeting Dec. 15. [Cook County Board of Commissioners livestream]
The Cook County Board of Commissioners is considering creating a program to provide relief to homeowners who have seen their property taxes increase tremendously in the past year. Three commissioners are sponsoring a piece of legislation expected to be tweaked in the county’s finance committee.
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.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks before the County Board of Commissioners following its vote to approve the county budget Thursday. [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line]
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s annual budget for 2023 by a unanimous 17-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday. The full board’s approval of the budget came after the spending plan passed the County Finance Committee by the same margin with more than two dozen amendments.
County board approves $8.8B budget with tweaks to help sheriff lease helicopter, add social workers to county 911 system
Democrat Maggie Trevor, left, faced Republican Matt Podgorski for the District 9 seat on the Cook County Commission [Courtesy photos]
The number of Republicans serving on the Cook County Board of Commissioners will soon fall to just one after results for a close contest in District 9 flipped the seat for a Democrat Tuesday evening.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gives her 2023 budget address during a special board of commissioners meeting in October [Cook County Board of Commissioners livestream]
The Cook County Board of Commissioners could approve the county’s annual budget as soon as Thursday.
A special meeting of the board and the Cook County Finance Committee are both scheduled for Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. to act on the 2023 budget. The finance committee must approve the budget before it goes for a vote before the full 17-member board.
Delayed property tax bills finally became available Tuesday, a day after a study by the county assessor said Board of Review appeals increased the tax burden on homeowners. Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her signature Invest South/West program would expand its scope to investments for residential developments.
News in Brief: Property tax bills go online; assessor study blasts Board of Review decisions; Invest South/West expanding scope
The Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago convenes for a meeting Nov. 3. [MWRD Livestream]
In addition to countywide wins for Cook County Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections, Democrats also performed a clean sweep of all four open seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).
The MWRD, which is responsible for protecting area waterways and Lake Michigan, treating wastewater and providing stormwater management for Chicago and suburban Cook County, usually has at least three seats up for election on its nine-member board each cycle as board members serve staggered six-year terms.
CTA President Dorval Carter Jr., right, speaks before the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way Thursday [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line]
Aldermen on Thursday conveyed their concerns about Chicago Transit Authority public safety, cleanliness and timeliness to CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. during a hearing before the Committee on Transportation and Public Way.
From left, Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17), Matt Podgorski and Josina Morita. [Courtesy photos]
While almost all Democratic incumbents on the Cook County Board of Commissioners won reelection Tuesday, the board’s two Republican-held seats had close races to retain the small sliver of conservative representation on the board.
Cook County Board could see no change in political makeup despite close races, Morita becomes first Asian American woman elected to board
Voters approved a tax increase for the Cook County Forest Preserve District this election to shore up the district’s finances. [Facebook/Cook County Forest Preserve District]
Voters have elected to raise their own taxes to shore up funds for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and ease the district’s reliance on its reserves and reduce the likelihood of future budget holes.
The Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife Habitat Protection Referendum, which raises the property tax rate for the forest preserves by one quarter of one tenth of a percent, or 0.025 percent, was approved Nov. 8 with about 67.6 percent of the voters voting “yes” as of 10:34 p.m. Tuesday.