Michael McDevitt

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.

Bio

I Tweet, Therefore I Am. Covering Chicago & Cook County government for @thedailylinechi. | he/him | Bylines: @CrucesSunNews @USATODAY @Suntimes @PhoenixLUC.
NOV 29, 2022
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. 

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Ten candidates file petitions to challenge Lightfoot in 2023 mayoral election

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday filed her petitions to run for reelection. [Don Vincent/The Daily...
NOV 22, 2022
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. 

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Lopez exits mayoral race to run again as alderman, 15th Ward challenger says her campaign is ‘prepared’ to face the incumbent

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) announced on Monday that he was pulling out of the race for mayor and in...
NOV 23, 2022
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. 

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Aldermen to discuss COVID-19 pandemic response, HIV/AIDS fund for Black Chicagoans Monday

Chicago Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady speaks during a press conference [File]  The City Coun...
NOV 18, 2022
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.

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County board approves $8.8B budget with tweaks to help sheriff lease helicopter, add social workers to county 911 system

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks before the County Board of Commissioners foll...
NOV 17, 2022
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.

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Trevor apparent winner in Cook County District 9 race, flipping seat for Democrats for first time

Democrat Maggie Trevor, left, faced Republican Matt Podgorski for the District 9 seat on the Cook...
NOV 16, 2022
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.

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County budget moves for approval with a Board of Commissioners vote Thursday

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gives her 2023 budget address during a special board...
NOV 16, 2022

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.

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News in Brief: Property tax bills go online; assessor study blasts Board of Review decisions; Invest South/West expanding scope

Delayed property tax bills finally became available Tuesday, a day after a study by the county as...
NOV 15, 2022
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.

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Democrats sweep in election for four Metropolitan Water Reclamation District seats

The Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago con...
NOV 11, 2022
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.

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CTA president addresses aldermen’s concerns about safety, timeliness, cleanliness on transit

CTA President Dorval Carter Jr., right, speaks before the City Council Committee on Transportatio...
NOV 10, 2022
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.

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Cook County Board could see no change in political makeup despite close races, Morita becomes first Asian American woman elected to board

From left, Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17), Matt Podgorski and Josina Morita. [Courtesy photos] While ...
NOV 09, 2022
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.

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Voters approve property tax hike for Cook County Forest Preserve District

Voters approved a tax increase for the Cook County Forest Preserve District this election to shor...
NOV 09, 2022
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seen on Election Day during the 2022 primaries. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared victory Tuesday night in her campaign for a fourth term as the top executive in county government. By securing a fourth term, Preckwinkle is on track to become the longest serving board president since George Dunne, who served from 1969 to 1990.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Preckwinkle said “I extend my deepest gratitude to the voters of Cook County and I’m grateful they have entrusted me to run the nation’s second-largest county in the country for the past twelve years, and look forward to all the good work that lies ahead.”

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Preckwinkle, Cook County Democrats secure reelection across the ballot

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seen on Election Day during the 2022 primaries. [...
NOV 08, 2022
The official Cook County seal [file]

Will Cook County voters choose to raise their own taxes to help shore up funds for the county Forest Preserve District or decide instead to let it risk disrepair and budget tightness? Will county voters elect a predictably Democratic slate of candidates, or will any county races see shake-ups or surprises? Here’s a primer on what’s on the ballot in Cook County this Tuesday.

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Midterms 2022: Here’s a look at what’s on the ballot in Cook County

The official Cook County seal [file] Will Cook County voters choose to raise their own taxes to h...
NOV 04, 2022
The Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago convenes for a meeting Nov. 3. [MWRD Livestream]

Four seats on the nine-member Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) are up for election Nov. 8. The board members serve staggered six-year terms and are elected at-large, meaning they represent the area as a whole and not specific districts within the MWRD.

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Candidate Primer

The Board of Commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago con...
NOV 04, 2022
Interim Inspector General Steven E. Cyranoski speaks to Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) during a hearing Oct. 25. [Cook County Finance Committee Livestream]

During an Oct. 25 budget hearing before the Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee, Interim Inspector General Steven E. Cyranoski told commissioners the number of complaints received by the Office of the Independent Inspector General continues to increase each year as the number of staff in the office is proposed to stay flat in 2023.

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Office of Independent Inspector General sees Cook County complaints continue to rise, as budget set to grow slightly in 2023

Interim Inspector General Steven E. Cyranoski speaks to Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) during a heari...
NOV 03, 2022
Voters could approve 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]

Advocates spent more than $1.5 million in the final months leading up to the midterm elections to promote a ballot question which aims to raise taxes and bring in more revenue for the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

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Campaign spending to promote Forest Preserve District tax hike exceeds $1.5 million in quarter leading up to election

Voters could approve a tax increase for the Cook County Forest Preserve District this election to...
NOV 02, 2022
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi speaks to the County Finance Committee during a budget hearing Oct. 25 [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang granted a motion Tuesday to dismiss a federal monitor over the Cook County Assessor’s Office which oversaw hiring practices for a decade, affirming the office had achieved “substantial compliance” with court-ordered reforms.

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Shakman decree lifted from Cook County Assessor’s Office after 10 years

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi speaks to the County Finance Committee during a budget hearing O...
NOV 02, 2022
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas speaks to the Cook County Finance Committee on Oct. 25. [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas was lauded by county commissioners during a Board of Commissioners Finance Committee meeting on her office’s budget Oct. 25, nearly one week after her office released a study which showed hedge funds, private equity firms and similar entities had taken advantage of a state property tax law loophole they helped craft to profit off administrative mistakes, with the effects largely felt by communities of color.

The treasurer said more studies were on the way.

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Pappas promises more studies into property tax system’s ‘inequities’ after sale-in-error study

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas speaks to the Cook County Finance Committee on Oct. 25. [Cook ...
NOV 01, 2022
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi speaks to the County Finance Committee during a budget hearing Oct. 25 [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi revealed the conclusion to a decade-long federal monitor was near, talked about ways to incentivize business development and discussed the timetable for sending out tax bills during a budget hearing before the Cook County Finance Committee Oct. 25.

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Kaegi says office meets compliance with federal monitor, talks new technology during budget hearing

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi speaks to the County Finance Committee during a budget hearing O...
OCT 24, 2022
Chicago Board of Ethics Executive Director Steve Berlin listens to comments from Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30), top right, during a City Council budget committee hearing Friday. [City Council Livestream]

Aldermen breezed through a Friday morning budget hearing on the Chicago Board of Ethics ahead of a lengthy hearing on the Chicago Police Department budget.

During the City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations meeting, aldermen praised the board for its work and asked only questions about improving and ensuring completion of online ethics training courses by city officials, aldermen and lobbyists and ensuring compliance with ethical practices and requirements.

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City Council praises Board of Ethics during budget hearing, as board’s budget set to drop

Chicago Board of Ethics Executive Director Steve Berlin listens to comments from Ald. Ariel Reboy...
OCT 21, 2022
Cook County Comm. Donna Miller (D-6) speaks about a proposal to reduce property taxes for supermarkets which open in underserved areas during a board meeting Sept. 22, 2022. [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a new property tax incentive class during their regular meeting Thursday. The new classification provides for reduced tax rates for supermarkets that open or are located in food deserts.

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Cook County Board approves new property tax incentive for supermarkets in food deserts

Cook County Comm. Donna Miller (D-6) speaks about a proposal to reduce property taxes for superma...
OCT 21, 2022
Cook County Human Resources Bureau Chief Velisha Haddox, left, speaks about Deloitte’s work recruiting new county employees during a board of commissioners meeting Thursday. [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]

Cook County commissioners on Thursday approved a nearly $1 million contract extension with a firm that’s assisting the county in recruiting employees to address numerous vacancies across departments. But the approval didn’t come without some county lawmakers questioning the effectiveness of the firm’s work so far, resulting in several detractors during the vote.

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Cook County board approves shortened contract extension with firm assisting in job recruitment

Cook County Human Resources Bureau Chief Velisha Haddox, left, speaks about Deloitte’s work recru...

Bio

I Tweet, Therefore I Am. Covering Chicago & Cook County government for @thedailylinechi. | he/him | Bylines: @CrucesSunNews @USATODAY @Suntimes @PhoenixLUC.