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    Chicago Bears CEO Kevin Warren, right, speaks at a Lincoln Forum even at the Union League Club of Chicago on Tuesday. [FOX-32] 

    A new publicly funded stadium for the Chicago Bears was the most talked about potential piece of legislation during the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session and was also one of the most unlikely to see a vote.  

    Speaking to the Lincoln Forum in Chicago on Tuesday, Bears CEO Kevin Warren acknowledged funding priorities that Illinois elected officials have said take precedence over an NFL stadium but reiterated his commitment to forging ahead in the coming months to convince the state to give the NFL’s charter franchise money for a new home.  

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    Senate Minority Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove). [Illinois Senate Republicans] 

    Senate Minority Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove) believes Illinois Republicans took a “big step forward” this spring to win over voters in November as Republicans pushed to move the needle on Prisoner Review Board reform and growing dissent among Democrats over the budget.  

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

    Budget Director Annette Guzman and Chief Operating Officer John Roberson told members of the City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations Monday that Chicago has spent 40 percent of the federal COVID-19 relief funds that are meant to go to myriad community initiatives across the city. 

    Officials also noted a few steps the mayoral administration has taken to speed up spending to meet the city’s goal of using all the nearly $1.9 billion at the city’s disposal before it’s clawed back by the federal government.

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    Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) speaks in the House Energy and Environment Committee on Friday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    The General Assembly approved an agreement between businesses and environmental groups to strictly regulate carbon pipeline construction in Illinois while providing a pathway to allow pipeline construction in a few years.  

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    The Illinois Capitol 

    The House advanced a large and wide-ranging tax incentives package designed to attract new businesses by creating new tax credits or expanding existing programs.  

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    The City Council meets on March 20, 2024. [Michael McDevitt/The Daily Line]

    The City Council on Wednesday will consider giving final confirmation votes to a new member of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) board and six members of the civilian police oversight commission. The council will also vote on a measure to restrict noise around a West Loop abortion clinic and create a pilot program to provide financial relief from skyrocketing water bills stemming from underground leaks.

    Alderpeople are also expected to introduce a measure calling for the removal of CTA President Dorval Carter and call votes on some previously deferred items, including an order that would allow individual alderpeople to retain ShotSpotter technology on a ward-by-ward basis and the appointment of a new chief information officer. The council meets at 10 a.m.

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    Rep. Amy Elik (R-Godfrey) speaks at a news conference in Springfield on Thursday. [Blue Room Stream]

    A bill that passed unanimously through the House in a rare move by Illinois lawmakers to create a new felony charge is hung up in the Senate.  

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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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    Alderpeople on Wednesday will consider a new transit board appointment that has drawn some questions, and the license committee will consider a measure to align a longstanding ban on peddlers within the 23rd Ward with the new ward boundaries.

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    The vote board in the Senate reflects votes on a plan to end the party appointment process for open spots on the ballot. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    In just 24 hours, General Assembly Democrats rammed through an elections package to change the rules around filling vacancies for political parties on the ballot as local Republicans in two areas in the state attempt to name new candidates to open seats on November’s ballot.