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    Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday. [State of Illinois]

    The number of Catholic priests and clergy members who abused children throughout Illinois is far greater than the Catholic Church previously reported, according to a years-long investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office released Tuesday.  

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    Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) speaks on the Senate floor Thursday. [Blue Room Stream] 

    House and Senate Republicans are on opposing sides of a bill that could allow DACA recipients and non-citizens allowed to work in the United States to become police officers. 

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    Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis is pictured in the Illinois Supreme Court chamber during her swearing in ceremony last year. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki)

    Case centers on narrow questions of Illinois state constitution

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is now deciding whether the state’s recently enacted assault weapons ban violates certain provisions of the Illinois Constitution.

    In March, a circuit court judge in Macon County sided with a group of plaintiffs led by state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, and declared the law unconstitutional. The state appealed directly to the Supreme Court, which put a hold on the Macon County decision and put the case on an expedited schedule.

    The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case. They argued that the law is unfair because it allows certain people, but not others, to continue buying and selling a category of firearms defined as “assault weapons.”

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson was sworn into office on Monday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line] 

    Brandon Johnson was sworn in as Chicago’s 57th mayor Monday as he promised to invest in a variety of issues including housing, mental health, youth jobs and economic development across the city.  

    Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court Timothy Evans issued Johnson’s oath of office at the Credit Union 1 Arena Friday morning.

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot left City Hall for the final time as leader of Chicago on Friday led by the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and amid confetti popping into the air. 

    The 56th mayor of Chicago was ushered out by cheers from city staffers, supporters and elected officials including several aldermen. After shaking hands and exiting City Hall out onto LaSalle Street, Lightfoot was whisked away in a vintage convertible from Leak and Sons Funeral Home. 

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    On the left are proposed school board districts for the north half of Chicago and on the right are proposed school board districts for the south half of Chicago. [Illinois Senate Democrats] 

    Several Chicago residents spoke out against proposed maps for the Chicago Elected School Board at a Senate hearing Tuesday night saying lawmakers ignored requests for a map that represented the city’s minority community.  

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference Tuesday. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in response to the surge of asylum seekers Chicago has seen this spring and left open the possibility of calling on the National Guard to help the city with staffing in shelters. 

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    Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago | Sebastian Gonzalez, 6, and Zoe Torcat, 4, spend time with their family while they, and other migrants from South America, have been sheltering at the Chicago Police 24th District station in Rogers Park, as seen on May 8, 2023.

    Around 3,100 migrants are in temporary shelters, relying on donated clothes and food as Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson inherits the crisis. “We don’t have beds. Children are sleeping on the floor," one man said.

    AUSTIN — In her farewell speech Monday, outgoing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot touted her accomplishments during a term marred by a pandemic, civil unrest and a skyrocketing homicide rate.

    But she failed to address the escalating crisis the city now faces, which has left migrants without beds and showers living on police station floors as officials scramble to serve the thousands of new people arriving.

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her farewell address Monday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her farewell address Monday touting her four years as mayor as one marked not only by challenges like the pandemic, civil unrest and an inherited budget deficit but one filled with hope and equity.

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    From left, Ald. Michelle Harris (8) and Ald. Greg Mitchell (7) observe a community meeting about the plan to temporarily house migrants at the former South Shore High School building. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office and Ald. Michelle Harris (8) hosted a community meeting Thursday evening in front of an unruly, often disruptive crowd that voiced opposition to the city’s plan to shelter at least 250 migrants, including asylum seekers, at the former South Shore High School building on Constance Avenue in the 8th Ward. 

    Harris agreed with the crowd of attendees, saying she was opposed to the housing of migrants at the school on the grounds that the city and country’s “humanitarian crisis” was not the 8th Ward’s crisis.