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    Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe holds a copy of the SAFE-T Act as he argues in front of the Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday. [Blue Room Stream] 

    The fate of Illinois’ proposed elimination of cash bail is now in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court after state’s attorneys and the Attorney General’s Office squared off in front of the Democrat-controlled court. 

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    Thirty-six freshly elected members of Police District Councils on Monday announced their endorsement of Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson (D-1) for mayor in the runoff election. The Taste of Chicago is now set for a September weekend after NASCAR pushed the fest out of Grant Park during its traditional July weekend. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday signed an executive order requiring a bi-annual pay equity audit of the city’s workforce. 

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    The City Council Committee on Finance is set to meet at 10 a.m. Monday. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]

    The second phase of an equitable transit-oriented development in Bronzeville could take a step forward Monday if members of the City Council Committee on Finance approve a measure to sell city property and provide funding for the development. 

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    Aldermen meet in council chambers Wednesday. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]

    Aldermen in two separate committees on Wednesday approved measures that if approved by City Council next week will allocate $20 million in state funding for asylum seekers and several other proposals to sell city-owned land. 

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    Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson (D-1) each added to their lists of endorsements on Wednesday, with Vallas picking up support from a second former mayoral candidate and Johnson notching support from a large labor union.

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    A Chicago voter participates in the 2022 primary. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Ahead of the municipal runoff election in less than a month, voters may be wondering when they can register, how they can vote or where they should vote if they’ve moved since the Feb. 28 election.

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    A bike lane is blocked by a vehicle. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line] 

    The City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will meet virtually Friday to consider a proposal from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Transportation and some aldermen that would establish a pilot program for automatic bike and bus lane violation enforcement. 

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    Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas and Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson give victory speeches at Election Night watch parties on Feb. 28, 2023, as both head into an April runoff for mayor. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Paul Vallas and Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson (D-1) are headed to a runoff for Chicago mayor as they placed ahead of the other seven contenders at the close of vote counting on election night. Though Vote By Mail ballots postmarked by Feb. 28 and other provisional ballots still need to be fully counted, their momentum paired with concessions from most of the other candidates, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, solidified a head-to-head matchup between the two in April. 

    With 98 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Vallas had earned more than 33.9 percent of the vote share and Johnson had earned more than 20.3 percent. 

    Lightfoot will become the first incumbent Chicago mayor in 34 years to lose a reelection bid. By the end of the night the mayor sat in third place with more than 16.9 percent of the vote.

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    Follow this page for live updates for the Feb. 28 Municipal Election.


     

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    Election Day is Tuesday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Chicagoans head to the polls for Election Day today to select the city’s next mayor, 50 aldermen and 66 members of newly created Police District Councils.