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    Gov. JB Pritzker gives the 2022 State of the State address at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. [Blue Room Steam] 

    Gov. JB Pritzker intends to fulfill early campaign promises in his State of the State Address Wednesday and will announce a four-year plan to boost access to childcare and preschool in hopes of making early childhood education accessible to all children.  

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    Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) speaks at a news conference in Springfield Tuesday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    A day after Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) introduced legislation that could make it easier for the Bears to develop Arlington Park, Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) expressed displeasure over how the Bears are pitching lawmakers.  

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    A DoorDash delivery bag sits on a scooter [Courtesy photo]

    The company behind one of the country’s largest food delivery apps has poured tens of thousands of dollars into Chicago’s municipal races to back incumbents and challengers alike at the same time as city lawmakers mull reforms which could give more power to drivers. 

    Most of the company’s large donations, ranging between $2,500 and $10,000 contributions, have been made in City Council races that are or were contested before successful petition challenges kicked candidates off the ballot, though some candidates running unopposed also received large donations. 

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    The existing Altenheim rail that would be turned into an elevated trail park. [City of Chicago presentation] 

    The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday is set to consider adopting the framework plan for the Altenheim Trail on the city’s West Side. Plan Commissioners are also set to vote on a nine-story mixed-use development in Humboldt Park. 

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    43rd Ward Director of Zoning and Urban Development Taylor Nesse, top right, speaks during the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards meeting on Jan. 17, 2023. [City of Chicago Livestream] 

    The City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards on Tuesday approved a zone change to allow a proposed cannabis business in Lincoln Park to move forward with plans. 

    Approval did not come, however, before one alderman expressed skepticism about the status of some cannabis businesses as minority-owned while stopping short of accusing the applicants. 

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    Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) speaks at a news conference last March alongside Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association President Michael Jacobson, right. [Blue Room Stream] 

    State lawmakers approved legislation last week creating a framework for local government to tap into that could boost budgets for local tourism bureaus in hopes of attracting more visitors to Illinois.

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    House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) presents a bill to ban “assault weapons” in Illinois with Gov. JB Pritzker seated next to him on the House floor. [Blue Room Stream] 

    The Illinois House took a historic step Friday morning passing a bill that would make Illinois the ninth state to ban “assault weapons.” The bill’s passage came nearly six months to the day since a gunman killed seven people at Highland Park’s Independence Day parade and injured dozens of others with a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle and 30-round clips.  

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    Garcia, Johnson, Vallas leading race for Chicago Mayor

    The Chicago Index, a collaboration between The Daily Line and Crain’s Chicago Business, conducted its second administration of the 2023 Race for Mayor survey from November 29 through December 14, 2022. A total of 1,757 Chicago residents were surveyed from a variety of sources, including subscribers to The Chicago Index’s panel, members of The Daily Line Chicago, subscribers to Crain’s Chicago Business,and via digital engagement on social media platforms

    Results were weighted on age, region, housing tenure, race, ethnicity, and gender, so the sample was consistent with the demographics of Chicago. The margin of error was +/- 3%.

    The survey shows Mayor Lori Lightfoot trailing challengers Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Brandon Johnson, and Paul Vallas. Garcia and Johnson are tied for first place, each receiving 25% of the vote, while Vallas and Lightfoot received 15% and 11%, respectively. All other candidates received 5% or less of the vote.

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    Members of the Chicago Electoral Board meet Thursday. [Erin Hegarty/The Daily Line]  

    The Chicago Electoral Board on Thursday adopted the recommendation that mayoral candidate Johnny Logalbo's nominating petitions are not "legally valid" for the reasons detailed in the two separate cases that were filed challenging his petitions. 

    The decision shrinks the mayoral candidate pool for the Feb. 28 election down to 10.   

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    Mayor Lori Lightfoot picked Anabel Abarca as the next 12th Ward alderman. [Friends of Anabel Abarca/anabelfor12.com]

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot picked Anabel Abarca to serve as the next 12th Ward alderman, marking the fourth appointment to the City Council Lightfoot has made this term.