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    The above shows an example of GardaWorld’s soft-sided shelters. [City of Chicago contract document] 

    With Chicago's inking of a nearly $29.4 million contract with GardaWorld last week to provide temporary housing for migrants, city officials are planning to move migrants currently housed at police district stations and O’Hare and Midway airports into the potential new shelters before temperatures drop. 

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    House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) and other lawmakers and advocates speak at a news conference outside the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Monday. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line] 

    After more than two years of waiting, Illinois became the first state on Monday to end cash bail as a condition of pretrial release as a law loathed by opponents and praised by supporters took effect.  

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    The City Council met at City Hall on Thursday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    The City Council on Thursday approved a measure allowing Chicago to accept $33 million in federal grants to help the city pay for shelter and services for migrants, and a separate measure granting the city permission to purchase property on the Northwest Side that could house up to 550 migrants. 

    The federal grant funding ordinance spurred a brief discussion as some alderpeople raised concerns that the city has not received federal grants for other urgent issues facing Chicago including flood damage from July storms. 

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    Yolonda Morris speaks at an appointment committee in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood on Tuesday. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line] 

    Cook County Democratic committeepeople in the 9th House District met Tuesday to select Yolonda Morris, a union organizer from Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, to be the district’s new state representative.  

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson answers questions from Chair Sean Connolly at the Economic Club of Chicago on Sept. 7, 2023. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    Mayor Brandon Johnson spoke about his policy goals just past the one-hundredth day of his term in office to business leaders at the Economic Club of Chicago Thursday night.

    Following prepared remarks, Johnson answered questions on issues affecting the city such as public safety, education and economic development. He also touched on what to expect from his first budget proposal, which is expected to be unveiled in several weeks. 

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    The State Board of Elections in Springfield.  

    Candidates for offices large and small began going door to door in their communities on Tuesday asking their neighbors to sign petitions allowing them to run for office. 

    Here’s how some races for the General Assembly are shaping up:  

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    Illinois Democrats gather at the State Fair on Governor’s Day earlier this month. [Ben Szalinski/The Daily Line]

    Illinois Democrats are stepping up their focus on down ballot races in 2024 as the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) will launch a new recruitment strategy on Wednesday aimed at improving party operations in rural areas dominated by Republicans and giving voters more choices on their ballots.   

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    Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, who serves as the state’s chief librarian in his role as secretary of state, responded Friday to recent bomb threats at Chicago-area libraries. And the Illinois Department of Public Health issued an update about COVID-19 in Illinois amid talk of rising cases.  

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    Mayor Brandon Johnson during his first City Council meeting. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

    With more than three months of experience leading the city and working with Chicago’s 50 alderpersons under his belt, Mayor Brandon Johnson told The Daily Line he is confident his leadership style of listening to and collaborating with the City Council is permeating to other level of city government and its sister agencies.

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    The Dirksen federal courthouse in Chicago.  

    Former Speaker Mike Madigan’s chief of staff and former executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois Tim Mapes was found guilty by a jury in federal court on Thursday of lying to a grand jury investigating Madigan.