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More legislation Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) and Reps. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) and Kam Buckner (D-26th) shepherded through the General Assembly has become law by the stroke of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s pen.

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The City Council passed a major overhaul of Chicago Police Department oversight at its July 21 meeting, creating three-member elected councils for every police district and a seven-member commission — nominated by the councils, appointed by the mayor and approved by alderpeople — to oversee …

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A much-smoother City Council meeting took place Friday than the disordered meeting two days before that, with alderpeople, including Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th), voting to include Chicago founder Jean Baptiste Point du Sable's name onto Lake Shor…

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The City Council accomplished little during a scheduled meeting on June 23, adjourning after South Side Alds. Raymond Lopez (15th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) blocked confirmation of the mayor's nominee to lead the city's Law Department.

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Politicians are often known for an iconic look. Vladimir Lenin had a shaved head. Pierre Trudeau wore rose boutonnières. Chinese leaders still wear Mao suits to black-tie events. And Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is always seen in her omnipresent blue, and sometimes green, jackets.

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Illinois Democrats’ proposed state House districts would replace straight lines through southern Kenwood and Hyde Park — Woodlawn Avenue and Ellis Avenue, respectively — with jagged, block-by-block delineations between the 25th and 26th districts should their redistricting proposal pass thro…

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The City Council did not vote on a measure to rename Lake Shore Drive after two aldermen used parliamentary tactics to delay a vote on the ordinance, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot ruled Ald. Sophia King (4th), who was calling for an immediate vote, out of order.

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The state has made up to $25,000 available to renters who have fallen behind on their rent in one lump sum by expanding the Illinois Rental Payment Program to a total of $1.5 billion.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office unveiled a 900-page energy overhaul bill on April 28, accelerating a yearslong negotiating process which advocates hope will end in a comprehensive clean energy platform as the session nears its final month.

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Hyde Park-Kenwood state Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) is having another busy spring legislative session, running bills to advance the opportunities of youth in state care, establish a "right to play" for elementary students, reform Local School Councils (LSCs), and reform criminal justice in t…

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Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) voted with all their colleagues on April 21 to approve a $7.5 million pedway connecting Kenwood Academy with the former Canter Middle School building and a $1.7 million heating and cooling system.

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SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would implement an elected Chicago school board passed the Illinois House Thursday, while opponents of the legislation continued to push for compromise amendments.

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As economic uncertainty continues to linger one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, housing advocates across the state are planning next steps to protect tenants and landlords and create additional affordable housing opportunities.

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Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), whose ward runs from South Loop to Bronzeville and who has served in City Council since 2007, is running for Illinois Secretary of State, promising greater customer service, increased efficiency and "innovating cutting-edge technology."

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Speaking Friday at Kennedy-King College, local state Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26th) celebrated the economic equity bill just signed into law and outlined the work to be done in the remainder of the spring legislative session.

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SPRINGFIELD — A massive health care reform bill, the fourth and final pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus agenda, passed the state Senate Thursday, the final step before heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature.

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Local Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) joined with a majority of their colleagues to pass a non-binding resolution urging the city to institute a small guaranteed income pilot using federal stimulus money at a March 24 City Council meeting.