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State Sen. Robert Peters outlined his priorities on criminal justice for this fall’s session of the state legislature during a virtual discussion Wednesday evening, putting forward a mix of old and new proposals for reform across most aspects of the prison and police system.   

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A delayed vote on a $500,000 settlement of a case involving the release of long-withheld Chicago Police Department files is a good thing, said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), because it will allow aldermen time to design a systematic release of the information.Hairston, who vice-chairs the Finan…

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Local Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) today voted in favor of  ordinances concerning tenants' rights, the city's vehicle impoundment program and reform of police union contracts at a virtual City Council meeting.

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A group of housing organizers and tenants of Mac Properties marched through Nichols Park and the surrounding neighborhood early Saturday afternoon, ending up in front of Mac’s offices at the intersection of 53rd Street and Kenwood Avenue, where they left a mock eviction notice on the company…

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Calls to remove police officers from schools are fundamentally about a reallocation of resources, Ald. Sophia King (4th) said at a press conference today, where members of the Progressive Reform Caucus that she chairs called for moribund legislation to remove them to have a hearing in City Council.

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Atty. Gen. Kwame Raoul, the former state senator who lives in Hyde Park, has COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle vetoed a resolution that would have allowed 9-1-1 dispatchers to share the addresses of people with COVID-19 with first responders in suburban Cook County; she said she was following experts' advice that it was functionally meaningless to the resp…

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot has named Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to her COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce, appointing the Hyde Park-Kenwood resident to the working group on regional coordination. 

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During the coronavirus pandemic, the state legislature has been suspended, canceling its planned March sessions and indefinitely postponing any future meetings. But legislators are adapting to the unusual circumstances: a few weeks ago, Senate President Don Harmon announced the creation of b…

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State's attorney candidate Donna More said incumbent Kim Foxx makes politically, not legally, calculated decisions in office and attacked amount of cash flooding the Democratic primary at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics on Monday, arguing that supporting her means supporting …

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U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) is pointing to recent legislative accomplishments in his bid for a 15th term in Washington while his challengers — Robert Emmons Jr., Sarah Gad and Ameena Matthews — attempt to set themselves apart by highlighting signature issues.

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Illinois Senate candidate Ken Thomas again attacked incumbent Robert Peters (D-13th) for his January 2019 appointment by local Democratic Party officials  and for accepting corporate and "big money" campaign donations at a March 2 forum sponsored by progressive group Indivisible South Side.