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Fran Spielman covers City Hall for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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With half of kids quarantined at W. Side school, union pushes for more safety measures, district official backs vaccine mandate

Some 173 students at Jensen Elementary are in quarantine.

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Chicago City Council on the clock to pass new ward map by Dec. 1

Mike Kasper for decades was the election law expert for deposed Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Now he’s guiding aldermen through the politically excruciating process of dividing the city’s 2.7 million residents into 50 wards, each with a target population of 54,923.

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A bigger, better Soldier Field? Lightfoot makes pitch to keep Bears in Chicago

"I am a Bears fan. I want the Bears to stay in the city of Chicago. And we are willing to work with them to try to address their concerns. But I’ve got to do it in a way that is fiscally prudent and doesn’t preclude other uses in that stadium," Lightfoot told the Sun-Times editorial board.

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Lightfoot unveils 2022 budget proposal; goal is ‘a safer, strong and more prosperous city’

The mayor proposed a $16.7 billion budget that raises the property tax levy by $76.5 million, but uses one-time revenues, debt refinancing and $1.9 billion in federal relief funds to make scores of other strategic investments.

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Divided City Council relaxes zoning requirements for marijuana sales

Six days after two of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s most outspoken City Council critics used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the vote, alderman approved her plan to help minorities who have been shut out of the so-called "green rush."

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Sneak peek at mayor’s spending plan shows millions for community development, affordable housing and homeless support

The grand total of new investments is $1.2 billion. Some influential aldermen got an advanced look.

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Lightfoot plans to increase Chicago’s property tax levy by $76.5M in 2022, aldermen told

The levy increase covers $22.9 million for the automatic escalator tied to the consumer price index; $25 million to bankroll the 2022 installment of Lightfoot’s $3.7 billion capital plan; and $28.6 million captured from "new property."

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Black Caucus Chairman Jason Ervin delivers early endorsement of Lightfoot reelection

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said it’s "not a gimme" she will seek a second term. If Lightfoot does run again, she’ll have a powerful ally in her corner: Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus.

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New CPS CEO says a united district can be ‘best in the country’

Pedro Martinez, the superintendent of San Antonio public schools, was named CPS’ new leader at Benito Juarez H.S., his alma mater.

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Pedro Martínez, ex estudiante de la secundaria Juárez, es nombrado director ejecutivo de CPS

Lightfoot lo elogió por desafiar la prohibición de las máscaras en las escuelas de Texas.