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Rachel Hinton is a staff reporter covering politics.

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Pre-holiday COVID-19 caseload offers mixed news, simple message: Stay ‘vigilant,’ but no ‘need to be terrified’

Because of the shortened holiday work week, the Illinois Department of Public Health released the five-day figures instead of the typical seven-day statistics, complicating comparisons.

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Top mayoral adviser on reducing violence quits in what City Hall calls an ‘amicable departure’

A mayoral spokesman did not respond to a question about why Norman Kerr resigned. But according to a City Hall statement, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is "incredibly grateful" to Kerr for his "steadfast leadership and commitment to reducing violence in our city, both during his time with the City, and beyond."

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Democrats name successor to D’Amico in Illinois House — a firefighter who the ex-lawmaker has known ‘most of our lives’

Seven Democratic committeepersons — and one who voted by proxy — backed Chicago firefighter Michael Kelly to serve the remainder of former state Rep. John D’Amico’s term in the Illinois House.

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Hispanic ward added, African American ward subtracted under plan Black Caucus calls ‘fair for all’ — but Latino Caucus finds ‘concerning’

The proposal from the City Council’s Black Caucus would make the 11th Ward — the historic home base of former Mayor Richard J. Daley and his family — an Asian-majority stronghold, Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), the chairman of the Black Caucus, said.

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Cold weather, cold facts: COVID-19 spreading across Illinois, bringing worst daily caseload this fall

The weekly caseload is a 25% increase over last week’s seven-day total, marking the third consecutive week to see rising cases. Public health experts are concerned, but not surprised since winter is approaching, forcing people to retreat inside, often without masks.

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Republican state rep launches bid for Illinois Secretary of State

Dan Brady announced his candidacy at the Union League Club Wednesday and featured early supporters including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

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Pritzker signs electric vehicle legislation, aims to make Illinois a leader in ‘clean transportation revolution’

The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act provides incentives for electric vehicle production across Illinois to help reach a 2030 goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road.

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Surge protectors? Experts urge vaccinations as state’s climbing COVID-19 cases spark concerns of ‘yet another wave’

The state logged 22,600 new cases of the deadly virus over the past week. The numbers, reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday, represent an increase of 29% over the seven-day caseload reported a week ago.

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Billionaire’s brawl: Pritzker suggests Griffin keep his money out of governor’s race after ‘extremely poor judgment’ last time

After Ken Griffin’s backing of former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, Pritzker suggested the hedge fund mogul keep his checkbook closed: "I don’t think we want to give him a redo." But Griffin fired back that the Democrat is "failing Chicagoans." "What is his plan to address the spiral of death and violence and the mayhem in our streets?"

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‘Stay tuned,’ Republicans: GOP on verge of getting candidate for Illinois secretary of state

State Rep. Dan Brady signaled on Wednesday that he plans to make a run for the office, filing updated campaign committee documents with the state’s board of elections that show he’s seeking the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.