Week in Review: Debate Over Migrant Aid; Debt Ceiling Compromise

The Bears try a new play to lower property taxes on the former Arlington Park racetrack land the team bought —wooing other towns for the team.

The Illinois congressional delegation divided over the debt ceiling compromise.

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A heated debate over the 34-13 Chicago City Council vote for $51 million in spending to help migrants.

Last weekend was the most violent Memorial Day holiday since 2015. Mayor Brandon Johnson initially released a statement, then finally spoke to the media alongside his interim police superintendent Wednesday.

The Chicago Police Department’s reform chief, Tina Skahill, resigns, citing “retaliation” just months after the ouster of her predecessor. Now, the well-healed Civic Committee wants to contribute to violence reduction in Chicago.

In Springfield, state lawmakers send a $50.4 billion budget to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, which includes help for migrants’ essential needs and health care, more money for early education and free community college. But the creation of an elected school board map gets an extension until 2024. A bill allowing police surveillance drones at parades and large events draws the ire of civil libertarians but could help with towns canceling summer events due to flash mobs of teens.

Ex-Mayor Lori Lightfoot heading to Harvard to teach a course on health policy and leadership. 

NASCAR revs up its publicity engines this week. And what will Johnson do with Soldier Field now that the Bears are clearly leaving Chicago?


Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio | @CraigDellimore

Tessa Weinberg, WBEZ Chicago | @Tessa_Weinberg

Heather Cherone, WTTW News | @HeatherCherone

Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times | @TinaSfon

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