Spotlight Politics: Springfield Special Session Round Two | Chicago News

Spotlight Politics: Springfield Special Session Round Two | Chicago News


In this week’s edition of Spotlight Politics:

State lawmakers hold the second special session of the summer. Democrats pass new district maps, but reject the governor’s amendment to an ethics bill. Meanwhile, the clean energy bill hangs in balance.

Mental health professionals are now responding to some 911 calls for help in Chicago. Officials update City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations on the pilot program.

The continuing surge of COVID-19 infections in Chicago could slow the recovery of the city’s economy, Chicago’s top financial officials warned members of the City Council on Monday. Mayor Lightfoot is expected to present her detailed budget this month, which is likely to include an increase in the Chicago Police Department’s budget.

Shootings and homicides in Chicago continue to outpace that of 2020, according to police data.

Chicago updates its travel advisory to include all but one state: Vermont.

And Chicago Public Schools students are back in the classroom. This comes as the district faces a bus driver shortage, and after more than 70 drivers quit in response to the vaccine mandate.

Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Paris Schutz and Heather Cherone takes on those stories and more. 

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