Highlight Politics: Springfield Particular Session, Second Spherical | Chicago Information

In this week’s issue of Spotlight Politics:

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

Psychiatrists are now responding to some Chicago 911 calls. Officials inform the City Council’s Health and Human Relations Committee of the pilot program.

The continued spike in COVID-19 infections in Chicago could slow the city’s economic recovery, Chicago’s top finance officials warned city council members on Monday. Mayor Lightfoot is expected to unveil its detailed budget this month, which will likely include an increase in the Chicago Police Department’s budget.

Shootings and murders in Chicago continue to beat 2020, according to police.

Chicago is updating its travel advice to include all but one state: Vermont.

And the Chicago Public Schools are back in the classroom. This is because the district is facing a bus driver shortage and more than 70 drivers have quit in response to the vaccination mandate.

Our policy team made up of Amanda Vinicky, Paris Schutz and Heather Cherone takes on these stories and more.

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