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Could Lake Michigan be home to the largest lake wind farm in the country?
A bill passed in the state’s House would establish an offshore wind farm of more than 30 turbines. Is it worth it?
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More committees, better transparency and even Chicago-specific political parties have been proposed as the council looks to declare its independence.
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Thousands of homeowners in north and northwest Cook County are in for sticker shock this fall, data shows
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Brandon Johnson punished the aldermen behind the move for council independence and rewarded those who stood by him during the election.
Greising: Kim Foxx and Lori Lightfoot Show the Reality of Governing With Progressive Ideals in Illinois
Much has been made of a new progressive era in Illinois politics, and a series of recent public remarks by elected Chicago officials formed a triptych of the promise and the problems of being a progressive leader at this time in Illinois. “The vanguard for progressive policy all over this country” is what Mayor-elect Brandon…
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