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Chicago’s slow walk toward civilian oversight of the Police Department stalled Friday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot withdrew her plan while a competing proposal from grassroots groups was blocked by pro-police aldermen and mayoral allies.

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Chicago’s slow walk toward civilian oversight of the Police Department stalled Friday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot withdrew her plan while a competing proposal from grassroots groups was blocked by pro-police aldermen and mayoral allies.

The new Community Policing Strategy Plan also includes the creation of a police athletic and arts league to engage the city's youth, a reimagining of the city's previous policing strategy, and the appointment of officers to work as liaisons to the city's LGBTQ, homeless, immigrant and and religious communities.

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When someone dies while pregnant or within a year of childbirth in Illinois, that’s considered a maternal death. Karen Tabb Dina is a maternal health researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who serves on a state-level committee that’s trying to figure out what’s killing these mothers.

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When someone dies while pregnant or within a year of childbirth in Illinois, that’s considered a maternal death. Karen Tabb Dina is a maternal health researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who serves on a state-level committee that’s trying to figure out what’s killing these mothers.

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Illinois lawmakers worked into the early hours of Tuesday morning to pass a $42.3 billion state budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that Democrats say would fully fund K-12 education and the state’s pension obligations while also paying down a sizable portion of the state’s deb

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