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Tessa Weinberg

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Tessa Weinberg covers city government and politics for WBEZ. She comes to Chicago from The Missouri Independent, where she was a founding member of the team and focused on covering health, education and the legislature. She previously covered Texas state government for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and first spent a stint in Chicago as an intern at The Chicago Tribune.

In an attempt to meet people where they are, Chicago now has a licensed professional counselor at the Legler Regional Library.
The city’s annual point-in-time count showed nearly 19,000 people were unhoused on a single night in January.

Since taking office, Mayor Brandon Johnson’s campaign has returned lobbyist contributions despite a ban on those donations.
The ordinance would allow fines for failing to meet safety certifications or for selling lithium-ion batteries that have been reassembled with cells from used batteries.

Mayor Brandon Johnson was questioned on his long term plans for a guaranteed income program that relies on expiring federal funds.

The move follows through on a campaign promise Johnson made to reopen clinics that were shuttered under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Ald. Matt Martin wants a hearing after former mayoral staffers complained of mistreatment and then were put on the do-not-hire list.

Johnson campaigned on ridding of the technology, saying it over-polices Black and brown communities.
While the Chicago mayor has placed experienced city workers in charge of agencies, senior leaders in his inner circle lack government experience.