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Recent articles by Gregory:

Mayor Johnson aims to address a problem that vexed his predecessors: Woefully underfunded pensions

Legal, fiscal and political challenges abound when Chicago mayors try to fill pension fund gaps. → Read More

Increased police presence, street outreach among Mayor Johnson’s plans for Memorial Day public safety; vows ‘whole of government’ approach

It will be Mayor Brandon Johnson’s first major warm-weather holiday as the city’s leader, coming before he has selected a permanent superintendent to lead the Chicago Police Department. → Read More

Mayor Brandon Johnson opens first City Council meeting with a joke that he’s ‘live from Naperville,’ a dig at Fox News

The meeting immediately turned serious, with impassioned comments about the city's migrant crisis. → Read More

Mayor Brandon Johnson offers empathy but no immediate solutions as he visits migrant shelters

More than 8,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago seeking asylum since August, many from Texas. → Read More

Brandon Johnson sworn in as Chicago mayor: ‘Our best and brighter days are ahead of us’

Johnson took the oath of office Monday morning during a ceremony commemorating the former county commissioner and longtime labor organizer’s once-improbable rise to become the most progressive leader of the nation’s third-largest city in decades. → Read More

Brandon Johnson: His rise from union organizer to Chicago’s new progressive mayor, and the challenges he inherits

Johnson is viewed as the most progressive Chicago mayor elected, possibly ever. → Read More

Lori Lightfoot’s legacy: A combative mayor who led Chicago through crises, some of her own making

Many of Lightfoot's ambitious plans were derailed by the pandemic and unrest. → Read More

As she exits office, Mayor Lori Lightfoot signs string of executive orders

The orders will be inherited by Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson and deal with subjects from replenishing pension funds to immigrant rights. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration fought release of records involving allegations against top fire official

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration fought for some two years to keep secret records on allegations of wrongdoing by city employees. → Read More

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says she will not run for reelection

After more than six years marked by historic criminal justice reforms as well as controversy over her prosecutorial policies Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced she won’t run for re-election. → Read More

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s top staff members bring different perspectives to City Hall but say they strike ‘a good balance’

The two top staff members of Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s administration are a pragmatic City Hall veteran and a progressive-minded state legislator, a dynamic they say will be a strength in executing their boss’s bold agenda. → Read More

Paul Vallas seeks $700,000 from campaign consultant ‘for services they did not perform’

Losing candidate in mayoral race files suit against Chimaobi Enyia, a political consultant and former director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. → Read More

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson picks longtime City Hall staffer as chief of staff

Richard Guidice rose through the ranks at the Office of Emergency Management & Communications before rising to the agency’s top position four years ago. → Read More

After 4 often-turbulent years, aldermen praise silent Mayor Lightfoot as she begins exit

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s relationship with aldermen has been strained since her inaugural address. → Read More

Election Day in Chicago: Voters will choose Brandon Johnson or Paul Vallas as city’s next mayor, with a tough job awaiting the winner

If Paul Vallas or Brandon Johnson think it’s been a tough campaign, wait until one of them gets into office. → Read More

Donald Trump indictment kicks off last Chicago mayoral debate between Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas

Vallas also said he would keep Chicago's top doc Allison Arwady; Johnson said he would replace her. → Read More

Days before election, City Council OKs new rules and committees, drawing ire from aldermen who call it ‘corrupt process’

Backers argued the council had a rare opportunity ahead of the new term to assert its independence. → Read More

Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson trade attacks over ‘MAGA’ signs, ‘racist’ criticism over defund the police

The dueling attacks reflected both campaigns’ goal to characterize the other as too extreme for Chicago. → Read More

Paul Vallas’ and Brandon Johnson’s 100-day plans for Chicago: More beat cops vs. ‘Treatment Not Trauma’

The rivals also differed on cops in schools and on Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx, who has backed bail reform for accused offenders. → Read More

Brandon Johnson, Paul Vallas grilled on past comments on policing and future plans for CPD at Tuesday’s Chicago mayoral debate

Johnson was asked about past "defund" comments, while Vallas sought again to assert his Democratic Party affiliation. → Read More