Alice Yin,

Alice Yin

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Alice:

Chicago City Council approves one of its largest police settlements in years, accepts more migrant funding despite objections

Aldermen OK a $25 million settlement award for two men wrongfully convicted of murdering a college basketball standout three decades ago. → Read More

Mayor Brandon Johnson-backed plan to fight Chicago homelessness by hiking taxes on high-end property sales takes a step forward

Latest “Bring Chicago Home” measure, a key Johnson campaign issue that faces some opposition, offers a tiered tax rate system designed to hit the most expensive properties hardest. → Read More

South Shore affordable housing protections to be proposed at City Council amid fears of Obama center gentrification

Fears of gentrification and displacement in South Shore and Woodlawn run high as the Obama Presidential Center takes shapes in nearby Jackson Park. → Read More

Chicago City Council set to vote on $25 million payout to 2 men wrongfully convicted in murder of Chicago basketball standout

City Council Finance Committee OKs settlement deal. Three aldermen voted against the deal, with one saying it set a fiscally imprudent precedent. → Read More

Slow start or cautious rollout? Mayor Johnson unveils transition report, fills key posts later than predecessors

The mayor has addressed early criticisms of his tenure mainly by noting his quick transition time and recent swearing in. → Read More

Mayor Brandon Johnson replaces Chicago Board of Education president and most members ahead of move to elected board

All the new board members are former current educators or Chicago Public Schools parents. → Read More

NASCAR in Chicago was ‘a commercial for the city,’ but is it worthy of a 2024 repeat?

The NASCAR Chicago Street Race went off after a long rain delay, but criticism included road closures, police overtime and park limits on the holiday weekend. → Read More

Mayor Brandon Johnson aims to boost teen employment, one of his signature campaign promises

The Chicago Police Department will provide 76 of the jobs. → Read More

City Council approves $51 million for migrants as officials scramble for more funds, point fingers

Aldermen from both ends of the political spectrum raised concerns about the spending, and 13 voted against it. → Read More

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

Migrant crisis puts more pressure on Chicago finances as state budget offers less than sought

Chicago has spent more than $75 million to house and care for migrants in the past nine months. → 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

Chicago to work with Biden administration on plan to fight homelessness

Chicago was one of six locations selected for the “ALL INside” program. → 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 declares state of emergency over migrants arriving in Chicago

Hundreds of migrants are sleeping in police stations as the crisis has worsened in recent weeks. Many of the newly arrived were bused from Texas. → Read More

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson pushes his own plan to reshape City Council

Johnson’s Unity Plan to switch up council committee leadership is an early key test of the new mayor’s strength and savvy. → Read More