Alice Yin,

Alice Yin

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Alice:

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

Citing former CPD chief’s ‘compassionate’ nature, mayor-elect picks Fred Waller for interim police superintendent

Waller was with the department for more than 30 years, retiring as the third-highest-ranking official. → 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

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

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson tells state lawmakers funding for schools, youth jobs tie into ‘mandate’ to tackle crime with investment

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s address to the Illinois General Assembly served as an extension of his campaign themes of championing progressive values and a holistic approach to tackling crime, a front-of-mind concern after a chaotic weekend in Chicago. → 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

Brandon Johnson has spent four years on the Cook County Board. Does his record there stand up to the achievements he touts?

Brandon Johnson leans heavily on his experience on the Cook County Board, but his record there is complicated. → 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

Chicago’s next mayor could determine fate of controversial Near South Side high school plan

Candidates Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson have been noncommittal about the high school proposal, which was backed by outgoing Mayor Lori Lightfoot. → 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