Illinois quick hits: Chicago delegation heading to border

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Chicago delegation heading to border without mayor

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson isn’t going to the southern U.S. border quite yet.

WGN reports the city is sending a delegation beginning Tuesday to include the deputy mayor for Migrant and Immigrant Rights, elected officials and various civil leaders, but not Johnson.

Chicago has taken in more than 16,000 non-citizen migrants in the past 13 months, costing state and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Hundreds attend Muslim boy’s funeral

Hundreds attended the funeral for Wadea Al-Fayoume, the 6-year-old Muslim boy stabbed to death over the weekend. Another victim of the attack, Hanaan Shahin, could not attend while she recovers from her injuries.

The Chicago Tribune reports the landlord of the victims suspected in the stabbing, Joseph Czubam, appeared in court Monday with pre-trial release denied.

Landmarks to fund history building renovations

Two historic buildings in southern Illinois are getting $2,500 grants to help in rehabilitation efforts.

Landmarks Illinois announced the funding for Johnston City’s Andresen’s Cafe to support renovation and the historic GM&O Railroad Depot in Murphysboro to support tuckpointing.

The grant dollars come from Banterra Bank, a financial institution with locations in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Utah and Arizona.

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