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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 15:00

LIVE: Mayor Brandon Johnson presides over the 1st City Council meeting

CHICAGO (WLS) — Mayor Brandon Johnson will chair a City Council meeting on Wednesday as the challenge of dealing with migrants arriving from Texas continues.

There will be several business agendas, with the migrant problem one of the biggest.

More than $50 million is expected to be approved for the migrant crisis. But the money is only expected to last until the end of June.

What does Mayor Johnson need to do to get funding approval for migrant housing?

Tuesday night, gathering on the Northwest Side turned heated as Dunning residents and city officials clashed over plans to use Wilbur Wright College as a temporary respite center for migrants over the summer.

The city has been desperately searching for underused buildings or spaces to relieve the crush of migrants storming police stations.

A meeting of Wright College to discuss housing for up to 400 migrants on the Dunning campus heats up

“Why don't we put him in Lincoln Park,” said resident Frank Coconate. “Why don't we put them on the North Shore where they say, ‘Hey come on help, come on help.'”

“We have space and we are a community college,” said Wright College professor Sydney Hart. “We always talk about putting community in a community college.”

Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez along with other members of the City Council will hold a press conference before the council meeting to present plans for long-term housing for migrants.

Meanwhile, the City Council meeting will take place at 10 a.m

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