Illinois dedicating more funds to relief efforts for asylum-seekers

After months of deflecting questions and saying the federal government should do more to assist with migrants arriving in Chicago from the southern border, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday a new infusion of cash as the city continues to struggle to shelter nearly 2,400 new arrivals currently sleeping at police stations and O’Hare International Airport.

With winter just weeks away, the state is devoting an additional $160 million, including $30 million to help the city set up a centralized intake center to process new arrivals and also identify asylum-seekers who want to move to different cities as their final destination.

Migrants from Venezuela and other countries who are sheltering at the Chicago police 1st District station on S. State Street in Chicago wear donated clothing better suited to cold weather on Oct. 31, 2023.

The Pritzker administration said it also will spend $65 million of the new money to help set up Mayor Brandon…

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