Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Opa, Milwaukee and The “Greek Freak.”
GOOD CATCH: Rep. Cheri Bustos caught a ball at the Nationals game!
Gov. J.B. Pritzker holed up in a downtown Chicago workplace yesterday speaking to political reporters one after the other in regards to the unfinished enterprise he needs to deal with in a second time period.
“Lifting up working households,” decreasing taxes for the center class, increasing baby care, and the “worthy pursuit” of constructing faculty free for households incomes as much as the median revenue.
“These are all issues that state authorities can do. And we’ve obtained to do it within the context of holding our fiscal home so as,” Pritzker advised Playbook of the “kitchen desk” gadgets that make Democrats swoon.
That was a theme. Pritzker greater than as soon as pointed to the work of Democrats guiding the state out of its monetary morass. “Democrats within the Legislature have needed to verify this state is on strong fiscal footing. We’re those who put us in a robust fiscal place.”
Republican opponents will problem him. They already say it was the federal authorities’s Covid help that led three credit score businesses to offer Illinois a lift. Pritzker appears to be banking on voters not caring how the economic system will enhance, so long as it does. And he’ll share the message with voters as he works to prop up Democrats up and down the ticket.
The opposite massive theme is Covid. Pritzker anticipates criticism from the fitting, particularly downstaters who pushed again at his mitigation efforts. However he brushed it off. “Individuals who don’t assist me and individuals who don’t assist well being and security in the course of the Covid disaster are individuals who aren’t going to vote for Democrats anyway,” he stated.
Attention-grabbing facet observe: Pritzker’s achieved in depth analysis making an attempt to determine how one can inspire folks to get the Covid vaccine. He’s talked to behavioral economists who deal with “how one can inspire folks to do one thing that they could not naturally be inclined to do,” he stated. “Numerous good concepts are coming from that dialogue.”
Pritzker equally researched Covid final yr. “I learn an terrible lot” in regards to the 1918 influenza pandemic. Pointing to analysis by MIT and the Federal Reserve, he stated, one of many issues that comes by is that the cities that “clamped down” and “caught to their weapons” on mitigations emerged financially sound.
FROM HIS OTHER INTERVIEWS
— “If we need them, we’ll consider them,” Pritzker tells WGN/9’s Tahman Bradley about whether or not he’ll implement extra mitigations to counter Covid variants.
— “If they’re all going to run a pro-Trump line, I think that’s a losing effort,” Pritzker advised ABC/7’s Craig Wall concerning Republicans in 2022.
— “I’ve always liked and respected Robin Kelly — she’s been an important U.S. congressperson … so I’ll proceed to assist her,” Pritzker advised Solar-Instances’ Rachel Hinton, in regard to Kelly being head of the Illinois Democratic Occasion.
— House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is a “breath of fresh air,” the governor advised Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
— “If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have hired her,” Pritzker advised NBC/5’s Mary Ann Ahern, referring to Linda Chapa LaVia, who noticed 72 deaths to Covid throughout her tenure at properties run by the state’s Veterans’ Affairs Division.
Sozo Illinois hashish firm has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. J.B. Pritzker over a brand new regulation that allowed the method of awarding 185 hashish dispensary licenses to maneuver ahead. The lawsuit seeks to cease three upcoming lottery drawings, claiming the state’s up to date guidelines are unfair.
Alan Nicgorski, lead counsel for the agency representing Michigan-based Sozo, stated the corporate plans to maneuver the court docket later this week to halt the licensing course of.
“My shopper believes there are critical constitutional points each when it comes to due course of, equal safety, and favoritism of in-state pursuits in violation of the commerce clause,” Nicgorski stated. “We consider the problems should be addressed now so the hashish business in Illinois can confidently transfer ahead on sound constitutional footing.”
The governor’s workplace declined to remark, saying it can not talk about pending litigation.
Key context: The licensing course of was delayed after questions arose about how Illinois scored the primary lottery final yr. The lately enacted laws was supposed to repair these flaws, but additionally launched a brand new kink within the course of.
At subject is a provision that beforehand allowed dispensary candidates to earn social fairness standing just by hiring workers from communities disproportionately damage by legal marijuana enforcement. That provision sparked criticism from different social fairness candidates, who derided it because the “slave grasp clause.” The brand new regulation eliminates candidates who certified for social fairness standing by the hiring provision from one of many upcoming lotteries.
Sozo’s lawsuit argues that this quantities to altering the foundations in the course of the licensing course of. “That is essentially unfair and damages candidates like Sozo who relied on the unique Act and [regulatory] steering in structuring their companies and making ready their purposes underneath the worker methodology,” the lawsuit states.
What’s subsequent? A supply conversant in the licensing course of expects the state to maneuver forward with the brand new spherical of lotteries — the primary one is July 29.
Illinois state Rep. La Shawn Ford, a pointy critic of the unique licensing course of, referred to as the lawsuit “predictable,” and stated it’s proof that the business “continues to be monopolized by a small group of males.”
He added: “The regulation was written to assist males, girls, households and communities destroyed by the battle on medication. The regulation is meant to assist restore the harms to these folks and communities.”
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Presiding over the Metropolis Council assembly at 10 a.m.
In Forest Park at 1 p.m. and Des Plaines at 2:30 p.m. to mark the closing of mass vaccination websites.
— As state says unvaccinated kids should wear masks, here’s what suburban schools are doing so far: “On Monday evening, the state’s second-largest faculty system, Elgin Space Faculty District U-46, mandated masks in elementary school rooms, St. Charles Unit District 303 made face coverings voluntary, and Geneva Unit District 304 deferred a choice,” by Day by day Herald’s Katlyn Smith, Marni Pyke and Lauren Rohr.
— Chicago expands travel advisory, and mayor warns restrictions could return as Covid-19 numbers creep up: “Chicago additionally added Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and the U.S. Virgin Islands to its Covid-19 journey advisory Tuesday. Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady urged folks to rethink touring to these locations,” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
— BIG VOTE TODAY: The Metropolis Council’s Public Security Committee voted 12 to eight late Tuesday to create an elected board of residents to supervise the Chicago Police Division. The compromise measure has the assist of Mayor Lori Lightfoot in addition to group teams.
“Chicago is on the cusp of a brand new period of civilian police oversight during which residents would get way more enter than they’ve now, however ensuing guidelines would give a robust mayor a number of energy to maintain setting Police Division insurance policies and selecting who serves as police superintendent,” writes Tribune’s John Byrne.
After the vote, Lightfoot tweeted: “An enormous, historic step in Public Security was taken immediately. A very powerful piece occurs tomorrow on the ground of Metropolis Council. Is Chicago prepared for reform? We want 34 sure votes for change.” WTTW’s Heather Cherone live-tweeted yesterday’s meeting.
— FED UP WITH KIM FOXX’s OFFICE, alderman wants city to take some matters into its own hands: “At Wednesday’s Metropolis Council assembly, Ald. Anthony Napolitano needs to take some crimes usually prosecuted by the state’s legal professional’s workplace and divert them to metropolis listening to officers,” by Solar-Instances’ Fran Spielman.
— Chicago police again face criticism for response to unrest over George Floyd murder, as federal monitor files report, by Tribune’s Paige Fry and Annie Sweeney
— Council paves the way for city’s next megadevelopment: “The Metropolis of Chicago is promoting 50 acres that was once residence to Michael Reese Hospital to a staff of builders for $97 million. That’s roughly the identical worth town paid for the property alongside the Bronzeville lakefront in 2008,” by WBEZ’s Becky Vevea, Mariah Woelfel, and Claudia Morell.
— Feds to break up city’s monopoly on $145M for Head Start programs: About $95 million can be divided amongst “5 group organizations, together with one led by former Illinois First Girl Diana Rauner. Metropolis Corridor will maintain on to $51.8 million of the grant,” by Chalkbeat’s Cassie Walker Burke.
— Aldermen: Inspector General should join investigation of lifeguard abuse at park district: “The tales that we noticed in regards to the horrific sexual assault and harrassment of park district workers, particularly the lifeguards, have been fairly appalling,” stated Ald. Scott Waguespack (thirty second), chairman of the Metropolis Council’s highly effective Finance Committee. He filed the proposal with Ald. Michele Smith (forty third), by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos.
— Activist loses nephew to gun violence: ‘If you think this can’t happen to you, think again,’ by Solar-Instances’ Maudlyne Ihejirika
— Big-dollar buyers are back in the downtown condo market: “A $6.7 million buy on the St. Regis Chicago tower is one among a number of indicators prosperous consumers are assured sufficient to stay in and across the Loop, at the same time as brokers fear that destructive headlines are a drag on gross sales,” by Crain’s Dennis Rodkin.
— Petterino’s to reopen under the ownership of a newly formed restaurant group: “The 20-year-old Loop mainstay has been closed all through the pandemic, and when it reopens, it would not be a part of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant empire,” by Crain’s Ally Marotti.
— Chicago comedy institution iO Theater will reopen after sale: “The storied improv middle closed underneath the monetary pressure of the pandemic, however a purchaser has bought each the constructing and the model,” in line with the New York Instances.
— ‘A size 10 foot into a size 4 shoe’: Palatine commission turns down plan for affordable housing: “The plan got here from Northpointe Improvement of Wisconsin, which is partnering with Lutheran Social Providers for the roughly $20.4 million proposed challenge that was allotted $15 million in low-income housing tax credit by the Illinois Housing Improvement Authority,” by Day by day Herald’s Elena Ferrarin.
— She played for Northwestern and now lives in Buffalo Grove, but she’ll play for Italy in Olympics: “A star softball participant at Northwestern, Andrea Filler obtained the chance to play professionally in Italy after she graduated about 5 years in the past,” by Day by day Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw.
— Growing your own backyard prairie takes patience, but the results can be rewarding, by Illinois Newsroom’s Tim Shelley
— An actual rail squeal: BNSF Railroad, which owns a 250-acre intermodal rail and upkeep yard in suburban Cicero, has been accused in a lawsuit filed in Cook County Court by the city of “trespassing.” In depth rail yard paving has triggered “extreme stormwater runoff,” flooding the streets and property of close by residents and straining the suburb’s sewage system, in line with the Berwyn-based Del Galdo Legislation Group, which is representing the city. The swimsuit additionally alleges that the heavy industrial website’s stormwater runoff “possible comprises pollution” and poses a public well being threat. Cicero needs BNSF to construct drainage ponds or set up different drainage system choices, amongst different fixes, to halt the flooding.
— Getaway driver in Hadiya Pendleton murder sentenced to 42 years in prison: “Throughout a sentencing listening to Tuesday, Pendleton’s mom and brother made clear they really feel Kenneth Williams, 28, was simply as liable for Hadiya’s loss of life as Micheail Ward, the person who fired the deadly photographs into Harsh Park within the Kenwood neighborhood in January 2013,” by WTTW’s Matt Masterson.
— 88 people say they were framed by corrupt former Chicago cop: “[It’s] the most recent growth in one of many darkest chapters within the historical past of town’s police power. A unit led by a Black sergeant, Ronald Watts, for practically a decade till 2012 planted medication or falsely accused housing challenge residents and others of drug crimes except they paid the officers off,” by the AP’s Don Babwin.
— CPS worker testifies at principal’s trial on charges he hit her with a bottle: ‘The blood was just coming out’: “Witnesses testified they noticed Kurt Jones throw the bottle at Faye Jenkins final yr at a North Facet faculty. Jones’ legal professional stated the incident was only a sport and vigorously denied it was a legal act,” by Solar-Instances’ Matthew Hendrickson and Nader Issa.
— Illinois’ unemployment fraud losses: Nearly $15 million and counting: “The Illinois Division of Employment Safety for months has declined to reveal how a lot it misplaced to fraudulent claims, at the same time as different state businesses launch the identical data… [But] the company reported to the U.S. Division of Labor that it misplaced greater than $14.8 million to fraud because the pandemic started,” by WGN/9’s Lourdes Duarte and Andrew Schroedter.
— Reality-check: Downstate senator wrong on Medicaid eligibility for Illinois undocumented immigrants: “The state created a program to supply healthcare advantages to noncitizens a minimum of 55 years previous who’re ineligible for Medicaid. However regardless of assertions from Republican state Sen. Terri Bryant, these people should meet the identical revenue standards as qualifying residents,” stories Higher Authorities Affiliation’s Kiannah Sepeda-Miller.
— When companies and top talent leave California, the Midwest opens its arms, by Entrepreneur journal
— We are able to dig this: Pritzker signs law to add media literacy to high school curriculum, by Heart Sq.’s Andrew Hensel
Nikki Budzinski’s area title: The former chief of staff within the Workplace of Administration & Finances says she’s not prepared to speak about what’s subsequent as she returns to central Illinois. However her title has popped up on a Domain Name System list, including gas to the thrill she might run for workplace. As they are saying — keep tuned!
Welch, Harmon seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits: “Legal professionals for Illinois’ Democratic legislative leaders final week filed a movement to dismiss a lawsuit from Republicans and a Mexican American advocacy group concerning newly drawn legislative maps, calling the problem ‘purely speculative’ till full U.S. Census knowledge is launched,” stories Capitol Information’ Jerry Nowicki.
THE FIFTY: Republicans aren’t just targeting voting rights. They’re going after ballot campaigns, too. “There’s a wave of laws shifting by GOP-controlled legislatures that’s meant to fight progressive policymaking on the poll field — from Medicaid growth to marijuana legalization,” report POLITICO’s Liz Crampton and Mona Zhang.
— Duckworth wants to change stigma around miscarriage: “There’s rising recognition that individuals who undergo a miscarriage want time to heal, bodily and emotionally. Earlier this yr, New Zealand grew to become the second nation on the planet to supply paid go away within the wake of a miscarriage. In the meantime, particular person firms are starting to supply miscarriage go away for workers — the Tablet Membership, an organization offering on-line contraception prescriptions, introduced such a profit earlier this yr. And on Tuesday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) [introduced] the Help By way of Loss Act, which would supply paid go away for folks experiencing miscarriage,” by way of Vox.
— Durbin says Biden’s ATF pick has ‘a lot of issues’: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin says that the whip depend “is just not the place we would like it but, however there’s all the time an opportunity,” by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine.
— Tom Brady zings Donald Trump (at in regards to the 2:40 mark) on the White Home on Tuesday — and took a jab at Chicago, too, by POLITICO Nick Niedzwiadek
— Inside Schumer’s infrastructure gamble, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
— ‘It’s a nightmare’: Covid Delta variant rocks a recovering Capitol complex, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris and Katherine Tully-McManus
— Trump adviser Tom Barrack arrested on foreign-agent charges, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein
— Former Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar is scheduled to testify immediately in a House Financial Services subcommittee assembly on banking the unbanked and public banking.
Hugo Sonnenschein, 11th president of the University of Chicago, 1940-2021: He was “a famend economist and longtime college administrator who led the College of Chicago by a transformational interval as its eleventh president,” in line with U. Chicago Information.
At this time at 10 a.m.: Tim Knight, the president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Basis, headlines a virtual conversation with Paul Simon Public Coverage Institute Director John Shaw. The topic: “Understanding Our New World.”
— Tumia Romero is chief of employees to Rep. Danny Davis, the veteran lawmaker who serves on the highly effective Home Methods and Means Committee. Romero was beforehand Davis’ director of comms, a place she’s held since 1995. Romero additionally had stints within the places of work of Mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley, and was assistant director of labor in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration.
— Trisha Miller is head of innovation and growth at Elevate, a corporation that helps public coverage work, together with within the space of local weather change. Miller beforehand labored on the Gates Basis and the U.S. Division of Housing and City Improvement.
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Jimmy Dean, the previous mayor of Johnston Metropolis and a political junkie, for appropriately answering that Ford County is the youngest county in Illinois, established in 1859.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the longest-serving mayor in Illinois historical past? E-mail to [email protected]
State Sen. Invoice Cunningham, Cook dinner County Circuit Court docket Decide Erika Orr, former state Sen. John Mulroe, NBC/5 reporter Mary Ann Ahern, PR professional Amanda Berrios, and Legal professionals’ Committee for Higher Housing government director Mark Swartz.