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In full legacy mode now that he isn’t seeking re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he’s expanding a mentoring program to cover all seventh-grade boys and ask the private sector to fund universal mentorship for 11th-graders.
Emanuel has touted the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative program in recent months as an effective anti-violence program. In August, the mayor’s administration reached a $10.4 million settlement agreement with ride-share companies that didn’t perform background checks up to Chicago code and said they would spend the windfall on the youth mentoring program.
Emanuel launched a program in fall 2016 aimed at providing universal mentoring to all in the eighth, ninth and 10th grades. In March, the city opened the program to seventh-grade students, with the idea being that mentoring boosts graduation rates and reduces crime.
On Monday, Emanuel’s administration said his final budget will include an additional $2.88 million for youth mentoring programs that will expand it to include seventh-grade boys and also provide more funding for One Summer Chicago and After School Matters.
“The guidance and support of a mentor can help change the direction of a young person’s life and their family for generations,” Emanuel said in a statement. “By extending and expanding the reach of mentors across our city we will help ensure more young Chicagoans can look back at the decisions they make today with pride, and look forward to the future with confidence and hope.”
Emanuel’s 2019 budget will include $1.38 million to expand the mentoring initiative to universally cover seventh-grade boys, the city said. That will allow the city to provide mentoring for 1,200 seventh-graders, the city said. The rest of the money will help expand One Summer Chicago by 450 people — 32,223 kids used it in 2018 — and increase the number of After School Matters opportunities to 15,935, the city said.
Emanuel also plans to ask the private sector to fund an expansion of the mentoring initiative to provide universal mentoring for 11th-grade boys at an anticipated cost of $1.5 million per year, the city said.
Emanuel critics sometimes slam the city for not focusing enough on neighborhoods and youths, criticism the mayor’s office has rebutted. (Gregory Pratt)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Emanuel will visit a school for a mentoring event.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner is dedicating the Illinois State Police Memorial Park in Springfield. Later, he’s joining Walgreens officials in Bloomington regarding an Illinois drug takeback program.
*Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti is scheduled to speak at a Frankfort middle school about the National Blue Ribbon for Excellence Awards.
*Republican state comptroller candidate Darlene Senger will speak to the City Club of Chicago.
From the notebook
*Bustos seeking to advance in leadership if Democrats win House: Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Moline has written colleagues informing them of her interest in the No. 4 spot in House party leadership if Democrats wrest control of the House in November.
Bustos, first elected in 2012, is seeking the post of assistant Democratic leader. She is currently co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and is the only Midwestern lawmaker and the only Trump-district Democrat in elected Democratic leadership.
“I will form a one-stop-shop with battle-tested and experienced staff to guide new chiefs of staff, legislative directors, communications directors and district directors,” she wrote.
“We will work with them to prepare and execute customized, strategic plans to hit the ground running both in Washington and at home. And, throughout the next Congress, we will help members navigate new challenges that arise by virtue of being in the majority,” she wrote. (Rick Pearson)
*Quick hit: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, who is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, is the latest Democrat in the state to get the endorsement of former President Barack Obama. The contest is in the state’s 13th Congressional District, which stretches from Bloomington and Champaign on the northeast, to Jerseyville on the west, and Edwardsville and parts of Collinsville on the south. In August, Obama endorsed Democratic challengers in the 6th, 12th and 14th districts as well as governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul. (Rick Pearson)
What we’re writing
*Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia won’t run for Chicago mayor.
*Hillary Clinton campaigns in Chicago for Democrat J.B. Pritzker.
*Sen. Dick Durbin: FBI shouldn’t be ‘bridled’ in its investigation of Brett Kavanaugh accusations.
*Kanye West’s tweet about abolishing 13th Amendment calls for civics lesson, critics say.
*Parking meters in Chicago to phase out use of dashboard receipts.
*Evanston alderman accused of ethics violations, donating to group looking to demolish Harley Clarke Mansion.
*Judge vacates order barring Agpawa from taking mayor’s office in Markham.
*Lawsuit alleging Tinley Park campaign defamation gets tossed by judge.
What we’re reading
*Activists, politicians call on EPA to drop Trump plan to relax emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.
*Man gets 3 years for pushing stranger onto tracks at Blue Line station in the Loop.
*U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson’s murder conviction in death of 3rd wife.
Follow the money
*Trump says he’d be a ‘mess’ as a drinker.
*White House gives FBI permission to expand Kavanaugh probe slightly after barrage of criticism.
*Reacting to Kavanaugh battle, Sen. Elizabeth Warren will take ‘hard look’ at presidential run.
*Trump hails revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, but quick approval no sure thing.
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October 2, 2018 at 05:57AM