Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Raising a glass to my late dad and all those who have served on this Veterans Day.
Republicans are fuming that the Illinois Supreme Court has replaced Justice Thomas Kilbride, who lost his retention race last week, with a Democratic ally, saying the judicial maneuver is a slap in the face to voters.
Justices voted 6-0 to name Appellate Judge Robert Carter to the bench as a placeholder until an election is held in two years. Carter is 74 and says he won’t run.
“This is an outrageous decision,” Jon Zahm, who heads the Vote No for Kilbride committee, posted on Facebook. “The voters made clear they did not want politics as usual on the Supreme Court, as they voted an end to the 4-3 Democrat stranglehold on blocking important issues like fair maps, pension reform, lawsuit reform, and term limits.”
Zahn said the three Republican justices “should have voted no and left the seat unfilled until the next election.”
The hand-wringing over Kilbride’s replacement comes after Zahn and other Republicans waged a fierce battle to remake the highest court.
They say Kilbride is beholden to Madigan and they point to an opinion he wrote that removed a referendum on the 2016 ballot that would have taken away Madigan’s power on redistricting. The House speaker donated $550,000 to Kilbride’s campaign to stay on the bench — he won 56 percent of the vote but needed 60 percent to keep his seat.
Former 3rd District Appellate Court Judge Kent Slater, a Republican, told the Tribune’s Ray Long that Carter had been Kilbride’s choice to hold an appointed seat on the appellate for several years. “It’s like the Supreme Court’s patronage,” Slater said.
Ballots are still being counted, but most races have wrapped up and Illinois Republicans expect to return to Springfield with two more members in the caucus after flipping four Democratic seats and losing two of their own.
Four flips in the northern suburbs:
Republican challenger Chris Bos beat out Dem Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, 54 to 46 percent. The 51st District encompasses much of Lake County and a bit of Cook.
Republican challenger Seth Lewis is headed to victory against Diane Pappas (45th). Lewis leads 54 percent to 46 percent, though the race hasn’t officially been called.
Democrat Janet Yang-Rohr defeated Republican Rep. Grant Wehrli (41st) of Naperville, 52 to 48 percent.
Democratic challenger Suzanne Ness defeated Rep. Allen Skillicorn (66th), an East Dundee Republican. Skillicorn conceded after all but exiting the campaign weeks before Election Day.
Two downstate flips: Republican challenger Amy Elik beat out Dem Rep. Monica Bristow (111th) of Alton, 54.5 to 45.5. And Republican challenger David Fries defeated Dem Rep. Nathan Reitz (116th).
Too close to call: Republican Rep. John Cabello (68th) leads Democratic challenger Dave Vella by a mere 58 votes.
Races called: Rep. Mark Batinick (97th), a Republican from Plainfield, held on to his seat against Democrat Harry Benton. Batinick won 52 to 48 percent. Republican Rep. Amy Grant (42nd) of Wheaton held onto her seat (52 to 48 percent) in a high-profile race against Democrat Ken Mejia-Beal. Republican Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (47th) of Elmhurst beat Demo challenger Jennifer Zordani, 54 to 46 percent.
In a rematch from 2018, Democratic Rep. Terra Costa Howard (48th) of Glen Ellyn defeated Republican Peter Breen, 54 to 46 percent.
On the Senate side, Republican Jeanette Ward conceded to Karina Villa, a Democrat who’s been serving as a state rep. Villa will replace state Sen. Jim Oberweis, who ran for Congress. The race hasn’t yet been called, but Villa leads 51 percent to 49 percent.
Sen. Dave Koehler, a Democrat from Peoria, fended off a challenge by Republican Mary Burress. The race was called for Koehler, 54 to 46 percent.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 79 new deaths and 12,623 new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 10,289 deaths and 511,183 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 3 through 9 is 12.0 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 13 percent.
— ‘Awful’ autumn: Yet another record COVID-19 caseload, hospitalizations, positivity up — and ‘it’s not over yet’: “We’re monitoring the numbers closely, and additional statewide action is possible,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout reports
— Covid-19 hospitalizations far higher in most regions than in first wave: “With no signs of slowing, key metrics measuring the spread of COVID-19 — including hospitalizations — continue to push numbers not seen since April and May. The 4,742 people hospitalized in Illinois due to COVID-19 as of Monday night marked the highest number since May 8, which was right around the peak of the first wave of the virus,” by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.
— State-run Illinois Veterans’ Home sees ‘significant’ Covid-19 outbreak: “The Illinois Department of Public Health reported the deaths of three residents of the LaSalle Veterans’ Home in the past 24 hours. All told, six residents of the facility have died from the coronavirus in the past week. That disclosure shed new detail on an outbreak that appears far from being contained and that one leading Democratic lawmaker called ‘simply unacceptable,’” by WBEZ’s Dave McKinney.
— State data shows sites of potential Covid-19 exposure, outbreaks in Kane and DuPage counties: “While large outbreaks were reported at long-term care facilities in the early months, they soon evolved instead into smaller outbreaks at factories and warehouses. Now, the virus is spreading more outside of group settings, [according to Uche Onwuta, director of disease prevention at the Kane County Health Department],” by Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat.
— Super-spreader hotel parties are a thing and Ald. Reilly wants them stopped: “Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said Tuesday that bars and restaurants have been doing a decent job enforcing Covid-19 distancing rules. Private hotel parties, by contrast, largely fall outside the ability of the city to keep track of them. He said the tighter rules on bars and restaurants ‘only is going to grow the opportunity for these superspreader events in hotels, Airbnb and private residences,’” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
— Chicago day cares and private schools reported 495 Covid cases, but numbers don’t tell the whole story: “From April 1 through mid-October, the city has tracked 267 cases in child care centers, 207 in private and charter schools that offer some in-person instruction, and 21 at in-person park district camps. Most of those cases, though, involved adults — 90 cases in day cares, 145 cases in schools, and five at camps involved students,” reports Chalkbeat Chicago’s Mila Koumpilova.
— Michigan added to Chicago’s revamped travel order — with new exceptions for travelers to avoid quarantine, by Tribune’s Alice Yin.
— Big banner head in the NYT: “Election officials nationwide find no fraud”
— IL-14 TOO CLOSE TO CALL: Rep. Lauren Underwood held on to her lead in the IL-14 race against Republican Jim Oberweis. But the race remains too close to call as more ballots are landing at clerk’s office of the seven counties that are part of the north suburban district. By end of day Tuesday, Underwood had a 3,524 lead, according to the Associated Press, which breaks down the race county by county. Oberweis, for example, leads in McHenry County, where President Donald Trump and Senate candidate Mark Curran lead. Underwood’s strongest showing is in Kane, Will and DuPage counties. Tribune’s Alice Yin has more on the race
— Nerheim concedes state’s attorney race to Rinehart amid another ‘blue wave’ in Lake County: "Certainly the blue wave that’s been hitting Lake County for the last couple election cycles was definitely a factor," said Nerheim, a Gurnee Republican. "When you look at the top of the ticket to the bottom, Republicans just got wiped out." Daily Herald’s Doug Graham reports.
— Postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering then puts out YouTube video, by the Washington Post. "A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee."
— GENERAL ASSEMBLY CANCELS FALL SESSION: “The move means an indefinite delay to potential criminal justice reforms being pushed by members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and budgetary steps necessitated by the collapse of Gov. JB Pritzker’s graduated income tax amendment last week,” by WBEZ’s Dave McKinney.
— Religious conservatives object to ‘Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading’ standards: The proposed new standards encourage teachers “to adapt their teaching methods to be more inclusive of students with diverse cultures, family backgrounds, languages, sexual identity and orientation….But the proposed rules have run into opposition from the Peoria-based Illinois Pro-Family Alliance, a group that regularly lobbies at the Capitol to advocate for what it calls ‘biblical principles from the word of God,’” by Capitol News’ Peter Hancock.
— Changing course, Sangamon County to close indoor service at bars, restaurants as Covid-19 surges: “Region 3 – which includes Springfield and west-central Illinois – triggered the mitigations late last month after the region saw a Covid-19 positivity rate greater than 8 percent for three straight days. The rules, which include shuttering indoor dining and bar service, were set to take effect Nov. 1,” writes NPR Illinois’ Mary Hansen.
— Labor proposal to save $272M won’t avert layoffs or tax hike, mayor’s office says: “A proposal from the Chicago Federation of Labor … emphasizes ‘recurring, long-term structural improvements’ rather than new sources of revenue, service cuts or borrowing,” by WTTW’s Heather Cherone.
— COPA chief says recurring themes dominate complaints against CPD during civil unrest: “Sydney Roberts, chief administrator of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, said complaints about excessive use of batons, verbal abuse and police failure to activate or possess body cameras were so prevalent that she recommended policy changes to CPD,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— This seems big: BMO Harris launches $5B program to help Black and Latino businesses and communities: “The five-year program, announced Tuesday, will increase commercial lending opportunities for Black and Latino businesses, which have been hard-hit during the pandemic. It also will include direct investment in underserved communities through affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.
— Another fire halts work at troubled General Iron scrap shredder: “A fire shut down operations at the General Iron scrap shredder on Tuesday, a week after its owners paid an $18,000 fine for a May explosion at the North Side facility. Two snorkel trucks from the Chicago Fire Department quickly extinguished the afternoon blaze, which started in a scrap pile while one of the company’s crane-mounted claws stacked flattened cars and used appliances along the Chicago River near Cortland Street and Clybourn Avenue. No injuries were reported,” by Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne.
— Reopening questions: Six issues Chicago preschool teachers are weighing as the first to return: “There’s no return date yet, but Chicago Public Schools has told preschool teachers they’d be among the first to return to classrooms as it gets ready to phase in classroom learning by grade. With the union that represents them opposing the plan, which union leaders argue was developed without their input, teachers described feeling anxious and conflicted even as they acknowledged enrollment drops and problems with remote learning,” writes Chalkbeat Chicago’s Cassie Walker Burke.
— Purchase of Emmett Till House ‘more than a real estate transaction,’ nonprofit says, by WTTW’s Patty Wetli.
— Matthew Broderick, Chelsea Clinton to lend star power to Chicago Public Library program, by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek.
— Storms sweep through Chicago area as cold front ends record-breaking 70-degree temps, by Sun-Times’ David Struett.
Former Evanston basketball standout Ryan Bost shot and killed in Rogers Park: “In the long history of Evanston basketball, no player won more games than Bost. He teamed with fellow 2019 graduates Jaheim Holden and Lance Jones to win more than 100 games,” by Sun-Times’ Michael O’Brien and Emmanuel Camarillo.
More pot shops in Illinois? Lawmakers mull plan to create new dispensary licenses amid delays: “Legislators in Springfield are hashing out a plan to create extra permits as the state grapples with an ongoing licensing imbroglio that’s hampered the governor’s pro-pot agenda, the Sun-Times has learned,” reports Sun-Time’s Tom Schuba.
University of Illinois, Springfield cancels in-person classes, events for Tuesday and Wednesday after 15 test positive for Covid-19: “UIS Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney said the pause gives the response team time to do contact tracing and determine how long to continue remote-only learning,” by NPR Illinois’ Mary Hansen.
— Election fraud allegations from 2016 heard in appellate court as federal probe swirls around Madigan: “Lawyers for plaintiff Jason Gonzales were in court to argue the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should overturn a prior district court ruling which tossed out allegations of election fraud by Madigan’s powerful 13th Ward political operation,” by Tribune’s Jason Meisner.
— Feds: Area businessman swindled $2.6M out of hospitals seeking PPE, used some money to buy Maseratis: “Dennis Haggerty allegedly used some of the money to buy a 2013 Maserati Granturismo, a 2015 Land Rover Range Rover, and a 2017 Maserati Ghibli, federal prosecutors said,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
— Nursing home seeks gag order on public guardian about 99-year-old allegedly bilked of $750,000: “Grace Watanabe, who has dementia and no living relatives, was moved to another nursing home in 2018 by Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert,” by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek.
— Marni Yang’s attorney seeks new probe into murder of ex-Bear Shaun Gayle’s girlfriend, questioning former player’s alibi, by Tribune’s John Keilman reports.
— Former Kane County Sheriff’s sergeant charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, by Tribune’s Megan Jones.
Additional charges expected against Democratic operative charged in bribery scheme, feds say: “Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that new charges are expected to be brought against a longtime Democratic operative accused of conspiring to pay bribes to a relative of an Oak Lawn trustee to get lucrative red-light cameras installed there,” by Tribune’s Jason Meisner.
THE FIFTY: Governors and mayors have never mattered more to the future of the nation, and The Fifty takes you inside the role they’re playing in the pandemic and more. This week’s feature examines the “election-night fiasco in the states that will haunt Democrats for a decade.” Check it out!
— MAYOR GETS PERSONAL: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s interview with Chicago Ideas’ Brad Keywell is more personal than political. Powerful moment: Lightfoot recalling “tearing my insides out for years” trying to figure out how to come out to her family… Insightful moment: “I’m OK with tension and conflict. When I think something is worth fighting for, I’m OK to go to the mat,” she said, in a discussion about her work as an attorney. Interview here
— Valerie Jarrett, film critic: The former adviser to President Barack Obama, reviews scenes from films and TV shows that portray life in the White House and on the campaign trail in a recent 30-minute video with Vanity Fair. That time the teleprompter stopped working in a scene on “Veep” is a real-life fear, Jarrett said, adding Obama prepared by having a binder of his speech in front of him. She also fact-checks “Independence Day,” “The American President,” “Dave,” “Mars Attacks!” “The Comey Rule,” and my favorite, “The West Wing.” Video here
— Pam Rodriguez, president and CEO of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, announced Tuesday that she will retire in 2021. A nationwide search for her successor has begun. Rodriguez, who has led TASC since 2009, turns 65 in April.
— Team Biden sees Trump’s post-election fight as comedy of errors: “Joe Biden’s campaign strategy just crashed into Washington’s alternate reality.In his public appearances and statements since media outlets confirmed his victory on Saturday, the president-elect has kept the temperature low and offered reassurances that the transfer of power will proceed as dictated by law, even as President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans attempt to use the federal bureaucracy to stall his ascension to the White House,” by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki and Megan Cassella.
— Illinoisans join Biden transition team: Michael Negron, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, will serve on the Department of Defense review team; University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy economist Damon Jones joins the Council of Economic Advisers review team; and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign agricultural policy expert Jonathan Coppess has been tapped for the Department of Agriculture review team. Here’s the full list
— Sen. Dick Durbin elected again to serve as Senate whip: “Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were reelected Tuesday as leaders of their caucuses, foreshadowing another tough two years in a closely divided Senate where majority control remains uncertain,” by POLITICO’s Marianne Levine and Burgess Everett.
— Marie Newman weighs in on feud between progressive Dems and centrists: A week after last week’s election, in which Democrats lost ground in the House, progressive groups are criticizing centrists for playing into Republicans’ “divide-and-conquer racism.” Incoming Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois told POLITICO the tension wasn’t all bad. “We’re having a really good family discussion,” said Newman. “A good ‘come to Jesus’ once in a while is a good thing because we all figure out what is really wrong.” By Laura Barron-Lopez and Holly Otterbein
— How Trump’s election defiance is consuming the GOP, by David Siders
— Pelosi floats above Democrats’ civil war, by Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris
— Georgia Dems clamor for Obama — not Biden — to help win Senate seats, while Republicans want all the Trump they can get, by POLITICO’s Marc Caputo and James Arkin
TUESDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to Scott Ziomek, director of external affairs at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, who correctly guessed that the “porcupines” were the “hippie” workers on attorney Bill Singer’s campaign for alderman when he ran as an independent in the 1970s. (HT to Matt Flamm for a close second and attorney Michael Kreloff for pointing out that Democratic Committeeman Eddie Barrett first used the description.)
TODAY’S QUESTION: In what year was Chicago’s current number of alderman (50) established? The 10th person to answer correctly wins. Email your answer to [email protected].
State Rep. Mike Zalewski (23rd); Kieran Fitzgerald, chief of staff to the Illinois House majority leader; ONE Northside Operations Manager Becky Wanberg; and Beam Suntory Public Affairs Director Ashley Bromagen.
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November 11, 2020 at 07:28AM