With help from Maria Carrasco

Good Thursday morning, Illinois. Not quite perfect (who is, really?), but Carlos Rodon still threw an amazing no-hitter yesterday.

The discussion about police brutality turns to Chicago today with the release of video showing the shooting of a 13-year-old around 2:30 a.m. one morning last month.

No matter the late hour or that the boy held a gun, the image of a child dying at the hands of police will tear at the heart of Chicago and rip open wounds from the police killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot acknowledged Wednesday she has seen videos and images of the shooting, but she didn’t discuss what she saw out of respect for the family of Adam Toledo. The city has tried “to balance the need for transparency against a desire to honor the wishes of the Toledo family,” reports the Tribune in its story about the case.

The boy’s family viewed the images on Tuesday. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said along with police body-cam video, it has transmissions from the Office of Emergency Management & Communications and other recordings of the March 29 incident.

Chicago police say they are prepared for protests to follow the video’s release.

It’s notable that Lake Shore Drive bridge will be raised Thursday night. The city says it’s for “testing and maintenance” and has nothing to do with controlling potential protests following the release of the video, reports the Sun-Times.

The police shooting of the 7th-grader has already sparked small vigils and protests, reports WBEZ and comes as nerves are fraught after recently seeing video of a Minneapolis police officer shooting and killing Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop.

That killing has prompted demonstrations across the country, including in Chicago. Dozens gathered Wednesday night to protest Wright’s killing while Mag Mile businesses boarded up their windows, anticipating unrest, reports ABC/7.

Like the death of George Floyd, Wright’s death has prompted discussions about police training and accountability. And the Toledo case is doing the same. The mayor has already called for a new policy on when and how police officers engage in foot chases.

And Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) are proposing an ordinance that calls for records of completed police misconduct investigations to be published on the Office of the Inspector General’s website. They’ve scheduled a joint hearing on police disciplinary investigations for Friday.

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is creating a task force to review statues and monuments on the state property and to review proposals for new public art.

In a statement, Welch said he’s joining the “national movement” to re-evaluate how history is depicted in art. “The way we present our history matters, and when our public art doesn’t represent positive history that we can all celebrate, it sends a particularly harmful message to people of color that these beliefs are shared by their own government,” Welch said.

He said by “reimagining our publicly displayed art,” the state has an opportunity “to be on the right side of history.”

The bipartisan Statue and Monument Review Task Force will be chaired by state Rep. Mary Flowers with Rep. Camille Lilly serving as vice chair. Both are Democrats from Chicago. The group will hold public hearings and feature historians, advocates and members of the public, Welch said in his statement.

Other Democratic appointees: state Reps. Anthony DeLuca (Chicago Heights), Barbara Hernandez (Aurora), Denyse Stoneback (Skokie), Maurice West (Rockford), and Eva Dina Delgado (Chicago).

Republican appointees: Rep. Tim Butler (Springfield), Spokesperson Rep. Mike Murphy (Springfield), Rep. Norine Hammond (Macomb), and Rep. Tom Bennett (Gibson City).

The City of Chicago has created a similar task force that has identified 40 monuments that need further review because they may promote narratives of white supremacy or present a one-sided view of history.

Last year, former House Speaker Michael Madigan called for the removal of a portrait of Stephen Douglas from the Illinois House chambers, for the historical figure’s “disturbing past as a Mississippi slave owner and his abhorrent words toward people of color.” Madigan called for a review of statutes and monuments on the Capitol grounds.

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Presiding over a 10 a.m. virtual board meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 31 deaths and 3,536 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 21,570 fatalities and 1,288,934 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from April 7-13 is 4.2 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 5.8 percent.

Dr. Allison Arwady on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause: “Although the single-dose shot so far has accounted for roughly 5% of vaccines shipped to Chicago and Illinois, the pause is still causing a disruption to the vaccine rollout in the city,” reports WBEZ.

— RECOVERY LAB: The latest issue of Recovery Lab, POLITICO’s new project surfacing the smartest ideas for speeding recovery from the pandemic, launches today with a focus on Education. The Covid-19 pandemic has forever changed teaching and learning in America… and it has also changed how we think about schools. Employers quickly learned how much they and their employees rely on schools to provide childcare. Communities learned just how dependent their families were on other supports provided through schools, such as healthy meals and medical checkups. And if the learning loss that occurred this year persists, it will become a long-term drag on those students’ lives and incomes. Read all the stories here.

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford tests positive for Covid, by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton

Obama center faces new lawsuit the same day pre-construction work in Jackson Park begins: “A staunch foe of the Obama Presidential Center’s expected arrival in storied Jackson Park is once again suing to block its construction, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that argues federal authorities should have relocated the official campus in order to protect the surrounding environment,” by Tribune’s Alice Yin.

Judge refuses to block permit for General Iron’s move: “U.S. District Court Judge Mary Rowland says residents had not shown they can prove racial discrimination was involved in moving the business from Lincoln Park,” by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase.

Crackdown on ‘out of control’ towing industry on council’s agenda: “A proposal from Chicago aldermen would require a $250 license for every truck a towing firm operates and licenses for locations where towed vehicles are stored,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Chicago teachers are walking out Wednesday to ramp up pressure for a high school reopening deal: “Despite the walkout, the school district and the union appear to have made ground in key areas, according to CTU officials Wednesday morning and a document prepared by the union and released to members Tuesday evening,” reports WBEZ’s Sarah Karp.

Will the pandemic reshape Chicago’s high-stress high school applications? “The upheaval forced the district to make temporary changes — from hosting virtual open houses to letting students choose which recent test scores to use — but some families and advocates worry about what the high-stakes ritual might look like next year and beyond amid the pandemic’s academic fallout,” writes Chalkbeat Chicago’s Mila Koumpilova.

Pair convicted of killing Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson both sentenced to 30 years in prison: “Tariq Harris was 16 and Dijae Banks was 17 when they broke into the home of their friend, 15-year-old Javon Wilson, and started a fatal fight over a pair of Air Jordans, prosecutors said. They were convicted of first-degree murder and home invasion in 2019,” by Tribune’s Megan Crepeau.

Federal judge slaps BP for emitting too much lung-damaging soot from its Whiting refinery on Lake Michigan: “BP repeatedly violated federal limits on lung-damaging soot from its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a decision that targeted one of the biggest sources of air pollution in the Chicago area,” by Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne.

Springfield man charged in Jan. 6 attack on U.S. Capitol: Thomas B. Adams Jr., 39, was in court at the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield on Tuesday “charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and obstructing an official proceeding, according to records filed in federal court,” by State Journal-Register’s Steven Spearie.

Martwick’s school board bill makes it out of committee — with Lightford’s support: “Even while criticizing Sen. Robert Martwick’s bill, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford voted to send the bill out of committee and to the Senate floor, where there will be another opportunity for the bill to undergo more debate,” by Chalkbeat’s Samantha Smylie.

… FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Nonprofit leaders have written a letter to legislators asking that they make sure Chicago’s school board represents parents, especially from Chicago’s “disadvantaged and disenfranchised” communities.

House passes bill mandating Asian American history in schools: The bill requires public schools “to teach Asian-American history, setting the stage for possible adoption of milestone legislation amid rising incidents of violence against people of Asian descent,” reports Reuters.

Illinois State Police director supports legislation to deal with gun owners’ FOID backlog: “After firearms owners identification card and concealed carry license applications backed up over the last year, lawmakers are trying to address the delay and make the renewal process more efficient with support from Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly,” by State Journal-Register’s Ben Szalinski.

Bill placing term limits on General Assembly leadership passes committee: “House Bill 642, introduced by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would bar any individual from serving more than 10 consecutive years in a leadership position in the General Assembly, including speaker of the House, president of the Senate and minority leader positions in each chamber,” by Capitol News’ Tim Kirsininkas.

Nods to decriminalize HIV transmission and expand protections for survivors of sexual assault, by Capitol News’ Raymon Troncoso

Puppy mill ban passes the House: “State Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) says the ‘puppy mills,’ of which there are perhaps 19 he’s targeting, are inhumane to animals and shady to customers, and he says he speaks from experience, as his wife purchased a ‘mall dog’ some years ago, a dog which is now in terrible shape,” by WTAX’s Dave Dahl.

Study urges $350M nuclear bailout for Exelon: “The study obtained by WBEZ represents an important marker by the governor’s office about how far it’s willing to go in helping the power-generating company prop up its financially ailing Dresden and Byron nuclear plants during the ongoing spring legislative session in Springfield,” by WBEZ’s Dave McKinney.

Raoul reports office network ‘compromised’: “In the early hours of Saturday morning, it was discovered that the office’s network was compromised. Since then, information technology staff and investigators from the Attorney General’s office have been working closely with federal law enforcement authorities to evaluate the extent to which the network was compromised,” Raoul said in the release. Capitol News’ Sarah Mansur reports.

Illinois expands Medicaid coverage for mothers: “Illinois will now provide Medicaid benefits to eligible mothers for up to 12 months postpartum, a major extension from the previous 60-day limit. Gov. J.B. Pritzker made the announcement earlier this week after a waiver submitted in 2019 by the state to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was recently approved,” Capitol News’ Ramon Troncoso reports.

Parallel worlds of weed: Black people make up most marijuana-related arrests while boutique dispensaries take off: “Critics point out what they see as a troubling double standard: At the same time the state’s legal weed industry is making millions and white smokers are enjoying the boutique experience with designer weed in clean, fashionable North Side dispensaries, Black and brown people are left out of the windfall and continue to be arrested for selling weed illegally,” by Tribune’s William Lee.

Kane County to allow recreational marijuana businesses to open in unincorporated areas: “Kane County Board Chairwoman Corinne Pierog campaigned on lifting a ban on such businesses in unincorporated areas passed by the board in November 2019,” by Aurora Beacon-News’ Megan Jones.

Movie houses are closing. Could pot palaces open in their place?: “The owner of an old AMC movie house in Springfield hopes to transform the theater into a cannabis co-op housing a dispensary, a greenhouse and a lounge to get high — a model its owner wants to replicate around the country,” writes Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.

Third Joliet Council seat tilts toward Guerrero: “Latest count of mail-in ballots shows Guerrero ahead of Wunderlich for third City Council seat,” by Herald News’ Bob Okon and Alex Ortiz.

Duckworth asks DOJ to probe ‘brazenly violent’ police treatment of National Guard officer: “[T]this incident may be indicative of widespread law enforcement misconduct,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth wrote in a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland. She also asks for an investigation into whether there is a pattern of “stops, searches, or arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment; use excessive force; conduct discriminatory policing and violate the constitutional rights of criminal suspects,” among police in Windsor, Va. The Hill reports.

— OP-ED: Kinzinger says it’s dangerous for the U.S. to leave Afghanistan: “America’s presence in Afghanistan is no longer the same combat mission that began after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. It has evolved into a mutually beneficial partnership, where each side serves as an insurance policy on security for each other,” he writes in an op-ed for Fox.

How Biden’s team overrode the brass on Afghanistan, by POLITICO’s Lara Seligman, Andrew Desiderio, Natasha Bertrand and Nahal Toosi

Inside Nancy Pelosi’s war with AOC and the Squad, excerpt of USA Today’s Susan Page’s book in POLITICO magazine

GOP’s most important votes: 2 Democrats, reports POLITICO’s Burgess Everett

Pennsylvania GOP launches ‘super MAGA Trump’ primary, by POLITICO’s Holly Otterbein

— 75 years ago: A handshake from a white teammate signaled Jackie Robinson’s arrival in America’s game, by The Undefeated’s William Weinbaum

Tiffany Hightower, the executive director of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, headlines The Broad Cast, which is hosted by C-Strategies CEO Becky Carroll, for a conversation about how the foundation is working to support Black Illinoisans during the pandemic. Hightower also discusses leadership lessons–and why integrity matters.

— Olivia Goethals joined communications consulting firm Stomping Ground Strategies as a senior communications and digital manager. She’s leading social media and digital marketing efforts and supporting media outreach for various clients. Originally from the Quad Cities area, her past client work includes the cannabis industry, nonprofits, government agencies and hospitality groups.

— Thomas D. Trinley has been named CFO/COO of the Coleman Foundation , a private grantmaking foundation endowed by entrepreneurs Dorothy W. Coleman and her husband, J.D. Stetson Coleman, one-time owners of Fannie May Candies Co. The foundation invests in community-based organizations and local institutions that address the health and economic well-being of Chicagoans. Trinley previously served as director of finance and operations at the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

Today at 5:15 p.m.: Sen. Tammy Duckworth hosts a virtual town hall to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine distribution and safety. Joining her: Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Pharmacists Association director Garth Reynolds and Illinois Primary Healthcare Association President Cyrus Winnett. This discussion will be livestreamed on Duckworth’s Facebook page. Constituent questions that are vaccine-related can be offered.

WEDNESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to former lawmaker and F4 Consulting’s John Fritchey for correctly answering that the Fermilab in Batavia is home to one of the world’s only circular particle accelerators, inactive as it is.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who’s the first congresswoman to wear a pantsuit on the floor of the House chambers? Email to [email protected].

State Rep. Camille Lilly (78th), former Illinois House Speaker Lee Daniels, former House Reps. Sheri Jesiel and Ron Wait, political consultant Jaimey Sexton, and attorney Homero Tristan, who heads the Chicago Latino Public Affairs Committee.



via Illinois Playbook

April 15, 2021 at 07:17AM

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