TGIF, Illinois. It wasn’t tax day but April 15 still turned out to be crummy. Hoping for a peaceful weekend, friends.

Chicago is horrified about seeing the last moments of Adam Toledo, a slim boy with wide eyes, appearing to toss something, maybe a gun, before raising empty hands only to be shot dead by a cop.

We’re angry at the senselessness of it. Angry that the trigger was pulled before it was clear the boy’s hands were up. Angry that a 13-year-old got sucked in by a gang that put him in an alley at 2:30 a.m. Angry that a support system wasn’t strong enough to keep him home with his family that night.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released the graphic video Thursday afternoon, prompting an outpouring of grief and calls for more accountability.

Subtle political lines were drawn from the case, too. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who twice became emotional discussing the video before it went public, is not blaming the police. “We can’t have that be what young people experience in our city,” she said in a news conference. “Simply put, we failed Adam.”

Those on the left didn’t lack their own clarity. “The institution of policing is flawed to its core,” state Rep. Lakesia Collins said in a statement. “As a mother, when you tell your children to do right, that you will try your best to protect them, it’s a shame that because of the world we live in, because of their race, someone can hurt our children and get away with it.”

Those on the right say police had no choice but to fire given a young man with Adam had fired a gun. It seemed to be “a good shooting,” former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said on Fox News. He of course was pushed out of his job after dash-cam footage showed another teenager, Laquan McDonald, killed by police.

Sen. Dick Durbin, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “From Laquan McDonald to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Sandra Bland, and tragically many other Black and Brown men and women whose names we do not know, their lives have been lost to brutal acts of racial injustice. The evidence shows that we are dealing with a system of justice that isn’t being applied equally — and we need to change that.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statement, saying “This is a moment that calls for justice for our children and accountability in all our public institutions.”

Senate President Don Harmon’s statement: “Everything about Adam’s death is horrifying…This has to stop.”

And House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said the incident “should never have happened. … I hope we can all learn from this heartbreaking event.”


FROM THE SUN-TIMES: “The officer’s video doesn’t show Adam throwing away a gun, and the boy doesn’t appear to be holding a weapon in his raised hands. But another video shows him apparently throwing something through a gap in the fence to the other side — and a video shows an officer discovering a handgun there.”

FROM WBEZ: Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said it was “less than a second” between the moment on the video where a gun can be seen and the single gunshot.

FROM WTTW: In Little Village, known as the “Mexico of the Midwest,” there is “anger, fear and confusion about how and why this happened.”

FROM THE TRIBUNE: Ogden District tactical unit Officer Eric Stillman, 34, who shot Adam Toledo, “has been named in three complaints but has never been disciplined, according to the Invisible Institute, an organization that advocates for police accountability. Stillman’s attorney, Tim Grace, said it was clear Toledo was armed and the officer had no option but to use deadly force.”

STATEMENT: Mayor and family of Adam Toledo ask for calm, via Tribune’s Gregory Pratt and Jeremy Gorner.

RISKS OF FOOT CHASES: Experts say they force officers to make decisions in heat of pursuit, by Sun-Times’ Matthew Hendrickson.

FROM REP. LA SHAWN FORD: He wants to rework foot-chase policy and end a legal defense police use: ‘No way we could continue to go on like this,’ he tells Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton

MEDIA SIDE NOTE: WBEZ did not show the video of the shooting because of its graphic content. And the Sun-Times did not name the officer who shot Adam Toledo because he hasn’t been officially accused of wrong-doing.

LOT’S OF JUICE: Quarterly financial reports are out and among the most interesting are from two politicos who are no longer in office:

Former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political committee paid nearly $3 million in legal fees to Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm, according to the State Board of Elections. Madigan has paid Katten Muchin about $4.5 million since 2018.

Former Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady raised $2,000 this past quarter, according to filings with the State Elections Board. He has $816,277 cash on hand for any future political campaigns. With name recognition from two previous gubernatorial runs under his belt, Brady could be a force in a GOP primary — especially if MAGA candidates split the vote.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger raised $1.1 million during the first quarter, according to FEC filings. The 16th District Republican has $2.5 million cash on hand.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi raised $1.1 million during the first quarter, according to FEC filings. The 8th District Democrat has $2.5 million cash on hand.

Rep. Lauren Underwood raised more than $809,000 during the first quarter, according to FEC filings. Underwood’s campaign says more than 90 percent of its 10,000-plus donations were under $100. The 14th District Democrat has $1 million cash on hand.

City Clerk Anna Valencia raised $220,000 in the first quarter and has $428,000 cash on hand, according to state filings. She’s in a race to head the Illinois Secretary of State Office.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle raised nearly $162,000 and after expenditures that leaves her with $127,000 cash on hand.

— Nationally: Republicans who led efforts to overturn the election results in January did especially well, according to the latest quarterly FEC filings. POLITICO’s Benjamin Din reports.

For many House Republicans who voted to overturn the election results, small donations helped offset the loss of corporate PAC money, by POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro, Theodoric Meyer and Allan James Vesta.

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At One Hope United in Aurora at noon to discuss early childhood education and child care across Illinois.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 40 additional deaths and 3,581 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from April 8-14 is 4.2 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 5.8 percent.

The big hole in America’s plan to fight Covid-19 variants: “Vaccine makers are studying whether booster shots or revised vaccines will be needed to fight new strains — but they don’t have an easy way to expand production,” by POLITICO’s Sarah Owermohle.

As Chicago expands eligibility Monday, all Illinoisans will qualify for the vax: “Chicago’s expansion of eligibility will put it in step with the state and the rest of the country, which is moving to universal eligibility at the direction of President Joseph R. Biden. The race to vaccinate more people, more quickly, comes as coronavirus cases continue to climb again, creating a fourth wave in the pandemic that has disrupted everyday life for more than a year,” by WBEZ’s Becky Vevea.

Covid-19 uncertainties — and ‘different perspectives’ on getting the vaccine — pose a daily challenge for the Cubs, by Tribune’s Paul Sullivan

While most of the White Sox traveling team got the vax, reports WGN/9.

Union, district reach tentative agreement to reopen high schools after weeks of tense negotiations: “The Chicago Teachers Union’s representative body overwhelmingly voted Thursday in favor of a tentative agreement that would pave the way to reopen high schools for some in-person learning for the first time since last spring,” by Chalkbeat’s Yana Kunichoff.

Chicago to use more than half of $1.9 billion in federal relief to reduce city debt: “Ald. Jason Ervin, chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, said the mayor’s plan to end ‘scoop-and-toss’ borrowing would be a ‘tough sell’ to Chicagoans who’ve lost their jobs or seen their hours cut during the pandemic,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Developer unveils plans for nearly 2,700 homes on Goose Island: “Onni Group’s proposal could transform the southern end of the man-made island from a gritty industrial zone into a bustling mixed-use neighborhood with thousands of residents,” by Crain’s Alby Gallun.

How Covid will permanently change transit ridership in Chicago: “Around 20 percent of users are expected to ride less or stop taking public transportation altogether, according to a new survey from the agency overseeing the CTA, Metra and Pace,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.

DETAILS ON LIGHTFOOT’s school board proposal: “Under the city’s plan, two members of the seven-seat board would be elected in 2026, with the remainder appointed by the mayor. The board would increase to 11 seats, with three elected members from separate districts, after the 2028 election. The board would revert to full mayoral control in 2032 without additional action by state lawmakers,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella and Jenny Whidden.

Meanwhile, a House version calling for a 21-member elected school board passes the House, reports Capitol News’ Tim Kirsininkas

— A nod for Covid data: A bill that would require state agencies and hospitals to gather more specific data on age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity when dealing with Covid-19 patients passed out of a Senate committee Thursday and now awaits consideration by the full Senate. The measure was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mike Simmons, the first openly gay member of the state Senate and whose Chicago district includes a large portion of the LGBTQ community. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Equality Illinois both support the legislation, citing a lack of routine data collection that has prevented an accurate outlook of the coronavirus’ effects on various communities.

House passes proposal to help low-income families pay for housing applications: “Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-Downers Grove) wanted to create the Emergency Solutions Grant program to help families who don’t make enough to have a place to call home. The plan could prohibit landlords, mortgage companies, and rental property owners from charging administrative fees on housing applications submitted by people using this assistance,” by WGEM’s Mike Miletich.

House Republicans say Democrats are ignoring state’s biggest problems: “They claim more than 600 House bills have passed out of the committees since January. Of those proposals, Republicans say 82 percent have Democratic sponsors while only 18 percent came from their caucus,” reports WGEM’s Ali Rasper.

Bill would make injuring or killing a police dog while driving under the influence a felony: “Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, sponsored House Bill 3019, which passed with 72 votes in favor. He said it was brought to him by a state’s attorney from his district,” by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.

House unanimously approves sexting education bill, by WGEM’s Mike Miletich

Bill would allow dental services in Illinois schools, via News Channel 20

Ex-Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Orvie Cochran gets early prison release: “After contracting Covid-19, the former motorcycle gang boss was released 6 months early from his 5-year racketeering conspiracy sentence, over prosecutors’ objections,” by Sun-Times’ Robert Herguth.

Why Illinois car dealers are suing Rivian, Secretary of State to stop direct-to-consumer sales: “The nature of dealer car sales doesn’t work with what [electronic vehicle] manufacturers need to do to sell their cars,” reports WNIJ’s Christina Hatfield.

Co-worker charged with murder of Portage Park man found in trunk of Cadillac on Northwest Side, by Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.

Why the long lines at driver services facilities? “Illinoisans are using terms like ‘good wait’ these days as the state deals with an unprecedented backlog of expired driver’s licenses, plus a lesser crunch as the latest deadline for federal Real ID certification, October, approaches,” by Tribune’s Steve Johnson.

Tensions flare between Lincoln library museum and foundation: “Earlier this month, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the foundation [that’s funded it] cut ties with one another after neither side could come to an agreement on a memorandum of understanding. The library claimed in the hearing that it tried for several months to come to an agreement with the foundation, but they were met with silence,” via WAND/17.

— Column: There oughta be a law for extortion (But there’s not in Illinois), writes Better Government Association’s David Greising

Cook County chief judge’s office to examine solitary confinement practices at juvenile jail: The announcement follows a recommendation by an advisory board that the punishment be abolished, reports the Tribune’s Alice Yin.

— Report: Human error at fault for McHenry County election issues: “McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio released a report Wednesday on the problems his office encountered in reporting the April 6 election results, which led to a countywide vote recount and ultimately changed the projected outcome of several school board races,” by Shaw Media’s Kelli Duncan.

Neighbor states give Illinois $10 million in cannabis taxes every month: “Illinois is bordered by five prohibition states: Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana. And guess what: Out-of-state visitors buy a lot of legal weed in Illinois,” writes Leafly’s Bruce Barcott.

‘A nicer version of Trump’: GOP donors flock to DeSantis, by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt

World whiffs on Biden’s pleas for bold climate pledges, by POLITICO’s Zack Colman

Lawmakers scramble for ‘musical chairs’ to view Biden’s first Capitol speech, by POLITICO’s Melanie Zanona and Sarah Ferris

Omari Prince and Jim Rauh have started PAR Strategies, a government affairs and political consulting firm located in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Prince was production manager for Dover Strategy Group, where he ran direct mail programs for Democratic candidates. He also was assistant campaign manager for Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. Rauh previously worked for the Illinois State Medical Society, and Collage LLC, where he was director of legislative affairs.

April 19: Attorney General Kwame Raoul headlines a webinar about Ending Racial Disparities in Healthcare. Also speaking are Janice Blanchard, an associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, and Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. The event is sponsored by the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Joyce Foundation education program director Stephanie Banchero and Union County Democrat Leo Driscoll for correctly answering that Rep. Charlotte T. Reid, a Republican from Illinois, made history in 1969 when she wore a pantsuit on the floor of the House chambers. And h/t to Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals member Judith Hamill for noting that former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was the first to wear a pantsuit on the Senate floor.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Which Illinois city gives squirrels the right of way on roads? Email to [email protected].

Today: Political operative and Our Revolution Chicago Chairman Clem Balanoff, government relations consultant Kristen Bauer, and musician and political donor Chance the Rapper.

Saturday: Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th), Sperling and Slater attorney and Evanston Democratic Committeeman Eamon Kelly, state Senate President adviser Jake Butcher, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Senior VP of external affairs Robert J. Christie, Kivvit senior associate Vaughn Roland, ProPublica reporter Mick Dumke, and Jeremy Edwards, comms director previously with Rep. Bobby Rush.

Sunday: Bret Manley, chief of staff to Rep. Rodney Davis, and criminal defense attorney Raymond Wigell.



via Illinois Playbook

April 16, 2021 at 07:20AM

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