LIGHTFOOT’s FRUSTRATION — MAYORS MOBILIZE — JILL BIDEN’s VISIT — DETAILS OF CANNABIS FIX — MONDALE’s CHICAGO MOMENTS

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LIGHTFOOT’s FRUSTRATION — MAYORS MOBILIZE — JILL BIDEN’s VISIT — DETAILS OF CANNABIS FIX — MONDALE’s CHICAGO MOMENTS

Happy Tuesday, Illinois. When they say Midwestern weather is a confusing pile of garbage, they mean today. Enjoy the snow.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot couldn’t control her frustration Monday with the persistent crime problem in the city that saw five more deaths over the weekend, including a 7-year-old in her dad’s car at a McDonald’s.

The mayor is disappointed that the federal government hasn’t tightened background checks or other gun control laws. And she’s angry that the Cook County court system’s electronic monitoring rules have allowed “violent criminals” to “terrorize” Chicago while trials until recently were put on hold because of the pandemic.

For a year now, the mayor has been concerned about the ecosystem of the criminal justice system. She’s often said that policing alone isn’t the way to stop violence — especially gun crime.

“We’ve got to actually hold people accountable who are wreaking havoc in our streets. The fact that we have gone now 13 months and we don’t have criminal trials in Cook County” is shameful, the mayor said during a press conference.

As the Sun-Times reports, jury trials began March 22 at the Cook County courthouse at 26th and California and March 29 at the Bridgeview courthouse. But there haven’t been many requests by defendants for jury trials this year, officials told the paper.

But we get the mayor’s point. Between the criminal justice system being hamstrung by Covid-19 and the related breakdown of the social safety net, violence has reached unacceptable levels in Chicago and other big cities across the country.

Judge Timothy Evans, who heads the court system, didn’t comment Monday on Lightfoot’s remarks about electronic monitoring, notes the Sun-Times.

Asked if she still backed Police Supt. David Brown, Lightfoot said “the short answer is yes… But ask me if I’m satisfied with the job that everyone who has a responsibility for guns flowing into our city is doing and the answer is, no.”

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and hundreds of other local leaders across Illinois are calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state lawmakers to resist tapping into a revenue stream that has benefited their cities and villages for years.

At stake is the annual $1.2 billion Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF), which is generated from income taxes paid by local residents and businesses and collected by the state before distributing it back to municipalities.

Earlier this year, the governor said the state needs to cut another 10 percent — about $152 million — in local revenue to make up for funds that would have been generated by the graduated income tax proposal that failed in November.

Local leaders say they can’t afford to give up the LGDF funds, which already have been reduced from 10 percent to 6.06 percent, according to the mayors. Without it, they say they’ll have to make their own painful cuts.

“Every dollar that gets cut from LGDF means an increased financial burden on our residents and taxpayers at the worst possible time,” Lightfoot, who is first vice chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, said in a statement.

Hazel Crest Village President Vernard Alsberry Jr., meanwhile, raised the specter of property tax hikes, saying, “Municipalities depend on LGDF dollars to lessen the burden on homeowners who pay property taxes while keeping municipalities operating and providing basic services.” He’s part of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, which serves 45 communities.

The municipal leaders are kicking off an education campaign today on the issue in an effort to sway lawmakers.

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At Chicago State University at 9:30 a.m. to tour its mass vaccination clinic.

No official public events.

At Loyola University Health Science campus in Maywood at 11:30 a.m. to announce the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program administered by the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday reported 22 additional deaths and 1,959 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 21,685 fatalities and 1,304,200 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from April 12-18 is 4.0 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 5.5 percent.

— Latest struggles in Illinois: Massive supply imbalance fueled by vaccine hesitancy: "Four months into Illinois’ mass vaccination program, a Tribune analysis of state and local data found deep imbalances in vaccine supply and demand. The state for weeks kept sending doses to places where it was a struggle to sign up enough people to get vaccinated, while other areas — such as greater Chicago — scrambled to find enough doses for the flood of people eager to get a shot,” by Tribune’s Joe Mahr and Dan Petrella.

Black-owned businesses and the Paycheck Protection Program: “Four Black-owned small businesses in Chicago’s West Side and west suburbs share their experiences with applying for federal funding during the Covid-19 crisis by Better Government Association’s Woojae Julia Song, Michael Romain and Olivia Obineme.

First Lady Jill Biden swept through Illinois on Monday to tour Sauk Valley Community College, a school not unlike the Virginia community college where she teaches and is known as “Dr. B.” Both schools have high graduation rates and are looking at new ways to offer education opportunities to those who may not otherwise afford it.

Biden was intrigued by Sauk’s efforts to give free tuition to young people who do volunteer work before college. It’s not exactly the kind of free tuition that President Joe Biden talked about when he was campaigning, but it’s on that path.

“We can’t continue to exclude some people from continuing their education just because they’re from the wrong income bracket,” the first lady said during her prepared remarks. Biden added that community college degrees lead to “good paying jobs” that in turn prompt “investment in the community. That strengthens state economies.”

The first lady also toured the robotics and nursing classes at Sauk along with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Rep. Cheri Bustos, who’s also a big supporter of community colleges — she has a son who earned a welding degree through one.

Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton and state Attorney General Kwame Raoul also showed up to hear Biden’s remarks along with trustees of the college.

PRITZKER DEPLOYS NATIONAL GUARD to Chicago ahead of verdict in Derek Chauvin trial: “At Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s request, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is deploying 125 Illinois National Guard troops to Chicago on Tuesday in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd last summer. The Guard members will perform a ‘limited mission’ that includes helping Chicago police manage street closures, according to the governor’s office,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella.

Officer in fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo speaks with Cook County prosecutors, sources say: “In general, the subject of an investigation may agree to speak with prosecutors on the understanding that his statement will not be used against him unless criminal charges are brought and he contradicts that statement from the witness stand. Subjects often give such statements on the belief it could help them avoid criminal charges altogether,” by Tribune’s Megan Crepeau.

Another attempt at police reform stalls at City Hall: “Some aldermen and a city watchdog pushed to make the city make public a database of complaints against police officers. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot opposed it and a key city committee did not vote on the ordinance,” by Block Club’s Justin Laurence.

City Council will meet in person this Wednesday, with virtual option, via The AP

PRITZKER TAPS former Chicago History Museum chief to replace LaHood as chair of Lincoln library board: “Gary Johnson, who was appointed to the board of directors for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield in 2019, will now lead the board. Pritzker said he’s ‘confident’ Johnson will excel in the position and ensure the library and museum remain ‘a top destination for Illinoisans and visitors alike,’” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.

House bill would free up Medicaid spending for autism treatment: “House Bill 16, introduced by Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, would amend rules for the state’s medical assistance program to allow Medicaid to cover specific treatments for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder,” by Capitol News’ Megan Valley and Raymon Troncoso.

Alana Banks of Decatur makes her-story: “Banks is first Black trans woman to win a public school board seat in U.S.,” by Illinois Times’ Rachel Otwell.

— SCOOP: The summary of new draft language to clean up the Illinois cannabis law is out and it covers a lot of ground. According to a 1-page "overview," the measure calls for creating “a new Qualifying Applicant Lottery of 110 licenses to be conducted for current social equity applicants.” The lottery would “only open” to applicants that scored over 85 percent of available points in a bungled lottery last year.

Legislation calls for teaching police officers how racism, ‘ignorance’ prevent them from doing their jobs fairly: “If we want to change the behavior of police, we have to educate them,” Rep. La Shawn Ford said of the bill he introduced Monday. But the head of the Chicago union for rank-and-file police officers calls the bill “redundant and ridiculous.” Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton reports.

Civil rights leaders push compromise over elected school board: “A letter adds a new wrinkle as the Illinois Senate considers competing bills from Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.

Nursing home advocates want virtual visits to be a law: They say such legislation “would help to lessen the crushing loneliness experienced by people who’ve been stuck in long-term care facilities for more than a year without contact with family or friends,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.

CANNABIS BANKING BILL gets House approval: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed legislation that would allow banks to provide services to cannabis companies in states where it is legal, a step towards removing what analysts say is a barrier to development of a national industry. Lawmakers voted 321-101 to approve the bill and send it to the Senate,” via Reuters.

Judge gives 6-1/2 years to Cicero woman who admitted to forced labor of Guatemalan immigrants: “The judge noted that Concepcion Malinek’s victims said she ‘ruled the household like a tyrant.’ And he said that, when one man could not pay the rent he owed her, Malinek ‘prohibited him from using the bathroom unless he paid,’” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.

MONDALE’s CHICAGO MOMENTS: Chicago played in a few key moments in the life of former Vice President Walter Mondale, who died Monday at the age of 93. In 1983, when Mondale was running for president, he was thrust in the center of a feud between Mayor Harold Washington and Ald. Edward Vrdolyak — two notorious City Hall enemies. Washington and Vrdolyak fought about everything, but they agreed on endorsing Mondale for president. Still, each wanted to be Mondale’s star Chicago endorsement. The candidate didn’t want to alienate either. It forced Mondale’s campaign to tip-toe around the relationships.

… In the Illinois primary in March 1984, Mondale defeated Colorado Sen. Gary Hart in what was described as pivotal for the former vice president’s presidential campaign. Mondale went on to clinch the Democratic nomination in June 1984.

… Mondale’s advance team over the years included Rick Jasculca and Jim Terman, who still operate their strategic communications firm in Chicago.

… And get this: Mondale worked for Chicago-based Winston & Strawn law firm, which also has offices in Washington, D.C.

Reps. Chuy Garcia and Mike Quigley have sent a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure calling for cultural institutions to be included in the upcoming infrastructure package. “These institutions… represent our cultural heritage and are social, economic, and educational pillars of our communities,” they wrote. “Museums, aquariums, and zoos are key partners with cities, states, and the federal government as we work together to build a more sustainable and equitable future.”

Rush to Pritzker: ‘We need our bridge to the future’: “The governor has a great opportunity to narrow the pandemic’s inequality gap by getting behind a project in Joliet that would create 10,000 permanent jobs,” writes Rep. Bobby Rush.

Garcia among progressives urging Biden to end ‘rubber stamp’ on bank deals: “Regulators have served as a rubber stamp for bank mergers for too long,” said Rep. Chuy García, who with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has proposed legislation to overhaul how bank deals are considered. “These mergers have negative consequences for our communities. They mean more Wells Fargos and fewer local bank branches.” POLITICO’s Leah Nylen reports.

— Quotable on Gaetz: When Forbes asked Rep. Rodney Davis about the $2,000 he got from Gaetz, the Illinois Republican said he “probably got 5 million bucks” in campaign contributions overall in the 2020 cycle and said to “ask the TV stations and radio stations that got my money where it’s at… ask them what charity they’re gonna give it to.”

McCarthy to introduce censure resolution over Maxine Waters’ ‘get more confrontational’ remark, by POLITICO’s Benjamin Din

George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo: Experts say watching traumatic videos most impact people of color, by WBEZ’s Araceli Gomez-Aldana

‘It’s almost like insanity’: GOP base continues to lash out over Trump’s defeat, by POLITICO’s David Siders

Liberals warn Biden against lengthy talks with GOP, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine

Chris Murphy reckons with risk of ‘failure’ in his career-long gun control push, by POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu

Foxconn, Wisconsin reach new tax break deal for scaled-back project, by The AP

— Michael Frisch has left City Hall to join the law firm Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres LLC. Frisch will be a partner, leading the firm’s Governmental Litigation and Investigations Practice. Most recently, Frisch worked for Mayor Lori Lightfoot — who congratulated him on his next chapter. "During my time as mayor, and indeed for many years prior, Mike has been an invaluable advisor and legal counsel," the mayor said in a statement. "I am lucky to have had him play such a key role in my administration.”

— Tom Corfman has joined Ragan Consulting Group as a senior consultant. He’s spent the past four-plus years as director of communications for the Cook County Treasurer’s Office and before that was assistant managing editor at Crain’s.

— Manuel Venegas was named press secretary of the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. He most recently served as director of outreach and media relations for the office. Venegas joined the office in 2018 as outreach coordinator for the Hispanic community.

MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats NPR’s Scott Simon for correctly answering that Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne was governor of Illinois from 1913 to 1917 and mayor of Chicago from 1905 to 1907.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the Chicago commissioner who lost his job in the Richard M. Daley administration after a late winter snow storm wasn’t handled quite right? Email to [email protected].

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Eve Reilly, community activist William Calloway, former aldermanic candidate Kevin Bailey, Accenture consultant Chukwudi Motanya.

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via POLITICO

April 20, 2021 at 07:28AM

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