Happy Tuesday, Illinois. Today’s a shorts day if there ever was one.

State lawmakers let out a big sigh of relief Monday. New data from the U,S. Census Bureau shows Illinois has lost 7,833 residents since 2010 — as well as a congressional seat. But it didn’t lose two seats, which had been a looming possibility. Census officials said Monday that Illinois wasn’t even close to losing a second seat.

Illinois’ census population at 12,822,739 (which includes overseas residents) is higher than the numbers in the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), which had the population at 12,770,631.

It may be proof that the heavy lifting to get residents counted last year actually worked.

“We built a coordinated, robust, statewide effort to reach millions of Illinois residents, particularly those in hard-to-count communities, and it proved to be tremendously successful,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement to Playbook. He pointed to a “boots on the ground” effort that included 400 organizations, coordinated by 31 “regional intermediaries.” It was all fueled by $47.8 million in funding.

The investment put Illinois at the top for the self-response rate among 10 most populous states, according to the governor’s office, which says that will translate to fewer federal dollars being lost. Still, losing a congressional seat chips away at Illinois’ clout in Washington and in the Electoral College.

Republicans rightly expressed disappointment at losing ground in Congress. Rep. Rodney Davis blamed “corruption, tax hikes, and job-killing policies” of Democrats for the population drop since 2010, though a Republican sat in the governor’s office for part of that decade, too.

The new data doesn’t get any granular than statewide populations. We don’t have data at the block level, for example, or any numbers showing racial, gender or any other factoids that help in redrawing state legislative maps.

The new census numbers do determine how the country’s 435 congressional districts will be reapportioned ahead of next year’s midterm elections — when every House seat is up for grabs.

As POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick points out, the apportionment numbers “continue a decades-long shift of political power out of the Northeast and Midwest.”

Other states also losing a seat: California, Michigan, New York (which fell just 89 people short of keeping its seat), Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

States gaining a seat: Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Montana. And Texas will add two House seats to its delegation. Not everyone’s happy there, either, because a few states — Texas and Florida — thought they’d accrue even more seats.

The next big question in Illinois: Who will be the odd man (or woman) out of the congressional delegation?

The Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet writes: “There will be an effort in 2022 elections to pit Illinois Republicans against each other in primaries to make up the one-seat loss. Democrats will want to draw districts with more Democrats in it for Reps. Lauren Underwood and Cheri Bustos.”

There are folks who’d like to see Rep. Mary Miller, who invoked Hitler at a rally in January, out. But it’s more likely that seats held by Davis or Adam Kinzinger to be eliminated.

The new census data isn’t specific enough for Illinois lawmakers who are wrapping up public hearings on how to redraw state legislative districts. That means they’ll likely use early data to draw the maps by the state’s June 30 deadline.

Senate President Don Harmon and House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch may take heart in knowing that the new census population figures are only 0.4 percent off from the ACS population numbers.


The census has a population clock.

Illinois was one of three states to lose population over the decade, by Tribune’s Rick Pearson

Looking at Cook County judicial subcircuits as they now exist — and as they might be redrawn, by Frank Calabrese in the For What It’s Worth judicial blog

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office objected to criticisms made by former Congressman Luis Gutiérrez about the office’s handling of the Adam Toledo case.

Alex Sims, a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, called Gutiérrez’s comments “disappointing.” Sims said “This is not the time to divide our communities further — it is critical that our communities unite together to tackle the systems that were designed to see Black and Brown individuals fail.”

Along with criticizing Foxx for not reading the initial prosecutor’s court presentation on the case, which was misleading, Gutierrez said Foxx doesn’t do a good enough job hiring Latinx administrators.

Sims rebutted the claim, saying that under Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has “greater representation of Latinx individuals in senior positions compared to her predecessor,” especially in the area of immigration, which included challenging former President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and undocumented communities.

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No official public events.

At Memorial Center for Learning Innovation in Springfield at 9:30 a.m. with Black Caucus members and community advocates to discuss health-care equity.

At Harper College at 11 a.m. tour its manufacturing department.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday reported 10 additional deaths and 2,137 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 21,836 fatalities and 1,323,170 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from April 19-25 is 3.5 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.9 percent.

PRITZKER ON VACCINE: ‘Supply will soon exceed demand’: “The decline comes as Chicago-area mass vaccination sites have begun offering shots to walk-ins — a drastic shift from just a few weeks ago when it was still a grueling ordeal for many people to find an appointment,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella and Jenny Whidden.

The most promising vaccine you’ve never heard of: “The vaccine’s developer, Novavax, has never brought a product to market. The shot entered late-stage clinical trials months after candidates from bigger names like Pfizer and Moderna. But the Novavax vaccine proved just as potent as those mRNA shots in a U.K. trial, and the company is now preparing to file for U.S. authorization in a matter of weeks — potentially leapfrogging AstraZeneca, a former frontrunner,” by POLITICO’s Sarah Owermohle and Carmen Paun.

Single-pill treatment for Covid-19 could be available this year: “The pill was unveiled at the American Chemical Society Spring 2021 meeting in early April. The drug works by targeting the main protease of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. By inhibiting the protease, the drug prevents the virus from reproducing itself within the body,” via Nexstar.

DuPage leads suburban counties in vaccination rates, by Daily Herald’s Jack Griffin

— INVESTIGATION: Park District investigating claims of widespread sexual harassment, assault among lifeguards: “Confidential documents show the inspector general is looking into ‘allegedly toxic and dangerous’ work environments at beaches and pools. In the most serious case so far, investigators say a 16-year-old was assaulted by a more senior lifeguard,” by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos.

— DEEP DIVE: Inside Mayor Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West Program: “Chicago is a tale of two cities. While the North side glitters, the South and West Sides are in disrepair,” reports WGN/9’s Tahman Bradley. He examines Mayor Lori Lightfoot $750 million investment into neighborhoods. She’s not the first mayor to try to lift up communities on the South and West sides. The question is, will Invest South/West be the first to succeed?

More communities added to mayor’s INVEST South/West Program, by Tribune’s Ryan Ori

Chicago Police slalom viral tweet, saying Twitter won’t remove ‘manipulated’ image: “Not only does this synthetic and manipulated image, which is antithetical to our values, reflect the very worst of disinformation on social media, it also puts our officers & communities at risk by widening the gap in trust that we are working so hard to build, bridge & restore,” the department tweeted. NBC/5 reports.

— Column: Every mayor for the last 30 years has failed to keep their promise to bring violence under control: “Our patience is wearing thin,” writes Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton.

Looks like piping plovers Monty and Rose have returned for their third summer at Montrose Beach, by Tribune’s Morgan Greene

A business district built with shipping containers is growing in Chicago, via ABC

CHICAGO SUES INDIANA GUN SHOP tied to more than 850 guns recovered from crime scenes: “Westforth Sports in Gary ‘feeds the market for illegal firearms by knowingly selling its products to an ever-changing roster of gun traffickers and straw (sham) purchasers,’ according to the lawsuit, filed Monday,” by Sun-Times’ Grace Asiegbu and Fran Spielman.

— REVENGE PORN: McHenry County woman found guilty in case before state Supreme Court: “A woman who sent sexually explicit photos of another woman to family and friends to show why her marriage was called off was found guilty in McHenry County Monday of violating the state law against so-called revenge porn,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.

La Grange teen accuses hockey team of disability discrimination: “Morgan Urso was told she could no longer be part of Team Illinois Hockey after she disclosed her experience with depression and suicidal thoughts,” by Sun-Times’ Mari Devereaux.

Des Plaines police chief raises questions about accidental shooting that seriously injured a budding guitarist: “He is uncertain whether Des Plaines Police Officer James Armstrong actually struck Rylan Wilder, who was working as an intern at the store on the evening of Nov. 19, 2019, when he was shot,” by Sun-Times’ Stefano Esposito. With Video

So long, Lester Holt? Illinois Supreme Court unveils new jury orientation video: “It’s unclear whether the new video means the iconic video featuring Holt that has played at Cook County courthouses for years will no longer be used,” by Sun-Times’ Madeline Kenney.

NEW STATE PROGRAM offers access to vaccines, support services through community organizations: “The Covid-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program serves areas of the state outside of Chicago and Cook County, and is funded by $60 million in grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health to regional organizations,” by Capitol News’ Sarah Mansur.

As pandemic lifts, landlords await relief on evictions:A ban on evictions has stuck building owners with rent scofflaws and squatters, forcing them to cut expenses and lowering the quality of the housing stock,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.

Welch on his first 100 days and keeping his promise on term limits: “I certainly hope that this is the first of many steps that will show the public that we’re serious about bringing about change here in Springfield, that we’re serious about rebuilding trust in our legislature.” WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

It’s sweet to be a utility company in Illinois: “Thanks to state laws, monopolies grow earnings like they’re tech giants,” by Crain’s Steve Daniels.

— ICYMI (because we did): Rita Ali made history in Peoria, becoming the first woman, and first African American to become mayor: “After 170 years and 54 mayors, becoming the first woman and the first person of color, African American, I think it speaks well of Peoria’s choice, Peoria’s direction, being open to diversity and embracing diversity,” she told WCBU last week. “Diversity plays very well in terms of progress for cities.”

— GOOD ROUNDUP: House, Senate advance bills dealing with school isolation rooms, vaping: “The state Senate and House passed more than 750 bills between them last week, addressing isolated timeouts in schools, youth vaping, teaching Muslim history, the commemoration of Juneteenth and automatic voter registration in prisons, among other topics…Capitol News Illinois has summarized below a few of the notable bills that passed one chamber last week. To become law — among other pathways — the bills will still need to receive approval from the other chamber and the governor,” by Capitol News’ Sarah Mansur.

— Pritzker plan draws criticism: Some Illinois business leaders have written a letter to state lawmakers asking them to reject Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to close corporate tax loopholes. They see it as a tax hike that could hurt manufacturing jobs. Some of Pritzker’s proposals include reversing a phaseout of the state’s corporate franchise tax, eliminating an additional tax credit for companies receiving other state incentives that create construction jobs, and capping a discount for retailers that collect state sales tax. “We have strong concerns about several proposals seeking to eliminate tax incentives designed to help attract and grow the manufacturing sector, especially in the midst of Illinois’ attempt to rebuild and recover from the pandemic,” the business leaders said in their letter.

Chicago college students dream of in-person, multi-school ceremony at Soldier Field: “Columbia College Chicago students hope to host their own in-person graduation ceremony — and have invited students from schools across the city,” by Sun-Times’ Zac Clingenpeel.

Because of Covid restrictions, only 200 people will be able to attend President Joe Biden’s speech Wednesday highlighting his first 100 days in office (Friday will be his 100th day). The events usually draw as many as 1,600, according to national Playbook — which includes the 535 members of Congress plus guests and other members of the executive and judicial branches. With tickets limited, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that Laraine Bryson, CEO of Tri-County Urban League in Peoria, will be her virtual guest for Wednesday’s address.

Democrats’ surprising 2-man team to hold the Senate, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and James Arkin

The arcane legislative maneuver ‘sucking up all the oxygen in D.C.,’ by POLITICO’s Theodoric Meyer

Policy over personality: Early strategy takeaways from the GOP retreat, by POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers

A national lynching memorial recognizes the domestic terrorism that killed my great-great-grandfather, writes Karin Berry of The Undefeated

James Serritella, who defended Cardinal Bernardin against abuse allegation and helped craft policies to protect children, has died: “Serritella, who was in his 50th year as principal outside counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago and was known as the draftsman of modern-day nationwide policies to combat child sex abuse, died of complications from heart disease on April 23. He was 78,” reports Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.

Jaylin D. McClinton, a law student at Chicago-Kent and Playbooker trivia buff, and Patrick Berning-O’Neill, a student at University of Chicago Law School, were named among the up-and-coming legal professionals by the American Constitution Society. Notable alumni include: Michael Negron, special advisor at U.S. Small Business Administration; Lari Dierks, an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; and Dana Pownall, director Of Development at Cabrini Green Legal Aid.

Jim Rigg, who is stepping down as superintendent of Chicago’s Catholic schools, tapped for similar job in Miami, by Tribune’s Hannah Leone

— IT’s PARTY TIME: The latest edition of political fundraising events goes through November.

— Today at noon: A free webinar on the new Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund will explain how restaurants, bars, and other qualified businesses can access a piece of the $26.8 billion in national funding. Headlining the discussion: Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Illinois SBA director Bo Steiner, Ald. Gilbert Villegas, state Sen. Omar Aquino, Illinois Department of Commerce deputy director Vanessa Uribe, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Jaime di Paulo, and American Business Immigration Coalition director Ken Kimber.

MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to lobbyist John McCabe for correctly answering that the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement was changed to the Illinois Department of State Police because the IDLE acronym portrayed an unseemly image of officers.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Where was the parade celebrating Jim Thompson’s first inauguration held? Email to [email protected].

State Rep. Will Guzzardi (39th), and Chicago Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th).



via Illinois Playbook

April 27, 2021 at 07:22AM

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