A COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE AGES — VALENCIA’s BIG-NAME SUPPORT — LIGHTFOOT’s PANDEMIC RELIEF PLAN

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A COUNCIL MEETING FOR THE AGES — VALENCIA’s BIG-NAME SUPPORT — LIGHTFOOT’s PANDEMIC RELIEF PLAN

Happy Thursday, Illinois. When it’s 5 a.m. and a giant spider lands on your laptop and you scream loud enough to wake the rest of the house. It’s gonna be a day.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Illinois Playbook will not publish Monday — I know, I know! It’s the last day of the session! We’ll be back on our normal schedule Tuesday with a legislative wrap-up from Springfield.

Tensions were high at Wednesday’s in-person City Council meeting: Aldermen and the mayor battled over a proposal to rename outer Lake Shore Drive Drive in honor of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, considered Chicago’s first non-Indigenous settler.

A last-minute parliamentary maneuver orchestrated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who opposes the name change, stopped the proposal in its tracks — at least for now.

As Ald. Sophia King asked for a roll call vote, Lightfoot called on Alds. Brian Hopkins and Ariel Reboyras, who moved for the plan to be pushed back until the next meeting using a procedure called “defer and publish.”

When King challenged Lightfoot for not calling on her, the mayor said she saw Hopkins’ hand first, prompting an incredulous King to snap: “Oh, come on, President.”

The mayor’s response: “You’re out of order. Please.”

Drama begets drama. Ald. David Moore, who sponsored the bill, was so incensed, that he threatened to pull the same “defer and publish” maneuver on every other bill that came forward. “I’m going to hold up every City Council meeting going forward regardless,” he said.

The Tribune has a full story, including why the mayor doesn’t want the drive named after DuSable: the whole world knows Lake Shore Drive as synonymous with Chicago.

That wasn’t the end of the political entertainment. Lightfoot at one point confused Ald. Andre Vasquez with Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, prompting Vasquez to say: “I know we’re both socialists and Latinx, but we’re not the same person.” The mayor wasn’t amused. She had seen Vasquez gesturing and thought he was speaking, too. “I don’t appreciate the snark,” she said.

And Chicago City Council nerds reveled in another exchange: Celebrated Ald. Dick Mell made an appearance to the meeting to pay tribute to a longtime city employee.

Problem was, his tribute went on a bit. The mayor was heard saying, “Alderman Reboyras,” who promptly cut off Mell’s meandering story.

Tribune reporter John Byrne, who’s seen his share of City Council meetings, tweeted, “This council meeting has EVERYTHING!!!To have Lightfoot cut off Mell, “was just the cherry on top of an all-time bizarre council meeting.”

More stories on City Council actions are below.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia has secured big names to head up her campaign for Illinois secretary of state, including former Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico, who will serve as a campaign co-chair, former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, and former state Sen. Heather Steans, who will serve on the finance committee.

“These are the individuals that I called within hours of announcing that I am running for Secretary of State to offer their support,” Valencia said in a statement, describing the group as reflecting “the diversity of Illinois and what we represent.”

Along with Chico, other campaign co-chairs include Bettylu Saltzman, a Democratic Party activist credited with discovering Barack Obama; Willis Towers Watson managing director John Atkinson; Sterling Bay principal Suzet McKinney; Skadden attorney Chuck Smith; Granite City High teacher Linda Ames; and three Chicago aldermen: Michelle Harris (8th), Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) and Michael Scott Jr. (24th).

Along with Steans, Thompson and Thompson’s entrepreneur wife Liz, finance committee members are Tina Tchen (former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama), 43rd Ward Democratic Committeeperson Lucy Moog, business consultant Suzanne Muchin, Greenlining Realty exec Lamell McMorris, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr partner Howard Swibel, former Obama advisers Alan Solow and Andrea Solow, and attorney Nabeela Rasheed.

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Headlining a 10 a.m. press conference at Jardine Water Purification Plant.

No official public events.

At Tinley Park Convention Center at 1:30 p.m. for a walk-through and clap-out to mark the last day of vaccinations at the site.

— The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 27 additional deaths and 1,139 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 22,676 fatalities and 1,378,388 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from May 19 through 25 is 2.0 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 2.9 percent.

Illinois’ Covid-19 testing positivity rate sinks to lowest point ever — yeah, ever: “The positivity rate has illustrated the ebbs and devastating flows of case spikes and falls throughout a chaotic year. In the early weeks of the pandemic, the state’s average figure soared past 20 percent, then eased down to about 2.5 percent last summer. By mid-fall it was skyrocketing again, up to 13.2 percent It’s now down to 2 percent — the lowest it’s sunk since experts started tracking it,” by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout.

Legislators OK bipartisan proposal to ask voters if workers should have a ‘fundamental right’ to unionize: “The proposed constitutional amendment, to be placed on the Nov. 8, 2022, ballot, was approved in the House on an 80-30 vote, with nine Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the change,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Dan Petrella.

Calls for elected school board in Chicago intensify, Harmon says he’s still looking for a compromise: “Senate President Don Harmon of Oak Park indicated Wednesday that an elected school board proposal previously approved in the House would not be called for a final vote in the Senate unless a compromise is reached with Mayor Lori Lightfoot,” by Tribune’s Hannah Leone and Dan Petrella.

Win, lose, or compromise: Clock ticks on key education bills, by Chalkbeat’s Samantha Smylie and Cassie Walker Burke.

Bill legalizing ‘cocktails to go’ set to expire without action, worrying business owners: “The bill, set to expire June 2, would be extended through the end of 2023 if the measure is approved by the legislature,” by NBC/5’s Kate Chappell.

Lawmakers pass bill on early release of terminally ill prisoners: The bill “provides reasonable timeframes and deadlines for the Prisoner Review Board to review cases involving medical incapacity or terminal illness, and to determine if those inmates — with victim input — would basically … have a quality-of-life improvement if they’re moved out of prison,” Democratic Sen. John Connor said. Sun-Times’ Andrew Sullender and Rachel Hinton.

— FUR POLL: Opponents of a bill that would require the sale of dogs and cats only from animal control facilities or shelters say they have polling that shows Illinois residents don’t like the idea. The poll by National Research Inc. and commissioned by Furry Babies, a majority woman-owned pet store, says 53 percent of residents oppose HB 1711. Here are the cross tabs. Opponents say the measure is anti-business and removes existing consumer protections. The poll was conducted May 13-16 and surveyed 600 residents and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percent, according to the info sheet (which doesn’t explain how the questions were asked).

Opponents, which include the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and American Kennel Club, say the bill doesn’t improve breeder standards or safeguard animal welfare. HB1711, however, is supported by The Humane Society, which sees the bill as a good way to stop the proliferation of puppy mills. The bill, which is in the Agriculture Committee, has bipartisan support, with Republican Rep. Andrew Chesney and Democratic Sen. Cristina Castro serving as co-sponsors.

Grand jury charges former Madigan chief of staff Tim Mapes with perjury, obstruction of justice: “The charges bring the feds closer than ever to Madigan, who has not been criminally charged and denies wrongdoing. It also lifts the curtain slightly on a grand jury drilling deep into Illinois politics,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel and Rachel Hinton.

From the Tribune: “The charges against Mapes marked the deepest blow yet into Madigan’s once-vaunted political operation in a still-active investigation that threatens to ensnare Madigan himself.”

WBEZ reports on exchange between Mapes and McClain: “Do you recall anyone ever describing any work or assignments [Commonwealth Edison lobbyist Michael McClain] was performing on [Madigan’s] behalf?” a prosecutor asked. “I don’t recall that — that I would have been part of any of that dialogue,” Mapes answered. “I don’t know why I would be.”

Illinois appellate court to hear arguments on Hamas terror funding: “A judge first ruled in favor of the family of terror victim David Boim in 2004,” via Jewish Insider.

— THE RESULT OF RUNOFF: Inside the battle to stem Central Illinois farm runoff: “Lee Enterprise reporters from across Central Illinois have been in corn and soybean fields, at municipal water plants and in government offices discussing with farmers, experts and policymakers the state’s progress in meeting the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The findings highlight the ongoing push and pull of one the state’s most substantial economic drivers — and is the subject of continuing conversations from farm fields to the statehouse in Springfield,” by Herald & Review’s Kade Heather.

Impact of Illinois’ body camera mandate on local police departments: “A new Illinois law is putting body cams on police statewide and small departments in Southern Illinois are struggling to keep up with the cost of the technology. Local police, sheriff’s departments, and some state attorneys agree they’re a great tool but say they need more funding and mandates that don’t limit their usefulness,” by WSILTV’s Dave Davis.

One Illinois McDonald’s is trying something different to attract workers: offering them a new iPhone, by CBS News’ Caitlin O’Kane

Republicans tie Dem mapmaking to latest indictment: “Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, pointed out that [Tim] Mapes was heavily involved in Madigan’s redistricting efforts, the most recent of which took place in 2011 after the previous decennial census,” by Capitol News’ Raymon Troncoso

Lightfoot unveils sweeping pandemic relief package for businesses, consumers: “The way we typically do business does not work” for everyone, Lightfoot said. “Thanks to this package, we will be able to do just that and set our residents, communities and businesses up for long-term success.” Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reports

Proposed 10 p.m. curfew on retail booze sales will ‘kill smaller businesses,’ some say: “Stores would no longer be able to sell packaged beer, wine and spirits until the wee hours of the morning under an ordinance introduced Wednesday,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba, Satchel Price, and Fran Spielman.

Thompson Center gets zoning change allowing for skyscraper weeks after death of its architect, Helmut Jahn, by Tribune’s Ryan Ori

Divided City Council OKs expansion of Jefferson Park marijuana dispensary: “Ald. Jason Ervin argued the unwritten rule allowing aldermen to call the shots on zoning in their wards is a one-way street: ‘It seems like … when it come down to Black folks, aldermanic prerogative gets tossed out the window,’” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

— WELCOME BACK BEACHES: Lightfoot announces reopening of 22 Chicago beaches in video of herself knocking over her infamous cardboard cutout, by Tribune’s Alice Yin

Police announce new policy on foot pursuits in wake of fatal shootings of Adam Toledo, Anthony Alvarez: “A temporary version of the policy will go into effect on June 11, but residents and community leaders will have an opportunity to offer feedback before it becomes permanent in September, police Superintendent David Brown said at a Wednesday news conference,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner and Paige Fry.

— CPS fall plans: Full-time in-person classes, virtual academy for medically fragile kids — and as many students vaccinated as possible: “Though Covid-19 is not on the current list of required immunizations for students, the district has been encouraging it, hosting vaccine events at schools that are open to students and their families, in partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union,” by Tribune’s Hannah Leone.

Cubs cleared for rare Friday night game: “The Chicago Cubs will play a Friday night game at Wrigley Field on June 18 to accommodate the team’s travel schedule,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman

Adam Toledo’s family launches nonprofit farm to give at-risk boys a safe haven from the streets: “The 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in March. Toledo’s family debuted Adam’s Place on what would’ve been his 14th birthday,” by Block Club’s Pascal Sabino.

— NORTH SHORE MYSTERY: Illinois mom vanished in 1982 — Now cops are digging up her son’s backyard: “Linda Seymour was last seen in an Illinois suburb just before Christmas four decades ago. Police may have finally caught a break in the case,” by Daily Beast’s Pilar Melendez.

Horsemen call on AG to launch antitrust probe of Churchill Downs: “The request stems from the Louisville, Kentucky-based corporation’s August 2019 decision to forgo slots and table games at Arlington Park, five months after it acquired a majority stake in nearby Rivers Casino in Des Plaines,” by Daily Herald’s Christopher Placek.

Campaign kick-off: Republican Esther Joy King is scheduled to launch her campaign for Congress today in East Moline. The kick-off wraps up a four-day, 14-county tour of the 17th District. King was narrowly defeated by Rep. Cheri Bustos in 2020. Bustos recently announced she won’t seek re-election in 2022.

THE FUTURE OF INFRASTRUCTURE: Recovery Lab, POLITICO’s project exploring the policy challenges on the road to pandemic recovery, is back this month to take a look at the future of infrastructure. Across the country, in communities large and small, Covid-19 has forced a reassessment of how we use public infrastructure, including street space, broadband, airports and even the Postal Service. Read our Recovery Lab package here.

Durbin on the GOP filibuster: As Senate Republicans prepare to deploy the filibuster to block a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection, Sen. Dick Durbin, the majority whip, says: “We have a mob overtake the Capitol, and we can’t get the Republicans to join us in making historic record of that event? That is sad,” The Associated Press reports.

GOP frets behind the scenes over potential Trump 2024 bid, by POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers and Burgess Everett

Biden’s selling an ambitious agenda. Americans still aren’t sure what it is, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki

How Trump got a Bush to bend the knee, by POLITICO’s Marc Caputo

Obama marks one year since George Floyd’s murder with roundtable, by Tribune’s Alice Yin

Chicago attorney Tiffany Cunningham sprints through Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: “If confirmed, she will be the first Black judge to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in D.C.,” by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet

‘School of Rock’ actor and drummer killed riding bicycle in Avondale: “Kevin Clark, who played drummer Freddy ‘Spazzy McGee’ Jones in ‘School of Rock’ and was still playing with a Chicago-area band, was being remembered Wednesday as being ‘big-hearted’ by friends who vowed they would ‘rock on’ in his memory,” by Tribunes Clare Proctor.

WEDNESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Elevate Illinois’ Craig Coil for being the first to answer that three towns in Livingston County host county fairs: Cullom, Fairbury and Pontiac. Here’s a full list of upcoming county fairs.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the former state senator who was known to go to the railing of the Capitol rotunda and yell out the name of former IDOT director Langhorne Bond? Email to [email protected]

State Rep. Bob Morgan, Cook County Circuit Court Judge P. Michael Gonzalez, Lake County Zoning Board Vice Chairman Greg Koeppen, political strategist and 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, marketing author and professor Philip Kotler, and Sean Rapelyea, deputy chief of staff of external affairs in the governor’s office.

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May 27, 2021 at 07:30AM

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