ENERGY BILL GETS ANOTHER CHANCE — A NEW QUIGLEY OPPONENT — LATINO VICTORY FUND TO BACK VALENCIA

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Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. I’m Daniel Payne, your guest host while Shia Kapos is off this week. While she’s away, Illinois Playbook won’t publish Thursday but will be back on Friday.

The General Assembly will briefly return next week to tackle some big leftover items that failed to reach the finish line before session officially ended Memorial Day.

One agenda item is the energy bill that seeks to shrink the state’s carbon footprint but got caught in a ruckus over how much to pay emissions-free — but money-losing — nuclear units while lawmakers and labor groups sought to protect a coal-fired power plant. There’s a deal but details are sparse.

“This is a landmark clean energy plan that both protects thousands of jobs and moves Illinois responsibly toward the future,” Senate President Don Harmon said in a statement. He announced his chamber would come back vote on bills next Tuesday. The House will return for one day as well, according to Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, next Wednesday.

The most recent version of the bill has been negotiated by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who set a goal of Illinois having carbon-free power by 2050. The Tribune’s Dan Petrella has more details.

The House will review the energy measure passed by the Senate, as well as a controversial bill transitioning to a fully elected school board in Chicago. The Senate passed the school board bill last week, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot quickly emphasized the problems she had with the bill, according to the Tribune’s Hannah Leone and Gregory Pratt.

House lawmakers is also expected to debate unemployment insurance legislation next Wednesday.

“We were able to accomplish big things this legislative session, and I’m eager to keep that spirit alive in a quick special session next week," Welch said in a statement.

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Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley has a new challenge from his left: Hoan Huynh.

Huynh, a former tech entrepreneur and investor who has worked as a manager at Chicago Beyond, announced his candidacy Tuesday and is the next in a considerable list of progressive Democrats who have come for Illinois’ 5th Congressional District seat. Quigley began representing the district in 2009, when Rahm Emanuel left the seat to work in the Obama White House, and has crushed his liberal challengers before going on to dominate in November elections.

Still, Huynh told Playbook he thinks the pandemic may have made the need for greater change more obvious.

“Things weren’t working before the pandemic,” he said in an interview. “We need to fight for everyone in this district.”

Huynh said Quigley, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, had not listened to the needs of Chicago, adding that issues like economic inequality and violence should be taken on from a congressional level.

“Chicago has been my home for so many years… I’ve had a community who fought for me,” Huynh said.

It won’t be an easy battle for Huynh or Raleigh Bowman, another progressive challenger. Quigley has nearly $1 million on hand according to FEC filings.

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At Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. along with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago for a committal service to bury indigent, unidentified and unborn persons.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 11 additional deaths and 365 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 22,974 fatalities and 1,385,854 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from June 1-7 is 1.1 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 1.4 percent.

Anna Valencia officially launched her campaign for secretary of state Monday — and she’s not concerned by the endorsements pouring in for other candidates. That must partly be because she has several of her own coming in.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The Latino Victory Fund, a progressive Latino political organization, will endorse Valencia today.

"Anna’s candidacy is historic for Latinos, women, and millennials,” Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund president & CEO, said in a statement shared with Playbook. “Latino Victory is committed to increasing the number of Latinas elected to statewide office, and Anna’s candidacy will not only make her one of the select Latinas elected statewide in the country, but it will give Illinois’ 2 million Latinos one more voice in their elected government,"

This comes just days after several key Latino leaders endorsed Valencia’s opponent, Alexi Giannoulias.

Valencia announced her run from a union headquarters and emphasized a focus on reducing language barriers in the office as well as library access for people across the state, the Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton reports.

There’s still plenty of time for the race to develop before Election Day in 2022.

No capacity limits, some masking, and possible limits from individual businesses or towns: a reopening guide: The Tribune’s guide for what you can expect life to be like in Chicago and the rest of Illinois when phase five of reopening begins.

As COVID-19 cases hit new low, Illinois tops Midwestern states for one or more shots: “Compared to seven neighboring states, Illinois leads the pack in terms of adults who have received at least one vaccine dose, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control data, with 68.2% of Illinoisans age 18 and older having gotten at least one shot,” the Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke writes.

“That’s followed by Minnesota with 68%. Third is Wisconsin with 63.4%, Iowa with 62%, Michigan with 60%, Kentucky with 58.8%, Ohio with 57.4% and Indiana with 53.4%.”

Want to get vaccinated? This guide will help you do it. Now that all adults — and a growing number of children — are eligible to get the vaccine, WBEZ’s Vivian McCall has a guide for anyone wanting to get the shot.

Percent of Illinois lawmakers taking funds from pharma among highest in the U.S.: New this morning from STAT’s Kaitlyn Bartley and Lev Facher , see how much your lawmaker took from pharmaceutical companies. Rep. Jim Durkin got more than any other Illinois lawmaker in the analysis — receiving over $63,000 for his 2020 campaign.

The Illinois Supreme Court is pausing the move to the newly approved judicial maps, which were signed into law by Pritzker along with new electoral maps, Sarah Mansur reports for Capitol News Illinois. The order says the delay comes from “numerous changes to the processing of appeals and the administration of the justice system in Illinois” that have come from the new maps. Those changes are significant for several of the districts. Still, other changes — like those in the electoral maps — will continue, much to the frustration of many Republicans.

It’s not just politicians — the Illinois Farm Bureau also came out against the new maps yesterday, WCMY’s Rhiannon Branch reported.

Illinois Lawmakers Strengthen A Law That Requires Some Cities To Submit Affordable Housing Plans: “A sweeping affordable housing bill, recently passed by Illinois state lawmakers, has strengthened the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act (AHPAA). That law requires cities, with at least 1,000 residents and with less than 10% affordable housing, to submit affordable housing plans to the state,” WBEZ’s Natalie Moore writes. Though a similar law was passed in 2003, the new version gives the state government new authority to enforce it.

Pandemic telehealth provisions may become permanent: The bill would “provide Illinois residents with greater access to telehealth care services by limiting patient cost-sharing, expanding the use of remote monitoring, asynchronous telehealth and audio-only telehealth services, and expanding the list of providers allowed to use telehealth to include substance abuse professionals and those providing early-stage intervention to children,” The National Law Review writes.

Legislature forms high-speed rail commission: “Even as Amtrak dreams big about a huge expansion of its service out of Chicago, a high-speed rail group here is thinking even bigger,” Crain’s Business’ Greg Hinz reports on the proposed 220 mph service.

Abortion rights group hosts big-bucks fundraiser for Speaker Welch: “The event is being hosted by Personal PAC, a pro-choice group which has managed to pass much of its agenda into law in recent years but still has one big item remaining,” Crain’s Chicago Business’ Greg Hinz reports.

Feds allege Kenilworth man wore Burberry coat and laughed as he stormed U.S. Capitol: “Federal prosecutors have charged a man from a North Shore suburb who allegedly wore a Burberry coat and laughed as he participated in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6,” the Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel reports.

Chicago lawyers on R. Kelly’s defense team say they want out of Brooklyn racketeering trial with 2 months to go: “Two months before R&B superstar R. Kelly is set to face trial in federal court in Brooklyn, his two leading Chicago-based defense attorneys asked Monday to withdraw from the case. However, two remaining members of Kelly’s defense team say attorneys Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard were fired by the singer before they made their request,” the Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel writes.

Change Illinois showcases 13-member ‘people’s commission’ to draw new ward boundaries: “The nonprofit group Change Illinois and its civic partners hope their ward map can trigger a referendum by getting votes from at least 10 aldermen. But that’s not going to happen, if veteran City Council members have their say,” the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman writes.

Why teachers at Chicago’s first all-male charter network have gone on strike: “In a rare end-of-school-year move, 34 teachers at Urban Prep Academies walked out of classrooms Monday, interrupting finals week at three all-male, predominantly Black campuses run by the charter network,” Chalkbeat’s Cassie Walker Burke reports. The teachers are asking for pay comparable to their unionized public school counterparts.

The strain between Lightfoot and Valencia on display: The Tribune’s Gregory Pratt tweeted an email obtained by a public records request that gives a more granular feel for the strained relationship between the mayor and the then-city clerk.

City Council’s Committee on Public Safety portrayed as do-nothing panel: “Between 2000 and 2020, the Police Committee-turned-Committee on Public Safety held 186 meetings and considered 489 agenda items, according to a Justice Project review. Of the agenda items considered, 80% were unrelated to police oversight. Only 15% had anything to do with the Chicago Police Department, the study showed,” the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reports.

Chicago must revive the not-so-Magnificent Mile to thrive again: “More than a fifth of retail space on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is vacant after shoppers were driven away by the pandemic and unrest. Now, the reopening city urgently needs them to return,” Bloomberg’s Shruti Singh and Jordyn Holman write.

Chicago children are being killed by guns at a far faster rate than years past: “Fifty-two children under 15 have been shot and 10 killed so far this year in the city. Out of nearly 1,500 shooting victims so far this year, at least 52 victims were 15 or younger, compared to 43 last year, an increase of 21%. The increase in child shooting victims tracks closely with the overall spike in Chicago shootings — adults included — of 20.3%,” write the Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba, David Struett, Madeline Kenney, Mitch Dudek, and Sophie Sherry.

Woman gets 10 years for shooting Chicago police officer: Deangela Eaton, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated battery in Cook County court. With credit for good behavior and time already spent in custody, she could be released in about four years,” the AP reports.

When crime goes viral: Activists say Illinois’ law that makes it illegal to expose others to HIV is racist and homophobic: “Scores of critics say policies like Illinois’s are a dangerous and misguided attempt at stopping the spread of HIV and punish people for merely living with the virus while potentially allowing vengeful lovers to weaponize the law against people living with HIV,” Chicago Reader’s Adam M. Rhodes writes.

— Chicago’s Northside GOP Club is holding their kickoff party a week from tonight, June 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Pub (tickets here).

Marquette University to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students: "Students attending classes during the upcoming academic year must be fully vaccinated by August 1, according to an email sent to students at the private school in Milwaukee,” the Sun-Times’ Zinya Salfiti reports.

Biden disliked Putin before it was cool, by POLITICO’s Nahal Toosi

Trans-Atlantic talks to end steel tariffs face a tough problem: China, by POLITICO’s Steven Overly.

Why bipartisanship won’t get any easier in the Senate, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine, Andrew Desiderio and Burgess Everett

Today: state Rep. Keith Wheeler (50th), political consultant Liz Brown, society blogger Irene Michaels, and Saghi (Sandra) Hosseini, competitive director at AL Media Strategy.

Thursday: former first kid Sasha Obama, former state Sen. Jim Oberweis, CAIR-Chicago deputy director and counsel Sufyan Sohel, former CPS CEO Paul Vallas, and Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg.

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June 9, 2021 at 09:54AM

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