Good Monday morning, Illinois. It’s great to be back having recharged my batteries. Many thanks to Daniel Payne for stepping up for Illinois Playbookers. Now let’s jump into the new week — there’s lots to cover.
A startling email obtained by Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt shows Mayor Lori Lightfoot losing her temper with her scheduling team five months ago as she tried to juggle a barrage of problems, from a battle with the Chicago Teachers Union to crime on the streets and a lack of Covid-19 vaccines.
“I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday! I need office time everyday!”
In case her team didn’t get the point: The email continued with similar, repetitive statements: “Not just once a week or somedays, everyday!” “Breaks or transition times between meetings are not office time.” “If this doesn’t change immediately, I will just start unilaterally canceling things every day.” “Have I made myself clear, finally?!”
The email runs counter to Lightfoot’s powerful remarks Friday thanking Chicagoans for staying “resilient” through the pandemic.
It offers a glimpse at how Covid-19 ravaged the psyche of the mayor’s office. She and staffers worked 24/7, trying to respond to one crisis after another. That January week in particular was strenuous.
She sent the email Jan. 28, the same day that Chicago Public Schools and its teachers union were in the throes of a battle to get children back in classrooms. In an interview that evening, the mayor told WTTW’s Brandis Friedman that the CTU had just proposed “defunding police and having the CTU dictate housing policy in the city. Neither of those two things are appropriate for bargaining a teachers’ contract.” Lightfoot looked tired and frustrated.
Earlier that week, the mayor was on the phone with the Biden administration pressing for more vaccines. The day before she sent the email, Lightfoot headed a six-hour City Council meeting that focused on a disturbing number of car-jackings in the city. On top of all that, the mayor’s spokesman, Michael Crowley, resigned, a move that by all accounts had been known for two months. Still, it couldn’t have made the week any less stressful.
“A lot was coming down on her that week,” a source close to the mayor’s office told Playbook. “A lot was happening. Her intentions were good,” though there were times during the most stressful days of the pandemic that Lightfoot was “completely awful” as a manager.
Another source acknowledged, “it wasn’t her finest moment.”
And a third said the mayor simply speaks her mind. “She says what she has to say.”
The mayor’s office declined to comment, and Taylor Lewis, the scheduler who received the email and has since left City Hall, didn’t return Playbook’s request for comment.
The mayor’s job is tough. It’s not hard to imagine her predecessors — Rahm Emanuel or Richard M. Daley — erupting similarly. Hers was just memorialized in an email.
Lightfoot’s adversaries, meanwhile, pounced. State Sen. Robert Martwick, who supports a fully elected school board (Lightfoot doesn’t) tweeted: “Hard to believe that anyone would believe that a board appointed by one person would produce better results than one that is elected.”
Democrats in the General Assembly appear to be pushing Democratic state Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park out of the Senate as he faces a trial for charges of embezzlement. The redistricting process, which was controlled by Democrats, has Cullerton facing fellow Democrat Suzy Glowiak Hilton of Western Springs in the new 23rd District, which political consultant Frank Calabrese has plotted. Glowiak Hilton plans to run but Cullerton didn’t respond to our question about his campaign intentions.
A few other senators are also being edged out by the new boundaries, which still face legal hurdles.
Republican Sen. Darren Bailey’s downstate 55th District has been blown up by Democrats. The revamped 55th District now includes fellow Republican state Sen. Jason Plummer. That won’t pose a problem for the two Republicans as long as Bailey is running for governor. He can’t simultaneously run for that and a legislative seat.
Plummer is among Republicans not ready to talk about whether they’ll run for re-election. “I’m confident that these maps won’t be the final maps because anyone looking will recognize it’s a flawed process with bad data,” he told Playbook.
The bulk of Bailey’s current constituency, meanwhile, will be in the new 51st Senate district, where Republican Sen. Chapin Rose resides.
Republican Sen. Neil Anderson has been pushed out of his current 36th Senate district. Anderson lives west of Rock Island, in Andalusia, which is now in the new 47th Senate district. Anderson is the only state senator in the new 47th District, which is a rural, safe Republican district.
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— Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps, by Capitol News’ Peter Hancock reports
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At Daley Plaza at 10 a.m. with the City Council Black Caucus, the Black Remembrance Project and other elected officials for a Flag Raising Ceremony to celebrate the 2021 Juneteenth holiday. Then at 1:15 p.m. she’ll be at Richardson Middle School to provide an update on CPS with Board of Ed and CPS officials.
No official public events.
No official public events.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 11 additional deaths and 298 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease. That’s a total of 23,061 fatalities and 1,387,595 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from June 6 through 12 is 0.9 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 1.3 percent.
— Lightfoot asks state lawmakers for ‘more time’ as pivotal elected school board vote looms: “Lightfoot has suggested that the bill could complicate efforts to replace Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, whose last day is June 30,” by WTTW’s Heather Cherone.
— Energy update: Lawmakers discussed the energy bill through the weekend that’s been held up in Springfield. They are expected to meeting today as well, according to Rep. Ann Williams, who’s involved in the negotiations. Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki offered this analysis Friday.
… Meanwhile: Toxic waste left behind by coal-fired power plants could endanger drinking water for years to come: “After decades of scant oversight, energy companies face new state regulations that require them to clean up sites contaminated with coal ash pollution. The largely unlined dumps will be sealed or, in some cases, the noxious gunk will be excavated and moved to licensed landfills,” reports Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne.
— Votes are there to rename Lake Shore Drive for DuSable over mayor’s objections, Ald. Sophia King says: “We do have the votes. … That’s why there’s all of these moves to try and … deter our colleagues from their first inclination,” she said, calling the more costly alternatives that have been suggested ‘kind of insulting.’” Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
… But opponents say a new poll shows most residents don’t want the name changed: A poll commissioned by North Side Alds. Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Brian Hopkins (2nd) shows 41 percent oppose renaming Lake Shore Drive for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, compared to 31 percent who support it. The rest are undecided. The poll, which was conducted by Lemont-based Fako Research & Strategies, also shows support along racial lines. It says “48 percent of African-Americans said they support the renaming, 32 percent of Latinos and 25 percent of whites,” writes Crain’s Greg Hinz.
… Opinion: “Renaming Lake Shore Drive for the founder of Chicago would better reflect the city as it is,” writes Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg.
— Top CPD official honored for heroism in 2018 hospital shooting gets demoted: “Jacob Alderden was demoted from the rank of commander of the Central patrol district, which encompasses a large swath of the downtown area, to captain of the Police Department’s alternate response section, or nonemergency call center, the sources said,” reports Jeremy Gorner.
— Dead CEO of failed Bridgeport bank worried over his safety, sister told feds: “In a sealed deposition, Janice Gembara Weston said John Gembara began bringing Marek Matczuk to the bank’s annual board meeting after the ouster of a board member,” by Sun-Times’ Tim Novak and Robert Herguth.
— Speakers at Drag March for Change say community, allies need to step up for Black, Black-trans lives: “Protesters marched north on Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Grace Street, where a dozen speakers addressed the persistence of racism and transphobia in the city,” by Sun-Times’ Ashlee Rezin Garcia
… Pride month: “It was 40 years ago this month that the first man was officially diagnosed with something that would one day be called HIV/AIDS,” reports CBS/2’s Brad Edwards in an interview with Tracy Baim.
— Weeks from closing, Black church in Bronzeville hosts reunion mass: “Next month, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 4920 S. King Drive, will merge with four other Black Catholic churches on the South Side to create the new Our Lady of Africa parish,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
— The story of a man who jumped into Lake Michigan every day for nearly a year, by The New York Times’ Julie Bosman.
— ‘Obama Portraits’ is opening at the Art Institute: Expect long waits, and 44 other things to know, by Tribune’s Christopher Borrelli
— Over opposition, pipeline moves a step closer in Black farming community in Kankakee County: “Farmers cite environmental and safety concerns. It also would tie Hopkins Park to fossil fuels and, according to one senator,‘ threatens to replace the last community of African American farmers in Illinois,’” by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase.
— Cook County kicks off Juneteenth, now a paid county holiday: “In the post-George Floyd era, 46 states to date have made Juneteenth a paid state holiday. Illinois is poised to become the 47th — a bill passed by the Illinois House and Senate now sits on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. Cook County’s paid holiday ordinance, crafted by Commissioners Dennis Deer and Stanley Moore, passed in December,” by Sun-Times’ Maudlyne Ihejirika.
— Drew Peterson’s ex-fiancee uses TV interview to reveal what she says happened to his missing 4th wife, Stacy, by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz.
As jobs return, so does demand for affordable child care: “[W]ith the long-awaited reopening of Illinois arriving last week, some say a critical shortage of workers, in businesses ranging from restaurants and retailers to health care and manufacturing, underscores Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s goal of transforming the state’s child care programs by improving equity, accessibility and affordability,” reports Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Faith leaders from across Illinois are announcing their support today for Anna Valencia in her run for Illinois secretary of state. “In our culture of social media and quick snippets, there’s a lot of talk, and not enough action. Anna is about action,” Rev. Otis Moss III said in a statement, citing Valencia’s work as clerk of Chicago. Others endorsing Valencia: Pastors Kent and Alli Munsey, Rev. L. Bernard Jakes, Rev. David Todd Whittley, Assistant Pastor Ricky Allmon, Pastor James L. Brooks, Bishop Virgil Bracket, Bishop Simon Gordon, Pastor T.D. Hughes, Rev. Walter B. Johnson, Rev. Robert McCottrell, Pastor T. Ray McJunkins, Pastor Jarixon Medina, Rev. Nicholas Pearce, and Pastors Lou and Mirian Ramos.
— State Rep. Dan Brady, who we mentioned earlier this month is looking at a possible run for secretary of state, was on the phone over the weekend telling Republican lawmakers that he’s planning on running for the job in 2022. That is a logical move given the new redistricting map pushed him out of his district.
— Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown says he will step down: “Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown said he will step down from his position and retire from the department later this month, allowing Jim Root to take the office. He will not follow through on a previously stated plan to appeal a court order that found that Root won the 2018 sheriff’s race by 16 votes,” by Herald & Review’s Clay Jackson.
… Meanwhile, Buffett bows out of the sheriff’s race: “Illinois’s new police reform legislation, HB3653, changes the eligibility requirements for running for Sheriff and, as currently written, it is open to interpretation whether I meet those eligibility requirements,” Howard Buffett said in a statement. He’s the son of billionaire Warren Buffett. WCIA news reports.
— CPD officer used N-word, shared pictures when bragging about role in US Capitol riots: feds: “Karol J. Chwiesiuk is at least the 10th person from Illinois charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol breach, and he is the fourth from the Chicago area,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel, Matthew Hendrickson, and Fran Spielman.
— Foxx’s office says CPD is arresting the wrong people to curb gun violence: According to Foxx’s office, CPD gun arrests have nearly doubled since 2014. “That increase is mainly due to arrests for gun possession, a crime that Foxx’s office deems ‘nonviolent’ because the gun is not used or fired,” reports WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
— Chicago Outfit-tied scammer Lee Anglin promised to make good to his victims. Now, he’s going back to prison: “After doing 12 years for stealing $10 million in a Ponzi scheme, he said he was a changed man. But a judge is sending him back to prison over his latest venture,” by Sun-Times’ Frank Main.
— Appellate court orders mother who killed 4-year-old in Bloomingdale to remain in state custody, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin
Rep. Bobby Rush has filed Farm Subsidy Transparency legislation that would require the Department of Agriculture to disclose the race and gender of those who receive federal farm assistance in the form of loans or subsidies. The measure also calls for disclosing the race and gender of those who are denied aid. Rush, who has filed the legislation in tandem with Sen. Cory Booker, says the measure is designed to call attention to systemic discrimination against Black farmers. Rush is a new member of the House Ag committee. It’s a fit for the Chicago congressman who spent part of his youth on his grandfather’s farm in southwest Georgia. Earlier this month, Rush toured the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in his 1st Congressional District. The school sits on a 78-acre farm and teaches students, most of whom come from low-income neighborhoods, about agricultural studies.
— The next big billionaire family is familiar to politicos: “With Medline’s proposed sale to a consortium of private-equity firms valuing it at more than $30 billion, excluding debt, the Mills family is poised to emerge as one of the richest—and newly chased-after—clans in the area,” write Steven Strahler in Crain’s.
— Stephen Colbert joins new powerhouse Second City board: “That seems likely to lead to opportunities for Second City performers on ‘The Late Show,’ especially since Second City also named Chris Licht, the showrunner and executive producer of ‘The Late Show’ to the board,” by Tribune’s Chris Jones.
— Bernie Mac biopic on the way, produced by singer John Legend, by Sun-Times’ Darel Jevens.
— Broadcaster Roe Conn pivots to a government job with the sheriff’s office, reports media reporter Robert Feder.
— Candidates warned not to fake Trump endorsement, by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt
— Schumer confronts midyear mess, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett
— Biden heads to NATO amid friction over Afghanistan withdrawal, by POLITICO’s Lara Seligman
— Journalist with ties to Chicago detained in Myanmar on May 24. His family hasn’t heard from him since, by Tribune’s Elyssa Cherney
— Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu’s long rule, by the Associated Press
— Rash of mass shootings, including in Chicago, stir U.S. fears heading into summer, by The Associated Press’ Kathleen Foody
— Police in a Michigan resort town have reopened the case of a Black teen’s mysterious death, by Alex Kotlowitz in The New Yorker
Today at 5 p.m.: Joe Buscaino, the Los Angeles councilmember who’s running for mayor there, will be feted at a fundraiser in Chicago at Gibson’s Italia. Among the hosts: Ald. Gilbert Villegas, former Ald. Joe Moore and political consultant Fred Lebed.
— Scott Shewcraft is joining the Economic Innovation Group as a VP of policy. Shewcraft most recently was chief of staff to Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.).
— Mae Whiteside, president & CEO of CKL Engineers in Chicago, and Malcolm C. Williams, CEO of Atlanta-based TechnOrganic game development company, have tied the knot in a private ceremony. Whiteside is known in Illinois political circles for working as a behind-the-scenes fundraiser. The two met at a Chicago National Pan-Hellenic Council networking event before the pandemic. The newlyweds exchanged vows at the Riverside Park in Roswell next to the Chattahoochee River in Georgia. They’ve made Georgia their home, though Whiteside splits her time between there and Chicago. Pic!
— Summer Hofford and Dr. Sujay Kulshrestha met for drinks after connecting on Tinder. Their first round went smoothly. The second, not so much, according to this New York Times wedding story.
James Lott, music minister who recorded famed gospel performers, dead at 53: “He oversaw ‘one of Chicago’s finest contemporary gospel choirs’ at Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago,” by Sun-Times’ Maureen O’Donnell.
Today through the year: Illinois House and Senate Republicans have lined up a long list of fundraising events.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the inspiration for Operation Breadbasket, which Rev. Jesse Jackson ran in Chicago? Email to [email protected]
SEIU Illinois Council executive director Beniamino Capellupo, retired teacher Fred Klonsky, Lazard Frères & Co. Midwest Advisory managing director & chairman Peter Thompson, League of American Orchestras marketing exec Celeste Wroblewski, Rep. Robin Kelly’s legislative director Matt McMurray, and Playbooker Casey Reid. And former President Donald Trump celebrates today, too.
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June 14, 2021 at 07:32AM