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A day after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot engaged in a high-profile confrontation with Ald. Jeanette Taylor on the floor of the City Council chamber, aldermen complained that the mayor doesn’t follow parliamentary rules.
Twenty-two council members penned a letter demanding Lightfoot “honor and consistently follow” parliamentary rules and procedures for running City Council meetings. Her adversaries, including Ald. Edward Burke, signed the letter. Even her former floor leader, Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th), signed.
“We have witnessed numerous occasions in recent meetings when the various rulings made by you as Presiding Officer have been inconsistent and/or in direct contradiction with the Rules of Procedure,” the letter states.
The letter doesn’t offer specifics, so Playbook asked around. On their own, each broken rule seems pretty small — but add them up, and aldermen say it’s frustrating.
On Wednesday, for example, the council was in the middle of a roll call to adjourn when Lightfoot stopped the meeting to turn to other business. Parliamentary rules don’t allow that. Last month, Ald. Sophia King’s request for a roll call was overlooked by the mayor, allowing another alderman time to defer and publish (or delay) a bill.
Most grating to council members is when the mayor cuts off their time to speak.
When challenged, Lightfoot has asked for an opinion from the parliamentarian, but, uh, the City Council doesn’t have one. Instead, an attorney for the council has stepped in.
Lightfoot’s office sees the letter as a play for power rather than parliamentary technicalities. It was sent on the heels of Lightfoot confronting Taylor about why council members were circumventing the appointment of the first Latina corporation counsel in the city’s history (FYI, Taylor wants an apology from Lightfoot, writes Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reports).
So yeah, tensions are high, acknowledges former Ald. Dick Simpson: “The council is getting more contentious with its multiple factions, but we are not yet at council wars,” he told Playbook. He should know, he lived through it in the 1980s when the council was split 29-21 against the mayor. The critics in the letter to Lightfoot number 22. And she only needs 26 votes to see legislation passed.
Delmarie Cobb, a longtime political consultant, agrees, telling ABC 7’s Craig Wall, that the tension is healthy. “I would rather have debate, and transparency, than to have what we had under Rahm Emanuel and Richard Daley, which was, you do what I say do, or you get punished.”
— The council is back in chambers today addressing LSD: “A compromise to christen Lake Shore Drive “DuSable Lake Shore Drive” for Chicago’s Black founder would be acceptable to supporters of honoring him, as long as aldermen vote on the proposal this week,” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Democratic secretary of state candidate Alexi Giannoulias locked up support from the powerful Teamsters Joint Council 25, which the campaign says represents 350,000 Illinois workers from a range of industries — sales, funeral, movie production, factory, automotive and airlines among them.
“Alexi has a long history of standing with unions and workers on the job site,” said Teamsters Joint Council 25 president Terrence Hancock, referring maybe to Giannoulias’ term as state treasurer. In 2009, he worked to get Wells Fargo to help keep clothing manufacturer Hartmarx Corp. from filing for Chapter 11 protection. He leaned on Hartmarx’s creditors to keep the company alive, a point he used in his failed bid for U.S. Senate in 2010.
Fast and furious: Giannoulias has moved quickly to consolidate union support ahead of the Democratic primary — which is a year and three days away. Six other unions have already backed the Chicago resident and banker.
His competition: Giannoulias faces City Clerk Anna Valencia, who is backed by UNITE HERE Local 1 representing some 15,000 hospitality workers, as well as Chicago Alds. Pat Dowell and David Moore. State Sen. Michael Hastings, who recently dropped out of the race, had secured the carpenters union.
Early and often: Giannoulias has targeted unions early because labor endorsements lead to financial infusions into a campaign as well as an army of supporters.
But Democrats can’t depend on unions to win elections. Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 in part because so many union households supported him. In Illinois, there are progressive, moderate women, Black and Latino constituencies that can also make a difference in whether a candidate gets into the win column.
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At City Hall at 1 p.m. to preside over the City Council meeting.
No official public events.
In Evanston at 9:30 a.m. with elected officials and representatives of Top Box Foods to call attention to a county-wide effort to deliver fresh produce and groceries to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed new rules Thursday that ban the county from asking for a person’s sex assigned at birth.
The Gender Inclusive Documents and Forms Ordinance does have exceptions for medical reasons, data collection, or when it’s otherwise required by law. But it’s all about making sure everyone feels comfortable and safe when they interact with county government, says Commissioner Kevin Morrison in a Playbook Q&A.
Why are you excited about the legislation? “We’ve been working on it for quite some time. It will finally give the transgender community an opportunity to respond to any county form that comes their way as their authentic selves. It’s an important step forward as the county works to provide equity for all communities.”
Did your own life experience play a role in carrying the bill? “I was a freshman in college when I first came out to my mother. It was a progression after that. I remember the confidence I felt in living my life as my authentic self and not hiding away.”
How does being the first LGBTQ commissioner impact the board? “It’s critical for me to explain to my counterparts on the board about my lived experience and how the LGBTQ community faces sexism, racism, and violence against transgender women.”
What’s your biggest challenge as a commissioner? “It was my age [he’s 31]. I was the youngest ever elected in Cook County history. I had expected a little homophobia but that never happened. Just some ageism — people asking ‘Who’s that kid walking in the room?’” (He chuckles at the thought.)
What are some of your goals as a commissioner? “I’d like to see Cook County move in a direction where mental health services are affordable and accessible to every resident who needs them. That’s a goal that I want to see come to fruition and I’m going to continue agitating, agitating, agitating,” he says, paraphrasing Frederick Douglass.
On a personal note, what did you want to be when you grew up? “I remember watching the Bush v. Gore debacle and telling my mom I wanted to be president because I wanted to fix things.”
What’s your biggest failure? “It was not learning early enough how the trauma of my childhood affected me as an adult. My father wasn’t part of my life on an emotional level and that hurt some of my relationships. But therapy helped me realize my self-worth.”
Do you have hobbies? “Reading, yoga, and cooking. I’ve been experimenting with my own recipes. The latest is a chimichurri or chutney that’s a fusion of Mexican and Italian ingredients. It’s really spicy because I use habanero.”
FEC puts off ruling on Kelly’s role as Dem Party chair: “Democrats sought an expedited advisory opinion from the FEC by July 6 but agreed to an extension until the commission’s next meeting July 15 after it appeared commissioners wanted to find a compromise that would allow Kelly to be party chair but be walled off from nonfederal fundraising activities — the bulk of the party’s fundraising operation,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot met Thursday with state Rep. Delia Ramirez to talk about the Chicago elected school board legislation that recently passed the General Assembly despite the mayor’s opposition.
“The bill that passed isn’t changing. It was final action so it will get to the governor’s desk in the next week or so. I hope the signing will be fast-tracked because so many of us have been waiting for this for a long time,” Ramirez told Playbook.
“It was a productive meeting. It will be the first of many,” a spokesperson for Lightfoot said.
“Good faith” and “cordial” is how Rep. Kam Buckner described the meeting in a detailed report by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
The reason they met: Though it passed the Legislature, there are still unresolved issues expected to be addressed in a trailer bill. Those items include cleaning up language to make it clear that board members won’t get salaries; getting a handle on campaign financing to make sure the costs of school board elections don’t price out regular people who want to run; and clarifying when the moratorium on school closures begins. Those were all issues that came up during legislative hearings but didn’t make it in the bill.
Another looming concern: Because the new school board would effectively be operating as a separate governmental unit, there’s a question about the city continuing to give $500 million toward CPS pensions. They call that financial entanglements.
— 2020′s difficulties fade, but Chicago homicides and shootings stay stubbornly elevated: “Experts said Chicago in 2021 may be dealing with what amounts to a hangover effect from the turbulence of last year,” reports Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.
— Chicago Parking Meters hit with potential class action suit alleging ‘unreasonable 75-year monopoly’: “The complaint, filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago, holds that Chicago Parking Meters’ 75-year deal with the city has resulted in increased parking rates and restrictions on other forms of travel,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
— CPD strips powers from sergeant tied to cops who stole drug money in 2012: “Sgt. Alvin Jones, according to a police spokesman, has been assigned to desk duty and stripped of police powers. The city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the Chicago Police Department have both completed reviews of his case, according to another city official close to the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case,” by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
— Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber arrested as pressure mounts to call out Manchin over filibuster: “US Capitol Police said Jackson and Barber were among 21 people arrested on Wednesday near the US Supreme Court building for crowding and obstructing. Video footage shows the faith leaders were outside the Hart Senate Building at the time of their detention,” via CNN.
— Philanthropic group to invest $10M into Black and Brown community leaders, groups: “Liz Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, said this round of investments is focused on people and groups who haven’t received much financial support before, and helping them achieve their goals,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
— Preckwinkle introduces resolution giving her budget director more authority over the funds: “Though there was scant objection to moving the legislation to the Finance Committee during Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, some board members earlier requested Preckwinkle’s staff to pause a direct approval vote out of concern that the language sidesteps their authority, Commissioner Larry Suffredin said. Her team agreed, he said, though Preckwinkle told reporters Thursday the resolution as written does not bypass the county board’s approval,” by Tribune’s Alice Yin.
— DuPage County holds the highest vax rate in Illinois, data shows: “DuPage County has 55.33 percent of its population vaccinated against Covid-19, which compares to the 47.58 percent in Chicago and 50.84 percent vaccinated in Cook County, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health,” via NBC/5.
— Rivers Casino hiring 400 for expansion that will nearly double gaming positions: “The casino is hosting a dealer job fair Thursday to fill open positions and build the roster for expansion, when Rivers will roll out 800 new gaming positions, including a 22-table poker room,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.
— Tiger show at Kane County Fair raises concerns, but officials can’t stop it, reports Tribune’s Robert McCoppin
— Man charged in 1972 stabbing death of Naperville teen pleads not guilty: “After 49 years of trying to crack the case, advancements in DNA testing and genealogy helped police bring charges against retired Minnesota welder Barry Lee Whelpley,” by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek.
— ‘Motive’ podcast figure killed girlfriend in apparent murder-suicide, Chicago police say: “In what became a viral cellphone video, Earl Casteel was seen shot in the legs by Thaddeus ‘T.J.’ Jimenez in a bizarre case recounted in the 2019 Sun-Times/WBEZ podcast,” by Sun-Times’ Frank Main.
— Person of interest in custody in fatal stabbing of Maryland grad student in the Loop, by Sun-Times’ David Struett
— Biden’s infrastructure push challenges Illinois’ car-centric approach: “The president’s plan to cut pollution, promote public transit and address racial inequities would mark a sharp change for a transportation system built for the Eisenhower Era,” writes Daniel Vock for Better Government Association.
— Illinois superintendents press state for decision on social distancing, quarantining, masks in schools, by Chalkbeat’s Samantha Smylie
— After a year of pandemic learning, a different kind of summer school, by WBEZ’s Susie An
— Freeport lawmaker files bill to prevent General Assembly from legislating after midnight: “Illinois House Democrats passed a budget in the wee hours of the morning with no public review and stifling minority questions about the contents of the budget by limiting opposition debate to only one legislator testifying in opposition,” Rep. Andrew Chesney says in the WIFR report.
— Politics isn’t child’s play, but new campaign finance rule hopes to make it more family friendly: “As part of a sweeping election bill recently signed into law, women and men with young children will be able to use their campaign funds for child care expenses,” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
— Decriminalizing HIV in Illinois: A change decades in the making: “Illinois legislators tweaked the law in 2012, however most feel it’s past time to repeal the law completely. Prior to 2012, someone could face a Class 2 Felony charge even if they didn’t transmit the disease. Many feel the law increased harmful stigma around HIV and health care disparities,” reports Quincy Media’s Mile Miletich.
— Editorial: When a township spat becomes a slavery comparison in Springfield, via the Tribune
Downstate man is first to be arrested for assaulting media during U.S. Capitol breach: “Shane Jason Woods, 43, is also accused of assaulting a U.S. Capitol police officer who had been pursuing another individual who sprayed officers with bear mace,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
Cardona: I trust teachers to handle history ‘we’re not proud of’: “Peppered with questions Thursday about whether he supports ‘critical race theory,’ Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that his department will leave curriculum decisions to state and local officials,” reports Chalkbeat.
— Biden basks in bipartisan glow, if but for a fleeting moment, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki and Laura Barron-Lopez
… Wine, watermarks and a farmer’s nudge: How the infrastructure deal got done, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
— Pelosi announces select committee will investigate Jan. 6 attack, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris and Nicholas Wu
— Pence, diverging from Trump, says he was ‘proud’ to certify election, via The New York Times
— Scaramucci takes stand at trial of Manafort banker, Chicagoan Stephen Calk, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein
— Senate confirms first judge appointed by Biden to Chicago-based appeals court, by Bob Goldsborough for the Tribune
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to 8th Grade teacher Steve Hild and labor leader Clem Balanoff for correctly answering that a bear cub was the first animal purchased for the Lincoln Park Zoo in 1874 for a total of $10.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who is the only known defender of the Alamo from Illinois? Email to [email protected]
Today: Democratic consultant Aviva Bowen, businessman James Crown, and former state Sen. Mike Jacobs.
Saturday: A Better Chicago CEO Beth Swanson, West Monroe marketing exec Christina Galoozis Hill, former state Board of Investment Chairman Marc Levine, political guru Bernie Schoenburg, and comms consultant Graeme Zielinski.
Sunday: state Rep. David Welter (75th), former state senator and Kenya U.S. Ambassador Kyle McCarter, tech investor and political donor Howard Tulman, former Illinois Supreme Court candidate Daniel Epstein, Accountable Tech co-founder Jesse Lehrich, PR pro Karrie Leung, PR Pro Melissa Skoog, and Cor Strategies marketing guru Bill Pohlman.
And belated happy birthday to Jaclyn Driscoll, spokeswoman for the Illinois House speaker. She celebrated yesterday.
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June 25, 2021 at 07:55AM