TGIF, Illinois. As the normal times continue to return, the state fair is expanding its lineup.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sounded optimistic yesterday that her visit to the Bay Area was a success. She visited with San Francisco Mayor London Breed as well as execs from Uber Freight and Salesforce, tech companies that already have plans to expand their Chicago footprint.
Still, concerns about Chicago’s violence problem were never far away.
“There were certainly some conversations about that,” Lightfoot told reporters during an afternoon during a Zoom call, adding the San Francisco audience recognized it’s a problem there, too, and in cities like Los Angeles and New York.
Lightfoot said a federal strike force is coming “soon” to help manage Chicago’s crime problem. There’s “a sense of urgency” about it. But she said the “best and most effective” solution is to create jobs.
It was a not-so-subtle answer to critics who saw her trip as ill-timed given the city just saw 100 weekend shootings.
Look, Lightfoot said, that’s what cell phones and laptops are for. “I’m never far from Chicago whether I’m there or not.”
Stat from Lightfoot’s pitch to San Francisco execs: “Chicago is identified as the No. 1 easiest city (population >1M) to start a business.”
From Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet: “Lightfoot also dismissed as false a report from a conservative news outlet that she asked Biden to send troops to Chicago.
Side note: The mayor acknowledged she’ll be doing a little fundraising while she’s in the Bay Area, though she declined to say who she’d be meeting “on the political side.” Her spokesman tweeted out pictures of the mayor with cookbook author Ayesha Curry.
“Pariahs in Washington — bound together in rural Illinois.” That’s how WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos tweeted out his story about Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene coming to Illinois last night to stump for Rep. Mary Miller.
Greene told the crowd of 400 in Effingham, 200 miles out of Chicago, that she hasn’t campaigned for anyone else (yet) in Congress but chose Miller: “She needs your help. We aren’t the popular girls in Washington.”
The crowd lapped it up and donated $100,000 to Miller’s re-election campaign, according to Greene.
“They call us insurrectionists,” Greene told the crowd, writes Mihalopoulos. “We are patriots. We’re actually proud American women. That’s exactly who we are.”
WCIA’s Mark Maxwell was also there and reports Greene encouraged the hundreds of older voters in attendance to resist the life-saving vaccines.
Greene and Miller share more than their far right values. The freshman Republicans have both drawn criticism for invoking Nazis during speeches.
Greene didn’t go there in her Illinois speech, but she did resort to bigotry, referring to “the great Chinese pandemic” and Muslim members of Congress and their allies as “the jihad squad,” according to the WBEZ report
She also returned to attacking Rep. Marie Newman, whose daughter is transgender.
“Her so-called daughter is a trans, biological adult son, approximately close to the same age as my two, very much biological real girls — daughters,” Greene said of Newman. She went on.
Greene was preaching to Miller’s base in the conservative 15th Congressional District. Many in attendance were drawn to Greene “vigorously and publicly” opposing Democrats, Maxwell gleaned from the numerous attendees he spoke to.
But news of the Georgia GOP conspiracy theorist’s visit to Illinois drew criticism from Illinois Democrats and some Republicans when it was first announced, a signal of the challenges Republicans have here in uniting under one banner.
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At Niles West High School in Skokie at 10 a.m. to sign legislation that creates more inclusive school environments and curriculums in Illinois.
Returning from the Bay Area. No official public events.
No official public events.
— Calls mount on FDA to formally endorse Covid vaccines as Delta surges: “I don’t think there’s anything that can move the needle more in the U.S.,” said Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research, about the unvaccinated who are eligible to get the shot. POLITICO’s Lauren Gardner reports
— Chicagoan wins Illinois’ first $1 million vaccine lottery drawing: “Winners have a week to come forward. The state’s next drawing is Monday,” by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout.
— POLITICO-Harvard poll: Most Americans believe Covid leaked from lab: “Opinion on the lab leak scenario, once seen as a fringe theory, has shifted dramatically,” by POLITICO’s Alice Miranda Ollstein.
— Column: Randy Hellman’s dying wish: “[He] didn’t want anyone else to face what he was going through. So he made a colleague promise to use his story to urge AFSCME members to get vaccinated,” writes Sun-Times’ Mark Brown.
— ANOTHER CREDIT BOOST: State’s second credit rating bump prompts Pritzker to tout ‘real progress’ — but GOP to warn against doing a ‘victory lap’: “S&P Global Ratings is the third credit firm to improve the state’s credit rating or outlook in the past 15 days after years of downgrades,” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
— Architects, lawmakers on why $210M in Illinois Capitol upgrades is worth the hefty price tag: “State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, wasn’t in the General Assembly at that time but said the west wing project is necessary and will contribute to the tourism industry in Springfield and central Illinois,” reports State Journal-Register’s Dean Olsen.
— Pritzker promises immigration reform at Loop rally: “The Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights gathered community members and organizations to push for a pathway to citizenship and other immigration reform during a rally downtown Thursday,” by Sun-Times’ Katie Anthony.
— A new Illinois bill would more clearly define consent in date rape cases: A bill that awaits the governor’s signature says “a victim would be considered ‘unable to give knowing consent’ when someone administers any intoxicating or controlled substance, causing them to become unconscious of the nature of the act,” reports Tribune’s Alison Bowen.
— Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s re-election campaign reports $5 million cash on hand after raising $2.37 million in the second quarter of 2021. “Almost all, 97 percent, of the more than 43,000 contributions received over the quarter were under $100,” the campaign said in a statement. The average individual contribution was under $40, according to Illinois Democrat’s camp.
— Republican Esther Joy King’s congressional campaign is reporting it raised more than $425,000 in the quarter that ended June 30. King’s camp says she’s raised a total $575,00. King is eyeing the 17th District seat now held by Rep. Cheri Bustos, who isn’t seeking re-election.
House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is giving a new meaning to bipartisan campaign reform. He’s holding a fundraiser tonight with Republican state Rep. Joe Sosnowski.
It’s a rooftop event overlooking the Cubs game against the Cardinals. Welch and Sosnowski have done this before. They split the tickets they sell and do their own sales and promotion.
Back when Welch was just another Democratic rep, it seemed like a nice way to show that lawmakers can work across the aisle. Now that Welch is House speaker, the gesture takes on a whole new meaning.
It plays into Welch’s pitch for bipartisanship — something he’s talked about since becoming speaker in January — and his efforts to show that it’s here to stay. It could benefit Sosnowki. Even Republicans want time with the speaker, after all.
If last week is any indication, the PR move might also drive a wedge inside the House GOP caucus. As we reported earlier in the week, Democratic Rep. Dave Vella and Republican Rep. Tom Bennett, the GOP assistant minority leader, abruptly canceled their joint luncheon after some Republicans took offense at the D and R double-billing.
— CPS fires company that leased school lots for paid Cubs parking for not paying its bills: “Parking operator Premium 1 also was in arrears to the city, repeatedly having been cited for violations — including for not being licensed to use the school lots,” by Sun-Times’ Lauren FitzPatrick and Tim Novak.
— One counselor, 665 students: Counselors stretched at Chicago’s majority Latino schools: “The district plans to spend $5 million on 64 additional counselors by 2023,” reports Chalkbeat’s Mila Koumpilova.
— Black Chicagoans apply to be cops, but few make it on the force. Here’s why: An analysis of “applicants from April 2016 through December 2018, found African Americans fared especially poorly on a written test as well as physical fitness testing and the background investigation,” by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
— Faith leaders vow to do more to stop gun violence, urge city leaders to end blame game: “Rev. Marshall Hatch said it is time for political leaders, CPD’s top brass and the courts to accept some responsibility and realize what they’ve been doing has been ineffective,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
— TAKING NAMES: A Chicagoan takes a stake in the Lakers: Chicago businessman Mark Walter already is the main owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now he’s claiming a major stake in the Lakers, too, according to TheStreet.
— They’ve hatched! Monty and Rose’s new chicks are here, by WTTW’s Patty Wetli
CTA ridership recovering fast, especially downtown: “But even with the boost, trains and buses are carrying fewer than half the riders as pre-pandemic,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.
Ald. Carrie Austin pleads not guilty during arraignment on federal bribery charges: “Austin’s indictment not only made her the third sitting member of the Chicago City Council currently under federal indictment. It also meant the council’s two most senior members face federal criminal charges,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
— More than 500 women ask to join sex harassment suit against Cook County Jail, Sheriff Tom Dart: “I’m blown away by their courage,” said Marni Willenson, a civil rights lawyer, of the female correctional officers who signed their names and shared their stories in the lawsuit. Sun-Times’ Nina Molina reports.
— TIMELINE: The allegations involving former Blackhawks Coach Brad Aldrich, by WBEZ’s Tony Arnold and Dave McKinney.
— General Iron owner sues city for $100 million — again — over delayed permit: “A federal judge tossed out a similar lawsuit last month, where the metal shredder’s owner claimed its constitutional rights had been violated by the city’s failure to allow it to open on the Southeast Side,” by Sun-Times’ Sophie Sherry.
Illinois is about to get its first marijuana lounge. But it’s not in Chicago or the suburbs: “There have been discussions in Chicago and elsewhere in the state about opening consumption spaces, but the first will be in the tiny downstate city of Sesser, in a remodeled former bank,” writes Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.
— Dems wrestle over control of the infrastructure throttle, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris
— Biden’s assault on monopolies launches today, by POLITICO’s Leah Nylen
— Pentagon pushes back at GOP lawmakers over critical race theory claims, by POLITICO’s Lara Seligman
— Scripps Spelling Bee 2021: Zaila Avant-garde wins, via the New York Times
UIC Prof. Richard S. Levy, one of the foremost experts on the history of antisemitism, dead at 81: “He edited ‘Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution,’ which ‘has sort of become the first stop for anyone wanting to study the history of antisemitism,’” by Sun-Times’ Maureen O’Donnell.
Monday at 5 p.m.: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is holding a Zoom town hall.
Bernie Williams will be fundraising manager for Democrats for the Illinois House. Williams has spent the last five years working as a political fundraising consultant for Democratic and progressive candidates. She previously ran her own consulting firm, The Julia Group. House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said Williams “brings a wealth of local and national experience to our caucus.”
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington for being the 10th person to correctly answer that Harold Washington was the first and only Chicago mayor to be sworn in at Navy Pier.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Which retired state legislators were once banned from receiving communion by the Catholic bishop of Springfield? Email to [email protected]
Today: former state Rep. Kate Cloonen, attorney and state Board of Elections member Bill Cadigan, journalism ethics adviser and former Tribune overnight editor Casey Bukro, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois senior business consultant Isabel Rouse.
Saturday: former Congressman John Cox, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association President and CEO Mark Denzler, civic activist Toni Canada, foundations consultant Sunny Fischer, government relations and public affairs consultant Olivia Pantoja, former state Rep. Carol Sente, CivicLab co-founder Tom Tresser, journalist Brandon Smith, Wall Street Journal restaurants reporter Heather Haddon, and News-Gazette reporter Paul Wood.
Sunday: former Champaign County Treasurer John Farney, Governor’s Office associate comms director Charity Greene, Museum of Broadcast Communications executive director Susy Schultz, political consultant and LGBTQ rights activist Richard Streetman, and former lieutenant governor candidate Ra Joy.
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July 9, 2021 at 07:25AM