Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Fall has officially begun and it feels like it. #missingsummeralready
SCOOP: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has written to the CEOs of several Texas-based companies urging them to bring their businesses north in response to the Texas law that essentially bars abortions as early as six weeks.
“I invite you to consider a new home base — one that embraces the 21st century,” he wrote in a series of previously unreported letters to Oracle, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard, Match.com and others.
Pritzker, who worked in the corporate world much of his life, refers to Texas lawmakers as “radical legislators” who “functionally eradicate[d] the autonomy of half the state” by enacting a law he says cuts off access to basic health care and family planning.
And if abortion rights aren’t enough to sway the CEOs, the liberal Democratic governor pressed voting rights, too. “Illinois welcomes you — we’ll even greet you with same-day registration,” he wrote.
Pritzker’s letters are being sent out as Illinois — which enshrined abortion protections into state law in 2019 — is feeling the ripple effect of the Texas law.
Planned Parenthood says it’s ramping up staffing in Illinois as it’s been seeing more patients from Texas in the weeks since the law there went into effect.
Texas’ neighbors, Oklahoma and New Mexico, haven’t been able to handle the influx, so patients are heading to Illinois instead. And Planned Parenthood of Illinois foresees that continuing to increase, said its president and CEO Jennifer Welch.
“We’re expecting there will be copycat laws that will bring more patients from other states,” Welch said. “We don’t know who will do it next. Will it be Missouri? Indiana? Or South Dakota? We don’t know what other state will be next, but we’ve seen a number of states preparing to do the same type of abortion ban.”
On Tuesday, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined 23 other state attorneys general in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its precedents protecting a woman’s right to decide before viability whether to carry a pregnancy to term. In an amicus brief filed with the court, the coalition argues that Mississippi’s pre-viability abortion ban is unconstitutional.
There’s one “more” candidate in the Illinois secretary of state race.
Sidney Moore is undaunted that he’s never run for an elected position before, acknowledging he’s “worked in those circles” behind the scene of the campaigns of aldermen, judges, state reps and even Barack Obama and Dorothy Brown, the former county clerk of the courts.
“This isn’t something that anyone put me up to. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” he told Playbook. It must just be coincidence that there are now two “Moores” in the race.
Chicago Ald. David Moore is also running for secretary of state along with Ald. Pat Dowell, former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, and Chicago Clerk Anna Valencia.
David Moore’s camp doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that another Moore joined the race. “Given that secretary of state candidate David Moore’s logo is ‘Moore for Illinois,’ what better way to create confusion, siphon off potential votes and waste money challenging signatures than to put a candidate in the race with the same last name,” said Moore’s veteran campaign spokeswoman, Delmarie Cobb. “This conjures up memories of Jesse Jackson Jr. and Jesse Jackson — a candidate with the same name who was used as a pawn for one purpose only. The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Cobb was referring to the 2002 election, when a mysterious out-of-nowhere candidate named Jesse Jackson emerged to run against the then-four-term congressman.
FIRED UP: Firefighters are picking sides in the secretary of state race. The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois and Chicago Fire Fighters Union/Local 2 are backing Anna Valencia, the clerk for the City of Chicago and a trustee on the Fireman’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago. “As firefighters, we know the importance of having strong leadership in all elected offices. Valencia is the leader we need,” said Chuck Sullivan, President of AFFI, in a statement. Both Unions announced they would provide “robust support” for Valencia’s bid, according to the statement. The endorsements come on the heels of Chicago Alds. Anthony Napolitano (41st) and Nicholas Sposato (38th), both former firefighters, endorsing Alexi Giannoulias, the former state treasurer who’s also in the race.
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No official public events.
On Elston Avenue at 11 a.m. for a ribbon cutting at the First Women’s Bank.
In Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and discuss federal support for the Cook County Health system.
— Pritzker defends vaccine and testing policy for educators during visit from U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: “With Cardona and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at his side, Pritzker denied that allowing COVID-19 testing as an alternative to his vaccination mandate for educators, health care workers and employees in congregate settings provided a ‘loophole’ for people who won’t get vaccinated,” by Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta and Rick Pearson.
— Cook County measures lowest Covid-19 transmission rate in state, but it’s not out of the woods: “Cook, which is also Illinois’ largest county, measured a transmission rate of 130.6 new cases of COVID-19 over seven days per 100,000 people. Kane stands at 145.6 new cases per capita and DuPage recorded 148.6 between Sept. 13 and Sunday. The latest data came as total COVID-19 infections in Illinois surpassed 1.6 million Tuesday,” by Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke.
— Chicago ‘coming down the other side’ of Delta surge as Illinois numbers improve, by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout
— Mask madness at school board meeting in Waterloo: After “stating his discontent with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s school mask mandate and Waterloo’s compliance, resident James Link refused to put his mask back on at the meeting.” The police were called, reports Republic-Times’ Madison Lammert.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy during their stop at Chicago State University as part of “Return to School” road trip. Cardona held a roundtable discussion with students and CSU President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott and Lightfoot. Before the talk, the school’s marching band performed and Cardona and Lightfoot couldn’t hide their delight. Turns out Cardona plays the bongos, and Lightfoot used to play trumpet. She started in the horn in 4th grade and played all through elementary, junior high and high school, where she performed in the marching band.
— IDPH files emergency rules to help implement Pritzker’s school exclusion order: “The Illinois Department of Public Health has filed emergency rules to make Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent executive order regarding schools less vulnerable to legal challenges. Most of the language in the IDPH rules is identical to the executive order Pritzker filed late Friday. However, the department deleted any references to “modified quarantine” in previous guidance,” by Quincy Media’s Mike Miletich.
— Illinois Supreme Court eviction order extended to coincide with governor’s moratorium: “It still prevents dispositive motions, trials on the merits or judgments in residential eviction proceedings against a “covered person.” Eviction cases can otherwise proceed as normal,” by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.
— Animal shelters deal with overcrowding due to financial strain on owners, worry about eviction moratorium ending: “Just like the pandemic changed the cycles and flows of every business and industry, the same thing has happened in the shelter industry,” Susanna Homan, CEO of PAWS Chicago said. Tribune’s Mariah Rush reports.
— Rep. Welter introduces a bill prohibiting any mandate of “health-related precautions” in schools: The Morris Republican says “if his bill is approved, a parent could sue for damages of up to $1,000 a day for violations. Welter says parental rights are not being taken into consideration with all of the restrictions being put in place to address the Covid-19 pandemic,” via WMAY.
— Gearing up: The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) is teaming up with the state to generate interest in engineering careers for Illinois students. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Tollway are among agencies and organizations needing more qualified workers, said ACEC-IL’s Kevin Artl in a statement. “Filling engineering jobs is going to be vital to designing, engineering, and building the state’s priority infrastructure projects.”
— Lake Michigan beaches closed to swimming, as Park District orders hundreds of life rings: “Officials also warned of high waves and the possibility of lakeshore flooding this week, which will make the lake particularly dangerous. Cook County could see waves of up to 18 feet high, according to the National Weather Service,” by Tribune’s Talia Soglin.
— Despite reduction of cops in schools, Board of Ed set to vote on $11M resource officer contract with Police Department: “The deal, which is up for vote at Wednesday’s board meeting, was forged after policymakers at more than 50 high schools developed plans for creating an environment of physical and emotional safety, with or without uniformed officers on campus,” by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz.
— Fed-up resident tears out speed bump in alley behind his house, plans to fight ticket, by Tribune’s John Byrne.
— Guinness brewery coming to Fulton Market: “The Irish beer brand will open a high-profile outpost in a long-vacant property owned by Chicago developer Fred Latsko,” by Crain’s Danny Ecker.
Chicago State University government relations director Monica Gordon and Palatine lawyer and Township Trustee Christine Svenson had the best stories to tell about the intersection of politics and Gibsons Steakhouse. Gordon remembers dining with Secretary of State Jesse White. “I was just beginning my run for state Senate. Gibson’s was packed with notable customers as usual. But, EVERYONE in the restaurant knew the secretary and wanted some of his time. It took 30 minutes for him to return to the table from just a few tables away.” And Svenson recalls: “My parents took me there for my 30th birthday [a long time ago]! Right next to us was Dan Rostenkowski. I’m pretty sure that he had just gotten out of the clink!”
Question: Mayor Lori Lightfoot played trumpet in her high school marching band. What musical instrument did you play in high school? Email to [email protected]
— Benet Academy reverses course, offers lacrosse coach job to woman in same-sex marriage: “We had an honest and heartfelt discussion on this very complex issue at our meeting,” the school board said. “Going forward we will look for opportunities for dialogue in our community about how we remain true to our Catholic mission while meeting people where they are in their personal journey through life. For now, we hope that this is the first step in healing the Benet community.” Tribune’s John Keilman, Sarah Freishtat and Karen Ann Cullotta report.
— Column: Calumet City feud leads to questions about consulting fees, vacant property registrations: “In July, City Clerk Nyota Figgs publicly accused Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones, who also is a state lawmaker, of creating a hostile workplace at City Hall by allegedly harassing and bullying her. Last week, supporters of Figgs issued a statement criticizing a $5,000 monthly consulting fee being paid to state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Gurnee,” by Daily Southtown’s Ted Slowik.
— JOLIET TOWN HALL: Attorney General Kwame Raoul is leading a virtual town hall discussion Thursday to discuss the investigation into the Joliet Police Department’s policing practices. The meeting is the first of multiple meetings — virtual and in-person — and discussions the AG’s office will convene as part of the probe. The public is urged to attend. The town hall will focus on “potential patterns or practices of unconstitutional or unlawful policing by the Joliet Police Department,” according to Raoul’s office. The one-hour meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and residents are encouraged to register online. Questions should be directed to [email protected].
Judge says lawsuit can continue vs Lake County circuit clerk over political firings of office supervisors: “One hour after [Erin] Weinstein took office, she told plaintiffs to collect their belongings and leave, according to court papers. Weinstein claimed all three were discharged for poor job performance and because of office restructuring. However, political loyalty was also a valid reason to terminate [two supervisors] on grounds their positions involved policymaking, Weinstein said,” by Cook County Record’s Dan Churney.
‘Like going to the shopping mall’: Two arrested in suburbs for alleged role in US Capitol breach: “David Wiersma was arrested in Posen, and Dawn Frankowski was arrested in Naperville. They are at least the 15th and 16th Illinoisans arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 breach,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s patio fundraiser at the Old Post Office was moved indoors because of the rain that kept moving in and out of the city last night. That meant entrance required proof of vaccinations and temperature-taking. It didn’t keep folks away. SPOTTED in the crowd: Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, state Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and so many House reps it wouldn’t be fair to name them all. Missing was Senate President Don Harmon, who was attending another event and couldn’t make it to Welch’s party on time. That’s OK. “This was definitely a House thing,” said one guest.
Speaker Welch taps first Latina to run House elections — ex-ComEd lobbyist and staffer who promises ‘inclusion and inclusiveness’: “Lizbeth Ramirez, 36, said it would be ‘naive of anyone, including myself, to consolidate my professional career, which started about 13 years ago, with just one role at ComEd… I think pulling just that one factor takes away from everything I have done in the last 12 or 13 years,’” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, a Champaign Democrat, is endorsing Nikki Budzinski’s campaign in the IL-13 Democratic primary.
— Aaron Smith announces run for 118th state Rep District: The VP at Smith-Hafeli Construction also serves on the John A. Logan College Board. “He says public service is in his nature. Smith says the debate in Springfield over how to redraw the state’s political maps inspired him to run,” by WSIL’s Danny Valle.
— Esther Joy King, who’s running for Congress, is featured in a piece on Substack about helping Afghan girls, their teachers and families.
Rahm Emanuel’s Japan ambassador financial disclosure report: made $13 million since leaving City Hall: “Former mayor’s nomination to be ambassador to Japan has no significant opposition,” writes Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.
— Biden finds few good options or allies on Haitian migrant buildup, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki and Laura Barron-Lopez
— Trump sues niece, NY Times over records behind ’18 tax story, by The Associated Press
— Porn industry turns to K Street to fight Trump-fueled internet regulations, by POLITICO’s Hailey Fuchs
— Biden set to play peacemaker for warring Dem factions, by POLITICO’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris
— Thousands of teachers — including from Chicago — rejected for public service loan forgiveness program, new data shows, by POLITICO’s Michael Stratford
— Today and tomorrow: The state Senate Republican Victory Fund holds its Fall Golf Classic at the Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion. To register: [email protected] 217-523-1079.
— Oct. 21: Georgia politico Stacy Abrams is headlining a virtual fundraiser for Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Abrams and Mendoza have been friends for years, having served on political and leadership organizations together.
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats Hector Villagrana, chief of staff to Rep. Lisa Hernandez, who correctly answered that Ada Lopez was the first Latina elected to statewide office when she received more than 2 million votes in 1992 to become a member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees — a position that is now appointed. And h/t to T.J. Clark, former political director to Lauren Underwood and current law student, who correctly answered that former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was the first Hispanic elected to a statewide office that exists today.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Which foreign head of state’s remains are located in Springfield? Email to [email protected]
Former Congressman Bill Enyart, Rep. Rush district director Mary Datcher, Instituto del Progreso Latino CEO Karina Ayala-Bermejo, RFK Global managing partner Steve Kim, Krishnamoorthi legislative director Rebecca Lauer, Penn National Gaming municipal engagement manager Martin McAlpin, tech entrepreneur Brent Payne, Albany Theater Project resident director Devika Ranjan, retired Eastern Illinois U. exec John Schmitt, Chicago Mayor’s Office policy adviser Golnar Teimouri, comms exec Marguerite Murer Tortorello, and Ascent Media’s James Slepian.
September 22, 2021 at 08:11AM