Happy Wednesday, Illinois. What an anti-climactic Tuesday. The House voted to raise the debt ceiling. The White Sox lost. And we wait for life’s next cliffhanger.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The trial of Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson has been delayed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which issued a filing that the attorney who will lead the case, Brian Netold, has had a family medical emergency and won’t be prepared in time for the planned Oct. 18 start date of the trial. Over the weekend, Thompson’s defense was described as being “helter-skelter.”
There’s an opportunity for state lawmakers to create a second Latino congressional district, according to a remap consultant who testified before the Senate Redistricting Committee on Tuesday. The panel is taking public input before it goes behind closed doors to come up with the new boundaries for 17 congressional districts — one less than the current 18.
Illinois has a larger Latino population than Arizona, which has two Latino members of Congress. Only California, Texas, Florida, and New York have higher Latino numbers, according to Frank Calabrese, who is representing Chicago Ald. Gilbert Villegas, chairman of the Latino Caucus, in calling for a second Latino congressional district.
Calabrese says voter engagement among Hispanics has changed since lawmakers first drew Illinois’ 4th Congressional District, now held by Rep. Chuy Garcia. (The district was nicknamed “the earmuffs” because of its odd shape.)
“The 4th District was created a few decades ago because Latinos weren’t voting at high rates and you had to make it a super-Latino district to work,” Calabrese told Playbook after the hearing. “That’s not the case anymore. You don’t need to have a district that needs to be 70 percent Latino.”
He pointed to New York as a good example. The state has one Latino majority district and three other districts that have a Latino plurality. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district, for example, is 47 percent Latino, according to the presentation packet Calabrese gave to lawmakers Tuesday.
In Illinois, he told lawmakers, there’s an opportunity to create a second district in addition to Garcia’s district, which encompasses the South and West sides of Chicago.
There are enough Latinos on the North Side of the city and in the suburbs to create a Latino-centric district that would count 50 percent of Latinos — from northwest Chicago, Melrose Park, Franklin Park, Bensenville, Addison, and Des Plaines. Garcia’s district could continue with a supermajority of Latinos, 67 percent. Some of those areas are now part of Rep. Mike Quigley’s 5th Congressional District.
The idea for a second Latino district is not new. When former Congressman Luis Gutierrez held the 4th District seat, he pushed back at the idea of a second Latino seat because he wanted to consolidate power among the Latino community. The question now is whether Garcia, who also has friends in Springfield who control the map-making process, might feel the same way.
— Little participation at remap hearings, if you can even get there: “State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said the address listed for [Tuesday’s] Joliet hearing site location was incorrect and led to a literal dead-end; he said he was the only legislator on the committee to physically attend,” reports WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky.
— Macon County Board proposed redistricting sparks protest: “Macon County Democrats are accusing the Macon County Board’s Republican majority of disenfranchising Black voters with a proposal to reduce the board from 21 to 15 seats,” by Herald & Review’s Tony Reid.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The Illinois House Legislative Black Caucus has formed a political action committee that will be chaired by Reps. Nick Smith and Lakesia Collins.
“It’s something we’ve been talking about for a few years, and it took some time to put it together,” Smith told Playbook of the Illinois House Legislative Black Caucus PAC.
Black legislators have for years relied on the Black Caucus Foundation to help boost civic and philanthropic efforts in members’ communities. “We felt we needed something to support the caucus politically, too,” Smith said.
The goal, said Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Kam Buckner, “is to raise funds, mobilize volunteers, and have an effective apparatus to elect and re-elect members of the Black Caucus.”
Creating the PAC comes as the Democratic Party shifts its operations under new leadership. Party members can no longer rely on former House Speaker Michael Madigan to open the purse strings for campaigns. New party Chair Robin Kelly has created a separate fundraising arm for state and local campaigns, while she focuses on fundraising for federal positions.
“Speaker Welch is doing a great job but he’s focused on his entire caucus. And it’s too early to tell how the party’s local [fundraising] committee will do,” Smith said. “There’s a vacuum with Michael Madigan gone, and we see an opportunity to fundraise to help fill that hole.”
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At the Arturo Velasquez Institute at 8:30 a.m. along with first lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
At Truman College at 1 p.m. to announce the grand opening of Innovation One: Technology, Training and Resource Center.
Giving the keynote speech at 10 a.m. at the Transform & Reform: American Institute of Architects and Academy of Architecture for Justice Fall Conference.
FLOTUS VISITS CINDY’S: After landing in Chicago and touring the National Museum of Mexican Art on Tuesday, first lady Jill Biden went out for a drink with Gov. J.B. Pritzker to Cindy’s, the rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking Millennium Park.
The Bidens and Pritzkers have known each other for years. And if politics wasn’t on the menu, the governor could tell the story about Cindy’s, which is named after his aunt, Cindy Pritzker. The restaurant is located in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, an 1893 building with a Venetian gothic façade that was restored by Cindy’s son, John Pritzker’s Commune Hotels and Resorts. (The governor’s late father and Cindy’s late husband were brothers.)
Before they hit Cindy’s, the governor and first lady toured the museum with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Chuy Garcia, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Details about their visit via WGN/9’s Jewell Hillery.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Illinois secretary of state candidate Anna Valencia has lined up an all-woman campaign team as she heads into the 2022 primary. If elected, Valencia would become the first woman and Latina to ever hold the position in Illinois. In a statement, Valencia said she’s excited to have the support, guidance and input of the women leaders on her team. They include campaign manager Cheryl Bruce, a campaign veteran who for the past four years has served as the executive director of the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus, where she led campaign work.
Political director Allison Schraub had been managing campaign efforts for Valencia before taking on the new political director title. Schraub has previously served on Sen. Dick Durbin’s campaign (2020, 2014) and has worked in public policy at Airbnb, in addition to chairing the Chicago political team at the Sierra Club.
Campaign finance director Michaela Kurinsky-Malos, who managed campaigns across Western states and worked for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Then there’s comms director Payal Patel, who most recently led communications at Navy Pier; Linda Ames as campaign co-chair, and Valencia’s high school teacher in Granite City; Aida Flores as community outreach coordinator; Springfield Ald. LaKeisha Purchase as Central Illinois coordinator; and Ellie Bahrmasel and Annie Warshaw as part of the Women for Valencia Coalition.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Democrat Jonathan Logemann is announcing his campaign for IL-17. Logemann is a Rockford alderman, public school teacher and Army National Guard captain. He also served in Afghanistan. “I know the challenges hard-working Illinois families are facing — because Sarah and I live it every day,” he said in a statement, referring to his wife. While working in city government, Logemann says he’s supported projects that have brought more than 1,000 jobs to Rockford, helped increase diversity on city boards and expand access to affordable preschool, and he’s supported establishing a tuition-free college partnership between Northern Illinois University and qualifying Rockford Public Schools students.
— Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison is kicking off his re-election campaign for his 15th District seat Thursday in Schaumburg.
— Campaign official says ‘no way’ Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will run for governor, by Aurora Beacon-News’ Steve Lord
— A different spin on the state’s weak economic recovery: “Illinois has added fewer jobs than many states. But as a result, we have a lower labor shortage, a study says,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.
— After a week of wet weather, this month could still be Springfield’s warmest October ever, reports State Journal-Register’s Natalie Pierre
— A move to reform nursing home payment model: Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services officials “believe the nursing home market should be about people, not profit. The department hopes lawmakers can authorize a patient driven payment model by January,” by WGEM’s Mike Miletich.
— Op-Ed: Why we must make the Great Lakes ‘smarter’ to prepare for climate change, Smart Great Lakes Initiative’s Aaron Packman and MWRD’s Kimberly Neely Du Buclet.
— It’s official: The White House on Tuesday officially named Chicago water executive Debra Shore to head EPA’s Chicago-based Midwest office. “I couldn’t be more excited & honored to serve President Biden & Administrator [Michael] Regan in restoring scientific integrity, recommitting to environmental justice, advancing equity & health,” Shore tweeted. Playbook readers got the scoop on her appointment last week.
— Michael Jordan autographed trading card sells for record $2.7M, by Sun-Times’ Satchel Price.
— FOP president urges police officers to ignore city mandate to report vaccination status — says he’ll take issue to court: “John Catanzara instructed rank-and-file officers to report to work Friday and be sent home for not having reported their vaccine status. Asked to respond, a mayoral spokesperson said they would have ‘no statement,’” by Sun-Times’ Clare Spaulding.
— Dean Angelo, former FOP president, dies of Covid-19: “The police union president from 2014-2017 spent more than 37 years on the police force,” writes Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm
— Departing watchdog sounds alarm — again — about CFD response times: “Departing Inspector General Joe Ferguson says the Chicago Fire Department still hasn’t implemented changes he first recommended years ago that would allow it to accurately measure emergency response times,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— New development and job growth are still more prevalent in areas where white people live, by Esther Yoon-Ji Kang.
— Electric scooter sharing could come back to Chicago under plan that could get approval this week, by Tribune’s John Byrne.
— Chicago nonprofits got $1 million in unrestricted funding. Here’s how some used it, by Tribune’s Jade Yan.
— 14-year-old and security guard shot outside high school in Bronzeville: “Students said the doorway where the girl and guard were shot is a popular exit for students heading home,” by Sun-Times’ David Struett, Emmanuel Camarillo, and Sophie Sherry.
… From the Tribune: “Records show that Phillips decided last year to get rid of both of its two school resource officers. Resource officers are uniformed, armed Chicago police officers. Security personnel at a school who aren’t resource officers are unarmed.”
— Astros rout White Sox, win ALDS in four games, by Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen
… White Sox fans still have high hopes for the team’s future, by Tribune’s Stephanie Casanova
— Former Pennsylvania CEO admits funding ex-Clerk Dorothy Brown event as thanks for county contracts: The former owner of a Pennsylvania debt-collection company pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of “corruptly giving something of value to a public official. He faces up to about a year and a half in prison when he’s sentenced on Jan. 21,” reports Tribune’s Jason Meisner.
— ShotSpotter files $300M defamation suit against Vice Media: “The lawsuit specifically points to a July story in which Vice reported the company frequently modifies alerts at the request of police departments that use its technology, in an effort to show evidence supports police reports on shootings. Among the cases that story focused on was one in Chicago in which Vice reported a ShotSpotter analyst modified data to show what was initially reported as fireworks to classify it as gunfire, and changed the location of the alert by a mile,” via CBS/2.
— Judge bounces court reporter’s discrimination suit against chief judge, by Cook County Record’s Dan Churney
Did we jinx it? We asked whether a die hard Cubs fan can get on the White Sox bandwagon, and Democratic political consultant Steve Sheffey offered this:
“A true Cubs fan does not hate the Sox. A true Cubs fan does not know the Sox exist and therefore does not care whether they win or lose. For a real Cubs fan, the Sox are just another American League team playing anywhere but here. I’m a lifelong Chicagoan and I’ve never set foot in Comiskey Park. And I never will.”
Business consultant and Cubs fan Ashvin Lad says: “Any true Cubs fan will root for the Sox under certain circumstances — when they play other NL Central teams, as it helps the Cubs in the standings.”
Sox fan and policy analyst Justin Heath: “The White Sox are far more welcoming than Cubs fans! Our bandwagon is huge and has plenty of room for John Cusack.”
Jim Straus: “On all Illinois birth certificates it asks to check the boxes. 1. Boy or Girl. 2. Cubs or Sox. No way to be both. #bandwagon.”
Gary Gilbert: “All the grandkids can sing ‘Go Cubs Go’ becoming 4th generation Cubs fans. Our patience has been tested with the 1959 Sox World Series, 1969 Mets, and the Rizzo trade but do not fear, we are persistent.”
Policy analyst Quinn Biever: “Most of us root for the same hockey, basketball, and football team…if one baseball team is in the playoffs and the other isn’t, we shouldn’t hate on people who live a few neighborhoods over for showing some genuine support.”
For tomorrow, given Elon Musk gets things done by breaking down his day into 5-minute increments, we wonder what’s your productivity trick or multi-tasking hack? Email to [email protected]
— Medical marijuana, more popular than ever, could still cost you your job in Illinois: “Some companies continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for all employees who test positive for marijuana on drug tests, even if they have a medical marijuana card,” via ABC/7.
— White House scrambles to address looming Christmas-time supply chain crisis, by POLITICO’s Steve Overly
— Dems torn between wooing and badgering the Biden agenda holdouts, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki
— Bob Casey, the mild-mannered senator behind a major liberal push, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine
Ambar Mentor-Truppa is now VP at Fenton, a national public interest communications firm. She’ll work in the Chicago office, focusing on racial justice issues. Mentor-Truppa most recently was VP of comms for the Shriver Center on Poverty Law and before that held leadership roles with the former Grisko LLC and the former Valerie Denney Communications.
Applications for the Women’s Leadership Training Academy’s Class of 2022 are due Nov. 8 by 10 p.m. The academy “prepares and trains Democratic, pro-choice women to run for elected office, seek public appointments, and govern effectively at all levels in Illinois.” Questions at [email protected].
— Tonight at 5 p.m.: An outdoor thank you party to celebrate passage of the clean-energy bill that the governor signed last month. “It’s a free, fun event focused on thanking the community, grassroots activists, and youth climate activists who worked to pass the climate bill,” said Rep. Ann Williams, a leader on the legislation.
— Tonight: A cocktail fundraiser for Rep. Lauren Underwood hosted by Stevi Steines, Ami Copeland, Greg Goldner, Sarah Kammerer, and Adam Hitchcock. Tickets start at $250.
— Today at noon: Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services’ virtual Equal Access to Justice “luncheon” honors Chicago attorneys Julie Bauer, Joey Becker and Maureen McGinnis and the Winston & Strawn law firm for their pro bono work and Baxter and Baxter senior VP Sean Martin for their contributions to the legal community. The event is free to zoom in.
— Thursday: Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin holds his golf outing at LaGrange Country Club. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. and tee times starting at 12:10 p.m. Tickets $1,250 per golfer. Contact: Julie, [email protected] or 630-908-7685.
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Chicago Building Commissioner Matthew Beaudet for correctly answering that former Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz, Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria, and former Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo all served between 2013 and 2021 and are alums of Notre Dame College Prep High School.
TODAY’s QUESTION: What Illinois fort had three future U.S. presidential candidates stationed there and who were the three? Email to [email protected]
Matteson Village trustee Adam Shorter, and City Club of Chicago chairman Ed Mazur
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October 13, 2021 at 07:41AM