TGIF, Illinois. It’s like a tennis match watching redistricting efforts in Springfield and Chicago, back and forth. We’re still a ways from game, set, match.
SCOOP: Latinos might gain two more seats — to hold 15 total — on the 50-member Chicago City Council under a map being unveiled today by the Chicago Latino Caucus.
“We’re putting forward a map that we feel captures the demographics and the population of Chicago based on the 2020 census figures,” Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) and chairman of the caucus told Playbook.
His caucus calls it a “Coalition Map” because it’s got support from council members from the North and South sides, as well as some members of the Black Caucus, and community groups.
Though Latinos are the largest minority group in Chicago, according to new census data, the Latino Caucus’ map allows for 16 Black-majority wards, one more than Latinos would have. It’s an olive branch to the Black Caucus, but it still may be a sticking point.
Ald. Jason Ervin, leader of the Black Caucus, has pushed for 18 Black majority wards — down one from 19 — given the African American population has dropped by more than 86,000 since the last census, to about 802,000.
Latino population increased 40,656, to 819,518. And white population fell 226,578, to 986,280.
With all that census data in hand, here’s how the Latino Caucus’ Coalition Map breaks down:
Thirty percent Latino-majority (15 wards), 32 percent Black-majority (16 wards), 30 percent white-majority (15 wards), and for the first time a ward that has 49 percent Asian representation. The proposed map also includes three majority minority wards: the 40th, 49th and 50th wards, which are among the most diverse wards in the city and whose current council members are Latino, Black and white, respectively.
The Latino Caucus proposed map also keeps neighborhoods within wards. Englewood, for example, which is currently split among multiple wards, would be unified under one ward umbrella.
Watch for the map to be filed with the City Clerk today and presented at the next City Council meeting, Villegas said. Then it will be up for discussion along with other proposed maps in the lead-up to the Dec. 1 deadline to come up with official ward boundaries.
THE STANDOFF IN CHICAGO: A judge lost his temper in the court case that pits Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration against the Fraternal Order of Police over the mandate requiring all city workers, including police, report their vaccination status.
The city sued to stop FOP President John Catanzara from using social media to criticize the mandate and lawsuits have been flying ever since. About a hundred firefighters and water department employees have sought a temporary restraining order against the mandate, reports the Tribune.
That’s what Judge Moshe Jacobius was dealing with yesterday when his “voice began to rise,” the Sun-Times explains. The FOP attorney expressed frustration with the legal proceedings, prompting the judge to say something along the lines of you think you’re frustrated?
Jacobius continued: “There’s been some comments about lowering the volume and lowering the flames and working in commonality for the people of the city of Chicago, both sides, and I think these parties should take that to heart.”
He described the legal brouhaha as “sensationalization” and said “people need to really consider, everybody that’s involved here is in public service.
Meanwhile, the number of police employees complying with the reporting rule continues to rise, according to City Hall.
“They don’t want to lose their job. They don’t want to lose their health care. Over what? Saying yes or no? That doesn’t make any sense. It’s not rational,” the mayor said in the Sun-Times story.
And just to keep it interesting: Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana is urging Chicago police officers turned off by Lightfoot’s vaccine status order to come to the Hoosier State instead, reports the Tribune.
Where do state workers stand with vaccine mandate as deadline looms? “Public records reveal a wide disparity in who has reported their vaccination status and who hasn’t. Across all Illinois Department of Corrections facilities, less than half of staffers are confirmed as fully vaccinated. That’s 6,300 hundred employees reporting out of a little more than 13,000,” by ABC 7.
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At 11 a.m. she’ll be attending the private funeral services for civil rights legend and historian Timuel Black.
— What counts as a Covid death? “More than a year and a half after the U.S. recorded its first Covid death in February 2020, there is still no consensus about the exact number of people who have been killed by the disease. The official tally is more than 725,000, according to the CDC, a number the U.S. hit Monday, the same day that Colin Powell died from Covid complications,” by Renuka Rayasam in POLITICO Nightly.
— CDC gives green light to Moderna, J&J boosters plus mix-and-match strategy: “The advisory committee endorsed the FDA’s decision to authorize a Moderna booster for people 65 and older and for all adults who either have underlying conditions or work in high-risk settings,” by POLITICO’s Lauren Gardner.
— Illinois school districts plan Covid-19 clinics as they await arrival of Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11, by Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.
— Illinois Covid-19 hospitalizations at lowest level since early August, by Daily Herald’s Jake Griffin.
Jump start for electric vehicle industry? Pritzker touts job training now, business incentives soon: “The Electric Vehicle Energy Storage training program dovetails with the state’s goal of getting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, which was included in energy legislation that passed the General Assembly last month,” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
4 involved in failed Broadway Bank backing Alexi Giannoulias’ run for secretary of state: “Giannoulias has accepted $24,000 in campaign contributions from the four former Broadway Bank officials, campaign finance records show,” by Sun-Times’ Tim Novak and Robert Herguth.
— Already changed on GPS. Now dozens of signs installed proclaiming Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive: “Even though Mayor Lori Lightfoot opposed the push led by Ald. Sophia King (4th) and Ald. David Moore (17th) to honor Chicago’s first non-native settler by changing the name of the city’s most well-known roadway, the three gathered Thursday near Buckingham Fountain to celebrate the compromise all three settled on,” by WTTW’s Heather Cherone.
— Property tax levy clears first hurdle, but Council members balk at giving Lightfoot ‘blank check’ for capital projects: “The City Council’s Finance Committee was forced to take a break after mayoral allies and critics alike demanded a list of capital projects that would benefit their wards and constituents,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— CPS touts record-high graduation rate, record-low dropout rate, by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz.
— CTA proposes reduced fares in 2022 budget to boost ridership: “CTA’s base fares of $2.25 for bus and $2.50 for rail won’t change,” by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek.
— Police sergeant faces firing for allegedly detaining CTA employee who accused fellow cop of misconduct: “The Civilian Office of Police Accountability initially recommended Sgt. William Spyker be fired in connection to the incident, but Supt. David Brown instead proposed a six-month suspension. On Thursday, a member of the Chicago Police Board sided with COPA, setting in motion disciplinary proceedings,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
— City awards grants to spur development near transit in disinvested neighborhoods: “The city selected 11 projects that range from a healthy corner store to senior housing to a food hall and walk-up ice cream window,” by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore
— Ald. Jim Gardiner boots residents from public meeting for asking about investigations into conduct: “Seven out of 23 attendees were removed from a virtual meeting about a new Panda Express for trying to ask the alderman questions about the FBI’s investigation into him,” by Block Club’s Ariel Parrella-Aureli.
— Laquan McDonald’s great uncle is angrily denounced by some as he defends his support of Rahm Emanuel: “The Rev. Marvin Hunter wrote a letter on Emanuel’s behalf that the former mayor used to bolster his case this week when he went before a U.S. Senate committee weighing his nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan. ‘As a man of God, I felt like I had a moral responsibility to forgive him,’ Hunter told reporters,” Tribune’s Madeline Buckley reports.
— POLL-ER BEARS: Serafin & Associatesion, a communications and public affairs strategies firm, has published an unscientific poll (interesting nonetheless) that shows Chicago’s reputation wouldn’t be hurt if the Bears moved to the burbs — but very few want tax dollars spent on helping them do that.
— Cook County’s gun, ammunition taxes shot down because they ‘burden a law-abiding citizen’s right to acquire a firearm’: “State Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis wrote that the taxes violate the constitution’s uniformity clause and ‘impose a burden on the exercise of a fundamental right protected by the second amendment,’” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
— 6 days later, uncertainties remain about what’s causing Dixmoor water problems; Preckwinkle calls for federal investment: Mayor Fitzgerald Barnes “said officials are ‘still unsure’ what the problem is, and that it’s been difficult to diagnose because the pipes are underground and ‘the way you diagnose is through process of elimination,’” by Tribune’s Jade Yan.
— Cook, McHenry counties offer new program to remove lead paint hazards from homes, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin
— River Grove family welcomes home body of long lost soldier killed over Germany during World War II, by Tribune’s William Lee
— COLD CASE: Police make arrest in 1992 strangulation murder, sexual assault of woman in Niles: DNA evidence “was utilized” in the first degree murder charge against Richard J. Sisto, 72, in the 1992 death of 35-year-old Helen K. Cardwell at the Leaning Tower YMCA, Niles Deputy Police Chief Nick Zakula said Wednesday, by Pioneer Press’ Jennifer Johnson.
— Facebook sneaker page spawned St. Louis-Chicago gun-trafficking network, feds say: “The supplier was a Missouri retiree, Robert Narup, who’s accused of illegally selling firearms he bought at gun shows across the country, officials say. Asked why he sold guns that could be used in violent crimes in Chicago, he said, ‘I like dead presidents’ — referring to cash, according to court records,” by Sun-Times’ Frank Main.
We asked how you’re fighting climate change: Elevate Illinois CEO Janet Mathis grows and preserves most of her own vegetables. Chicago Public Health Department policy analyst Melissa Buenger composts at home. Cook County Dems’ digital director Brady Chalmers, who once worked for Greenpeace National, regularly cleans up the beach in Rogers Park, while Robert Thies of River Radio of Southern Illinois picks up litter when he sees it. Communications pro Sally Daly has installed a programmable thermostat, uses energy-efficient light bulbs, and unplugs her electronics when not using them.
Luis Narvaez commutes to his job at the Chicago Board of Education via @DivvyBikes (the company recently honored him for being a regular bike commuter!). Prairie Group Consulting CEO Fred Lebed got rid of his lawn sprinkler system to stop “the senseless wasting of water.” Blogger John Lopez has been a hybrid car enthusiast for more than a decade. And Doug Vantress, who just moved his Golden Triangle antiques store from River North to West Town, recycled whatever he could, including the Teak floor.
For Monday: What’s the scariest politics-themed Halloween costume you’ve ever seen? Email to [email protected]
SUBSCRIBE TO WOMEN RULE: Speaking of climate change. I wrote about women fighting climate change for the national Women Rule newsletter, which comes out later today. Among the 12 bold-faced names featured are Rep. Jan Schakowsky and state Rep. Ann Williams. Subscribe to the Women Rule newsletter today.
Kinzinger among 9 Republicans who voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress: Rep. Rodney Davis, who voted in favor of the bipartisan independent commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6 — had been picked for the select committee before Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled Republicans off the committee — was a firm “no” on the Bannon criminal contempt referral, via CNN.
— Biden uses town hall to name-check Manchin and Sinema on agenda hold-ups, by POLITICO’s Myah Ward and Sam Stein
— ‘Bulls—‘: How a Manchin-Bernie blowup helped unstick Dems’ agenda, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
— The bad cop who rules Miami, by POLITICO’s Marc Caputo
— Unemployment claims fall to new pandemic low of 290,000, by The Associated Press
— Timuel Black remembered as a ‘soldier in the battle for equity’ during public visitation: “A private funeral, scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Michael Pfleger giving the eulogy, will be livestreamed on YouTube. Other speakers include Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Sen. Dick Durbin and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
— Bernard Haitink, former CSO principal conductor, dies at 92: “The Dutch artist held the CSO post from 2006-10, between the terms of music directors Daniel Barenboim and and Riccardo Muti,” by The Associated Press.
— Jonathan Skinner becomes CEO of PSP Partners, a global private investment firm founded by its chairman, Penny Pritzker. Skinner will move to PSP Partners in January. He’s currently a partner and vice chair of investment banking at William Blair & Co. And from 2015 to 2020 he headed technology investment banking at William Blair.
— Kevin Poorman, who has served as CEO of PSP Partners, leaves the corner office but will continue at the company as senior advisor.
— Chirag G. Badlani becomes executive director of Alphawood Foundation Chicago starting Nov. 8. Badlani succeeds Jim McDonough, who retired as executive director this month after leading the foundation since 2012 and who will remain as legal counsel until next year. Badlani is a partner at the Chicago law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., where he practices in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, immigration law, and labor and employment. Previously, Badlani was a law clerk to Judge Ann C. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
— Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.: A livestreamed discussion hosted by A Better Chicago will explore programming to help children and teens thrive. Janice Jackson, the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and current A Better Chicago board member, will moderate. Panelists: Undergraduate College’s Aarti Dhupelia, Lion’s Pride Mentoring Inc.’s Jasmine Gilstrap, Boston Consulting Group’s Marin Gjaja, and Roosevelt University’s Allison Slade.
— Thursday: Illinois Department of Public Health director Ngozi O. Ezike will be honored at the annual National Kidney Foundation of Illinois fundraising gala. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: We had two sets of winners. Cook County judicial candidate Dan Balanoff, Chicago Building Commissioner Matthew Beaudet, and political observer Timothy Thomas Jr. correctly answered there are six Illinois counties named after U.S. presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson.
And John Straus, former head of the Illinois Commission on Science & Technology, correctly answered that there are eight Illinois counties that have the names of presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Johnson and Clinton.
TODAY’s QUESTION: How many major party presidential political conventions have been hosted in Chicago? Email to [email protected]
Today: Ald. Anthony Beale, former state Sen. Patrick O’Malley, former state Rep. Bob Flider, broadcast media strategist Jay Foot, and Sun-Times reporter Stephanie Zimmermann.
Saturday: Evanston Ald. Devon Reid, Advance Illinois comms director Taryn Williams, Silverman Group VP Elizabeth Neukirch, orchestra leader Chris Sarlas, Chicago magazine editor Amy Carr, journalist Heidi Stevens, and journalist Dan Dorfman.
Sunday: state Rep. Mike Murphy (99th) and Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.’s John Hart.
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October 22, 2021 at 07:28AM