Happy Monday, Illinois. Our thoughts are with Edwardsville today.
— LATE-BREAKING SCOOP: Chicago to offer $2.9M settlement to Anjanette Young for errant raid at her home, sources say, by Tribune’s John Byrne and Gregory Pratt
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is focused on his re-election in 2022, but talk has bubbled up again that a presidential run could be in his future, too.
In a story by The New York Times about what “plan B” might be if President Joe Biden doesn’t run, Pritzker’s name popped up.
“While allies say that Mr. Pritzker has expressed no specific intention to run for president in 2024 if Mr. Biden bows out, he has talked privately about his interest in seeking the White House at some point should the opportunity arise,” according to the Times report.
Pritzker’s advisers tried tamping down the possibility of a presidential run, according to the Times. “Governor Pritzker is focused on addressing the challenges facing the people of Illinois and is not spending any time on D.C.’s favorite parlor game: Who will run for President next,” said Emily Bittner, Pritzker’s spokeswoman. She said the governor “wholeheartedly supports” Biden and Harris and expected them to be re-elected.
“Still, the talk is abundant — at least in private,” according to the Times.
A person close to the governor’s campaign called The New York Times story “a reach.”
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is examining the county’s retail theft policy in the wake of recent shoplifting incidents that prompted criticism from the business community.
“We believe the retail threshold at $1,000 for felony charges is in line with the rest of the country,” Foxx said in a statement to Playbook. “But we have committed to look at available data and engage with partners to see if this is still the best policy.”
In a statement, Foxx spokeswoman Cristina Villarreal said “it’s important to note” cases of retail theft are not the same as “smash and grab” and organized theft rings, which also have occurred in recent weeks. “We will also be taking a look at our policies around those issues,” Villarreal said. Foxx’s office is working with the Cook County Regional Crime Task Force to address those crimes.
The effort to revisit the retail theft policy emerged after a meeting with business leaders to address crime. Among those in attendance were Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr, who talked to Crain’s A.D. Quig about the discussion.
Retail theft cases are felonies if the merchandise taken exceeds $1,000. The state’s threshold is $300, which is on the lower end of states nationwide. According to Pew Trusts, in 2018, Texas’ threshold for felony theft was $2,500 and New Jersey’s was $200.
The challenge prosecutors face in retail theft cases has always been getting complaining witnesses (the retailers) to show up in court.
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In Granite City at 11:30 a.m. to provide an update after a deadly tornado hit central Illinois.
At Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy-King College at 1:30 p.m. along with City Colleges of Chicago and Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council leadership to announce an agreement that will benefit Kennedy-King College students.
No official public events.
— Omicron v. Delta | The battle of the Covid variants as a new version of the virus hits Illinois, by Derrick Blakley for Center for Illinois Politics.
— Inside a Chicago Covid-19 vaccine trial for babies, toddlers: “It will help all of the littles get their shots.” Tribune’s Angie Leventis Lourgos reports.
— Chris Kennedy speaks out on Sirhan Sirhan: Chris Kennedy, the Chicago businessman and former gubernatorial candidate, and his sister, Kerry Kennedy, speak out against the California Parole Board’s recommendation that Sirhan Sirhan, who murdered their father, the late Robert F. Kennedy, be released from prison. “We’re Catholics. We’re not haters. We believe in forgiveness. But forgiveness has to come after an apology, and a recognition of the act itself, and the damage that was done. And that has not happened,” Kennedy said in the CBS interview.
— CPD sergeant’s year-long battle with Covid-19 brightens with celebration led by sister Susana Mendoza, by Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed.
— Donovan Pepper takes over as chairman of the Civic Federation’s board of directors today at the organization’s annual meeting as Monica Mueller of Motorola Solutions steps down after chairing the board the past two years. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will keynote the meeting. Pepper, whose day job is senior director of government relations and civic engagement at Walgreens, has been a vice chair of the Civic Federation, a non-partisan, fiscal watchdog group, for several years.
— OPPO | Sullivan’s Obama problem: Republican gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan has carefully maneuvered around questions about the extent of his support for former President Barack Obama. Some oppo research that landed in Playbook’s inbox addresses the issue.
In the One World magazine that Sullivan founded while a student at St. Louis University in the 2000s, Sullivan acknowledged supporting Obama. The magazine’s “Call to Action” box on page 22 encourages readers to support the Global Poverty Act introduced by then-Sen. Obama. And there’s a note: “OneWorld does not endorse a specific presidential candidate (although Jesse Sullivan does).”
That doesn’t mean Sullivan voted for Obama, but it doesn’t mean he didn’t. His campaign would say only that Sullivan has voted Republican for nearly a decade.
“Jesse Sullivan didn’t grow up in a political household — he knew more about the Chicago Bears than he did about any politician. His values have always been deeply rooted in his faith — pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom,” spokesman Noah Sheinbaum said in an emailed statement. “Through his work and his life, Sully has found that Democrat politicians have been lying to him and to voters, over and over again, implementing radical policies that are out of touch with the values of everyday Illinoisans. He has only voted for Republicans for nearly a decade.”
— FEELING ‘23: The mayor’s race is still more than a year away, polling has already begun. A Chicago Democratic operative briefed Playbook on a poll they participated in by phone. The caller asked a series of questions that indicate unions may be trying to gauge voters’ support. The poll asked if the voter knew Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Ald. Raymond Lopez, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former mayoral candidates Willie Wilson and Paul Vallas, and Stacy Davis Gates, who is executive VP of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and VP of the Chicago Teachers Union. “The pollster did a thorough job of stating the positives of each person,” said the consultant. “And then they asked if I or someone in my family was a member of the union.”
— Rep. Marie Newman faces political damage from ethics probe: “Iymen Hamman Chehade, at the center of the controversy over Rep. Marie Newman offering him a job, is announcing this week a run for Congress from the 3rd District,” by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.
— ENDORSEMENT: Gilbert Villegas has been endorsed by VoteVets PAC, the progressive veterans group, in his bid for the new 3rd Congressional District. “Gil is a true American story,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War veteran and chairman of VoteVets. “Rising up out of public housing, to then serving our country in uniform, and returning home to his community to serve the people there.” Villegas, a Chicago alderman, is a combat veteran who served overseas as a U.S. Marine (1988-1992) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
— GOP candidate for IL-17 Congressional District runs underdog campaign: “There’s no one that knows this district more intimately mile by mile than I do,” says Charlie Helmick. OurQuadCities.com’s Linda Cook and Jim Niedelman. VIDEO
— ENDORSEMENT: State Sen. Michael Hastings and the Orland Township Democratic Organization are endorsing Alexi Giannoulias for secretary of state. Earlier in the year, Hastings had announced his own bid for secretary of state only to drop out a few months later.
— 13th Ward loyalist who helped Ald. Marty Quinn dump college kid from ballot now eyes judgeship: “Jim Gleffe, 39, earned his political stripes as a precinct captain in the 13th Ward run by former House Speaker Michael Madigan,” by Tribune’s Ray Long.
— ENDORSEMENTS: Kari Steele has won the endorsement of four unions representing more than 50,000 workers in her bid for Cook County assessor. The unions are the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, LIUNA Chicago Laborers District Council, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134, and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.
— State Rep. Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) is running for election in the newly drawn 102nd House District. “The rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution are being threatened and if we don’t fight back, we will lose them,” Niemerg said in a statement announcing his campaign.
— State Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) is running for election in the newly drawn 110th House District. “The political class has allowed unlawful overreaches to be inflicted on us by the governor, IDPH, ISBE and their special interest allies have destroyed livelihoods, harmed our children and set this state back even further economically. These people are dangerous, and we need real leaders who are willing to push back on behalf of the working citizens that are bearing the burden of these policies,” Wilhour stated in a statement announcing his campaign.
— Dan Balanoff has secured endorsements in his bid for a judicial circuit court seat in Cook County. Alderpersons Scott Waguespack, Chris Taliaferro, Maria Hadden, Andre Vasquez, and Bryron Sigcho-Lopez; state Reps. Aaron Ortiz, Ann Williams and Lakesia Collins; and Democratic committeepeople Paul Rosenfeld and Angee Gonzalez-Rodriguez have endorsed Balanoff.
— City remap: Additional public hearings have been added to the Chicago City Council’s remap process. In a statement, Ald. Michelle Harris, who chairs the committee, pressed colleagues to seek a “compromise” and keep the process “civil.” Post-holiday public hearings will be held: Jan. 6 at 10 a.m., Jan 11 at 1 p.m., Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. and Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. The council has blown by its Dec. 1 deadline to come up with a new map, prompting the Latino Caucus to apply for a referendum. So now the legal deadline to remove the referendum is in May — or the referendum goes forward in June. The proposed Rules Committee map is supported by the Black Caucus. And the Coalition Map is backed by the Latino Caucus and other members of the council.
— Asian ward: The Coalition for a Better Chinese Community has analyzed the Rules Committee map, the Coalition Map and an independent map, all of which include creating a majority Asian ward.
— Vermilion County split in redistricting map: “[F]or the majority of voters, this is going to be a new experience for them being represented by an upstate Democrat. The remainder likely will continue to be represented by a downstate Republican,” said political science instructor Chuck Hantz. Commercial-News’ Jennifer Bailey reports.
SLATING: Cook County Democrats start interviewing candidates today in slating sessions to determine who will receive a coveted endorsement from the party. Today’s schedule kicks off with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle stating her case for re-election. Tuesday’s schedule is for statewide races, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker kicking off the day.
— WEEKEND TRAGEDY | At least six people died after an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville took a direct hit, via The New York Times.
— Pritzker signs measure aimed at providing millions of dollars to groups engaged in violence prevention: “The additional resources promised by Pritzker will draw from federal and state funding, including $50 million in the current state budget. Additionally, Pritzker laid out a proposal for more than $100 million in appropriations in each of the next two years for the anti-violence effort,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.
— How some Illinois elected officials are venturing into podcasts, by Lee Enterprises’ Brenden Moore.
— Ranking the 7 Lincoln-Douglas Debate Sites in Illinois, by Chicago magazine’s Edward McClelland.
— Lightfoot gets $1M emergency contracting authority after agreeing to one-year sunset: “Two days after an avalanche of opposition stalled the mayor’s ordinance, the City Council’s Budget Committee approved it 19 to 3,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— As probe ends, details of Emmett Till’s murder remain a mystery: “Two white men publicly confessed to the slaying after being acquitted in 1955, but a Justice Department report released last week said at least one more, unnamed person was involved in Till’s abduction,” by Sun-Times’ Jay Reeves.
— Nonprofit’s South Austin warehouse preps relief shipment to tornado-battered Kentucky: “This is why we do the work that we do.” Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba reports
— Protesters block Michigan Avenue to call attention to attacks against CTA operators, by Tribune’s Alice Yin
— Early warning: Cook County property tax bills will be late next year: “Assessment delays portend problems for local governments that rely on timely tax payments. Board of Review member Larry Rogers Jr. blames Assessor Fritz Kaegi,” by Sun-Times’ Mark Brown.
— For Northwest suburban school leaders, report card data during pandemic comes with asterisk, by Daily Herald’s Eric Peterson
— Jussie Smollett juror: Split decision was ‘favor’ to actor after debate over final count, by Sun-Times’ Matthew Hendrickson
— Convicted in fake hate crime plot, what real punishments are possible for Jussie Smollett? Tribune’s Megan Crepeau and Jason Meisner report
— Actor Terrance Howard weighs in on the Smollett verdict during an interview with Mark Vargas on AM560.
Legal weed testing: What Sun-Times tests found, plus flaws in Illinois’ cannabis regulation: “What’s in the legal weed being sold at Illinois dispensaries? That’s what our reporters wanted to find out. That led to a deeper look at the state’s marijuana regulation.” Tom Schuba and Stephanie Zimmermann contributed.
We asked if Zoom has lost its luster: “Zoom has generally been a hindrance for lobbyists wanting closer access, but it’s significantly improved average citizens’ access to the legislative process,” wrote Mark Peysakhovich. And J.R. Patton says: “Considering three times last week I received calendar invites with ‘free conference call dot com’ numbers, and the three emails a week I get asking to join the class action lawsuit against zoom, I’d say we’re nearing the end of the ‘zoom boom.’”
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— Sen. Dick Durbin, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, is in Chicago today to lead a full committee field hearing entitled “Combating Gun Trafficking and Reducing Violence in Chicago.” The hearing at the Dirksen federal building will focus on “efforts of key federal agencies to combat gun trafficking, pursue evidence-informed violence prevention strategies, and coordinate with other government and community stakeholders to make our communities safer,” according to Durbin’s office. The 9 a.m. hearing will stream live here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
— POLITICO Q&A: Rep. Bobby Rush says Congress and the Biden administration “must do more” to address equity, according to a Q&A in The Recast.
— DIssecting Miller’s vote against military spending: “Rep. Mary Miller broadsided GOP colleagues as ‘RINOs’ when they voted to approve a pay raise for U.S. troops in the new defense spending bill,” reports WCIA’s Mark Maxwell.
— Old St. Chuck? Schumer under pressure to deliver by Christmas, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett
— Meadows Jan. 5 email indicated Guard on standby to ‘protect pro Trump people,’ investigators say, by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu
— The judges drawing America’s political maps, by POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick
— Dorothy Dawson, tough-as-nails track coach with a soft spot, dies at 91, by Sun-Times’ Jason Beeferman.
— Barbara K. Walsh of Oak Brook has died. She was married to the late state Rep. William Walsh, and her son is political consultant David Walsh.
— Nancy Jo Kasper, mother of political consultant and remap attorney Michael Kasper, has died.
— Citadel hires top Biden Secret Service agent: “David Cho will start Jan. 3 as deputy head of security,” by Bloomberg.
Today: WFMT marks its 70th anniversary with a Day of Music Celebration featuring nine hours of live-streamed performances by a range of classical and folk artists at Northeastern Illinois’s Jewel Box auditorium.
FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Mary Beth Hoerner, aide to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, for correctly answering that “Big Bill Thompson once rode a horse into Chicago’s City Council chambers.
TODAY’s QUESTION: What is the name of the play that’s loosely based on the Chicago restrictive covenants case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court? Email to [email protected]
Ald. Michelle Harris (8th), 46th Ward Committeeman Sean Tenner, former Chicago Park District Commissioner Mona Castillo, Indivisible Chicago’s Marj Halperin, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors VP Mae Hong, TV producer Donna LaPietra, Duckworth outreach coordinator and senior caseworker Stacey Berdejo, and Sun-Times reporter Brett Chase.
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December 13, 2021 at 07:35AM