Pritzker on ending Roe: ‘Hell no!’

Pritzker on ending Roe: ‘Hell no!’

It’s Tuesday, Illinois. The power of Donald Trump’s endorsement is on display today in the Ohio and Indiana primaries. POLITICO will have results.

In a humongous scoop, the Supreme Court has voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito and obtained by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward.

It’s astonishing that the report was leaked, but it’s the contents that are reverberating in Illinois and across the country.

“Hell no!” tweeted Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday. “In Illinois, we trust women. We cannot let their most profound and personal rights be violated.”

In a follow-up interview on CNN, Pritzker blamed the previous White House. “When Donald Trump was elected, the writing was on the wall. They zeroed in on women’s reproductive rights. This has been their ultimate sinister goal.” The governor will address the issue again this morning in Chicago.

What it would mean here: If Roe v. Wade is officially overturned in the coming months, Illinois’ abortion rights protections will remain on the books. The state enacted a law in 2019 that explicitly enshrined the right to an abortion in Illinois. But there are broader concerns among Democrats.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned: “This decision will reverse the gains that women have made in the workplace and every other aspect of their lives since the Court first decided Roe. Also, the architects of this destruction will not stop at a woman’s right to choose.” Here’s the mayor’s full statement.

It was a punch to the gut for many: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tweeted that it’s “low income Black & Brown women who will be disproportionately impacted” but the ruling. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said it reveals a “grim reality” of the future. Chicago Ald. Gilbert Villegas, who’s running for Congress in the 3rd District, called the revelation “obscene and unacceptable.” State Rep. Delia Ramirez, who’s also running in the 3rd, said she’s “devastated and enraged.” And Rep. Jan Schakowsky tweeted that overturning Roe would be a “tragic step backwards for equal rights.”

On the right, it was hallelujah. GOP governor candidate Jesse Sullivan tweeted that when he learned about the draft ruling, “We dropped to our knees and said a prayer as a family in gratitude for all the lives that will be saved.”

So what’s next? Sen. Tammy Duckworth vowed “the far-right Supreme Court majority will not have the last word.” Rep. Sean Casten tweeted “Scream tonight. tonight. Cry tonight. Get angry tonight. And tomorrow, get to work.” And Rep. Bill Foster called for Congress to take action, tweeting: “The Senate can make the reported SCOTUS decision moot by passing the House-passed Women’s Health Protection Act immediately.”

And Democrats hope the draft abortion opinion will jolt midterm elections, report POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris and Marianne LeVine

From CNN’s Brian Steltzer: “In journalism parlance, this is one of the biggest scoops in American journalism history. But let’s be very clear that the mysterious nature of the leak is nowhere near as important as the actual meaning of the draft opinion. If the court formally issues the opinion, it will be ‘the most consequential abortion decision in decades,’ CNN’s team reports.”

More responses in the Tribune report, by Paige Fry and Clare Spaulding

10 key passages from Alito’s draft opinion, which would overturn Roe v. Wade, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein

HOW CONVENTIONAL: Chicago is officially bidding to host the 2024 Democratic Convention and has enlisted high-profile names, including songwriter Common, to help with the pitch. Here’s the video.

Consultants from the Democratic National Committee were in town Monday meeting with hotels to determine the logistics. Some 18,000 hotel rooms would be needed for the 50,000 likely attendees, including convention delegates, all staying a few days in the city. Most Chicago hotels have union staff, which is seen as a must for the Democratic Party.

Along with hotel availability, the request for proposal will address transportation to and from venues — most likely McCormick Place and the United Center, where delegates would hear candidates speak.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the convention would be an economic boon for the city, creating “tremendous opportunities for job creation and business growth.” And in the same statement, Gov. JB Pritzker said $150 million would be poured into the economy, “making it a win not just for Chicago — but our entire state.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who’s vice chair of the DNC, has played a key role in laying the groundwork for Chicago so far. Magnify Strategies consulting firm, which Duckworth has worked with over he years, is guiding the Chicago bid process.

Other cities who also want the convention: Las Vegas, Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix. Proposals are due May 27.

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At the Thompson Center at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the POLITICO report about the Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade…. At the Saint Laurence Building on 72nd Street at 10 a.m. to break ground at Saint Laurence Arts Incubator.

At Historic Water Tower at 10:30 a.m. to introduce "Chicagwa" during National Drinking Water Week.

At the Cook County Building at 11 a.m. to discuss Fair Transit South Cook pilot program’s first year. The project enhances transit service and lowers costs for residents of the South Side of Chicago and south suburban Cook County.

At least 8 killed in weekend Chicago shootings, but police say homicides and shootings down in 2022, by WTTW’s Matt Masterson

After a weekend of violence, Lightfoot expresses concern: “We’re working our tails off every single day. Obviously not happy about this weekend,” Lightfoot told reporters. “Particularly distressing is, again, the number of young people that seemingly are involved in acts of violence. It’s clearly not acceptable and that’s why we’ve got to keep doing the things that we know are working.” Tribune’s William Lee, Annie Sweeney, Tatyana Turner and Gregory Pratt report.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said the department will add officers to downtown, by Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm

Lightfoot hints she’ll ignore expected recommendation to permanently sideline Columbus statues: “I’ve been very clear. I do not believe in erasing history. I think you’ve got to put it in a proper context. I think you’ve got to honor the entirety of that history,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reports.

Police must crack down on Lower Wacker drag racing, City Council member warns: ‘Somebody is going to get killed’: “Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) issued the warning after dozens of spectators, surrounded by a flaming ring of gasoline, jumped through the fire moments before a driver did donut stunts around the flames,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

A year after his death, Helmut Jahn’s firm looks forward with new projects and a rebranded name: Jahn/, by Sun-Times’ Lee Bey

FREEDOM TO CAUCUS: Five Republicans, among the most conservative members of the Illinois General Assembly, are forming the statehouse version of Congress’ Freedom Caucus, a far right arm of the GOP.

Andy Roth, president of the State Freedom Caucus Network, will join Republican state Reps. Chris Miller, Brad Halbrook, Dan Caulkins, Adam Niemerg, and Blaine Wilhour to announce the formation of the group in Illinois on Thursday. Miller will serve as caucus chairman and Halbrook as vice chair.

Connecting the dots: Roth previously headed the conservative Club for Growth Foundation, which is connected to a political action committee that has endorsed Miller’s wife, Congresswoman Mary Miller.

No comment from Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on the formation of the group.

Wilson wants CTA to bring back conductors and its police unit to stop ‘crisis’ of mass transit crime: “Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson said Mayor Lori Lightfoot “has 71 security officers around her house,” so ‘why can’t she protect the citizens that get robbed’ on the CTA?” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman

— SOS DRAMA: A group of supporters of Anna Valencia in the secretary of state’s race criticized Alexi Giannoulias for comments he made in 2014 that supported Republican Tom Cross for treasurer. At the time the comments were billed as an endorsement, though Giannoulias has since said he was just being complementary of Cross’ work. Giannoulias also urged bipartisanship in 2016.

Now Rep. Kelly Cassidy and other Valencia supporters are interpreting those comments as a stand on abortion. In a statement Monday they say Giannoulias’ support of Cross in 2014 shows he must oppose abortion rights today (because of a vote Cross took in 2005).

Problem is, Cross went on to be a self-described “pro-choice” Republican, and Giannoulias is endorsed by the Democratic Party, which fiercely supports abortion rights.

Giannoulias’ team says Valencia is trying to deflect from her own headlines about potential ethics violations.

What Giannoulias, Valencia and David Moore, who’s also in the race, do agree on: their outrage at the revelation the Supreme Court is considering ending Roe v. Wade.

In other campaign news…

— Jonathan Jackson, who’s running in the 1st Congressional District, has been endorsed by David Orr, the former Cook County Clerk and head of Good Government Illinois.

— Gilbert Villegas, who’s running in the 3rd Congressional District, has been endorsed by SEIU Local 1, IUEC Local 2, and the Latino Leadership Council.  

— Rep. Marie Newman, who’s running in the 6th Congressional District, has been endorsed by Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

— Kina Collins, who’s running in the 7th Congressional District, has been endorsed by Chicago Ald. Daniel La Spata.

Ex-principal who was fired amid sexual misconduct scandal at Marine Leadership Academy sues CPS, by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz.

Analysis: Illinois Supreme Court denies ex-Bear Richard Dent’s efforts to identify accusers, by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki

ICYMI: Journalist Dusty Rhodes revisits a hit and run — in which she was the victim. “What kind of man would run over me and my dog and leave us both for dead? I decided to find out,” she writes in Illinois Times.

We asked which grocery store you think should go in the Englewood location that Whole Foods is abandoning: Sharona Rosenblum: “A food pantry because maybe then people would have more money and snap benefits to spend at surrounding businesses that may invest.”… Phil Zeni sees a Piggly Wiggly working in the spot. The self-service grocery store founded in Memphis in 1916 has “always accommodated diverse neighborhood shoppers, frequently in underserved areas.”… And Leo Driscoll suggests a Trader Joe’s. The prices are more manageable.

For tomorrow, what’s a headline that really shocked you? Email [email protected]

7 ways Tuesday’s primaries could shake the 2022 election, by POLITICO’s Steven Shepard

Florida Dems worry they can’t beat DeSantis, by POLITICO’s Matt Dixon

Republicans are poised to win the House and Senate. Here’s POLITICO’s Election Forecast

Billionaire Ken Griffin compares crypto value to abstract art: The worth of each is derived from the attention of the beholder, he says in Crypto News BTC.

— NPR’s Scott Simon says his “heart and soul” are in Illinois, though he’s actually based in Washington, D.C. Your Playbook host just thinks he’s in Chicago because he’s a daily reader of Illinois Playbook.

Kathy Boudin, Weather Underground outlaw, dies at 78: Her son is Chesa Boudin, the San Francisco district attorney who was raised by Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers in Chicago.

— Today at 3 p.m.: Editorial page editor of the Kansas City Star and Southern Illinois native Melinda Henneberger headlines a discussion about the challenges facing the American news media with John Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. It’s part of the “Understanding Our New World” series.

— Saturday at 10:30 a.m.: Anita Hill headlines a discussion titled “Believing Women,” with Sun-Times’ columnist Laura Washington.

MONDAY’s ANSWER: Judge Stephen Culliton was never elected as a circuit judge before he became chief judge of DuPage County’s 18th judicial circuit.

Background: In 1998, Culliton was appointed an associate judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit serving DuPage County. In 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him a full circuit court judge, but he left the bench in 2001 to manage the gubernatorial campaign of Illinois Attorney General James Ryan. In 2002, Culliton was again appointed to the bench, and in 2008 his fellow judges elected him chief judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit. He served until December 2011.

TODAY’s QUESTION: What was so special about the six pairs of antelope horns that greeted visitors to the Illinois State Museum in 1910? Email [email protected]

Governor’s spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh, 47th Ward Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld, former House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, former state Rep. Yoni Pizer, Duckworth community outreach coordinator Jessica Sewell, Mercy Home’s CEO Rev. Scott Donahue, Illinois Policy Institute board member Ed Bachrach, Acacia Consulting Group’s Tom Elliott, marketing exec Whitney Reis Lasky, musician and activist Ted Sirota, political commentator and journalist Charles Thomas, PR pro Orly Telisman, and health policy legislative aide Vic Goetz.



May 3, 2022 at 07:57AM

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