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Happy July, Illinois. Remember to wear lots of sunscreen for the parades.

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Illinois’ historic clean-energy legislation won’t be hurt by yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that took a buzzsaw to the federal rules tackling climate change, but state leaders are worried nonetheless.

Gov. JB Pritzker said the high court has “undermined” the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce the emissions that cause the disastrous effects of climate change.

Congressman Brad Schneider said “the clock is ticking on our window to take meaningful climate action.” And Congressman Mike Quigley called it “nothing short of disastrous.”

State Rep. Ann Williams, who helped craft Illinois’ clean-energy legislation, calls the court “completely out of touch with the reality of climate science and of reality, period.”

What’s at issue: The U.S. Supreme Court ruling limits federal regulations on reducing carbon emissions, saying “the EPA cannot take the kind of broad approach that the Obama administration had adopted in regulating greenhouse gases from the nation’s power plants. And it put the onus on Congress to give EPA more authority to fight climate change, if lawmakers wish for the agency to act aggressively,” writes POLITICO’s Alex Guillén.

Illinois is safe (at least for now): The EPA does not enforce Illinois state law, so the decision won’t undermine the state’s Clean Energy Jobs Act — the law that puts the state on track to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

“I expect it will be part of the Republican rhetoric but it’s not going to change policy in Illinois. Our legislation has passed, and we’ve already started the work to implement it,” state Rep. Marcus Evans, who helped carry the legislation through the General Assembly.

Clean-energy advocates are concerned, acknowledged Evans, “but if things work the way they should here, I think we can debunk some of the nonsense. We know that clean energy is the future.”

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in to Supreme Court, by POLITICO’s Olivia Olander

Biden handed big immigration win by Supreme Court but challenges remain, by POLITICO’s Sabrina Rodriguez

The conservative Supreme Court is just getting warmed up, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward

Making it difficult: A staged event got complicated for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot yesterday.

Three big endorsements. Reps. Danny Davis, Robin Kelly and Bobby Rush stood up to say they’re backing her in 2013. They defended the job she’s done and want her to have a chance to do more in a second term.

The endorsements by the Black lawmakers are an effort to shore up support from the African American community, which is integral to Lightfoot’s reelection push.

Digging for details: But reporters at the announcement wanted to know about last weekend’s Pride event, when Lightfoot used a vulgarity to describe Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — who wrote that ending Roe v. Wade also means decisions on same-sex marriage and rights to contraception should be reconsidered, too.

On brand: An audience member at the Pride event had interrupted Lightfoot with a comment, and the city’s first Black gay mayor responded: “Thank you. Fuck Clarence Thomas.”

The line went viral. Her opponents pounced. And she’s been asked if she’d like to walk back the comments. She doesn’t.

“Clarence Thomas has proven himself over and over again — particularly in that concurring opinion — that he is somebody who doesn’t care or respect the rights of anyone except for himself,” Lightfoot said Thursday after Davis, Kelly and Rush gave her their endorsements.

And she added, “Given what he and his wife have done in fomenting the insurrection of Jan. 6 is shameful. Frankly, what I’d like to see him do is step down from the Supreme Court.”

It’s good rhetoric for her campaign, especially among the LGBTQ community that is situated primarily on the city’s North Side.

But there’s a question whether the F-bomb sits well with the Black churchgoers from the South Side. And Lightfoot needs those votes, too.

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No official public event.

At Navy Pier at 9:30 a.m. to meet with local workers as the annual increase in minimum wage and Fair Workweek scheduling changes go into effect.

No official public event.

— MAKING HISTORY | Gay weatherman could be first out congressman from Illinois: “Illinois may get its first out member of Congress this year now that Eric Sorensen, a gay man, has won the Democratic nomination in the 17th Congressional District. Sorensen bested five other candidates in the Democratic primary, finishing with about 38 percent of the vote by the latest count. The district covers portions of central, western, and northwestern Illinois. The district leans Democratic and is currently represented by a Democrat, Cheri Bustos, who did not seek reelection. Sorensen’s Republican opponent in November will be Esther Joy King, a lawyer who ran against Bustos in 2020,” by the Advocate’s Trudy Ring.

Pritzker is not gloating about Griffin’s losses after Tuesday’s primary: “Battle of the billionaires tilts the incumbent governor’s way as Pritzker says the grudge was started by Ken Griffin — not himself,” by WBEZ’s Dave McKinney

Darren Bailey says he no longer supports a complete abortion ban, via WGN’s Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand 

— FiveThirtyEight, the political polling analysis company, has moved Gov. JB Pritzker’s reelection bid to “very likely to win” in its latest report.

How candidates aligned with Donald Trump did in the suburbs: “Candidates were defeated in the 6th, 8th and 14th congressional districts’ GOP primaries, as well as in the U.S. Senate race. But they won nominations in the 5th and 11th districts,” reports Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau.

Pritzker’s $1.8B election-year tax relief package takes effect today: It affects prices at the pump, grocery shopping and back-to-school shopping, reports Tribune’s Dan Petrella.

Voting rights advocates say it’s time to give convicted inmates the chance to vote: “Citizens should have the full right of citizenship in the country. That’s the way the country is leaning — not restricting the rights when it doesn’t cause harm to others,” Democratic Rep. LaShawn Ford said. Sun-Times’ Stefano Esposito reports.

Back to nature: How a tiny nonprofit is rewinding the clock on 300 acres of Illinois farmland that wants to be wetland, by WTTW’s Patty Wetli

Illinois getting nearly 4,500 doses of monkeypox vaccine from national stockpile, by Tribune’s Lisa Schencker

Advocates call for universal child care, say current system is ‘unaffordable, unavailable,’ by WTTW’s Kristen Thometz

Celebrated all-boys charter school in Chicago cited by CPS for ‘dismal’ financial management: “CPS says Urban Prep operated using cash advances and predatory loans. School leaders say its financial issues have been resolved,” by WBEZ’s Sarah Karp

‘Check your check’: Minimum wage increases Friday in Chicago and Cook County: “To Chicago’s businesses, I want to say loud and clear: Labor laws are not optional. We will hold you accountable,” said a city official on consumer protection. Sun-Times’ Michael Loria reports.

Jefferson Park stores defaced with swastikas, by Tribune’s Jake Sheridan

In Chicago, killings of transgender women of color often go unsolved, by Tribune’s Nara Schoenberg and William Lee

Berwyn voters endorse concept of ranked choice voting. Evanston might soon do it for real: “The electoral method lets voters rank candidates instead of selecting just one, which advocates say is fairer and more efficient than the traditional system, and 82 percent of Berwyn township voters said yes to a nonbinding referendum that asked whether the state should allow it,” by Tribune’s John Keilman.

Ex-CPS principal admits defrauding district of hundreds of thousands of dollars: “Sarah Jackson Abedelal, the onetime principal of Brennemann Elementary School, is one of six people charged so far with scamming CPS through phony overtime claims and bogus orders for ink, paper and other printer supplies,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.

‘Walking Man’ now listed in fair condition after suffering severe burns in attack last month: “Joseph Guardia, 27, has been charged with the attack. He has offered no motive to police other than he is an ‘angry person,’ according to prosecutors,” via Sun-Times.

A day after R. Kelly’s N.Y. sentencing, judge rules disgraced singer’s Chicago indictment will remain intact, by Tribune’s Megan Crepeau and Jason Meisner.

We asked what’s more fun, primaries or general elections: “Primary is more ‘fun’ because the candidate usually shares the same views with most of the targeted voters. It’s a lot easier to ID voters,” writes Dennis Johnson of Murphysboro. “Oftentimes in the general, it’s a mystery as to the politics of the voter behind that door.”… Michael R. Lieber: "Primaries are more fun because they are actually competitive sometimes. Generals, not so much due to gerrymandering." … Phil Zeni’s take: “Republicans prefer primaries since it gives them a chance to show how much smarter they are with people they consider worthy opponents. Democrats prefer generals since it gives them a chance to win elections.”

When has politics dictated your vacation plans? Email skapos@politico.com

Rep. Adam Kinzinger on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, "When you try a coup, you have to pay for that. Period.”

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics released a poll today on polarization that showed 56 percent of Americans believe the government is “corrupt and rigged” against them and half reporting they have friends or relatives who have changed because of the media they consume.

There’s a bright spot: a majority (if only 56 percent) say they “generally trust elections to be conducted fairly and counted accurately.”

Dems unite Jan. 6 and Roe for new battleground target: ‘MAGA’ Republicans, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris

New details on Jan. 6 panel’s mystery message emerge, by POLITICO’s Betsy Woodruff Swan and Kyle Cheney

The Democratic primary that could determine the future of abortion rights, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett

Chicago political consultant Becky Carroll tells her abortion story in WBEZ interview.

— BREAKING | Robert Feder ends daily column: “After 42 years of reporting on Chicago media, I’m stepping away from the beat. My website at RobertFeder.com will continue online, but effective today, I’m concluding the run of my daily column and wrapping up my tenure with the Daily Herald.”

Push to rein in social media sweeps the states: “Lawmakers in 34 red and blue states want to crack down on how online companies handle users’ content. But those efforts are colliding with the First Amendment,” by POLITICO’s Rebecca Kern.

State Rep. Anna Moeller has been presented with the Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award by a collection of state Lutheran organizations led by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Previous winners include Sen. Dick Durbin, Govs. Pat Quinn and Jim Thompson, several state legislators and agency leaders, and members of the Illinois National Guard. The award is given to officials who exemplify “the late Senator Simon’s commitment to developing just, compassionate, and responsible public policy.”

— TaQuoya McConnico has been named to head Democrats for the Illinois House, the political arm of the Illinois House Dem Caucus after Lizbeth Ramirez made her exit “to pursue other opportunities.” House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch praised Ramirez, saying she “stepped up and helped pull together a new political organization for the House Dems” in the transition with having a new speaker.

— Kate Merton has been named executive director of Chicago ARC, a new venture collaborative that addresses health equity solutions. Merton previously ran Anthem’s digital incubator and was the head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS.

Flags will be flown at half staff to honor Hershel “Woody” Williams, the nation’s last remaining World War II Medal of Honor recipient. In a statement, Gov. JB Pritzker said, “Woody demonstrated bravery and service to his country beyond measure as he served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. Woody was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 5, 1945.”

THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to election lawyer and lobbyist Michael Kreloff for correctly answering that Terry Bruce and Melissa Bean each defeated a Crane brother in a congressional race. Bruce beat Dan Crane in 1984, and Bean beat Phil Crane in 2004.

TODAY’s QUESTION: What does the Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain at McClurg Court explain? Email skapos@politico.com

Today: Craig Martin, chairman of Midwest at Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Lori Roper, attorney supervisor with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office; and Barbara D. Stubblefield, senior manager of community outreach at Ardmore Roderick.

Saturday: state Sen. John Curran, state Rep. Will Davis, former state Rep. Mike Unes, SEIU executive director Jerry Morrison, 44th Ward aldermanic chief of staff Bennett Lawson, Berman Institute president Sam Chapman, political consultant Bill Velazquez, legislative activist and organizer extraordinaire Stacey Rubin Silver, attorney Jennifer Zucker Healy, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s Mark Palmer, lifestyle blogger Zondra Hughes, and restaurateur Curtis Duffy.

Sunday: former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Renato Mariotti, former state Rep. Eileen Lyons, Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson, former Young Democrats activist Jacquetta H. Darden, Gibsons Managing Partner Kathy O’Malley Piccone, Swirlz Cupcakes’ Pam Rose, real estate broker Terry Schwartz, 

Monday: secretary of state candidate Dan Brady, state Rep. Sam Yingling, DuPage County Board member Pete DiCianni, businessman and former political candidate Chris Kennedy, Fein Solutions founder and president David Fein, DDA & Associates’ Kris Adams, TV anchor Diana Gutierrez, Goodman Theatre Comms Director Denise Schneider, and Malia Obama is 24 (time flies).

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July 1, 2022 at 07:46AM

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