Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Hallelujah, gas prices are on the decline.
Gov. JB Pritzker lashed out at the National Rifle Association last night, tweeting, “100% of mass public shootings happen with guns. As Governor, on behalf of the people of Highland Park — leave us the hell alone.”
The Illinios Democrat was responding to the gun lobby’s tweet, claiming, “Since 1950, 94% of mass public shootings occurred in gun-free zones.”
The exchange indicates Pritzker is ready to take on the gun lobby after the horrific scene in Highland Park on Monday where a shooter with a semi-automatic rifle attacked people watching a parade, killing seven and wounding dozens more.
The NRA’s statement in wake of the attack in Highland Park only fueled Pritzker’s anger about gun violence.
The issue is going to play a role in the governor’s race. Pritzker faces Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey, an avid gun rights advocate, in November. Bailey opposes the state-issued Firearm Owners Identification, or FOID card, that’s required by anyone wanting to purchase a gun. Pritzker just signed legislation expanding its reach.
Pritzker’s attack on the NRA isn’t just a reelection gimmick. He wants to rally Democrats across the country to challenge an industry that’s long pushed against congressional efforts to do more on gun violence. “I’m furious,” Pritzker said after Monday’s shooting. VIDEO HERE
The question is whether he can harness that anger to get people to vote. “JB’s been what Democrats desperately needed in this moment both tactically and message-wise — playing hardball in the Republican primary and turning guns and abortion back on the extremists,” Democratic political strategist Eric Adelstein told your Playbook host. “He’s showing a blueprint Democrats would be wise to follow this fall and in ‘24.”
— 2024 whispers: JB Pritzker seizes the national stage: “Democrats see [Pritzker’s] passion and energy as the response needed to galvanize voters for the midterms and in 2024,” your Playbook host wrote in POLITICO’s The Nightly.
— And POLITICO White House reporters Christopher Cadelago and Jonathan Lemire have this: Pritzker’s response to the shooting is in stark contrast to what came from the White House: “One man declared himself ‘furious.’ The other was solemn. One insisted that Americans ‘be angry.’ The other touted recent reforms already done."
— Sen. Dick Durbin: “I’m sick of it and I’m tired of putting up with it,” he told ABC of the incessant number of mass shootings in the country — 300 just this year.
— Rep. Sean Casten tweeted a lengthy point-by-point argument about the Second Amendment and his take on what it meant during the Founders’ time and now. … Earlier, he engaged in a heated social media back-and-forth with Republican County Commissioner Sean Morrison, who brought up Casten’s late daughter in a tweet.
— Gun safety group announces $10M for battleground state races, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine
We’re still unpacking the details of the horrific July 4 parade mass shooting in Highland Park. There’s been another fatality, bringing to seven the number of people killed by the spray of gunfire. The gunman will appear in court today in Lake County for the first time. The world continues to watch and express outrage after the attack. And questions are being raised about how the alleged shooter was able to get a gun in the first place.
Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise stop to the northern suburb after calling for a ban on assault rifles. “We have more to do,” she said during a previously scheduled speech in Chicago before the National Education Association convention. “Congress needs to have the courage to act, and renew the assault weapons ban. … An assault weapon is designed to kill a lot of human beings, quickly. There is no reason that we have weapons of war on the streets of America.” VIDEO via POLITICO
Harris then swung by Highland Park to express support for first responders and to talk to officials, including Mayor Nancy Rotering, Congressman Brad Schneider, and state Sen. Julie Morrison, who were all on hand when the gunfire was sprayed across the crowd.
“Her visit was an important statement that the administration understands the impact that yesterday’s shooting is having on our community,” Schneider told Playbook.
Separately, the pope offered prayers for victims, AP reports.
On the ground, the suspect in the shooting has been charged with seven counts of murder in the “premeditated and calculated attack.” The Tribune has an eight bylined story with details.
Purchase of the rifle allegedly used in the massacre highlights the limits of Illinois’ gun laws: The suspect purchased a gun “even after a threatening episode was reported to Highland Park police, who in turn notified Illinois State Police, and after authorities had been alerted to him being suicidal,” report Tribune’s Annie Sweeney, William Lee and Megan Crepeau.
The suspect’s father OK’d his seeking a gun permit, state police say, by Sun-Times’ Frank Main
His uncle says ‘there were no warning signs,’ by Fox 32’s
And police say he planned a mass shooting for weeks, by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek and Stefano Esposito
A husband and wife were killed in the massacre — he shielded their 2-year-old son: “Kevin McCarthy’s father-in-law said Tuesday that McCarthy, killed along with his wife Irina, ‘had Aiden under his body when he was shot.’ The boy told the grandfather when he picked him up from the police: ‘Mommy and Daddy are coming soon,’” by Sun-Times’ Maureen O’Donnell.
Another victim touched countless lives with her work at a synagogue, by Tribune’s Zareen Syed, Darcel Rockett, Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas and Diana Wallace
Full list of the victims, via Tribune
First-person: How Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet came to be at the Highland Park July 4th Parade: She was at the parade “not as the Sun-Times Washington bureau chief [but] as a civilian. I’m staying with my sister over this holiday. She lives in Highland Park. … I just wanted to go to this parade and enjoy the day.”
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— Anna Valencia, once a rising political star, weighs city clerk reelection after losing in SOS race: “Until we start investing in women in politics … and people of color and giving them the same amount of money that we’re giving men, we’re gonna get the same result, unfortunately. … Money is a big thing in politics. It’s not about merit or your record. It’s about the money. That’s unfortunate,” she tells Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Newly elected county commissioner is sued by campaign strategist in pay dispute: Campaign operative Rebecca Williams claims Samantha Steele, who Williams helped get elected, “reneged on their contract and improperly canceled more than $19,000 in payments Steele owed her after a falling-out over a Juneteenth event,” reports Tribune’s A.D. Quig.
Lawmakers to work ‘remainder of the summer’ on response to overturning of Roe v. Wade: “Pritzker first announced his plan for a special session on June 24, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court released a decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide,” by Capitol News’ Peter Hancock.
Ald. James Cappleman to retire from the City Council: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is not at all surprised that City Council turnover would follow the two-year pandemic. ‘I think we’ll see some others who may also say … ‘It’s time for me to move in a different direction,’” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Lightfoot, Kelly tout gun safety legislation, though admit it may not have prevented Highland Park parade massacre: “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, among other things, enhances background checks for gun buyers age 18 to 21. and encourages states to enact “red flag” laws that can allow firearms to be temporarily confiscated from people deemed dangerous,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Mayor explores a stunning change to Soldier Field: “A mayoral panel is poised to recommend the city ‘explore the feasibility’ of putting a dome atop Soldier Field in an effort to make the stadium more attractive to potential users, including the Chicago Bears,” reports Crain’s Greg Hinz. … The dome idea is part of a broader plan to expand the Museum Campus area, where the stadium is located. One idea up for discussion: a winter igloo festival.
— Probe underway of off-duty Chicago Police sergeant who pinned 14-Year-Old to Park Ridge sidewalk, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone
Jane Byrne interchange, other Chicago-area road work disrupted as operating engineers strike drags on: “The strike also is delaying road resurfacing around Chicago and projects including the Interstate 55 and Weber Road interchange and the Interstate 80 bridge in Joliet,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.
— Highland Park parade was not the first time a mass shooting took place in the Chicago suburbs, by Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat
— Visitors at Brookfield Zoo forced to shelter-in-place for hours after threat, officials say: “Dispatchers received a call from a crisis-intervention line, with a caller threatening to harm guests and themselves at the zoo,” via NBC 5.
— Apartment rents in Naperville up 10.4% over last year, giving the city second highest price outside Chicago, by Naperville Sun’s Suzanne Baker
A member of Chicago’s Daley dynasty faces possible prison time in federal court today: “A jury convicted ex-Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson in February of cheating on his taxes and lying to regulators. He is the grandson of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
We asked how recent Supreme Court rulings are affecting your life: Andy Shaw says: “It’s dominated conversations with our three daughters, our in-laws, our close friends and even some of the oldest grandchildren. Legal, political and civics lessons in real-time."
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The Southwest is bone dry. Now, a key water source is at risk: “Climate change and worsening drought have driven water stores to dangerous lows. Now the federal government is telling states to drastically cut back,” POLITICO’s Lara Korte reports.
— Telehealth lobbyists fear abortion debate could erase wins, by POLITICO’s Megan R. Wilson
— Boris Johnson scrambles to save himself, by POLITICO’s Eleni Courea
— Meet the GOP deal-makers-in-waiting who Dems may find essential in 2023, by POLITICO’s Jordain Carney
— Today at 2 p.m.: Former Bulls star Enes Kanter will discuss Rohingya genocide at the Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America nonprofit at 6433 North California Ave. in Chicago.
— July 12 at 10 a.m. ET: The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection has scheduled its seventh hearing, the panel announced Tuesday, via CNN.
TUESDAY’s ANSWER:The original Wrigley Field marquee read "Wrigley Field, Home of the Cubs" and now it’s "Wrigley Field, Home of Chicago Cubs." And as Cubs VP and Playbook reader Michael Lufrano points out, the original marquee was green and now it’s red.
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July 6, 2022 at 07:45AM