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TGIF, Illinois. Something to cheer about. The WNBA All-Star Game is in Chicago this weekend.

BREAKING LAST NIGHT: Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe assassinated, via POLITICO

On the same day of the mass shooting in Highland Park, five people in Chicago were injured by gunfire and another died. Over the long weekend, Chicago saw 68 people shot and eight killed.

The Chicago violence, down by 14 percent from a year ago. according to the city’s police chief, drew passing attention while the governor of Illinois and vice president converged on Highland Park to offer condolences and raise their voices about how “enough is enough.” Even the pope offered prayers.

Highland Park isn’t experienced with such violence. Not a single murder was logged between 2000 and 2020, according to FBI crime stats, and other violent crime was a fraction of what it is in the rest of the state, The New York Times reported.

But the attention paid to the mostly white suburban town hasn’t been lost on some residents on Chicago’s South and West sides, where the brunt of the city’s violence occurs.

State Sen. Elgie Sims Jr., who carried much of the criminal justice reform measures that lawmakers passed last year, said interns in his office and seniors he visited yesterday have spoken out about the disproportionate attention.

“A woman pulled me aside to say, ‘I appreciate the work you do on gun violence, but when violence happens in our community, where’s the outpouring of support? Where are the national leaders when it happens in my community?’” Sims told Playbook.

“It’s a reasonable question,” said Sims, who has worked with fellow Democratic lawmakers to call out systemic racism in the justice system.

“It’s not to diminish the pain in Highland Park. What happened is horrible and horrific,” he said, “But it’s also horrible when it happens on the South and West sides.”

State Rep. La Shawn Ford says the attention to Highland Park echoes the reaction after George Floyd’s killing in 2020. It exposed white people “to what Black people experience all the days of their lives. When they saw it, it became a reality.”

Finding solutions isn’t easy. Illinois lawmakers are continuing to talk about possible of gun legislation, including a ban on assault weapons. They couldn’t drum up enough support for it earlier in the year, but state Rep. Maura Hirschauer, who sponsored the bill, told Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles that “it has some momentum behind it now.

No matter how much work goes into beefing up gun laws, it means nothing if someone can bring a weapon in from another state. “There are no gun manufacturers on the South and West sides, but that’s where the violence is,” Sims noted. “It’s frustrating.”

State Rep. Bob Morgan: “I don’t want any other community in the entire country to go through what we’re going through right now,’ via MSNBC

MORE HEADLINES from Highland Park

Before shooting, Highland Park was considered Chicago’s ‘Mayberry,via The New York Times

Why it’s time to rethink the ‘last place you’d expect a shooting’ narrative, by WBEZ’s Lauren Hodges

Parade shooting leaves 8-year-old Cooper Roberts in dire condition, his spinal cord severed, by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase

Police records paint picture of turbulent home life for alleged sniper in Highland Park mass shooting, via the Tribune

Suspect’s gun collection allegedly included foldable rifle its maker says ‘picks up where handguns leave off,by Sun-Times’ Matthew Hendrickson

Alleged shooter’s online behavior fits dark pattern, by WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky

FINANCIAL BUMP | State general revenues top $50B for first time: “The 12 percent base revenue growth in Fiscal Year 2022 gave lawmakers nearly unprecedented flexibility in the current budget year,” reports Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.

Paying off bills: “That allowed the General Assembly to approve $1.8 billion in tax relief, pay $500 million more to state pensions than statutes require, retire hundreds of millions of dollars in interest-accruing debts early, and drive the state’s ‘rainy day’ fund to its highest balance of more than $1 billion,” Nowicki reports. It also helped Illinois catch up on its bills for the first time in decades.

The other shoe drops: Illinois lawmakers are expecting revenues to drop in fiscal 2023 compared to fiscal 2022.

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No official public events.

At Cottage Grove Avenue and 63rd Street at 9:15 a.m. to attend a ribbon-cutting for Friend Health… On 51st Street at 5:15 p.m. to attend a Summer Kickback event.

In Schaumburg at 11 a.m. with Mayor Tom Dailly to tour the Schaumburg Farmer Market.

Bailey apologizes for comments after Highland Park parade shooting but struggles to move past controversy: “The Downstate Republican conflated state gun control laws, misidentified a neighborhood in Chicago where violence occurred over the weekend and even misquoted a Bible verse,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.

— JUICE: Billionaire businessman Richard Uihlein has contributed an additional $5 million to the political action committee People Who Play By The Rules PAC, which is backing Republican Darren Bailey for governor.

Chicago police union fails to oust the lawmakers it targeted: The four lawmakers targeted by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 all easily defeated their FOP-endorsed challengers. “They received between 66 and 75 percent of the vote in their respective primaries,” reports Grace Del Vecchio for Bolts magazine.

— Susana Mendoza has been endorsed by Latino Victory Fund in her reelection bid for Illinois comptroller in the general election. Mendoza is the first Latina elected to statewide office in Illinois. Latino Victory is a national organization focused on getting Latinos elected to public office.

— Elizabeth Rochford has been endorsed by Personal PAC’s board of directors in her bid for the Illinois Supreme Court in the 2nd District. Personal PAC supports abortion rights. And the 2nd District includes Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Dekalb counties.

PARTING GIFTS | Griffin donates $130M to Chicago organizations as he leaves for Florida: “The University of Chicago is the largest beneficiary at $30 million, including a $15 million accelerated payment of a previous commitment. Other large gifts include $25 million to Northwestern Medicine, $20 million to the Field Museum, and $10 million each to the Museum of Science and Industry and the Fourth Presbyterian Church,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.

Lisa Holder White sworn in as first Black woman on state Supreme Court: ‘We need not limit our dreams or settle for less’: “Taking my oath in this place today recognizes the undeniable value and merit of what I — as a Black woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife and jurist — have to contribute to the work of our state’s highest court,” the Decatur Republican said, by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout.

Modified executive order on transfer of mentally ill jail inmates extended: “While a court fight over the practice rolls on, Governor JB Pritzker has extended an executive order suspending the legal requirement for the state to transfer mentally ill jail inmates into psychiatric care within 20 days. The state has frequently failed to meet that deadline in recent years, a situation that got worse after the Covid pandemic hit in 2020 and Pritzker issued an order suspending the requirement,” via WMAY.

Lightfoot ends second quarter with $2.5M in campaign fund after raising $1.25M: “One day after former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas dropped $836,500 into his mayoral campaign fund, Lightfoot saw Vallas’ opening bid and raised him by $413,500. That leaves the mayor with $2.5 million in cash on hand to bankroll what is almost certain to be an uphill battle for re-election,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Lightfoot heading to Paris and London to promote Chicago businesses, economy: “Lightfoot will meet with Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, and Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris. She will also meet with business leaders to ‘explore new opportunities’ and ‘participate in a series of roundtable discussions and attend policy briefings with local City Hall leadership, including one in London, focused on building back a better city after Covid-19 and another in Paris on its 15-minute city initiative.’” Tribune’s Gregory Pratt reports.

Nowhere near enough vaccine to meet need as monkeypox spreads in Chicago: “As of July 4, there were 73 identified monkeypox cases in Chicago. A majority of them are male Chicagoans who have sex with other men,” by Hyde Park Herald’s Aaron Gettinger.

In debate about Speed Cameras, concerns collide over safety, racial disparities: “Cities nationwide look to Chicago as officials wrestle with whether speed cameras have improved traffic safety enough to justify their financial burden on Black and Latino motorists,” by ProPublica’s Melissa Sanchez and Emily Hopkins.

Auburn Gresham sets itself up for a revitalization: “After years of neglect, the community is getting an infusion of much-needed capital investment and development. But can it attract more businesses by growing its population of young singles and families?” Judith Crown reports for Crain’s.

What an overhauled Museum Campus would look like to keep the Bears (dome not included): Recommendations include upgrades to Soldier Field, naming rights sponsorships, a seasonal ice rink and winter weather activity rentals, and restoring Northerly Island as an ecological oasis, by Block Club’s Melody Mercado

Chicago endorses NASCAR race for 3-year stretch beginning in 2023, according to a letter from the city and obtained by The Athletic states.

Law firms are more likely than other businesses to be back in the office, and that’s boosting leasing activity, by Tribune’s Brian J. Rogal

City landmarks panel backs review of State Street buildings that feds say are security risk, by Sun-Times’ David Roeder

An overhaul for Union Station? City seeks federal grant to upgrade iconic train hub, by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt

Scammers are plaguing restaurants with one-star Google reviews and extortion emails: ‘The reviews just kept coming,’ by Tribune’s Nick Kindelsperger

Cook County officials want to offer $300M in loans to suburban towns to pay bills: “With property tax bills — a main revenue driver for suburban taxing districts — delayed, County officials want to loan money to suburban schools, fire departments and local governments to tide them over. Chicago can’t apply,” by WBEZ’s Kristen Schorsch.

Cook County orders homeowners to pay up after Sun-Times exposed wrongful property tax breaks, by Tim Novak and Lauren FitzPatrick

Scientists at Morton Arboretum out to prove whether extinct oak species still exists, by WTTW’s Patty Wetli

Former CPS teacher sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting teen student, by Tribune’s Adriana Pérez

Unlocking stranded credits: “Public colleges and universities, prodded by new state law, become latest to end the use of withholding transcripts from students with institutional debts,” reports the Inside Higher Ed.

The University of Illinois system’s three campuses at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield previously withheld transcripts if a student had unpaid university debts of $25 or more, the university system said. “Officials said the change provided immediate access to about 10,000 people — about 2,300 current students and more than 8,000 former ones.”

We asked whether you’ve been with the same political party or did you switch: political adviser Claude Walker wrote: “As a son and grandson of GOP pols, I helped organize HS students for [Republican Sen. Charles] Percy in 1966. By summer of ’68, I was organizing anti-war protests and playing in a rock band. No turning back.”

What makes you favor or oppose mail-in voting?Email skapos@politico.com

Biden isn’t running out of ideas, Dems fear. He’s running out of time, by POLITICO’s Jonathan Lemire and Christopher Cadelago

GOP Senate hopefuls are ditching appeals to independent voters in favor of hard-line pitches to the base, by POLITICO’s Natalie Allison

Biden’s court commission appointees: We told you so on expanding the court, by POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels

— Pure Michigan: Buttigieg moves from Red state to Blue, via West Wing Playbook’s Alex Thompson, Adam Wren and Max Tani

— Alaina Hampton, a Chicago political consultant known for beating back the machine, will attend the American University of Cairo’s law school’s International and Comparative Law and Master in Global Affairs programs.

C-Strategies, the strategic communications and public affairs firm led by Becky Carroll, has hired Marian Mangoubi as senior marketing and operations manager, Mary Priller as director of comms and marketing, and Elena Wallace as comms associate.

— Michael Behnam has been named dean of the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago effective Sept. 1.

— Leonard "Lenny" Singh will be the next chairman and president of Ameren Illinois, an electric and natural gas delivery utility subsidiary of Ameren Corporation. Singh, an executive with more than 30 years of utility experience, takes over the role when Richard Mark retires Aug. 1.

THURSDAY’s ANSWER: After just a few months on the job, 1st Ward Ald. Michael FioRito was forced to quit in 1963 when it was determined he actually lived in Wilmette (though some say it’s the syndicate that pushed him out).

TODAY’s QUESTION: Where was Illinois’ first coal mine located? Email skapos@politico.com

— Welcome to the world: Secretary of state candidate Alexi Giannoulias, lobbyist John Daley, and Jose Durbin, campaign manager to Darren Bailey, each welcomed daughters into the world this week.

— Spirit of 76: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter reach rare wedding anniversary, by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Today: former state Rep. Helen Satterthwaite, who turns 94 today, former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson, Cubs community affairs EVP Michael Lufrano, chief of staff to House Majority Leader Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero) Hector Villagrana, former SEIU Healthcare Illinois/Indiana President Keith Kelleher, SEIU Healthcare government relations exec Alex Paterakos-Figueroa, Zephyr Government Strategies principal Michael Cassidy, Democratic and pro-Israel political consultant Steve Sheffey, Razorfish VP Jerry Lawrence, WBEZ political reporter Dave McKinney, and Wall Street Journal higher education reporter Doug Belkin.

Saturday: State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, former state Rep. Kate Cloonen, attorney and state Board of Elections member Bill Cadigan, Globetrotter’s Engineering Corp.’s Mark Peterson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois manager Isabel Rouse, and journalism ethics adviser and former Tribune overnight editor Casey Bukro.

Sunday: former Congressman John Cox, former state Rep. Carol Sente, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association President and CEO Mark Denzler, civic activist Toni Canada, Kittleman & Associates principal consultant Sunny Fischer, government relations and public affairs consultant Olivia Pantoja, CivicLab co-founder Tom Tresser, journalist Brandon Smith, Wall Street Journal restaurants reporter Heather Haddon, and journalist  Paul Wood.

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July 8, 2022 at 07:20AM

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