Happy Wednesday, Illinois. The lions are back at the Art Institute, all shiny and bright.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was among 19 lawmakers arrested in Washington Tuesday, while taking part in an abortion rights protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Veteran move: Schakowsky, who’s the senior chief deputy whip and chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, was among the longest-serving members of Congress marching alongside Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alma Adams of North Carolina.
Passion and politics: Schakowsky and her fellow Dems are enraged at the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights. In a statement, Schakowsky referred to the recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade as the court’s “rogue” decision.
Rallying cry: The protesters also see abortion as an issue that can rally voters at a time of waning approval ratings for President Joe Biden and worry for the economy.
Bring to light: Schakowsky and her peers made the most of the media moment. The Illinois Democrat showed up in a neon green blouse, color-coordinated with other protesters who wore green bandanas with the words “Won’t Back Down.”
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VOTING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Republican Congressmen Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger joined Democrats in giving overwhelming House approval to legislation protecting same-sex and interracial marriages. The 267-157 vote came up out of concern that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade threatens other rights. GOP leaders didn’t press representatives to vote on party lines, and Davis and Kinzinger are making their exits from the House after the November elections.
The Respect for Marriage Act now heads to the Senate where Democratic leaders remained noncommittal on its future. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said he would personally support putting it on the floor, but questioned whether there’s enough time on the calendar with the Senate set to go on an extended recess in two weeks and two huge party priorities to finish before then, reports POLITICO’s Anthony Adragna.
ROCK ‘n’ ROLL: Three gravel producers locked in a contract battle with some 300 highly trained employees of Local 150 have made what they say is a final offer to the union.
The two sides are set to meet today to discuss the offer of 14 percent wage increases over three years. Vulcan Materials Co., Lafarge Holcim and Lehigh Hanson believe the offer is fair. They already cover all health insurance premiums and a pension plan. But the union says the contract offer doesn’t reflect already negotiated changes.
“Sending an offer riddled with errors and giving members 48 hours to accept ‘or else,’ — that’s not a good way to build loyalty. It leaves a bad taste in employees’ mouths,” said Ed Maher, comms director for Local 150. He acknowledged the union is going into today’s meeting hoping for “progress and a productive conversation.”
Meanwhile, road projects across the state are feeling the pinch of the strike. Vulcan, Lafarge and Lehigh operate quarries throughout the Chicago area and sell gravel to asphalt and concrete companies for roads and foundations. The companies are negotiating collectively as the Chicago Area Aggregate Producers Association, or CAAPA.
At issue: Wages and benefits. Employees, many of whom are trained to load trucks that enter and leave the quarries, went on strike June 7 at the height of the summer construction season.
The strike is drawing attention of Springfield, where officials worry that capital projects run by the Illinois Department of Transportation could be delayed. CAAPA sent a letter Friday to leaders of the General Assembly about the negotiations.
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No official public events (sidelined by Covid).
In City Hall at 10 a.m. presiding over the City Council meeting.
In Aurora, Colo., speaking at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference.
— Meet the U. of C. professor studying the Jan. 6 insurrectionists: Robert Pape is “sounding the alarm about the future of democracy. Is America listening?” Mark Caro reports for Chicago magazine.
The insurrectionists aren’t Trumpsters: “What Pape and his colleagues have found is that those who attacked the Capitol were not an assemblage of rural Donald Trump voters linked to fringe right-wing groups. The movement appears to be far more mainstream than that,” writes Caro.
They’re from Biden country: “More than half of the arrestees came from counties that Biden won, dispelling the notion that the rioters lived in Trump-dominant bubbles.”
The point of the research: “It’s because understanding motives and having new knowledge brought to bear on problems, that is the American way to solve problems,” says Pape.
— FROM POLITICO: The Jan. 6 hearings are wounding Trump, after all, writes David Siders
— Kinzinger will lead questioning Thursday during the closing summer hearing of the Jan. 6 committee.
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is coming to Chicago on Sunday to fundraise for Democratic Reps. Bill Foster (IL-11) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and candidates Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) and Eric Sorensen (IL-17). RSVP here
— Pritzker’s Florida speech. The Florida Democratic Party released a video of Gov. JB Pritzker’s speech over the weekend from the Leadership Blue Gala in Tampa.
— Regan Deering, a Republican in the IL-13 congressional race, was named to the most recent update of the NRCC’s 2022 Young Gun list. She faces Democrat Nikki Budzinski.
— Bailey facing a cash deficit as he takes on billionaire Pritzker: Republican governor candidate Darren Bailey “has raised more than $11.9 million since he announced his candidacy in February of last year and spent more than $11.7 million. In addition to the more than $363,000 in cash he had on hand to begin July, he reported $246,685 in debts from loans he and his wife gave the campaign. Bailey spent about $25.80 per vote, records show,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson
— Republican Greg Hart raised $161,926 in the last quarter in his bid for DuPage County chairman. He has $201,736 cash on hand.
Pritzker tested positive for coronavirus, he tweeted Tuesday just days after attending Florida’s Leadership Blue gala, where he gave a rousing speech that railed against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. "After being notified of several close contacts testing positive for Covid-19, Gov. Pritzker received a positive test result during his routine Covid testing regimen," his office said in a statement.
On Monday, Val Demings, who also spoke at the Saturday event in Florida, announced she had tested positive for Covid-19, too. Pritzker, who is fully vaccinated and double boosted, is experiencing "mild symptoms" and has been prescribed the antiviral medication Paxlovid.
— Covid cases are skyrocketing again. States have no new plans, by POLITICO’s Megan Messerly, Krista Mahr, and Adam Cancryn.
— Cool Covid map: “Mayo Clinic is tracking Covid-19 cases and forecasting hot spots. All data and predictions include the delta and omicron variants and other SARS-CoV-2 variants.”
— Chicago aldermen set to vote on long-delayed ethics proposal: Ald. Michele Smith’s measure includes “strengthening the city’s rules against nepotism, campaign contributions, lobbying of City Council members and increasing fines for violating those rules from a maximum of $5,000 to $20,000. But many agree that it is not a panacea,” reports WBEZ’s Mariah Woelfel.
… Lori Lightfoot says Ethics Board acts as ‘judge, jury, executioner’ in defense of changes she demanded, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone
— Chicago cops could decline excessive hours under proposed ordinance, by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman and Tom Schuba.
— Start your engines: Lightfoot gives NASCAR green flag for three years of races through city streets: “The race would be run on a 2.2-mile course north of Roosevelt Road, along Columbus Drive, South DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue, as far north as Jackson Boulevard,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Lightfoot aims to tackle segregation by promoting development near CTA, Metra in transit equity plan: “The zoning committee voted 15-4 to move the proposed ordinance to the City Council floor Wednesday, with Ald. Brian Hopkins, Ald. Anthony Beale, Ald. Raymond Lopez and Ald. Brendan Reilly voting no,” by Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat and Alice Yin.
— HUD accuses city of environmental racism by moving polluters to Black, Latino neighborhoods, by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase.
— Community meeting aims to ease fears about Medinah Temple’s temporary future as casino, by Sun-Times’ Mary Norkol
— 3-year-old dies after falling from 18th floor of Uptown building, via the Sun-Times
Kim Walz, who’s running for the 46th Ward Chicago City Council seat, has been endorsed by Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9). Walz is a former aide to Quigley. “In the 10 years Kim Walz worked in my office, I watched how hard she fought for our constituents, and I know she will bring that same tireless ethic, smarts and compassion to Chicago’s City Council,” Walz’s former boss said in a statement.
— Emotions run high as Naperville officials, community members debate ban on some weapons, by Daily Herald’s Kevin Schmit
— North Chicago officer recalls arresting Highland Park shooting suspect: ‘I was shocked he gave up this easy,’ by Lake County News-Sun’s Gavin Good
— Muslim group denounces ‘unacceptable’ Lake Bluff Lawn Mower Precision Drill Team’s parade entry, by Lake County News-Sun’s Daniel I. Dorfman
More Chicago high school grads are eyeing HBCUs as their top college choice: “Historically Black colleges are a tradition in many families, but after the racial reckoning of 2020 more students are applying to these schools,” by Tribune’s Anna Savchenko.
We asked which elected official has had the greatest influence on Illinois politics: Lots of agreement on this.
Vincent Brandys, Shaddi Zeid and Graham Grady said it’s former House Speaker Michael Madigan. “Anyone who says to the contrary just doesn’t have the courage to admit that this is a true statement,” wrote Grady.... And Zeid added, “He’s a prime example of why term limits are needed in Illinois.”
Phil Zeni: “Richard J. Daley. He had a phone on his desk in the mayor’s office that, without dialing, it rang at the Illinois House of Reps podium.”
Jake Leahy: “Joseph Medill, who first made the Chicago Tribune into what it is today, helped propel Abraham Lincoln to the presidency with the paper, was a delegate in the 1870 Illinois Constitutional Convention and guided the city as mayor after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.”
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London Breed is riding the anti-progressive wave. Is San Francisco any better for it? “The San Francisco mayor has outflanked her progressive opponents but now she has no one to blame for the city’s persistent problems with crime and homelessness,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White.
— Nancy L. Maldonado was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate to be U.S. District judge for the Northern District of Illinois, according to a statement from Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin.
— Roger Eddy serving as interim president at Olney Central College: He’s a longtime educator, administrator and five-term state representative, via university announcement.
Kent Dauten has been elected co-chair of Big Shoulders Fund board of trustees. Dauten, is chairman and co-founder of Keystone Capital, a private investment firm. He succeeds John Canning Jr., who is stepping down from the role after more than 25 years but who will remain active as a trustee, according to the organization. As co-chair, Dauten will work alongside founding chairman Jim O’Connor and co-chair Monsignor Kenneth Velo.
— Matthew Foldi, who was an aide to former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, lost his primary Tuesday for Congress in Maryland. At age 19, Foldi was elected as ward committeeman in Chicago’s 5th Ward, making him the youngest elected official in Chicago’s history. He was a 2018 graduate of University of Chicago, where he was president of the University of Chicago College Republicans.
— On hand for today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns: Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and Sen. Tammy Duckworth will testify. Expected to attend: state Rep. Bob Morgan, Lake County Board member Paul Frank, Lake County Board chair Sandy Hart, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, Lake County Sheriff John Idelburg, Highland Park City Council members Tony Blumberg, Michelle Holleman, Annette Lidawer, Adam Stolberg and Andres Tapia, and corporation council Steve Elrod.
— Reps. Chuy Garcia and Lauren Underwood have filed legislation to help Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation get back DeKalb County land they say was illegally auctioned off by the federal government in the 1830s.
— Trump wins proxy war with Hogan in Maryland primary — boosted by Democrats, by POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro
— Dems’ ‘risky’ strategy to boost Republicans, VIDEO interviews with POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels
— Biden to announce small steps as climate agenda stalls, by POLITICO’s Zack Colman
— Meet the young woman at the head of the House GOP’s first-term class, by POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers
Today at 11 a.m.: David Greising, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, will join John Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, for a Zoom discussion about the work of the BGA and the political culture of Illinois. It’s part of the Institute’s “Understanding Our New World” series. The event is free but registration is required.
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to political consultant Nancy Kohn for correctly answering that Sen. Jacky Rosen, now a Nevada Democrat, attended high school in Arlington Heights.
TODAY’s QUESTION: What Daily Illini sportswriter went on to a career as press aide to Democratic politicians and the Democratic National Committee? Email [email protected]
Former Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes, AIPAC regional director David Fox, UIC sociology professor Barbara Risman, and Illinois Optometric Association CEO Leigh Ann Vanausdoll.
July 20, 2022 at 07:44AM