Illinois archives open, not classified

Illinois archives open, not classified

Good Monday morning, Illinois. This is the part where Cameron goes berserk. There’s a spinoff in the works for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois has its own vault of archives for records from the governor’s office and other government agencies. But you’re not likely to see controversy erupt in the way it has over former President Donald Trump storing White House documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Regarding the governor’s archives: “There isn’t anything in them about national security or nuclear weapons. It is a major difference between what we do at the state level and what is done by the National Archives,” Dave Joens, director of the Illinois State Archives, told Playbook during a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives.

What gets saved in Illinois: The governor’s correspondence, chief of staff files, legislative files, policy and program files — anything that talks about the creation of legislation or program ideas. the State Archives also accepts non-state created records deemed historically important. For example, it houses for safe keeping some City of Chicago records that were severely charred in the Great Chicago Fire.

It’s a fortress: The Illinois archives building located next door to the capitol was the third building in the country to be built specifically to house government archives — the other two being National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Maryland state archives.

“It was so well designed, that in World War II, had they needed to evacuate Washington, this building was going to serve as a backup location for the National Archives because it was so solidly built. At the time it was mostly empty,” according to Joens.

Joens has been in his post 18 years, spanning four different governors, so he’s seen it all in terms of document sharing. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office was the most challenging to work with — and not because records were missing.

“Under the State Records Act, every state agency is supposed to have a state records officer, and finding theirs was sometimes rough,” Joens explained.

Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration has been ahead of the game in turning over records, in part because the state sold the Thompson Center and had to move out of its offices there. Also, the north wing of the state Capitol is being renovated, so records had to be moved from there, too. “They’ve been very good about working with us during these moves, although most of the records we’ve received have been from previous administrations,” Joens said.

About 97 percent of records produced by state agencies can be disposed of usually within 10 years, depending on a schedule determined by the State Records Commission. The governor’s executive office is required to permanently preserve a little more than a typical state agency.

“You can’t keep every record. It’s not humanly possible,” Joens said.

Interesting documents: Before then-Gov. Edward Coles freed his slaves in Illinois, the state legislature enacted a law requiring that freed African Americans had to file a $1,000 bond before settling in Illinois. The archives holds the lawsuit against Coles, who didn’t post the bond.

After the Civil War, suffragette Elizabeth Boynton Harbert wrote a letter to then-Gov. John Hamilton urging him to support giving women the right to vote.

There are more than 120 documents from Abraham Lincoln, who served as a state representative, corresponded with Illinois governors and argued cases before the Illinois Supreme Court.

The archives include recent records, too: The proclamations issued in 1993 by then Gov. Jim Edgar declaring 26 counties a disaster area because of severe flooding; Barack Obama’s oath of office to the state Senate; the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, legalizing same sex marriage in Illinois; and the House Resolution honoring Ben Zobrist, a native of Eureka, on being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 World Series — the first World Series the Cubs had won since 1908.

Griffin pivots: Surprise, surprise. Former Chicago resident Ken Griffin, who moved to Florida in a huff, has boarded Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection train. Billionaire Griffin, already one of DeSantis’ top donors, last week also gave $5 million directly to the Florida Republican Party, new campaign finance reports filed on Friday show. “The Griffin donation was part of $24.2 million that the party raised between April 1 and Aug. 18 for its state account,” Florida Playbook Gary Fineout reports.

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No official public events.

At Falconer Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. and then at Excel Academy of South Shore at 11 a.m. with Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez to welcome students back to school.

On vacation through Wednesday.

Secretary of State Jesse White ready to ‘ride off into the sunset’ after final State Fair: He played pro baseball and then was a teacher for 33 years, but “for everything else he did in his life, White will ‘ride off into the sunset’ as one of the most successful politicians in Illinois history,” writes Lee Enterprises’ Brenden Moore.

— Jon Stewart, a former pro wrestler and political candidate, has joined the secretary of state race. He’s a Libertarian who is filling the spot vacated by Jesse White, another Libertarian who withdrew his candidacy last month to the relief of Democrats who worried voters would confuse him with Democrat Jesse White.

Stewart’s a familiar name on the ballot: He ran unsuccessfully for state rep in 1998, U.S. Senate in 2000 (He dropped out to endorse Mark Kirk.), Congress in the special election in 2009 and governor in 2018. His family has run a car dealership on the Northwest Side for 40 years, which Stewart says makes him uniquely qualified to run for secretary of state because of the licensing and title work that’s part of the car industry. “This is a race about two families. The Giannoulias family and its failed Broadway Bank and the Stewart family running a successful business,” Stewart told Playbook, referring to Democratic secretary of state candidate Alexi Giannoulias. Also in the race, Republican Dan Brady.

Illinois Republicans say issues of safety, economics matter more to voters than abortion, by NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern

So Bailey insists on calling Chicago a ‘hellhole?’ Well, Lightfoot slams his campaign as a ‘dumpster fire,’ by Sun-Times’ Satchel Price

Republican Chris Dargis, who’s running in the IL-09 Congressional District, has been endorsed by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.

Republican Catalina Lauf, who’s running in the IL-11 Congressional District, is getting a boost from Utah Congressman and former pro football player Burgess Owens, who is joining Lauf at a fundraiser at Niko’s Red Mill Tavern in Woodstock on Tuesday.

Democrat Eric Sorensen has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America in his bid for the IL-17 congressional seat.

New Chicago elections map cutting precincts significantly ahead of November general election: “How the new precinct boundaries will affect where voters go on Election Day has not yet been determined. But the cuts will likely be noticeable as they are nearly twice the size of the city’s precinct consolidation after the 2010 census,” by Tribune’s Kinsey Crowley.

— BACK IN THE GAME: “Former President Barack Obama is launching his midterm efforts by headlining a National Democratic Redistricting Committee fundraiser Aug. 30 at Martha’s Vineyard, report POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels and Ryan Lizza.

— Mrs. Illinois, Nicole Zwiercan, from Homer Glen, was crowned Mrs. America 2022 on Saturday at the West Gate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Nevada. She’s also got a new job as press secretary for state Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie. The new Mrs. America holds a degree in studio fine arts and art history, as well as a degree in science and dental hygiene, via Pageant Circle.

— Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) went “undercover” at Metro Chicago in Wrigleyville recently. Quigley worked as a loader for the day, helping unload equipment, roll cases, carry gear and set the stage for the ‘Peter Hook & the Light” show. Pic!

— Mary Smith, a Chicago attorney and member of the Cherokee Nation, has been elected president-elect of the American Bar Association. She’s the first Native American woman to hold this role. Smith has served as general counsel at the Illinois Department of Insurance. She also worked in the Obama administration as associate White House counsel and CEO of the Indian Health Service of HHS.

— Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi had some fun with actors Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi during Friday’s Blues Brothers performance at the Old Joliet Prison. Kaegi presented an executive order that decrees that St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage in Calumet City (fictional, of course) should have its assessment zeroed out and its property taxes retroactively refunded. The presentation drew cheers from the crowd. The Blues Brothers performed as part of Blues Brothers Con, the first of what will be an annual event.

Former Crystal Lake man now keeps NASA astronauts safe during spaceflight, via Shaw Local News Network’s Amanda Marrazzo

—  Historically a place to observe Illinois’ diversity, the state fairgrounds this year became a showcase of divisive politics, by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner and Rick Pearson

Illinois eases Covid quarantining and testing as school year starts, by Chalkbeat’s Samantha Smylie

Chicago task force recommends removal of monuments, including Christopher Columbus statues, and the addition of others: “Whether Lightfoot will follow the committee’s recommendations remains to be seen, however, as the mayor has promised to return Columbus statues to their former spots in the public square and has been critical of what she has said are efforts to rewrite history,” by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt and Alice Yin.

— BACK TO SCHOOL | CPS CEO predicts the ‘strongest year ever’ as schools aim to recover from the pandemic: “As classes resume, CPS points to extra resources and an early start as reasons for optimism while hurdles like Covid and staff shortages loom,” by WBEZ’s Sarah Karp. …

As schools reopen Monday, CPS struggles to fill key jobs, by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa …

In Chicago and other urban districts, a new embrace of career and technical programs, by Chalkbeat’s Mila Koumpilova …

More than 1,400 seats remain unfilled on Chicago’s Local School Councils, by Chalkbeat’s Mauricio Peña and Thomas Wilburn

In the fight against climate change, some Chicagoans are going all-electric at home, by Tribune’s Nara Schoenberg

Why the Sky deserves to be your favorite Chicago sports team right now, by Zachary Nauth for WBEZ

Illinois has spent nearly $5B in pandemic funds. Here’s how some suburbs used it: “Cook County spent nearly $40 million of its more than $1 billion allocation to give 20,631 employees retention bonuses. In Libertyville, $170,000 was set aside for a grant program that awarded nearly 100 small businesses in town between $1,000 and $2,000. Round Lake Beach officials spent the $53,500 on a Covid-19 vaccination incentive program for its employees,” by Daily Herald’s Jake Griffin.

Highland Park parade mass shooting haunts return to school for traumatized kids, parents, by Sun-Times’ Sophie Sherry

Gun Sense Rally in Lake Zurich: The time is ripe for reform, advocates say, by Daily Herald’s Steve Zalusky

— Column: Sen. Napoleon Harris unifies rivals in new role for Thornton Township Democrats, by Daily Southtown’s Ted Slowik

We asked for a phrase you only hear in a particular region:

Ted McClelland, Chicago magazine 312 editor: I’ve only heard “wear the jacket” in Chicago, to refer to an underling taking the fall for his boss. Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was a prominent recent jacket wearer.

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition: “Illinois — A state so great, our governors make the license plates!” It’s a reference, of course, to former Govs. Rod Blagojevich, George Ryan, Otto Kerner and Dan Walker all doing some time.

Amy Carr of Macomb: “I have heard ‘bug dope’ (for insect repellent) only in Upper Michigan and other Midwest northwoods locations.”

Gene Daly: “Where’s mine?” and “best politicians money can buy” are Illinois terms.

Andy Shaw: “Ya’ll come back soon” in the South, “It’s wicked cold” in Boston and “That was fun, eh?” in Minnesota.

Mike Lieber: “In Boston, they say ‘So don’t I’ to mean ‘So do I.’ One more reason Bostonians annoy me!”

David Goldenberg says Chicago and Detroit say “pop” and anyplace that says “soda” is confused because “soda has ice cream in it.”

What iconic images should be featured in the new Ferris Bueller movie? Email [email protected]

‘We got rolled’: How the conservative grassroots lost the fight with Biden because it was focused on Trump, by POLITICO’s Meridith McGraw and Caitlin Oprysko

Trump’s throw-everything-against-the-wall response to the Mar-a-Lago search, by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney, Josh Gerstein and Nicholas Wu

Dennis Rodman plans to go to Russia for Brittney Griner, by POLITICO’s Olivia Olander

Appeals court temporarily blocks subpoena to Graham in Georgia election-fraud probe, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney

— Isaac Reichman is now director of corporate communications at Choose Chicago. He was a special adviser at the Chicago Park District and earlier director of public information at the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

— Isis Almeida is now Bloomberg’s Chicago bureau chief. She previously led the European energy team, covering gas, power and renewables for the media company.

Bill Conway, candidate for Chicago alderman in the 34th District, and his wife, Britt Conway, are proud parents of daughter Billie, who was born Aug. 17, the day before the Conways’ wedding anniversary. This is daughter No. 3 for the Conways. Pic!

— Today at 11:30 a.m.: Stacy Davis Gates, president of the Chicago Teachers Union and executive VP of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, headlines the City Club luncheon event. Register here

FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Jarod Hitchings and Ed Mazur for correctly answering that Illinois’ nickname, along with Prairie State and Land of Lincoln, was once Sucker State.

And H/T to Chris Ruys and Clem Balanoff for noting Illinois has even more nicknames: the Corn State, Inland Empire, Rainy State, Garden of the West and Garden State — and to James Nowlan for noting Illinois also was known as “The Tall State” in an ad campaign in the 1970s and ‘80s.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Where was Chicago’s first public library located? Email [email protected]

Chicago Ald. Tom Tunney, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Kent Delgado, political consultant and co-founder of New Chicago Consulting Tom Bowen, lobbyist Frank Bass, National Institutes of Health legislative analyst Essence Motley and photographer Shalimar Thibodeau Beekman.



via Illinois Playbook

August 22, 2022 at 07:32AM

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