Johnson’s big test: the holiday
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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and Mayor Brandon Johnson would like to call attention to all the traditions that come with that, from reopening beaches along Lake Michigan to the fireworks at Navy Pier or a downtown parade.
The most pressing tradition: Handling the violence that’s expected to erupt with the first summer holiday weekend of the year.
“It’s going to take all of us, not just the police, not just city government, to ensure that our communities can live and thrive in peace and safety,” Johnson said Thursday at a press conference in the summer sunshine at 63rd Street Beach.
Like the mayors before him, Johnson has pulled together a plan he hopes will work to stop violence before it starts.
He’s beefing up police presence across the city by requiring officers to give up a day off this weekend. It’s a familiar tool in handling holiday weekends, though it has been criticized for hurting police morale.
Other tactics: Outreach workers will check bags in parks and on beaches. And there will be more officers on public transit and in business districts.
Also, officers won’t be moved to one neighborhood at the expense of other neighborhoods.
From the Sun-Times: “Like his predecessor, Johnson also highlighted the community groups and the extra law enforcement efforts to keep people safe over the historically violent weekend,” by Fran Spielman.
Familiar tune: Johnson vows ‘whole of government’ approach, by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt and Sam Charles
HISTORY LESSON: It’s been 50 years since one of the most consequential debates about women’s rights was held — and it happened at Illinois State University in Normal.
In May 1973, feminist leader Betty Friedan faced off against conservative firebrand Phyllis Schlafly to debate the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.
Their confrontation got ugly when Friedan called Schlafly “a traitor to your sex, an Aunt Tom. … You are a witch. God, I’d like to burn you at the stake!” The comments didn’t help the cause of the ERA, which has yet to become a constitutional amendment. Friedan died in 2006 and Schlafly in 2016.
Made for TV drama: Their debate was one of the scenes played out in “Mrs. America” on Hulu. Since it took place in Illinois, we called Schlafly’s daughter to ask her to reflect on it 50 years later.
“My mother loved to tell that story. She used those lines to say ‘See, the proponents of the Equal Right Amendment have no arguments. All they can do is personally attack’,’’ said Anne Schlafly Cori, who described actress Cate Blanchett’s physical portrayal of her mother in the show as spot-on.
Cori, who now heads the Eagle Forum, which her mother founded, quibbled with the show’s “psychological motivations,” saying several scenes were “flat wrong,” including the ending “which tried to portray her as defeated.”
“There is no Eagle who turned against Phyllis Schlafly,” her daughter said. “The show had an agenda, which was against my mother’s position.”
The 1973 debate went virtually unnoticed at the time, Cori said. “There is so much news media attention today on social issues. But in the early 1970s, there was no media attention to social issues. A debate between two women at Illinois State University would have been a non-starter. It’s the way it was,” she said, echoing what ERA supporters might say, too.
“The ERA didn’t lead the news back then,” Cori added. “What was important then were gas lines, the war in Vietnam and Watergate.
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Davis is among the most senior members of Congress, having served for 26 years. There’s been speculation that he might not run again, but his pending announcement indicates otherwise.
Nipping at his heels: Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin has launched an exploratory committee to also run for the 7th Congressional District, which stretches from Chicago’s Loop to the western suburbs.
— SCOOP: House Dems in No Labels-allied caucus are livid with No Labels: “No Labels texted people who live in the district of Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), criticizing the congressman for scoffing at their idea for a unity presidential ticket and claiming it could result in Donald Trump’s return to the presidency,” by POLITICO’s Daniel Lippman.
— Arad Boxenbaum, a gun violence prevention activist, has announced he’s running for the 83rd District of the Illinois House in the 2024 Democratic primary. Boxenbaum, 22, will challenge state Rep. Matt Hanson, who defeated Boxenbaum in the 2022 primary before going on to beat Republican incumbent Keith Wheeler.
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— Senate Republicans all voted no: And they criticized Democrats for not addressing the January 2024 expiration of a $75 million annual state tax credit program that funds private school scholarships, by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki
— Record-setting rate hike sought by ComEd is more than $914M too high, utility watchdog says: “ComEd’s requested $1.5 billion rate increase over the next four years would increase its profits more than improve its stated clean-energy priorities, the Citizens Utility Board says,” by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout.
— Legislature sends bill reforming property tax sale system to Gov. JB Pritzker, by Tribune’s Lizzie Kane
— Cupich urges Raoul’s office to provide more info on abusers, by The Associated Press’ Nicole Winfield
— More than 100 Chicago police officials kept their jobs after making false statements, despite department’s ‘you lie, you die’ rule: “Dismissal is considered the “appropriate disciplinary penalty” for violating the rule, but the city’s watchdog said it is not consistently enforced, undermining police integrity,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
— Lots of breathlessness: FBI says Ald. Jim Gardiner may have given a developer who’d been ‘good to me’ a ticket to Lightfoot’s inauguration, Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel reports
— Group hopes to restore Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo
— If Bears’ plan means widening Wilke Road, don’t expect money from Rolling Meadows, alderman says, by Daily Herald’s Christopher Placek
— Joliet commission considers landmark status for former Will County Courthouse, by Michelle Mullins for the Daily Southtown
— Naperville legend pulls off stunning victory in ‘Jeopardy’ masters tournament, by Daily Herald’s Kevin Schmit
— Illinois Atty. Gen. Kwame Raoul hosted the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) this week in Chicago for a policy conference. Former White House chief of staff Ron Klain spoke with the 14 Democratic AGs in attendance. Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson gave remarks at a fundraising event for the group. And attendees took a field trip to the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago on Wednesday for a discussion on “cognitive behavioral intervention techniques to reduce violence.”
— Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall, vice chair and commissioner of Illinois’ Human Rights Commission, has been elected to the Harvard Alumni Association board of directors for a three-year term.
— Jorge Leon, an attorney at the Michael Best law firm, has been appointed to the board of trustees as Northeastern Illinois.
We asked what your favorite flying pastime is.
Janice Anderson: Sleeping. (Amen, sister.)
Lucas Hawley: “Being on airplane mode and going through my phone storage, deleting photos, texts, downloads.”
Robert Kieckhefer: “On long-haul flights — Hong Kong, Tokyo, South Africa — movie, meal, read, nap, movie, meal, chat up the flight attendants.”
Ed Mazur: Crossword puzzles.
Patricia Ann Watson: “Always earbuds and then books on tape, music or sleeping if it’s a long flight.”
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— Monday at 11 a.m.: The Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society (WOOGMS) will kick off its annual Memorial Day Parade in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congratulations to Liam Kelly for correctly answering that Forgottonia was the name proposed for a new state under a 1970s effort to secede from Illinois.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who said “politics ain’t beanbag” and newspapers should “comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”? Email [email protected]
Today: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ald. Raymond Lopez, former state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, former state Rep. James Peyton “Pate” Philip, lieutenant governor’s office legislative project coordinator Eryn Jones, Sheridan Strategies founder Devon Spurgeon, Lake Forest College public policy studies coordinator Christine Walker and Peninsula Hotel PR director Susan Ellefson.
Saturday: Today: State Rep. Bob Morgan, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Michael Gonzalez, Lake County Zoning Board Chair Gregory Koeppen, political strategist David Plouffe, marketing author and professor Philip Kotler, senior adviser of external affairs in the governor’s office Sean Rapelyea and former political aide Kevin Quinn.
Sunday: former Congressman Aaron Schock, political strategist Jayme Odom, entrepreneur Matthew Pritzker, MolsonCoors chief comms officer Adam Collins, 1833 Group senior VP Hannah Bartholf, trial attorney Shawn Kasserman, Access sales manager Jen Kramer and Young Invincibles Midwest policy manager Hannah Keller.
Monday: Highland Park Councilmember Anthony Blumberg, Gilda’s Club Chicago CEO LauraJane Hyde, University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and comms consultant Kevin Lampe.
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May 26, 2023 at 07:22AM