Good Monday morning, Illinois. The difference between “boring” and “bombaste” was on full display last week during President Joe Biden’s speech in Illinois, writes the New York Times.
SCOOP: Congressman Adam Kinzinger has raised a whopping $1.3 million in the second quarter of the year, according to a source close to his campaign. Broken down, that’s $800,000 for his re-election campaign and $500,000 for his leadership PAC.
In the past six months, Kinzinger has raised $3.6 million, nearly all from individuals, and more than $700,000 from within Illinois.
“This is not the kind of money that gets raised in a rural district. It looks like something more attuned to someone running statewide,” former Republican Congressman Bob Dold told Playbook.
Dold’s comment hints at what might happen if Kinzinger’s 16th Congressional District is squeezed out of the remap: a possible run for U.S. Senate or even governor. Early census numbers show Illinois is losing one seat, but until final figures are released and districts are redrawn, we won’t know whose seat will be out.
For now, Kinzinger is focusing on getting re-elected to Congress. And his second-quarter fundraising shows he hasn’t been hurt by speaking out against Donald Trump’s rhetoric or the former president’s supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol. Kinzinger has become publicly isolated within the GOP for calling on the party to reject conspiracy theories pushed by Trump.
Still, while Kinzinger has spoken out against Trump’s conspiracies, freshman Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has benefited from embracing them. In the first quarter, she amassed $3.4 million.
The City Council’s map room doesn’t open until July 26, but Latino Caucus members are already putting their combined foot in the door reminding aldermembers that data should guide decision-making on how wards are redrawn.
Caucus members expect official census numbers to reveal that the Latinx population has at least remained steady — if not grown in 10 years — and they want to make sure those numbers play out in the ward remap.
“We want the final map to fairly represent all voices. The Latino caucus will settle for nothing less,” Latino Caucus Vice Chair Ald. Silvana Tabares said.
Based on numbers from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, “there’s room for additional representation. So we’ll be advocating for that,” added Ald. Gilbert Villegas, who chairs the Latino Caucus.
City wards must be redrawn by the aldermembers by the end of the year, just as congressional and legislative maps are being done. They’ll start offering their ideas when the map room re-opens.
Only aldermen, not the mayor, decide how their wards are drawn. Along with census data, they follow rules set out by the Voting Rights Act.
In anticipation of official census numbers coming out in the fall, the Latino Caucus is reminding the rest of the aldermen that they want a fair map—that means Latinos would be more fully represented in each ward, instead of their communities being dispersed through various wards, making it more difficult to elect Latinx aldermen.
Leslie Dimas, a political consultant who has worked to help elect Latinx council members, says having wards that reflect large swaths of Latino communities would help “better engage” Latino residents in the community. “There has been a huge mistrust between the community and government, and it comes from the top — especially from Donald Trump’s government services. Keeping the community together would re-establish that trust between the government and community.”
ACS numbers already indicate that the city’s Black population has dropped in parts of the South and West sides, and white people are on the rise on the North Side. Latino population has risen on the Southwest Side and even in Englewood, where Black residents have dominated. The caucus and political consultants are taking ACS numbers with a grain of salt, however, because it’s believed they have undercounted Latinos.
There’s an incentive for aldermen to agree on a map. If at least 10 aldermen vote against the proposed remap, then competing maps are presented to voters in a referendum.
As Tribune’s John Byrne explains, “Prior maps have been crafted among aldermen in backroom deals. In early 2012, the council passed a map plan 41-8, less than two hours after council members put the finishing touches on a version that could get over the vote threshold.”
Meanwhile, history shows that even current wards with predominant Latinx residents don’t always elect Latino council members. The 14th Ward is led by Irish Ald. Edward Burke, for example. He’s been in the position since 1969.
Former GOP state chair says Supreme Court maps use “flawed data.” He writes in a letter in the Daily Herald.
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— Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, who just received a high-profile endorsement in the secretary of state‘s race from Sen. Tammy Duckworth, will report raising more than $250,000 during the second quarter and having nearly $600,000 cash on hand, according to a source close to the campaign. This week, Valencia travels is traveling to Los Angeles for a fundraiser headlined by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
— Kina Collins, who’s running in the Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District, raised more than $130,000 in the second quarter, according to her campaign. She kicked off her campaign June 1. The campaign says 90 percent of donations were under $200.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara considers run for Cheri Bustos’ congressional seat: “I am definitely thoughtfully considering it,” McNamara said. “If you really want to improve the community and area around your community, you have to consider things like this. Even if they are things — like this — that I honestly never seriously thought about.” Rockford Register Star’s Jeff Kolkey reports
— Another FEC advisory opinion is issued on Kelly as Dem Party Chair: The opinion is out before the Federal Election Commission meets Thursday. At issue is to what extent Rep. Robin Kelly can continue to lead the Illinois Democratic Party given FEC rules don’t allow a federal officeholder to raise local funds. The latest advisory calls for a “special committee” to be formed “without review or approval by Congresswoman Kelly and Congresswoman Kelly has no role in the appointment of any member of the special committee.” Also recommended in the advisory opinion: “Kelly’s name and title as chair must not be included on the letterhead of any solicitation that solicits funds in amounts and from sources prohibited by the Act because using her name and title in that manner would identify the solicitation as being sent on Congresswoman Kelly’s behalf.”
— CHARLIE KIRK, the founder and president of the conservative Turning Point USA, will headline the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Niles on Aug. 16. Tickets range from $60 to $1,200. Kirk is an Illinois native who has become a steady critic of the Biden administration. Most recently, he and Turning Point are targeting vaccination efforts. They’ve started the “No Forced Vax” campaign. Kirk also spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2020 and 2016.
— Weekly report: The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported 53 additional deaths and 2,945 new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus since its July 2 report. That’s a total of 23,297 deaths and 1,395,497 cases due to Covid in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from July 2-9, is 1.5 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 0.9 percent.
— Biden’s vaccine charge hits a wall: “The administration is now strategizing over how to manage a nation with 68 percent of the population at least partially vaccinated,” by POLITICO’s Adam Cancryn.
— Illinois’ Covid-19 infection rate — while still low — doubles in two weeks: ‘We could easily backslide,’ by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout
— Pritzker ‘very pleased’ to see CDC’s new mask guidance for students, teachers: “According to the new Covid-19 guidance, vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings,” via NBC/5.
— State Board of Education mandates return to in-person learning: “The mandate came after the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted COVID-19 prevention guidance from the Centers for Disease Control,” by Rockford Register Star’s Jeff Kolkey.
— Illinois implementing work-share program that could’ve saved up to 124K jobs during Covid: “Work-share laws, also known as short-time compensation, allow companies to avoid mass layoffs by reducing workers’ hours so they’re still employed, while also allowing them to receive partial unemployment benefits. Illinois has had such a law on the books for nearly seven years, work-share was never actually implemented during former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s term or the first half of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration,” reports NPR Illinois’ Hannah Meisel.
— Unprecedented unemployment deficit threatens to ‘cripple’ businesses, claimants: “Stakeholders from both political parties, as well as business and labor groups, are now warning of ‘crippling’ tax increases on businesses and cuts to unemployment benefits that could result if the ongoing deficit goes unaddressed for too long,” by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.
— Illinois RTA and CTA follow state in drawing Moody’s upgrades: “Both had carried a negative outlook assigned in May 2020 as the pandemic took a toll on sales taxes and sent ridership plummeting,” reports Bond Buyer’s Yvette Shields.
… Column: “Moody’s, S&P have upgraded Illinois’ bond rating. It’s time for Fitch’s to do the same,” writes Rich Miller for the Sun-Times.
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History, or TEAACH Act, into law, making Illinois the first state to enact such a mandate. Here’s how it happened
— Digging in their heels: Energy legislation still pending: “While there’s some measure of comfort in knowing the state legislators continue to work on an energy bill, whatever they decide could be too little, too late for nuclear power plant communities like Byron and Dresden,” writes Margaret Rock in Center for Illinois Politics.
— Murder victim’s mom calls on Pritzker to address violence: She wants Gov. J.B. Pritzker “to follow New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s lead and declare a gun violence state-of-emergency,” via Fox/32.
— Reflecting on the death penalty after Anthony Porthers death: His case was “pivotal” in abolishing the death penalty, says the former head of the Illinois Innocence Project head, by the State Journal Register’s Steven Spearie.
— Zack Stamp has written a book: “Stamp was a McDonough County sheriff’s deputy from 1975 to 1977. He left for a career in politics and helped with the campaigns of Senator Mary Lou Kent, Governor Jim Thompson, Senator Laura Kent Donahue, and Governor Jim Edgar,” writes Patrick Stout for McDonough County Voice.
— Sweet new law: Now kids’ lemonade stands can operate without worry of being shut down, by NBC/5’s Becca Wood
— Treasurer Frerichs makes unclaimed property or ICash one of his priorities, by Riverbender’s Dan Brannan
— TOP COP DAVID BROWN will talk with Biden about crime: The president will host “law enforcement leaders from around the country to talk about reducing crime,” according to The Associated Press.
— Head of Chicago’s largest police union suggests progress on a new contract: But… “A Lightfoot spokesperson said the mayor has not been presented with or agreed to any deal,” reports Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.
— Reform-minded assessor tackles Chicago valuations and clout: “Business groups are nervous as Fritz Kaegi, citing evidence of longstanding inequities, reviews assessments citywide,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.
— Double-standard? Top Lightfoot aides took days off leading into violent holiday weekend despite ‘all hands on deck’ strategy: “Lightfoot chief of staff Sybil Madison was out of the office on Thursday and Friday, Madison told city workers in an email. … Lightfoot’s deputy mayor for public safety, John O’Malley, was also out for most of last week,” sources told the Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.
— Illinois has a program to compensate victims of violent crimes, but few applicants receive funds: “Less than 40 percent of applicants are compensated, but many more never apply in the first place,” write Lakeidra Chavis and Daniel Nass in The Trace.
— Rapper killed after being ambushed as he left jail — he had 64 bullet wounds, say police, by Tribune’s Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, Jeremy Gorner and William Lee.
— Chicago-area museums welcoming back patrons with an array of exhibits, by Sun-Times’ Mary Houlihan
— An entrepreneur who reinvented himself in the pandemic: Hot dogs are involved. CBS/2’s Andriana Diaz reports
— STRIKE SCOOP: Members of SEIU Local 73 say their negotiations with Toni Preckwinkle’s administration have stalled, but according to a confidential memo obtained by Playbook, the Cook County Board president’s team has made an effort to answer concerns of the union that represents maintenance workers, administrative personnel and medical personnel like certified registered nurse anesthetists. The memo states: “After receiving no specific counter proposals from SEIU for nearly a week, yesterday, the County received an off-the-record proposal from the Union through the Federal mediator. SEIU’s proposal varied little from its prior proposals with the most significant change being lower across-the-board increases [or COLAs] for lower wage workers.” The memo says SEIU and the county are still “well over $2 million apart for the first year of the contract alone.” In response, the county offered “$500,000 more in wages, targeted toward lower wage earners, than the county’s last, best, and final offer presented on June 28th.” The county recently reached tentative agreements with four other unions that also have similarly four-year contracts.
— Large anchor tenant (the Bears?) and mix of other uses would work best on Arlington site, developers say: The Atlanta Braves found a similar situation, writes Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.
— Terrence Howard says acting won’t be his legacy during Judson appearance, by Daily Herald’s Rick West
— Criminal court at ‘26th and Cal’ eyes a post-pandemic return to normal, warily: “Of the many changes set to hit 26th Street in the next few months, perhaps none has been more hotly debated than the reinstatement of the speedy-trial clocks. Those clocks have been stopped since last spring, when the Illinois Supreme Court wrote an order allowing speedy-trial deadlines to be suspended indefinitely — essentially telling defendants they no longer had the right to go to trial within a certain time frame,” by Tribune’s Megan Crepeau.
— FBI agent who fought VA for GI Bill college benefits wins appeal; case could help vets nationwide: “Jim Rudisill has battled terrorists and white supremacists. Now, he’s won a fight for better benefits for himself and, his lawyers estimate, as many as 1.7 million of the nation’s longest-serving veterans,” by Sun-Times’ Stephanie Zimmermann
Sen. Turner calls for a reversal of plan for UIS to pull funding from NPR: “I recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has had an economic impact on many universities,” Turner said, “but cutting this program from UIS’s budget would do a huge disservice to both area residents and journalism students.” State Journal-Register’s Riley Eubanks reports
— Britney spurs Congress to tackle toxic conservatorships, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine, Olivia Beavers and Victoria Colliver
— Trumpworld wants distance from QAnon even as the ex-president winks at it, by POLITICO’s Tina Nguyen and Meridith McGraw
— Trump on Jan. 6 insurrection: ‘These were great people,’ by POLITICO’s David Cohen
— What Arizona’s 2010 ban on ethnic studies could mean for the fight over Critical Race Theory, by Hank Stephenson in POLITICO
— Secretive Cuomo inquiry leaves New York politics in limbo, by POLITICO’s Anna Gronewold
— Branson beats Bezos to space, aiming to open space tourism, via New York Times
Nate Firestone, who escaped Nazi captors to live a life full of family, dies at 102, by Pioner Press’ Steve Sadin
Today at 5:30 p.m.: Senate President Don Harmon and House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch headline the Democratic County Chairs’ Association’s Summer Brews Young Professionals fundraiser at Midwest Coast Brewing. Details here or RSVP to [email protected].
Today at 5:30 p.m.: Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) holds a fundraiser at Uptown Tap & Eatery in Plainfield. Contact [email protected] for details.
Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.: State Sen. Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) launches a Coffee & Conversation series at Syrup in Algonquin with Village President Debby Sosine. Community outreach details here.
— Joanna Hernandez is now an on-air reporter for Chicago Tonight and WTTW news. She previously was a reporter and assignment editor in New York at News 12 Bronx and Brooklyn.
— César Rodríguez has been named press secretary for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and is working under comms director Kate LeFurgy. The position of press secretary has been vacant since Anel Ruiz stepped down in December to work in the private sector. Rodríguez is a former TV reporter. Reported first by Robert Feder.
FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Bureau of Planning’s Michael Penicnak and Illinois Department of Transportation’s Margaret van Dijk for correctly answering that former House Speaker Michael Madigan and former Senate President John Cullerton were once banned from receiving communion by the Catholic bishop of Springfield.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Which Illinois congressman’s twin brother’s presence on the campaign trail did his Republican opponent claim was a “dirty trick”? Email to [email protected]
‘Nobody’s better than you’: “Meet Edith Renfrow Smith, the first Black woman to graduate from Grinnell College, whose grandparents were slaves. She turns 107 on Wednesday,” Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg.
Skokie Board of Trustees member Alison Pure-Slovin, POLITICO’s Ryan Lizza, CURE founding chair Susan Axelrod, master sommelier Fernando Beteta, Barclays head of government affairs Adam Elias (previously chief of staff to Rep. Bill Foster), Howard Brown Health interim HR director Aaron Lawlor (and former Lake County Board chairman), Family Independence Initiative’s Ebony Scott, and Illinois Society of Enrolled Agents executive director Donna Tuke.
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