Rep. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) posted on Facebook, “Exciting new projects were announced for several Southern Illinois Airports! Reviving our airports is another key piece to making Southern Illinois a premiere destination which is why I’m thrilled to report that the Cairo Regional Airport, Southern Illinois Airport and Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois were awarded more than $2.5 million in funding to begin making capital improvements.”
Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) tweeted, “Second win for today! I am proud to announce that after presenting and passing HB 1063, the bill has been included in the 2021 NBCL National Model Legislation. #endhivstigma”
Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) retweeted a tweet from Illinois Manufacturing Association president Mark Denzler thanking him and Rep. Jim Durkin (D-Western Springs) for “for joining the [Illinois Manufacting Association] to discuss manufacturing issues. We appreciate [ADM] - a global leader - for hosting the discussion with manufacturing leaders from across Illinois.”
Sen. Don Dewitte (R-St. Charles) posted on Facebook, “I was happy to meet with Family Service Association of Greater Elgin yesterday to hear about their plans for the future.”
Sen. Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Join me in the fight against COVID-19 by getting your vaccine. The CTU is offering all doses of the vaccine tomorrow between 3 and 7pm.”
The Illinois Commerce Commission on Thursday authorized the use of $3.1 million from the Multi-Modal Transportation Bond Fund to pay for grade separation at the West Grand Avenue highway-rail crossing in Elmwood Park. A Metra train struck cars on the tracks at the site in 2005, injuring 16 people, according to state officials.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “Midway International Airport is hosting a hiring event on Wednesday, December 8th, from 10-12 pm! This event will take place at the airport on the 2nd floor mezzanine.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “The Coalition Map keeps communities together. It is not designed for the sole purpose of incumbent protection. Voters will not be duped by their back room map!”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “We will fight for our humanity and the right to control our reproduction. We will protect each other.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) posted on Facebook that his chief of staff Jessica Peters and Director of Policy and Economic Development Geoffrey Cubbage will step down from their roles at the end of the year. Lindsay Tillman, who previously oversaw communications for Vasquez, will take over as chief of staff.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) tweeted a link to the Rules Committee’s ward map proposal and wrote “For all those who were grumping about the grainy printed Rules Committee Map yesterday - here’s what you were waiting for”
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) tweeted “Thank you to @cbschicago for highlighting #WorldAIDSDay yesterday and the essential work of AIDS Garden Chicago to mark the history of the early HIV/AIDS epidemic”
Chicago Public Schools will host two virtual public forums this month to review the district’s finances and budgetmaking process. “The sessions will provide an overview of CPS' current funding methodologies and other aspects of the current FY2022 budget, and an opportunity to participate in facilitated small group discussions,” according to a Wednesday announcement. The forums will take place at 6 p.m. next Tuesday and 4 p.m. Thursday. Online registration is required.
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) wrote in his latest newsletter that “on a global scale, we could not ignore how parental notification is an important tool to combat the rise of human trafficking, which is the fastest growing criminal trade in the world. Parental notification serves as an extra layer of protection against those who would exploit children.”
Sen. Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) tweeted, “Thank you to the community members who donated to our Love Purse drive benefitting @MetroFamChicago. Because of your generosity, we were able provide over 325 purses to survivors of domestic violence!”
Sen. Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) announced via a statement that he will seek reelection next year, writing that he has “worked hard to develop beneficial and respectful working relationships with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, and have always taken a collaborative approach to passing legislation.”
Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) tweeted, “In case you missed it, IDPH adopted federal guidance for long-term care facility visits 12 days after the federal government put out the guidance and just one day before Thanksgiving.”
Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) tweeted, “I am happy to announce a $4.5 million investment in state funding to help maintain and upgrade the Rockford Airport. The Rockford Airport is a strong economic driver of our region that provides hundreds of jobs to our community.”
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on Wednesday announced the “Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program” to “help Illinois communities leverage historic broadband infrastructure funding for community-driven broadband expansion.” The Illinois Office of Broadband is “calling on local units of government – particularly cities, counties, and multi-county regions – to apply to receive expert support offered as part of an intensive 14-week community engagement program designed to turn available public broadband funding into sustainable broadband access,” according to the announcement.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “This morning I joined my Latino Caucus collegues to call for transparency in the City's redistricting process. Our Coalition Map protects and brings together Black, White, Latino and Asian communities, preserves communities of interests and satifies progressive and moderates”
Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11) tweeted a lengthy statement about the remap, saying that “dividing areas or neighborhoods based on race is indeed racism.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted a picture of the Rules Committee ward map introduced on Wednesday and wrote “Uh, no thanks”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “Public Safety Update: Our office has been made aware by the 20th District of a homicide on the 2600 block of W Catalpa on Dec. 1st at roughly 7am. Police are actively investigating and do not have additional details for public release at this time.”
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) tweeted “This #WorldAidsDay2021 let’s recommit to ‘Getting to Zero’ new HIV infections! Thank you to AIDS Garden Chicago Board chair Yoni Pizer, @AIDSChicago President John Peller, and @ChiPublicHealth’s Antonio King for joining me in supporting HIV prevention”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “And so the mapping process continues!”
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “I am very upset to report that there were 3 carjackings in our neighborhood over the last few days. The police are investigating, but we must all remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to 911.”
Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) announced on Tuesday that he would retire from his House district at the end of the day. “I said from the beginning that my goal was to get things done and do what’s right for the people of the 99th District,” he wrote in the release. “To me, that’s always meant standing up to bad policy when I had to, but also finding ways to work across the aisle when there was an opportunity to benefit the constituents I was elected to serve. This mentality is why I voted for the 2019 capital bill and 2019 state budget.”
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) posted on Facebook, “It was a cold but wonderful night celebrating Hanukkah! Thank you to Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky and the Chabad Jewish Center of Arlington Heights for putting on such a great event. I hope all who celebrate have a great Hanukkah”
Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) posted on Facebook, “I joined University of Illinois President Killeen and State Senator Scott Bennett to cheer on a Fighting Illini Basketball win last night! Thank you for having me, University of Illinois System.”
Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) tweeted that mounting support for federal legislation to allow banking for cannabis businesses is “A big deal. Would allow FDIC backed banks to accept cannabis $$”
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted, “I have been impressed with @SenPacioneZayas as well and have enjoyed working with her on the Senate Education Committee.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation will host seven free virtual workshops between Wednesday and Dec. 16 as part of its “Building Blocks of Success” series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, according to a Tuesday announcement. The full list of workshops is listed online.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will host the first-ever Illinois Product Holiday Market, officials announced Tuesday. The market will be held Saturday and Sunday on the “Y Block” north of the Governor’s Mansion and “will feature Illinois products for everyone on your shopping list this season,” according to the announcement.
Ald. Pat Dowell (3) tweeted “Winter Overnight Parking Bans for many Chicago streets start Dec. 1. Even if there isn't snow, you can not park your car on an overnight parking ban street.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “People power, it's a beautiful thing. All respect to the Indigenous peoples of Bolivia who have taken their country back and are on the path to socialism and a more just and democratic society.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “Here in the 40th Ward, we have winter parking restrictions on the following street sections:
- Clark St from Albion to Devon
- Devon Ave from Clark to Greenview
- Foster Ave from the North Shore Channel to Clark”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “Our office is happy to provide gifts to 10 families this holiday season. But due to limited funding, we always have a list of additional families who need help. For #GivingTuesday consider donating to @HeartNeighbors to sponsor gifts for a local family.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Tomorrow! Wednesday December 1 at 6 PM, join Ald. Hadden via Zoom for the last virtual town hall of the year for City and Ward updates.”
The Chicago Department of Public Health removed California, North Carolina and Guam from its COVID-19 Travel Advisory, leaving 38 states whose unvaccinated travelers are asked to quarantine or get tested upon arrival in Chicago. Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington may be taken off the list next week if they can keep average new case counts below 15 per 100,000 residents, officials said.
Rep. Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) posted on Facebook, “Our team had a great Monday meeting with Team VoteMaura to get our petition process ready to go! January 13th is the first day we can circulate petitions and we would love your help”
Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) posted on Facebook, “This afternoon I connected with President Billy Mitchell and my great NBCSL colleagues from around the country. #runwiththerep As the Illinois House of Representatives chief sponsor, co-author of the historic Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, I joined a panel during NBCSL’s pre conference to discuss state energy policy and this legislation with the Edison Electric Institute. I believe that reliability and affordability during the transition to clean energy is critical. Our Illinois policy stabilizes reliable nuclear power while strategically moving us toward clean energy, avoiding the clear dangers of failed energy delivery.”
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) tweeted, “.@repgregharris is a trailblazer and true public servant who got into the weeds of the budget and fought for reform, LGBTQ+ rights, healthcare expansion, & so much more. We will miss his presence in Springfield.
Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) tweeted, “No map for you! Also, 36 hours? C'mon City Council! That's an eternity for IL Legislative Dems to gerrymander. It's more like 36 minutes for the public to review a legislative map.”
The Illinois Commerce Commission on Monday announced the addition of a new 861 area code in Western Illinois, set to come online by early 2023. It will overlap with the 309 area code, which covers large portions of northwestern and northcentral Illinois.
Farmers in Lake, Boone and McHenry counties are eligible for benefits following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s issuance of a disaster declaration for losses caused by freezing that occurred between May 5 and May 30 of this year, according to an announcement from the Illinois Department of Agriculture on Monday. A “Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency to provide emergency loans to producers recovering from natural disasters,” according to the announcement. More information is available online.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “The 106th Street bridge will be opened on Friday, December 10th.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “I wonder what the Black Caucus/Rules/Lightfoot “Incumbent Protection” map looks like. Will it be secret until Wednesday 1p when we they try to force a vote on it?”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “@ChiLatinoCaucus was excluded from this morning's Rules Committee briefings, where the committee presented ward map drafted by Madigan-attorney Mike Kasper. But from the little we've gathered, the Kasper map is an embarrassment that slices, dices & disenfranchises communities.”
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “When you have the law on your side, you argue the law. When you have the facts/data on your side, you argue the facts/data. When you have neither on your side, you just argue.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “I want to thank and commend my friend, Majority Leader Greg Harris on his outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the citizens of Chicago and Illinois. Today Greg announced he will not seek another term in the General Assembly.”
The Chicago Department of Human Resources reported Monday that nearly 94 percent of city employees had reported their vaccination status, and of those, nearly 82 percent of whom are fully vaccinated. About 87.3 percent of Chicago Police Department employees, 98.5 percent of fire department employees and 85 percent of aldermen and City Council staffers had reported their vaccination statuses.