Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) tweeted, “We need more #affordablehousing in every corner of our state. Today I joined IHDA and partners to break ground on the Bellwood Senior apartments which will bring 80 new affordable apartments to the Bellwood community. Let’s keep working to make sure everyone can call IL home”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Illinois leads the nation in cost for school administration. Instead, we need to get that funding to the teachers and into the classrooms.”
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “This is an extremist U.S. Supreme Court. Whether it’s reproductive health, separation of church and state, or keeping our communities safe with common sense gun control - the majority of this court is nowhere near the vast majority of Americans.”
Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Chicago's crime is a Humanitarian Crisis.”
Attorney General Kwame Raoul said Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a New York gun law will not affect Illinois. The nation’s high court ruled New York’s law restricted gun owners from carrying a concealed gun unless they can demonstrate a need for self-defense was unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court’s opinion cites Illinois as being among those states whose laws are not affected by the decision,” Raoul said in a statement. Illinois requires gun owners to have a specific license to carry a concealed gun.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) tweeted “After a busy day at Council, introducing both Peace Book and re-introducing Office of Gun Violence Prevention (Office of Neighborhood Safety), was a treat to meet Gabby Giffords at event hosted by David Axelrod and Arne Duncan highlighting Giffords work on reducing gun violence”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “I & 38 of my colleagues are calling for hearings into why grocery stores continue to close, why the city is often unaware of what’s happening, and what we need to do on a more comprehensive, proactive way to protect existing business & encourage new growth in economic corridors.”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “I'm supporting Anthony Joel Quezada for 8th District Cook County Commissioner. Here are five important things to know before casting your vote in this important race: http://un35.org/5-things/”
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) tweeted “’Incredible amount of time off?’ Apparently I’m talking to all the wrong cops. Our officers are being over-stretched to new limits and it’s placing a very real strain on their families & mental well-being. Cancelling days off and leaning on overtime is not a viable strategy.”
Ald. Matt Martin (46) tweeted “When we resurface our arterial streets, we must regularly include ambitious infrastructure including protected bike lanes, refuge islands, bus bulbs, and raised crosswalks.”
Leaders of the Chicago Federation of Labor will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. Friday to give a “united statement...condemning the violence that impacts our city, and a call on all Chicagoans to work towards peace and justice,” according to a notice. The event will be held at National Association of Letter Carriers Branch No. 11 at 3850 S. Wabash Ave.
Mayor Lori Ligthfoot’s office has joined multiple city departments to launch a “data dashboard” with information on the Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement program, the pilot program launched last year to provide emergency services to people experiencing mental health crises.
Rep. Jen Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) tweeted, “Thanks to 12 year-old Scarlett Harper of Winnetka, IL, the Bee Bill was signed into law! Scarlett realized there were few bees in her community and took action. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill, which limits when pesticides can be used and strengthens our ecosystem.”
Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) tweeted, “Friends, I have been standing up against extreme policies from the beginning. When I was fighting back, others in this race were silent. I will never stop standing up for parental rights and our children’s future.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Parents have a right to know what their children are being taught. Illinois needs education transparency to ensure that parents are informed and have a choice.”
Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “We have lost our minds, in our worship of personal military weapons. In one case, a guy in public, with body armor, large magazines and an assault rifle, (all legal) was arrested because he was carrying brass knuckles, (still illegal). This is just ludicrous.”
The Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Implementation Task Force will host their first virtual meeting on Thursday. The task force will explore ways to prepare Illinois’ judicial system for a series of changes that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023, including the end of cash bail. Thursday’s meeting will introduce the six subcommittees of the task force and their roles going forward.
Illinois officials have renamed Asian Carp to “Copi” as a way to rebrand the fish and highlight its good taste and health benefits. “Copi” is a play off the word “copious,” according to officials. The fish is commonly found in Lake Michigan, the Mississippi River and the Illinois River where 20 to 50 million pounds of the fish can be harvested each year.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “Join us as we kick-off the beginning of a new school year with our 4th Annual Back to School Block Party taking place Saturday, August 13th from 10am-12pm at 10500 S Ewing Avenue!”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “My resolution to support unionizing efforts for
@HBWorkersUnion just passed! Congrats to all the workers doing the urgent work of keeping our LGBTQI+ community healthy and protected in their fight to unionize for better working conditions which = better services!”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Today, alongside more than 30 of my colleagues, I introduced a resolution calling for a Chicago City Council Committee on Transportation hearing regarding ongoing issues with @CTA service.”
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “We are excited to have @VP Harris coming to Chicago to address our community and discuss the highlights of the Biden-Harris administration.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “Cyclists who want to organize in advance of the speed camera vote next month, DM me cause it’s game time.”
Ald. Michele Smith (43) tweeted “North Avenue Beach is our busiest, it must be safe for everyone. We will not tolerate guns on the beach. Police must be allowed to use metal detectors or wands to control the situation.”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “Today, I will be voting "NO" to raise the threshold for speeding tickets. I must stand up for pedestrians and bicyclists who deserve safer streets.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “I'm proud to stand with @BringChiHome in the fight to fund housing and supports for those experiencing homelessness in Chicago. With one-time federal pandemic relief funds expiring in two years, we need a long-term focused solution now.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) shared an article from ABC 7 and tweeted “We did it! The changes to the Heating and Cooling Ordinance passed City Council today! The ordinance requires landlords to meet the new requirements immediately with temporary equipment followed by installing permanent equipment no later than May 1, 2024.”
The Chicago Department of Public Health is coordinating a COVID-19 vaccine rollout for children under 5, officials announced Wednesday. The department will also set up three vaccination sites in Morgan Park, Pullman and Little Village during the summer. More information is available on the department’s website.
Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Last week we celebrated our legislation that has allowed more than 49,000 undocumented residents to apply for medical coverage. This is one of the many steps forward we have and will continue to take in order to grant #healthcare for all.”
Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) tweeted, “Confirmed 1.9 Billion of Unemployment Pandemic Assistance Lost by Illinois IDES to Scammers! I called IDES out on this over 18 months ago. Our Taxpayers Deserve Better. Failure in oversight, data IT controls, and leadership.”
Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) tweeted, “It’s time for Davis Park to live up to its potential of serving as Rockford’s central gathering and entertainment hub. That’s why I’ve secured nearly $3.5 million in state funding to help make it a reality.”
Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield) tweeted, “In this past legislative session, I spearheaded a $550,000 appropriations package that covers the dues for EVERY FFA student in Illinois! The more bright minds we can bring in to help solve the agricultural problems of tomorrow, the better we all will be in the future.”
Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) tweeted, “I can't say this enough, VOID THE FOID!!! It's not time to reform and add more bureaucracy to a broken, unconstitutional system, it's time to eliminate it and allow all law abiding Illinoisans the opportunity to exercise their Second Amendment rights!!!”
The Illinois State Fair will not hold any live poultry shows because of the ongoing spread of bird flu, the fair announced Tuesday. A virtual poster competition will be held instead to recognize competitors.
The Department of Revenue will officially move out of the Thompson Center in Chicago on Friday, according to a news release from the department. The department will join other relocated state agencies, including the governor’s office, at 555 W. Monroe in Chicago.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Now ‘Through the Chair’ requests to City Council committees are spoken by the departments at the following meeting? Refreshing change from politicos usually trying to hide answers or not admit them publicly, such as the fact most car accidents happened nowhere near cameras.”
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “Chicago is delighted to welcome @VP Kamala Harris to the NALEO Annual Conference.”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “Due to extreme heat in the Ward Office, staff will be working remotely the rest of the day from their homes. Leave a VM at 773-878-4646 for a call back or email [email protected] about your needs/concerns. We apologize for the inconvenience. Office reopens tomorrow morning”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “Yesterday, I attend the funeral of a friend who was killed by a driver on Irving Park Rd. We cannot continue to tolerate preventable deaths like Peter's and Rafi's. Join us tomorrow to talk about how we can build streets that are safe for everyone.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Pedestrian safety must be a priority in our city, which is why I voted against increasing the threshold for speeding tickets during today's Finance Committee.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has appointed Skyler Larrimore to serve as her next Chief of Policy starting Aug. 1, she announced Tuesday. Larrimore has served since January 2021 as Lightfoot’s Deputy Director of Policy under policy chief Dan Lurie, who will leave his post on July 31. Larrimore came to the city with “10 years of experience in non-profit management and strategic planning, community organizing, and advocacy,” according to the mayor’s office.
Elena Gottreich will serve as the city’s next Deputy Mayor for Public Safety after John O’Malley steps down on July 31, Lightfoot announced. O’Mallay has served in the role since May 2021. Gottreich, who is now Deputy Director of Prosecutorial Strategies at the Chicago Police Department, “brings her demonstrated track record of strategy building and community engagement to the role of Deputy Mayor,” according to a Tuesday news release from Lightfoot’s office.
Steve Valenziano will retire on June 30 as assistant zoning administrator for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, he announced during a City Council zoning committee meeting on Tuesday. He has worked with the city’s planning department since 1989.
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) tweeted More so than ever, it is clear that we can’t return to the status quo & the assault on a complete & accurate accounting of history, Critical Race Theory, & the @The1619Project project is an attempt to erase & revise the past. On this National Freedom Day, I leave you w/Baldwin. -”
Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) tweeted “We’ve had three kids killed in traffic accidents in the last month. Now isn’t the time to reduce enforcement. I hope the City Council does the right thing this week instead of taking AWAY the tools that keep our kids safe.”
Rep. Maura Maura Hirschauer (D-Batavia) tweeted “It is National Pollinator Week. We are featuring five pollinators who do the important job of fertilizing plants across Illinois. Today’s pollinator is the bee! Did you know that there are over 4,000 different species of native bees in the United States?”
Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) tweeted “Honored to join Juneteenth Flag Raising @vopnews organized by Trustee Enyia @replilly78”
The Illinois Bankers Association has elected Betsy Johnson, president and CEO of Solutions Bank, as its new board chair, according to a news release from the association. The Illinois Bankers Association also named its new board members as Kara Austin of Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company; Gustavus Bahr of PNC Capital Markets; Peter J. Brummel of Grundy Bank; Rudy Gonzalez of CIBC; Michele Petrie of Village Bank & Trust; Brett Tiemann of INB, NA; Daniel Wujek of State Bank of Cherry; Bethany Shaw of Peoples National Bank and Frank Pettaway of The Northern Trust.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Beautiful morning in the 9th Ward Pullman community at
@APRPPMuseum for its 10th annual Juneteenth community celebration. There was a community festival on museum ground along with an inaugural Juneteenth youth basketball tournament.”
Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22) tweeted “I'm extremely proud to be Chair of the @ChiLatinoCaucus Foundation. The attached are from this past Friday’s 2022 Leadership Academy Graduation ceremony. 2022 Leadership Academy participants were an amazing group!”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Congratulations to the Colombian people, president-elect @petrogustavo, and his VP running mate @FranciaMarquezM! Colombians came together in peace and democracy to reject rightwing authoritarianism and embrace a progressive future with social and economic justice for all.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “More Viaduct Visuals coming to 40! Shout out to @blk_atk
for organizing this one at Thome and Ravenswood!!”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “PRESS RELEASE: Revised Heating and Cooling Ordinance Set for Zoning Committee Tomorrow, June 21, 10AM”
Businessman and mayoral candidate Willie Wilson is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 363 E. Wacker Dr. to announce his plans to fund another $2 million in gas and food giveaways. A news release from Wilson did not detail when and how the gas and good giveaways will occur.