Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Thank you, @speakerpelosi for your visionary leadership, second to none strength, remarkable bravery and courage and unmatched work ethic. We are better because of it.”
Sen. Suzy Glowiak-Hilton (D-Western Springs) tweeted, “Earlier this week, I joined Native American advocates at the Illinois Capitol to introduce Senate Bill 4242 which would allow students to wear items of cultural significance at commencement ceremonies.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Interested in a career with the Illinois House of Representatives? Then join us for our Open House Job Fair tomorrow!”
Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) tweeted, “I stopped by the reception for the Coalition for Life. I was able to see many good friends including my longtime friends Barb Cooksey and Cassie from Pregnancy Matters. We are all committed to protecting the lives of the unborn!!”
The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday the state’s unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percent to 4.6 percent in October. Illinois’ unemployment rate remains the highest in the nation and is 0.9 points above the national average. However, the state added 3,600 non-farm jobs in October, marking the 17th straight month of job growth in Illinois.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Join @edgechamber for the Winter Bryn Mawrkets, taking place at 1052 W. Bryn Mawr Ave and 1040 W. Bryn Mawr on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend! Stop by to do your holiday shopping and support local artisans!”
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) tweeted “A big thanks to The Cook County Sheriff’s Office for hosting the Catalytic Converter Marking Event this afternoon at CrossWinds Church. @CCSOPIO @SenCunningham @repfranhurley35”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Thank you @patrickelwood & @WGNTV for visiting our Canaryville Veteran Riders Association during their annual coat drive! We are accepting donations until 5p today at The Village Inn and at my office during the rest of the week!”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “🗳 We’re close to our highest ever turnout for participatory budgeting! If you live in the 47th Ward, cast your vote to select two special infrastructure projects at aldermanmartin.com/participatory-budgeting”
Comm. Brandon Johnson (D-1) tweeted “Proud to stand with Starbucks fam at Armitage and Hoyne this morning, and in solidarity with striking Starbucks workers everywhere demanding increased staffing and good faith bargaining. Like many, I enjoy a good cup of coffee. But not today. #RedCupRebellion #NoContractNoCoffee”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the city launched a new land sale portal where 2,000 vacant city-owned lots now are available for sale and redevelopment by private buyers. The properties can be found at Chicago.gov/BlockBuilder.
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Illinois has decided and dutifully reaffirmed that we will not stand for habit, we will not stand for the appearance of justice. We will stand for justice and justice made manifest across each of our communities in this state.”
Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Back in Springfield, under the Dome, doing the People’s work.”
Sen. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) tweeted, “Senate Bill 4242 was introduced in response to an Indigenous student in my district, Nimkii Curley, who was not allowed to walk in his graduation because of cultural feathers on his graduation cap. I am proud of the bravery of my young constituents to speak out”
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “I was honored to join First Lady Jill Biden and other national leaders at Rolling Meadows High School to celebrate High School District 214's Career Pathways program.”
The Illinois Senate passed HB1293 on a unanimous vote Wednesday. The bill requires the Investment Policy Board to develop a list of companies based in the two countries that would be added to the state’s Prohibited Investment List. The bill also creates a one-year Money Laundering in Real Estate Task Force, gives the Department of Human Services emergency rulemaking power and establishes an Elections Infrastructure and Integrity Task Force. The bill now goes back to the House for consideration.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Some jobs in a campaign are glamorous, others require diligence & patience to the Nth degree. My folks reviewing the thousands of signatures I have collected from across the city have both in spades. Thank you for your hard work!”
Comm. Bridget Degnen (D-12) tweeted “Please join me tonight at RNRA's 25th Annual Reception and Gala! Hear Ald. Reilly and Commander Hein speak about public safety and development while enjoying great food and drinks from Tao! Tickets available through http://RNRA2022TAO.eventbrite.com #taochicago #RNRA”
Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) tweeted “Thank you to @ChicagoCAPS18 Commander Hein for meeting with neighbors at Lake Shore Park. The Commander shared information regarding local crime patterns, and answered questions. Thanks also to Wildberry Cafe for coffee and snacks.”
Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted “City Council appropriates millions every year that is used by CPS. City Council, parents, and taxpayers are entitled to hear from the CEO. While I'm glad the Mayor finally agreed, I envision a Chicago where transparency and accountability are the norm, not a fight to be won” in response to news the heads of CPS and CTA, among other agencies, would begin testifying before City Council committees quarterly next year.
Applications to replace Ald. George Cardenas (12) as the 12th Ward alderman closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Cardenas’ last day as a member of the City Council is Nov. 30 and Mayor Lori Lightfoot is tasked with appointing his replacement within 60 days of his departure. Cardenas’ colleagues thanked him for his service and gave him well wishes during the City Council meeting Wednesday.
Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield) tweeted a picture with Sen. Sally Turner (R-Beason): “The Senate Turner Caucus is back….!!!!!”
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “Back to work. Buckle up - big things ahead.”
Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) tweeted, “Hello friends and neighbors. I’ve started the process of packing up and cleaning out my Springfield office while I’m down here for the start of veto session. Serving the people of the 75th District these past 6+ years has been an honor and a privilege.”
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) tweeted, “The big takeaway here is that Rs are becoming an endangered species in the suburbs. Suburban Cook is basically just Durkin. DuPage delegation down to 2. Only McLaughlin and half of Weber in Lake. Only Ozinga and part of Haas in Will. Burbs went from 34D-16R to 39-11.”
The Illinois Attorney General and other state’s attorneys general reached a $3.1 billion settlement with Walmart as part of lawsuits over the company’s contribution to the opioid crisis. The settlement also includes court oversight of Walmart’s handling of prescription drugs.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “As temperatures this week dip below freezing, remember that the City’s community service centers with @ChiFamSupport will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. This includes 845 W. Wilson Ave.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “Proud to stand with @afscme31 , @BobReiterJr, @chicagolabor, and @RossanaFor33 in support of Field Museum Workers United, who have been organizing to form a union in spite of union busting tactics by CEO Julian Siggers. Chicago is a UNION town! Don’t get it twisted!”
Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) tweeted “FTX, crashed because of the free fall of bitcoin and a run from crypto investors calling on to sell off their positions! The apparent scammer, Sam Bankman-Fried just got George Bailey’d.”
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) tweeted “Just saw Lori's ad. She was "cool" on Covid. What was NOT cool? Raising bridges. Berating staff. Freezing out reporters for doing their jobs. Standing in the way of police reform. Breaking campaign promises. And a classic Chicago pizza has sausage! #SawyerForChicago #ResetChicago ”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “A lesson for 2023 Chicago mayoral and aldermanic candidates: IL Republicans thought misinformation and fear-mongering about crime was their ticket to victory. Republicans lost big, particularly in the city. Chicago voters want and deserve honest conversations on public safety.”
The Chicago Transit Board on Tuesday approved the CTA’s $1.8 billion operating budget for 2023. The approved spending plan keeps the transit authority’s fares at its current levels and “maintains the agency’s commitment to improving service and continues important investments to upgrade and modernize the system,” according to a news release from the CTA.
Rep. Mark Wallker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Illinois is first in the nation to protect rights, again.”
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “Praying for the @UVA community as they wait for an all-clear message. As Highland Park experienced on July 4th, being locked down after a mass shooting exponentially increases the trauma, with heart-pounding fears of further violence.”
Sen. Meg Loughran-Cappel (D-Shorewood) tweeted, “It was great celebrating our nation's heroes at the Romeoville Veterans Day Service Breakfast! Few possess the integrity and bravery to put their lives on the line for complete strangers. That is what makes the observance of our service members so important an occasion.”
The Illinois House will meet Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the Speaker’s office announced Monday. The regularly scheduled Thursday session is cancelled. The Senate is still scheduled to meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will meet in the Howlett Auditorium in the Howlett Building on the south side of the Capitol Complex. Ongoing construction on the north wing of the capitol has closed the Senate for renovations. COVID-19 precautions, including required COVID-19 tests for access to Senate spaces, have been lifted in both the House and Senate.
Amendment 1, known as the Workers’ Rights Amendment, was passed by Illinois voters with 53 percent of voters participating in the election supporting the amendment. The amendment makes collective bargaining a constitutional right in Illinois.
Democratic committee members in the 1st Senate District unanimously selected Javier Loera Cervantes of Chicago to succeed former Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), who resigned his seat in October. Cervantes won the uncontested election for the seat last week and was the only person who applied to fill the remainder of Munoz’s term.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation on Monday announced six community garden sites that will accept organic waste materials for composting. The sites were launched in collaboration with NeighborSpace and partially funded by a grant from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Three bins at each site will collect fruit and vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, eggshells, coffee grounds and tea bags, according to a news release from Lightfoot’s office. The six sites are: Stockyard Garden at 5136-58 S. Carpenter St., El Paseo Garden at 944 W. 21st St., Merchant Park Community Garden at 4200 W. Addison St., Hermitage Street Community Garden at 5647 S. Hermitage Ave., Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden at 4427 W. Fulton St. and Montrose Metra Community Gardens at 4386 N. Ravenswood Ave.