Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) tweeted, “I’d like to introduce you to 2 inspiring new additions to my district office! Amy & Simone are recent grads of @CarlSchurzHS & I’m thrilled to welcome them to my district team! They'll be starting college in the fall, but in the meantime, they’ll be Community Outreach Interns”
Sen. Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Did you hear the news? Energy prices are skyrocketing, but ComEd customers are about to get a big refund. Thanks to CEJA, you will start receiving a monthly credit of nearly $20 for the next year!”
Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie) tweeted, “Thank you @PolitiFact for reach out about the importance of Red Flag Laws! "It's another tool in the toolbox to reduce violence when someone's exhibiting dangerous behavior," Stonebeck said. "But it can only really be effective if it's utilized."”
Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) tweeted, “June is Fireworks Safety Month. Something you might not consider is the effect of fireworks on people who have PTSD. The fourth of July and summer months can be harrowing for our loved ones who have PTSD. Think about not making sudden, unexpected loud noises.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Illinois has lost a great statesman with the passing of former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan. Our deepest sympathies to his friends, loved ones, and all those who he inspired throughout his life.”
Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “By pointing and saying “Chicago” conservatives are showing they’re incapable of dealing with violence. We need to deal with the root causes as well as come to terms with the rise of trauma and anti-social behavior during Covid. Public safety for all, no matter the zip code.”
Gov. JB Pritzker appointed Department of Central Management Services Chief of Staff Anthony Pascente as the agency’s new director.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced changes to early childhood education beginning on July 1, including increasing Child Care Assistance Program reimbursements for providers by 8 percent, boosting the Child Care Assistance Program to include families with income below 225 percent of the federal poverty level, extending the Child Care Restoration Grant Extension through the end of the year, lowering copays for those in the Child Care Assistance Program to $1, beginning a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for early intervention service employees.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “Please call 311 to request a well-being check for anybody that you're worried about. If there is a medical emergency due to heat, call 911 immediately. Stay hydrated, minimize your time outside, and remember to check in on your friends, family and neighbors!”
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) tweeted “Sad news about former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s passing, following his long, brave fight against multiple health issues. We disagreed on plenty, but I believe he served Illinois honorably & with integrity. It was an honor to have known him and may he Rest In Peace.”
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) tweeted “Chicago will be under a Heat Advisory warning starting at noon tomorrow through Wednesday at 8pm. If the heat in your building is too high please contact my office at 773-525-6034, or call 311 for assistance.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “We’ve advocated that the City include a protected bike lane in the new Clark St corridor plan. But their initial plan doesn’t even mention the word ‘bike.’ Tell the city your thoughts 🔗 http://clarkstreetcrossroads.com/engage”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Save the Date for my Re-Election Kickoff Party on Thursday, July 14! https://fb.me/e/2wHCiOWqN”
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “Early voting is now open at Warren Park (6601 N Western) and sites across the city. Find a location that is convenient for you at http://chicagoelections.gov/en/early-voting.html. Secure drop boxes for Vote By Mail ballots and registration services are also available at early voting sites.”
The Chicago Department of Public Health has detected seven cases of monkeypox in the city as of Sunday, department officials announced in a notice on Monday. The virus spreads through close contact and has been reported most widely among communities of men who have sex with men. One Chicago resident who tested positive reported attending the International Mr. Leather (IML) conference in Chicago from May 26-30, officials said, and residents from another state who were diagnosed with monkeypox also reported attending the IML conference. Monkeypox is a “potentially serious viral illness” and can present as “flu-like symptoms early on and progress to lesions that may begin on one part of the body and spread to other areas,” health officials said.
Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) tweeted, “First responders are always the first to arrive on the scene of a stressful and draining situation. That's why I supported a law signed today that gives residents a new option to support families of first responders who were killed in the line of duty.”
Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Signed into law! The Fair Food Delivery Act will protect restaurants, bars & retail establishments from predatory 3rd party delivery services without obtaining the merchant's written consent. #ILRestaurant #irma #chicagobars"
Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) tweeted, “Recognizing that unsecured guns pose a public health risk is an important step in preventing accidental injuries and deaths. That's why I sponsored a law signed today to direct IDPH to develop a multi-phase firearm storage and safety campaign.”
Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Today, Governor Pritzker signed HB4430 into law, expanding access to PrEP and PEP without a doctor's prior referral. Accessibility to health services and proper medication is crucial to fighting HIV and AIDS, and I was honored to serve as a cosponsor of this bill.”
Rep. Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) tweeted, “As a kid, and even as an adult, I was ashamed to tell my story.” Thanks to the progress we are making in Illinois to embrace our mental and behavioral health, and invest in treatment for so many who need help, there is no reason to be ashamed anymore.”
Sen. Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) tweeted, “Congrats to JB and the Dems! You have now DOUBLED the amount of sales tax residents are paying at the pump, by REFUSING to cap the incremental sales tax paid on the ever-escalating cost of gasoline. It didn’t have to be like this….you had a choice. #gougingtaxpayers"
Gov. JB Pritzker signed 38 bills into law Friday, including HB1780 establishing a statewide drug take-back program, HB3988 creating a task force on missing and murdered women in Chicago, HB4729 requiring the Department of Public Health to develop a gun safety storage campaign, and SB3789 requiring local governments to study efficiency every 10 years
The Department of Public Health announced Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled 32 Illinois counties with a high level of transmission of COVID-19, including all of the Chicago area. Acting Director Amaal Tokars said cases have increased in Illinois 10 percent since Memorial Day and the state is no longer on a downward trend in cases.
Ald. Sophia King (4) in her latest newsletter linked to a New York Times article that “cited the excellent work she has done bringing the Bronzeville Lakefront Project to fruition and how the developers hired to build this development were of diverse and minority backgrounds. Bronzeville Lakefront Project is going to be an asset to the community and will have twenty percent affordable housing.”
Ald. Silvana Tabares (23) told West Lawn and West Elsdon constituents in her latest newsletter to “stay tuned for a big announcement” coming on Monday.
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted, “What a special day. The Puerto Rican parade brings celebration and deep connection among the Puerto Rican community and it’s beautiful to share it with our LatinAmerican siblings who love us and fight alongside us all the time. Thank you @Delia4Congress 4 standing with us always.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted, “Support @Local150 construction material workers on strike! Do not source from Vulcan, Lafarge, or Hanson while the workers are on strike.”
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter, “Pristine LLC proposes to construct a new 3-story, 15,000 square foot addition to Millennium Park Plaza at the corner of N. Michigan Avenue and E. Randolph St where the former La Strada restaurant stood. As proposed, the new addition contains approximately 5,300 sf of retail tenant space at the ground floor.”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted that this weekend’s Walk & Roll for Safe Streets “is in response to 2 young children who recently lost their lives on Leland due to a bicycle crashes. The 46th Ward Office is committed to working with CDOT to make our streets safer.
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) retweeted a tweet from the group Neighbors for Environmental Justice saying, “Bring back the Dept of Environment!”
Cook County Comm. Sean Morrison (R-17) wrote in a news release, “So far, during the first three months of the year, around two dozen people were arrested in Cook County during their essential movement days, including two people who were shot to death. Some Democrats, including Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, have called for an end to this provision as crime continues to rise in the city.”
The Chicago Public Library announced that it will host author Clint Smith as the latest in the Voices for Justice speaker series, and in celebration of Juneteenth, to discuss his book “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.” The virtual event will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Thursday on the library system’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) tweeted, “Thank you, Kyra, for your courageous work to ensure Illinois families have time to grieve, mourn and heal.”
Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie) tweeted, “I was interviewed by @wttw to discuss FROs and the need for the public to be aware of these laws. We discussed how Ill. is lagging in its issuance of FROs due to a lack of awareness & education. For every 10-20 FRO issued, one life was saved.”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Nathan Carlson of Machesney Park was killed, along with 3 other marines, in the Southern California desert yesterday. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families for this tragic loss.”
Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) tweeted, “I have some exciting news to share: over the past few days, the Governor has signed all five of the bills I passed this year into law!”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB3120 on Thursday, which amends the Child Bereavement Leave Act to require time off after lost pregnancies, failed adoptions or other failed reproductive procedures or diagnoses related to pregnancy.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “My heart is absolutely broken for the three year old killed when a semi-truck hit her mother’s bike today on Leland. Profoundly disappointed in CPD’s latest ‘blame the cyclist’ narrative. In three years I haven’t seen a rider NOT be responsible for their own death.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Not-for-profit organizations that ask for public funds should be required to pay prevailing wages to their respective employees.”
Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22) tweeted “Thanks to @ChuyForCongress for recognizing the great Manuelita García. She was the matriarch of the Little Village Lawndale high school hunger strike in 2001 and will be greatly missed.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Join us next Wednesday, June 15th at the final Broadway Visioning meeting at 6pm at the Broadway Armory (5917 N Broadway), where we will share results from the previous Visioning meetings and what that means for Broadway.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Our first Rogers Park Juneteenth block party is this Saturday, June 10, from 2-5pm on Paulina north of Howard, and hosted by yours truly along with
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and ABC 7 are set to host a phone bank from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 15 with the goal of helping “homeowners find refunds, apply for property tax exemptions and avoid the Tax Sale,” according to a news release from Pappas’ office. The phone bank event is being held in honor of Juneteenth. “All Cook County homeowners are welcome to call the phone bank,” Pappas said in the news release. “We will do this as long as people have money coming to them.”
Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted, “We must continue to take action, advocate, and fight for human rights and civil liberties here and abroad. As State Representative I have and will continue to be a voice for the needs of undocumented families and refugees."
Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora) tweeted, “It’s unfortunate that the parade was turned political by the city.”
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-Chicago) tweeted, “June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The 102nd Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 677, which requires each person seeking licensure to practice medicine to complete dementia diagnosis, treatment, and care training.”
Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “These are weapons of war, designed specifically for military use, and produce untreatable wounds in battle. Do not let anyone lie to you about assault weapons. They do not belong in any civilized society.”
Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) tweeted, “To help improve the commerce relationship of Illinois agencies with minority-owned and women-owned businesses, I'm excited to announce my recent appointment to serve on the State Procurement Task Force”
Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) tweeted, “To improve public safety in the Metro East, a new Illinois law expands the use of expressway cameras on State highways in 22 counties including Madison and St. Clair”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB4818 Wednesday, which prohibits PFAS substances from being disposed of by incineration. PFAS is a group manufactured chemicals that scientists believe could pose adverse health effects to humans.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “The 1st Ward Office received revisions to the zoning proposal at Fullerton / Washtenaw, for 35 residential units (7 income-limited affordable required), and 2 commercial spaces. You can review all project details and provide feedback at this link”
Ald. Pat Dowell (3) tweeted “Lots of really important announcements in today's eblast including: a reminder about Friday's Town Hall meeting, the City Security Camera Reimbursement program, Night Out at the Parks events, jobs, internships and more”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Vote PROGRESSIVE in the June 28, Democratic Primary: http://un35.org/slate”
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) tweeted “Even San Francisco figured it out. Paging Cook County voters…”
Chicago youths between the ages of 14 and 24 have until midnight Friday night to complete their applications for One Summer Chicago, the city’s youth summer jobs program. The program provides Chicagoans between the ages of 16 and 24 jobs that pay $15 per hour that include “hands-on experience in technology, healthcare, media, finance, and more,” according to a city news release. Young people who are 14 or 15 can apply for the “Chicagobility career exploration program that pays a summer-long total of $450 dollars in weekly stipends.” Youths can submit applications online.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday announced her appointment of Theodore “Ted” Berger as executive director of the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security. Berger was chief deputy director of the department from 2017-21, serving as deputy incident commander for the County’s COVID-19 “unified command response directly managing emergency operations center activation with over 200 personnel,” according to county officials.