Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted, “I'm proud to announce my @ilenviro 100% scorecard rating for 2022! My voting record reflects where I stand on tackling climate change; fighting for clean air & water; & protecting open spaces. I stand w/ IEC to defend our environment for future generations. #twill #GreenChampion"
Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “I just came out of a meeting with a youth social service organization that learned tragic news mid-meeting. They lost a teenager to a fentanyl overdose. I’m heartbroken and upset. It’s clear that the way we are doing things isn’t working. It’s clear things need to change.”
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) tweeted, “SB 3991 was signed today! This law will help us understand who is taking advantage of the program and allow us to target outreach to families who might not be aware of it. Stay tuned for the Children’s Saving Account program coming in 2023”
Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie) tweeted, “I was happy to be interviewed by @CBSNews about Firearms Restraining Order (FRO) or known as "Red Flag" laws. We discussed how Ill. is lagging in its issuance of FROs because of the lack of awareness. However, I was able to secure $1M in FY23 for outreach campaign.”
Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) tweeted, “My bill Senate Bill 1915, which limits purchase of single-use plastics for use in state parks, has been sent to the governor. I stand with IEC in making it a priority to safeguard our environment for generations to come. #GreenChampion"
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “We are seeking volunteers for the 2022 Chicago Labor Day Parade! We welcome individuals, families, groups, and students! If you are interested in volunteering, let us know by completing the online sign up form, here: https://bit.ly/3aG9yy. Deadline to apply is Aug. 19th, 2022.”
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) tweeted “Congratulations to Anaya and Rani, co-valedictorians at Kellogg Elementary School!”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Trans people have always existed. They have been known by many different names at different times and places. Whether they're called Hijra, Muxe, Two-Spirit, or Gala, they've always represented the diversity of our human experience. To defend trans people is to defend the sacred.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted a photo of himself in a festive helmet and wrote “Midsommarfest is coming up this weekend, so visit Clark from Foster to Catalpa this Friday through Sunday to enjoy live music, fantastic food, and the work of talented artisans from around our community!”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “CPD raided 1,334 homes in 2019–mostly in Chicago’s Black and Brown neighborhoods. We need transparency from our police! We need the #AnjanetteYoungOrdinance #IAmHer”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed three bills on higher education Tuesday. HB4201 requires collegs and universities to hire “benefits navigators” to help students applying for financial assistance and benefits programs. SB3991 permits the treasurer to increase payments to 529 savings accounts above the current $50 threshold if additional funds are available. HB5464 allows a state college or university to create equity plans to help students who are underrepresented in higher education.
The Department of Public Health released their quarterly report of nursing home violations between January and March. The report can be viewed online.
Chicago’s COVID-19 risk level remains high on the Centers for Disease Control’s risk level matrix, but daily new case rates are “beginning to gradually decrease,” and hospitalizations and deaths from the virus “remain low compared to other points in the pandemic,” according to an update from the Chicago Department of Public Health Tuesday. “The best news is that all of the variants we are detecting locally continue to be Omicron and thanks to vaccination, severe outcomes like hospitalizations and deaths remain low and our hospital system continues to have capacity,” health department Comm. Allison Arwady wrote in a statement. “This means we are unlikely to need to reinstate mask mandates in the near future.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “In 1944 allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy, France, beginning the reclamation of Western Europe and eventually winning the war. Last year, with Leaders from other states, I had the opportunity to visit these beaches, including Utah Beach.”
Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) tweeted, “About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood - the most common form of donation - every 56 days, or every two months.”
Sen. Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) tweeted, “Students played a large part in the designation of our state tree and flower over a century ago, and once again they will play a large part in our state’s history through their work in designating Dolostone as the state rock.”
Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) tweeted, “Congratulations to Peoria native BG Daniel McDonough who has just been appointed by Gov. Pritzker as the head of IL Air National Guard. Congratulations as well to Col. Rusty Ballard, who replaced McDonough as command of the 182nd Airlift Wing of the IL Air National Guard.”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation (HB4261) Monday designating Dolostone as the official state rock. Dolostone is a type of limestone that forms most of Illinois’ bedrock. The bill was an initiative of students in Burr Ridge and Naperville.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “The 1st Ward Office is hosting a Virtual First Look meeting for two proposals on Monday, June 13, 2022 (6pm). If you would like to attend, please RSVP at [email protected] The proposals are for a redevelopment of 2008 - 2010 N Western, and a rehab of 1416 N Maplewood.”
Ald. Pat Dowell (3) tweeted “Join me for my next Town Hall meeting this Friday (6/10) to learn about new housing and commercial developments in our neighborhood. Register using the link below...”
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) tweeted “Make sure you have RSVP for our virtual town hall THIS Saturday!”
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “Looking for a pathway to a career in the Trades? We Can Build It is connecting community residents to construction jobs in building the Obama Presidential Center.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “With @HBHWorkers this morning as they file for their union at @howardbrownhc. Workers' rights are LGBTQ rights are women's rights. The 400 workers at HBH should be able to join @INAaction union w/o union busting interference from management. Management should recognize the union.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Thanks to everyone who joined us yestrday for the opening of the 2022 Glenwood Market. Great work @RogersParkBA! The market is held on Sundays from 9am-2pm.”
Metropolitan Planning Council will host a virtual event at 11 a.m. Thursday titled “Global Voices, Local Action: International Cities Connect on We Will Chicago Pillar Focus: Housing & Neighborhoods.” It is described as “the first in a seven-part series on We Will Chicago will feature a panel presentation of international and local city experts, along with an interactive participant workshop to provide feedback and input on the plan’s draft policies.” Panelists on Thursday will include Chicago Mayor’s Office deputy policy director Juan Sebastian Arias, Bulgarian city planner Desislava Ivanova, Chicago Department of Housing Comm. Marisa Novara and Albert Pick, Jr. Fund executive director Heather D. Parish. Online registration is required.
The nonprofit Civic Lab will host a "Data for Social Change 201" virtual workshop at 10 a.m. June 18, when software engineer and neighborhood organizer Anthony Moser will discuss data analysis including how to “clean up messy data, how to group, filter, and sum, and where you can go from there.” Online registration is required.
Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) sent a news release touting a bill she sponsored (HB4408) signed into law last week that “prohibits insurers and Medicaid from charging a copay for naloxone – an opioid suppressant. Naloxone can be lifesaving for people overdosing on opioids, but can often be inaccessible with a cost of up to $140 for two doses. “It’s simple: naloxone saves lives,” Bush said. “The more accessible naloxone is, the better.”
Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) sent a news release promoting the signing of HB4481, which expands the use of expressway cameras across the state. “Expressway cameras are helpful tools for investigations of crimes committed on the road,” Murphy said. “Investing in these cameras is a small step to assist law enforcement in reducing the rising rates of crime in Illinois and in making our communities are safe.”
Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Lake Barrington) tweeted, “Lots of campaigning this weekend. Great organizations like MCGOP and DTRO really help us get the word out. -Protect Parental Rights -Make Crime Illegal Again -Lower Taxes Thank you to all who attended and to all of the wonderful volunteers!”
Rep. Maura Hirschauer (D-Batavia) tweeted, “In 2021 alone, there were 56 homicides of transgender or gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. 79% of these were with a gun. Black trans women face the bulk of this violence.”
Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Just gave the commencement address at Mather High School in our district, the most diverse high school in Chicago with over 140 nations represented and just 6 blocks from where I grew up! So proud of these graduates”
The state has eliminated its backlog of sexual assault forensic kits that have been pending for more than 180 days, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday, down from a backlog of more than 1,815 pending kits in March 2019. “Illinois State Police utilized a variety of strategies to reduce turnaround time, including ramping up the use of forensic technologies and robotics, and hiring additional forensic scientists who work collaboratively instead of analyzing data independently,” according to the governor’s office. “The benefits of these initiatives, along with other improvements, are continuing to unfold.”
Ald. Sophia King (4) wrote in her latest newsletter, “Alderman King joined City and Northwestern Medicine officials to announce the brand new Northwestern Medicine outpatient center that will be located at 48th and Cottage Grove. Our office held several community meetings with residents around this project to ensure their voice was heard in this process.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, “Where is the outrage from Englewood’s the other elected officials. When are the pastors going to line up and bless the police officers in front of their congregations? Why aren’t those getting “anti-violence” money stepping up? Who will be next to rise up and say enough?
Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22) tweeted, “Glad I was here with @JBPritzker, @ChuyForCongress , @AlmaEAnaya , @egonzalezjr96 to support @SenatorCelina for re-election!”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted, “In Chicago, I've met day laborers who build luxury homes during the day that sleep under bridges at night.”
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. The second and third levels allow for a restaurant or commercial tenant, with its main entrance on N. Beaubien Ct. The existing two levels of basement parking below this addition will remain.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter, “next Wednesday June 8th my office is hosting a town hall to discuss summer engagement opportunities for youth across our Ward and City. Topics will include the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program and nonprofit youth development programs like Increase the Peace and After School Matters.”
Cook County Comm. Kevin Morrison (D-15) tweeted, “So much love for the Pinta Family and all of the supporters of Buffalo Grove Pride. Couldn’t help but wonder how much events like this would have meant to me growing up in the Northwest suburbs. We’ve made so much progress and we must keep fighting to protect our rights!”
The Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance and Housing Choice Partners will host a two-day “housing justice summit” all day June 22 and June 23 with virtual and in-person speaking sessions and networking opportunities. Online registration is required.
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Over 100 years ago the Black community in Tulsa became a victim of one of the worst massacres in the history of the United States. We will never forget the beauty that Greenwood once was or the massacre that decimated this community.”
Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Data was clear that despite years of increased funding for staffing, many of our long-term care facilities remained below clinical requirements. What was also clear was the voice of brave LTC residents and their families who came forward on the situation in their facilities.”
Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield) tweeted, “Happy and excited to join my colleagues and friends in the Metro East to make it plain that Illinois stands firm in their respect and support of a woman’s right to her reproductive health choices!!!! #belikeillinois!!!”
Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Today, HB 4165 became law! We have had too many tragic and, in many cases, preventable deaths on Lake Michigan. Simple rescue equipment like lifesavers are an effective way to help people get to safety.”
Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) tweeted, “It shouldn't be controversial to say that Illinois families deserve to live in safety and prosperity. Public safety is a cornerstone of our campaign and Law Enforcement trusts us.”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed four bills on Thursday to fight opioid addiction. This includes HB4556, which allows doctors and pharmacists to give out test strips that would detect fentanyl in drugs and SB2535, which requires opioid prescribers to inform patients that opioid drugs can be addictive.
The Illinois Department of Public Health and Discovery Partners Institute received an additional $8.2 million of funding to continue testing waste water for COVID-19.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Two days, two different officers shot at in a city that allows lawlessness to reign supreme. These are the direct results of a permissive leadership that is enamored with criminality and always looking to enable bad behavior. From the top down, Chicago needs to clean house!”
Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22) tweeted “I join the @chicagotribune in endorsing @ToniPreckwinkle for re-election as Cook County Board President. The trib states that Toni Preckwinkle has a, ‘record of fiscal stability, reasoned reform and, not least, a reputation for ethical, competent management’.”
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) in his latest newsletter wrote “Today, we kicked off Pride with the official opening of AIDS Garden Chicago. I would like to thank all the volunteers and donors who helped make this amazing space a reality... In the face of the AIDS epidemic, countless people took action and worked to provide health care, housing, food or other services to meet basic needs of our friends and neighbors who became infected with HIV/AIDS. Many of these same people worked tirelessly to see this garden, the City’s first public park to memorialize the early days of Chicago’s HIV epidemic, come to fruition.”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “Should one be insulted if they're given a senior discount for coffee without asking for it? Asking for my twin brother.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Last night, a Chicago police officer was shot and injured during a traffic stop on the South Side. Please keep her and all of her colleagues in your thoughts as she recovers.”
The Chicago and Illinois departments of public health announced the state’s first case of monkeypox. The case is a Chicago man who recently traveled to Europe. The health departments do not believe there is any wider spread of the virus in the city. “Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness, which belongs to the Orthopoxvirus family, and typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, and progresses to a rash on the face and body,” health officials said.