The Daily Line Reporting Team
JUN 02, 2022

Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) tweeted, “This Pride Month, I will be celebrating our diverse community and its rich LGBTQ+ history. As the first openly gay member of the Illinois Senate and the third openly gay, black state senator in the nation, I am a proud supporter of pride.”  

Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted, “I am pleased to announce that on May 27th, Governor JB Pritzker signed a Medicaid omnibus HB4343 that will allow low income immigrant seniors who are now 42 and older to enroll in medicaid-like healthcare coverage through the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.”  

Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Police trying to focus blame on teachers, and politicians to focus blame on police, are both deflections from the core problem: assault weapons in our society.” 

Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) tweeted, “Friends, early voting is happening across the state. Make sure you have a plan to vote and that your friends and family do too. Together we can win!”  

Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Since 2019, the number of catalytic converter thefts has skyrocketed across the country, with Illinois being among the states with the highest robberies. That’s why I co-sponsored a new law that will regulate catalytic converter sales”  

Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “June 1st marks the first day of Pride Month. All year long, the pride flag hangs in my office window - a reminder that recognizing LGBTQ+ rights happens not for a month, but every day. As your state rep, I remain committed to protecting equality. We say gay, and we won't go back.”  

Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Today my law strengthening the Firearms Restraining Order Act laws takes effect. Strengthening red flag laws will keep families safe and give our partners in law enforcement the tools they need to intervene before a tragedy can occur.”  

Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Happy #pridemonth2022!! In Illinois we say gay. And we protect our freedoms, celebrate our diversity, and support all our LGBTQ+ youth and families...but be sure to vote every election or all this could slip away!” 

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District Dispatches June 02, 2022

Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) tweeted, “This Pride Month, I will be celebrating our diverse commu...
JUN 02, 2022

State lawmakers will meet for six days later this year for the fall session, according to a calendar posted by the Senate. Lawmakers will return to Springfield after Election Day between Nov. 15-17 before taking the week of Thanksgiving off. Then they will return for three more days between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.   

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced five shuttered or soon to be closed coal plants will participate in the Coal-to-Solar Energy Storage Grant Program that was established by the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act. The program gives incentives to companies to store energy at former coal plants. NRG facilities in Waukegan and Will County along with Vistra sites in Mason, Massac and Peoria counties receive grants between $40 million and $80 million.   

The Department of Agriculture awarded 48 new craft grow licenses Wednesday. Half of the new licenses are completely minority owned, but all the new licenses were given to social equity applicants.

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Springfield Announcements June 02, 2022

State lawmakers will meet for six days later this year for the fall session, according to a calen...
JUN 02, 2022

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted “Happy #PrideMonth! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ Thanks to generations of courageous revolutionaries and everyday people in the LGBTQ+ movement, so much progress has been made towards equity in our communities and our country.”  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) in a thread about mental health services offered by the city tweeted “A few things about this. The vast majority of services are being provided by non-profits. This means that many of the clinicians are not being paid even remotely what they should make. For comparison a clinician working for the city makes min. 76K a year Nonprofits can pay as little as 42K. Last budget we introduced a budget amendment calling for a $10M expansion of CDPH mental health centers that received the support of 26 of my colleagues. CDPH called on my colleagues to not support the amendment & offered us Instead to add 29 positions to the public mental health clinics. Only 10 of these ended up being clinician positions for the existing clinics that they promote in this video. Last time we talked with CDPH the positions had not yet been hired because they need to be reclassified”  

Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “Happy Pride Month!!!”  

Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “The 3rd Annual Uptown Art Week starts today! From local businesses hosting exhibits to public art being painted live, take time this week to celebrate the talented artists of Uptown! Check out the page below for a calendar of events.”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Mark your calendars! The first ever 49th Ward Juneteenth Block Party is happening on Saturday, June 11 from 2-5pm. Join your neighbors for a free event with food, music, art and games. We're celebrating Juneteenth by joyfully gathering with our community.” 

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Ward Reports June 02, 2022

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted “Happy #PrideMonth! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ Thanks to generations of coura...
JUN 02, 2022

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced Wednesday it will host a free business education webinar series titled “Inside the Industry: Industry-Focused Growth and Innovation Strategies.” The monthly webinar will focus on manufacturing with an inaugural workshop at 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by webinars on technology on July 8, restaurants on Aug. 12 and retail on Sept. 9.  

The Community Safety Coordination Center operating under Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced the launch Wednesday of an “awareness campaign to highlight the secondary effects of gun violence and show the ripple effect violence has in communities and across Chicago.” City leaders unveiled “walkway installations of 1.5 miles — the distance a bullet can travel—in three high-foot-traffic areas across the South, West, and North Sides of Chicago. The full stretch of each trail includes 747 sets of footprints representing the 747 individuals who took their last steps in 2021. 

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Chicago Announcements June 02, 2022

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced Wednesday it will ho...
JUN 01, 2022

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Announcing over $50 mil in new grants for critical infrastructure projects. We are addressing our aging infrastructure, creating jobs, helping in economic recovery & investing in communities that have suffered from systematic disinvestment.”  

Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Today @GovPritzker signed our nursing home reform package into law, putting in place data-driven solutions to the staffing shortages and low quality of care we see in many long-term care facilities.”  

Sen. Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) tweeted, “The sales tax gouging of Illinois taxpayers continues as gas prices continue to climb. Republican efforts ignored by JB and the Dems would be saving about 15 cents/gal, or $3 on a 20 gal purchase. Their plan only saves 40 cents, and hasn’t even started. They had a choice.”  

Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) tweeted, “FFA chapters across Illinois will soon see more financial assistance from grants that would be paid out through the Future Farmers of America Fund created through my legislation.”  

Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Crazy thought but what if conservatives don’t really care about making Chicago safer but they’re just using it as a dog whistle and political talking point? Maybe we shouldn’t take their advice or buy into their premise. Just a thought.”  

Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Early Voting for the Illinois 2022 Primary begins today across Chicago. You can cast your ballot at 191 N. Clark starting now until Election Day (June 28th). Weekdays: 9-6 Saturdays: 9-5 Sundays: 10-4" 

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District Dispatches June 01, 2022

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Announcing over $50 mil in new grants for critic...
JUN 01, 2022

The State Board of Elections will make electronic ballots available to voters with print disabilities beginning with the June 28 primary. The voters will be able to mark their own ballot using their personal technology at home. Voters who wish to access the technology can contact their county clerk’s office.   

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the release of $50.7 million of funding for Rebuild Illinois projects in 34 communities. The projects include sewer and drainage work, bridge replacements, road construction and utility improvements.

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Springfield Announcements June 01, 2022

The State Board of Elections will make electronic ballots available to voters with print disabili...
JUN 01, 2022

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) in his latest newsletter wrote, “This Wednesday, June 1st, Special Olympics Chicago / Special Children's Charities will host a community send-off at 4:00pm at Mount Greenwood Park (3721 W. 111th Street) for local athletes who will be competing in the Special Olympics USA games. This event will honor Karen Mrotek, Matthew Buck, and coach Lisa Wisniewski from the Mount Greenwood Park Special Recreation Program who are all heading to Orlando, Florida for the event.”  

Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20) tweeted “I first applied for an affordable housing voucher in 1993. I finally got a call back in 2004 to tell me my son who just graduated high school couldn’t be on my lease. Today in 2022 I finally got a letter telling me I made it to the top of the waiting list. I have no words.”  

Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “An amazing Pride Parade at @AGBellSchool 

today. It was great to see so many community members and parents line up in support🏳️‍⚧️ Thanks to @AGBellCounselor for organizing!”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Clear standards for warrants will keep Chicago residents and CPD officers safe. City Council must pass the #AnjanetteYoungOrdinance. Spread the word to your alderperson by using the link http://bit.ly/endwrongraids.” 

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Ward Reports June 01, 2022

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) in his latest newsletter wrote, “This Wednesday, June 1st, Special Olympics...
JUN 01, 2022

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development will host a booth at five summer festivals his month to give presentations and hear feedback on the city’s “We Will” comprehensive plan. The department will have a presence at Austin Taste, Bronzeville Blues at Armstrong, Pullman Taste, Little Village Taste and Trqpiteca Pride 2022 at Ping Tom. The full schedule is available online. 

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Chicago Announcements June 01, 2022

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development will host a booth at five summer festivals his...
MAY 31, 2022

Rep. Stefanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) wrote in her latest newsletter, “Please keep our Gold Star Families in your thoughts and prayers on this day. Memorial day is not a holiday, it is a day or remembrance. Pick an event to help others in order to honor those who are no longer with us. One opportunity is the cemetery visits sponsored by the Aurora American Legion, or visit Abraham Lincoln National cemetery in Elmwood, IL to pay respects for our fallen; or visit the memorials in and around Aurora.”  

Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) and Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) shared an op-ed they wrote in the Tribune titled “This holiday, there’s no panacea for Chicago’s gun violence. Let’s find real solutions.”  

Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) wrote in a news release that “under a new law signed Friday, Medicaid coverage will be available for undocumented individuals age 42 and up as well as to expecting mothers who choose to utilize midwifery services. “This new law is a win when it comes to increasing equity in our health care system,” Castro said. “These two major changes, as well as increasing rates for behavioral health services, additional funding for medical transportation services and more, will make services more accessible to more vulnerable Illinoisans.”  

Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) wrote in a news release, “Spouses of people in Medicaid-funded long-term care facilities will soon be able to keep more of their own personal savings thanks to State Senator Julie Morrison.”  

Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) tweeted, “With more strategic jobs/employees matching + welcoming Black business persons into current all white industries, I know we can finally address half-century long severe Black unemployment.” 

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District Dispatches May 31, 2022

Rep. Stefanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) wrote in her latest newsletter, “Please keep our Gold Star Famil...
MAY 31, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control reported on Friday that 15 Illinois counties are now rated at “high community level for COVID-19,” including the Chicago metro area because of rising new case levels, according to a Friday announcement from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The counties listed at High Community Level are Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will, Grundy, Boone, Lee and Winnebago in Northern Illinois and Fulton, Knox, Henderson, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell in Central Illinois. The state health department reported 36,843 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 during the last week. 

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Springfield Announcements May 31, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control reported on Friday that 15 Illinois counties are now rated at “hi...
MAY 31, 2022

Ald. Sophia King (4) wrote in her latest newsletter, “Bally’s plan to build a $1.7 billion riverfront casino and the resort has been approved by City Council after a heated 41-7 vote. Out of an abundance of caution, Alderman King recused herself because her husband's law firm represented or represents a casino operator.”  

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, “Prayers for a quick recovery to the injured CFD from last night’s fire in the Back of the Yards. I have addressed this property w/ @ChicagoDOB numerous times re: illegal rehab/construction. I anticipate any investigation will show if that was related to the fire.”  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) wrote in her latest newsletter, “We are celebrating the 100th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt High School with amazing news- we fought for a new turf field and the funds were just approved in City Council! ... This new turf field also means Albany Park will have a new community space to be enjoyed by neighbors of all ages, which directly benefits our business ecosystem AND creates a safer community.”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, “1) Scrambled to get wooden horses to the Memorial Day parade at Rosehill. 2) Spoke at the event 3) Headed over to Clark/Devon for a street naming in honor of Ed Negron 4) Spoke at event 5) Saw a man fall, have a seizure, and stop breathing. called 911, directed Fire Truck #today”  

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter, “Alderman Reilly introduced a new ordinance to curb dangerous drag racing and drifting at the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 25. This ordinance allows CPD to impound vehicles used in violation of the City’s drifting and drag racing prohibitions, even if a police officer is not present at the time of the offense, pursuant to a similar process that allows CPD to impound fleeing vehicles.  

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter, “While I have reservations with the process by which the casino operator and sites were selected, I ultimately decided to support the proposal after reviewing Bally's plans to help address gambling addiction and other similar negative externalities associated with a new casino; reviewing a third-party traffic and parking study regarding the temporary casino location at the Medinah Temple; and successfully advocating that the $40 million upfront payment from Bally's be allocated exclusively to municipal pension obligations.” 

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Ward Reports May 31, 2022

Ald. Sophia King (4) wrote in her latest newsletter, “Bally’s plan to build a $1.7 billion riverf...
MAY 31, 2022

Little Village members of the Chicago Teachers Union will hold a “#FreeTheFunds” rally and news conference at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday under the Little Village Arch at 26th Street and Albany Avenue to “demand the mayor invest some of the $1.4 billion in COVID relief funds CPS is currently hoarding in recovery supports for CPS students.” 

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Chicago Announcements May 31, 2022

Little Village members of the Chicago Teachers Union will hold a “#FreeTheFunds” rally and news c...
MAY 27, 2022

Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) tweeted, “Law enforcement officials need to be equipped with the tools to stop carjackings. I am thrilled that we have taken the initiative to address this critical public safety issue in our state.”  

Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) tweeted, “Families are concerned about driving on the roadways due to the rise in reported carjackings. To offer protections to motorists, three new laws in Illinois will soon help crack down on car thefts and prevent victims from paying speeding fees or fines”  

Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) tweeted, “My team and I are dedicated to ensuring the integrity of our election process in Illinois. We must put in place common-sense processes that make it easy for Illinoisans to register and vote and easy for us to identify and eliminate any potential fraud.”  

Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Gun violence is not really a seasonal problem; it has deep roots and requires year-round attention. We must be honest about violence’s root causes and the resources needed to stop it.”  

Rep. Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) tweeted, “This week, a group of tourism professionals met to discuss ways the industry can recover from COVID. I became Chairperson of the Tourism Committee because tourism is an important part of the Illinois and the Chicago economies.”  

Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) tweeted, “We the Illinois LGBTQ Caucus and Equality IL are issuing a joint statement in response to State Farm dropping support for GenderCool. Transphobia is not cool, and book bans are totally lame. So we’re putting you on blast.”

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District Dispatches May 27, 2022

Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) tweeted, “Law enforcement officials need to be equipped with the too...
MAY 27, 2022

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday Illinois’ first mosquito with West Nile virus was found in Roselle, which is in DuPage County. The fast case in 2021 was found on June 9 in Skokie.   

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the state would put $18 million toward Back to Our Future to reduce violence and assist 1,000 kids who are in high-risk situations during the summer. Pritzker also signed HB3699, which establishes $6.5 million of grants to assist law enforcement in solving carjackings, HB601, which makes it illegal to possess a tool that can pick up a signal from a key fob to break into a car, and HB3772, which removes liability for victims of carjackings that receive tickets from speed cameras or red-light cameras when their car is stolen.    

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced families in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can apply to receive $200 to assist with energy bills. The online application will be open through Tuesday.

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Springfield Announcements May 27, 2022

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday Illinois’ first mosquito with West Ni...
MAY 27, 2022

Ald. Pat Dowell (3) tweeted “With the Chicago Bear's schedule recently released, we now have a 2022 Soldier Field Events schedule available (subject to change). Be sure to display your event parking stickers on game/concert days!”  

Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted “The Department of Forestry will be in the 4th Ward next week to get caught up on the tree trimming requests from 2021-2022.”  

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “My staff and I trying to do our part to bring attention to the organization that provides grants to support programs that ensure children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated. Half of the money supports programs across all 50 states and Puerto Rico.#RedNoseDay”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted a video with his “remarks regarding the youth curfew ordinance yesterday” and wrote, “watching an oppressive, reactive press piece legislation that is ineffective at making us safer  pass through council was one of the most disappointing moments in office for me personally.”  

Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “I stand in support of the employees at the Bryn Mawr Starbucks who voted to unionize yesterday, and I look forward to seeing the important work this union will do to support its members.”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Monkeypox (MPX) is spreading in our communities and  

@howardbrownhc has some great information about how you can protect yourself from infection. I know many might be suffering from pandemic fatigue, but this is important info to know and share.” 

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Ward Reports May 27, 2022

Ald. Pat Dowell (3) tweeted “With the Chicago Bear's schedule recently released, we now have a 20...
MAY 27, 2022

Chicago and suburban Cook County moved into a high-transmission level of COVID-19 on Thursday, the Chicago Department of Public Health announced. City health officials are “now strongly urging everyone to wear masks in indoor public settings and advising against non-essential indoor gatherings” for people who are at severe risk, but the city will not reinstate a mask mandate because “few people with COVID-19 are hospitalized in Chicago and the city’s health care system capacity is not threatened,” according to the health department.  

The Chicago Department of Public Health issued an advisory to warn that cases of the monkeypox virus “have recently been identified in Europe and the US.” and that “some, but not all, cases have been identified among gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men.” While there are no known cases in Illinois, the department is urging people to “avoid close contact” with people who show symptoms, including “rash or unusual sores on face, body, and genitals, fever, chills, head or muscle aches, or swelling of lymph nodes.” 

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Chicago Announcements May 27, 2022

Chicago and suburban Cook County moved into a high-transmission level of COVID-19 on Thursday, th...