The Chicago Advisory Redistricting Committee, an independent group planning to submit its own proposed ward map to the City Council for consideration, is set to host a hybrid in-person and virtual public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Side Community Triage & Wellness Center. Those interested in testifying in person or virtual can sign up online. The meeting will also be livestreamed. The committee is also scheduled to host a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting at noon Saturday at Lincoln United Methodist Church. People interested in providing public comment can register online. Saturday’s hearing will also be livestreamed.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) tweeted information about a “prayer and resource walk” with the 3rd District Community Police at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 71st Street and St. Lawrence Avenue.
Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22) tweeted his support for Art Institute Chicago and School of the Art Institute of Chicago employees and “their voice, and their choice to form their union free from employer interference. By coming together as Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU), employees will have a say in the decisions that affect them!”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) in a tweet thread wrote “My colleagues trying to use the death of this young woman to throw dirt at the ones of us trying to transform this city should be ashamed of themselves. We have work to do to pass a budget that will fund the services we desperately need to address this violence. Hope they see it.”
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted that he was “glad to see funds” in the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal “earmarked for the replacement of lead service lines. Chicago is home to the most lead service lines in the country. As a board member on the @leagueofcities we advocated for these types of appropriations.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted a live thread from the policing and public safety panel at the Youth Organizing Summit.
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Is that even legal?” in reference to a tweet from a Block Club reporter about Ald. Jim Gardiner (45) refusing to speak at a news conference about the Six Corners development until the reporter and photographer were forced to leave the event.
Gov. JB Pritzker and officials from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity on Tuesday announced the launch of a new $10 million grant program aimed at revitalizing the state’s tourism industry. The program, known as the Tourism Attraction and Festivals Grant, will be funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The state issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity on Tuesday allowing tourism, festival businesses and others to submit for grants of up to $1 million. Additional details can be found on the state’s website.
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) issued a statement after a bill he sponsored related to family and medical leave for public school employees was signed into law by the governor on Tuesday.
Sen. Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) tweeted “Today I joined @GovPritzker and my colleague @senvillivalam to celebrate the signing of HB 12. This new law tears down barriers to family and medical leave for public school employees by reducing the work hour requirement needed to access their earned leave.”
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted a link to a “local control petition” from Senate Republicans.
Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) tweeted a reminder about an Aug. 12 virtual workshop he’s co-hosting on women and minority contractors.
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted “I am thrilled to see the Senate pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal. This package shows Washington can still work together, so I thank @SenatorDurbin and @SenDuckworth for their leadership and contributions to reaching across the aisle.”
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted “My heart goes out to the family of Officer Ella French as well as the other officer who was injured in the horrific Chicago area shooting. This is a tragic and senseless loss. Please keep Officer French’s family and the second officer in your prayers. #backtheblue”
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) issued a statement after French’s death, saying in a tweet “This weekends tragic death of Officer Ella French in Chicago is yet another affirmation that we need to do significantly more to address the root causes of violence.”
Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) tweeted about a bill she introduced this session that she said would lower property taxes and put more money in classrooms, adding that she’ll refile the bill.
Rep. Joyce Mason (D-Gurnee) tweeted about a recent United Nations report about climate change, saying “This new report shows just how much damage we have already caused by burning toxic fossil fuels. It’s time to transition Illinois away from unprofitable coal plants and start investing in clean energy.”
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted “There is something incredibly special about the @highwoodlibrary. Today we celebrated the library being one of only 3 (yes, only 3) libraries in the entire country to earn the National Medal for Museum and Library Science. @US_IMLS So proud of this library and their staff!”4w
Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) in his latest newsletter wrote that beginning this week through May 2022, the Webster Avenue bridge will be closed from Ashland Avenue to Dominick Street. “The Department of Transportation will be reconstructing existing bridge structural steel, bridge approach, bridge houses, roadway lighting, and ADA ramps,” Hopkins wrote, adding one sidewalk will remain open at all times.
Ald. George Cardenas (12) tweeted “Property taxes has become a hot button issue for a good reason. An unfair process and one without transparency will be a disaster for cook county residents and it’s economy. #cardenasforcook.”
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) tweeted information about a “Support the Police Prayer Rally” he is hosting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave.
Ald. Michael Scott (24) tweeted information about a “community planning session” for the Altenheim/Lawndale Line, “a two-mile sectional of the elevated rail that lies between Taylor Street and Filmore Street from California Ave. to Kostner Ave.” The community planning session is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Douglass Park Field House.
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) in a thread tweeted “The loss of life is tragic and tragedy is a daily occurrence in this city. We should remember that the violence we are experiencing didn’t come out of nowhere, it’s the result of a deep crisis that has economic roots. Decades of policy failures that widened the gap between”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “As we begin to recover from covid-19, we must build a climate resilient city - starting with investments this budget season.”
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “Today is an official day of mourning for Chicago as we grieve for Police Officer Ella French, who laid her life down in service to our city. My deepest sympathies go out to her family, her loved ones, and the entire Chicago Police Department.”
Gov. JB Pritzker’s office announced Monday the home areas of the fifth round of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery. Two of the winners were from Chicago and a third winner was a resident of suburban Cook County. Each of the winners will receive $100,000.
Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Department of Finance are set to host a webinar on the Business Recovery Payment Plan Workshop at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The webinar will include an overview of the program and its benefit to businesses. Those interested can register online.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office and the city’s Office of Budget Management are scheduled to host two “budget engagement forums” this week. The events are billed as a way for city officials to update Chicago residents on the 2022 budget and gather input on the spending plan. Wednesday’s forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Malcolm X College Gymnasium, and Thursday’s forum is set for 6 p.m. at Truman College. Those interested can register online. Both events will be livestreamed on the City’s social media channels.
Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Riverwoods) tweeted about a Tuesday roundtable she is hosting on gun violence awareness.
Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) tweeted images from a weekend event she hosted.
Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago), Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora), Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis) and Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) are set to host a Facebook live townhall on Tuesday about the menstrual hygiene-related bills lawmakers passed this year.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Agriculture on Friday announced all attendees to the state fair will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Grandstand concert attendees will also be required to wear masks, show proof of being vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before the concert. Officials further encouraged all unvaccinated fairgoers to wear masks at all times.
Gov. JB Pritzker and officials from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced Friday the launch of the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The program will utilize a $10 million commitment from the state to provide additional training programs while also trying to bolster diversity in the construction industry and building trades. State officials anticipate the new program will provide grants to 1,000 participants in the first year.
Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) tweeted “increasing vaccine uptake remains a top priority, but vaccination alone is NOT ENOUGH. masks, testing, ventilation/filtration of indoor air are equally important.”
Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted “CPD officer Ella French lost her life last night in an exchange of gunfire in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. We mourn her and send our prayers to her family and loved ones. Praying for the recovery of the accompanying officer who is currently fighting for his life.”
Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11) tweeted in a thread “Yesterday, we as a City lost a true hero. We will always be indebted to you, going above and beyond the call of duty, giving the greatest sacrifice to the people of Chicago. Please continue to pray for our other courageous officer as he continues to fight for his life.”
Ald. George Cardenas (12) tweeted “My condolences to family of the officer who paid the ultimate price last evening. I pray for the officer fighting for his life. There are no easy answers to solving our crime pandemic but supporting our Police is paramount.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Lightfoot, Brown & Carter need to shut up & stop. Let the families & police process last night’s tragedy in peace w/o confrontation or argument. It’s not about you or your petty feelings. It’s about the brave men & women dealing with a collective pain, only needing our support.”
Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted “Chicago Public Schools @DrArwady must increase the number of schools serving as vaccination sites. CPS has 3 schools open 4 hours a week for student & family vaccines, while Los Angeles has had 21 schools open 10 hours each day since May. Schools reopen August 30th, time to act.”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “Our youth proposing concrete solutions to keep us safe grounded in the work they do on the ground. We need to listen and allocate the resources to do the urgent work of healing our city. #ThePeaceBook ordinance is a brilliant model created by Black youth to do just that.”
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter that he “co-sponsored a City Council Resolution (R2021-787) calling for the Committee on Public Safety to hold public hearings with the Chicago Police Department, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, and Chicago Department of Transportation to discuss dangerous drag racing and drifting and motorcycle noise.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) in his latest newsletter wrote that he participated in the University of Illinois's Edgar Fellows Program. “The program brings together municipal, county, and state officials from across Illinois to discuss the most pressing issues facing our communities, and to share strategies for how to improve our work,” Martin wrote. “This year's topics ranged from public safety and mental health to environmental protection and responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Chicago is extending the deadline for Request for Proposal submissions for a Chicago casino until Oct. 29, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Friday. The delay “gives potential bidders more time to fully assess the Chicago casino opportunity; conduct additional due diligence; assemble more competitive bid packages; and explore financing opportunities,” according to a news release from the mayor’s office.
The Chicago Department of Public Health released its schedule for the next week of its “hyperlocal vaccine events,” which offer up to six vaccine clinics across the city each day. City health officials are offering “vaccines and education at pop-ups and special events throughout the city each week, including schools, CTA stops, churches, food pantries, and more,” according to a release. The full calendar of pop-up events is available online.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced Ruby Ferguson, an employee of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, as the city’s first Food Equity Policy Lead. Ferguson will be expected to report to both Lightfoot’s Policy Office and the Greater Chicago Food Depository and enhance the collaboration among the City’s Food Equity Council. Ferguson will also be tasked with moving forward the Food Equity Agenda’s food policy priorities. "Ruby is an exceptional food and health equity champion whose talents and expertise are exactly what our city needs during this time of recovery and opportunity," Lightfoot wrote in a news release.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) tweeted information to help residents stay “informed” as the city is expecting another heat wave.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “If students must wear masks to go back to class, does that apply to our police/fire academy ‘students’ also? Can we finally start filling classes to pre-covid levels?”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted a “save the date” for the “Bike With Rossana” event scheduled for Sept. 19. “We will again be biking around the beautiful 33rd Ward in September. More sign-up information coming soon,” Rodriguez-Sanchez wrote.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) in his latest newsletter announced that “Theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group will resume its Chicago residency at Lakeview’s Briar Street Theatre on Wednesday, August 18.”
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “I was delighted to tour the Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center and Cooper Center on Kedzie and Pratt yesterday. These amazing facilities offer vital social services and programs for people of all abilities. They truly enrich our 50th Ward community!”
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted “For 17 months, Pritzker has continuously issued mandates and executive orders that impact the entire state, without input from the legislature or the local officials on the ground.”
Sen. Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) issued a statement after she was selected to part of the Edgar Fellows Program.
Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) issued a statement as negotiations over the energy bill hit another setback this week.
Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) tweeted “After serving just 8 years of a 20-year prison sentence, Rita Crundwell was released from federal prison with no advance notice and no explanation. She stole more than $50 million from us in Dixon, and we deserve to know who made this decision and why.”
Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) tweeted “Menstruation Happens. It’s a normal function of our biology, and should be treated and seen as such. The idea that those of us who experience it should hide it or feel shame, or protect those of you who don’t from having to even think about it is outdated and dangerous.”
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago), Sen. Laura Fine (D-Glenview), Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago), Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie), Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) and other elected officials are set to host a “shred day” on Aug. 8 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Skokie.