Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora) tweeted, “Thank you to the Humane Society of the United States for honoring me with the Humane Legislator Award to recognize my work toward supporting animal protection in Illinois. I will continue to advocate for our furry friends that don’t have the voice to do it themselves!”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Rockford University is an integral part of our city’s vibrant culture of opportunity and growth. I am pleased to have secured this funding to help with their physical building needs”
Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Gun violence continues to disrupt and devastate our lives, which is why we must commit to promoting intentional anti-violence efforts. It’s time our actions match our words and we end this public safety crisis in America.”
Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Oh, Greg Abbott mentioned Chicago? It’s not actually about safety or violence. It’s just a dog whistle by someone constantly failing his state.”
Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) tweeted, “8 minutes and 46 seconds: that’s how long police officers stood guard as George Floyd was suffocated to death. May 25, 2020 is a day that should never be forgotten in American history. We must do better to protect our communities from the horrors of racism.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Thank you Speaker Heastie and the New York State General Assembly for the insight, hospitality, and kinship. We are all striving to create better and stronger communities. Together, we'll get there.”
Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted, “My words cannot express the utter shock and sorrow I felt when learning about yesterday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. I’m absolutely heartbroken for loss of so many innocent young lives to such a senseless act of violence.”
Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) tweeted, “Children are afraid to go to school, families don’t want to go to the grocery store. Our country is suffering insurmountable loss due to senseless gun violence, and my heart is with every family impacted.”
Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) tweeted, “In honor of Memorial Day, I encourage folks to volunteer in the honored tradition of placing an American flag at every gravesite at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Those interested in participating should report to the Main Flag Pole at 8:30 a.m. See you then!”
Former Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his role in a federal bribery scheme.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday its has received six more reports of severe hepatitis cases in children under age 10. The cases are a part of 180 cases being monitored and investigated across the country. The most recent child to show symptoms began earlier this month, according to the department.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB3889 Wednesday, which establishes the Children’s Mental Health Council recommend legislation to help children with mental health disabilities. Pritzker also signed HB4306, which each child in foster care to be assigned to a mental health provider.
Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10) tweeted “On behalf of the 10th Ward Office, I would like to extend my condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims killed in Uvalde, Texas. Our Southeast Side community joins communities across the United States in mourning the tragic loss of another horrific mass shooting.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Parents must be held accountable for their children. Period. If they don’t know how to raise them, we need to be prepared to show them how to do that.”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “The majority of the Chicago City Council does not believe in evidence based legislation.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Here's the City Council feed of today's heated exchange between Mayor Lightfoot and Ald. Sigcho. As you can see, the mayor loses it the moment Ald. Sigcho mentions campaign contributions”
Ald. Andrez Vasquez (40) tweeted “Today, ITS OFFICIAL! The first and second Starbucks locations in a major city have UNIONIZED here in Chicago!!!! I’m so proud that one of the locations was a #40thward one!!! Shout out to @SBWorkersUnited !! Show your love and solidarity by stopping by the Clark and Ridge!”
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “I am absolutely heartbroken by the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Our schools should always be a safe space. We must do everything necessary to protect our children and their teachers.”
Chicago Department of Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady and Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Comm. Kenneth Meyer will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday to “provide a COVID-19 update” ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.
Early Voting for the June 28th Primary Election in Chicago has been pushed back to begin on Tuesday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the Chicago Board of Elections Supersite at 191 N. Clark, the Chicago Board of Elections announced Wednesday. The delay was necessitated by late court decisions that tossed candidates from the ballot this week or restored them, officials said.
Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook) tweeted, “I’m going to hug my children extra tight for those parents who won’t have the same chance tonight”
Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “The devastating scourge of senseless gun violence continues...another horrifying mass shooting, on top of all the other shootings which happen every day, in every city in America. It is simply and utterly heartbreaking.”
Rep. Eva-Dina Delgado (D-Chicago) tweeted, “HB0989 will help enforce compliance for existing publicly traded corporations in Illinois to properly report their board diversity. This transparency ensures and maintains corporate responsibility and that their board is as diverse as our communities.”
Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Awesome to spend time today in the Empire State with @repchriswelch & @repevans33. Thank you @cheastie, @govkathyhochul and all of our colleagues in NY for your warm hospitality and your leadership as we continue to devote ourselves to common tasks.”
Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora) tweeted, “When will this end? My thoughts are with the families.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Great day with Speaker Heastie and the New York State General Assembly, although we encouraged them to work on their hot dogs and their pizza for the sake of the nation.”
Sen. Don DeWitte (D-St. Charles) tweeted, “And the gouging of Illinois residents by Pritzker and the Democrats continues, as the sales tax windfall express keeps on rolling. It didn’t have to be like this.”
The Department of Public Health announced they are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a salmonella outbreak associated with a batch of Jif peanut butter. The department says one of the 14 cases being investigated in the United States is from central Illinois.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Honored to be in a room filled with Chicago’s heroes at the @Chicago_Police 61st Annual Recognition Luncheon”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) shared photos from a rally outside City Hall on Monday and tweeted Snapshots from yesterday at City Hall. Shout out to the @BringChiHome coalition for one of the most powerful rallies I’ve been to in a while and to @UniteHerelocal1 for their support and advocacy!”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “I don't want to believe this. Ald. Scott is a dear man with a great heart who understands the meaning of public service. I will miss him in City Council but I know he will do well with whatever he chooses to do next!”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Today, the City Council Zoning Committee changed zoning at 5300 N Kenmore to allow for Steep Theatre to move into their new building. This, alongside the future landmarking of Epworth, will help preserve this important part of our neighborhood.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Wrong raids make communities less safe. Chicago City Council must pass the #AnjanetteYoungOrdinance #IAmHer #EndRaids”
Cook County on Tuesday launched the Cook County Career Connector Program to connect companies with prospective employees through the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Employers and job seekers interested in participating in the Career Connector program can register for an upcoming event at CookCountyCareerConnect.org.
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development on Tuesday announced a “corridor ambassador program” that will “provide on-the-street support for shoppers and businesses in targeted retail districts across the city.” The department will distribute $5 million in grants to a dozen community-based organizations that “will hire and train neighborhood residents to provide a friendly, welcoming presence on local streets.”
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “Those who can become pregnant deserve the right to choose. I condemn efforts by extremist Supreme Court judges to undermine #RoeVWade, and encourage lawmakers in DC to take immediate action to protect reproductive health rights for those who may become pregnant.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “I’m eager for my first trip to Albany this week. Looking forward to connecting and gaining a better understanding of how the New York State Assembly functions.”
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) tweeted, “No one should be denied housing when they have the means to make the rent. HB 2775 will protect individuals on gov assistance, single mothers receiving child support & seniors on fixed incomes who may have been turned away from housing in the past.”
Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Today, SB 180 became law! Everyone, regardless of the nature of their disability, should be able to freely move about the capitol and be able to navigate their way through our public spaces.”
Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Every Illinois resident deserves the opportunity to participate in our legislative process, fully and unequivocally. The passage of SB180 will help us understand the challenges people face & identify ways to achieve the goal of full participation. #twill"
Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) tweeted, “This weekend I connected with my state legislator colleagues from across the country in #seattle for #NCSL Exe Committee. @ncslorg events facilitate critical in-depth, non-partisan discussions for legislative staff and legislators.”
Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) tweeted an article about Madigan, “’He’s too smart to get caught” “He’d never leave prints, they’re not going to get him” “Why take the chance?” He’s not a g-d. He’s just a man, a greed driven, corrupt man enabled by the wishful thinking of those he empowered that it could go on forever.’”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed two bills Monday to allow people with disabilities more access to the legislative process and amend housing selection rules. HB2775 makes it illegal to discriminate based on source of income on housing selection and SB180 establishes the Accessibility Task Force lawmakers will use to explore ways to make participating in committee hearings and other events at the Capitol more accessible to people with disabilities.
The Department of Public Health will end contract tracing phone calls beginning June 1 and will replace the phone calls with text messages to people who test positive for COVID-19.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Last June we brought @ChiefDavidBrown before City Council to share his summer strategy & hear from alds about our local & citywide concerns. With crime growing exponentially, we are calling him, @PedroCPSCEO & @CHICAGO_ROSA to appear before us to discuss their summer strategy.”
Ald. Silvana Tabares (23) tweeted “The mayor promised a “Summer of Joy” but so far it’s been the Summer from Hell. Today, @RLopez15thWard, myself, and colleagues called for a council mtg to push Supt Brown, Parks Supt. Escareño and CPS CEO Pedro Martinez for their plans/solutions.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “With faith leaders and progressive alderpersons this morning demanding @chicagosmayor keep her 2019 campaign promise and support #BringChicagoHome – dedicated funding to house our homeless neighbors by raising the transfer tax on properties that sell for over $1 million.”
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “I want to thank my colleagues for passing the Resolution today in support of the City’s commitment to the protection and expansion of abortion rights for all Chicagoans and out-of-state visitors seeking safe and equitable access abortion services. This Resolution demonstrates our dedication to the protection of reproductive autonomy and health care access. While the final Supreme Court decision is still unknown, in passing this Resolution we have loudly announced to everyone that this City believes in an individual's right to choose,period! #RoeVsWade”
Ald. Brandan Reilly (42) tweeted “So today, we are having a City Council Meeting, doing some business, suspending the Council Meeting, then convening the Special Casino Committee for a vote, then gaveling the City Council back into session for the Administration to force a final vote in 48 hours. Unprecedented.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “Starting off Monday at City Hall with @BringChiHome. We need sustaining, dedicated funding for homelessness services — especially as pandemic relief funds will soon expire.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Are you looking for programming for teenagers in the city this summer? Download the #MyCHIMyFuture app for updates on @1summerchicago and events from @ChicagoParks & @chipublib!”
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi will speak to the City Club of Chicago about city assessments at Maggiano’s Banquets in River North at 12 p.m. Tuesday. His remarks will be streamed online.
Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) tweeted, “In spite of the previous administration’s messaging that people were leaving Illinois in droves, we now know we in fact grew in the last decade to our greatest population on record.”
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Thanks to @WGNNews's Adelante Chicago for having me on to talk to Lourdes Duarte about $25mill in violence prevention funding secured by the IL Legislative Latino Caucus from the FY 23 budget, coming to Latino communities across the state!”
Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-Chicago) tweeted, “By supporting direct relief payments to Illinoisans, with eligible filers receiving $50, plus $100 for every child, we're helping to address the financial challenges residents are facing in the wake of the pandemic.”
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) tweeted, “This #PoliceAppreciationWeek I had the honor of presenting Niles Police Department with a proclamation celebrating their Tier II accreditation by the IL Association of Chiefs of Police. Thank you to Chief Tigera for all your department does to keep our community safe.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Might be time for @GaryRabine and the Republican Party to start telling the truth. People are actually finding Illinois to be a place to live, work and play. The numbers show it.”
Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) tweeted, “I met with incoming president Abdi Tinwalla, Susan Scherer, Shastri Swaminathan, and Karen Pierce of the Illinois Psychiatric Society for a conversation on my legislative priorities and ways to normalize mental health issues and support residents in the 30th District.”
Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) tweeted, “It's an Illinois influx, not an 'exodus'. Highest population ever. Turns out people like states that balance budgets, pay debts, close corp tax loopholes, get credit upgrades, support women, voting rights, says Gay and protects Trans youth and immigrants.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) announced he will lead a delegation to visit the New York General Assembly on Tuesday. He will be joined by Reps. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago), Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) and his spokesperson Jaclyn Driscoll. The lawmakers will meet with New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who visited the Illinois General Assembly early this year.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed five bills on Friday, including a measure (SB1975) to expand the general homestead exemption, homestead exemption for seniors and reduce interest rates on tax deferrals for seniors and HB1175, which allows student athletes to hire an agent and requires them to submit a copy of the agreement to the university.
Gov. JB Pritzker appointed Adam Ford, Ahmed Jir, State Police Director Brendan Kelly, Deputy Gov. Christian Mitchell, Kevin Richards, and National Guard Adjutant General Richard Neely to the Cybersecurity Commission.
Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) and Fr. Michael Pfleger will host a screening of the documentary film “Chicago at the Crossroad” at 5:45 p.m. Monday with sociologist Carol Adams at Cinema Chatham. The film “chronicles the root causes of violence in Chicago and opens a rare historical window in the systematic creation of poverty-stricken communities plagued by decades of disinvestment.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, “A little rain won’t stop Chicago from enjoying street festivals like Mayfest, benefiting the work of @RANCH_Triangle in Lincoln Park!”
Ald. Silvana Tabares (23) wrote in her latest newsletter, “UI Health is a great addition to the West Elsdon community, bringing residents access to medical specialty care and advanced diagnostics. UI Health care is located on Pulaski Road, right by 55th Street.”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) in her latest newsletter described why she called for hearings on Chicago Public Schools budgeting and wrote, “Keep an eye out for actions to continue advocating for resources. Support our teachers and staff in their efforts to have fully funded schools for all of our students!”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, “Happy Birthday to the late Harvey Milk, who taught us all so much about organizing, LGBTQ justice, public service and about governing. There is a clarity to his work and purpose that are inspiration to me. His is one of the pictures I keep in my office to ground me in the work.”
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wrote in his latest newsletter, “Alderman Reilly is extremely frustrated and disappointed with the ongoing violence in the 42nd Ward, which often occurs on or near a CTA Train station. In a recent meeting with Superintendent David Brown, the Alderman was promised that dedicated police details would be assigned to the Red Line and other CTA trains. This has yet to occur.”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter that he voted against the mayor’s ordinance to move forward a curfew for minors. “Going forward, City government must focus on evidenced-based efforts like enforcing the recently passed ban on ghost guns, standing up our city's summer youth employment program, and expanding the reach of community-based violence prevention organizations,” he wrote.