Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “Capitalism is so evil. Tax dollars spent on police to harass, abuse & criminalize people instead of investing to care for people by solving the social problem. It’s sickening.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “By putting in place a statewide mask mandate for schools, [Gov. JB Pritzker] once again shows he's committed to protecting the health of our children and our educators. Our nation would be in a much better place on COVID if every state and locality had an executive like JB.”
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) tweeted “With Market Days this weekend now is the time to get a COVID test before the festival. @Northalsted and Northshore Clinical Labs is offering free tests, no insurance required, this entire week with results within 24 hours. Head to 3656 N. Halsted, 12-7pm, to get your test today.”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “At National Night Out, I met up with Office Angela Carter (19th District Police) who glowingly spoke of her mom who graduated from college with her earlier this year. Congrats to both of them! Their love and support of one another is so touching!”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “Congrats to 48th Ward residents Kathy G and John H on the publishing of their book "Remembering the Edgewater Beach Hotel"! Stop by the Edgewater Historic Society Museum this Sunday from 3-7pm to meet the authors.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday it will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations at six locations at the Illinois State Fair, which is scheduled to take place between Aug. 12 and Aug. 22. The agency will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Illinois Building, Happy Hollow and Main Street, Brian Rainey Ave., the Avenue of Flags, 4-H Lane and the Livestock Center on 8th Street. Officials request those interested to bring a photo ID and their insurance card, if they have one. Proof of immigration status is not required.
Rep. Maurice West (D-Rockford) tweeted images from a pop-up event he attended in his district.
Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) tweeted about a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic she is hosting on Aug. 8.
Rep. Dave Vella (D-Rockford) tweeted “Our responsible, balanced budget closes $655 million in corporate tax loopholes to protect the middle class while asking the wealthiest corporations to pay their fair share.”
Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) issued a statement after Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest COVID-19 announcement, saying the governor’s “mandate is overreach on parents’ rights.”
Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted “Today @GovPritzker took critical steps to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including the delta variant.”
As federal and state moratoria on evictions expired at the end of July, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday reminded residents about Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt, an initiative aiming to help residents resolve issues around eviction, foreclosure, debt and tax deeds. The countywide initiative also offers free legal assistance and resources for landlords and tenants facing eviction issues. With the expired eviction moratoria, landlords got the green light to file eviction papers within the Cook County Courts Aug. 1.
Ald. Pat Dowell (3) in her latest newsletter wrote about City Council’s passage of the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance, writing “I could not be more proud of the City of Chicago, my colleagues on the City Council, our Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and the countless residents, community organizations and nonprofit leaders that came together to pass a transformational ordinance to provide real, in-depth community input into the way Chicago polices its City by passing the historic Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance.”
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) tweeted “On Sunday, August 29th, bring the family out to Morgan Park Academy for ‘Music on the Green’ featuring the Gentlemen of Leisure, craft beer festival and fireworks show.”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “Words can’t convey the pride we feel as a colonized country to witness this. Our diaspora, a Black Boricua woman claiming the gold for Puerto Rico. Thank you [Jasmine Camacho-Quinn]. We love you. Puerto Rico is yours.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted photos of a sticker reading “straight, white and proud” found near Legion Park and wrote “Thank you to the neighbor who alerted us to this bigoted propaganda that was spotted near Legion Park. This type of bigotry and division is not welcome in the 40th Ward. We are an intentionally inclusive community and these kinds of ideas don’t represent us.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) in his latest newsletter provided an update on the CTA’s Red Purple Modernization Project, writing “Catalpa Ave. will be closed between the CTA tracks and N Winthrop Ave starting next Monday, August 9 through Monday, August 25. Crews will need a full closure to vehicular traffic as they perform viaduct and abutment demolition.”
Gov. JB Pritzker’s office announced Monday the home areas of the fourth round of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery were from Macon County, Schaumburg and Springfield. Each of the winners will receive $100,000.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said Monday it will celebrate Black businesses in August by hosting a series of events and initiatives throughout the month. Agency officials said the month-long celebration will include collaborations with community leaders, organizations and others to invite Illinoisans to shop at black-owned businesses on Saturdays and discuss opportunities for community-members to access COVID-19 recovery assistance funds.
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Monday an expansion of Medicaid coverage for diabetes prevent and management programs.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture on Monday issued adult use cannabis licenses for 32 craft growers, 28 infusers and 9 transporters. A full list of licensees can be found on the agency’s website.
Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) tweeted about two town hall meetings he will host in his district on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10.
Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) tweeted about an Aug. 12 virtual workshop he is hosting with Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) and Sen. Mike Hastings (D-Tinley Park).
Rep. Suzanne Ness (D-Crystal Lake) tweeted she will be hosting mobile office hours on Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) tweeted about an Aug. 5 virtual discussion he will co-host with Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) and Cook County Board of Review Comm. Larry Rogers (D-3) about property tax assessments and appeals process.
Sen. Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) tweeted images from McDonald Farm, which she said was a Naperville staple” located in her district.
Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday appointed Angelique Davis to the Chicago State University Board of Trustees Beth Doria to the Illinois Racing Board. The governor also reappointed William Hobert and Arlene Juracek to the board of directors of the Illinois Finance Authority and Brian Barov and James Conway as administrative law judges on the Independent Tax Tribunal.
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted thanks to his district office staff and volunteers for participating in a back to school event over the weekend.
Rep. Dave Vella (D-Rockford) tweeted an invitation to join him for free donuts on coffee on Aug. 7 at a business in his district.
Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) tweeted a reminder about a back to school event she is hosting on Aug. 8 with Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood).
Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-Sycamore) tweeted images from a weekend event he attended.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted information about “Hire Chicago,” billed as a “one-of-a-kind 5 week hybrid hiring event.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) shared a screenshot of a Tribune headline and wrote “Last Monday Lightfoot said if we hit 200+ daily cases, restrictions were to follow. Then she goes silent for 2 days knowing we hit her arbitrary mark on Fri - protecting Spreadapalooza perhaps? Her recklessness arrogance continues to be dangerous to the public’s health & safety!”
Ald. Silvana Tabares (23) in her latest newsletter shared information about an “input session for 59th & Central Park Menu project” scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 23.
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “Having #Lollapalooza2021 in Chicago was a reckless decision. It was a huge overconfident leap that shouldn’t have happened at all. I hope it doesn’t end in tragedy but I’m already hearing from nurse friends around the country talking about ICU’s starting to fill up. This is bad.
Ald. Matt Martin (47) in his latest newsletter wrote that last week he “met with several of [his] colleagues and senior officials from City Hall to discuss an ordinance [he] recently introduced that proposes to make walk-up windows easier for certain food establishments to utilize.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) shared an article from the Sun-Times about the MAT asphalt plant in McKinley Park and wrote “The community keeps raising these concerns. Too bad only a few members of Council listened before approving affordable housing to be built next to it, putting more people in harms way.”
The Chicago Department of Public Health on Friday issued a new recommendation that everyone over age 2, whether they have been vaccinated or not, wear masks in indoor public settings. A news release from the city’s public health department notes that masking while outdoors remains optional. Chicago passed the benchmark of seeing more than 200 news cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Public health Comm. Allison Arwady during a Sunday news conference said the most recent data shows the city is seeing an average of 206 new cases per day, moving the city from "lower transmission to substantial transmission," triggering the indoor masking recommendation.
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) during his ward night scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday will include “special Budget Town Hall sessions.” Vazquez and his staff are set to "go over what we know (and don't know) about the Mayor's budget proposal, talk through the City's budget process, and introduce our own 40th Ward budget feedback survey.”
Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora) tweeted “SB265 has been signed by the Governor today! Thank you everyone for their trust and support in making sure the bill gets to the finish line! SB265 will expand eligibility to undocumented families to apply for financial assistance when it comes to utilities!”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted about a mobile driving services effort he’ll host on Sept. 18.
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) tweeted “Today I was proud to chair a subject matter hearing on using the design-build project delivery method for transportation and infrastructure projects. We had a robust, comprehensive discussion with stakeholders in labor, relevant state agencies and diverse contractors.”
Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) tweeted “From today’s bill signing on one of the biggest housing affordability packages from the State of Illinois. One of Illinois’ biggest challenges has always been affordable housing, which was amplified during the pandemic. Housing was our top priority this legislative session.”
Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced that face coverings will be required in all state facilities for all employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. In a statement, Pritzker said the announcement comes as the “majority” of Illinois is “experiencing substantial or high COVID-19 transmission.”
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will host a webinar at 1 p.m. on Thursday about the state’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit. Advanced registration is required.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted a link to his aldermanic policy page and wrote “I am busy working on the City's American Rescue Plan funding, as well as a number of other policy areas at City Council. Help us spend $1.8 billion in relief! You can learn more at our Policy Website, which was recently updated.”
Ald. Pat Dowell (3) in her latest newsletter shared information about a South Loop Community Meeting she is hosting at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss a proposed development for 1400 S. Wabash Ave.
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted photos from the opening of his new ward office.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44) in his latest newsletter wrote “Once again, I am excited to announce more public art in the 44th Ward. Thanks to SSA #27, the Lakeview Public Art Committee and the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, we have new art along the CTA Low-Line.”
Ald. James Cappleman (46) in his latest newsletter wrote “Only 52% of Chicagoans are currently vaccinated, and we need to get that number as close to 100% as possible for us to fully put COVID behind us.”
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) in his latest newsletter wrote “This weekend Bryn Mawr Ave. will be closed between Broadway and Winthrop to allow crews to begin demolition on the viaduct. This will be an ongoing closure beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 30, 8pm, through Monday, August 2, 5am. This closure will also impact sidewalks.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration announced the first three dates and locations for its "interactive budget forums" in August: a 10 a.m. session on Aug. 7 at XS Tennis at 5336 S. State St., a 6 p.m. session on Aug. 11 at Malcolm X College on the Near West Side and a 6 p.m. session on Aug. 12 at Truman College in Uptown.
The Cook County Department of Public Health will issue new masking guidance on Friday in response to the Centers for Disease Control changing its classification for Cook County to indicate there is “substantial” community transition of COVID-19. “We strongly recommend that everyone follow the CDC recommendations and we will be issuing a new masking guidance tomorrow,” Cook County Department of Public Health co-lead Rachel Rubin wrote in a statement Thursday. “The Delta variant is the strongest version of COVID-19 yet and we must contain it through both vaccinations and prevention measures such as mask wearing indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.”
Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin announced a series of financial literacy events she will host throughout the month of August, starting with “Planning Your Financial Journey” at 12 p.m. next Wednesday. She will also host events called “Retirement Planning 101” at 12 p.m. Aug. 11 and “Small Business 101” at 12 p.m. Aug. 17.