The Daily Line Reporting Team
MAY 17, 2021

A coalition of groups including ONE Northside, SEIU Healthcare and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus will hold a rally outside the Chicago Board of Trade building at 11 a.m. Monday to “demand that the Illinois State Legislature move forward with proposals that would raise more than $2 billion dollars each year, by ending tax breaks for large corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals” — including by repealing a tax break for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. 

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Chicago Announcements 05-17-21

A coalition of groups including ONE Northside, SEIU Healthcare and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus ...
MAY 17, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday appointed Saul Morse to the Capital Development Board, Garien Gatewood to the Criminal Justice Information Authority and Kevin Huber to serve as chair of the Student Assistance Commission. All three appointments must be confirmed by the state Senate.

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Springfield Announcements 05-17-21

Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday appointed Saul Morse to the Capital Development Board, Garien Gatewood...
MAY 14, 2021

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, "I'm proud to say I have several PAID news outlet subscriptions not dependent on how they cover me. #FreedomofthePress" 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted, "There have been reports of American workers withholding their labor, and now low-paying corporations are increasing wages. Withholding your labor = striking, and striking works. All power to the workers!" 

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a press release to support the Chicago Covid-19 Plan for Recovery (O2021-1564) in light of the arrival of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which are meant to assist families which have weathered the pandemic.  

Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted, "we still have too many people that fall through the cracks and remain stuck in the cycle of homelessness. It's MUCH CHEAPER to place these individuals in subsidized housing with wrap-around services. Health care costs quadruple when people are living on the streets."  

Comm. Kevin Morrison (D-15) tweeted, “Thank you, @RepRobinKelly, for speaking at the Cook County Board meeting today and for discussing how @POTUS plans to address gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis. We must do all we can to end this epidemic.”

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Ward Reports 05-14-21

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted, "I'm proud to say I have several PAID news outlet subscriptions ...
MAY 14, 2021

Rep. Daniel Diedich (D- Buffalo Grove) tweeted, "Thank you @DenyseStoneback for your leadership on this issue! I was proud to vote YES" on a bill that added muscle to the Firearm Restraining Order (HB 1092).

Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) promoted a card drive in honor of National Police Week in an email newsletter. 

Sen. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) passed a bill out of the Senate Executive Committee that would allow that transgender people to receive fee waivers for copies of corrected birth certificates and make certificate changes without a note from a medical provider.  

Sen. Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) passed her bill out of the Senate Health Committee to create a Prescription Drug Repository Program, which would help redistribute unused, unexpired prescription drugs to families who need them. “Illinoisans should not have to choose between putting food on the table and affording their prescriptions,” Villa said in a statement. 

Sen. Cristina Castro (D- Elgin) passed SB 967, a bill meant to reduce disparities in Illinois’ maternal mortality rate by “requiring private insurance plans to cover postpartum complications up to one year after delivery among other requirements.” In a statement, Castro said “this measure will put us one step closer to reducing preventable postpartum deaths in Illinois.” 

Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) passed a measure out of the Senate Insurance Committee requiring insurance companies to cover biomarker testing. The bill is meant to improve cancer detection policies in Illinois. 

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District Dispatches 05-14-21

Rep. Daniel Diedich (D- Buffalo Grove) tweeted, "Thank you @DenyseStoneback for your leadership o...
MAY 14, 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Comm. Rosa Escareño and Chicago Department of Public Health Comm. Allison Arwady on Thursday announced an extended "vaccine exemption" set to start with the Bridge Phase of Chicago's reopening. Under the exemption, businesses need not account for fully vaccinated individuals when determining capacity limits. Capacity limits themselves are also set to increase in the new phase: bars and restaurants' normal liquor license hours will apply, outdoor events may have 500 participants while indoor events may have 250, and conventions may host the smaller number of 60 percent of its normal participants or 1,000 attendees. Chicago is moving into the Bridge Phase because its test positivity rate is under 4 percent and average daily case counts and deaths have continued to decline. 

The Chicago Department of Public Health, the Chicago Teachers' Union and Chicago Public Schools are set to open mobile vaccine clinics at 15 elementary and high schools in the next three weeks. The announcement comes on the heels of the Food and drug Administration's emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15; however, the clinics will offer both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to adult chaperones. Vaccines will be distributed by bus from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at each location, with the buses returning for second doses of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks from the clinic date.   

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Comm. Rosa Escareño and Ch...
MAY 14, 2021

Former state Treasurer and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias said in a fundraising email Thursday he had recently been endorsed by “influential Chicago leaders.” Giannoulias’ endorsements include Ald. Anthony Beal (9), Ald. George Cardenas (12), Ald. Felix Cardona (31), Ald. Brian Hopkins (2), Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30), Ald. Harry Osterman (48), Ald. Silvana Tabares (23), Ald. Tom Tunney (44), Committeeperson Angee Gonzalez Rodriguez (26) and Committeeperson Carol Ronen (48).  

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday confirmed the state will enter the so-called “bridge” phase to reopening on Friday. The “bridge” phase will let businesses increase their capacity limits and expand their hours of operation. Unless the state sees any major reversals in COVID-19 metrics, Illinois would be able to fully reopen by June 11. Pritzker also on Thursday announced an initiative to encourage youth in underserved communities to get vaccinated by offering 50,000 free tickets to Six Flags Great America.

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Springfield Announcements 05-14-21

Former state Treasurer and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias said in ...
MAY 13, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Office of Tourism on Wednesday announced a new campaign aimed at restarting tourism in the state. Dubbed the “Time for Me to Drive” campaign, the initiative seeks to encourage tourists to explore all parts of Illinois. Speaking at an in-person news conference, Pritzker said the campaign would highlight Illinois’ many assets, including state parks, architecture, museums, restaurants and other attractions. The state is set to spend $6 million on television, radio, digital and print media and billboards across 18 markets in Illinois and its six bordering states. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced a $225 million investment to expand access to COVID-19 tests in middle and high schools across the state. Schools using the covidSHIELD test, a saliva-based test developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in districts that are predominantly low-income and have higher rates of COVID-19 infection will be eligible to receive the tests for free. Other schools will be able to get the tests at a discounted rate of $10 per test.

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Springfield Announcements 05-13-21

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Office of Tourism on Wednesday announced a new campaign aimed a...
MAY 13, 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Michael Fassnacht as the new president and CEO of World Business Chicago, the public-private entity charged with promoting the city to outsiders. Fassnacht, who is also the city’s Chief Marketing Officer, has led World Business Chicago in an interim capacity since January. Fassnacht succeeds Andrea Zopp, who left the position for the private sector in December. 

Paul Stewart, a former adviser and deputy assistant to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, has launched a new communications firm called Iluminara Public Affairs, according to a Wednesday announcement. The news release describes Iluminara as “a minority- owned shop offering strategic public affairs consulting services to clients across myriad sectors and industries.” Stewart was Lightfoot’s top adviser on cannabis policy until she fired him last year for unexplained reasons.

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Chicago Announcements 05-13-21

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Michael Fassnacht as the new president and CEO of World Business C...
MAY 13, 2021

Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) tweeted “Let’s be real what this year’s redistricting in Illinois is – it's a way for the Democratic Majority to draw their maps to keep their power so they can spend recklessly and raise your taxes at will.” 

Sen. Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) passed House Bill 155 out of the Senate Health Committee Wednesday, which would allow recipients of food assistance to buy menstrual products and diapers with that aid. 

Sen. Robert Peters' (D-Chicago) measure HB 15 passed out of the Senate Education committee Tuesday. According to a press release, the measure would require Chicago Public Schools to "provide written notification to parents or guardians of students who commit misconduct and of students who are victims of the act of misconduct." 

Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted a video of her and “area veterans” at the LaSalle Veteran’s Home “to demand accountability and action.” 

Rep. Denyse Stoneback (D-Skokie) thanked her colleagues on Twitter for supporting one of her bills which she said would “strengthen” the state’s Firearms Restraining Order Act. 

Rep. Joyce Mason (D-Gurnee) tweeted about a bill she’s sponsoring that seeks to “keep veterans better protected from harmful services scams and makes it easier for them to connect with state agencies that can help them access their benefits for free.”

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District Dispatches 05-13-21

Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) tweeted “Let’s be real what this year’s re...
MAY 13, 2021

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted a link to his interview with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, chair of the Cook County Democrats, for the podcast The 80.

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) retweeted a message from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission telling people not to fill plastic bags with gasoline and wrote, “We are doomed” 

Ald. Rossanna Rodriguez (33) tweeted about the Chicago Democratic Socialists' upcoming protest for Palestinian rights, adding  "Free Palestine, end the occupation, hold Israel accountable for war crimes. Stop funding genocide."

Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa (35) tweeted, "Demolishing the James R. Thompson Center would be an environmental disaster, a public transportation disaster, a cultural disaster, and a historical disaster."

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) in a tweet welcomed vegan burger chain Stand-Up Burgers to his ward. “They are located at 614 W. Diversey and they will be a great addition to the neighborhood”

Ald. Matt Martin (47) encouraged residents to participate in the Participatory Budgeting Process.

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Ward Reports 05-13-21

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted a link to his interview with Cook County Board President Toni Pr...
MAY 12, 2021

Ald. Pat Dowell (3) included information in her latest newsletter on the city’s Roof and Porch Repair Program.

Ald. Sophia King (4) promoted an “Essential Workers Essential Protections Webinar” set to be hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor Wednesday morning.

Ald. George Cardenas (12) tweeted, “We should be using technology. Absolutely, we need every tool in the box” alongside a Sun-Times article about a Chicago Police Department drone program.

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) promoted an “Activist’s Guide to Zoning” webinar set to be hosted by the group 33rd Ward Working Families at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, May 18.

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted his recent piece in Jacobin covering the 100-unit affordable housing development recently built in his ward.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) announced a meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss a proposal for a new park at 5700 N. Ashland Ave.

Ald. Michele Smith (43) shared information about a meeting planned next Tuesday to discuss the proposed Dickens Greenway.

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Ward Reports 05-12-21

Ald. Pat Dowell (3) included information in her latest newsletter on the city’s Roof and Porch Re...
MAY 12, 2021

Sen. John Connor’s (D-Lockport) measure to decrease racial discrimination in artificial intelligence-based hiring processes (HB 53passed Judiciary committee Tuesday. The bill would require companies using the technology to report race and ethnicity of every applicant processed to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) advanced his bill creating a commission for a high-speed state rail network (HB 399) out of the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday. In a statement, Stadelman said, “Investing in a network like this would further expand travel opportunities for the residents of Rockford and the rest of the state.” 

Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) and Rep. Mark Batinick’s (R-Plainfield) measure (HB 343) extending school zone speed limits also passed the Senate Transportation Committee. HB 343 would enact school speed limits between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

SenSuzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) passed HB 2454 out of the Senate Local Government Committee Tuesday, which “creates an option for counties and municipalities to waive licensing, permitting or registration fees for local businesses and services,” per a press release. Hilton also passed HB 814 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, which would allow Illinoisans to use inheritances in qualified tuition programs. 

Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed HB 3147 out of the Senate Health Committee Tuesday. If passed, the measure “would require long-term care facilities to make every reasonable effort to facilitate at least one phone or video call between a resident and a family member each day during a disaster declared by the governor,” according to a press release. Cullerton said in a statement that he’d introduced the bill in response to reports of isolation for residents of long-term care facilities.  

Sen. Chris Belt (D-Centreville) advanced his measure (HB 310) requiring shelters to prioritize buying feminine hygiene products to its clients out of the Senate Health Committee Tuesday, commenting in a statement that “There is no excuse for depriving any individual the right to basic hygiene.”

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District Dispatches 05-12-21

Sen. John Connor’s (D-Lockport) measure to decrease racial discrimination in artificial intellige...
MAY 12, 2021
  • Children as young as 12 will be eligible to receive vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Chicago and suburban Cook County starting Thursday, the Chicago Department of Public Health and Cook County Health announced Tuesday. Parents can register for shots at city locations through Zocdoc, and they can book appointments at suburban sites through the county’s vaccination portal. 
  • The Chicago Department of Public Health announced a free “Vaccine Ambassador Course” that offers online training through the City Colleges of Chicago. The two-hour program was designed to “educate people to become trusted vaccine education ambassadors in their communities,” according to a Tuesday announcement. The class is available online. 
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new youth track-and-field competition set to culminate in a 60-meter race at the new Track and Field Center at Gately Park on July 10. Organized by the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the “Fastest Kids” competition will open qualifying events throughout May and June for students in different age groups. Families can register for the program online. 
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Chicago Announcements 05-12-21

Children as young as 12 will be eligible to receive vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Chica...
MAY 12, 2021
  • Officials from the state and the city of Aurora on Tuesday announced an expansion of an operations and distribution center owned by Magick Woods, a manufacturer of cabinetry and household goods. The expansion is expected to create 50 new permanent jobs over the next two years. The company already employees 90 people at its Aurora facility. 
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Springfield Announcements 05-12-21

Officials from the state and the city of Aurora on Tuesday announced an expansion of an operati...
MAY 11, 2021

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) tweeted “cutting the ribbon on the 3rd and final phase of the Navy Pier flyover bridge. Yes, they built the pyramids in less time, but you can’t roller blade down them.” 

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) retweeted screenshots of some of the hacked City Hall emails and wrote, “I feel vindicated after pushing so hard to get rid of Susan Lee. She is god-awful!” 

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) wrote in his latest newsletter that the annual Ridge Run will be virtual this year and “route maps and registration are available online at www.bapa.org.” 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) retweeted screenshots of some of the hacked City Hall emails and wrote “Lightfoot promised she'd enact robust civilian oversight during her first 100 days. Now, as we approach her 2 year mark as mayor, Chicago has paid tens of millions more in police misconduct settlements. These emails give us a glimpse into how she's obstructed police reform. 

Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted a link to a story from The DePaulia in which he is interviewed about his family’s use of a cargo bike.

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Ward Reports 05-10-21

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) tweeted “cutting the ribbon on the 3rd and final phase of the Navy Pier fl...
MAY 11, 2021

Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Riverwoods) tweeted images from an event over the weekend to honor a 100 year old resident in her district. 

Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) said on Twitter after she joined Gov. JB Pritzker and others for a news conference to highlight a bill that she said “took many months” and would address “COVID-19 and other public health issues, community health workers, MCOs, and overall hospital reform.”  

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) tweeted images from the same news conference, adding “quality, affordable health care should be recognized as a right for all.” 

Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) tweeted an image of him and others, including Secretary of State Jesse White, commemorating the opening of a new driver services facility in his district.  

Rep. Joyce Mason (D-Gurnee) tweeted a link to a recent statement she issued about legislation she’s sponsoring seeking to help students with disabilities.

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District Dispatches 05-10-21

Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Riverwoods) tweeted images from an event over the weekend to honor a 100 ...
MAY 11, 2021
  • The Metropolitan Planning Council will host a virtual panel event at noon Tuesday titled “Where The Sidewalk Ends: It's Time For a More Walkable Chicago Region.” Panelists will include Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Comm. Rafael ArfaChicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning transportation planner Vickie Jacobsen and Elevated Chicago representative Leslé Honoré. 
  • The Chicago Department of Procurement Services is hosting an informational workshop on the city’s procurement process called “Procurement Fundamentals: Doing Business With The City at 2 p.m. Thursday. Those who attend the virtual workshop “will better understand what it takes before you start the bidding process and your responsibilities after you have won a contract with the City of Chicago,” according to the event description.  
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Chicago Announcements 05-11-21

The Metropolitan Planning Council will host a virtual panel event at noon Tuesday titled “Where...
MAY 11, 2021
  • The House Moderate Caucus has selected Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-Chicago) as its new caucus whip, Speaker Chris Welch announced on Monday. The “Mod Caucus” is a “a relatively new caucus of like-minded members who advocate for a balanced, steady approach to lawmaking,” according to a news release. Hurley is also chair of the special House Police and Fire Committee. 
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Springfield Announcements 05-11-21

The House Moderate Caucus has selected Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-Chicago) as its new caucus wh...
MAY 10, 2021

The Daily Line reporter Joel Ebert breaks down the highlights from nearly 50 hours of redistricting hearings lawmakers have led since mid-March. The once-every-decade effort to redraw Illinois’ political boundaries of federal and legislative districts is complicated and contentious. To better understand the history of redistricting, the process and the stakes at play, Joel will speak with Kent Redfield, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Griselda Vega Samuel, the Midwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Video: Unwinding the Remap - a discussion of Illinois' legislative redistricting process

The Daily Line reporter Joel Ebert breaks down the highlights from nearly 50 hours of redistricti...