The Daily Line Reporting Team
JUN 30, 2021

Todd Lighty, formerly an investigative reporter for the Tribune, has joined the office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas as deputy director of research affairs. Lighty will join the “think tank” Pappas is recruiting, she told The Daily Line Tuesday. Pappas earlier this year hired Hal Dardick, another Tribune veteran, as her director of research affairs. 

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi will moderate a virtual panel discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday titled “Racial Equity & Real Estate Conversations.” Panelists will include Chicago Department of Housing Comm. Marisa Novara, developer David Doig of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of the book “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.” Online registration is required. 

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will cohost an event with Mesirow at 12 p.m. on July 22 titled “A New Retirement Investment Plan for Your Business.” “To provide Chicagoland businesses with a new retirement investment option, the Chicagoland Chamber and Mesirow recently announced a new retirement plan exclusively for members — the Chicagoland Chamber Pooled Employer Program (PEP),” according to a notice sent Tuesday. Online registration is required for the July 22 event. 

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Chicago Announcements June 30, 2021

Todd Lighty, formerly an investigative reporter for the Tribune, has joined the office of Cook Co...
JUN 29, 2021

Rep. Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) tweeted “Join the @IllinoisDCEO, fellow legislators and myself this Wednesday at 2PM for Part Two of our Driving Equity: Cultivating an Inclusive Ecosystem of Support for BIPOC Entrepreneurs with Pride.”  

Rep. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted “the decision to not vote on the energy bill before the end of May has made its passage a heavier lift, but it can still be done.”  

Rep. Edgard Gonzalez (D-Chicago) tweeted “The first TikTok in an end-of-session series is out! See how we voted on the appellate court maps and age-appropriate sex ed.”  

Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) tweeted images from a recent “shred event” she hosted in her district.  

Sen. Steve Stadelman (R-Rockford) tweeted about an upcoming town hall he is hosting in his district.  

Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) are set to host an in-person town hall meeting in Oak Park on July 13.

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District Dispatches June 29, 2021

Rep. Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) tweeted “Join the @IllinoisDCEO, fellow legislators and myself t...
JUN 29, 2021

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday announced funding for six projects in southern Cook County. The projects include deck replacement on a bridge at Steger Road over Interstate 57, a road improvement project at Glenwood Dyer Road from Stony Island Avenue to Torrence Avenue, a resurfacing project on Dixie Highway from Chicago Road to 183rd Street, a resurfacing project on Illinois 394 from 186th Street to Joe Orr Road, a resurfacing project on Harlem Avenue from 111th Street to U.S. 6 and a bridge replacement and intersection improvement project on Illinois 83/127th Street at Tinley Creek. A total of $27 million will be invested into the region, of which $14 million will come from the state.

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Springfield Announcements June 29, 2021

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday announced funding for six projects in souther...
JUN 29, 2021

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “What’s it gonna take w/ tourists getting beaten, students getting stabbed, mass shootings at public gatherings, & children dying for Lightfoot, Foxx or Brown to say enough? Chicago is now 100% supportive of crime in every community. City Council must step up if [the] Mayor won’t.” 

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted a news release about a resolution he introduced last week “to support the liberation of environmental and human rights attorney [Steven Donziger] from an obscene judicial overreach in the American judicial system.” 

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) in a thread tweeted “This violence won’t be solved with more policing. We need to put serious resources into the social and public health structures that will allow us to counter it. We need #TreatmentNotTrauma #PeaceBook and we need to ensure ARAP funding goes to fund these life saving initiatives.” 

Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted information about his ward’s Youth Organizing Summit. “This one day event is an opportunity for high school students to meet elected officials, connect with activists and their peers, and learn about community organizing.” 

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) shared a Facebook post about a “shooting in our neighborhood this weekend that tragically claimed the life of one person and injured three others” following an argument outside of a business in the Lincoln Village Shopping Center. Silverstein added she is “working closely with the police and Business Affairs to get this business closed and make sure they are not allowed to reopen until they can assure us that doing so will not pose a danger to our community.”

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Ward Reports June 29, 2021

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “What’s it gonna take w/ tourists getting beaten, students gettin...
JUN 29, 2021

The Chicago Department of Housing is set to host a webinar on its Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Program at 11 a.m. Wednesday. City representatives will present details on funding and technical support for equitable transit-oriented development proposals. The city is currently accepting proposals for equitable transit-oriented development projects that “would enable all to experience the benefits of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit hubs,” according to the city’s website. More information about the pilot program and registration for Wednesday’s webinar is available online. 

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Chicago Announcements June 29, 2021

The Chicago Department of Housing is set to host a webinar on its Equitable Transit-Oriented Deve...
JUN 28, 2021

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9) sent a joint news release saying their ordinance to create an independent counsel to represent the City Council would "restore order."

Ald. Matt O'Shea (19) wrote in a Facebook post that an ordinance (O2021-2870) he introduced alongside Ald. Raymond Lopez (15), Ald. Silvana Tabares and Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41) "increases the maximum penalties for specific crimes, and adds a new requirement that offenders undergo licensed family counseling. It is our hope that the intervention of a licensed family counselor will have a positive impact." The ordinance was sent to the rules committee on Friday.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted photos of himself on the picket line with striking Cook County nurses represented by SEIU Local 73.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) wrote in his latest newsletter about the "Chi Biz Strong" package's proposed public way permit approval overhaul that "Alderman have abused the system in the past and held up simple licenses of restaurants in alleged extortion schemes, so businesses have a point about wanting to pass the Mayor's business reform ordinance."

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted that public safety committee chair Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29) "confirmed to us that our [Empowering Communities for Public Safety] ordinance will be taken up by the committee in July.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, "Some city council math: There are 18 white alders. 12 of them voted against renaming LSD. Only 15 Alders total voted against renaming Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste DuSable Lake Shore Drive. They don’t call us one of the most segregated cities in the country for nothing."

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) wrote in a statement that his vote against renaming Lake Shore Drive "reflected the resounding feedback I received from my constituents."

Ald. Matt Martin (47) wrote in his latest newsletter that he looks "forward to working with my colleagues and other city officials to ensure Chicago is making better use of FEMA's offer to reimburse 100% of hotel-room costs through September, and to use federal ARPA funds to house domestic violence victims."

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Comm. Kim Du Buclet in her latest newsletter promoted an event she held alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Ald. Jason Ervin (28) at Melody STEM School for the Space 2 Grow flood mitigation program.

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Ward Reports June 28, 2021

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9) sent a joint news release saying their ordinanc...
JUN 28, 2021

Ald. Harry Osterman (48) will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss TimeLine Theatre's proposal to open a concert venue at 5033-35 N. Broadway. Their plans include "a 250-seat live performance theatre, rehearsal and office space, cafe, bar, and a museum," Osterman wrote in a Facebook notice. "My office has been working closely with leadership from TimeLine Theatre for years and believe they will be a strong economic and cultural anchor at the northern end of the Uptown Entertainment District."

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Chicago Announcements June 28, 2021

Ald. Harry Osterman (48) will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss TimeLine Th...
JUN 25, 2021

Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted “This morning a small group of legislators and I met with Mayor Lightfoot to discuss a trailer bill on the Elected School Board. As I have done for the last two years, I will continue to work with all stakeholders to address issues as we transition to a fully elected board.”  

Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) tweeted criticism of Fitch’s recent change in Illinois’ financial outlook, saying “Clueless! The outlook is WITHIN the worst category there is – right before JUNK.” 

Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) tweeted “The ratings agencies’ opinion means the difference of hundreds of millions of public dollars going to public services vs. going to investors.” 

Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted an update on the omnibus energy bill, which she said still has not resulted in a final deal.   

Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) tweeted several messages looking back at various bills that were approved during the most recent legislative session.  

Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) tweeted an image of Soldier Field, saying, “Hearing rumors that this beautiful space in the 26th District may be going up for sublease soon. Current lessee apparently wants out.”

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District Dispatches June 25, 2021

Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted “This morning a small group of legislators and I met with ...
JUN 25, 2021

State officials on Thursday encouraged the public to attend a July 4 “patriotic ceremony” at Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial on Kaskaskia Island. The Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial is home to the “Liberty Bell of the West,” which was cast in 1741 and presented by France as a gift to the Catholic Church of the Illinois Country. On July 4, 1778, bell was rung by villagers to celebrate their liberation from the British.

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Springfield Announcements June 25, 2021

State officials on Thursday encouraged the public to attend a July 4 “patriotic ceremony” at Kask...
JUN 25, 2021

Ald. Sophia King (4) shared what she called a “Great and balanced explanation by my colleague @ChiAlderwoman Hadden of what happened yesterday at City Council.” 

Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20) tweeted, “I say this all the time, I don't care if it's Beyoncé or Queen Elizabeth unchecked power is dangerous to this democracy. We've got to stand up for what's right.” 

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted, “Our @SEIU73 @NationalNurses workers at Cook County Hospital are courageously fighting for dignity and respect. A fair contract will improve working conditions and patient outcomes. We want a fair contract @ToniPreckwinkle!” 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted, “The 35th Ward is blessed to have @SenPacioneZayas as one of our Illinois Senate champions and shared photos of himself with Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) at an event.  

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) shared a video in his latest newsletter of a Tuesday presentation from the Chicago Department of Transportation on its “Redefine the Drive” effort to redesign Lake Shore Drive. 

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) called on teenagers to apply to be members of the 49th Ward Youth Advisory Council.

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) posted photos of the renovated Patel Brothers grocery store in her ward, writing, “Devon Avenue is truly an international marketplace. This beautiful new renovation will help draw shoppers from all over to our business district.”

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Ward Reports June 25, 2021

Ald. Sophia King (4) shared what she called a “Great and balanced explanation by my colleague @Ch...
JUN 25, 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the Food Equity Agenda, which she described as a “multi-year effort” to “transform the food system by removing barriers to urban farming, supporting BIPOC food entrepreneurs, and better connecting residents with nutrition programs and healthy, affordable food. The mayor’s office formed the Food Equity Agenda through a “cross-sector working group” between city departments and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which keyed in on priorities including expanding food pantries, marketing nutrition programs, expanding urban farms and supporting food growers and entrepreneurs of color. The city will convene a Food Equity Council made up of city officials and community leaders to help push forward the goals of the Food Equity Agenda.

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Chicago Announcements June 25, 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the Food Equity Agenda, which she described as a “mult...
JUN 24, 2021

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted “Happy birthday, Secretary White! Thank you for your unwavering commitment to our state and our country. Your dedication and guidance have opened doors for generations of young Black leaders in Illinois.” 

Welch tweeted images from what he said was an “exciting day in the Village of Maywood” for the groundbreaking of a new $40 million senior living center.  

Sen. Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) issued a statement about the recent fatal shootings of Yasmin Perez and Gyovanni Arzuaga in Humboldt Park.  

Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) tweeted about an upcoming July 22 webinar he is hosting about identity theft and fraud with KCT Credit Union.  

Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) tweeted images from a recent resource fair held in his district.  

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District Dispatches June 24, 2021

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted “Happy birthday, Secretary White! Thank you for yo...
JUN 24, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority on Wednesday announced 70,000 new applications have been submitted in four weeks for the latest round of financial assistance for Illinois renters.   

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Springfield Announcements June 24, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority on Wednesday announced 70,000 new...
JUN 24, 2021

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Someone explain to [Mayor Lori Lightfoot] it was HER FLOOR LEADER that moved to adjourn. It was HER ALLIES that voted to leave. It is HER FAILURES AS MAYOR on full display today. Lightfoot should open Friday with an apology to Chicago for wasting their time & money.” 

Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20) tweeted “Protect all Black women means protect all Black women. Period. The Mayor's office does not get to try and dismiss the case of Anjanette Young and then carry on business as usual.” 

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “City council meetings are getting crazier every time. MLL leaving her seat to come argue with my colleague is something I didn’t expect today.” 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Legislative tools like defer and publish are at our disposal and legislators should use them in a principled manner to advance justice. That's what Ald. Taylor and Ald. Lopez did today, and they did it in the face of mayoral threats. I applaud them.” 

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted a video explaining “’What Happened in City Council Today?’ or ‘How to Send a Meeting Spiraling into Chaos.’” and wrote, “Today, the Mayor and her allies ran roughshod over the Rules of Order in attempt to cherry pick to ensure we’d adjourn and come back for a new meeting on Friday.”

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Ward Reports June 24, 2021

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “Someone explain to [Mayor Lori Lightfoot] it was HER FLOOR LEADE...
JUN 24, 2021

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced plans on Wednesday to close some city-run vaccination sites as officials shift toward “hyperlocal distribution,” according to a news release from the department. The United Center vaccination site is set to close Thursday, and a vaccination site at Malcolm X College is scheduled to reopen June 28. The Malcolm X site will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. While the drive-thru site at Chicago State University closed Saturday, the site is still taking walk-up appointments, according to the news release. The Chicago State walk-up sit is scheduled to close July 3. Additionally, the city’s vaccination sites at Kennedy King College, Richard J. Daley College and Wilbur Wright College are set to administer first doses of the Pfizer vaccine through July 3 before closing July 24.

Matthew DeLeon will retire as secretary of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and Forest Preserve District Board on July 31, he announced on Wednesday. DeLeon has served as secretary to the board since 2007, and he previously spent 13 years working at the county's Bureau of Administration. He will remain in the unpaid position of Cook County Historian.

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Chicago Announcements June 25, 2021

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced plans on Wednesday to close some city-run vacci...
JUN 23, 2021

Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted images after she recently met with German Consul General Wolfgang Moessinger 

Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) tweeted an image after he recently spoke with students as part of jobs partnership program in his district.  

Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Plainfield) tweeted “I’m happy to offer mobile office hours at the village of Oswego’s City Hall. We can provide a variety of services such as helping area residents with unemployment claims, FOID cards, connecting residents with state resources and much more.”  

Rep. Joyce Mason (D-Gurnee) issued a statement about bill she supported that is headed to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk and seeks to “increase research of carbon capture technology.”  

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted an image from a recent state Democratic Party fundraiser, adding “I was proud to support Chairwoman @RobinLynneKelly and @demsforillinois yesterday.”  

Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) tweeted “wonderful to see so many friends! Great event, great enthusiams. Thanks, @demsforillinois” 

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District Dispatches June 23, 2021

Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted images after she recently met with German Consul General Wolfga...
JUN 23, 2021

In honor of Pride Month in June, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Tuesday called on Illinoisans to support LGBTQ youth in the agency’s care by becoming licensed foster parents. In a news release, the agency said it is “working diligently” to expand its network of “gender-affirming therapists, service providers, health care professionals, agencies and organizations” across Illinois. The agency aid it is planning to launch required LGBTQ training for staff, private agency partners and foster home caregivers this summer to help ensure youth are receiving the best care possible.   

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will hold a virtual discussion on June 23 at 10 a.m. about “Minority LGBTQ+ access to capital resources.” Registration is required.   

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Springfield Announcements June 23, 2021

In honor of Pride Month in June, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Tuesd...
JUN 23, 2021

Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted information about a job fair her ward office is hosting June 29-30. 

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “I have voted against several ‘last minute’ substitutions during today’s Zoning Committee because apparently that is what we do now. Or is it?” 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted photos of himself participating in the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization “We Walk for Her” march alongside Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20) and Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33). “Chicagoans are demanding an end to violence against Black women and girls,” he wrote. 

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) invited “transportation advocates” to conceive and submit project ideas for the city’s Equitable Transit-Oriented Development program. 

Cook County Comm. Dennis Deer (D-2) in his latest newsletter congratulated the Cook County Department of Public Health “on a major milestone, administering over 1.2 million vaccines to the residents of Cook County.” 

Comm. Kevin Morrison (D-15) celebrated the passage of his proposed Gender Inclusive Documents and Forms Ordinance from the Cook County Board Human Relations Committee on Tuesday.

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Ward Reports June 23, 2021

Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted information about a job fair her ward office is hosting June 29-30. ...