The Daily Line Reporting Team
MAY 20, 2022

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted about the Census undercount: “This correction confirms what Democrats have been saying all along: Illinois is growing, Illinois is thriving, and Illinois has so much to offer.”  

Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) tweeted, “As the U.S. confronts a critical baby formula shortage nationwide, the Illinois Department of Human Services is providing information and answers to the many questions surrounding some specialty and medically prescribed infant formulas: http://DHS.Illinois.Gov/BabyFormula"  

Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Ghost guns are suspected to have been used in over 20,000 crimes in the United States. The passage of HB 4383 is a critical step to combatting gun violence.”  

Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “More great Lake Co. news from your State Representatives - this time on flooding! We're eradicating flooding from Highland Park to Park City to Grayslake to Waukegan and everything in between.”  

Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) tweeted, “Our wallets, family budgets, and small business bottom lines are taking a hit because of Pritzker's Election Year Gimmicks and national inflation.”  

Sen. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Despite the protests of right wing “news” sources, Illinois did not lose population. In fact, our population grew by a quarter million.”  

Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “We must fight to make Chicago and Illinois the epicenter of public safety for all and not a few. We should not buy into the right wing talking points about Chicago. There is no middle ground with them — they don’t care. There is nothing we can do to quiet their hatred.” 

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District Dispatches May 20, 2022

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted about the Census undercount: “This correction conf...
MAY 20, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB257, which allows military order of protections to apply outside military locations. Pritzker also signed HB5194, which creates incentives for banks to establish branches in underserved communities.   

A report by the U.S. Census Bureau found the agency undercounted Illinois population during the 2020 Census by 2 percent, which means the state’s population grew by about 250,000 people compared to the 2010 Census. Illinois was one of five states to be undercounted, while eight were overcounted. According to the governor’s office, the state’s population is now over 13 million.   

The Department of Employment Security reported Illinois’ unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percent in April to 4.6 percent, which is one percentage point above the national average of 3.6 percent. The state added 9,300 non-farm jobs in April.  

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Springfield Announcements May 20, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB257, which allows military order of protections to apply outside milita...
MAY 20, 2022

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “We all want safer streets, and that is why I'm calling on my #ChiCouncil colleagues to join me in opposing Mayor Lightfoot's expansion of Chicago's juvenile curfew ordinance. As Professor @JenniferDoleac states: ‘juvenile curfews are counterproductive for public safety.’”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “So first there’s a reactive, badly thought out youth curfew executive order by our Mayor, and now there’s an “except for Lollapalooza though” clause, because…A. Racism B. Capitalism C. Racial Capitalism #youpick *next will be the ban on dancing like in Footloose”  

Ald. Michele Smith (43) in her latest newsletter addressed the recently approved ward map, writing “we were able to hold firm and retain our ward largely untouched, except that the 43rd Ward had to shrink to get closer to the average population per ward of 55,000 people.  We therefore made the painful decision to shrink our western boundary and a bit of our Gold Coast area to comply with the Constitutional duty to keep wards generally the same population.”  

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) in his latest newsletter wrote “I am excited to see the tremendous progress at the newest public art piece in the 44th Ward. The artist collective "Green Star Movement," with community engagement, is creating a mosaic at the UPS Store on Southport thanks to the Lakeview Public Art Committee and Special Service Area #27. Tomorrow, Friday May 20th, is the last day to participate.”  

Ald. James Cappleman (46) in his latest newsletter wrote “Last Monday, City Council squeaked by with 2 votes to spare for a new map for all 50 wards in the City of Chicago... The 46th Ward is among the most densely populated wards, so its landmass is smaller than most other wards. Although we gained in population, the surrounding wards gained more, which means the 46th Ward had to expand in landmass to the west and take up some of land that was previously part of the 47th Ward, and it had to give up the area north of Ainslie, which means the Bezazian Library will now be in the 48th Ward.”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Illinois Secretary of State candidate @AnnaValenciaIL will always work to fight for the people of Illinois to have their rights protected and for services for all of us. The choice is clear.” 

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Ward Reports May 20, 2022

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “We all want safer streets, and that is why I'm calling on ...
MAY 20, 2022

The Chicago Department of Public Health on Thursday announced the launch of the “MAR NOW pilot program, a new hotline that offers immediate treatment for opioid use disorder to Chicagoans regardless of insurance or ability to pay,” according to an announcement. Anyone who calls a helpline can be directed to a “care coordinator and provider” to receive medication-assisted recovery treatment.  

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and Clerk Karen Yarbrough will host a news conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday to “to launch the 2022 Property Tax and Innovation Summit, an immersive two-day event for visitors from 13 countries” to teach them about “the mechanics of Cook County property taxes” including “seminars on property valuation, tax levying and transparency.”

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Chicago Announcements May 20, 2022

The Chicago Department of Public Health on Thursday announced the launch of the “MAR NOW pilot pr...
MAY 19, 2022

Previewing May's City Council Double Header

Listen in to the The Daily Line's editor Alex Nitkin, City Hall reporter Erin Hegarty and special...
MAY 19, 2022

Rep. Dagmara Avelar (D-Bolingbrook) tweeted, “Gun violence is a serious problem in the US, so I was proud to vote yes on HB4383, a bill Gov. Pritzker signed into law today to make ghost guns illegal in Illinois. I will continue to advocate for common sense gun laws that make Illinois safer.”  

House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Despite being busy, the intersection at Highway 83 and 22nd street is safe and these cameras served very little purpose for motorists.”  

Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) tweeted, “FFA taught me so many valuable lessons that I still hold and apply to my life as a farmer and state senator – and I want to provide those same opportunities for other students across our state.”  

Rep. Maura Hirschauer (D-Batavia) tweeted, “HB4383 was signed into law by @GovPritzker today, immediately prohibiting the purchase, sale, & manufacturing of ghost guns. The rise in ghost guns is the fastest growing gun safety problem facing IL. Thanks @RepKamBuckner for spearheading this critical leg.”  

Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) tweeted, “When we hear pleas from a family for help, we should be using all the tools at our disposal to bring them the support that they need to help find or identify their loved ones.”  

Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “We need more energy on ending poverty and not locking up the poor. Ending cash bail means focusing our energy on fighting violence in a thorough manner.”  

Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “It's natural to be frustrated over property taxes, and easy to criticize anyone associated with them. Fritz Kaegi is focusing on making structural changes to make them more fair. He's ethical and beholden only to the public. And yes, Alaina Hampton and her team is that good.”  

Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Pritzker said he wants to give more to students, but his upcoming budget takes more from them.”  

Rep. Chris Bos (R-Lake Zurich) tweeted, "Like it or not, the failures at DCFS land on the Governor's desk. It's time for him to take responsibility and work with the legislature and community groups to address this crisis." 

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District Dispatches May 19, 2022

Rep. Dagmara Avelar (D-Bolingbrook) tweeted, “Gun violence is a serious problem in the US, so I w...
MAY 19, 2022

The Department of Agriculture issued their first three pre-construction permits to social equity cannabis licensees Wednesday. The permit goes to minority-owned businesses and allows the businesses to begin construction. Galaxy Labs in Richton Park, Mint Cannabis in Forest Park and Star Buds Illinois in Rockford received the permits.

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Springfield Announcements May 19, 2022

The Department of Agriculture issued their first three pre-construction permits to social equity ...
MAY 19, 2022

Ald. George Cardenas (12) tweeted “Our economy keeps reinventing itself out of necessity but we are not keeping up with the needs of those being left out by drastic and unstoppable forces. I'm running for BOR commissioner to tackle those problems facing businesses and individual homeowners. We can make it work!”  

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “We have money for 110 cameras at UC but local @Chicago_Police districts had to beg aldermen across this city for menu money to buy extra cameras?”  

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) tweeted “The 19th Ward Quarterly will be mailed this week to every home & business in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt Greenwood. Check it out to see all that is happening in the 19th Ward. Please visit http://mattoshea.net and sign up to receive regular community updates via email.”  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “Remember when CTU was fighting for housing supports and people were yelling that it was outrageous that they were asking for that? Now our schools are losing enrollment cause families can’t afford to live in their communities. Grateful for leaders who fight for what’s right.”  

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “I'm a HELL NO on Mayor Lightfoot's latest stupid proposal. Studies show that juvenile curfew laws are ineffective and can lead to more violence and crime. Chicago desperately needs safety policies rooted in reality and evidence, not more ‘I'm tough on crime’ posturing and stunts.”  

Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “In a briefing asking questions on how the Chicago Casino will benefit Chicago residents, taxpayers and our community. This is a multibillion dollar investment and our communities need to be at the table and not on the menu. The Chicago Casino will bring in much needed revenue to fund our pensions that have historically been underfunded for years as well as create revenue to fund our budget. We need to get this right and make sure that we are analyzing this proposal with a fine tooth comb. #whatstherush”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “Join us this Saturday as we show our support for the workers in the 40th that are organizing to form a union!!! Let’s be the first in the city!!”  

Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “I am deeply committed to preserving the historic Epworth Church building. I am working with the City of Chicago’s Commission on Chicago Landmarks to landmark Epworth and ensure it will not be demolished.”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Right now it’s likely that everyone knows someone who has Covid. This is because Chicago is in our third-largest spike, to date. While according to Dr. Arwady the City won't require masking until hospitalizations are “high enough”, we're 2 weeks away from hitting the highest transmission levels under CDC guidelines and officials are urging individuals to mask indoors despite what local officials require.” 

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Ward Reports May 19, 2022

Ald. George Cardenas (12) tweeted “Our economy keeps reinventing itself out of necessity but we a...
MAY 19, 2022

City leaders on Wednesday the launch of the My CHI My Future mobile app, a “resource designed to help teens easily find out-of-school programs, events, resources, jobs, and more.” The app shows summer job options, seasonal programs at parks and libraries and community-based programs. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.  

The Chicago Food Truck Fest will launch at Daley Plaza at 11 a.m. Friday and return every Friday through October 7 between 11 a.m. 3 p.m., the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced. 

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Chicago Announcements May 19, 2022

City leaders on Wednesday the launch of the My CHI My Future mobile app, a “resource designed to ...
MAY 18, 2022

Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) tweeted, “I spent the afternoon with @WaucondaFire getting a tour of the station and learning about the different training and services these first responders provide across the 26th District to keep us safe. Thank you Chief David Geary for inviting me!”  

Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) tweeted, “There are children who rely on the state for survival and Pritzker is failing them. His active refusal to fire DCFS Director Smith sends a direct message to these kids that their lives don't matter.”  

Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) tweeted, “This #PoliceAppreciationWeek, thank an officer in your community! The work they do to keep us safe deserves recognition.”  

Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) tweeted, “Teachers will now be able to take excused mental health absences under a new law I sponsored.”  

Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Thanks to @GovPritzker and all those who advocated for CEJA - the nation-leading climate bill that is is working for Illinois consumers. #twill"  

Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “White supremacy is a poison, pass it on.”  

Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) tweeted, “I’ve been saying this for 4 years & plan to say it for 4 more: what a difference a governor makes. Thank you @JBPritzker for your genuine allyship and your partnership in making IL a safe & welcoming place for my LGBTQ+ family.”  

Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) tweeted, “Despite the evidence that his administration failed our nation's heroes at the LaSalle Veterans' Home, Governor Pritzker still blames anyone but himself. Our veterans and their families deserve better.” 

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District Dispatches May 18, 2022

Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) tweeted, “I spent the afternoon with @WaucondaFire getting ...
MAY 18, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB3017, SB1435 and HB1950 into law Tuesday. The Senate bills address access to health care issues in rural areas by making changes to the loan repayment system for physicians to try to bring more health care services to rural areas and by loosening regulations to allow health care systems to merge or collaborate more easily. The House bill expands the hospital assessment program and extends it through 2026 to help protect safety-net hospitals.

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Springfield Announcements May 18, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB3017, SB1435 and HB1950 into law Tuesday. The Senate bills address acce...
MAY 18, 2022

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “Please join @BridgetDegnen and I this Saturday for a cup of coffee and a chance to talk about ongoing policy work and any community questions or concerns. No RSVP is needed, just stop by and jump into the conversation!”  

Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted “Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 5/18 at 5 PM for a community meeting to discuss summer festivals happening at Oakwood Beach.”  

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted a four-page statement on his “no” vote on the city’s new ward map.   

Ald. Tom Tunney (44) shared a Block Club story and tweeted “CPD has announced an arrest for the Lincoln Park shooting that left a 23-year old student in critical condition. The suspect is also charged in connection with one armed robbery in the 44th ward on the 1100 block of Barry”  

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted “Every member of the Chicago City Council needs to support common-sense reforms to how police conduct warrants. Email your alder today”  

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “Police are warning of multiple incidents where a male offender exposed himself inappropriately to young female victims. He is described as a “tall and lanky male with light or light brown complexion, unknown race, wearing blue pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt and a face mask.” 

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Ward Reports May 18, 2022

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “Please join @BridgetDegnen and I this Saturday for a cup of cof...
MAY 18, 2022

The start of early voting for the June 28 Primary Election at the Chicago Board of Election Supersite in the Loop is being delayed from Thursday until May 26 to account for time needed to remove the ward map referendum question from ballots and to conduct ballot-proofing and to test voting machines before the election, according to a news release from the Chicago Board of Elections. Vote By Mail ballots that were set to be sent to voters beginning Thursday will now be sent to voters early next week, according to the news release. Voters can find more information on hours for the supersite and locations and hours of other early voting sites online.  

Cook County could soon move into the “high risk” category for COVID-19 spread “because the CDC’s measurement of Cook County's hospitalization data for Community Levels reflects the burden on the whole federally defined Health Service Area, which includes Cook, Lake, DuPage, and McHenry Counties,” according to a Tuesday update from the Chicago Department of Public Health. But even if the county crosses the higher threshold, “the City of Chicago would not immediately reinstate an indoor mask mandate, because severe outcomes in Chicago remain relatively rare and the burden of COVID-19 in our local hospitals remains low,” officials said. 

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Chicago Announcements May 18, 2022

The start of early voting for the June 28 Primary Election at the Chicago Board of Election Super...
MAY 17, 2022

Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Starbucks raises pay and other benefits for employees. Now why could that be? Competition for labor could raise all employees' boats in this industry. More wages to spend, spread widely among families, helps our whole economy. Union organizing benefits our society as a whole.”  

Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) tweeted, “The mental health of teachers is vital for them to continue inspiring our youth. They are a crucial part of children’s lives. Giving teachers time to focus on their mental health is essential to success.”  

Rep. Lakeshia Collins (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Over the weekend, a terrible act of gun violence killed and injured 13 innocent lives. This premeditated attack was culminated in white supremacy and racism against black people. We need to take action against gun violence and systemic racism. Enough is enough! #EndGunViolence"  

Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) tweeted, “By offering a rebate on the purchase of vehicles manufactured in-state, we put money back in the pockets of our consumers and spur our local economies.”  

Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) tweeted, “On Friday, Gov. Pritzker signed my initiative into law to make a strong, statewide effort to explore solutions for equity in Illinois classrooms to offer support to historically disadvantaged male students”  

Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) tweeted, “Always great to catch up with two of my mayors, Highland Park’s @NancyRotering & @Deerfield_IL’s Dan Shapiro, as we discuss ways to work together for the benefit of our communities!”  

Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) tweeted, “It is National Police Week! Thank you to the brave men and women in blue for putting themselves in danger to help keep our communities safe. If you see a police officer this week, please be sure to thank them for their service. #BacktheBlue"  

Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “My mom was a rather abusive alcoholic and she struggled with a lot of mental health issues. As a kid, my sanctuary was a public park hanging with my friends. It saved my life even as I got myself in trouble.” 

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District Dispatches May 17, 2022

Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “Starbucks raises pay and other benefits for empl...
MAY 17, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB3490 Monday, which the Commission on LGBTQ Aging to study how to improve services for aging LGBTQ adults. Issues the commission will study include housing, healthcare and AIDS/HIV care.   

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will give Illinois $5.4 million for the Family Planning Program, boosting funding for the program to $11.2 million, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday. The department was previously prohibited from funding Title X services under the Trump Administration in an effort to prevent federal funds from being used to support health clinics that provide abortion services. The Illinois Family Planning Program provides financial resources for low-income residents or people without health insurance to access reproductive health care.  

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Springfield Announcements May 17, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB3490 Monday, which the Commission on LGBTQ Aging to study how to improv...
MAY 17, 2022

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted about the ward map ordinance that was approved on Monday, writing “Transparency was intentionally sidestepped by refusing to introduce this map in regular City Council meeting or committee meeting, where public participation & openness could have transpired. This map was only seen last week with most Chicagoans not having seen it.”  

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “This coming Thursday we will have a meeting of the Committee on Education and Child Development to discuss the recent budget cuts to schools across the city. Here’s the information on how to participate. We want to hear your voice, we want your questions and your feedback!”  

Ald. Michele Smith (43) tweeted a picture of the final vote count for the new ward map and wrote “the vote to allow the vote on the map to go forward. A victory for compromise.”  

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) issued a statement on the passage of the new ward map, writing “The City Council met today to officially vote on new ward maps for Chicago. This is a process that happens every 10 years after the census. The new map is not perfect, but it represents hundreds of hours of collaboration between Council members and it avoids the financial burden of a referendum. I believe it is the best way forward for our city.” 

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Ward Reports May 17, 2022

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted about the ward map ordinance that was approved on Monday, writing...