House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Congratulations to my friend and radio legend Dave Dahl from @WTAX on being named father of the year by the Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood. A really well deserved honor from a truly good man!”
Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Chicago’s Black and Brown communities have been disproportionately affected by economic and environmental injustices. The Rust Belt to Green Belt Pilot Program can push Illinois forward and bring sustainable and green jobs to our city’s Southeast Side”
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Earlier this year I stood in solidarity w/the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation as I passed a resolution urging Congress to recognize the illegal 1849 selling of their reservation.”
Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) tweeted, “Happy Columbus Day!”
Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) tweeted, “My office will be closed today, October 10th, in observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day. Here in Chicago, we acknowledge that this is the ancestral lands of the Council of the Three Fires--comprised of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations.”
Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Today we honor and recognize the diverse cultural heritage, strength, and resilience of Indigenous communities across our state. I am proud to be the lead sponsor of HB3982 to make Indigenous Peoples Day a recognized Holiday in our state.”
Gov. JB Pritzker and Western Illinois University officials announced Friday the university was receiving a $119 million grant to Center for Performing Arts. Funding for the project comes from the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan.
Ald. Maria Hadden (49) tweeted, “Proud to stand as an ally with the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition today at Pottawattomie Park to celebrate and call for action. We need to pass the ordinance in City Council that would replace Columbus Day with #IndigenousPeoplesDay.”
Ald. Gil Villegas (3) tweeted, “With another set of January 6th Commission Hearings, let's recommit ourselves to electing pro-democracy, not pro-insurrection, candidates.”
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted, “Thank you to everyone who made our office launch so special, especially all of you who headed out canvassing! It’s going to be a great home base as we connect with tens of thousands of neighbors!”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33) tweeted, “As I continue getting deeper into the insanity that these aldermanic races are about to be, I am again grateful for the @chicagobulls and the joy they bring to my life.”
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted, “Grateful for all of the urbanists and cyclists who support reimagining our public way! So that we can continue our work, we need to win re-election we have an opponent who has public expressed her opposition to the @clarkstbikelane.”
As of Monday, 545 votes had been cast in Chicago after early voting began Friday, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Another 2,595 mail-in ballots had also been returned. A total of 164,035 mail-in ballots have been requested in the city so far. Election Day in on Nov. 8.
Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) tweeted, “2022 Illinois Retailer of the Year- Groceries of Southern Illinois, Joe Koppeis I am in Chicago today celebrating w/the Illinois Retail Merchants Assoc. as they honor our very own Joe Koppeis. I hereby proclaim October 6, 2022 as Joe Koppeis Day in the Illinois 58th Sen. District”
Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) tweeted, “I was happy to join @shrinershosp this week to mark 100 years of helping children and families live happier, healthier lives. Here's to the next 100!”
Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Yesterday, check up with my oncologist Dr. Z. In 2006 I was diagnosed with cancer. Whenever I’m worried about nonsense Dr. Z reminds me of how blessed I am many did not make it. I’m blessed to still be cancer free”
Gov. JB Pritzker and the Department of Transportation announced the state was making the final $250 million payment to local governments as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan passed in 2019. It’s the sixth installment of payments to local governments as part of the plan’s $1.5 billion infrastructure investment.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48) tweeted “The 48th Ward Town Halls start next Tuesday, and I look forward to hearing your input on issues facing our community, such as the City budget, public safety, infrastructure, and education. Hope to see you there!”
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted “You can follow my advocacy at our policy website, which features a 2023 Budget Blog. We are going to regularly update you in real time on the advocacy going on at City Hall. Today's blog is about the City's audit of personnel & contractual services || https://the1stward.com/policy”
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “Cook County is now accepting applications for a guaranteed income pilot program. Cook County residents age 18+ who are income eligible can apply to receive $500 a month for 24 months. Visit http://engagecookcounty.com/promise to apply now! #CookCountyPromise”
Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) tweeted “As politicians continue to treat immigrants & refugees as pawns for their political calculations, the humanitarian crisis grows without adequate support. When @POTUS & our fed reps put an end to the criminal embargoes & stop the fossil fuel industry from destroying the planet?” in response to news 198 additional immigrants had arrived in Chicago on buses from Texas.
The final Chicago Food Truck Festival of this year will kick off at 11 a.m. Friday in Daley Plaza. Friday’s event is set to feature 10 food trucks that have been popular this season. The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will post the official food truck lineup on its social media accounts Friday morning.
Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) tweeted, “Girls in 9th through 12th grades can apply to have the opportunity to learn the legislative process and participate with the 2022 Illinois Council on Women and Girls. Applications are due Oct. 23”
Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) tweeted, “Palos West and Christ the King schools have been named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Only 17 schools in IL received this high honor. Congratulations to all the hard working students and staff on your recognition!”
Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights) tweeted, “A day of atonement is a good thing for us all. Bless our brother and sisters who celebrate it.”
Gov. JB Pritzker and Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) will face off in their first televised debate Thursday at Illinois State University in Normal. The hour-long debate begins at 7 p.m. and will air on Nexstar stations around Illinois. The debate will be hosted by WGN’s Tahman Bradley and WCIA’s Jennifer Roscoe. WGN will host a second debate later this month.
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “City Hall must be a place that helps our residents, families, and businesses. As Mayor, I will create a government that helps, rather than hurts, the people who call Chicago their own. Any employee refusing to accept that vision will be immediately relieved of their burdens.”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “I have an opponent that went public lying shamelessly about my record and proposing things I have already done and Im fighting for. Most of his followers are right wingers and racists. He’s running as a progressive. It’s wild how easily ppl lie in the pursuit of individual power.”
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted "It was great to join California Park Neighborhood Association (CaPNA) last night to discuss public safety in #IrvingPark. All of us deserve safe, well-resourced communities. That's why we must continue to build relationships and deliver the resources needed for safer communities.”
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted “Happy World Teacher’s Day! Thank you to all those teachers that helped guide us and mold us to be the human beings that we are. I will never forget the selflessness and life lessons you taught me”
Ald. Matt Martin (47) tweeted “This year, each Alderman's office received a one-time micro-grant to support pandemic recovery in our community. Our office was proud to fund additional mental health resources at @LakeViewHS as well local art classes for hundreds of CPS students in the 47th Ward.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection on Wednesday awarded $2 million in grants to 18 community and economic development organizations to help small businesses in “activating” their storefronts, according to a news release from Lightfoot’s office. The grants are meant to support new art and pop-up businesses in corridors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sen. Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) tweeted, “Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is an opportunity for reflection, reconciliation and forgiveness. To all those observing, G’mar Chatimah Tovah—we wish you an easy fast, a day of deep reflection, and may we all enter the new year with clear eyes and renewed purpose.”
Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora) tweeted, “My district office in Aurora is seeking a full time District Director to start Monday, October 17th, 2022. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to [email protected] by Monday, October 10th, 2022 at 11:59pm.”
Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield) tweeted, “Sunday mornings are always a time of thanksgiving and reflection - Thankful for the things He has done and quiet anticipation of what He is yet to do. There is always a powerful Word whether in my home church or as a visitor with another congregation.”
Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) tweeted, “A woman in Tri Taylor just told me she recognized me and called me “the Ghostbuster” and thanked me for my work on Ghost Guns. I told her next I’m working on preventing Ghost Buses — fixing the CTA & safe streets for all, so that we don’t have to continue to set up Ghost Bikes.”
Attorney General Kwame Raoul is warning Illinois consumers to be aware new and used vehicles damaged by flooding from Hurricane Ian in Florida could be put up for sale in Illinois. Raoul is warning consumers to be aware of a vehicle's history and be on the lookout for scams on vehicles that might have been damaged in floods. The nation is facing a shortage of new and used cars.
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50) tweeted “Yom Kippur—the Jewish Day of Atonement—begins tonight. I would like to wish the 50th Ward’s Jewish community a meaningful holiday and an easy fast. G’Mar Chatima Tova!”
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33) responded on Twitter to former Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s comments on The Daily Line’s reporting that the mayor’s announcement about the establishment of an executive office on climate and environmental equity falls short of her promise to bring back the environment department. Rodriguez tweeted “This is deeply disappointing but not surprising. This investment doesn’t meet the moment we are living in and it’s scary that it continues to be an afterthought.”
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted about a Block Club Chicago article on the closure of a Pilsen hot dog restaurant over a mural city officials consider an advertisement. Lopez said “This is how ass-backwards our city has become: a business w/ a mural has to paint it over or close, but taggers hit the @cta or viaducts & we have respect their intellectual property rights, check mural registration, and all-around avoid painting over it out of fear of lawsuits.”
Ald. Sophia King (4) tweeted “Crime is out of control - that should be our first priority in this budget! #FurtherTogether #SophiaForChicago” while sharing another tweet highlighting her comments calling for an “Office of Violence Prevention” in a Chicago Sun-Times article.
Ald. James Cappleman (46) tweeted “I got on the Red Line and some person offered me a seat. She must think I’m a senior or something. Since when is being 69 years and 49 weeks old a senior?”
The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition will hold a news conference at Pottawattomie Park in Chicago at 11 a.m. Monday. Event attendees will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day and urge lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Rep. Marcus Evans (D-Chicago) tweeted “Today @governors_state EPIC Cancer Health Fair, shared my cancer story. In 2006 I was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks Tonya Roberson Dir. of Community Engagement, President Green, Provost Schelle and Dean Balthazar for caring about lowering cancer disparities.”
Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) tweeted “Last week, I toured Sola Gratia Farm in Urbana. This is a community-based farm dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality, natural produce. Thanks for having me and discussing some current issues that the farm is working on!”
Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) tweeted “We need common sense, private-sector experience in Springfield! Help us to re-elect Martin McLaughlin to represent the 52nd District!”
Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) tweeted “Honored to have been a part of the 2022 #EriksonExecutiveFellows. As we prepare to return to Springfield, we will be ready to work on furthering our state's robust early childhood education agenda to ensure that all our youth have the support network they need for success.”
Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) tweeted “The lies many have told about the end of cash bail in IL reminds me of the lies spread about the ACA. I was a U.S. Senate staffer in 2009 when during August recess the nonsense about “death panels” deciding if Granny dies started to spread. All good change faces opposition.”
House Speaker Chris Welch (D-Hillside) tweeted, “Enjoyed kicking off the #RenewingIllinois summit hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I also had a chance to sit and chat with the students from the University of Illinois Springfield PAR program while on campus.”
Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) tweeted, “For all the Statehouse folks who may not have been in Springfield since the end of session, here is your Capitol North Wing renovation update as of this afternoon. Bye bye Circle Drive. #RebuildIllinois at work.”
Rep. Martin McLaughlin (R-Barrington Hills) tweeted, “This week I cosponsored 4 bills calling for the repeal of Safe-T Act & restoration of monetary bail. States Attys in 100 of 102 IL counties oppose this law. It's the “Criminals Priority Act” b/c it puts the public’s safety at greater risk. Support lawmakers who protect families.”