*** UPDATED x1 *** Morning briefing
Friday, Nov 18, 2022 - Posted by Isabel Miller
* A fresh start…
* Here’s a quick roundup to start your day…
* Sun-Times | Hoffman Estates man charged in Jan. 6 riot, accused of struggling with officers: The investigation into the U.S. Capitol riot has led to the arrests of roughly 900 people nationwide. Yang is now the 33rd known Illinois resident charged as part of that investigation.
* Sun-Times | Madigan: Indicted but still pitching for (and getting) money: Illinois law allows the former House speaker to keep asking for campaign contributions even though he’s facing charges that he used his office to enrich himself and his allies.
* WGN | SAFE-T Act: What happens when no one is watching?: A little-known provision in Illinois’ sprawling SAFE-T Act went into effect in January and has had the effect of allowing people on electronic monitoring have two days of unmonitored movement.
* WAND | Taskforce meets in Illinois House of Representatives to discuss school violence: Administrators who attended the meeting said there has been an increase in school violence since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They cited nationwide surveys that showed 37% of administrators have experienced verbal abuse or threatening behavior.
* Journal & Topics | Murphy Pushes Through Senate Bill To ‘Fix’ Secretary Of State Library Appointments: One day after the Tuesday, Nov. 15, start of the Illinois General Assembly fall veto session in Springfield, a bill introduced by State Sen. Laura Murphy (D-28th) to “fix” legislation she passed into law last spring allowing Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to fill extended vacancies on library district boards passed the Illinois Senate.
* Crain’s | 42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly may face his first challenger—one with deep pockets: Chris Cleary, a former vice president at BMO Harris who recently founded an e-commerce company, has launched a campaign for 42nd Ward alderman, loaned himself $50,000 to jump-start the effort and has financial backing from a prominent nightclub owner who previously supported Reilly but has feuded with the downtown alderman.
* Sun-Times | Ozingas still trying to sway Southeast Siders on massive underground warehouse: The family that owns the namesake cement company has spent almost two years trying to sell the idea of a 6 million-square-foot space under former steel mill land.
* NBC 5 | Left for Dead: NBC 5 Suing Over Public Records in Hit-and-Run Crashes: For over a year, NBC 5 Investigates has been reporting on the shocking number of hit-and-run crashes across Chicago: more than 31,000 so far this year, killing 25 people and injuring over 4,100 others. Now, NBC 5 is taking multiple agencies to court over public records requests that have been denied.
* Illinois Answers Project | Tax sale process hits Black homeowners hardest: The property tax sale process that can result in people losing their homes robs those communities of generational wealth, critics say. And Cook County’s last-chance fund to help make some of those homeowners whole is years behind in paying claims.
* Midwest Center | 5 things to know about the new DOL complaint about child labor in meatpacking plants: Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor filed a complaint against PSSI for allegedly employing minors, some of whom suffered chemical burns from the cleaning supplies.
* Chalkbeat | Illinois State Superintendent Carmen Ayala announces retirement: Illinois State Superintendent Carmen Ayala announced Thursday she will retire in February. Gov. J. B. Pritzker appointed Ayala to serve as the state’s top education official in 2019 – making her the first woman and person of color to hold the position.
* Crain’s | U of I says it needs more money to meet enrollment gains: The request comes as the University of Illinois System deals with rising inflation and student enrollment that’s outpacing faculty hiring.
* Sun-Times | UIC faculty union authorizes strike: Leaders with the UIC United Faculty union said 74% of their nearly 900 members supported a strike. A walkout date has not been announced.
* WHAS 11 | A closer look at how marijuana is made, sold in Illinois: The full facility is 221,000 square feet,” Facility Director Andrea Meister said. “180,000 of it is canopy,” where the marijuana is grown. Meister says they’re growing about 70,000 plants at any given time and harvest every week, with a “wet harvest” of 1.6 million grams.
* Sun-Times | David and Goliath battle brewing over clouted company’s bid to set up a weed shop inside old Rainforest Cafe: “The neighborhood has just gone to pot,” said Robert Brown, who has questioned the legality of the proposal and has organized neighbors who feel another dispensary could tank property values and further drive up crime.
* NBC 5 | Reduced Fee Tickets For Indoor Shows at The Salt Shed To Be Sold at Pop-Up Box Office Event This Weekend: Just days after a packed slate of indoor shows for next year were announced at the recently-opened Salt Shed, a pop-up box office will be held at the venue to sell reduced fee tickets for the shows, along with some cookies. The pop-up will run for two days, operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
* Journal Star | ‘On the chunky side’ — Nebraska mountain lion ends 700-mile trip with ticks, scars and a few extra pounds: “He has been a very successful predator,” said Joe Taft, who runs the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana, where the young male ended up two weeks ago. “He’s on the chunky side for a boy who’s done a whole lot of walking.”
* Telegraph | Man pleads guilty to importing live catfish in Illinois: Michael Sullivan of Griffith, Indiana, entered a negotiated guilty plea in October to one count of importing live fish without a permit. He admitted to importing more than 2,600 pounds of live channel catfish into the state.
* Tribune | Amaan Khan isn’t your typical high school pitcher. The Lane Tech junior represented Pakistan in the World Baseball Classic: Lane Tech junior Amaan Khan first picked up a baseball when he was a toddler. That probably is fairly typical for a teenage baseball player. But what isn’t typical is that earlier this fall Khan pitched in the World Baseball Classic qualifier for the Pakistani national team.
* More to come!
*** UPDATE *** More…
* Crain’s | A $200 million parting gift for ComEd’s formula rate: With no remarks, the ICC today unceremoniously ushered through the last of ComEd’s “automatic” yearly rate changes with the controversial rate-setting system set to expire.
* Ford County Chronicle | Bennett ‘very glad to be home’ after accident earlier in week: State Rep. Tom Bennett said he was back home in Gibson City recovering Thursday after being released Wednesday night from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where the Republican lawmaker had been since Sunday evening after crashing his car near Gibson City.
* WREX | Youngest elected Illinois representative prepares to bring Ogle and Lee counties’ interests to Springfield: If you would have told Brad Fritts 18 months ago that he’d be heading to Springfield as the youngest elected state representative in Illinois history, he probably would have said you were crazy.
* Shelbyville News | Future south suburban gaming destination named ‘official casino’ of Chicago Bulls: Wind Creek Hospitality announced Thursday that it has inked a multiyear partnership with the Chicago Bulls designating the Wind Creek Chicago Southland Casino and Resort as the “official casino” of the pro basketball team.
* Tribune | Cook County Board unanimously approves Preckwinkle’s $8.8 billion budget for 2023: Fresh off her reelection to four more years leading the Cook County Board, President Toni Preckwinkle received unanimous support Thursday for her $8.8 billion budget for 2023, which is free of taxes and full of plans to spend the county’s federal COVID relief dollars on a slew of social programs.