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Afternoon roundup

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Six months to the day after the Highland Park massacre, the Daily Herald reports at length on some of the shooting victims. Here’s a very small excerpt

Liz Turnipseed and her husband, Ian, had been hyping the Highland Park parade for weeks to their 3-year-old daughter, Sonia, who’d spent much of her life in lockdown because of the pandemic.

Their excitement, though, quickly turned to horror on the parade route.

In a moment that “felt like a sonic boom,” Liz Turnipseed, 41, was spun around and thrown to the ground as a bullet struck her in the pelvis.

“I wasn’t knocked out, but I was on the ground and trying to get up,” she said. “And then there was unbearable, sharp, burning pain.”

She immediately looked for her daughter but saw only an overturned stroller. It’s an image that still haunts her.

Her panic eased when she saw her husband holding Sonia. Unable to walk, and with gunfire still raging, Turnipseed told her husband to leave her behind and get Sonia to safety.

Go read the whole thing.

Protect Illinois Communities has a new TV ad on the assault weapons ban


We can save lives right now. But to make a real difference, a new gun safety law must include three things. First, ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Second, require assault weapons to be certified to reduce gun violence. And third, reduce the number of high-capacity magazines in circulation to prevent mass shootings. Tell your legislators: it’s time to take a stand. Pass the Protect Illinois Communities Act now.

* Giannoulias release…

CHICAGO,IL - Illinois Secretary of State-Elect Alexi Giannoulias today announced several senior staff members who will assist in leading his administration.

“I’m proud to announce an executive team that brings immense talent, strong experience and diverse perspectives from both the public and private sectors,” Giannoulias said. “These individuals represent an exemplary group of leaders who will assist in implementing an ambitious agenda that Illinoisans elected me to accomplish.”

In December, Giannoulias announced that Hanah Jubeh and Scott Burnham will both hold the title of Deputy Secretary of State when he takes office on January 9.

The latest appointments include:

Kathleen Nelson, Chief of Staff
Kathleen has spent her career in senior level private industry and public sector positions in law, finance, real estate and government. Most recently, she was employed at Cushman & Wakefield representing clients on industrial, office and retail assignments. Prior to joining Cushman, Kathleen served as the Managing Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Ziegler Capital Management. The bulk of Kathleen’s career was spent with the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development where she held mayoral appointed positions, including First Deputy Commissioner and Managing Deputy Commissioner. Prior to working with the City, Kathleen worked as a litigation attorney specializing in tort and contract law.

Sheleda Doss, Chief Deputy/Downstate Operations
Sheleda serves as chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) where she develops the agency’s long- and short-term plans and goals and acts as an advisor to the Secretary. Previously, Sheleda was the Chief Operating Officer for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and acted as the principal agency-wide policy advisor and provided oversight for the operations and strategy integration. She also held the title of Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs under State Treasurer Mike Frerichs from 2015 to 2019. A Springfield native, Sheleda began her public service career as legislative liaison in the office of then State Treasurer Giannoulias in 2008.

Aileen Kim, Chief Deputy/Public Programs
Aileen most recently served as a Special Advisor to the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education, where she oversaw the execution of priority projects and initiatives that advanced the goals of the Biden-Harris Administration. Prior to her work at the Department, Aileen worked at Tusk Philanthropies/Tusk Strategies and Civitas Public Affairs Group where she developed and managed advocacy and electoral campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, early-stage tech startups, foundations and philanthropists, and non-profit organizations in states across the country. She returns to public service in Illinois after having begun her career as District Director for State Representative John D’Amico.

Aimee Pine, Chief Deputy/Administrative Operations
Aimee is an executive level human resources and operations professional with over 20 years of experience in government, political and non-profit sectors. From 2014 through 2022, Aimee served as the Chief Operating Officer for Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Prior to that, she worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff for Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. Aimee also worked as the Director of External Affairs, Scheduling and Special Projects when Giannoulias served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. She is skilled in strategic planning, and can integrate policy positions involving employee, operational, community, and political issues.

Lashaunna D. Sims-Davis (Shaunna), Chief Deputy/External Affairs
Shaunna previously held the role of Director of Community Development Initiatives for the University of Chicago where she was responsible for community economic development efforts near campus. Shaunna was also the Deputy Procurement Officer at the City of Chicago, developing relationships through targeted outreach and increasing awareness of various incentives and programs. In addition, she served as the Political Director to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, worked in the Mayor’s Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs, serving as a primary contact between the City Council and the administration, assisting in legislative affairs and working with the elected officials.

Vanessa Uribe, Chief Deputy/Driver’s-Vehicles Services
Vanessa most recently served as Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the state’s lead economic development agency, playing an integral role in the execution of pandemic- relief small business grants and the inaugural launch of the state’s cannabis social equity loan program. As Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, she led efforts to increase access to resources and opportunities for an inclusive and equitable business ecosystem. Prior to DCEO, Vanessa managed strategic initiatives for Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development, including nationally recognized public-private partnerships and special programs like the 2020 Census, and oversaw the national affiliate network for Unidos US.

* Meanwhile

A measure that Illinois winemakers are looking to get passed in the lame-duck session of the Illinois General Assembly is designed to reduce the annual wine manufacturers’ fee back to the pre-COVID amount. 

Senate Bill 1001 would reduce the wine manufacturers’ fee from $1,250 to its previous amount of $750 annually, which was in place before the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure passed the Illinois Senate last year but has yet to pass the House. Lame duck session begins Wednesday and ends Jan. 10.  

State Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside, told The Center Square that lawmakers are working to provide winemakers some relief. 

“The winegrowers got swept up in something they did not mean to get swept up in,” Zalewski said. “This is meant to ease the burden on them a little bit. I think we increased fees for a broad range of alcohol growers, and we did not mean for that to be the case.” 

* Press release…

Today, Governor JB Pritzker visited the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago to highlight historic investments in early childhood education under his administration. The Governor was joined by Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Senator Celina Villanueva, and Representative Camille Lilly.

“Since day one of my administration, one of my top priorities has been making Illinois the best place to live and raise a family,” said Governor Pritzker. “The expansion of our childhood care and education programs is honoring that pledge and setting up our youngest Illinoisans for a successful lifetime of learning. One of the most fiscally responsible investments that we can make is to focus our dollars on our youngest children. This leads to higher graduation rates, higher college attendance rates, greater lifetime earnings, and greater overall wellbeing.”

During his administration, Governor Pritzker has committed the largest amount in Illinois history to expanding and improving early childhood education across Illinois. Throughout the last year, Illinois has expanded its continued investments in the state’s early childhood care and education system in the following ways:

    • Extending and expanding the Strengthen and Grow Child Care (SGCC) grant program through July 2023. These grants provide funding for eligible childcare centers and homes.
    • Extending the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility for job seekers through June 2023.
    • Enabling more families to access Child Care Assistance Program Benefits than ever before by lowering income thresholds and expanding benefits.
    • Launching the “I Got Love/¡Siento Amor!”—a statewide enrollment campaign for childcare and early education services.
    • Increasing access to healthy food options in schools across the state, providing Illinois children with the well-rounded, nutritious meals vital to a healthy learning environment.
    • Enacting the Children’s Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative to evaluate and redesign the delivery of behavioral health services for children and adolescents throughout Illinois.

Increasing access to healthy food options in schools across the state, providing Illinois children with the well-rounded, nutritious meals vital to a healthy learning environment.
Enacting the Children’s Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative to evaluate and redesign the delivery of behavioral health services for children and adolescents throughout Illinois.

For more information on early childhood education and care, visit the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Early Childhood.

* Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that he is “comfortable and confident” a state law ending cash bail that was set to take effect New Year’s Day is constitutional despite a court ruling to the contrary, but that supporters will “come back at it” if the lower court ruling stands. […]

Pritzker on Wednesday said he anticipates a decision “sometime in the next few months.”

While the governor said he and the lawmakers who voted for the law believe it is constitutional, they will “come back at it” if the high court rules otherwise.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 2:29 pm:

    The Darin LaHood option…heh.

  2. - ANNON'IN - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 2:49 pm:

    The Shaw piece on LaHood was a spit out the Pepsi moment of the day. Can use the Confessed C9ngreessman’s loan money to persuade

  3. - (618) Democrat - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 2:57 pm:

    That is a great group of senior staff members picked by Illinois Secretary of State-Elect Alexi Giannoulias. Congratulations to all of them.

  4. - Grundy County - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 5:50 pm:

    Is there any word around the Barickman seat? Just Bennett?

  5. - G'Kar - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 6:03 pm:

    LaHood Speaker? Oh, gawd, no (banned punctuation)

  6. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 7:28 pm:

    That AWB ad is excellent. but that’s not the whole bill. Hoping that won’t be a problem.

  7. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jan 4, 23 @ 7:29 pm:

    also the Protect Communities folks are doing phone calls to push.

  8. - Torco Sign - Thursday, Jan 5, 23 @ 9:42 am:

    Two obvious problems with that ad:
    1) “IL Legislature”…is what insiders say. Normal people don’t say that
    2) Illinois isn’t mentioned until the 27-second mark. It could’ve said protecting people here in Illinois but it looks like a generic spot. (Please see (1) before mentioning the state capitol.)

    Wasted opportunity when it should be an ad with people from Chicago, Highland Park, and downstate coming together. I hope they get their act together.

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