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Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Crain’s

A measure that would create a huge deal-closing fund to lure electric vehicle makers and other big manufacturers here cleared a major hurdle at midday and could be on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk by day’s end.

The action came when, on an 11-4 vote, the House Revenue & Finance Committee approved and sent to the House floor for final action in that chamber a bill that would give Pritzker the same kind of discretionary incentive pot that governors in states including Michigan, Ohio and Texas already have.

In Illinois’ case, lawmakers already have authorized putting $400 million into the fund, which is being created with an eye toward getting Stellantis to convert its Belvidere Jeep factory to EV production but could be used for non-EV projects. Other provisions of the bill would make it easier for companies to get tax breaks under the state’s existing Edge program without having to prove they’d get a better deal in another state.

“I think it looks good, very good,” said committee Chairman Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, who expects to bring the bill to the House floor this afternoon. The final version then must be approved by the Senate, but knowledgeable sources said they expect that to occur.

*** UPDATE *** The bill passed the House 86-23. From the IMA…

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) has issued the following statement after House passage of SB 2951, which builds on the state’s efforts to encourage in-state production of electric vehicles and related components:

“Manufacturers appreciate Gov. JB Pritzker’s commitment to creating an environment in Illinois to help attract the next generation of manufacturers and suppliers for electric vehicles, batteries, and semiconductors,” said Mark Denzler, President & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “This legislation makes Illinois more competitive with neighboring states by creating a closing fund that can be used to lure businesses, increasing incentives for retaining employees and expanding the program so small manufacturers can participate. We thank lawmakers for their support and look forward to growing this important sector.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for concurrence.

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* New Lightfoot TV ad


You wouldn’t know it by watching the news…or listening to the haters.

But on crime? Mayor Lightfoot’s got a plan. She’s putting more police on the streets and getting more guns off ‘em.

When it comes to new strategies, new technology – Lightfoot’s invested more than any mayor.

Those are facts. Anyone that says there are simple solutions is lying. We didn’t get here overnight, and we have a long way to go. But Lightfoot won’t quit until we’re the safest big city in America.

…Adding… Rep. Buckner…

The nearly 3 million people of Chicago who care about safety are the latest to receive the brunt of Lori Lightfoot’s highly defensive insults.

In Lightfoot’s latest TV ad meant to make the people of Chicago forget about her failure to deliver on her campaign promises, she calls those of us concerned about crime and violence, “haters.”

“While I was in Springfield helping to pass the assault weapons ban after having successfully banned ghost guns from our streets just a few months earlier, Mayor Lightfoot blasted the people of Chicago concerned about safety by calling them ‘haters’,” candidate for mayor Kam Buckner said. “The truth is Chicago had nearly 700 homicides last year, 2600 shootings, including six children who lost their lives to gun violence. Crime is up, the clearance rate is down and Chicagoans don’t feel safe. We don’t need a mayor hurling insults at the people of Chicago who deserve public safety. We need a Mayor with a plan to keep Chicago safe.”

Buckner’s Safer 77 public safety plan that balances safety and Justice, calls for investment in communities and violence prevention, filling police vacancies and reforming CPD. The plan also details preventative engagement for Chicago’s youth and improving Chicago’s clearance rates.

* ILGOP email…


It’s a new year, which means new opportunities for Republicans in Illinois to take back the Land of Lincoln and make it STRONG. We need your help to finalize our plans and goals for the 2023 year.

Please take our quick 10-second survey NOW.

What issues should the ILGOP focus on in the new year?

    Firing Pritzker

Your response is very important to us, Rich. Take our survey before the link expires TONIGHT

Not sure how they can fire Pritzker since he was just reelected, but OK.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Big Dipper - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 2:51 pm:

    Re Gardiner

  2. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 2:57 pm:

    “Firing Pritzker”

    I pity the poor low level staffer that has to empty a closet of anti-Madigan campaign mailers and paste “Pritzker” over “Madigan.”

  3. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:04 pm:

    Mayor Lightfoot’s script for another ad—-
    So much for respecting voters…now we’re labeled as haters. Claims of simple solutions are lying.

    Has MLL taken a page from Darren Bailey’s handbook? Insulting voters is not a path to victory.

  4. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:04 pm:

    As a Democrat I’m delighted to see the ILGOP remains in such capable hands. Really don’t need to write it, but never change guys. Please.

  5. - cover - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:09 pm:

    = I pity the poor low level staffer that has to empty a closet of anti-Madigan campaign mailers and paste “Pritzker” over “Madigan.” =

    I’m surprised the GOP remembered *not* to include “Fire Madigan” as an option.

  6. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:12 pm:

    Looking at the ILGOP issue list, I noticed there is nothing about 2A, Immigration, election integrity, and trans people grooming our kids.

    Bailey would take a flame thrower to that list.

  7. - Saluki24 - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:23 pm:

    Did GOP not listen to the Governor’s inaugural address?

    Fire Pritzker? More like, Pritzker is FIRE!

  8. - low level - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:40 pm:

    ==What issues should the ILGOP focus on in the new year?==

    Not nominating unelectable candidates
    Getting a clue
    People that can raise more than $50
    Avoiding trashing the city where the most votes are
    Stop making excuses for Jan 6th

  9. - Gravitas - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:42 pm:

    What a tone deaf commercial! The Chicago Police Department released another set of Compstat figures recently. Crime is way up since 2019 according to the bar graphs. The 20th Police District, once one of the safest police districts in the city has seen an almost 80% spike in crimes since Lightfoot took office (only the 2nd District had an increase just as bad). The ugly figures are available online at CWB Chicago.

  10. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:44 pm:

    === Crime is way up since 2019===

    19 was one of the better years on record for crime. Then 2020 happened. Crime is up over 19 everywhere, not just Chicago. But, yeah, it’s not a very believable ad.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:45 pm:

    ===What issues should the ILGOP focus on in the new year?===

    Decide, right here and now…

    Party of Mary Miller…

    …or the party wanting Adam Kinzinger back and more like him, *without* the Mary Millers

    The rest is for mere decoration

    That’s the ball game now. They just don’t know it.

  12. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:51 pm:

    There are so many random stock characters in these Lightfoot ads. Who is this new guy? I have no idea.

  13. - Montrose - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 3:52 pm:

    To the Lightfoot ad:

    - Telling voters that if they don’t feel/see the improvements she claims makes them “haters” isn’t going to win anyone over.

    - Saying over and over “I have a plan” when you are the incumbent is basically saying you can’t run on your record.

    - Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t think anyone has ever won re-election with the tag line “change doesn’t happen overnight.” It’s true, but it doesn’t win elections.

  14. - Responsa - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:01 pm:

    If Mayor Lightfoot has/had a workable “plan” affected citizens would not be talking about crime so much and the media would not be accurately reporting on actual crime so much. This re-elect me ad was even more tone deaf than usual for Lori but what does she have to run on?

  15. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:10 pm:

    Did the ILGOP forget that last year was election year? They had their chance to fire Pritzker in 2022 and how did that work out. Or maybe it’s just “We got nothing”, lets put 2023 over 2022 and hope no one notices.

  16. - Early voter - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:16 pm:

    The only way Republicans can “fire” Pritzker is the same way they “fired” Governor Cuomo of New York, by promoting dubious claims of sexual harassment.

  17. - Ares - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:18 pm:

    The EV dealmaking sounds like a repeat of the “wheeling dealing” James R Thompson (JRT) years, which brought auto manufacturing to Bloomington-Normal. My query: would a JRT be possible in the current GOP?

  18. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:32 pm:

    The ad is not very convincing. C+ But I pity those who have to make the choice for Mayor because the candidates list is very unimpressive. BJohnson’s commercials say he has a plan but no idea what it is. Where is Kim Buckner? Vallas still has that right wing tinge. And Chuy can’t even get the MC he put into Congress to back him. Chicago’s Mayor matters to the entire state. and it’s a sad state of election choices.

  19. - Scurvydog - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:35 pm:

    Note to IL GOP: “Fire Pritzker” isn’t the rallying cry you think it is. It just makes you sound angry and without a plan. You might as well be outside yelling “I don’t like the way things are!” or “Things cost too much!”

  20. - amalia - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 4:41 pm:

    Jack puts some big work into his free blog, this time on judges

  21. - Stormsw7706 - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 5:04 pm:

    17th Street BBQ is very good. I will say however that about 1 mile north of there is Pats BBQ which I like even more. Top it off with some good brews from Big Muddy Brewery and you’ve had a great afternoon

  22. - Etown - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 5:14 pm:


    What’s your over under for sine die for both chambers. Way things have been moving today it would appear neither chamber will be done until after midnight at a minimum

  23. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 5:32 pm:

    Etown, I’m prepared for whatever happens, but I do wonder if Leader Durkin should’ve resigned as of 11:59 am tomorrow instead of pm tonight. lol

  24. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 5:39 pm:

    I am not a hater. I am not a liar. I deeply love my city and I am terribly worried for it. How dare the mayor belittle and hector citizens who speak their fear out loud?
    I would give the ad an F, and I am very sad it has come to this.

  25. - Etown - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 6:41 pm:

    I imagine Leader Durkin is thinking same thing Rich😉

  26. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 6:55 pm:

    CPD and SWAT close Old Town Streets at Division and Wells. Suspects barricaded in an apartment building.Several firearms recovered and suspects in custody.

    SWAT and CPD remain on scene. All this transpired in the last few hours.

    Kinda ironic as a background for MLL’s latest spot.

  27. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, Jan 10, 23 @ 7:04 pm:

    “Haters” is the new “deplorables”.

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