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Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* Speaker Welch’s statement on conclusion of the 102nd General Assembly…

“The 102nd General Assembly, my first as the Speaker of the House, was truly historic.

“We’ve taken significant steps to get our fiscal house in order by balancing budgets, eliminating the nearly $17 billion in unpaid bills we inherited, replenishing our rainy-day fund, and earning our state six credit upgrades. We’ve put Illinois on the path to 100% clean energy and provided record-level investments for our communities to combat the root causes of violence. We’ve protected the right to vote, stood up against antisemitism and racism, and navigated through a once-in-a-century global health pandemic. Tonight, I’m proud to cap off these monumental and consequential two years by protecting reproductive health care and approving one of the nation’s strongest assault weapons bans.

“I want to thank my leadership team, the entire Democratic Caucus, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and all of our talented staff. I’d also like to extend gratitude to Senate President Don Harmon, our counterparts in the Senate, and Governor JB Pritzker.

“Over the past two years, we’ve risen to meet the challenges of this moment, and we’ve moved Illinois forward together. I look forward to building on that progress in the 103rd General Assembly.”

* Here’s your morning briefing..


  1. - Former ILSIP - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 9:10 am:

    It’s nice to see some wholesome news as a part of this feature on the blog. I’ll have to take the family to the zoo sometime. Thanks Isabel.

  2. - Tom Keane - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 9:12 am:

    Literally zero discussion of the CPS abuse issue

  3. - Keyrock - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 9:13 am:

    Nice tweet from Ron Klain praising Gov. Pritzker and Illinois on the assault weapons ban:

  4. - We’ll See - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 9:46 am:

    George Ryan, the Willis family would like a word.

  5. - Stuck in Celliniland - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 9:50 am:

    ==The site offers snapshots of COVID-19 transmission in communities around 75 wastewater treatment facilities in Illinois.==

    Yet nothing on that site from Sangamon County. Hopefully stats can be added for CWLP as well as Chatham’s beleaguered water supplier, South Sangamon Water Commission. Would be quite interested to see stats for both of those.

  6. - snowman61 - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 10:40 am:

    First off, I’m agreement that the bears should receive no state monies to build a stadium and this was a previous story and discussed. Now I’m thinking that maybe it is ok. During the holidays at a family get together, one of my brother-in-laws brings up that the state as well as many communities offer business incentives via cash or TIf’s to corporations in the name of “economic development/benefit”. Companies with big pockets like Amazon to name one. Now we are creating another fund via the closing fund to help companies with a possibility that the company may have deep pockets in the name of economic development/benefit. How is this different then the Bears receiving funds/incentives (not towards the actual construction of the stadium) but for infrastructure in the name of economic development/benefit of the area? Will the bill singling out the bears for no monies not allow it and is that a good idea now? Just thinking!

  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 10:48 am:

    ===one of my brother-in-laws brings up that the state as well as many communities offer business incentives via cash or TIf’s to corporations in the name of “economic development/benefit”. ===

    If a town wants to give an incentive, have at it.

    The Chicago Bears are worth north of $5.8 billion (with a b) and each and every liability on their ledger is covered and then some on March 1st every year when the television revenue sharing is distributed. It’s a change of the calendar, all expenses are paid.

    The Bears can get a loan, backed by the NFL, for a franchise that has the largest unshared media market of its 30 (NY and LA markets shared) franchisees.

    The Bears ain’t leaving, there’s no chance the Bears will allow the market to be shared, the revenue of the naming rights alone is a probable down payment to the loan.

    There’s not one reason why the state needs to be involved, even as legislation sits to this idea.

    If Arlington Heights is foolish enough to help the Bears, that’s on them.

  8. - Stuck in Celliniland - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 11:17 am:

    Speaking of the Bears, considering the McCaskeys are still basically running the show I will go on a limb and predict that one of the May 1, 2023 morning briefing items will actually be a link to an article titled something along the lines of “The Bears Made the Worst #1 Draft Pick Ever in the History of Professional Sports.”

  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 11:27 am:

    ===“The Bears Made the Worst #1 Draft Pick Ever in the History of Professional Sports.”===

    Jamarcus Russell, the first pick in the 2007 draft is widely considered the worst #1 pick in the modern era of professional football.

    Using the Google Key, it would be a huge miss to have a pick worse than Russell

    Baseball draft picks are not designed to be “locks”, as too many ball players don’t pan out as the minors weed out players at so many levels of professional measure

    That’s just two.

    The Bears will likely have a serviceable pick, worthy of the #1 rating, but there’s no clear cut, slam dunk “lock” pick in this draft.

    Alabama’s Will Anderson is a solid choice, but it might not be splashy enough.

  10. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 11:48 am:

    The odds are about 99-1 that the Bears won’t pick #1 but will trade down once or even twice to get a boatload of picks, some of which are likely to pan out, not putting all their eggs in one basket. I don’t see a Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf-type pick in the cards either.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 23 @ 11:49 am:

    ===The odds are about 99-1 that the Bears won’t pick #1 but will trade down once or even twice to get a boatload of picks, some of which are likely to pan out, not putting all their eggs in one basket. I don’t see a Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf-type pick in the cards either.===

    This is solid speculation right here. Good stuff.

    Trading down this specific draft class is a solid GM move too

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