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Isabel’s morning briefing

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* People Who Play by the Rules PAC ended the year with -$1.2 million…

* Here’s your roundup…

    * Crain’s | Illinois AG opens new front in Illinois’ gun wars: In an amicus brief filed today on behalf of attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia, Raoul strongly defends a New York state statute that allows some gun dealers and makers to be sued for negligence if they fail to take “reasonable” steps to prevent guns’ misuse.

    * Daily Herald | County board members assail DuPage sheriff over weapons ban remarks: Committee members echoed calls for Mendrick to retract his statement, with some suggesting the board should censure the sheriff if he does not. It was unclear Tuesday if the board has the authority to censure a sheriff. Committee members asked a representative from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office to research the matter.

    * The Southern | Legislators focus on gun law during town hall meeting in Marion: Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Diederich asked the crowd if they believed in the Second Amendment, which was answered with loud cheers. “We’re targeting the wrong people with this legislation,” Diederich said, adding that the police have no business getting behind an unconstitutional law.

    * Sun-Times | State’s assault weapons ban challenged by two lawsuits — with others on the way: A suit filed Jan. 13 in southern Illinois marked the beginning of the legal battle to overturn the law Gov. J.B Pritzker has called “one of the strongest assault weapons bans in the nation.” Another complaint was filed Tuesday by former Republican Illinois attorney general candidate Tom DeVore.

    * Block Club | Chicagoans Are Worried About Gun Violence. How Are Mayoral Candidates Responding?: With Chicago’s mayoral election less than two months away, Williams is worried that no one among the slate of candidates has a feasible plan to quell the violence hurting the people she cares about. Eight candidates are running against incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot on February 28. If none receives over half of the votes, the top two candidates will face off in a runoff election on April 4. Williams is disappointed, she said, that she hasn’t seen the candidates talk in any depth about the underlying causes of gun violence.

    * Press Release | Didech Appointed Chairman of House Gaming Committee: Today, Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced that State Rep. Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove) will be appointed to serve as Chairman of the House Gaming Committee for the 103rd General Assembly. The Gaming Committee will exercise oversight and consider legislation that impacts Illinois’ casinos, racetracks, lottery, sports betting, and video gaming establishments.

    * WCIA | Giannoulias releases final transition report: Some of his goals his transition team highlighted include expanding library access, release public education campaigns about fraud prevention, improving marketing for the organ donation program, and shorten wait times at Secretary of State facilities.

    * Tribune | State police execute search warrant at Waukegan City Hall: Kirkwood was indicted by a Lake County grand jury in July on 26 counts of forgery, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of official misconduct — all Class 3 felonies — and one count of theft by deception, a Class 1 felony.

    * Sun-Times | Striking UIC faculty pickets, rallies with local, national leaders: ‘Without you, this place would not run’: The union is demanding higher minimum salaries, bigger pay raises that match inflation, mental health support for students, better job security for non-tenure track faculty, learning disability assessments for students and more.

    * WSJ | Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Faces Tough Re-Election Bid: Ms. Lightfoot, a 60-year-old former federal prosecutor, was the first Black woman and first gay person elected mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, winning every city ward in a 2019 runoff against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Now, early polls show the mayor as an underdog in the Feb. 28 election, with the top two vote-getters expected to face off in an April runoff if no candidate wins a majority in the first round.

    * Sun-Times | Chuy Garcia outlines ‘Women’s Agenda’: On Tuesday, Garcia outlined a “Women’s Agenda” that includes everything from free City Colleges tuition and student loan forgiveness for “women, immigrants, trades, veterans and adult learners” to advocating for “legislative solutions” that, he claims, would “make child care universal and affordable.”

    * Pew | More States Are Doing What They Can to Cap Insulin Costs: In response to the steep rise in out-of-pocket costs for insulin over the past two decades — enough to compel many diabetic patients, like Hunt, to ration their use of the medicine — nearly two dozen states have passed measures in the past few years capping the out-of-pocket costs for some patients.

    * Crain’s | U of I uses money from COVID-test spinout to fund DPI talent effort: Here’s one good thing that came out the pandemic: The University of Illinois is using $3.5 million from its COVID-testing spinout to fund tech-education efforts at the Discovery Partners Institute. U of I is using funds from Shield T3, the company that’s commercializing the saliva-based test developed by the university’s researchers to screen students on campus for COVID-19, to seed an endowment that it hopes to grow to $50 million with additional donations.

    * CBS Chicago | CPS teachers say disinfecting wipes were removed with no notice over safety concerns: As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported Tuesday, teachers are upset because CPS never flagged teachers, or parents, to inform them that there were concerns about the wipes.

    * Daily Herald | LGBTQ advocates blast upcoming conservative gathering at city-owned Des Plaines Theatre: Awake Illinois’ website describes the event as “a diverse group of advocates (gathering) together to transform the conversation on issues affecting children.” Speakers are set to include Jaimee Michell, founder of a group called Gays Against Groomers; Stephanie Trussell, recent Republican candidate for lieutenant governor; Shannon Adcock, founder of Awake Illinois and a leader of Moms for Liberty DuPage; and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dubiel.

    * Sun-Times | City sells bonds to the masses: It’s a program that sounds tailor-made for die-hard city boosters. No longer do you have to just lobby for or cheer on municipal efforts to rehab dumpy buildings, increase supportive housing or bring something productive to vacant lots. Now you can earn a return from presumably good works, maybe in your neighborhood.

    * Jstor | When Uptown Chicago was “Hillbilly Heaven”: After World War II, Guy writes, tens of thousands of white Appalachians moved to Midwestern cities. In Chicago, they generally settled in Uptown. Soon, this became a neighborhood of rundown housing and honky-tonk bars known either affectionately as “Hillbilly Heaven” or disparagingly as the “Hillbilly Ghetto.”

    * Commercial-News | Bennett’s socks drive ‘most successful’: For seven years, the late state Sen. Scott Bennett hosted a Warm Socks Drive in the Danville community during the winter. The donations are given to Danville Rescue Mission, Fair Hope Children’s Ministry and Crosspoint at the Y Homeless Program.


  1. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:27 am:

    DuPage County board may not have the ability to censure the sheriff. But they do have the power of the purse. They could pass an ordinance recinding the sheriff’s budget or portion there of.

  2. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:39 am:

    It appears the rules do not include not owing money.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:43 am:

    Man, that Proft guy… he seems to have this thingy where he loses money in a recorded way of filing that seems like… look, I’m spitballing here…. It seems like a phony grift.

    I say often… the checks cash the same.

    How can checks cash where there’s a negative balance, like lost monies?

    Ponzi schemes seem to have balance sheet issues like this, but it might, again, just spitballing, it might just be a grift.

  4. - Tominchicago - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:47 am:

    I can only assume this means that it took Uihlein until mid October to figure that he was the sucker at Proft’s table.

  5. - Mason born - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:47 am:

    Man if that grifter DeVore made the $200 of each plaintiff he was asking for 866×200=$173,200 this sure makes working for a living feel like being a sucker. Esp as he’s likely to ride the coattails of the bigger orgs suits and claim “victory.”

  6. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:47 am:

    –It was unclear Tuesday if the board has the authority to censure a sheriff.–

    The board does have the authority to pass a resolution stating a vote of no confidence.

    Going forward from there, there are many individual agenda items that come up for a vote from time to time that pertain to county agreements with the sheriffs office. Financial and otherwise.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 8:57 am:

    ===this sure makes working for a living feel like being a sucker. Esp as he’s likely to ride the coattails of the bigger orgs suits and claim “victory.”===

    You’re so on this… it’s about the dollars, not the law.

    That kind of cash will pay for some more seriously sweet forearm tattoos…

  8. - Friendly Bob Adams - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 9:11 am:

    Following up on OW…. how does a campaign committee end up with a negative balance over a million dollars? Who gave them a line of credit?

    More knowledgeable people please advise… thx

  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 9:17 am:

    Gosh, I can’t remember, but didn’t Proft get absolved from “losing” monies before?

    Maybe the Google Key can find it.

  10. - Bruce( no not him) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 9:19 am:

    ==People Who Play by the Rules PAC==
    The rules I follow say “When I run out of money, quit spending”

  11. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 9:24 am:

    I’d say I’m willing to take a deep dive into People Who Play by the Rules (ha!) but reading that they gave $250K to American Principles Project PAC and reading the name of Duncan Hunter just makes me sick. But the money should be analyzed for expenditures and why oh why so fiscally irresponsible.

  12. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 9:28 am:

    “Members of the judicial and public safety committee expressed outrage”

    Dupage Sheriff James Mendrick is not popular with dem controled County Board. He was however elected countywide. Dems have only themselves to blame as the sheriff ran unopposed in November for a second term.

  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 9:30 am:

    Ope. I think I found it. That Google Key finds things.

    That Proft. Losin’ races. Losin’ money…

  14. - Stuck in Celliniland - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 10:04 am:

    ==The rules I follow say “When I run out of money, quit spending”==

    I also follow a rule that says “Even if you have the money, you don’t have to spend it all.”

  15. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 11:22 am:

    So Starfish Consulting was involuntarily dissolved in October 2022 and afterwards received at least $300,000 in consulting fees. He did file in Florida on 10/31, but still had business in between.

  16. - Rudy’s teeth - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 12:19 pm:

    Chuy Garcia’s mention of free City College tuition indicates that his team failed to research this topic. In fact, the CHA offers a Partners in Education program for residents of CHA housing and individuals who hold vouchers. The residents attend City College at no cost.

    Also, the Star Scholarship which began in 2015 offers a free college education to CPS students with a B average in high school.

    Since City Colleges is an open enrollment institution, many students place in Developmental Education or pre-credit class work as their reading and math scores do not qualify them for college level work.

    To offer “free college” when students are not prepared for college level work is an empty promise.

  17. - cermak_rd - Wednesday, Jan 18, 23 @ 1:16 pm:

    Rudy’s teeth,

    There are a lot more students who could benefit from jr college than CHA residents or people who went to CPS. And one of the purposes of Jr College is to offer remedial education. Other purposes include job vocational training, something city colleges (and Jr college across the state) should really lean into and reach out to business groups to see about offering apprenticeships.

    Germany (and the Netherlands and probably other nations in the EU) has an education system that has an Ausbildung system where the student goes to school 2 days a week (to say learn about handling dangerous chemicals or kitchen safety/cross contam) and then 3 days a week where they do on the job work. At the end of a 2 year period (or 3 depending) they are actually qualified to work in the job and jobs requiring an Ausbildung tend to be higher paid.

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