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Afternoon roundup

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller


Jobs increased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in December according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The unemployment rate decreased in thirteen metropolitan areas and increased in one.

“For nearly two years, Illinois has seen consistent job growth across the state throughout industry sectors,”said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. IDES continues to help jobseekers and employers connect with one another as more people enter the labor force and look to take advantage of newly created and expanded job opportunities in the labor market.

The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Lake-Kenosha IL/WI Metro (+3.8%, +15,700), the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+3.5%, +6,400), the Rockford MSA (+3.1%, +4,500) and the Chicago Metro Division (+2.9%, +108,800). Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Manufacturing and Leisure and Hospitality (thirteen areas each); Other Services (twelve areas); Mining and Construction and Education and Health Services (eleven areas each); Government (ten areas); and Wholesale Trade (nine areas).

The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were in the Rockford MSA (-1.3 points to 5.4%) and the Decatur MSA (-1.0 point to 5.1%). The Chicago Metro Division unemployment rate increased +0.1 point to 4.3%. The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in 47 counties, increased in 43, and was unchanged in 12.

* From Gov. Pritzker’s interview by CBS News

Q: So you have no doubt that [President Biden] should run for reelection?

Pritzker: Yeah. I mean, look, I, again, he’s got an awful lot that he’s gotten done, and I expect that he will get done over the next well, six years.

Q: And if for some reason he takes a pass us, you still ready to pull the plug and do it yourself?

Pritzker: What do you mean ’still ready’? I just got reelected as governor of Illinois. I intend to serve out four years and, frankly, I intend to help renominate Joe Biden in a convention in Chicago in 2024.

* Speaking of which…

* The Tribune is all-in on its attempt to connect Chuy Garcia with former Speaker Madigan. That’s fine and justifiable, except it’s using nothingburger stories to do it instead of citing actual evidence that’s been in plain view for years

As Chicago mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García fends off efforts by political opponents trying to tie him to indicted former House Speaker Michael Madigan, his campaign is calling on a Southwest Side aldermanic candidate who briefly worked for Madigan’s political organization to stop using a picture of García on political flyers.

The campaign brochures focus mostly on the race for alderman of the 23rd Ward near Midway Airport. But the mailers — a well-worn tool for typically parochial races — could have broader implications in the mayoral race and particularly for García, a congressman who is one of eight challengers looking to upend Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s efforts for a second term.

It’s been common in that part of the world for candidates Chuy doesn’t support to try to tie themselves to the guy because he’s so popular. Simple math. Garcia asked the candidate to stop, yet this is somehow a bad thing for Garcia? Bizarre. The coverage is starting to remind me of the New York Times Pitchbot.

* Back to that story

Guillen says his decision to run has nothing to do with the simmering feud between Madigan and Tabares on the Southwest Side.

Sure, Jan.

* Lightfoot campaign…

At the WCPT mayoral forum, Paul Vallas floated the very same lofty claims about public safety that his toothless ads push, offering zero specifics or concrete steps to explain how he would actually tackle crime. Ultimately, beneath his rehearsed, “tough on crime” surface, Vallas is nothing but a fear-mongering gadfly who lacks the experience and the ideas to keep Chicagoans safe.

Here’s the truth:

* Paul Vallas is supported by notoriously bigoted FOP President John Catanzara. Catanzara, a Donald Trump acolyte, was forced to resign from CPD two years ago after facing termination for calling Muslims “savages,” sharing Transphobic social media content, and being named in 50 police misconduct complaints.

* Paul Vallas is lying about his crime bonafides. While Vallas was City Hall Budget Director, the homicide rate climbed every year.

* Paul Vallas’ “original strategy” to tackle crime is nothing but recycled material from Mayor Lightfoot’s ongoing plan to reduce violence. His calls to put more officers on our streets and utilize a community-driven, proactive approach to preventing violence are all already happening — under Mayor Lightfoot.

* Another one on the mayor’s race…

* Good news for Rockford

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is visiting Rockford on Thursday to announce funding for an estimated $58 million state project to reconstruct South Alpine Road and a $2.6 million grant to expand aviation mechanics training.

South Alpine is an unmarked state route that has fallen into severe disrepair. Plans are to reconstruct a 2.5-mile stretch of Alpine from Linden Road to Charles Street. But the massive project is expected to take several years to engineer and plan, beginning in 2027.

Illinois has agreed as a stop-gap to do a $1.5 million resurfacing of part of the road to make it drivable until the rest of the project can proceed, city officials have said.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Donnie Elgin - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 2:50 pm:

    “With the increase, the base in-state tuition for undergraduates starting next school year at the Urbana-Champaign campus will increase to $12,712 a year, a $238 increase”

    Not sure where CBS got those numbers but they are way off.

    From the U of I Website

    Following are our estimated expenses for 2022-2023.
    Illinois Resident
    • Tuition & Fees:$17,138-$22,324

  2. - Cold of Winter - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 2:55 pm:

    Capfax please check the Marion county eclipse story, appears to be for Marion co. In Ohio.

  3. - RNUG - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    == Illinois State Police motioned to consolidate Langley et al v. Kelly et al. with three other cases filed in federal court:…==

    Pretty much expected

  4. - Amalia - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:10 pm:

    does Vallas think people forget about these things? He’s recently pictured with Walter Dudycz, he was not only planned for the AWAKE event but his photo and name were on the invite. None of these things are near what progressives want. It’s like he thinks it will all wash away.

  5. - James the Intolerant - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:21 pm:

    LL needs to put this up in an add, not a handout at a forum.
    Vallas, tHe great budgeteer, was the brains behind not funding the pension fund 17 of his 22 years. Caused dollars to be diverted from operating to the pensions while also weakening the pensions.

  6. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:21 pm:

    Everytime I remember LL is taking away the downtown lakefront parks from the public and giving it to NASCAR for two weeks in peak summer tourism season I am mystified how that is not a bigger issue in the mayor’s race.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:42 pm:

    === The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved what the school called a “modest” tuition increase for in-state freshman who will start school next fall at the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses.===

    Expect the exodus of Illinois’ “best and brightest” to continue as merit based scholarships continue to be the leverage to recruit Illinois seniors.

    Higher Ed needs a retool, overhaul, and funding that allows a want to keep Illinois students here, without losing out of state student revenue, or change the funding of higher ed with (a) new model(s)

    I say this… “modestly”.

  8. - JoanP - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:47 pm:

    I’m no fan of Vallas, but blaming the Budget Director for the homicide rate is a real stretch. (By the way, that link goes to a “page not found”.)

  9. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:56 pm:

    ===giving it to NASCAR===

    Maybe I’ve lost my grip on the Chicago zeitgeist, but who in Chicago watches NASCAR?

  10. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 3:59 pm:

    ===but who in Chicago watches NASCAR? ===

    The idea is to try and expand the fan base.

  11. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:07 pm:

    ===The idea is to try and expand the fan base.===

    For $269 too? A hit is a hit. This is not a hit.

  12. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:13 pm:

    === This is not a hit. ===

    I was just sayin’

  13. - ANNON'IN - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:29 pm:

    What is over under on Tribbie or other media FOIs to the Mayor for stuff mentioning Madigan

  14. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:34 pm:

    I think we are not giving voice of the Chicago Bulls and long time sportscaster enough credit for being able to do that and work in a senior job with CPS

  15. - KSD in CU - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:34 pm:

    Donne Elgin, the current UIUC in-state tuition - without fees - is $12,474. Fees are another $4,664.

  16. - ANNON'IN - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:37 pm:

    BTW NASCAR may think a race on the lakefront will draw from outside the 312.

  17. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Jan 26, 23 @ 4:43 pm:

    ===I think we are not giving voice of the Chicago Bulls and long time sportscaster enough credit for being able to do that and work in a senior job with CPS===

    Onions baby, onions.

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