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Afternoon roundup

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Center Square

With four federal lawsuits consolidated and a schedule of responses and oral arguments set, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is officially taking sides in the case against the state’s gun ban. […]

“Many sheriffs across the state indicated their concern about this legislation passing and ultimately being signed into law and infringing upon the rights of those legal gun owners across the state,” Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk told The Center Square. “What the organization did is we filed an amicus brief in support of those efforts challenging House Bill 5471.”

* Heh…

* Institute of Government and Public Affairs…

The University of Illinois Flash Index for February 2023 increased to 103.4 from the 103.1 level in January, fueled by strong Illinois state revenues. The Illinois economy is still growing moderately after the surge of the recovery from the COVID recession.

“In what has become a repetitious summary over the last six months, the Illinois and national economies still provide no clear signals of whether a soft landing or modest recession is in store later this year.”

Giertz said in fact, a third possibility has been suggested, one of no landing at all with continued modest growth. The unemployment rate remains low, inflation is moderating although not as rapidly as the Federal Reserve would like, consumer spending continues at a rapid pace, and supply bottlenecks are easing. However, the housing market is extremely slow, interest rates may still rise faster than expected, and layoffs and retrenchments continue in the tech sector.

“Results for the three main components of the Index (individual income, corporate, and sales taxes) were all positive. The three were up in real terms from the same month last year which was also very strong.”

The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings, consumer spending, and personal income as estimated from receipts for corporate income, individual income, and retail sales taxes. These revenues are adjusted for inflation before growth rates are calculated. The growth rate for each component is then calculated for the 12-month period using data through January 31, 2023. Nearly three years since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, ad hoc adjustments are still needed because of the timing of the tax receipts resulting from state and Federal changes in payment dates.

* Marni Pyke at the Daily Herald

Illinois Department of Transportation officials are not sugarcoating the impact of a three-year, $150 million bridge structure rehabilitation project on the Kennedy Expressway.

“We anticipate there’s going to be some major traffic delays as more than 275,000 motorists use that expressway each day,” IDOT spokeswoman Maria Castaneda said Tuesday at a briefing.

As IDOT Bureau Chief of Construction Jon Schumacher noted, “the road is over 50 years old, and the last major rehabilitation was 30 years ago.” […]

A total of 36 bridges will be fixed between the Edens Expressway and Ohio Street, along with pavement patching as needed.

* Press release…

— Governor JB Pritzker along with state and local leaders and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced nearly $60 million in state grants are being awarded for 118 local park projects throughout Illinois to help communities acquire land and develop recreational opportunities. The grants represent the largest round of Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grants in the 36-year history of the program, which was designed to help communities fund land acquisition and development for parks and outdoor recreation projects

In addition, for the first time in the history of the program, funding will cover 100% of eligible projects located in economically distressed communities, resulting in 22 underserved locations receiving OSLAD grants.

“Today, I couldn’t be prouder to announce that IDNR’s OSLAD program is offering the largest round of grants in the history of the program — nearly $60 million,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “The health and wellbeing of Illinoisans sits at the heart of the OSLAD program, and for the first time ever, we’ve been able to provide 100% of funding assistance to qualifying distressed recipients.”

Established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1986, OSLAD is a cost-sharing program between state and local governments that has become one of the most popular grant programs in Illinois. Since it was established, OSLAD has awarded more than $530 million for park projects throughout Illinois (including the awards announced today).

* All rise…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 2:33 pm:

    ===The University of Illinois Flash Index for February 2023 increased to 103.4 from the 103.1 level in January, fueled by strong Illinois state revenues. The Illinois economy is still growing moderately after the surge of the recovery from the COVID recession.===

    IPI Pitchbot

    “The Flash Index showed some growth, is it a mere flash in the pan”

  2. - H-W - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 3:16 pm:

    Sheriffs are silly animals.

    They say they will not enforce a law about unregistered weapons if the law is to pass judicial review.

    I bet they will.

    I bet if going forward, they enter a residence on the ground of possible illegal activity, and make arrests, I bet they will also confiscated unregistered weapons in some cases.

    I bet they will seize any unregistered weapons they find depending on the race and social class of the residents they are surveilling and arresting for unrelated charges.

    I bet they will seize unregistered weapons from some people. I also bet they will ignore unregistered weapons in other cases. I bet the law, if it passes muster, will be applied differentially.

  3. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 3:19 pm:

    “IPI Pitchbot”

    IPI will print a story using the *third* derivative of this 2nd derivative measurement, just to be able to claim the Illinois economy is shrinking.

  4. - Appears - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 3:23 pm:

    Is Darren Bailey now saying that Chicago doesn’t need to get kicked out of IL?

  5. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 3:31 pm:

    “Look” - TheInvisibleMan -

    Don’t take the comedy out of my comedy, I’m perfectly capable of taking humor out of my attempts all by myself.


  6. - jackmac - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 3:31 pm:

    Horseshoes in Springfield? I used to love the offerings at the long-shuttered Norb Andy’s not far from the Capitol.

  7. - Norseman - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 4:08 pm:

    Nice salute to Bob Vose, a State Fair icon. I will always remember my traditional visit during every fair I attended.

  8. - Stuck in Celliniland - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 4:11 pm:

    ==Horseshoes in Springfield?==

    I’m surprised the local McDonalds’ franchise owners in Springfield have never attempted to create their own take on the Horseshoe, as a local product.

  9. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 4:15 pm:

    OW - we’re just coming at it from a different perspective.

    Mine being, “how will IPI write an article that knowingly distorts numbers to take advantage of their readers lack of knowledge”

    It’s more sad than funny.

  10. - Amalia - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 5:59 pm:

    horseshoe…late night eating. nightmares.

  11. - Cimry90 - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 6:27 pm:

    I now at one time Springfield area steak and shake offered a horseshoe.

  12. - Just Me 2 - Wednesday, Mar 1, 23 @ 8:14 pm:

    I’m sure Bailey actually wants Johnson to win so he can continue to hate (and raise money) on all things Chicago related.

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