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Friday, Mar 3, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Freshman Rep. Nabeela Syed (D-Inverness) was asked recently by former Rep. Mike Zalewski whether she’d had any moments when she thought that maybe she shouldn’t have run for office

I remember after the assault weapons ban passed. I didn’t vote on that. That was before I was inaugurated. And I got some messages, some letters that not only I got, but my future colleagues were getting, requesting me to burn my hijab, and they were related to the assault weapons ban. And I was looking at that, you know, they were, on one page, they were talking about how we shouldn’t support the assault weapons ban, and on the other page, they’re talking about how Nabeela Syed should burn her hijab. And that was a moment where I was like, you know, maybe I signed up for this too quickly in life. [Laughs.] But I think it comes with the job. And it was nice to get that early on because I’ve gotten some more stuff since and it’s been easier to kind of shrug it off because someone told me to burn my hijab even before I was here. [Laughs.]

She has a heckuva spirit.


The department is reporting 10,772 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois in the week ending February 26, and 52 deaths. … As of last night, 921 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 113 patients were in the ICU and 41 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

* Remember when Chicago vied for this turkey? Inc. is pausing construction on its sprawling second headquarters near Washington, a decision that coincides with the company’s deepest ever job cuts and a reassessment of office needs to account for remote work.

* Press release…

Vallas for Mayor is announcing its second key endorsement of the runoff campaign, this time earning the support of former Chicago School Board President, State Board of Education Chairman and mayoral candidate Gery Chico. Chico joins legendary former Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White in endorsing Vallas and reflects the growing consensus that Paul Vallas is the right choice to be Mayor.

“Paul Vallas is unequivocally the most qualified candidate to be mayor,” said Chico. “Throughout his time in city government and leading our public schools he has taken on tough challenges and delivered real results for the people of Chicago. I know Chicagoans will make the right choice on April 4th.”

Vallas and Chico worked closely together during their years of collaboration as CEO and Board President of Chicago Public Schools. That collaboration resulted in increased student test scores, labor peace with no teacher strikes, expanded enrollment by over 33,000 students and almost $1 billion in surplus for the district.

“When Gery Chico and I worked together at Chicago Public Schools we raised test scores, built new schools in underserved neighborhoods and created what President Bill Clinton at the time called a national model for public education,” said Vallas. “We’re building a broad coalition in this campaign and with leaders like Jesse White, Gery Chico and more standing beside me, I feel very proud of the team we are putting together.”

…Adding… Block Club Chicago

Longtime Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) is backing Paul Vallas in the mayoral runoff.

The alderman told Block Club he plans on formally backing Vallas at a campaign event Saturday. The endorsement comes after Burnett’s mentor, former Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, endorsed Vallas on Thursday.

* Tribune

When Frank Sinatra sang in Chicago, he’d often dine afterward at Gene & Georgetti, a white-tablecloth steakhouse in River North.

Sinatra would come to dinner after hours in search of privacy, said managing partner Michelle Durpetti, whose family has operated the restaurant since 1941. Though no plaque at the oxblood leather booth commemorates Sinatra’s years holding court there, the table is in demand from those in the know, Durpetti said. So is the booth next to it, which has hosted many famous diners, including Sting, Nat King Cole and members of Fleetwood Mac.

Now, Gene & Georgetti has found a way to capitalize on those starry legacies. Diners eager to guarantee a meal at either booth can pay to reserve their spot on a booking platform called Tablz, a Toronto-based startup that allows restaurants to charge fees for desirable tables.

Maybe Saputo’s could charge extra for a certain booth in their restaurant?

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Arsenal - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 2:44 pm:

    ==Maybe Saputo’s could charge extra for a certain booth in their restaurant?==

    Pretty sure Mike McClain already tried this idea.

  2. - Marty Funkhouser - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 2:44 pm:

    Maybe Saputo’s could charge extra to get the pasta cooked al dente.

  3. - OneMan - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 2:55 pm:

    ==Maybe Saputo’s could charge extra for a certain booth in their restaurant? ==

    It can come with a CD and transcription of your conversation

  4. - Rudy’s teeth - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 2:58 pm:

    Often, a few bills slipped into the maitre d’s palm was sufficient to score a good table at the fine restaurants in Chicago.

    “Right this way, Mr. Anthony. Your table is ready.”

  5. - Hannibal Lecter - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:00 pm:

    === Maybe Saputo’s could charge extra to get the pasta cooked al dente. ===

    That made me laugh out loud. Its funny because its true!

  6. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:01 pm:

    Chasing Amazon jobs is like chasing Tesla jobs. Might as well chase that unicorn of all employers, casinos.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:25 pm:

    ===Maybe Saputo’s could charge extra for a certain booth in their restaurant?===

    It would be some real cosplay now, not like a shrine of sorts or nostalgia.

    Next time I’m down there, see if Saputo’s does it.

  8. - Hannibal Lecter - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:30 pm:


    Rich, I really hate that you introduced that word to Oswego Willy. Lol

  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:30 pm: Inc. is pausing construction on its sprawling second headquarters near Washington, a decision that coincides with the company’s deepest ever job cuts and a reassessment of office needs to account for remote work.===

    🎶🎵 Some of God’s greatest gifts, are unanswered prayers🎵🎶

    - A. Lincoln, 1857

  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:36 pm:

    ===that you introduced that word===

    I’d like to think I knew of the word before, but … Rich’s introduction to it as part of “McClain and MJM”… can you think of a better word to that silly?

    I’ll out it on *my own* banned words list, lol

  11. - West Wing - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 3:41 pm:

    If only that certain booth midway back at Saputo’s could talk … well, maybe it will

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 4:04 pm:

    So much to unpack, great roundup. I’ll need to revisit a few of those.

    But, the Nabeela Syed - Mike Zalewski piece, that’s really great stuff, Z has a real knack at that interviewing stuff. His podcast too…

  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 3, 23 @ 4:08 pm:

    ===After 2024 buzz, Pritzker reportedly named to Biden re-election advisory board: In addition to the three state executives, the Post reports that the group will also include other Dem politicians who, alongside Pritzker and his peers, will coordinate on a bevy of 2024 campaign issues and act as surrogates in the runup to what’s expected to be another raucous national race===

    This is quite the news to those pushing different thought to Pritzker and 2024…

    Good on Pritzker.

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