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Afternoon roundup

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I’ll have more on this for subscribers tomorrow. But, wow…

* This Casten release was sent out Saturday and I told subscribers about his statement on Monday. A truncated version appeared in another publication today…

Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement regarding the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association event to support Illinois sheriffs who refuse to enforce the state’s assault weapons ban. The meeting featured former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, who served on the board of the Oath Keepers, a far-right organization whose leaders have been convicted of violently opposing the US government.

“Public safety is a two-way street,” said Rep. Sean Casten. “It depends on law enforcement to enforce the law, but also depends on public confidence that those laws will be enforced without prejudice, and not subject to the whims of a particular officer. When a sheriff refuses to implement the laws of Illinois in their community, they make future mass shootings more likely. They compromise the safety not only of civilians but also of the police officers who may end up in the line of fire.

“To invite a known Oath Keeper – an organization that took a leading role in attempting to overthrow the United States government during the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol – to discuss strategies for how to best ignore the laws of Illinois not only shows a complete disregard for American democracy, but also actively endangers the communities the sheriffs are sworn to protect.

“The Illinois General Assembly passed a law to ban the sale of the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that made the Parkland, Dekalb, and Highland Park shootings so deadly. That is the law in the state of Illinois, and no one should have to guess whether that law will or will not be enforced based on the county they are in. The actions of any sheriff refusing to enforce the law are unacceptable and we must hold them accountable.”

Subscribers know more.

* Media advisory…

The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus will host a press conference responding to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed rule change that would increase naturalization fees.

Caucus members will detail their response to the proposed rule change, as well as share state efforts to decrease barriers to naturalization, including legal services and naturalization scholarships.

What: Press Conference Responding to USCIS’ Proposed Naturalization Fee Increases
When: March 8 at 11 a.m.
Who: Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus
Where: State Capitol Blue Room (Room 010)

* Media advisory about an Awake Illinois counter-event…

When: Saturday, March 11, 2023, 2:45 p.m.

What: Press Conference

Who: Coalition of parents from multiple school districts, Illinois Families for Public Schools, Library Defense Collaborative, FLAG and other advocacy orgs

Where: In front of Fox Valley Kickers Club (1015 Harvey Road, Oswego, Illinois), scheduled location of a free champagne-and-dinner campaign event, “Toast the Vote,” sponsored by Awake Illinois to promote local extremist school board candidates and featuring speakers Mario Presents, the California-based Chapter Director for national anti-LGBTQ+ hate group Gays Against Groomers, and Stephanie Trussell; former Lieutenant Governor Candidate

Speakers: Jennifer Stamp, Parent, District 308 (Oswego) and Co-Founder of Parents for Progress.
Dan Hemmer, FLAG Parent - Chicagoland Area
Shannon Limjuco, Parent, District 200 (Wheaton)
Tara Donnelly, Member, Library Defense Collaborative
Cassie Creswell, Director, Illinois Families for Public Schools.
Jim McGrath, Community Leader, District 220 (Barrington)
Leslie Cummings, Parent, District 200 (Wheaton)
Leslie, Weyhrich, Parent Group Member, High School District 203 (New Trier)

Why: Local school board elections will be held throughout Illinois on April 4, 2023, and parents and community leaders from across Chicago suburbs are calling out the outside interference in local elections from multi-million dollar national far-right dark-money groups, including Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, the Leadership Institute, Parents Defending Education and Moms for Liberty. Partnering with local astroturf parent group Awake Illinois, these national groups are providing resources for slates of extremist candidates in multiple districts to advance an anti-equality, anti-public education agenda–pushing book bans, dismantling programs for social-emotional learning and diversity, equity and inclusion programs, and opposing up-to-date, accurate curricula for US history and sex ed.

* Two very good ideas that I’d also like to see implemented…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Amalia - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:13 pm:

    AWAKE counter event….more names to track for donations.

  2. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:14 pm:

    Gun ban appeal details - IL Supreme Court Timeline of MOTION TO PLACE APPEAL ON AN ACCELERATED DOCKET…

    WHEREFORE, Defendants-Appellants ask this Court to enter an order under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 311(b) directing the circuit court to prepare the record on appeal by March 15, 2023; and entering the following briefing schedule: Defendants-Appellants’ opening brief due by March 20, 2023; Plaintiffs-Appellees’ response brief due by April 13, 2023; Defendants-Appellants’ reply brief(s) due by April 27, 2023; and oral argument during the second week of the May 2023 term of this Court.

  3. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:25 pm:

    Re: COGFA

    That’s some impressive managing of expectations.

    UPOD - Under Promise, Over Deliver.

  4. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:32 pm:


    Revenue projections are difficult to do these days. I think they wanna be conservative, but then the money keeps pouring in.

  5. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:33 pm:

    …And frankly, I’d much rather they underestimate than over.

  6. - Socially DIstant Watcher - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:34 pm:

    Yes for showing proof, no to disallowing loans. PACs can return contributions at dissolution; calling it a contribution for years or months or days or whatever wouldn’t change anything.

  7. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:37 pm:

    Now comes the tricky part: resisting the urge to spend it all.

    With so many new legislators in Springfield, someone needs to remind them that revenues go down too. As much fun as it is to spend on new priorities, cutting across the board in the future is really tough to stomach.

  8. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:47 pm:

    “far-right dark-money groups, including Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation” the Leadership Institute,”

    The Leadership Institute and the Heritage Foundation are well-known established 501(c)3 organizations. They publicly disclose their tax returns and both have 3-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

  9. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:48 pm:

    Somehow money keeps pouring in now that the election and the temporary tax relief gimmick has expired.

    Does it ever occur to JB that is because taxes are too high?

  10. - Anon324 - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:50 pm:

    ==If Illinois can deem that they will not allow enforcement of federal law (sanctuary cities) they can’t complain when Sheriff’s decide they don’t want to enforce specific state laws. Good for the goose, good for the gander.==

    I see someone is happy to post their lack of understanding of the concept of federalism.

  11. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 2:55 pm:

    Love seeing Illinoisans standing up to racism and homo/transphobia. This anti-drag show movement is a crock. Lots of TV/movie characters were in drag for many years, and there was no outrage. They’re going out of their way to hate.

  12. - Anon324 - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:03 pm:

    Re: the Taste item. I don’t have a Crain’s sub so I’m pay-walled and unable to see if this is addressed within, but Block Club has an article from about an hour ago that the vote to approve the Taste at Polk Bros Park (i.e. Navy Pier) has been held at Reilly’s request. It sounds like it won’t come up for a vote until after the election, although Sposato did not give any specifics.

  13. - Jibba - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:16 pm:

    ===taxes are too high?===

    Only after our $140B+ in debts are paid.

  14. - Excitable Boy - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:19 pm:

    - Does it ever occur to JB that is because taxes are too high? -

    Careful, you’re undermining the Laffer curve your heroes exalt.

  15. - regular democrat - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:20 pm:

    BOLO OW some interlopers heading your way

  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:29 pm:

    - regular democrat -



    These folks are a bubble in a bubble kind of chatter, but they seemingly are “walking around” waiting to see how far they can talk before they expose their thoughts…

    … now it’s full tilt, empowered and emboldened.

    Thanks for the concern. The overt is always disappointing out here.

    ===because taxes are too high?===

    Oh - LP -, who’s going to pay, eventually, for your tax avoiding boondoggle of a building the Bears want to maximize their own profits.

    I’d tone it down since you want a Bears Bailout that the state will have to help with at some point.

    Then again, is there 60/30 for the Bears Bailout?

    Hope that Bears Bailout isn’t an 11th hour bill no one has read, plopped on desks to be rammed through… amirite?

  17. - H-W - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:33 pm:

    Re: Rep. Casten and the CSPOA

    Is there a listing of Illinois Sheriffs who may have attended this gathering? I argue that this information should be a part of the public domain. I want to know if my sheriff attended this gathering.

  18. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:34 pm:

    What Rich said.

    And..Jibba beat me to it. OW also nails it. Bailout billionaires. BILLIONaires, but stick it to the working class public employees.

  19. - Amalia - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 3:46 pm:

    Trib article about the Preckwinkle endorsement of Johnson says that Vallas got endorsement from White and Congressman Davis. Oops.

  20. - JoanP - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 4:14 pm:

    = This anti-drag show movement is a crock. =

    It’s also a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion. But then the proponents have probably never heard of Purim:

  21. - Original Rambler - Tuesday, Mar 7, 23 @ 6:10 pm:

    H-W, initial thought is you can FOIA their calendar at a minimum. Or their expenses for the day. Emails with CSPOA in them.

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