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Monday, Mar 13, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Gov. Pritzker was asked again today about the Chicago mayor’s race and whether he’d met with the two candidates

I have. I’ve met with each of them. And I’ve told them that my intention is to work with whoever wins this race. And so I’ve looked forward to hearing even more. I know we’ve got a few weeks left in this campaign, but you know, it’s important that the governor work with the mayor, whoever that is. And so I’m gonna watch. And, of course, I’m a voter, I live in Chicago, I’ll have to make that decision when the time comes.

He was then asked if the candidates had asked him for his endorsement

They have, and I’ve told them, as I’ve told all of you, I think it’s important for me to stay clear of endorsing, mainly because I want to make sure that we’re able to work together, whoever it is that wins.

* Pritzker made those comments at a bill-signing event…

Governor JB Pritzker today signed SB208 into law, making Illinois the third state in the nation, and the first in the Midwest, to mandate paid time off to be used for any reason. The historic legislation provides employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave during a 12-month period, meaning approximately 1.5 million workers will begin earning paid time off starting in 2024.

“Working families face so many challenges, and it’s been my mission to alleviate those burdens in every way I can. Today, we will become the third state in the nation to require paid time off, and the first among the largest states,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Employers benefit from allowing employees to tend to the urgent personal matters of their lives. Workers’ productivity increases, and they often gain greater passion for their job when they can manage the stresses they face outside work. I’m exceptionally proud that labor and business came together to recognize the value of this requirement to employees and employers alike.” […]

Under existing law, workers are not guaranteed pay when taking time off for sick leave, childcare, mental health reasons, medical appointments, vacation, or any other reason. Starting on March 31st, 2024, or 90 days following commencement of employment, workers can begin using their earned time off for any reason without the requirement of providing documentation to their employer under the Paid Leave for Workers Act.

This new law applies to every employee working for an employer in Illinois, including domestic workers, but does exclude independent contractors. The City of Chicago and Cook County have an existing paid sick leave ordinance in place; employees and employers in those two geographic regions will be subject to those ordinances. The law will also exempt employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement in the construction industry and parcel delivery industry.

The legislation provides that paid leave shall accrue at the rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked. Employees will be paid their full wage while on leave and tipped workers will be paid the minimum wage in their respective locale. An employer cannot require an employee to find their replacement for the leave.

* A state Representative tells me she’s received 500+ emails today opposed to ranked choice voting, with these three minor variations. None of the senders live in her district…

Ranked choice voting turns winners into losers – Do not support it!
Dear Representative xxxx,
I am an Illinois voter and would like your help in fighting against ranked choice voting in our state. This unnecessary, partisan process turns winners into losers and complicates voting. Please don’t let this happen in Illinois and vote against ranked choice voting.

No Ranked Choice Voting in Illinois
As an Illinois voter, I compel you to not let outside influences corrupt the voting process in our state with ranked-choice voting. Ranked choice voting disenfranchises voters and is not needed in Illinois. Please don’t let ranked choice voting become a reality here.

Protect my right to vote and vote NO on HB 2807 & HB 2716
Dear Representative xxxx,
I cherish my sacred right to vote, and I do not want the process in Illinois complicated by ranked-choice voting. This is an unnecessary practice that serves to confuse voters and makes it difficult to count votes. As an Illinois voter, I ask you to vote against Ranked-Choice Voting.

* A Decatur manufacturing shutdown has had a huge national impact

An ongoing shortage of a medicine commonly used to treat people with breathing problems is expected to get worse after a major supplier to U.S. hospitals shut down last week.

Liquid albuterol has been in short supply since last summer, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. It has been on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s shortages list since October. The news of the plant shutdown worries some doctors who work with patients with breathing problems such as asthma. […]

The manufacturer that recently shut down, Akorn Operating Company LLC, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2020.

It was the only company to make certain albuterol products used for continuous nebulizer treatment. It’s a staple in children’s hospitals, but had been out of stock since last fall. Without that particular form of the product, hospitals have had to scramble to find alternatives.

* Center Square

Federal prosecutors plan to call 70 witnesses to prove that four former ComEd employees and lobbyists doled out jobs, contracts and payments to illegally influence one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians.

* Something to keep in mind…


* How it started, how it’s going…


…Adding… I actually am related to this Miller. He’s my brother and also Isabel’s father…

(Not an endorsement, just an acknowledgement.)

* Isabel’s afternoon roundup…

       

22 Comments
  1. - Just a Citizen - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 1:48 pm:

    I am related to Devin Miller and this is definitely an endorsement. He will make an outstanding Alterman for Carterville. If you live in his Ward, please vote for him.


  2. - cermak_rd - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 1:50 pm:

    Oh for the love of good golly Miss Molly what did he think boneless wings were? Do you know how little meat actually is on the wing of a chicken?


  3. - TheInvisibleMan - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 1:57 pm:

    –she’s received 500+ emails today–

    Not satisfied with having their out of state witness slips ignored, they have decided to move on to directly spamming people who represent areas they do not live in.


  4. - ANNON'IN - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 1:59 pm:

    Best of luck to Devin. He did a top notch job in other professional positions that we won’t mention since he didn’t.


  5. - Red Ketcher - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:00 pm:

    “… to believe the Products are actually chicken wings.”
    What about the “Buffalo ” wings ?


  6. - Rudy’s teeth - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:08 pm:

    To follow up on JB declining to endorse in the Chicago mayor’s race…What’s up with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement of one of the candidates.

    National politicians who insert themselves into local politics are not relevant in this political arena. “We don’t want nobody nobody sent.”


  7. - Treefiddy - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:17 pm:

    Devin was an academic advisor during my SIUC days and was always a big help, whether with questions on journalism or just questions about campus/school life. Can only imagine he’d be a benefit to Carterville to serve on their council.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:18 pm:

    Pritzker not endorsing the incumbent mayor of Chicago is the nod.

    The incumbent loses, either one of these newly minted mayors, why start out on bad paper?

    You don’t.


  9. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:29 pm:

    At least JB has stopped peddling that nonsense about the candidates not articulating their positions and the contrasts between their views


  10. - Dan Johnson - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:30 pm:

    I am really curious who is paying for or organizing the anti ranked choice voting effort.

    Is it a super PAC called

    Citizens for 20% winners
    Plurality forever
    Anita Alvarez .. that 17% primary worked out well
    Lightfoot with 18%….in retrospect, that worked out


  11. - Techie - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:31 pm:

    I’m a proponent of approval voting (where you can vote for one or more candidates instead of just one) and don’t like RCV very much.

    That said, some the attacks cited here are pretty bad. There are reasons for criticizing RCV, but those are not them.


  12. - Anon324 - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:37 pm:

    ==What’s up with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement of one of the candidates.==

    She’s just glad someone is returning her calls (that’s a national politics jab, though, so apologies in advance to Rich for being a bit afield).


  13. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:38 pm:

    “making Illinois the third state in the nation, and the first in the Midwest, to mandate paid time off to be used for any reason”

    Congrats to the governor for signing the paid leave bill. The US economy for workers is a global embarrassment, as the only major country without guaranteed annual/paid leave. The few countries without this leave are tiny island nations in the South Pacific. That and no universal health insurance is something nobody should hold up as valuable and high ranking in the world.


  14. - Rudy’s teeth - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 2:44 pm:

    Wonder if Darren Bailey will spend any time at Millennium Park for the Blues Fest and the Jazz Fest this summer.

    Will Bailey reappear at North Avenue Beach for the Air and Water Show that attracts thousands to the lakefront.

    Oh, that’s right. Bailey labeled the city a hellhole and no one will come to these annual events.


  15. - Tom - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:01 pm:

    Rich-you play hardball. Not even endorsing your own brother.


  16. - What's in a name? - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:14 pm:

    So your not endorsing your brother? Should make the family summer picnic more interesting.


  17. - Chicago Blue - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:14 pm:

    Vallas would have vetoed the Chicago paid leave bill.


  18. - What's in a name? - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:15 pm:

    Forgive my grammar. “You’re”


  19. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:30 pm:

    ===So your not endorsing your brother?===

    I didn’t say that.


  20. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:32 pm:

    “I am really curious who is paying for or organizing the anti ranked choice voting effort.”

    IPI is pushing this position. I’ve received quite a few emails from them on this. They think it hurts Republicans and that’s obviously bad…


  21. - Give Us Barabbas - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 3:58 pm:

    As long as your brother’s music career isn’t curtailed, I’ll allow it.


  22. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Mar 13, 23 @ 4:10 pm:

    ===What about the “Buffalo ” wings ?===

    That moniker traces back to their origin in Buffalo, NY.

    The lawsuit I’m waiting for is on the count. Most places only serve 1/2 the promised number of wings. They take one wing, break it at the elbow, and call it two.


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