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Afternoon roundup

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From WAND TV’s coverage of the planned Danville abortion clinic

The Sanctuary Cities For the Unborn initiative is also trying to help residents draft an ordinance to block the clinic from opening. Pastor and anti-abortion advocate Mark Lee Dickson of Texas said there are 65 cities and two counties across the country that have passed ordinances prohibiting abortion within their jurisdiction.

“Ladonna Prince in Indianapolis, Indiana wants to set up here in this city,” Dickson said. “Well, the voice of this city is loud and they’re saying, ‘Not on our watch.’”

The state’s Reproductive Health Act preempts more restrictive local ordinances, but there’s always the zoning process. Expect a legal fight if either happens

Under the RHA, a person can sue the State of Illinois or local governments like cities and counties if they improperly deny, interfere with, or discriminate against the person’s fundamental rights to make their own reproductive health decisions.

* DPI…

Infamous grifter and Florida resident Dan Proft recently released a list of candidates to support in the April 4 Illinois municipal elections. Proft, known for distributing right-wing propaganda designed to mislead voters, once again thinks he can prop up his own radical agenda through deceit. Proft’s “newspapers,” distributed throughout Illinois, routinely spewed racist, homophobic rhetoric that his endorsed candidates will no doubt bring to local school boards if elected. 

At a January training hosted by Awake Illinois and the Leadership Institute, candidates were offered access to Proft’s pink-slime papers by Brian Timpone. Timpone, who helps Proft operate his pay-to-play network, “told those in attendance his publications ‘can punch back for you,’ and added, ‘If somebody is giving you a hard time, we can fix that.’”

While the extreme views of candidates on the ballot in April are sometimes harder to spot than those of Proft’s once preferred gubernatorial nominee, Darren Bailey, the same network of external power players has banded together to impart regressive policies that will hurt Illinois’ students. Since voters already rejected their extreme vision for Illinois last November, Proft and his allies are now using a different strategy to effect the same backwards agenda.

Top donor to Proft’s People Who Play by the Rules PAC, Dick Uihlein, is also getting involved in municipal races via the New York-based 1776 Project PAC, which endorsed several candidates in Illinois who fit their definition of “un-woke school board members.” 

Uihlein has thrown his money at races across the country for years, notoriously backing extreme conservative candidates; his donations commonly support “firebrand anti-establishment candidates who typically defend broad access to assault weapons and assail transgender rights.”

Uihlein’s Restoration PAC also contributed $13,000 to Awake Illinois in 2022, a group known for espousing anti-LGBTQ+ views who have actively recruited, trained, and supported fringe candidates in the upcoming election.

“Candidates who would align themselves with proven far-right zealots like Dan Proft and Dick Uihlein are unsuited to represent the interests of students, parents, and teachers in Illinois. Having tried and failed to influence the outcome of statewide elections in 2022, these bad faith actors have returned to seize power through supposedly nonpartisan candidates,” DPI Executive Director Ben Hardin said. “Now, they cower behind buzzwords like ‘parental rights’ and ‘pro-family,’ but they’re working from the same playbook, and voters deserve to know who’s really on their ballots.”

In response to organized efforts by these extreme organizations, the Democratic Party of Illinois has launched an unprecedented program to identify and prevent fringe candidates from being elected to local boards. DPI is opposing candidates backed by known far-right organizations as well as those who have embraced values and policies that contradict those of the Party including banning books, blocking full spectrum sex education, teaching revisionist history and ignoring public health. To identify candidates that DPI is recommending or opposing, voters can visit

* Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

With a week before the election for the [Wisconsin] Supreme Court, liberal candidate Janet Protasiewicz continues to eclipse her conservative opponent Dan Kelly in fundraising — this time with the help of three billionaires who have each given $1 million to the state Democratic Party. […]

Billionaire financier George Soros donated $1 million the state Democrats on Feb. 22, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave $1 million on March 14 and Tulsa philanthropists Stacy and Lynn Schusterman made four donations in March totaling $1 million. […]

“George Soros and J.B. Pritzker’s million-dollar contributions underscore that Protasiewicz will simply be a progressive rubber stamp,” said Rachel Reisner, spokeswoman for the state Republican Party. “They’ll drop whatever cash needed to buy her a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat because her pro-criminal record aligns with their agenda.”

GOP megadonor Liz Uihlein, an Illinois resident who co-founded the Pleasant Prairie-based shipping supply giant Uline, donated $500,000 to the state Republican Party on March 10 — the most of any individual. Her husband, Dick Uihlein, is supporting Fair Courts America, a super PAC that has spent nearly $5 million in 2023 on ads to boost Kelly. Dick Uihlein has donated $4 million of that total.

* Press release…

Seizing the opportunity to capture the billions of dollars of federal and private investment in science, technology and climate initiatives, Governor JB Pritzker, in partnership with P33,the Civic Committee, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, is launching Innovate Illinois, a diverse coalition of business leaders, higher education institutions, and elected officials to coordinate the state’s efforts to secure funding through the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“With the formation of Innovate Illinois, we are launching a first of its kind effort to bring federal dollars to Illinois and strengthen the state’s long-term economic vitality for generations to come,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “We are uniquely positioned to leverage our innovation hubs, public and private universities, and national laboratories to provide 21st century opportunities for our state’s workers, scientists, and businesses. With this effort, Illinois will accelerate an innovation-driven economic development plan and usher in a new era of scientific and technological progress.”

“Given the enormous capability and innovative nature of the companies and institutions within our state, this powerful coalition positions us to compete aggressively for Federal and private resources that will help us make critical technology advances and inclusively grow our economy,” said Jennifer F. Scanlon, President and CEO of UL Solutions Inc., board member of P33 and Chair of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. […]

The coalition will be chaired by Governor Pritzker, and vice-chaired by Jenny Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer of UL Solutions and Civic Committee Chair, and Robert Jones, Chancellor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. US Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth will serve in advisory roles. In addition, Innovate Illinois will include a broad coalition of members representing state and local economic development partners, including the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, World Business Chicago, and Intersect Illinois; higher education institutions including the University of Illinois system, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and our state’s Community Colleges; as well as private sector representation through business CEOs, the Civic Committee, and P33. This collective effort will bring together the relevant expertise and capacity to pursue specific grant opportunities in a coordinated way with rigor and focus on priority areas, including science, transportation, innovation and technology where Illinois has a competitive advantage and is well positioned to win. The initiative will serve as the “front door” for businesses who would like to partner with the state and education system for research, technology, and workforce development for innovation-related federal grant opportunities.

* AG Raoul…

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with 12 attorneys general, today called for nationwide restrictions on the use of sulfoxaflor, a chemical pesticide that is extremely toxic to bees and other pollinators. The coalition, comprised of some of the nation’s leading agricultural producers, depend on pollinators to sustain their crops and natural ecosystems.

In a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Raoul and the coalition warned that the unrestricted use of sulfoxaflor could have devastating effects on pollinators, ultimately harming the economy and endangering the nation’s food security. Raoul urged the EPA to adopt reasonable restrictions on sulfoxaflor’s use and support further research into the pesticide’s potential impacts on human health and the environment.

“We must do what we can to protect pollinators, which are critical to Illinois agriculture,” Raoul said. “I am urging the EPA to ensure restrictions on the use of sulfoxaflor are in place to keep Illinois crops and natural ecosystems healthy.”

The EPA previously faced lawsuits challenging its attempts to lift needed restrictions on sulfoxaflor and allow the pesticide’s use in controversial ways — without consulting the public or considering the pesticide’s effects on endangered species. In December 2022, the lawsuits were successful, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ordered the EPA to immediately correct various legal violations. As a result, in February 2023, the EPA published a notice seeking public comment on the use of sulfoxaflor.

Raoul and the coalition’s letter provides important state input in response to that notice. It asserts that the represented states together produce 37% of the nation’s crops and play a key role in American food security and resilience. Illinois and the coalition states are the leading national producers of a wide variety of crops, such as pumpkins, apples, almonds, lettuce, hops, beets, tomatoes, coffee and oranges. The states also have extraordinary natural resources and ecosystems, and are home to a variety of threatened and endangered species and critical habitats. All of this relies on pollination by insects such as bees.

To prevent harm to these necessary pollinators, Raoul urges the EPA to:

    • Restrict the use of sulfoxaflor when crops are blooming and pollinators are present.
    • Reimpose a required buffer zone between sprayed sulfoxaflor and blooming
    • Encourage field owner collaboration to ensure sulfoxaflor is not applied before or during a period when managed pollinators are nearby.
    • Support further research into sulfoxaflor’s impacts on the environment and on humans; remain vigilant about its potential harms.

In issuing the letter to the EPA, Attorney General Raoul joined the attorneys general of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

* Happy spring!…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:38 pm:

    ===Ed Sullivan, a former Republican state representative from Mundelein and former Fremont Township assessor, said it only makes financial sense that the Bears would tear down the six-story grandstand, as the NFL franchise seeks a massive property tax break from state legislators.===

    It makes sense for the Bears, sure, LOL

    It makes zero sense to the honesty of a 40 year (that’s 4-0 years) tax windfall for the Billionaire Bears that bought land there… already… and now seek unreasonable and horrendous taxing conditions around a facility that will need an overhaul or renovation in 25 years.

    If Gillespie, with that bill, plans on purposely hurting schools in Arlington Heights and districts hurt by the project, just call it the Billionaire Bears Bailout already and get those 29 other senate votes.

    It’s a horrendous bill, it’s designed as a windfall for billionaires, the Bears can just as easily sell the land as build on it.

    Not one nickel.

    The Bears can do this all by themselves.

  2. - Nuke The Whales - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:46 pm:

    RE: WAND-TV’s quote of Mark Lee Dickson
    Oh good, we’re calling out abortion providers by name. As Dr. George Tiller can attest, nothing bad ever comes from blaring the names of the doctors who do perform these procedures.

  3. - Jibba - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:47 pm:

    ===Dickson said. “Well, the voice of this city is loud and they’re saying, ‘Not on our watch.’”===

    Says the outsider from Texas

  4. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:52 pm:

    ==The Sanctuary Cities For the Unborn initiative==

    The George Carlin line on anti-abortion activists somehow grows more accurate by the day.

  5. - Stuck in Celliniland - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    == Amazon truck strikes Long Grove bridge, marking 45th crash since 2020=

    That bridge needs to be closed to all vehicle traffic and make it a pedestrian or bicycle bridge only. And send the repair bill for it to Bezos.

  6. - cover - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:03 pm:

    = Amazon truck strikes Long Grove bridge, marking 45th crash since 2020 =

    Why doesn’t this bridge have its own YouTube channel?

  7. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:10 pm:

    So I will put you down for a maybe on a Bears deal OW

    Seem like the Village Government still has an open mind but I am sure you know better than they do what is in their long term interest

  8. - OneMan - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:23 pm:

    The zoning thing came up with PP built in Aurora. It turns out the annexation agreement that added a big chunk of the far East side of the city (from almost Eola to 59, so where the mall is and a fair amount of residential) in DuPage county limited what ‘you can’t do that’ was available so the city wasn’t able to do anything from a zoning perspective to stop it.

    I have to say at the time I was kind of surprised when this came up the annexation agreement (at that point like 30~40 years old) prevented anything. It did come in handy for the city to say they couldn’t stop it, however.

    The clinic is there and there is an “alternatives” facility across from it all next to my closest grocery store.

  9. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:25 pm:

    ===So I will put you down for a maybe on a Bears deal===

    I’ve already listed my own parameters.

    Arlington Heights can go it on their own.

    Having a need for legislation that seems to lack any support in either chamber or from the governor…

    - LP -, I’m the *least* of your worries in gaining support for the Billionaire Bears.


  10. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:32 pm:

    ==Pastor and anti-abortion advocate Mark Lee Dickson of Texas ==

    How about you keep your nose out of Illinois.

  11. - very old soil - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:37 pm:

    Under FIFRA, the state can apply more stringent regulations on pesticides use.

  12. - Earnest - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 3:57 pm:

    The DPI statement just blows me away when Vallas has spoken before the organization they’re bashing and guest hosted the radio show of the man they’re bashing. Should I assume that, if the Awake Illinois person Vallas suggested run for Governor did so as a Democrat, they would be supportive as well? It’s just hard for me to get my head around it.

  13. - Overcooked Tater Tot - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 4:22 pm:

    DPI taking a hard line against candidates associated with Dan Proft and AWAKE Illinois… I can’t wait until they find out about that guy Paul Vallas who is running for Mayor of Chicago.

  14. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 5:08 pm:

    ==Seem like the Village Government still has an open mind but I am sure you know better than they do what is in their long term interest==

    Pretty sure the question is, “What’s in *the state’s long term interest?”

    Arlington Heights can do what they want up to the point that it’s asking the rest of us for something.

  15. - DougChicago - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 5:09 pm:

    Always good to keep the pressure on Cicero Dan Prof(i)t and his lap dog Brian Timpone.

    Hopefully the State Board of Elections will on its own — or perhaps through a DPI complaint — press to see how Timpone funds his “journalism” endeavors.

  16. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 5:14 pm:

    The Democratic Party is labeling many downstate school board candidates “extremists” simply because they are not union-endorsed.

  17. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 5:15 pm:

    ===but there’s always the zoning process.===

    I will never cease to be entertained if these He-Man Women Hating Butterball Republicans implement zoning criteria that ban any physicians offices or healthcare clinics from their jurisdictions.

    Especially when the lawsuit against them features their public comments that the whole intent of the zoning change was to prevent women from accessing reproductive healthcare.

  18. - Steve - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 5:45 pm:

    JB expands his portfolio of state influence . Illinois and Minnesota isn’t enough: on Wisconsin.

  19. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Mar 28, 23 @ 6:02 pm:

    “Well, the voice of the city is loud and they’re saying ‘Why don’t you and the horse you rode in on go back where you belong, Tex.’”

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