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Afternoon roundup

Monday, May 22, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I really do like the direction Jeremy Gorner is taking the Tribune’s Statehouse bureau. That shop has produced yet another high-quality story

While failing to get a budget done by its self-imposed deadline, the Illinois General Assembly passed measures addressing issues ranging from abortion rights to full-day kindergarten during its spring session, which this week goes into overtime.

It was the first full session since the November election, when Democrats won victories in every constitutional office and expanded their overall supermajority in the General Assembly. Despite the single-party control, legislators didn’t complete their work Friday as scheduled and will reconvene Wednesday to get back to work on a spending plan that became complicated by the spiraling costs of a health care program for immigrants.

Here’s a look at some of the bills heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

It’s a comprehensive look and well worth your read.

* Heather Wier Vaught

The law that prohibited out-of-state donations to judicial committees and capped contributions at $500K was permanently enjoined on May 18. The order followed an agreement between the Attorney General and plaintiffs, in which the Attorney General opted not to appeal and the plaintiffs agreed not to file a motion to recover legal expenses.

* This is the very definition of “do-nothing.” From Block Club Chicago

From the time buses full of migrants began arriving in Chicago last summer, city officials scrambled to find them places to stay. And even when they did, officials often failed to communicate their plans to alderpeople, advocates or other community residents.

Yet as the pace of arrivals built into a humanitarian crisis, the City Council committee responsible for overseeing immigration issues didn’t ask questions or propose solutions.

In fact, for more than a year, the council’s Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights didn’t meet once, though it is tasked with making sure immigrants are treated humanely.

By the time the committee finally convened in late April, the migrant crisis was overwhelming Chicago’s social service systems. With nowhere else to go, families ended up sleeping on police station floors. City officials have turned shuttered schools and park field houses into makeshift shelters, and more migrants are on the way from border states.

But the committee still didn’t take any action.

Hilarious. Not.

* Illinois PIRG…

Legislation to phase out the use of single-use plastic polystyrene foam foodware in state facilities passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly last week and is being sent to Gov. Pritzker for his signature. Also last week, Oak Park became the first municipality to pass a ban on polystyrene foam foodware as part of a broader ordinance tackling single-use plastic waste.

The EPA estimates that Americans throw away almost 70 million plastic foam cups every day. Twenty-two million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year and just over half of that ends up in Lake Michigan alone. Already, eight states and roughly 200 cities and municipalities have enacted bans on polystyrene foam containers.

Under the state legislation passed last week, sponsored by state Sen. Laura Fine and state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, no state agency may purchase polystyrene foam foodware after January 1, 2025, and no vendor with a state contract may distribute any foam products to customers after January 1, 2026. Under the ordinance passed by Oak Park, restaurants may not sell or distribute polystyrene foam foodware after January 1, 2024.

The Coalition for Plastic Reduction, a coalition of more than 35 organizations across Illinois championed legislation that would phase out foam foodware statewide starting in 2024. That legislation passed the state House but not the state Senate. The coalition plans to push for the full statewide ban in next year’s legislative session.

* Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes has been gearing up hard to run for the Supreme Court. In the meantime, here’s the Illinois Latino Agenda…

The Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA) is calling on the Cook County Democratic Party to slate a Latino for the Illinois Supreme Court in the 2024 primary election when Justice Burke’s term officially expires. ILA and other networks believe that there are plenty of well qualified Latinos with experience in judicial matters to warrant slating a Latino candidate for the State’s highest court.

Last fall, more than 25 Latino leaders from the community, government, and private sectors, were unified in voicing their disappointment with the Illinois Supreme Court’s appointment to fill the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Anne Burke vacancy. The Court denied the historic opportunity to appoint Illinois’ first Latino Supreme Court Justice when it selected Justice Burke’s recommended nominee.

“The Illinois Supreme Court sorely lacks Latino representation in a state where Latinos make up 18% of the population and are one of the fastest growing demographics” Jose M. Muñoz, Co-Chair of the Illinois Latino Agenda, said. “We demand a fair opportunity to elect the first Latino Supreme Court Justice with the support of the Cook County Democratic Party.”

Cook County’s District 1, where the latest appointment was made, has a Latino population that is 26% and growing. The Cook County Democratic Party stands at the forefront of rectifying an inequity that has existed for far too long by slating a Latino candidate that would create a truly diverse elected Supreme Court

“The Illinois Judiciary has a growing number of Latinos, the most it has ever had in its 205 year history, yet a Latino has never sat on the Illinois Supreme Court,” said Juan Morado Jr., Chair of the Latino Leadership Council and Illinois Latino Agenda member. “There is undoubtedly a pipeline of Latino Judges that the Cook County Democratic party can slate for Illinois’ Supreme Court and we strongly urge them to do so.”

“If there was ever a time to bring true diversity and equity to the Illinois Supreme Court, the time is now,’ said Sylvia Puente, Co-Chair of the Illinois Latino Agenda and President and CEO of the Latino Policy Forum. “Latinos are embedded in Illinois, our communities contribute to our state’s economy and culture, and we deserve to be represented at all levels of government, the Illinois Supreme Court should not be an exception.”

Other stakeholders, including political leaders and bar associations, are expected to make their own statements in the upcoming days.

The Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA) is a coalition of 26 Latino leaders, most of whom head Chicago’s largest Latino-serving organizations.

* Harsh judgement on Proft’s part, but all HGOPs were individually asked to sign the letter and these did not…

* And congratulations to all of us for surviving Mass Death Day!…

Luc Montagnier is, indeed, still dead.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - dr. jimmy - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 3:18 pm:

    First Senator Mike Jacobs threatened to k**k Blagjevich’s butt, not Sen. Anderson is threatening to the the same for people using the bathroom. What’s in that Quad City water, and how do we keep it away from Sen. Halpin?

  2. - Shytown - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 3:50 pm:

    Anyone can run for the IL Supreme Court. It’s nice to be slated, but it’s no guarantee. Run a great campaign and raise the money you need to make your case to voters.

  3. - Socially DIstant watcher - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 3:55 pm:

    That tax credit was Rauner’s idea. As Dan Profr has probably figured out by now, Rauner lost.

    Aren’t they neighbors now?

  4. - Amalia - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 4:11 pm:

    over on the Twitters Dan Proft is in overdrive about the private school help specifically because of one school, Northridge Prep, in Niles. better known lately as the school where kids purchased a cow and other farm animals for a senior prank and the cow got loose in Park Ridge. geniuses. This is an Opus Dei school. Separate state and (out there) church.

  5. - Retired SURS Employee - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 4:23 pm:

    Jesse Reyes would be an excellent choice for the Illinois Supreme Court.

  6. - Big Tent - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 4:37 pm:

    No one cares what Dan Proft thinks. His perfect record of legislative loses remains intact in Illinois.

  7. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 4:45 pm:

    Do you think the poor kids who are getting a better education care about who proposed the k-12 scholarships or who the Governor is now?

  8. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 4:49 pm:

    Mr. JayEm:

    Thanks for the update on Luc Montagnier. Indeed, I’m still alive too, and glad I got the vaccine and all boosters. Mazel tov.

  9. - Almost the Weekend - Monday, May 22, 23 @ 6:26 pm:

    The Block Chicago Article sums up the left wing of the Democratic Party perfectly.

    Tweet their support and think they did a good job. We govern just as poorly as GOP now

  10. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 23, 23 @ 6:50 am:

    ===the left wing===


    That’s no left winger.

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