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Afternoon roundup

Thursday, Jun 22, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Greg Hinz

Chicago now is averaging nearly one mass shooting a week, and has been since at least 2020.

That’s the bottom line of some disturbing — and revealing — new figures from the University of Chicago Crime Lab that underline just how much mass violence has worked its way into the city’s collective consciousness not as an aberration but the norm. […]

For one, shootings in poor Black neighborhoods still haven’t “garnered the outpouring of support or mobilized the kind of action” as shootings in wealthier, whiter neighborhoods, [U of C Crime Lab Executive Director Roseanna Ander] said in an email to Crain’s. “The fact that gun violence — including mass shootings — has been in some sense ‘normalized’ when it happens in Chicago should force us all to look in the mirror and question our priorities.” […]

Ander said the answer includes better deployment of police, so that officers are located where they’re really needed; better data for police dispatchers to make decisions; and an increase in proactive social service, so that young people are reached before and not after they get in trouble.

* Center Square

Some Illinois concert venues will soon be required to have overdose-reversing drugs on hand. […]

State Sen. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, advanced a measure aimed to prevent overdose deaths at concert venues. The legislation requires for-profit music venues that have an occupancy of 1,000 or more to have opioid-overdose antidotes on hand and trained staff available to administer the drugs. […]

Fentanyl now accounts for nearly 70% of all opioid-related deaths in the U.S., with a growing number of overdoses occurring at events such as music festivals. Music festivals like Lollapalooza have become hotspots for party drugs like ecstasy and cocaine.

* Crain’s

Argonne National Laboratory has finished building a $500 million supercomputer that’s shaping up to be the fastest in the world.

The new computer, called Aurora, is among the first examples of a new class of blindingly fast machines to reach “exascale,” or the ability to do a quintillion — or 1 billion-billion — calculations per second.

To put that in perspective, Aurora can do in one second what it would take the Earth’s population 40 years to accomplish if everyone was doing one calculation per second. It’s the sort of speed in handling staggering volumes of data that enables cellular-level simulations of parts of the human body or models of the universe, which weren’t possible before.

* New national poll

In a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll, one in four Americans say state efforts that have followed to impose strict limits on abortion access have made them more supportive of abortion rights. […]

The nationwide poll of 1,000 registered voters, taken by landline and cellphone June 5-9, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

By almost 2-1, 58%-30%, those surveyed opposed the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. […]

Americans overwhelmingly oppose the next goal of many anti-abortion activists, to enact a federal law banning abortion nationwide. By 80%-14%, those surveyed opposed that idea, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of independents.

* Keep in mind that this ILGOP plan would cost local governments hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues…


With the COVID pandemic in the rear-view mirror, a tax exemption put in place for groceries is set to expire soon!

We in the Illinois Republican Party are a party that believes in fiscal responsibility and low taxation so that hard-working citizens can keep more of their earned money.

It’s bad enough that the Illinois Democrats implemented a variety of terrible laws during the pandemic, but ending this tax exemption is another blow to families across the state who are already feeling the weight of Democrat-made inflation and rising prices for goods.

We are committed to electing Republicans across the state at all levels who will put our state on a better path away from the fiscal disaster that the Democrats have created. And we’d love your support to make it happen!

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* Give him credit, the new mayor seems to understand how to pass ordinances, and will even work with problematic alderpersons

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday allowing people who grow food on their property or in community gardens to sell their fruits and veggies.

It was a resurrection: The Urban Agriculture Business License Enhancement Ordinance, as it’s called, was introduced last year by then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration. But Ald. Raymond Lopez had concerns that it didn’t address enough issues, including raising livestock on personal property. When he and Lightfoot’s team couldn’t reach an agreement (no surprise, given they butted heads for four years), Lopez moved to “defer and publish” the measure — which meant it would not get a vote.

Enter the Johnson administration, which approached Lopez to unlock the ordinance.

Lopez reiterated his concerns, and Johnson’s team created a working group to examine the livestock issue. “I was more than happy to usher in the ordinance that I stopped as a sign of good faith that we can in fact work together to resolve some of the outstanding issues from the past,” Lopez told Playbook.

In Wednesday’s pre-council meeting, Beth Beatty, who’s the interim head of Intergovernmental Affairs, said she’s never seen a measure brought back to life like that.

* Hacked again /s…

* Press release…

The Board of Directors of The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) today announced the appointment of George Wright as chief executive officer. Wright comes to the role after a distinguished career in banking and community investment and after serving as the co-chair of The Partnership’s Board of Directors since 2015. In April, he stepped down from The Partnership Board and retired as director of community relations for Citibank’s Global Consumer Group. As director of community relations, Wright led all aspects of Citi’s community development portfolio in Illinois and across the Central Region. The Partnership is a non-profit entity that oversees the largest workforce system in the country in Chicago and Cook County.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 2:49 pm:

    “put our state on a better path away from the fiscal disaster that the Democrats have created.”

    There’s an episode of the 00s version of “The Outer Limits” where robots were imprisoning humans in a walled prison for generations. The robots/androids kept telling the humans escape was impractable due to the inhospitable and toxic conditions in the outside world, and that the robots were really protecting the humans not imprisoning them. Long story short, at the end of the story after the humans successfully rebelled, they then opened up the main gates - to see a nice evening sunset over a green field of rolling hills going off into the distance.

    The ILGOP constant message of doom reminds me of those androids in The Outer Limits.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 2:54 pm:

    Republicans are dangerous to women’s health.

    It will continue to work during elections because it’s true, and voters *believe* it to be true in majority voting and polling.

    Dobbs isn’t “the dog catching the car”… it’s the dog slowing failing by the exhaust of the tailpipe.

    All day. Dems should be on abortion all day.

  3. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 2:55 pm:

    They should put that computer to work to solve the violence in this country

  4. - Trap - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 3:01 pm:

    I wonder where we could find hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the text break going. Wasn’t there some healthcare program that costs us hundreds of millions of dollars?

  5. - Larry Bowa Jr. - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 3:07 pm:

    “worked its way into the city’s collective consciousness”

    I read stuff like this sometimes and wonder if I’m losing my mind.
    This is useful to someone, Greg Hinz reporting on the vibes inside of his head? Was journalism always this half *ssed and I just didn’t realize it?

  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 3:23 pm:

    Paul Vallas is exactly who we thought he devolved into, now it’s unapologetically… and the checks cash the same, but what is disturbing is in what is real time… this embracing of such… “stuff”

    Chicago almost was saddled with Vallas.

    Democracy saved Chicago

  7. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 3:46 pm:

    “Chicago almost was saddled with Vallas.”

    And in the process we learned some things about certain Democrats, who endorsed him. They should apologize and retract.

  8. - Steve - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 5:23 pm:

    That Paul Vallas fellow sure takes that XY chromosome stuff seriously .

  9. - Payback - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 6:18 pm:

    Re. the Com Ed 4 editorial from Crains. Now that the “new breed” of “progressives” like Chris Welch and Don Harmon are the legislative leaders, is it finally possible for Illinois to put teeth in the state Attorney General act, so we (the taxpayers) don’t have to wait around for the federal authorities to act on public corruption?

    Since Welch and Harmon are both lawyers, they must have some great bills in the pipeline, right?

  10. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 6:29 pm:

    ===Now that the “new breed” of “progressives” like Chris Welch and Don Harmon are the legislative leaders, is it finally possible for Illinois to put teeth in the state Attorney General act, so we (the taxpayers) don’t have to wait around for the federal authorities to act on public corruption?===

    Narrator: it was a federal case.

    What exactly do you want with these new bills to save “taxpayers” when the Feds wave off the state when they are investigating?

    Take on the Feds? “Right”

  11. - Just Me 2 - Thursday, Jun 22, 23 @ 7:11 pm:

    The solution to decreasing crime is increasing opportunity through better jobs and hope for one’s future. Unfortunately the City Council treats employers as the enemy all too often, and nothing more than a revenue source.

  12. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jun 23, 23 @ 6:41 am:

    ===The solution to decreasing crime is===

    Nothing is ever that simple in life.

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