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Afternoon roundup

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Gov. Pritzker was asked today about the prospect of carbon capture pipelines through Illinois

Well, that’s something that the ICC is looking at and will be making decisions about. I am watching and listening on the subject of is there danger that really exists for the communities under which these pipelines will run? And so I’m listening to all of the discussion about it. No decision has been made by the ICC. I know the legislature might take action if it doesn’t like what the ICC does. But as far as I’m concerned, it is something we need to watch closely. Those farm communities and people who are engaged in this, this will be a big change for them. And I’m concerned that it will raise the prospect of safety challenges and raise the prospects as we’ve seen in other states, that if there is some sort of leak, that this could be a problem for all of Illinois.

* Kinda on-topic

An analysis released earlier this year by climate and industry advocacy group Industrious Labs shows that municipal solid waste landfills account for more than half of Illinois’ industrial methane emissions, at 58%. That’s compared to other large industrial emissions from sectors like mining, metal manufacturing and food processing.

Nationally, landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States after livestock and natural gas, according to the federal EPA. […]

Statewide, landfills emitted 9 million metric tons in 2021, which can be translated to 1.9 million gas-powered cars driven for a year, according to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. […]

Previously, methane gas collected at Countryside Landfill was used to fuel an electrical generation plant with excess methane gas flared at the site: Many landfills burn gas in a flare, a process that converts most of the methane to carbon dioxide, reducing the impact on global warming.

* Pritzker was also asked about tonight’s Republican presidential debate

It’s going to be a cacophony of crazy, you know, maybe a smorgasbord of extremism. And I think it might be entertaining in some way to watch. But, for goodness sakes, we don’t want any of them running this country.


Chicago taxpayers paid $91.3 million to resolve lawsuits that named 116 Chicago police officers whose alleged misconduct led more than once to payouts between 2019 and 2021, according to an analysis of city data by WTTW News.

In all, the city spent $197.7 million to resolve lawsuits alleging more than 1,000 Chicago police officers committed a wide range of misconduct — including false arrest and excessive force — in 2019, 2020 and 2021, according WTTW News’ analysis.

Cases that involved at least one officer with repeated claims of misconduct accounted for 47% of the cost borne by taxpayers to resolve police misconduct cases between 2019 and 2021, according to the analysis.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Law, led by Corporation Counsel Mary Richardson Lowry, said the department is in the process of launching a new legal case management system to provide officials with “better data and analysis.” However, that system is not expected to be completed until March 2024.


Despite warnings by the president of Chicago’s largest police union that the election of Mayor Brandon Johnson would trigger an “exodus” from the Chicago Police Department, the number of sworn officers remained steady during Johnson’s first 100 days in office, according to a WTTW News analysis. […]

However, the size of the Chicago Police Department was essentially unchanged on Johnson’s 100th day in office as compared with his first day in office. CPD had 12,360 employees on Johnson’s first full day in office and 12,363 employees on Monday, according to a city database. The number of sworn officers has also remained steady, with 11,720 officers on duty as of May 1, and 11,722 on the force as of Aug. 1, according to a database maintained by the Chicago Police Department.

* Friday’s Du Quoin State Fair Parade is canceled…

Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure safety of parade participants and spectators, the Du Quoin State Fair Parade is canceled for Friday evening, August 25. The decision was reached after consultation with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and working with forecasts from the National Weather Service. The ribbon cutting ceremony will continue as scheduled at 5:30pm.

“With forecasts projecting a high of 100 degrees and heat indexes between 111 and 117 degrees, we feel canceling the parade is in the best interest of our parade participants,” said Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II. “This is not to take away from people enjoying the fair safely, but to avoid a clustering of families along the parade route and parade participants in costumes and uniforms from overheating. We are working to ensure the safety of all fairgoers and we encourage all to enjoy the Du Quoin State Fair safely. With the exception of Friday, we are very encouraged that the forecast looks to provide comfortable weather for the remainder of the fair.”

Other steps are also being taken to accommodate the extreme weather. The Fairytales on Ice performance scheduled for Friday evening at 7:00pm will be moved from the Grandstand to inside the Southern Illinois Center. Families with previously purchased tickets will be provided preferred seating. Free hydration stations will also be placed throughout the fairgrounds.

* Press release…

State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, will be the keynote speaker at the Illinois National Organization for Women (NOW) conference Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 20 Center St. in Naperville. Attendance is free and open to the public. Avelar’s remarks are scheduled to begin at approximately 12:15 p.m. and to last approximately 25 minutes, followed by time for Q&A.

Topics will include reproductive justice, constitutional equality, economic and racial justice, ending violence against women, LGBTQIA+ rights, and the intersection of all of these areas with the ongoing situation involving migrants being sent to Illinois from other states.

* Michael Rabbitt, who ran for the House last year, announces for ward committeeperson against Ald. Jim Gardiner

Today I’m announcing that I’m running for Democratic Committeeperson to bring active, engaged, and ethical leadership to Chicago’s 45th Ward.

As a longtime Northwest Side community leader and organizer, I have a track record of bringing people together to improve our communities. As Committeeperson, I will advance our shared values and champion the issues that Democrats are fighting for: affordable and accessible health care, reproductive rights, fully-funded public schools, housing affordability, environmental justice, and safe communities.

Under the current committeeperson, Jim Gardiner, the 45th Ward has been without representation in Democratic Party functions for years, due to Gardiner’s scandal-plagued tenure which prompted his removal from all Cook County Democratic Party committees for “repugnant, rude, and vulgar conduct.” This is unacceptable, and we deserve better.


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first Illinois human West Nile virus (WNV)-related death in 2023. Testing by CDC confirmed the case was WNV-related. The individual, who was in their 90’s and lived in suburban Cook County, had an onset of symptoms of WNV in early August and died soon after. IDPH is also reporting 11 non-fatal cases of WNV confirmed to date this year. […]

Of the 12 human cases, seven were reported from Cook County, including two in Chicago. To date, Kane, Macon, Madison, Will and Woodford counties have each reported one human WNV case.

* Chuy Garcia said the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” was his favorite. Sean Casten said his top song was “Getaway Car,” and the comms director for Bill Foster said “Shake it off” was his boss’ fave…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Tequila Mockingbird - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 2:22 pm:

    I’m left wondering why anybody would ask Pritzker about the rebublican debate and why he would respond the way he did.

  2. - lake county democrat - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 2:29 pm:

    Climate change may outdo abortion as a political issue for the Democrats. Youth voting is up and this is either their top issue or right up there. The evidence that the GOP was wrong and climate change is real and will tangibly affect people’s lives (let alone the future of their children) will do nothing but accumulate.

    This isn’t to give too much praise to the Dems, whose positions on climate change have significant flaws, but at least they are living in the real world.

  3. - supplied_demand - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 2:45 pm:

    ==This isn’t to give too much praise to the Dems, whose positions on climate change have significant flaws, but at least they are living in the real world.==

    This logic could be applied to almost all policy discussions over the past 10 years. It is exactly what turned DuPage county from deep red to blue.

  4. - Baloneymous - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 2:50 pm:

    glad they had common sense to cancel the Du Quoin parade. People line up their chairs well before it starts and sit outside for 2 hours or more. I know people love the state fair parades, but a 117 heat index is too dangerous. I can’t imagine if the Illinois state fair had this week’s weather last week. yikes.

  5. - ClimateChangeisReal - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 3:17 pm:

    - lake county democrat -

    “ This isn’t to give too much praise to the Dems, whose positions on climate change have significant flaws, but at least they are living in the real world.”

    In the words of a Onion headline “ Democrats Criticize Trump For Attacking Greta Thunberg Instead Of Praising Her Bravery, Ignoring Her Later”

    I agree with you and hope people will side with the party that is at least trying to fix things but I’m worried that as climate change problems grow the Democrats will continue to offer middling, slow solutions with little immediate support to people being harmed and the Republicans will exploit it by offering their usual culture war baloney in a climate change wrapper. Like “you ran out water because the democrats let to many climate change refugees in, give us power and we’ll kick them out so you can have more!” And scared people who want things to return to normal will eat it up.

  6. - Rudy’s teeth - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 3:24 pm:

    An A+ to JB’s statement on the Republican debate…”a cacophony of crazy”…alliteration is superb.

  7. - Bill Cunningham - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 3:31 pm:

    Best Taylor Swift song? There is no debate: “Right Where You Left Me”

  8. - Fav Human - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 3:32 pm:

    Many landfills burn gas in a flare, a process that converts most of the methane to carbon dioxide, reducing the impact on global warming.

    So maybe incinerators would have been better to reduce landfill mass?

  9. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 3:46 pm:

    - So maybe incinerators would have been better to reduce landfill mass? -

    Do your lips move when you read? Nothing in this suggests that burning raw garbage would produce less greenhouse gases. They’re talking about the relatively small amount of methane that results from decomposing organic matter being flared to convert it to a less potent greenhouse gas.

  10. - sulla - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 3:54 pm:

    There is some real irony about the co2 pipeline debate.

    The opposition to these pipelines is coming from rural farmers who don’t want the pipelines running underneath their land, but it’s those same farmers who are selling corn to the ethanol industry which is the entire reason for needing a co2 pipeline in the first place.

    So we’ve got on one side (largely) conservative farmers allying themselves with hardcore environmentalists and that bloc is facing off against the pipeline companies that are allied with organized labor.

    It’s a real mess.

  11. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 4:02 pm:

    ==I’m left wondering why anybody would ask Pritzker about the rebublican debate and why he would respond the way he did.==

    He was asked that because he is a prominent Biden surrogate that has often commented on national issues, to say nothing of the fact that he has tried to position himself for a future national campaign.

    He responded that was because it’s true.

  12. - Fav Human - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 4:10 pm:

    landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States after livestock and natural gas,

    Hardly seems a relatively small amount.

  13. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 4:12 pm:

    - Hardly seems a relatively small amount. -

    Compared to the emissions of burning garbage it is.

  14. - Thomas Paine - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 4:26 pm:

    I think we should have a minimum of one fishing story and one rock n roll story in the round up moving forward.

  15. - Blanche - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 4:44 pm:

    Addition to Governor’s comment on Republican debate: But for goodness sake, we do want Biden to continue ruining this country.

  16. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 5:41 pm:

    ===Well, that’s something that the ICC is looking at and will be making decisions about.===

    There are better fantasies for our government to indulge.

  17. - Big Dipper - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 5:52 pm:

    ==we do want Biden to continue ruining this country==

    The country is in much better shape than it was under Trump. And the State is in much better shape than it was under Rauner.

  18. - Suburban Mom - Wednesday, Aug 23, 23 @ 10:20 pm:

    ===landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States===

    Fun fact, my husband is the fourth-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US.

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