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Isabel’s morning briefing

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* ICYMI: Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushes maternal health funding at planned South Side birthing center. Tribune

    - Pritzker’s $52.7 billion budget calls for $23 million to advance “birth equity”.

    -In Illinois, Black women are three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related medical conditions as white women.

    - That funding includes $12 million for a child tax credit for low- and moderate-income families with children under age 3, plus greater investments in community health care providers, the state’s home visitation program and a pilot program for free diapers.

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    * SJ-R | Pritzker says Republicans are limiting women’s choice of freedom after ruling in Alabama: Former President Donald Trump and some Republicans in Washington, however, have called for IVF to be protected. Despite these claims, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said any real support for federal protections from GOP is legislators lacking.

    * WTAX | Senator, IVF mom: Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is not only a U.S. senator. She is a mother of two, both children conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). A decision by the Alabama Supreme Court complicates the process by declaring a fertilized egg – including a frozen embryo – has the same rights as a live human being. “For example, in my case, when we have five fertilized eggs, and three were non-viable,” Duckworth told ABC This Week Sunday morning, “when my doctor discarded those with my consent, that could be considered potentially manslaughter or murder.

    * Windy City Times | State Rep. Kelly Cassidy attacked on social media, allegedly by backers of Burke: As for the responses to her post—specifically, one that stated the state rep needed to grow a thicker skin—Cassidy said, “To the folks who say that, this isn’t about my feelings, frankly. I didn’t tweet that because they hurt my feelings. I put that out there because people need to know the kinds of people who are supporting this woman. And I have incredibly thick skin; I’ve been called worse things by better people.”

* United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America…

Gary Perinar, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, has been appointed Second Vice President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters of America (UBC), effective March 1. As Second General Vice President, Perinar will help set the agenda for the UBC, the umbrella organization that represents 500,000 skilled union workers throughout North America.

Perinar is a third-generation business representative of the union and a 46-year member of Carpenters Local 174 in Joliet. In addition to his leadership role in the UBC, Perinar is an active civic leader and holds positions on several state and local governing authorities.

“It is an incredible honor to be asked to join the UBC’s leadership team led by our visionary General President Douglas McCarron,” said Perinar. “The UBC is consistently at the forefront of transformational policies that redefine what it means to represent union members in the 21st Century. We’re incredibly proud of the unparalleled wages, benefits, training, and workplace protections we provide for our members, and I look forward to helping shape policies to continue to grow our market share across North America.”

Replacing Perinar at the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council is Kevin McLaughlin, a 39-year member of the UBC who currently serves as a member of the Council’s executive board and is the President of Carpenters Local 10. As Executive Secretary-Treasurer, McLaughlin will oversee operations of a union that represents 53,000 carpenters in 324 counties across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Eastern Iowa.

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter with the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council and appreciate everything Vice President Perinar has done to set up our union for continued success,” said McLaughlin. “Our union prides itself on our unparalleled training, safety and productivity so union contractors can remain competitive with the industry’s highest skilled workforces. We will never lose sight of that mission.”

Governor Pritzker will be at Heartland Community college at 10 am to celebrate the opening of its EV manufacturing training academy. Click here to watch.

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  1. - Dog bites man - Tuesday, Feb 27, 24 @ 9:35 am:

    The attacks on Rep Cassidy are vile. But wouldn’t it be almost more news worthy if there were no vile attacks posted on X? That seems to be the reason the platform exists…someone posts a thought and then the X “community” jumps in with racist, homophobic, or in some other way hateful comments. That describes the overwhelmingly majority of the discourse there. Why feed the trolls?

  2. - Drury's Missing Clock - Tuesday, Feb 27, 24 @ 9:52 am:

    Terrible what was tweeted (posted?) at her, but for the last three weeks Cassidy/Harris/etc need to focus on defining Burke as a tough-on-crime right winger rather than personal grievances.

  3. - H-W - Tuesday, Feb 27, 24 @ 9:55 am:

    Well, I’ ll start.

    Re: WGEM Story at the bottom

    When the anti-diversity people work desperately at the state and federal level to rip a handful of small scholarships away from people of color and LGBTQ people, we have to question their motives.

    Their efforts do not empower white people, though that message is behind their works - white oppression, straight people being denied.

    Their efforts clearly target people who are of less power in society. It is the same as saying, Black lives do not matter, all lives matter.

    Not ironically, the spokesperson for this effort to eliminate a handful of scholarships at a small, Midwestern university in a place they could not find on a map, that spokesperson writes “Universities need to adopt the approach of, which is that there is no ‘good’ form of racism, and the remedy for racism is not more racism.”

    Were Mrs. Jacobson and Finnegan to actually believe those words that proceed from their mouths, they would work to remedy the first sin - unequal funding of schools, inadequate education in rural and urban American, access to jobs, affordable housing and free access to health care.

    But they do not. They simply work to deny children of color and LGBTQ children a handful of small scholarships, in the name of equalizing white people’s access to those morsels.

  4. - Amalia - Tuesday, Feb 27, 24 @ 10:10 am:

    I’m surprised that Cassidy is supporting a candidate…Harris… who personally donated to an anti choice congressional candidate, Hastert, and who directed corporate dollars to anti choice gov candidate Brady. O’Neill Burke wants to create a Choice Protection unit because of the many threats to reproductive freedom, including preparing for violent events. Big difference on this issue.

  5. - Hannibal Lecter - Tuesday, Feb 27, 24 @ 11:47 am:

    It is amazing on how the State’s Attorney’s race has gone so far. Harris seems to be Kim Foxx II, so I would think that there would be many questions about whether he would continue certain policies, like understaffing the Civil Actions Bureau to the point that they are operating at borderline malpractice levels — and then outsourcing the work to their friends. Or why they forced out some of their best talent just to have new folks in place that don’t really cut the mustard.

  6. - Amalia - Tuesday, Feb 27, 24 @ 12:36 pm:

    @Hannibal Lecter wow that sounds terrible. perhaps because the criminal policies…retail theft and gun charges especially…of Foxx are so awful & Harris says he will continue those there is much public interest in that side so not as much interest in the civil side. Outsourcing work to friends, so lucrative for the friends.

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