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Isabel’s afternoon roundup

Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* A new anti-Bailey mailer from Mike Bost…

* Meanwhile

The House passed another short-term spending measure Thursday that would keep one set of federal agencies operating through March 8 and another set through March 22, avoiding a shutdown for parts of the federal government that would otherwise kick in Saturday. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later in the day. […]

The vote to approve the measure was 320-99. It easily cleared the two-thirds majority needed for passage.

From Bost…

* In other news, former Secretary of State Jesse White withdrew his endorsement of Peter DiCianni…

In the race for DuPage County Recorder, Peter DiCianni asked that I support his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the office. I agreed because I know him and consider him a friend. However, two videos surfaced this week in which I found his actions to be inappropriate and divisive.

While I remain a strong advocate for law enforcement, I equally support efforts to ensure all people are treated fairly. Once you experience discrimination of any kind, you understand how deeply it cuts. Pete’s conduct in these videos disappoints me and is not what I expect from our political leaders. As a result, I withdraw my endorsement of his candidacy for the office.

Some background is here and here.

From a Sept. 21st press release…

The Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of DuPage County unanimously passed a no confidence vote on Pete Dicianni. Pete Dicianni has strong ties to the Republican Party and has only been elected as a Republican.

* Here’s the rest…

    * Capitol News Illinois | His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years: Because of the way the system is structured, Beals’ potential compensation essentially stopped accruing after he served 14 years. A new bill in the General Assembly would seek to remove the roughly $200,000 cap on payments to exonerees that maxes out at the 14-year mark, replacing it with a payout of $50,000 per year, capped at just over $2 million.

    * Shaw Local | Ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson’s attorneys issue subpoena to NewsNation: On Tuesday, Carlson issued an order “dealing with WGN and [Nexstar Media Group] as well as NewsNation at the request of the parties,” according to court transcripts of the hearing. The court order was based on the interview from Banfield, managed to attain what she said was an “exclusive jailhouse interview” with Peterson. The interview also ran on WGN-TV.

    * CBS | Restrictive abortion laws disproportionately impact Black women in GOP-led states, new Democratic memo notes: For instance, in Florida, where abortion is banned at 15 weeks, Black women are nearly four times as likely to die from complications related to pregnancy, compared to White women, the DLCC noted, citing data compiled by the Florida Department of Health. In Georgia, where a six-week abortion ban is in place, Black women “are more than three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women, the worst ratio in the country,” the DLCC said in its memo.

    * BGA | Campaign Cash from City Contractors Target of New Ethics Ordinance: A BGA Policy analysis of 2022 and 2023 contribution records from the campaigns of former mayor Lori Lightfoot and eventual run-off candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas found more than a hundred contributions from individuals to whom the new rules would apply. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to the three campaigns would have been capped at the $1,500 limit, had the board’s proposed language been in place for the 2023 municipal election cycle.

    * Tribune | Civic groups call on mayor, aldermen to enact City Council ethics reforms: The leaders of the Better Government Association, the Civic Federation and the League of Women Voters of Chicago called for more transparency and better public access in the body in a letter Thursday to Johnson and council Rules Committee chair Ald. Michelle Harris, 8th. The groups criticized current City Hall leaders for circumventing rules designed to publicize what aldermen are considering and chipping away at public access to meetings in a letter signed by BGA President David Greising, Civic Federation President (and former Chicago Inspector General) Joe Ferguson and League of Women Voters of Chicago President Jane Ruby.

    * Sun-Times | Proposal to ship tons of Chicago garbage down the river is dead in water: LRS had put the project on temporary hold after the community organization Little Village Environmental Justice Organization raised concerns that the company’s barge operation would stir up toxic materials in the nearby collateral channel just off of the canal. Last week, company officials notified the Little Village group, other environmental and community organizations and the city to let them know that the project is being shelved.

    * Crain’s | Discover-Capital One deal leaves Chatham call center’s future uncertain: Capital One’s plan to buy Discover Financial Services raises questions about whether Discover’s highly touted call center in Chatham will remain a key job provider for the largely Black South Side neighborhood or face closure as part of cost-cutting measures related to the $35 billion deal. […] Discover declined to comment on its plans for the call center, pointing to a statement announcing the deal that said, “Capital One appreciates the importance of Chicagoland and remains committed to maintaining a strong presence in that market, as well as maintaining service excellence across the U.S.”

    * Axios | Chicago still stalled on free public toilet pilot: The city has not begun the process of procuring the goods and services for a public restroom project, and “there is no agreement currently in place regarding public restrooms,” a spokesperson tells Axios.

    * Naperville Sun | 7th gun-related arrest at Naperville TopGolf since September: Naperville police Cmdr. Ricky Krakow said Lee’s arrest was “the same as the others.” “An officer (on) foot observed a firearm in a parked car,” he wrote in an email to the Sun. “The suspect returned to the car and was taken into custody without incident.”

    * Daily Herald | Parking woes could doom planned Durty Nellie’s redevelopment: The clock is ticking on a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Palatine anchored by a re-imagined Durty Nellie’s pub, and time soon could run out because of unresolved parking issues. “I think it’s looking very unlikely that that project will go forward,” Village Manager Reid Ottesen said Wednesday during the annual State of the Village event hosted by the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce.

    * Crain’s | A night of art and innovation: Museum of Science & Industry’s Black Creativity Gala: With more than 700 attendees, the gala raised over $685,000 to support educational programs and experiences aimed at inspiring the next generation of Black leaders. With more than 700 attendees, the gala raised over $685,000 to support educational programs and experiences aimed at inspiring the next generation of Black leaders.

    * Block Club | Remembering Richard Hunt, The Legendary Sculptor Who Inspired Artists In Chicago And Beyond: Taking inspiration from civil rights, the natural world and sculptors who came before him, Hunt’s career includes thousands of pieces, works like “The Light of Truth Ida B. Wells National Monument” in Bronzeville, the “Growth Columns” in Washington, D.C., and numerous exhibits at museums around the country, from California to New York.

    * Tribune | Tom Skilling delivers emotional final forecast on WGN-TV: “What’s especially amazing about WGN is the bond between this television station and you, our viewers,” Skilling said in his sign-off address Wednesday. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, because in this line of work, if no one watches us, we don’t have a job. So thank you for 45 extraordinary and loyal years of viewership.”


  1. - Torco Sign - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 2:45 pm:

    Just here to point out how stupid it is to now have the bar at “didn’t introduce legislation for X.” Wow. The guy could’ve voted 100% on the side you want but he didn’t introduce legislation. We need to change this ridiculous primary system we have, in some way or another.

  2. - Frida's boss - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 2:57 pm:

    While the DiCianni deal needed to happen, the DuPage Dem party has done nothing about two Republicans running as Dems for judge, in fact, the former head of the DuPage Dems has put these Republicans up to run against actual Dems. Including against the first Black female judge in the history of DuPage. But hey good job on being mad at DiCianni.

    Also good mailer from Bost.

  3. - Demoralized - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:05 pm:

    I think Darren Bailey is a doofus but I’m not sure why a state representative would be introducing any legislation to deal with immigration.

  4. - Jerry - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:12 pm:

    Dear Bost,

    Any roads need fixing in your district? Schools?

    A concerned citizen.

  5. - Sad - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:19 pm:

    Come to think of it, Darren does sound like someone who would get into a fiddle contest. Possibly down in Georgia.

  6. - H-W - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:25 pm:

    Let me get this right.

    Bost voted against the farm bill funding, right?

    Bailey hired migrant workers who are presumably legal green card workers, right?

    Crazy is as crazy does.

  7. - Ghost of Charlie Daniels - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:26 pm:

    The Devil Came Down to Clay County

    He was looking for a soul to steal

    Fire in the primary, Bost has won

    Bailey’s losing his House bid/why’d he run?

  8. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:29 pm:

    ===get into a fiddle contest===

    He did a video about it

  9. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:31 pm:

    ===why a state representative would be introducing===

  10. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 3:55 pm:

    “We can’t afford the status quo.”

    Few things are more Republican than exploding debt when in power then suddenly caring about fiscal responsibility when a Democrat is president.

  11. - Donnie Elgin - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 4:06 pm:

    But hey good job on being mad at DiCianni.

    What’s to be mad about? Sure he’s mercurial and might not be very progressive, but he is first on the ballot in the Dem primary, has run a bunch of times, and has good name recognition. Seems like a good chance to prevail in NOV a wins a win.

  12. - Leap Day William - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 4:12 pm:

    == He did a video about it ==

    Some things you can’t un-see…

  13. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 4:15 pm:

    Bailey holds the bow like he’s holding a ham sandwich. Johnny Frigo is spinning in his grave.

  14. - Bob - Thursday, Feb 29, 24 @ 4:53 pm:

    Donnie, Democrats are nowadays favored in countywide elections. DiCianni is no stronger than the other two candidates running in the primary, becuause a lot of both Ds and Rs are mad at him.
    He does have a chance of winning, I’ve heard already put out mailers with White’s endorsement, and the Dem establishment is not unified against him due to Liz Chaplin’s puzzling primary challenge of the incumbent Democrat

  15. - Rabid - Friday, Mar 1, 24 @ 1:54 am:

    Voted no on a bill that passed. I’m not fiddling around

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