Presented by the Illinois Car Sharing Coalition
We’re mourning in Chicago.
A doctor, a policeman and a pharmacy resident were killed Monday by a gunman with a concealed-carry license at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on the South Side. He also died after turning the gun on himself. What an awful story. Witnesses described the scene as “chaos,” “like a movie.” Hospital staff who see gun violence every day in the critically wounded they treat were quick to respond. It was the second time in a year that a Chicago Police officer was killed while in the line of duty. The gunman also confronted his girlfriend, a doctor in the hospital's emergency room, and shot her multiple times. The cause: a "broken engagement," the Tribune reports. >Story here
“All of a sudden you hear five or six gunshots…pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,” said a witness who hid inside a utility room before SWAT officers arrived. >Sun-Times story here
In a Monday night forum about diversity, Chicago mayoral candidates
Toni Preckwinkle and
Susana Mendoza instead came out to fight. It was the first time the mayoral candidates had a chance to face off and both took advantage of it.
Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president, found herself defending her friendship with outgoing county Assessor
Joe Berrios, widely criticized for a shift in the property tax burden from wealthy homeowners to everyone else. And Mendoza, the state comptroller, defended her stand on criminal justice reform—given she had previously supported the death penalty. The invitation-only event also featured former Chicago Public Schools CEO
Paul Vallas, former federal prosecutor
Lori Lightfoot and Austin Chamber of Commerce Director
Before the forum, some candidates took part in an old-timey political tradition: turning in signed petitions to get on the February ballot. The only thing missing from this spectacle was the popcorn. Campaign workers held hand-made signs or handed out “vote for me” buttons like hucksters at a circus.
Toni Preckwinkle made the most dramatic entrance into the county building, walking alongside campaign manager,
Ken Bennett (aka
Chance the Rapper’s dad). Bennett rolled in a dolly carrying petitions with 60,000 signatures, which one Twitter observer called “the ballerest move on signature day.” Mayoral candidates
Paul Vallas and
Willie Wilson beamed like schoolboys having collected 60,000 and 50,000, respectively.
Jerry Joyce, another mayoral candidate, says he brought in 30,000. Vallas credited “grass-roots support” for being able to come in on Day 1 with so many names. Candidates can turn in petitions up to Nov. 26.
A few aldermen outdid themselves in turning in more than the 473 required for their races. Ald.
Ed Burke confirms he brought in 7,100 signatures. Ald.
Gilbert Villegas collected 8,216. And Ald.
Marty Quinn collected more than 10,000 signatures, one source whispers. What an army of help he must have had. Quinn is the lawmaker who got caught in the middle of a #metoo scandal when he didn’t do anything to stop his brother from harassing a woman. Quinn is a business partner House Speaker
Mike Madigan --they run Madigan-Quinn constituent services company. The business does everything from tree trimming to water repairs to notary public work, which may be handy for getting those petitions stamped and delivered.
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— Mayoral candidate Bill Daley is pulling in support from Chicago’s business community, including from
Sam Zell. The billionaire developer recently donated $25,000 to Daley. Also stepping up for the former White House chief of staff: former Exelon CEO
John Rowe, $50,000; Groupon CEO
Eric Lefkofsky, $50,000; and billionaire brothers
Chris Reyes and
Jude Reyes, who run Reyes Holdings beer and food distribution company in Rosemont, each gave $25,000.>
A message from the Illinois Car Sharing Coalition:
SB 2641 will shut down an emerging industry, deny Illinoisans an opportunity to make money while their cars sit idle, and unfairly subject car owners to double taxation. Car sharing is not car rental and demands separate treatment. Legislators should VOTE NO on the SB 2641 override. www.ILCarSharing.Com
When former state GOP leader
Pat Brady said President
Donald Trump’s rhetoric about women and minorities “hurts” Republicans, some guests at Monday’s City Club event booed. “Whether you like it or not,” Brady told the City Club crowd at Maggiano’s Banquets, “We have to come up with an Illinois strategy that bifurcates us away from the president’s message or we won’t be able to recruit people.”
Monday’s contentious scene is just another indication of how divided the Republican Party is after that blue-ish wave swept Illinois. The event was titled “Illinois GOP: Now What?”
At one point Brady also called out
Dan Proft, who runs a right-wing PAC, for funneling $1.2 million to a primary candidate challenging Illinois House Republican leader
Jim Durkin —who ultimately won. That kind of financial support could have benefited
Erika Harold, Brady said of the GOP attorney general candidate who fell short. Brady wants financial support to carry candidates through the general election. But Proft, also a panelist, disagreed, saying, “Competition produces better goods and services. Primaries are for improving the quality of the caucus and generals are for growing the caucus.”
There was a glimmer of unity. Proft agreed with Brady on the need to do a better job recruiting young people, women and minorities. So now what?
— Obama gives pep talk to next generation of community organizers , by WBEZ's Natalie Moore: The Obama Foundation's second annual summit in Chicago — themed “Common Hope, Uncommon Stories" — was a call by the former president for the next wave of community activists to "remake the world right now because it badly needs remaking." >Story here
— Better Government Association wants to stop Elon Musk’s tunnel until the public can see the bid. BGA filed a motion in Cook County Circuit Court asking a judge to block any final deal between the city and
Musk over the O’Hare express plan until the public can see bids of Musk’s Boring Company and a competitor. The city so far has refused to those documents public. >Story here
— The collateral damage of $1 vacant lots , by Nona Tepper for Chicago mag: “Luerlis Gutierrez celebrated when she learned about a Chicago program meant to inspire neighbors to beautify their communities. The East Garfield Park resident had long bemoaned the empty lots in her neighborhood, and Large Lots — an ongoing initiative that allows nearby homeowners, block clubs, and developers across Chicago to buy empty, city-owned lots for $1 — sounded promising. ... Little did she suspect that the program, in the end, would lead to the destruction of her neighborhood garden on West Fulton Street." >Story here
— A new City Council resolution would require all committee hearings to be broadcast and recorded, according to Better Government Association’s Danish Murtaza. The measure was introduced by Ald.
Brendan Reilly (42nd). If passed, residents could watch debates about police lawsuit settlements, the city’s spending and budgeting, and much more, from the comfort of their own homes or workplaces. >Story here
On his last day as U.S. attorney general , Jeff Sessions issued a memo making it more difficult for Justice Department officials to obtain court-enforced agreements to stop civil rights abuses by local police departments [including Chicago’s]. At least, that’s how his missive has been framed. It’s actually worse than that,” writes Christy E. Lopez for The Marshall Project: >Story here
— If grocery shopping is the only thing on your mind, here’s a guide to kimchi, melchi, bulgogi and other Korean delicacies, via WBEZ’s Monica Eng: >Story here
Can you hunt your own turkey in Cook County? Yes, in theory. Just make sure you use a bow and arrow. >Story here
— It’s been five years since Illinois legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the 16th state to do so. The marriage-equality legislation was signed into law Nov. 20, 2013. Illinois was ahead of the nation in the fight for marriage equality—the Supreme Court didn’t issue its historic ruling requiring all states to issue same-sex marriage licenses until June 26, 2015.
— Which counties have the best credit-card balances? One Illinois’ Ted Cox takes a look: >Story here
— How many hours a day should kids be in school? How about zero? by NPR Illinois' Dusty Rhodes: Schools make their own rules under the state's new funding law. What will that mean for student attendance (and charter schools, and virtual education)? >Story here
— No state has more to lose from Trump's citizenship question than Illinois, by Chicago magazine's Edward McClelland: “Our population loss means we’re guaranteed to forfeit a congressional seat after the next census. But if our non-citizen population is undercounted” — as voting rights activists suspect would happen with the addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census — “we could lose two, according to projections by the Brookings Institution and the Election Data Services company. That would reduce our presence in the House of Representatives to 16, and our electoral votes to 18 — the lowest figures since the 1860s.” >Story here
— High-priced power supplier to low-income households agrees to marketing ban , by Crain's' Steve Daniels: New Jersey-based IDT Energy, accused by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan of preying on low-income African-American communities, has agreed to pay out $3 million in refunds to about 176,000 customers and halt marketing in Illinois for two years. >Story here
— No guns for teachers: Illinois Association of School Boards, by Patch's Shannon Antinori: Members of the state school board association voted 203-179 against letting school districts arm staff. Several southern Illinois districts have shown an interest in arming teachers, Patch writes. >Story here
— Trump's refugee director moved to new post , by POLITICO's Rachana Pradhan: >Story here
— Senate Democrats sue to block Whitaker from serving as acting AG , by POLITICO's Caitlin Oprysko: >Story here
— Pelosi’s bid for speaker imperiled as public opposition grows , by POLITICO's Rachael Bade, Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan: >Story here
A Cook County Circuit Court judge has ruled a Chicago restaurateur can move ahead with his defamation lawsuit against Crain Communications.
Phil Tadros, owner of Bow Truss coffee shops and other restaurants, has accused the weekly business magazine of defamation, putting him in a false light, intentionally damaging his business interests and acting with “actual malice,” according to court documents. His claims were prompted by a 2016 story about his business practices. Tadros’ lawsuit seeks $38 million in damages. Crain’s had sought to dismiss Tadros’ complaint. In a detailed, 11-page response issued Monday, Judge
James O’Hara denied the paper’s request for dismissal. The case now moves to discovery and then jury trial. The paper declined to comment. Tadros’ attorney,
Charles Mudd, declined comment on ongoing litigation.
Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and an expert on the First Amendment and U.S. Constitution.
James Teague, who works on constituent relations for Rep. Bobby Rush’s office.
Michelle Mekky of Mekky Media Relations has won a Stevie Award for Women in Business. She received a bronze medal in the Entrepreneur of the Year category during a ceremony in New York. The Stevies honor businesses and the people who run them.
At Navy Pier for graduation of new firefighter EMTs and paramedics.
No official events.>
A message from the Illinois Car Sharing Coalition:
With transportation expenses on the rise, Illinoisans are looking to car sharing to help them earn extra income and save costs on transportation.
Yet, legislation that lawmakers are considering, SB 2641, would deny Illinoisans from an opportunity to make money while their cars sit idle and unfairly double tax car owners.
Car sharing is not the same as car rental, and the two industries cannot be treated the same. With car sharing, car owners can benefit financially while they aren’t using their cars. When regular Illinoisans buy a car, they pay sales tax. Rental car companies don’t because they have a sales tax waiver. But, this bill would force a car owner who has already paid sales tax to pay twice if they want to earn extra money sharing their car.
Legislators should VOTE NO on the SB 2641 override.
- Shia Kapos @shiakapos