TGIF, Illinois. It was a fun visit to Princeton, Ill., for dinner with Jim Nowlan and a group of political junkies who could write the book on Illinois politics. And a few of them have.
Immigrants are becoming pawns in American partisan politics, and Illinois is at the center of the game. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent a third wave of immigrants to Chicago in a calculated effort to blame Democrats for an influx in immigration.
Texas trot: “Governor Pritzker should contact the person who created this border crisis to step up and do his job — President Biden,” an Abbott spokeswoman told the Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles. Here’s her full story.
Political pushback: While Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot have embraced the new immigrants to the state, they’re crying foul at the Republican tactic.
At an unrelated Thursday press conference, Pritzker accused Abbott of treating immigrants “like cattle” by “putting them on buses [and] sending them wherever he wants to send them.”
He and Lightfoot are especially upset at the lack of communication in transferring immigrants to Illinois.
Lightfoot said there’s been no official communication about the immigrants’ arrival except through comments on Twitter.
Texas isn’t the only one shipping out immigrants. In recent months, other Republican governors have also been sending migrants to blue cities, including New York and Washington, D.C.
The irony: Many migrants are hopping off the bus before landing in big cities and going to red states instead.
“They are disembarking in red states along the route, where the cost of living is much lower — but where their presence has generated opposition from some state and local officials,” according to a PEW Stateline story.
Simply put: Immigration is taking center stage in politics again since the migrant surge at the border.
As more migrants are expected to arrive in Chicago, others wait in a hotel in nearby suburb for a final step: “I’m grateful, but I also feel stuck here.” Tribune’s Laura Rodríguez Presa, Shanzeh Ahmad and Zareen Syed report.
News seemed to stop Thursday as we reflected on Queen Elizabeth’s death and what the monarch meant to the world.
Chicago has its own place in royal history. In 1959, the queen and Prince Philip visited Chicago for a whirlwind tour of Navy Pier, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago, the Ambassador Hotel (where they had lunch) and the Conrad Hilton Hotel for a formal gala dinner. And in the middle of all that, the queen made a trip to a dentist.
Chicago was the only non-Canadian stop on the royal couple’s 15,000-mile summer journey: It was “a gesture to Chicago’s rising prominence as an international seaport,” the Chicago Daily Tribune said at the time, WBEZ’s Courtney Kueppers reports.
More than 1M spectators lined the lakeshore and Michigan Avenue for a parade to welcome the couple, writes Sun-Times’ Miriam Di Nunzio
Chicagoans react to the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, by Tribune’s Adriana Pérez and Rick Kogan
Queen Elizabeth offered a mystical cord to the past that held together the U.S.-UK alliance, by Oliver Wiseman for POLITICO
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At the Shorewood Public Works Fleet Building at 9:30 a.m. to announce new I-55 and I-59 investments.
No official public events.
In Maywood at 7 p.m. for Proviso Missionary Baptist Church’s 50th anniversary.
— Gov. JB Pritzker says racism behind political mailings disguised as newspapers that attack new criminal justice laws: “The mailings, tailored to specific areas and sent to voters throughout Chicagoland under such labels as ‘Chicago City Wire,’ ‘DuPage Policy Journal,’ and ‘Will County Gazette,’ are filled with purported news articles containing misinformation about the effects of criminal justice reforms enacted under Pritzker. The mailings contend the new law will free dangerous criminal suspects from jail and unleash them into the suburbs,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been in Maryland for a Democratic National Committee event at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, where President Joe Biden spoke Thursday evening. Lightfoot’s there to talk up Chicago as a site for the 2024 Democratic Convention. Folks from the United Center are also primed to give a pitch. And to help make the case, signature food will be dished up from Vienna Beef, Connie’s Pizza, Buona, Garrett Popcorn, La Luna, Nature’s Fynd, Blommer’s and Eli’s Cheesecake. Pic!
— City Council committee endorses ordinance to protect abortion rights: “The proposed ordinance would prohibit Chicago police or other local government agencies from assisting investigations that seek to criminalize women who come to Chicago seeking abortions and other reproductive care,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Lightfoot creates Casino Advisory Council: “Weeks after Bally’s filed its application with the Illinois Gaming Board, the mayor created the panel, which has four “neighborhood representatives” and 15 ‘issue experts.’ She said she wants it to be a channel for community input,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— IDOT breaks ground on $94M project to modernize south suburban roadway, by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
— City Council committee tweaks gender identity ordinance: “If passed by the full Council, the revised ordinance will state a “legitimate governmental reason” for asking for gender identity is to collect “demographic information reporting on the diversity of city employees” or to ‘provide better services to the public,’” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— COPA releases report detailing findings of Anthony Alvarez shooting: Officer’s “use of deadly force was not objectively reasonable because Alvarez did not pose an imminent threat, according to the report,” by Tribune’s Paige Fry and Annie Sweeney.
— Sky eliminated from playoffs after losing 10-point lead, by Tribune’s Phil Thompson
— Roxanne Volkmann, an Edgewater resident and labor relations expert, is running for the 48th Ward City Council seat that opened up when Ald. Harry Osterman said he wouldn’t seek reelection. Volkmann’s team says she was prompted to run after her son was robbed at gunpoint during Lollapalooza. As a regional labor relations officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Volkmann has “fought to prevent wage theft and recover restitution for workers,” according to a statement. Earlier, she led constituent services as a senior staffer for former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
— Bears promise ‘first-class experience’ for fans during meeting offering more details about plans for Arlington Heights stadium: “The multibillion dollar project could take 10 years or more to complete, Bears Chairman George Halas McCaskey said. He said the team would need government funding to help make the project become a reality,” by Tribune’s Caroline Kubzansky and Robert McCoppin.
— McCaskey: “I want to stress from the outset that we want to be good neighbors.” Daily Herald’s Christopher Placek reports.
— Study says Aurora needs to give more contracts to minority-and-women-owned businesses, by Aurora Beacon-News’ By Steve Lord
— Officials now hoping for December opening of temporary Waukegan casino; ‘It is taking longer than expected,’ by Lake County News-Sun’s Steve Sadin
— Gun rights group files suit against Highland Park, Naperville targeting assault weapons bans, by Tribune’s Madeline Buckley
— Former Urban Prep CEO who was forced to resign says sexual misconduct investigation was ‘flawed’: court filing, by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz
— ‘I’m embarrassed’: R. Kelly’s ex-business manager pulls U-turn, says he ‘learned a lot’ at trial: “Kelly attorney Jennifer Bonjean objected to Derrel McDavid’s ‘theatrics.’ McDavid took off his glasses, wiped away tears, and said, ‘this is not theatrics, ma’am,’” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel and Andy Grimm
Elk Grove Village man pleads guilty to breaching the U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 insurrection: “Marcos Gleffe, 39, entered his plea on Thursday which carries a maximum prison sentence of 6 months and can cost him $5,000 in fines,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
We asked what’s best: dome or open-air stadium:
Randy Bukas, Freeport city manager: “If it’s football, it’s got to be open air. Football is played in any weather. If it’s baseball, it’s got to be domed because they start too early and the weather is always cold. You have to protect those pitchers’ arms.”
Brian A. Bernardoni of Aurelius Public Affairs: “Stadiums only make money when they are filled. While Wrigley Field is the most perfect place in the world and is a multi-event venue, a retractable dome allows for a wider range of events all year long.”
Joseph Morris: “Whatever the owners want, as long as the taxpayers don’t pay for it.”
Rich Norman: “As a season ticket holder and attendee at Chicago Bears games since 1956, I have watched too many games in inclement weather. A retractable roof would be nice.”
William Kresse, Chicago Board of Elections commissioner: “Retractable dome. It allows for open-air events (football, soccer, concerts), and allows natural turf to grow. It also allows for sporting events during inclement weather, concerts in the winter and “indoor events” (conventions, etc.) year-round. Thus, a better return on investment.”
Patricia Ann Watson: “Dome. Makes no sense to be held captive by weather fluctuations.”
John Sances: “Bears should play outside. But not outside Chicago, unless they change their name They have practiced inside for decades, that’s OK. Actual games ought to be outside, in the ‘elements’.”
Liz Heffernan: “This is Chicago. So buck up, dress for the weather, and no dome!”
Ashvin Lad: “None of the above. Open air with a retractable roof.”
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— Senate confirms John Lee for 7th Circuit: First Asian-American judge on Chicago-based appeals court: Lee was confirmed on a 50-44 roll call. Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reports.
— Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin met with Normal, Ill., Mayor Chris Koos on Thursday during Koos’ visit to Washington for his nomination hearing to the Amtrak board of directors. Durbin recommended Koos to the board before the president nominated him.
— DOJ appeals special master ruling in Trump Mar-a-Lago probe, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney
— How Democrats gained the upper hand on God, guns and gays, by POLITICO’s David Siders
— Club for Growth, onetime top Trump ally boosts other 2024 contenders, by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt
— Rubio walks the Mar-a-Lago line, by POLITICO’s Andrew Desiderio
— Ken Jones is now senior VP and COO of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was VP and CFO. Jones will also serve as the foundation’s chief equity officer.
— Kristen Mack is now VP of communications, fellows and partnerships at the MacArthur Foundation. She was managing director of communications. Mack will also lead the foundation’s strategic thinking around institutional partnerships and collaborations with other philanthropies.
Saturday and Tuesday: Tribune political reporter Ray Long talks about his book, “The House That Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer.” Saturday’s event is a sit-down with radio host Joan Esposito at 11 a.m. at 731 South Plymouth Court. Tuesday’s event is 6 p.m. virtual and in person at Harold Washington Library.
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Andy Shaw for correctly answering that Aptakisic Road was named after Potawatomi chief Aptakisic. His name is roughly translated to Half Day, which is how Half Day Road came to be named.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Which Cub did Sandy Koufax strike out to complete his perfect game on this day in 1965? Email [email protected] (I expect a lot of right answers, so I’ll pick the 10th person who gets it right.)
Today: EXPO Chicago President Tony Karman, Latino Policy Forum CEO Sylvia Puente, Illinois Education Association Secretary-Treasurer Tom Tully, media analyst Trenton Crawford and Rolling Stone reporter Kara Voght.
Saturday: former Democratic state Rep. Brandon Phelps, senior adviser to Rep. Robin Kelly Rick Bryant, 1833 Group’s Nick Daggers, attorney Gerald Fishman, defense attorney Joseph “The Shark” Lopez, On Point Consultants’ Tim Mapes, and Charlie Rotering, a former DC staffer and current Kellogg student.
Sunday: former state Rep. Yehiel Mark Kalish, Chicago comic Tom Dreesen, Paramount Events founder Jodi Fyfe and POLITICO’s Joe Schatz.
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