Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Top Illinois Stories

Black, Hispanic women hit hardest after Illinois decreed which jobs were ‘nonessential’ – Illinois Policy

"Illinois just saw the COVID-19 pandemic expose decades of disinvestment in the health of minority communities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed the nation’s strictest lockdown, but rather than save lives it quickly exposed minorities, and especially women, to harsh economic fates expected to take a decade to repair."

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Pritzker issues disaster proclamation for Stephenson County as unrest continues statewide – WQRF/WTVO (Rockford)

The expanded proclamation is meant to aid local jurisdictions in efforts to keep their communities safe, and added Lake, Peoria, Rock Island, Williamson and Stephenson to the previously declared counties of Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Macon, Sangamon and Will.

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Springfield Lawmakers want money to rebuild areas wracked by looting and reforms to end racism that ‘has torn us apart’ – Chicago Sun-Times

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, called for Pritzker to sign an executive order that Ford says will free up spending to help rebuild African-American communities around the state in the wake of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the looting.

“We know the black community has been hit the hardest by COVID-19, the black community has been hit the hardest by violence, the black community has been hit the hardest by police brutality and the black community has been hit the hardest by the recent looting and riots,” Ford said.

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More Highlighted Illinois Stories

Study ranks Illinois among states most in need of financial help amid COVID-19 pandemic – Center Square

The financial website WalletHub looked at 18 metrics to determine a state’s fiscal position during the pandemic, including a state's preparedness for a severe recession, the number of unemployment claims and unfunded pension liabilities.

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Former Illinois Secretary of State official accused of fraud and theft totaling $350,000 – Center Square

Candace Faye Wanzo of Centralia was hired as a private secretary in 1999, shortly after Secretary of State Jesse White was elected. That’s after Wanzo pleaded guilty in 1991 to stealing more than a quarter million dollars from Southern Illinois University.

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Decatur, Peoria and Elgin hardest hit by job loss during Illinois lockdown – Illinois Policy

The decline was more extreme in these areas because of the disparate impact COVID-19 and lockdowns have had on certain sectors of the economy. Decatur’s leisure and hospitality sector lost 80% of its jobs compared to April 2019, Peoria has lost 77% of these positions compared to last year.

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Illinois Fed deal bodes well for future transactions – Source Media

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John Kass: Will anyone take a knee for retired police Capt. David Dorn? – Chicago Tribune

"Most Americans were disgusted with what happened to Floyd. Most of us are united in wanting change. We know about the history of police and minorities. We know about police brutality over the decades, that some cops go out of their way to humiliate black men and make them kneel to the ground...We were united by our disgust and we wanted something done. But then the violent hijacked the protests, the looting and rage began, and unity was gone."

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Underlying health part of relatively high number of McDonough County COVID deaths – Journal Star (Peoria)

As of Tuesday, 13 deaths had been reported among 92 COVID patients who are McDonough County residents. A 14th death, a woman in her 80s, was announced Wednesday. The McDonough County population is about 30,000. Eastern neighbor Fulton County, which has about 5,000 more residents, reported a dozen COVID cases and no deaths. To the north, Warren and Knox counties also reported no deaths among their 200 or so patients. The counties’ combined population is about 67,000.

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Chicago Reps Want Special Session To Deal With Police Reform Issues – NPR Illinois

State Rep. Curtis Tarver, a Chicago Democrat whose district runs down the south and southeast sides of the city, would like to strip officers found guilty of crimes such as murder, child exploitation or criminal sexual assault of pension. "And I don't think in an age where people are already concerned about a ballooning pension crisis, that we should be paying the pensions of individuals who commit those types of crimes as taxpayers."

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Illinois revenues continue to drop – State Journal-Register (Springfield)

The decline represented almost good news for the state compared to the huge drop in April when the first effects of the economic shutdowns prompted by the pandemic were felt in state coffers.

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Return to Springfield? Three lawmakers say yes, to deal with ‘state of emergency’ – but legislative leaders largely mum – Chicago Sun-Times

When lawmakers ended their session in the early hours of the morning May 24, they did not expect to return to Springfield until the fall veto session. Asked that day whether he would support a special legislative session to pass ethics reform, Senate President Don Harmon said,“I don’t think anyone is eager for us to call everyone back here.”

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Search COVID-19 Hospitalization numbers continue decline as testing sites reopen – Capitol News

There were 3,173 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of midnight Wednesday, with 844 in intensive care unit beds and 508 on ventilators. Those numbers are all as low as they’ve been since the state began reporting the numbers daily on April 12, although the numbers change as more test results arrive and more information is gathered.

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How Nixon Used the ‘68 Riots to Flip Illinois – Chicago Magazine

"The most cunning politician of his generation, Nixon clawed his way out of the civic graveyard by promising to end the urban riots and campus anti-war protests of the 1960s, restoring 'law and order' to the nation. Nixon believed that people vote more out of fear than hope."

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Illinois Appropriates $396 Million for Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance – National Low Income Housing Coalition

In addition to rent and mortgage assistance, a small portion of the funds will be used to complete previously approved affordable rental housing development projects in need of gap financing related to COVID-19 economic conditions.

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Jim Dey | Pritzker orders that his orders are now suggestions – News-Gazette

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Chicago’s George Floyd unrest sees more fires than 1968 riots, report says – FOX News

For a 24-hour period, there were more than 80 fires throughout Chicago. The flames began Saturday in Chicago’s downtown central district before propping up in other parts of the city.

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John Kass: Liberal Democratic governors and mayors, mugged by reality in George Floyd fallout – RealClear Politics

"Power and violence abhor a vacuum and at the onset, Democratic governors and mayors did little if anything to stop the violence, which only encouraged the criminals. In Illinois and elsewhere, the mayors and governors backed off and watched as businesses were destroyed."

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Amazon Offering 3,000 Full-Time Jobs in Illinois to Seasonal Workers – Daily Herald

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“We Came to Riot”: Illinois Man Arrested with Cache of Explosives – Jonathan Turley

"It is clear that radicals are flocking to hot spots to foster rioting and attacks on police. It is also likely that, particularly on the Internet foreign and white supremacists and other groups are fueling the rioting...However, the notion that the riots are primarily or substantially the result of such groups is implausible."

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Illinois FY2021 Budget Relies on Federal Loans and Backlog Borrowing – Civic Federation

While the federal loans have been widely discussed, the additional borrowing has escaped notice because it was authorized in 2019 as a way to reduce the State’s backlog of unpaid bills and did not require action during this legislative session.

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Illinois to sell debt in first deal with Fed’s muni liquidity facility – Bloomberg

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Pritzker Says Trump Can’t Send Military To Illinois Unless He Asks, Compares President To A ‘Dictator’ – WBEZ (Chicago)

“You can hear in his rhetoric that he is simply trying to make himself sound like a strong man, almost like a dictator, as if he’s going to be responsible for bringing order,” Pritzker said. “Well the way you bring order is to bring down the temperature and that’s not what he’s doing.”

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Chicago enters into Phase 3 of reopening after several nights of civic unrest – Fox Chicago

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WGN Investigates ‘excess death’ in Illinois during coronavirus pandemic – WGNTV (Chicago)

The state health department says it will likely be studying the effects of the virus — and the lockdown — for years to come. Specifically, medical researchers want to know whether it created a “secondary health crisis” as people were reluctant to seek treatment for other health problems.

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Pritzker addresses budget needs after riots – Center Square

“We have systemic racism that also has to be addressed in a state budget,” the governor said. “I often say that budgets are a moral document.” Pritzker said the state is looking to the federal government for funding to make sure it can support the basic functions of Illinois.

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Illinois Attorney General calling businesses about social distancing violations – Center Square

Attorney Thomas DeVore, who represents businesses and individuals in counties across the state suing the governor, said, “The Attorney General should have said ‘you know what, call your local health department, call the state health department, call the emergency management agencies and let them look into this stuff.'"

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Black Caucus: ‘Far too much to accomplish’ to let looting take away from message – Capitol News

Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, called on the governor to sign an executive order “to immediately respond to the crisis in our community.” State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, called on lawmakers to create an Office of Inclusion to be confirmed and “set in stone” by the Illinois Senate.

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Commentary: The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund helps families and communities in this time of massive need – State Journal-Register (Springfield)

Writes Chair Penny Pritzker, "The Fund, which was established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, has raised more than $30 million since its launch to assist families across Illinois with their most basic of needs -- food, shelter, health care, utilities, and more. To date, we disbursed grants totaling $16.7 million to nearly 800 nonprofits across Illinois."

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The Social Contract Between Government And People Is Unraveling – ZeroHedge

Thank you to ZeroHedge for republishing our article.

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IL Gov. Pritzker: ‘Racist,’ ‘Failure’ Trump Removed Protesters from Near White House for a ‘Moment’ – Breitbart

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Widespread looting overshadows peaceful protests in Chicago and beyond, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker battles President Donald Trump – Chicago Tribune

Pritzker appeared on CNN as the scene unfolded and condemned Trump’s actions. “I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois. The fact is that the president has created an incendiary moment here,” Pritzker said, calling such a move illegal and a distraction from the president’s “miserable failure” over the coronavirus.

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Despite some bipartisan opposition, mask-related penalty enhancement bill queued for governor’s approval – Center Square

If a measure headed to the governor gets signed into law, being found guilty of battering a grocery store clerk trying to enforce pandemic public health guidelines could result in a sentence of two to five years in prison.

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Top Chicago Area Stories

CPS Community Protest Thursday Will Call For Chicago To Defund Police Department – Block Club Chicago

“We as a city are tired of being told we do not have enough money to support citizens,” organizers said on the protest’s event page. “That we don’t have enough money for nurses, counselors, mental health clinics, affordable housing [and] equitable transportation.” The city budgeted nearly $1.8 billion for CPD in 2020, according to Chicago’s budget overview.

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1,500 rioters arrested in Chicago; most not facing serious charges – ABC7 (Chicago)

Officials with the state's attorney's office say last weekend the cases of 253 defendants were handed over to their felony review division for possible approval of charges. 184 of those cases-most of them gun charges-were approved and 24 were rejected for an authorization rate they say of 88%.

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‘Let’s Get it Done’: Lightfoot Demands More Police Reform Amid Unrest – WTTW

"The opposite of violence is not security. The opposite of violence is justice," she said.

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More Highlighted Chicago Area Stories

Column: Lightfoot Gives Friendly Reporters Good Advice: ‘Don’t Be Carp’ – Patch (Chicago)

Mark Konkol: "When reporters don't press politicians who currently control when we can leave our homes and where we can go with pre-pandemic vigor, a frustrated and skeptical public starts to lose trust in the unchecked power of government leaders and the legacy news media that reports what blowhards say regardless of the truth."

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52.1% of Chicago Households Lost Earnings From Covid-19 – Bloomberg Law

Job losses and pay cuts roiled all of America since Covid-19 struck last winter, but the depth of the pain depended a lot of where employees lived, their income level and if they had kids.

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Report: 1 in 6 Chicago COVID-19 Cases Can Be Tied to Cook County Jail – WTTW (Chicago)

Eric Reinhart, a University of Chicago researcher who co-authored the report, told WTTW News, “The jail cycle – arresting people, cycling through the jail and back into their communities – was going to be a huge driver of COVID-19 spreading to communities.”

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258 Complaints Filed Against Chicago Police Amid Protesting Over George Floyd Murder – Block Club Chicago

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has also sent a “host” of complaints to the Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs, Roberts said. Those complaints have covered officers not turning on body cameras, concealing or not wearing their nametags and acting unprofessionally, among other things.

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Chicago’s New Top Cop Rejects Code Of Silence, Says Good Officers Should Hold Bad Cops Accountable – Block Club Chicago

“God help us, God help us if we can’t find the courage to publicly condemn police misconduct and excessive force,” Brown said. “We will thoroughly, thoroughly investigate any and all complaints of misconduct, and we will also hold officers accountable who are complicit of misconduct. It’s always the right time to do the right thing.

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Chicago Pastor: This Week’s Violence Has Set Our Black Community Back Decades – The American Conservative

Writes pastor Corey Brooks, "On the south side of Chicago, we don’t need police stepping back and retreating because of political agendas. The logical extension of liberal police reform is for law enforcement agents to retreat from their duties, but this is exactly wrong and will weaken our neighborhoods."

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In Chicago’s Poorest Areas, Recovery May Be Long, If It Comes At All – WBEZ (Chicago)

“I’m in a constant struggle to get people to believe that they can make money and that I will keep them safe in an underserved market,” said Matanky, whose company owns or manages 3 million square feet of Chicago-area retail space, much of it in low-income communities. “To just have that safe convenient market destroyed for no good reason is going to put us back years.”

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Stalled by Pandemic, Push to Create Elected Board to Oversee CPD Gets New Life Amid Protests – WTTW (Chicago)

Lightfoot campaigned for mayor on a promise to craft an oversight board for the Police Department in 2019, and in 2016 led the Police Accountability Task Force formed by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the wake of the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a police officer.

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Chicago Public Schools’ fiscal progress at risk over coronavirus-related fallout – The Bond Buyer

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The government must protect people and property – Crain’s

By a Chicago business owner: "Decisive action now might still salvage this mess and keep people from bolting. It might keep businesses from giving up. We must respect democratic protests but halt wanton destruction and looting. The government must protect both people and property. That’s the deal we make when we pay taxes and follow rules. If our property is to be offered up to the mob, perhaps the city should stop collecting property taxes."

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Why Chicago Police Department reform moves slowly despite cries for immediate change – Chicago Tribune

The city has a long history of steps toward reform that failed to satisfy those who want change. From the 1960s onward, civil rights abuses and indictments of officers led to official reports and new oversight bodies that did not prevent the policing scandals that have remained commonplace.

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A Look At Reopening Chicago Amid Pandemic, Unrest – CBS2 (Chicago)

"In Chatham a bird’s eye view shows an incredibly destitute center of essential services. Places for food, clothing, banking and beauty are now praying to weather not only the coronavirus but also the storm of vandals."

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Editorial: We can do this, Chicago — a safe and cautious reopening – Chicago Sun-Times

"Chicago’s headed for hard times. Unemployment will remain Depression-era high. The coronavirus could roar back — some experts say that’s a sure thing. And the city’s finances, already troubled, have been devastated. Yet we’re the city that works. So we tell ourselves."

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposes police department reforms after protests, but police union pushes back – ABC7 (Chicago)

Said FOP President John Catanzara, "I do not believe civilians should be training sworn officers, that's their job. We do not have it in the military or anything else like that. It's obviously military training military, police should be training police."

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Churches prepare for in-person worship – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is continuing to talk to religious leaders to develop rules for in-person services, and hopes to issue those guidelines by this weekend, so restrictions could be eased. Meanwhile, Bishop Ron Hicks, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, sent church leaders a series of guidelines this week that they must follow as in-person Sunday Mass resumes.

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Editorial: Lightfoot calls for 90-day police reform. Can Chicago be a national model? – Chicago Tribune

"A former federal prosecutor who at one point oversaw police misconduct cases, Lightfoot knows intimately the balance the city must strike between supporting a police force that ultimately reports to her, and transforming a culture of aggression that, in the past, landed those very officers before her disciplinary board."

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Chicago aldermen managing fallout after unrest – WGNTV (Chicago)

Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward) said, "On a Sunday, you get 15,000 calls for service and this past Sunday we had 65,000 calls for service. That’s almost five times the amount of calls.”

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Coalition doesn’t want public money going to private companies to tackle COVID-19 in the city – Chicago Sun-Times

“I have no faith whatsoever in the health department, but the health department is the only vehicle by which this pandemic can be brought under control,” said Dr. Howard Ehrman, one of the founders of the group and a former city public health deputy commissioner.

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Black Chicagoans Being Harassed In Some Latino Neighborhoods, Officials Say: ‘We Are In This Struggle Together’ – Block Club Chicago

“Don’t act like you’re checking ID’s to see who lives where when ‘defending our hood,'” said Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th).

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Low Funded Public Pensions Might Not Survive the Decade – Chief Investment Officer

"Under a slower market recovery ... six of the plans—Charleston (West Virginia) Fire, Dallas Police and Fire, Chicago Municipal, Chicago Police, Chicago Teachers, and New Jersey Teachers—would see their funded ratios dwindle to 25% or less."

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Devastated Business Owner Likely Won’t Reopen After Looting – NBC5 (Chicago)

Owner Hak Tong Kim is a first generation Korean-American. His family says he works seven days a week and has put his all into this business to support them.

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Shuttered downtown businesses likely will not reopen for at least 2 weeks, Chicago Loop Alliance CEO says – ABC7 (Chicago)

Edwards said he thinks consumers will slowly return to the downtown, as people overcome fears of COVID-19 and this past weekend's destruction.

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Desperate To Open, Restaurant Owners Call For Faster Permitting Process To Open Sidewalk Cafes, Patios – Block Club Chicago

The city has received more than 800 sidewalk cafe applications this year. Nearly 400 of them have come in since March, when BACP closed its offices and began processing licenses online. So far, 324 permits have been issued, with another 417 “approved and in the final stages of issuance,” according to the city's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

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Evanston’s Road to Reparations – Chicago Magazine

"...(T)his college town of 74,000 became the first municipality in America to commit public dollars — in this case, tax revenue from the soon-to-be-legalized sale of recreational cannabis — to reparations for its black citizens. In doing so, Evanston’s leaders accomplished something that a generation of civil rights activists hadn’t managed to elevate beyond a legislative pipe dream."

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House Dems seek billions for CTA, Union Station, roads – Crain’s

A new surface transportation bill unveiled today in the U.S. House will be sold as a COVID stimulus bill, in hopes of getting GOP support.

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For Looted Businesses, Insurance Isn’t Always An Easy Solution – CBS2 (Chicago)

“Situations where there’s a lot of devastation like this, a lot of times people find they’re underinsured and don’t have enough coverage,” saidJ anet Patrick, director of the Illinois Insurance Association Hotline, “and so once the damage has been done, it’s too late. You can’t buy more coverage.”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Vows To Block Federal Troops From City – International Business Times

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Senior Citizens in Subsidized Housing Have Been Dying Alone at Home, Unnoticed Because of Coronavirus Distancing – ProPublica

On March 20, the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued his stay-at-home order, HUD officials in Illinois announced that they would work remotely for the foreseeable future. William O. Dawson III, HUD’s director of public and Indian housing for the state, wrote in an email, “If you are able to resolve a complaint without referring the participant to the Field Office it would be greatly appreciated."

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Editorial: Chicago will reopen and rebuild, but restoring public safety is paramount – Chicago Tribune

"For the restaurants and retailers that can open under precautions, including outdoor seating only and with limited capacity, Lightfoot’s directive will allow them a trickle of new revenue for the first time in months...Chicago in its long history has faced tragedies and rebounded each time. This resilient city will recover again."

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WGN America to launch ‘unbiased’ cable newscast with some of Chicago’s very own on-air talent – Chicago Tribune

Jennifer Lyons - the longtime news director at WGN-TV in Chicago who is now overseeing the new national cable news broadcast - said "News Nation” intends to shift the focus away from an increasingly partisan Washington D.C., and spend more time covering stories from the center of the country — both geographically and politically.

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Wirepoints Commentary and Research

Mismanaged Illinois becomes first state to borrow from new Federal Reserve facility – Wirepoints

Illinois has abandoned hopes of affordably raising $1.2 billion from the bond market and has turned, instead, to a new Federal Reserve lending facility known as the Municipal Liquidity Facility. Illinois will be the first state to tap the Fed, which is meant to be a lender of last resort

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S&P’s nine biggest criticisms of Illinois finances – Wirepoints Original

S&P Global Ratings just released its analysis of Illinois’ 2021 budget. When all their criticisms are highlighted, it’s a pretty scathing list.

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Illinois’ COVID-19 crisis: Daily data update for June 4th, 2020 – Wirepoints

Daily COVID-19 data update for June 4th.

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The Social Contract Between Government and People Is Unraveling – Quicktake

Numbers, budgets, charts and graphs about government finances. That’s what we do here. We try to understand where public money should be spent and what it accomplishes. Through that lens, it’s difficult to know where to begin on what has befallen the Chicago area and most of the country.

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“The longer the economy is shut, the worse Illinois’ revenues and deficits will be. Politicians expect jobless Illinoisans to pay for those deficits.” – Ted on the Illinois Channel

"You've got one million Illinoisans unemployed, nobody knows what's happening with the economy, we're only now starting to open up. And yet the government passed a record spending budget – the biggest ever – with no cuts, no furloughs, no kind of savings whatsoever to give relief to Illinoisans that have to pay for that government."

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Pritzker Wilts Hours Before United States Supreme Court Review, Double-Talks About-Face on Churches – Wirepoints

Was it because his “science and data” somehow changed? Or was it because he feared having his vast emergency powers challenged in the United States Supreme Court?

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More Wirepoints Original Stories

Illinois government jobs protected, private sector jobs decimated during COVID-19 shutdown – Wirepoints

Two months and more than 800,000 lost jobs later, we now know which job sectors are the shutdown's biggest losers. The least impacted sector in Illinois? State government. 

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Questions Illinois Reporters Should Ask Governor Pritzker and Dr. Ezike – Wirepoints

And they need to start demanding answers.

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No cuts, record spending, and hoping for a bailout. Eight things you need to know about Illinois’ 2021 budget. – Wirepoints

The Illinois General Assembly has finally passed an emergency budget for 2021  Tax revenues have taken a severe hit due to the impact of the shutdown in response to COVID-19, yet that hasn’t stopped lawmakers’ spending priorities. The state will spend a record $42.9 billion while bringing in just $36.8 billion. 

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Never mind the courts, says Pritzker. Only his views of the ‘science and data’ matter. – Wirepoints

Pritzker is now out of touch -- oblivious to the firestorm surrounding his order, disdainful of the rule of law and confident he can dismiss all critics as political grandstanders and much worse.

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Pritzker doubles down on linking critics and Republicans to Nazism, anti-Semetism or whatever – Quicktake

Everybody should back off on extreme comparisons.

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Chicago squeezing every dime out of beleaguered restaurants – Quicktake

Cough up sales taxes on any surcharges.

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Big raises for Chicago Teachers Union, state’s AFSCME shows where federal aid to Illinois will end up – Wirepoints

Public payrolls are getting slashed around the country to keep government more affordable for the devastated private sector, but not in Illinois. Quite the opposite.  Pritzker and Lightfoot are doling out raises while saying Illinois’ financial problems can’t be solved without help from the federal government.

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Mismanaged Illinois becomes first state to borrow from new Federal Reserve facility – Wirepoints

Illinois has abandoned hopes of affordably raising $1.2 billion from the bond market and has turned, instead, to a new Federal Reserve lending facility known as the Municipal Liquidity Facility. Illinois will be the first state to tap the Fed, which is meant to be a lender of last resort

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S&P’s nine biggest criticisms of Illinois finances – Wirepoints Original

S&P Global Ratings just released its analysis of Illinois’ 2021 budget. When all their criticisms are highlighted, it’s a pretty scathing list.

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Illinois’ COVID-19 crisis: Daily data update for June 4th, 2020 – Wirepoints

Daily COVID-19 data update for June 4th.

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Top Illinois Stories

Black, Hispanic women hit hardest after Illinois decreed which jobs were ‘nonessential’ – Illinois Policy

"Illinois just saw the COVID-19 pandemic expose decades of disinvestment in the health of minority communities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed the nation’s strictest lockdown, but rather than save lives it quickly exposed minorities, and especially women, to harsh economic fates expected to take a decade to repair."

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Pritzker issues disaster proclamation for Stephenson County as unrest continues statewide – WQRF/WTVO (Rockford)

The expanded proclamation is meant to aid local jurisdictions in efforts to keep their communities safe, and added Lake, Peoria, Rock Island, Williamson and Stephenson to the previously declared counties of Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Macon, Sangamon and Will.

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Springfield Lawmakers want money to rebuild areas wracked by looting and reforms to end racism that ‘has torn us apart’ – Chicago Sun-Times

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, called for Pritzker to sign an executive order that Ford says will free up spending to help rebuild African-American communities around the state in the wake of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the looting.

“We know the black community has been hit the hardest by COVID-19, the black community has been hit the hardest by violence, the black community has been hit the hardest by police brutality and the black community has been hit the hardest by the recent looting and riots,” Ford said.

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Other Illinois News

Study ranks Illinois among states most in need of financial help amid COVID-19 pandemic – Center Square

The financial website WalletHub looked at 18 metrics to determine a state’s fiscal position during the pandemic, including a state's preparedness for a severe recession, the number of unemployment claims and unfunded pension liabilities.

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Former Illinois Secretary of State official accused of fraud and theft totaling $350,000 – Center Square

Candace Faye Wanzo of Centralia was hired as a private secretary in 1999, shortly after Secretary of State Jesse White was elected. That’s after Wanzo pleaded guilty in 1991 to stealing more than a quarter million dollars from Southern Illinois University.

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Decatur, Peoria and Elgin hardest hit by job loss during Illinois lockdown – Illinois Policy

The decline was more extreme in these areas because of the disparate impact COVID-19 and lockdowns have had on certain sectors of the economy. Decatur’s leisure and hospitality sector lost 80% of its jobs compared to April 2019, Peoria has lost 77% of these positions compared to last year.

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Illinois Fed deal bodes well for future transactions – Source Media

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John Kass: Will anyone take a knee for retired police Capt. David Dorn? – Chicago Tribune

"Most Americans were disgusted with what happened to Floyd. Most of us are united in wanting change. We know about the history of police and minorities. We know about police brutality over the decades, that some cops go out of their way to humiliate black men and make them kneel to the ground...We were united by our disgust and we wanted something done. But then the violent hijacked the protests, the looting and rage began, and unity was gone."

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CPS Community Protest Thursday Will Call For Chicago To Defund Police Department – Block Club Chicago

“We as a city are tired of being told we do not have enough money to support citizens,” organizers said on the protest’s event page. “That we don’t have enough money for nurses, counselors, mental health clinics, affordable housing [and] equitable transportation.” The city budgeted nearly $1.8 billion for CPD in 2020, according to Chicago’s budget overview.

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1,500 rioters arrested in Chicago; most not facing serious charges – ABC7 (Chicago)

Officials with the state's attorney's office say last weekend the cases of 253 defendants were handed over to their felony review division for possible approval of charges. 184 of those cases-most of them gun charges-were approved and 24 were rejected for an authorization rate they say of 88%.

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‘Let’s Get it Done’: Lightfoot Demands More Police Reform Amid Unrest – WTTW

"The opposite of violence is not security. The opposite of violence is justice," she said.

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Column: Lightfoot Gives Friendly Reporters Good Advice: ‘Don’t Be Carp’ – Patch (Chicago)

Mark Konkol: "When reporters don't press politicians who currently control when we can leave our homes and where we can go with pre-pandemic vigor, a frustrated and skeptical public starts to lose trust in the unchecked power of government leaders and the legacy news media that reports what blowhards say regardless of the truth."

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52.1% of Chicago Households Lost Earnings From Covid-19 – Bloomberg Law

Job losses and pay cuts roiled all of America since Covid-19 struck last winter, but the depth of the pain depended a lot of where employees lived, their income level and if they had kids.

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Report: 1 in 6 Chicago COVID-19 Cases Can Be Tied to Cook County Jail – WTTW (Chicago)

Eric Reinhart, a University of Chicago researcher who co-authored the report, told WTTW News, “The jail cycle – arresting people, cycling through the jail and back into their communities – was going to be a huge driver of COVID-19 spreading to communities.”

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258 Complaints Filed Against Chicago Police Amid Protesting Over George Floyd Murder – Block Club Chicago

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has also sent a “host” of complaints to the Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs, Roberts said. Those complaints have covered officers not turning on body cameras, concealing or not wearing their nametags and acting unprofessionally, among other things.

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Chicago’s New Top Cop Rejects Code Of Silence, Says Good Officers Should Hold Bad Cops Accountable – Block Club Chicago

“God help us, God help us if we can’t find the courage to publicly condemn police misconduct and excessive force,” Brown said. “We will thoroughly, thoroughly investigate any and all complaints of misconduct, and we will also hold officers accountable who are complicit of misconduct. It’s always the right time to do the right thing.

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