“If this works — if Promesa works and the restructuring works — it may make bankruptcy for states seem like something that lawmakers should be considering a little more seriously,” said David A. Skeel Jr., a University of Pennsylvania law professor who is on the oversight board and has written on the possibility of states using bankruptcy. “But if it doesn’t work, it would have the opposite effect.”
Illinois shed 762,200 jobs in April, 12.5 times greater than worst month on record – Illinois Policy
A host of problematic provisions in Illinois Constitution are as off limits to voters as Abe Lincoln’s hat. – Opinion – Chicago Sun-Times*
AFSCME skirts legal requirements to file lawsuit against Illinois in union-friendly court – Illinois Policy
Illinois preliminary June jobs report: Jobs and unemployment down as workforce shrinks – Illinois Policy
Gutiérrez: ‘I Think We Can Get 3 or 4, Maybe Even 5 Million People’ Amnesty via Executive Action – National Review
Rating agency expects lawmakers to revisit pandemic budget as state teeters on ‘junk’ status – Center Square
Despite some bipartisan opposition, mask-related penalty enhancement bill queued for governor’s approval – Center Square
Editorial: Gov. Pritzker pushes Illinois as first primary of 2024. Chances are, that won’t fly. – Chicago Tribune
"This is why we can’t have nice things.... Even the DNC, which might be thrilled to push back the complicated, controversial caucuses, is unlikely to replace Iowa with New Jersey, Louisiana or any other state notorious for public corruption."
News Graphic: A detective’s string board breaking down the Martin Sandoval investigation – Chicago Tribune
Trial lawyers, privacy advocates vow to fight rewrite of IL biometrics law, seek more like it – Cook County Record
Leaders in two counties with highest COVID-19 death rates say Pritzker’s restrictions go too far: ‘They was dying anyway’ – Chicago Sun-Times
Government leaders in Jasper and Monroe counties point to outbreaks at nursing homes in their respective areas, saying the majority of deaths come from one source. Said Brian Leffler, a member of the Jasper County Board, “That’s a bad deal, and everybody’s very sorry for it, but as far as keeping the whole county shut down because of it, I don’t know if that’s the answer.”
After Trump’s win, Planned Parenthood of Illinois reports 82% spike in IUD appointments – Chicago Tribune
Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton says lawmakers will be forced to consider 20% tax hike if voters nix graduated tax amendment – Center Square
Municipalities could take financial hit if state lawmakers try shore up Illinois budget with LGDF revenue – Center Square
State lawmakers are nearing a key test on whether Illinois will follow the lead of California, New York and other states and enact legislation designed to let Illinois taxpayers avoid a new cap on deducting state and local taxes on their federal income tax return.
Awaiting a final vote in the House is a bill that would give taxpayers a credit against state income-tax liability for contributions to a new state-chartered charity that would be used to support public grade and high schools in the state.
Chuck Sweeny: Really they just kicked the state of Illinois down the road a piece – Journal Standard
Analysis: New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois see sharpest drop in residential building during pandemic – Center Square
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns of ‘extraordinarily painful’ cuts, job losses if Washington doesn’t provide pandemic relief funding to states – Chicago Tribune
Unbelievable: Key figure in Metra scandal now hired by Quinn for a made-up job on Madigan’s recommendation – AP Exclusive
Pritzker, Ezike and Arwady talk about the COVID-19 pandemic at 6 months, and look ahead to what might be next – Chicago Tribune*
Casinos — Including Joliet — to Remain Open as Harrah’s Parent Company Files for Bankruptcy – Joliet Patch
Annual ‘ sinkhole city’ report gives Chicago an ‘F’; ranked next-to-worst of 75 major cities – Truth in Accounting
Over 46,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois For Week Of Oct. 5, Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – CBS2 (Chicago)
The company is part of a federal investigation targeting potential illegal dealings with Illinois state lawmakers in Springfield. The company’s stock dropped to a year-to-date low Thursday after the latest news in the ongoing legal saga.
False Alarm on “Racist Remarks” Shows Desperation of Democrats and Laziness of Media – Illinois Mirror
Report shows Illinois’ economic policies disproportionately hurt youth, minorities – Illinois Review/IDES
In the suit, she said that the district was forcing her to wait until an enrollment period to withdraw based on her union agreement entered into before the Janus decision. Unions have used similar tactics elsewhere to retain members after the 2018 Supreme Court decision. – The Telegraph
Retiring as president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association is Greg Baise, a longtime pillar of the corporate and political establishment who has been involved in almost every major election and issue in state politics since he worked for then-Gov. Jim Thompson in the 1980s.
Baise will continue to run Xpress Professional Services, a for-profit subsidiary of IMA that performs direct mail, TV ad production and other chores for political candidates, and which operates the well-known We Ask America polling operation.
Baise, 66, will be succeeded by IMA Vice President and COO Mark Denzler,
Madigan, Pritzker, Burke spent over $3M in campaign money on lawyers last year, and they’re not alone – Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) have tapped their campaign funds to cover more legal bills than any other Illinois officials have in the past year
When Will Coronavirus Cases Peak in Illinois? Models Now Predict Mid-May, Pritzker Says – NBC Chicago
Madigan’s rules: How Illinois gives its House speaker power to manipulate and control the legislative process – Illinois Policy
Rich Schools Queried by Illinois’ Rep. Roskam, Other U.S. Lawmakers on Endowment Spending – Bloomberg
As gas prices drop, the impact of Illinois’ taxation at the pump becomes more apparent – Chicago City Wire
Bruce Rauner is Using a Manufactured Crisis to Bust Unions, Privatize Services and Destroy Pensions – In These Times
State Board Director Grilled Over Hiring Worker Mentioned In ‘Rape In Champaign’ Email – WBEZ Chicago
Advocates sue Secretary of State Jesse White and elections board over automatic voter registration problems – Chicago Tribune
School spending didn’t recover after recession in most states, but Illinois did pretty well – Governing
Editorial: Even during unprecedented pandemic, Gov. Pritzker bows to organized labor – Chicago Tribune
The median price of Chicago condos sold last year in the upper one-tenth of prices was $383 a square foot. For houses it was $322. In Manhattan, the median price was over $3,300 per square foot for either type of housing. In San Francisco, both medians were in the range of $1,200 a foot.
Bradley University orders all students to quarantine for 2 weeks due to coronavirus cases – WGNTV (Chicago)
Illinois Divided Into 11 Separate Regions for Coronavirus Response, Pritzker Announces – NBC5 (Chicago)
Pritzker’s tax plan looks to become biggest ballot measure in Illinois history – Belleville News-Democrat
Chicago is ranked the most fun city in the world, with dismal Hong Kong lagging far behind – South China Morning Post
Analysis shows no difference in COVID-19 spread in regions where schools are fully remote compared to those with hybrid model – Center Square
Editorial: Closing Arguments, Part Two: If you support the ‘Pritzker Tax,’ this one’s for you – Chicago Tribune*
Illinois Lawmakers Take on Plastic: Bills Would Ban Styrofoam, Create Bag Tax and Bottle Deposit – WTTW
Here’s why one of America’s largest systems (Illinois) just ditched all its hedge funds – Video – CNBC
“Once you understand the differences in the sports, I think that it’s safe to say that it’s probably as safe, if not safer, than basketball, said state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook.