The Illinois congressional delegation overwhelmingly denounced Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, with the exception of pro-Trump Republican U.S. Representative Mary Miller. Chicago is home to the second-largest Ukrainian population in America, and concerned relatives and friends protested the unprovoked strike.
Lifting of COVID-19 mandates
The CDC will follow the state, Chicago, and Cook County in ending the mask and vaccine card mandate next week. But keep that mask on! You will need to continue to mask up on public transportation and in health care facilities, among other places. CPS will keep masks on as other districts move to mask optional. Catholic schools will drop the mandate on Monday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccination mandate for Chicago police officers has been upheld as FOP President John Catanzara tells members to “hold the line.” Governor Pritzker also announced Friday that he would drop the school mask mandate after the CDC changed masking guidelines and the Illinois Supreme Court ruled he still has the power going forward if a another warrant was needed.
City Council Quarrels
Mayor Lightfoot’s gang asset forfeiture ordinance was filed after political resistance. Andrea Kersten’s confirmation as head of COPA passed relatively easily after she pushed back her raid report from Anjanette Young that included the punishment of officer Ella French, who died in the line of duty. The mayor also announced his process to fill the 11th Ward seat now vacant due to the former Ald’s federal conviction. Patrick Daley Thompson.
State House Melee Over Masking
In Springfield, Republican Woodstock State Rep. Steven Reick tells Rep. Lakesia Collins to “Keep my fucking name out of your mouth‘ on the floor of the Illinois House, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, after nine GOP members were ousted on a masking mandate. Senator Tom Cullerton, of the Cullerton political dynasty, resign from his seatreported the Chicago Tribune, and pleaded guilty to embezzlement.
Governor Pritzker backed Anna Valencia in her bid to replace outgoing Secretary of State Jesse Whitereported the Chicago Sun-Times, opposing party candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who has more money in his campaign coffer.
And President Joe Biden nominates the first black woman, Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the United States Supreme Court. Senior Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin will lead his nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee as chairman.
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