Police Unions Anti Vax Posturing Gets Mayors Eyeroll

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Good Thursday morning, Illinois. Political veterans who got an early view of the documentary about Chicago’s first Black mayor say it’s worthy of the hype. “Punch Nine for Harold Washington” opens tonight at the Chicago Film Festival.

TOP TALKER

The feud between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President

John Catanzara is heating up again — this time over the Friday deadline the mayor has put on city workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Catanzara has been fighting this mandate since Lightfoot announced it over the summer, even comparing it to the Holocaust, which prompted immediate condemnation.

In his latest salvo, Catanzara has vowed to sue over the city’s mandate that employees must be vaccinated or submit to twice-weekly testing at their own expense. It’s a position others have tried but to no avail.

The FOP’s statement was made the same day former FOP president Dean Angelo died of pneumonia in the hospital after contracting Covid.

Catanzara is also threatening that officers won’t show up to work Friday in opposition to the mandate. Lightfoot isn’t swayed by the saber-rattling, telling reporters Wednesday, “I don’t expect that to happen.”

Two aldermen aren’t so confident. Alds.

Marty Quinn (13th) and

Matt O’Shea (19th)

sent a memo to the mayor asking her to “pause” the vaccine mandate, saying they’re concerned their South Side communities “will be put in serious danger” with cops potentially off the street.

Playbook asked if a letter was sent to the FOP addressing community safety when cops aren’t vaccinated. A spokeswoman says both aldermen are “committed to helping ensure all of their constituents, including many police officers, are able to easily get vaccinated.”

Friday’s mandate requires city workers, including police officers, to fill out a form saying whether they are vaccinated. They risk not being paid if they don’t fill out the form. If they’re not vaccinated, they’d be required to get tested regularly.

For some officers, according to a source close to police, the rub is about reporting their status rather than actually being vaccinated.

RELATED

CPS won’t bar employees who aren’t fully vaccinated, but they must get Covid-19 tests weekly,

by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz

THE BUZZ

Cook County Democrats are gathering today and Friday for pre-slating meetings at the IBEW Local 134 offices on the South Side. So far, u">>80 candidates are on the list to run for statewide and countywide offices, including Gov.

J.B. Pritzker, who will give a presentation tomorrow.

Pre-slating is a get-to-know you kind of process that has candidates introduce themselves to party leaders.

No endorsements this week, but party officials will take inventory for when it comes time to back candidates before the 2022 primary. Final slating is scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14.

Getting a nod from party leaders is important because it gets your name on mailers that go out to tens of thousands of homes across the county. Party support also means candidates will receive help in getting petitions signed, which will be especially difficult for 2022 given the primary has been pushed to June.

Instead of gathering signatures in autumn, candidates will be doing it during the frigid months of January and February. The only big crowds to find people will be at Bears games and bingo nights.

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WHERE'S J.B.

At the Illinois Institute of Technology at 10:30 a.m. u">>to announce Rebuild Illinois funding being awarded to eight institutions across the state as part of the Wet Lab Capital Program. And at noon, he’ll be at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture u">>to celebrate the designation of cultural districts in Illinois.

WHERE'S LORI

At City Hall at 10 a.m. to preside over the City Council meeting.

Where's Toni

Online at 6 p.m. for a u">>virtual discussion with Cook County Health officials and timed with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Covid-19 Update

NIH study: Moderna, Pfizer shots are most effective Covid boosters: “People who originally received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine benefited significantly more from a messenger RNA booster than a second J&J dose,” by POLITICO’s Lauren Gardner and Sarah Owermohle.

Who can get a booster shot right now? A Breakdown of Who is Eligible, via NBC/5.

IN MEMORIAM

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Civil rights leader and political activist Timuel Black, speaking in his Chicago apartment before heading to Washington, D.C., for Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, has died at age 102.

Civil rights leader and political activist Timuel Black, speaking in his Chicago apartment before heading to Washington, D.C., for Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, has died at age 102. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Chicago is mourning the death of Timuel Black Jr., who was an infant when his Alabama-sharecropping family moved to Chicago. Black served in World War II, organized unions, and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. before mentoring the likes of Barack Obama and others. Black died Wednesday at age 102.

Obama issued a statement, saying, “Over his 102 years, Tim was many things: a veteran, historian, author, educator, civil rights leader, and humanitarian. But above all, Tim was a testament to the power of place, and how the work we do to improve one community can end up reverberating through other neighborhoods and other cities, eventually changing the world.”

Hyde Park Herald’s Aaron Gettinger has the complete story on Black,

including his little-discussed military service. Black fought in the Battle of the Bulge, for example.

“I was very much against being in the army… not only because of the abuse within the military, but more generally," Black once wrote. "There was a race riot in Detroit just before I was inducted, and another in New York. My daddy's position was, 'Why are you going to go over there and fight when you should be going up to Detroit and fighting those battles?' It was hard to argue with his logic.'"

Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton called Black a “beacon” who “continued to shine a light on the causes he held close and taught us how we could change the future for the better by understanding the past.”

Congressman Danny Davis, who says he’s known Black for 50 years, summed up his friend’s life, saying, “Tim wrote the book on what it means to be an activist, scholar, researcher, politician and fully engaged person.”

From the Sun-Times’ Maudlyne Ihejirika

: “[He] was active in every major movement of any notable American era and spent the latter half of his life telling stories from our nation’s blueprint — in oral and literary form.”

And WBEZ’s Natalie Moore

reflected on Black as a writer: “He characterized Chicago as the political and economic heart of Black America.”

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THE JUICE

Sen.

Tammy Duckworth has $5.8 million cash on hand for her 2022 re-election campaign after raising $1.8 million in the third quarter. There were 43,000 individual donations made, according to a source close to her campaign. Duckworth so far has no serious primary or general election threat though all eyes are watching to see what happens with the congressional remap. With one district being eliminated because of a population drop, there’s a chance a House member could switch gears and run for the statewide Senate seat instead.

Rep.

Adam Kinzinger has $3.3 million cash on hand after the third quarter. He raised $957,177 for his two political committees, according to the Sun-Times. Kinzinger took in $562,355 for his reelection war chest and $394,822 for his Future First Leadership PAC, used to bankroll his “Country First” drive to build a movement to break Trump’s grip on the Republican Party. “What is noteworthy about the haul is that Kinzinger raised the cash mainly through direct mail and digital appeals — not big events with headliners. That is a sign of strength,” writes Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

Democratic Rep.

Danny Davis hasn’t started fundraising yet — though he did get an endorsement boost from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month. Still, records filed with the Federal Election Commission show he raised $67,300 in the third quarter and has $345,912 cash on hand. His primary opponent,

Kina Collins, who's backed by the Justice Democrats organization, raised $102,000 in the same period and has $109,596 cash on hand.

FEELING '22

Rock Island mayor running for state Senate: “Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms will announce his candidacy for Illinois State Senate, District 36, at four stops on Thursday, Oct. 14. Current State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) will accompany Thoms at the announcement. Anderson is not eligible to run for re-election in 2022, since the boundaries of the 36th District have been redrawn. State Rep. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island) is running for that Senate seat,” by QuadCities.com Jonathan Turner.

— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Congressman

Sean Casten (IL-06) is endorsing fellow Democrat

Nikki Budzinski’s bid in the 13th Congressional District primary. “I know we have an advocate in Nikki who will fight on critical issues like climate change and lowering the cost prescription drugs that are important to me,“ Casten, a scientist who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, said in a statement.

THE STATEWIDES

— DEEP DIVE: Where conservationists see nature sanctuaries, Black farmers see a legacy bought out from under them: The loss of Black-owned land in the farming town of Pembroke Township, south of Chicago, exposes a cruel irony. The area was passed over by white settlers who presumed its sandy soils were barren. This void allowed for Black farmers to gain a foothold there and carve out a modest living growing a variety of specialty crops. Now, after generations without large-scale development or landscape-destroying corporate farming, this land is sought after by predominantly white environmental organizations and government agencies, writes ProPublica's Tony Briscoe.

Illinois state government linked to Rivian plant's past, future: “Rivian has been by all accounts been an Illinois success story. The company has added an additional 800,000 square feet to the facility and purchased 380 adjacent acres of farmland for future expansions. It now employs more than 3,000 people in Normal, a number that could rise to more than 5,000 in 2022, according to some estimates,” by Lee Enterprises’ Brenden Moore.

Illinois’ bold new green energy goal: 1 million all-electric vehicles by 2030: “To help make it happen, the state is offering a $4,000 rebate if you buy an EV in Illinois, and rebates of up to 80 percent for the cost to install a charging station. Both incentives start July 1, 2022. Buyers will need to apply for the rebates within 90 days of purchase,” by WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell.

— State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says his office has sent out 25,715 letters to Illinois residents who have unclaimed cash or property needing to be claimed. The property is valued at just over $19 million, he said in a statement.

Where Illinois schools rank on list of best schools, via U.S. News and World Report

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CHICAGO

— SCOOP: Mayor spars with City Council’s Latino Caucus as budget vote looms, sources say: “Northwest Side Ald. Felix Cardona asked the mayor a question about considering Latino candidates for city positions, aldermen present told the Tribune; Lightfoot responded by saying that she was ‘offended’ and ‘insulted’ by a letter the caucus sent her criticizing her record,” by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.

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First Lady Jill Biden listens to Sarah Taylor, left, executive director of Yo Soy Ella at the Arturo Velasquez Institute  in Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

First Lady Jill Biden listens to Sarah Taylor, left, executive director of Yo Soy Ella at the Arturo Velasquez Institute in Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. | AP Photo/Paul Beaty

First lady Jill Biden, U.S. Secretary of Education tour community college, address Latino identity, by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.

City Council chairs used their budgets to boost spending in their Wards: Watchdog: “Several of the most powerful members of the Chicago City Council used employees of the City Council committees they led to perform work in their wards, a potential violation of state law, according to an audit released Wednesday,” by WTTW’s Heather Cherone.

City’s post office delivery problems to take center stage in House hearing Friday , by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

City Hall veteran Rosa Escareno appointed interim Parks superintendent in wake of Michael Kelly’s resignation: “In a Wednesday statement, [Mayor Lori] Lightfoot said she had recommended Escareno to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Before joining the business affairs department, Escareno served as deputy chief operating officer under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration,” by Tribune’s Talia Soglin and Alice Yin.

Big changes in how students are picked for CPS’ elite high schools: “In the past, students applying to the test-in schools were judged based on three criteria: seventh grade marks, results from a high school admissions test and scores from an exam called the NWEA MAP. But CPS did away with the NWEA MAP this year,” reports WBEZ’s Sarah Karp.

Study shows police issued bike tickets at higher rates in Black and Latino neighborhoods, by Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat

Scooter-sharing program gets green light from key city panel to become permanent, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone

Remembering the Standard Club, which lived large, then passed quietly, by Tribune’s Ron Grossman

COOK COUNTY AND COLLARS

Metra fares hold steady for 2022 but budget shortfall looms as ridership stagnates: “Metra’s proposed $900 million operating budget for 2022 has no fare increases but requires an additional $93 million in federal funding to cover a shortfall, as ridership remains stalled at less than a third of pre-pandemic levels,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.

Gaming Board delays decision eliminating one south suburban casino contender: “Following a closed-door session, Marcus Fruchter, the gaming board’s administrator, said that decision could come up for a vote at the board’s Oct. 20 meeting,” by Daily Southtown’s Mike Nolan.

Finalists for Waukegan casino license make their pitch to Gaming Board: “Full House Resorts Inc. and North Point Casino, the two remaining contenders, touted their proposals to the Illinois Gaming Board Wednesday during a virtual meeting,” by Lake County News-Sun’s Steve Sadin.

— Column: Mayor’s motives questioned as patrons shut out of Calumet City Public Library, by Daily Southtown’s Ted Slowik.

DAY IN COURT

Former Portage mayor James Snyder sentenced to 21 months in prison for soliciting bribes, obstruction: “He will have to surrender into custody Jan. 5. He was convicted in February 2019 of using a shell company to hide income assets from the IRS while owing back personal and business taxes, but never sentenced,” by Post-Tribune’s Aleandra Kukulka.

Racketeering indictment charges five in Gold Coast murder of FBG Duck, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel and Madeline Kenney.

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Reader Digest

No comments from y'all about multi-tasking so I'll share my own. I've mastered making breakfast for my son in the middle of writing Playbook each morning. Today it was an egg sandwich with fruit and hot chocolate — prepared in six minutes flat. (My editor is saying “Oh, that explains a lot.”)

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FROM THE DELEGATION

— Sen. Tammy Duckworth is meeting this morning with VP

Kamala Harris for a virtual town hall focusing on the care provisions of the Build Back Better Agenda, particularly provisions that would benefit families and women. The event is being organized by Care Can’t Wait and will be moderated by Ai-jen Poo, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

— Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep.

Rodney Davis and FTA Administrator

Nuria Fernandez will be in Champaign-Urbana today to join the Mass Transit District as it unveils first-of-its-kind zero-emission fleet technology powered by hydrogen and solar power.

THE NATIONAL TAKE

‘Damned if you do, damned if you don’t’: Dems plagued by debt déjà vu, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett, Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle

Democrats in the ’burbs: Actually, let’s fund the police, by POLITICO’s Stephanie Murray

Gridlock and dysfunction — and a few tears — hit redistricting, by POLITICO’s Elena Schneider and Ally Mutnick

MEDIA MATTERS

The Reader at 50:

“A deep dive into how this city’s alt-weekly made it through five decades,” by Mark Jacob for the Reader. Great photos of then and now of the founders.

EVENTS

— Today starting at 9 a.m.: Chicago City Treasurer

Melissa Conyears-Ervin hosts a u">>virtual Financial Services Career Fair to connect Chicagoans to jobs in the financial services industry. Participating companies include the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, H&R Block, PNC Bank, and more.

— Today at 6 p.m.: State Sen.

Terri Bryant fundraiser at The Falls in Columbia. Kathy Wills, 618-534-4787 or span data-cfemail="355e425c59594603070c0005755258545c591b565a58"">>[email protected].

TRIVIA

WEDNESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to attorney

Michael Lieber for correctly answering that stationed at u">>Fort Dixon were future presidential candidates Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis all served there during the Black Hawk War in 1832. And future Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott served there, too.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the Illinois sports legend who lobbied for the release of Japanese-Americans interned near Stockton, Calif., during WWII? Email to span data-cfemail="c4b7afa5b4abb784b4aba8adb0ada7abeaa7aba9"">>[email protected]

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Illinois families will soon be losing their opportunity to purchase dogs and cats from safe, highly-regulated local pet retailers, such as Petland, who offer their customers the choice of a pet that best fits their needs and provide health warranties. This change is coming because the state’s Animal Welfare Act has been updated through HB 1711 which bans the retail sales of dogs and cats obtained from licensed and regulated professional breeders.

But HB 1711 needs fixing, because while singularly blocking retail pet sales, it fails to strengthen any animal standards or protections at unregulated puppy mills across the state. Consumers looking for particular breeds will have no choice but to purchase dogs from unregulated breeders or dog auctions – thus perpetuating puppy mills. Responsible breeders and retailers will be heavily penalized while HB 1711 does nothing to address the issue of substandard breeders across the state.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Cook County Circuit Court Judge

Tiana Blakely, former state Rep.

Patti Bellock, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition State Director

Liliana Scales, Northwestern professor and former Obama speechwriter

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