Citizen Bulletin: Chicago's Own Green Plan & Other News in Chicago Politics

 /  Feb. 24, 2019, 3:15 p.m.


UChicago Democracy Initative


February 10-17, 2019

The Citizen Bulletin’s news highlights from this week include: Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a plan to have Chicago buildings operate 100% from renewable energy by 2035; Governor JB Pritzker ordered the shutdown of the Willowbrook Sterigenics plant over evidence of carcinogenic emissions; and President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency at the US-Mexican border to secure funding for a border wall


Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 324-5555

  • Feb 12 -- Secured an agreement from Shop and Save to build a grocery store in the South Shore lot vacated by a Dominick’s grocery store in 2013.

Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 955-5610   

  • [No News]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) ~ call your mayor! (312) 744-3300

  • Feb 15 -- Announced plans for an expansion of Google operations in Chicago

  • Feb 14 -- Released ‘Resilient Chicago’ strategy plan featuring a commitment to 100% renewable energy for Chicago buildings by 2035


President Toni Preckwinkle ~ call your Cook County board president! (312) 603-6400

  • [No News]


Representative Curtis Tarver (D–District 25) ~ call your state rep!

  • Feb 14 -- Voted in favor of a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 per hour; the bill passed the Illinois House; it will now head to Governor Pritzker’s desk

Senator Robert Peters (D–District 13) ~ call your state senator!

  • [No News]

Governor JB Pritzker (D–IL) ~ call your governor!

  • Feb 14 -- Published a plan to address Illinois’s $134 billion pension debt without reducing benefits; the plan includes selling state assets, among other measures

  • Feb 15 -- Ordered the shutdown of the Willowbrook Sterigenics plant over evidence of cancer-causing levels of Methylene-Oxide emissions

  • Feb 16 -- Appointed another person to lead the state veterans affairs agency following the resignation of his initial pick after just two weeks on the job


Representative Bobby Rush (D–IL1) ~ call your representative! (773) 779-2400

  • [No News]

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 886-3506

  • Feb 12 -- Introduced, along with senator Durbin, legislation  to that would establish a paid medical and family leave program

  • Feb 12 -- Introduced, along with Senator Durbin, legislation that would fully reinstate the state and local tax deduction, which the 2017 tax law capped at $10,000

  • Feb 14 -- Voted in favor of legislation that would make lynching a federal crime

  • Feb 14 -- Voted against confirming William Barr as Attorney General

  • Feb 15 -- Criticized President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall

Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 353-4952

  • Feb 11 -- Introduced the Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous (FLAT) Prices Act, which would shorten monopoly periods for drugs if their prices significantly increase

  • Feb 13-- Introduced, along with Senator Duckworth, the Medicare at 50 Act, which would allow people between the ages of 50 and 64 to voluntarily buy into medicare

  • Feb 14 -- Voted against confirming William Barr as Attorney General

  • Feb 15 -- Criticized President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexican border

President Donald Trump (R) ~ call your president! (202) 456-1414

  • Feb 15 -- Signed a bipartisan spending compromise, averting a government shutdown; the compromise included $1.375 billion for fencing along 55 miles of the US-Mexico border

  • Feb 16 -- Declared a national emergency at the US-Mexican border in order to repurpose billions of dollars in funding towards border wall construction, provoking legal challenges

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