The Citizen Bulletin’s news highlights from this week include: Mayor Rahm Emanuel obtained approval from a federal judge for Chicago’s consent decree; Governor JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency due to the historic cold snap; and President Trump suspended the INF treaty with Russia that had been in place since 1987.
Chicago City Government
Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 324-5555
Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 955-5610
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) ~ call your mayor! (312) 744-3300
Jan 30 -- Used emergency powers to force landlords to repair broken heating systems amidst record-low temperatures
Feb 1 -- Obtained approval from a federal judge for Chicago’s consent decree, which brings reform to the Chicago Police Department ; an independent monitor will be appointed to ensure it is implemented smoothly
Cook County Board
President Toni Preckwinkle ~ call your Cook County board president! (312) 603-6400
Illinois State Government
Representative Curtis Tarver (D–District 25) ~ call your state rep!
Senator Robert Peters (D–District 13) ~ call your state senator!
Governor JB Pritzker (D–IL) ~ call your governor!
Jan 29 -- Declared a state of emergency as temperatures fell to record lows mid-week
Jan 31 -- Appointed new leaders for two state agencies whose purview includes the Quincy veterans home
Jan 31 -- Filled 5 vacant positions on the University of Illinois board with his appointees
Feb 1 -- Signed an executive order emphasizing state Health Department HIV prevention efforts
Feb 2 -- Announced that, in addition to raising the minimum wage, balancing the budget will be a top priority; this may be difficult to achieve without significant changes given Pritzker’s spending commitments
US Federal Government
Representative Bobby Rush (D–IL1) ~ call your representative! (773) 779-2400
Feb 1 -- Endorsed Bill Daley for mayor
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 886-3506
Jan 28 -- Joined 29 other Senators in a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to provide federal employees with back pay as soon as possible
Jan 29 -- Introduced, along with Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), the EPA Special Hiring Authority Transparency Act which would increase transparency in EPA hiring and salary raises
Jan 31 -- Voted with the majority of the senate to advance legislation that expresses disapproval of President Trump’s decision to remove military forces from Syria and Afghanistan
Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 353-4952
Jan 31 -- Introduced legislation to increase storage security requirements for federally-licensed gun dealers
Feb 1 -- Penned an article in USA Today extolling the promise of Venezuela’s opposition government
Feb 1 -- Introduced legislation attempting to disincentivize prescription drug price spikes
President Donald Trump (R) ~ call your president! (202) 456-1414
Jan 31 -- Signed an executive order to strengthen “Buy American” requirements on infrastructure projects
Feb 2 -- Suspended the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty amidst a diplomatic stand-off with Russia; the INF treaty has prohibited nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on the European continent since 1987
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