February 24-March 3, 2019
The Citizen Bulletin’s news highlights from this week include: Alderman Leslie Hairston will face a runoff election against William Calloway on April 2nd; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will face a runoff election against Lori Lightfoot on April 2nd; Maggie Hickey was appointed as independent monitor, putting into effect the Chicago police consent decree
CHICAGO CITY GOVERNMENT
Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 324-5555
Feb 25: Announced that a Shop & Save Market will open at Jeffery Plaza, 2101 E. 71st St; bringing a full service grocery store to an area that has lacked one since 2013
Feb 26: Earned 48 percent% of the vote in her bid for reelection against two other candidates; she will face a runoff against challenger Will Calloway on April 2nd
Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 955-5610
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) ~ call your mayor! (312) 744-3300
Feb 27: Announced the final recommendations of the Mayoral Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities
March 1: Released statement on the appointment of independent monitor Maggie Hickey to oversee police reforms in accordance with the Chicago police consent decree
COOK COUNTY BOARD
President Toni Preckwinkle ~ call your Cook County board president! (312) 603-6400
Feb 26: Placed second in the Chicago Mayoral election, putting her into an April 2 runoff against Lori Lightfoot
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!
Feb 25: Proposed ending a private school tax credit in follow-up to budget speech
Feb 26: Called for removing the cap on the federal Statealt and Local Tax (SALT) deduction imposed by legislators as part of President Trump’s overhauall, joining a coalition of governors
Feb 27: Faced a threat of a possible credit downgrade for his proposed budget, which relies on instating a graduated-rate income tax, as well as legalizing and taxing marijuana
Feb 28: Appointed new members to the Illinois Tollway Board, including an engineer union leader
U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Representative Bobby Rush (D–IL1) ~ call your representative! (773) 779-2400
Feb 27: Lauded House approval of firearm background check legislation
Feb 27: Lauded House approval of a measure to terminate President Trump’s US-Mexico border emergency declaration
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 886-3506
Mar Feb 26: Introduced the Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act, which would expand medicare coverage to cover breast prosthetics for breast cancer patients and survivors
Feb 28: Re-Introduced the PROVE Act, which would allow 16 and 17 year old citizens to pre-register to vote so that they will automatically be added to voter rolls when they turn 18.
Mar 1: Penned a letter, along with Senator Durbin, calling on Amtrak to take steps to prevent equipment failures after a computer system failure created delays and overcrowding in Chicago’s Union Station.
Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 353-4952
Feb 26: Proposed legislation, along with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), to address waste from excess prescription drug packaging
Feb 27: Voted against President Trump’s EPA nominee Andrew Wheeler
Feb 27: Succeeded in getting the Department of Education to withdraw funding from Argosy University, which had been defrauding students on their financial aid
President Donald Trump (R) ~ call your president! (202) 456-1414
March 3: Concluded a summit with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam without reaching an agreement on nuclear weapons reduction
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