Michael Madigan’s rough week started with filling his former House seat twice. Now, political neophyte Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, who originally finished behind Edward Guerra Kodatt, is the state representative. Unknown “questionable conduct” by Kodatt lead to his ouster three days after his swearing-in. Three women of color are vying for Madigan’s seat as chair of the state’s Democratic Party, a position he resigned from days after he said he wouldn't. Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch may bring back the graduated income tax which failed at the ballot box overwhelmingly.
A hot mic caught Mayor Lori Lightfoot again, but this time it was directed at Alds. Ed Burke and Ray Lopez who blocked a vote on the mayor’s COVID-19 relief spending plan. Meanwhile, Lightfoot along with both U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth fight to keep Chicago’s top federal prosecutor, John Lausch, here. Lausch is hard at work with the indictments former state Rep. Edward “Eddie” Acevedo and his sons, and a political operative charged with bribing ex-Ald. Danny Solis. Lausch is also continuing to work on the case against Ald. Ed Burke.
The United Center's parking lot will be used as a massive vaccine distribution center to help address age and race disparities in vaccinations. The Chicago School Board debates whether to mandate staff disclose if they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine as students return to school next week and hopes up for high school kids to return by spring.
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