Highland Park activists are organizing another gathering Saturday after families organized a march on Washington for an assault weapons ban.
See: Spotlight Politics: Friends and Families Demand More Gun Restrictions in DC
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and Gov. J.B. Pritzker attended President Joe Biden’s gun bill speech Monday, and lobbied Biden privately. Meanwhile, Naperville’s city council is considering assault weapons ban.
See: Illinois Officials Head to DC for Federal Gun Law Signing
In state politics, Gov. Pritzker is heading to Florida to headline Florida Democrats’ annual gala fueling talk of possible presidential aspirations as his Republican challenger, Darren Bailey, says the governor needs to come home and stop running for president, too.
And, the ComEd bribery case against former Speaker Michael Madigan’s longtime confidant and three others has been rescheduled because of logistics issues with R. Kelly’s case.
In city politics, will Ald. Ed Burke step down or face reelection before facing a jury in his corruption trial next year? Chicago may be ready for ethics reform as a committee moves the measure to a full City Council vote.
See: Ald. Ed Burke Set to Stand Trial Nov. 6, 2023 — Nearly 4 1/2 Years After Indictment
Finally, COVID-19 is “not done with us yet” as the highly transmissible BA.5 omicron variant is being called the “worst variant yet” and most transmissible.
See: COVID-19 Risk Rises Again Across Chicago, Cook County, as Cases Jump and Hospitalizations Rise
Yet, Gov. Pritzker eases testing rules at hospitals and eliminates the COVID-19 vaccine requirements at colleges. Health officials push folks to get boosters as the FDA recommends a tweaked COVID-19 vaccine for the fall.
Craig Dellimore, WBBM Newsradio | @CraigDellimore @WBBM Newsradio
Mike Lowe, WGN-TV News | @MikeLoweReports @WGNNews
Sarah Schulte, ABC 7 Chicago | @SchulteABC7 @ABC7Chicago
Shia Kapos, Politico | @ShiaKapos @Politico
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