Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (1/5)

January 5, 2024


IDPH delivers State Health Improvement Plan, State Health Assessment to General Assembly

State public health officials have submitted the final versions of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the State Health Assessment (SHA) to the General Assembly ahead of the December 31, 2023 deadline, according to an announcement by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday.

The two documents form the Healthy Illinois 2028, a five-year plan to address major public health issues and improve the overall wellbeing of Illinoisans.

The SHA identifies five key priority areas to tackle over the next five years: chronic disease, COVID-19 and emerging diseases, maternal and infant health, mental health and substance use disorders, and racism as a public health crisis. The SHIP outlines specific goals and objectives within each priority area.

The State Health Improvement Plan can be found here, and the State Health Assessment can be found here.


Will Trump Be Removed From The Ballot In Illinois? Voters File Challenge To His Candidacy

“The group alleges Trump violated the 14th Amendment and should be removed from the ballot by the state Board of Elections,” by Block Club Chicago.

County launches capacity building grant program; City announces grantees for Storefront Activation Program

“Cook County announced the nonprofit organizations that would receive funds through a new grant program meant to temporarily stabilize smaller operations, and the city’s business affairs department announced the grantees that will participate in its program to revitalize vacant storefronts,” by The Daily Line.

Ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan’s racketeering trial postponed 6 months pending Supreme Court decision in bribery case

“Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s landmark racketeering trial was postponed Wednesday pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in a Chicago-area bribery case that could fundamentally alter what prosecutors are required to prove. The new date for the trial was set for Oct. 8. It’s expected to last up to three months,” by the Chicago Tribune.



Johnson and Illinois’ D.C. delegation set refugee crisis strategy session

“With an increasing tide of refugees continuing to overwhelm city resources, Mayor Brandon Johnson has scheduled a meeting with Illinois’ congressional delegation Friday morning to personally make another appeal for more federal help in dealing with the influx from Venezuela and other Latin American countries,” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Chicago paid at least $138M to care for migrants in 2023, far less than projections, according to data

“That tally, which includes all invoices paid through Dec. 15, defies predictions released by city officials in mid-October that the cost of the migrant crisis to taxpayers would top $361 million by the end of 2023,” by WTTW.

Arbitrator reaffirms police disciplinary ruling, urges City Council to reconsider its rejection

“Arbitrator Edwin Benn said state law guarantees Chicago police officers accused of the most serious wrongdoing the right to bypass the Police Board in favor of arbitration. Benn also criticized Mayor Brandon Johnson and the 33 City Council members who rejected his earlier ruling,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lawsuit filed with Circuit Court in effort to stop Bring Chicago Home referendum

“The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, primarily alleges that the city has no authority to bundle a real estate transfer tax increase on high-end sales with a tax decrease on less expensive sales and that the ballot question is unconstitutional because it is not specific enough about how the revenue raised will be used,” by The Daily Line.

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