Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (6/26)

June 26, 2023



Gov. Pritzker Announces Over $1 Billion in Federal Funding to Support High-Speed Internet Access and Adoption in Illinois: “Today, Governor JB Pritzker along with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced Illinois will be allocated over $1 billion in funding to support high-speed internet access through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program,” from the Office of Gov. JB Pritzker.

County Finance Committee to consider 12-week paid family leave policy, amended small business grant program: “Cook County commissioners will consider a resolution to allow expanded parental leave for county employees and an amendment to a federally funded small business grant program during a county Finance Committee meeting Wednesday,” by The Daily Line.

Forest Preserve District commissioners could hike fines for illegal dumping, appoint permanent treasurer: “Commissioners for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County board will convene Tuesday to consider code amendments that would raise the maximum fines for littering and polluting on forest preserve property and will consider the appointment of a new treasurer,” by The Daily Line.

Harmon reflects on budget process, new partnership with Republicans: “In multiple news conferences this spring, Harmon has called budgeting an ‘exercise in trust’ between the two chambers to ensure one isn’t amending the budget in a way the other chamber might oppose,” by The Daily Line.

Gov. Pritzker Celebrates Start of 110 mph Passenger Service on Chicago-St. Louis Line: “Governor JB Pritzker joined federal, state, and local officials, along with the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, the Union Pacific Railroad, and project supporters at Union Station today to celebrate the start of 110 mph passenger rail service between Chicago and St. Louis,” from the Office of Gov. JB Pritzker.

Gov. Pritzker Unveils New ‘Middle of Everything’ Summer Ad Campaign, Starring and Directed by Illinois’ own Jane Lynch: “Governor Pritzker along with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Office of Tourism (IOT) today announced the launch of three new TV ads as part of its tourism campaign, ‘Middle of Everything,’ starring Illinois native and Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress and director Jane Lynch,” from the Office of Gov. JB Pritzker.


Mayor Johnson continues work on campaign promise to increase youth jobs 

Mayor Brandon Johnson kicked off Chicago’s annual six-week summer job program for young people on Monday, joining city officials, community-based organizations, and philanthropic leaders to highlight the city’s ongoing efforts to employ the City’s youth and keep teens engaged.

The program, called One Summer Chicago, is a partnership with City of Chicago Departments and Sister Agencies, community-based organizations, corporate partners and local companies to offer employment and internships opportunities to young people ages 14-24.

In addition to One Summer Chicago, the City has taken a comprehensive approach across departments, sister agencies, and corporate partners to expand youth jobs this summer, while also working to establish long-term, year-round opportunities.

“A summer job is more than just temporary employment – it allows Chicago’s young people to develop critical skills, engage with the community, and build a brighter future for themselves, and for all of us,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said.


Timeline for city’s 2024 budget takes shape as leaders push to incorporate various priorities ‘on the front end’ instead of last-minute tweaks: “While the annual rigorous city departmental budget hearings are still about four months away, Mayor Brandon Johnson and his budget leaders last week gave a look into how the new administration plans to handle crafting the city’s 2024 spending plan. The schedule, which is still subject to change, sets Sept. 13 as the date for the budget forecast to be released,” by The Daily Line.

Thousands cheer on Chicago’s Pride Parade despite rain: “Rain showers didn’t dampen festive spirits as the 52nd annual parade made its way through North Side neighborhoods. Extra police were on hand, but no incidents were reported,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.


Beltway Briefing: “It’s called government relations for a reason”

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ team of strategic advisers and partners share lobbying tips to be successful on Capitol Hill. Being an expert in your field is only part of the formula, understanding the importance of etiquette, finding common ground, and the interacting spheres of influence, will make or break you inside the beltway.

Featuring: Public Strategies’ Howard Schweitzer & Rodney Davis.

Listen to the full Beltway Briefing here.


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