Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (9/11)

September 11, 2023



Gov. Pritzker and Gotion Announce New $2 Billion Electric Vehicle Battery Gigafactory in Kankakee County

“Governor JB Pritzker and Gotion joined local Illinois leaders and officials to announce the company’s decision to locate its new state-of-the-art $2 billion electric vehicle (EV) lithium battery manufacturing plant in Manteno,” from the Office of Gov. JB Pritzker.


Johnson addresses business community at Economic Club of Chicago

At the Economic Club of Chicago Thursday evening, Mayor Brandon Johnson addressed the business community and participated in a Q&A with club chair and Conagra Brands CEO Sean Connolly.

Johnson, who recently passed his one-hundredth day in office, reiterated his policy goals and answered questions concerning some of the city’s most pressing issues, including crime and public safety, downtown office vacancies and the central business district’s overall economic health, and the city’s ongoing pension crisis.

On crime, Johnson talked about summer youth employment: “When we talk about how we respond to the immediate crisis today, every time you give a young person an opportunity to see themselves and to know their value and to know their worth, that is the best public safety plan that we can ever put together,” he said.

When asked about taxes in his upcoming budget proposal, Johnson said: “It’s really about making sure that the priorities that we set position us to grow our economy in the budgets that come.”

Overall, Johnson’s message was optimistic, reassuring business leaders that “not only are we on our way back, we’re on our way back stronger.”


City Council panel OKs labor contracts for thousands of city workers

“The deal’s prevailing wage portion covers 7,000 members of 30 trade unions employed by 16 city departments. Those workers would accrue a half-day of sick leave per month and be eligible for 12 weeks of paid parental leave,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Johnson still backs CPD chief pick Snelling despite canceled confirmation vote

The City Council’s Police & Fire Committee was set to take a vote Friday on the appointment of CPD Chief Larry Snelling to be the next superintendent of the department, but the meeting was canceled Thursday afternoon. The meeting will be rescheduled and Johnson still backs Snelling,” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Response to migrant crisis could cost over $300 million by end of year

“The city of Chicago expects it will cost over $301 million by the end of this calendar year to respond to the migrant crisis if a proposal to set up outdoor tents to supplement housing is fully implemented,” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Chicago City Council to take up $25 million settlement in controversial wrongful conviction case

“The City Council is poised to take up a $25 million settlement proposal in a controversial police misconduct case involving two men whose murder convictions were overturned in the slaying of a college basketball standout in Chicago 30 years ago,” by the Chicago Tribune.

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