Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (2/24)
February 24, 2023
February 24, 2023
— IDPH Reports 20 Illinois Counties at an Elevated Community Level for COVID-19, from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
On Thursday, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the state had received a credit upgrade from S&P Global Ratings, its third upgrade since July 2021 and seventh consecutive upgrade in the last two years.
S&P Global upgraded Illinois’ rating on its General Obligation bonds from BBB+ (stable outlook) to A- (stable outlook), and also upgraded Build Illinois sales tax bonds from A- (stable outlook) to A (stable outlook). This marks the state’s highest rating in nearly a decade.
“The upgrade on the GO (general obligation) debt reflects our view that Illinois’ commitment and execution to strengthen its budgetary flexibility and stability, supported by accelerating repayment of its liabilities, rebuilding its Budget Stabilization Fund to decade highs; and a slowing of statutory pension funding growth, will likely continue during the outlook period,” S&P Global said.
— GOP lawmakers make proposals for Choate while decrying Pritzker’s handling of troubled downstate mental health center: “Decrying Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration’s response to the systemic mistreatment of residents of a downstate mental health center, GOP lawmakers on Thursday laid out a plan to address the long-standing issues,” by the Chicago Tribune.
— Election board to probe Dan Proft PAC spending in governor’s race: “The Illinois State Board of Elections has taken the first step to probe whether a political spending group run by Chicago political activist and talk radio host Dan Proft illegally colluded with GOP gubernatorial nominee Darren Bailey in last year’s election,” by Crain’s Chicago Business.
The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, represented by AFSCME Local 31 in Chicago, reached a tentative agreement with the Lightfoot administration today after the union representing more than 3,000 city workers in almost every department threatened to strike.
The union’s previous contract, which was set to end June 30 of last year, had been temporarily extended several times. The latest extension expires Saturday, ending the temporary ban on work stoppages and allowing the union to begin the internal process to authorize a strike.
Today, Mayor Lightfoot and AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said in a joint statement: “We are pleased to announce that negotiators for the City and the union have reached a tentative agreement that will improve the economic security and working lives of thousands of Chicago’s dedicated frontline employees. These workers are critically important to our city and impact every major department of City government. We have all worked together diligently to ensure that their efforts to help keep our city moving forward are recognized and valued. Terms of the agreement will be released after union members have the opportunity to review and vote on its ratification.”
— Loop sees its population continue to grow during the pandemic, report finds: “Population in the Loop rose throughout the pandemic, maintaining the neighborhood’s status as the fastest-growing area in the city, according to a report released Thursday by the Chicago Loop Alliance,” by the Chicago Sun-Times.
— Zoning committee gives OK to 2 office buildings, 370-unit residential building: “A key City Council committee on Thursday approved proposals for two new mixed-use office buildings in Fulton Market and a 370-unit residential building with 74 affordable units on the Near West Side. The City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards met virtually Thursday, marking the last scheduled council committee meeting before Tuesday’s election. Aldermen unanimously approved a proposal (O2023-47) from Vista Property Group to build a 15-story mixed-use office building at 640 W. Randolph St. in the 42nd Ward,” by The Daily Line.
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