Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (5/27)

May 27, 2022

Public Health

  • Chicago now in high-risk COVID category, health officials strongly encourage indoor masking: “Chicago and  Cook County  are now at high risk for COVID-19 transmission, health officials say. The region crossed into the high-risk category this evening after COVID cases and hospitalizations have kept rising in recent weeks. The Chicago Department of Public Health now strongly recommends people wear masks in public indoor settings, the agency said Thursday night. CDPH says individual businesses are welcome to set their own requirements. Chicago ’s test positivity rate was 6% on Thursday. ” From Crain ’s Chicago Business.


Pritzker signs package of carjacking bills into law

 On Thursday, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of legislation aimed at cracking down on carjackings in Illinois.

  • House Bill 3699 expands the Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention and Insurance Verification Act to include carjackings. Bill sponsors say the legislation allows law enforcement to target carjackings more specifically – rather than focusing on vehicle theft more generally.
  • House Bill 601 adds new items to the list of what the state considers “burglary tools ” individuals can use to break into a vehicle or home in an effort to crack down on vehicle thefts.
  • Finally, House Bill 3772 will prevent car owners from being charged storage or towing fees if their cars are stolen.

More information is here.


Around the State



Aldermen stall ethics overhaul ordinance

A proposal ( O2022-1100) from Ald. Michele Smith (43) and the Chicago Board of Ethics to overhaul the city ’s ethics code for the first time since December 2019 faced its second setback this week, after  Ald. Michael Scott  (24) and  Ald. George Cardenas  (12) delayed a vote on the matter until next month.

Among other provisions, Smith ’s ordinance would disallow former aldermen from lobbying siting members on the City Council flor, would expand conflict-of-interest restrictions to apply to city employees ’ relatives, and would direct aldermen who recuse themselves from votes to fully leave City Council chambers.

A full summary of the measure is available here.


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