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Ethics commission seeks investigation of Lightfoot campaign, state bill seeks protections for temporary workers, more in Chicago news roundup

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Hello. Here’s the latest news you need to know about in Chicago. It’s about a five-minute read that briefly describes today’s biggest story.

This afternoon will be cloudy with highs near 34 degrees. The weather is expected to be similar tonight, with a low near 31 degrees Celsius. We could get 2-4 inches of snow tomorrow and highs near 34 degrees.

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Ethics committee seeks investigation of Lightfoot Campaign for recruiting student volunteers from CPS at City College

The Chicago Ethics Commission yesterday asked the city and the Chicago Public Schools Inspector General to investigate Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s re-election campaign, and by recruiting student volunteers at CPS and City Colleges, said the campaign was approved by the city’s ethics code. I asked them to determine if they were in violation.

Voting took place after a closed executive session. As usual, neither the committee’s agenda nor the case summary specified the subject of the investigation.

However, calls for a full-scale investigation by Chicago Inspector General Deborah Wittsburgh and her CPS counterpart Will Fletcher reveal that the subject is Chicago’s Lightfoot, the mayor’s re-election campaign. increase. The City’s Ethics Code prohibits elected officials from using City time, resources, and information to mix politics and public affairs.

“Investigations conducted by the Office of the Inspector General are confidential. There are very limited circumstances in which local government ordinances permit us to make public statements about our investigative activities. The view is that abusing public office for political gain will not be tolerated in Chicago any more,” Wittsburgh told the Sun-Times.

Ethics Committee Chairman William Conlon said the committee is asking City Hall candidates and “anyone who is in any way associated with a candidate to immediately and completely delete their e-mail lists and send government e-mails to them.” I advised you to remove the address.”

“The board also advised candidates and their associates that emails and other forms of solicitation could be considered intimidating if directed at city officials or persons employed by sister city agencies. We are here to inform you that there is,” Conron said.

Last week, Lightfoot stood in front of a TV camera phalanx to offer a rare public apology.

An email sent by deputy campaign director Megan Crane to Chicago public school teachers suggested giving class credit to students who agreed to volunteer for the mayor’s re-election campaign. Now it threatens to further tarnish the image of the reformer who propelled Lightfoot into office. Lightfoot said the solicitation was a “clear mistake” by one of his campaign staffers and would not happen again.

The mayor claims she knew nothing about the student recruitment effort until her campaign was questioned by WTTW Channel 11, which broke the story and immediately forced her deputy election administrator to take the ethical line. I advised that it is over. Lightfoot explains why the campaign initially defended the recruitment by email, or why her campaign did so after a similar solicitation for City College teachers was turned down by City College administrators months earlier. Didn’t explain why she recruited her CPS teacher.

Fran Spielman elaborates on this controversy here.

MORE NEWS YOU NEED

  1. A federal judge in Chicago, who presided over the trial of R. Kelly and two former employees of the singer last summer, yesterday dismissed a request by one of the employees to pay the government $850,000 in legal fees. The trial ended with Kelly’s guilty verdict, but former assistant Milton “June” Brown and former business manager Derell McDavid were acquitted.
  2. Recently introduced state legislation seeks to increase protection and fairness for temporary workers. The Temporary Workers and Fair Safety Act could crack down on forced labor practices while making it easier for temporary workers to be employed permanently, proponents say. Our Ilana Arougheti elaborates on potential legislation here.
  3. A federal judge has sentenced a longtime Cook County Board of Review employee to three months in prison for helping lower property taxes in exchange for a $43,000 cash bribe. Danilo Barjaktarevich admitted last year that he offered to reduce property valuations in exchange for bribes of $2,000 for all commercial properties and $1,000 for all residential properties.
  4. Clothing retailer Old Navy announced yesterday that it will be closing its State Street store by the end of the day today. Since November 2012, it has been operating in a prime location in the former Borders Bookstore.
  5. A collection of historic letters to be auctioned soon, including a glimpse into life in Chicago nearly 200 years ago. Our Stefano Esposito has a remarkable cache overview here.

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The year-round cyclist’s connections with other riders will take him further this winter.

WBEZ photographer Lou Foglia has no immediate plans to retire his 1970s Schwinn road bike and has been a city cyclist for three years. He is convenient, affordable, and possible as a photojournalist, Foglia explains in his recent photo essay. In the winter, cycling can be a test of endurance in Chicago’s toughest riding conditions.

Foglia said he often wondered what motivated the riders he met in the cold. There, along his 60-mile route that traverses the city with stops and starts in December and his January, he stopped and worked with a broad group of winter cyclists determined to make it through the season. I talked. Couriers, commuters, and enthusiasts shared their limits, strategies, and essential gear to help them get where they want to go.

Mile No.4: Foglia met 32-year-old courier Robert Bigelow Rubin at Mile 4 on the ride, just before an evening shift at the Cut Cats Courier Service on Lincoln Avenue. lake view. Bigelow-Rubin moved to Chicago in 2013 to become a courier. He has developed a layering system and delivers every season. Wool knee socks and base layers are Bigelow-Rubin’s cold-weather secret. Unlike cotton, this material is breathable, keeping you dry and warm during delivery.

Kingston Smartt-Nalli leads a monthly meetup for women, transgender and non-binary cyclists.

Kingston Smartt-Nalli leads a monthly meetup for women, transgender and non-binary cyclists.

19 miles: Mile 19, at the Uptown Bikes storefront, Foglia met 59-year-old Randy Fleer. The Edgewater resident left his backpack full of piano gear near his front counter, and he was waiting to pick up his Trek 820 in his winter gear. Fleer has a piano service job, tuning, repairing, and commuting to work in the city mostly by bicycle. On Sundays he plays the organ in his church. Handlebar-mounted mittens keep his hands warm. Mechanic Leah Plummer takes Freer’s bike out to show off the repairs. He has selected his winter special for his bike shop. It’s stock tires, new drivetrain, brake pads and cables. Fleer took out his mobile phone and he showed Foglia a map from which he recently traveled 18 km to Winnetka. It’s not hard to see his bike needing a winter overhaul. He’s a long-distance commuter and puts some serious wear on his gear all year round.

27 miles: A social meetup for women, transgender and non-binary cyclists was about to start at West Town Bikes across town. Foglia walked into the back room of her bike shop and met her Nari, a 29-year-old Kingston smart girl who was getting ready for an evening ride. Smartt-Nalli helps lead monthly meetups on the route through Humboldt Park. Riders will have their bikes adjusted in the shop and chatted at stops along the way. Smartt-Nalli welcomed new members who seemed unsure if the event was still going on. Outside, Smartt-Nalli showed her Foglia an electric bike she built from scratch. He added 4.8-inch wide tires and a motor to help it run through the snow. Smartt-Nalli says his mental and physical health motivate him to ride year-round. The monthly meetups at West Town Bikes can help.

“Thanks to the people I met here, I can always reach out when I am in trouble,” he said. “We nourish each other.”

You can experience the continuation of Foglia’s journey here.

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Your daily question ☕

What’s the best way to make the most of winter in Chicago?

Send an email to newsletter@suntimes.com. We may feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: Has your perception of large public gatherings changed over the years?

This is what some of you said…

“When I go to a synagogue, I know my surroundings very well. I know where the exit is and I am trained in what I need to do to get there safely. ”— Jennifer Brower

“No, long before COVID, I had a distaste for the general public.” Matthew Thomas

“I often think about mass shootings at large public gatherings. Mike Dwyer

“No. You cannot live in fear forever.” Patrick Creeden

“It feels like you’re hitting a target shot.” Scotty Leveque

“No. I didn’t like it before it happened and I don’t care now. A lot of people are the beginning of trouble.” Paul Fedric

“Honestly, I don’t attend as many big events as I used to, I wear a mask when I go, and I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to because of my fear of getting sick. , was one of the main reasons I lived in this city.” Edward Witt

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