The Rundown: García’s TV ad misstep


Hey there! Can we just collectively declare this week over? Can we have that power, please? Either way, here’s what you need to know today.

1. García’s first TV ad in mayoral race may have an ethics problem

U.S. Representative Jesús Chuy García’s first TV spot in the mayoral race shows him walking with two uniformed police officers, a potential violation of Chicago Police Department rules, reports WGN News.

These regulations prevent uniformed officers from participating in political activities. Uniformed officers may participate in such events as long as they do not pose as a police officer.

Now, a department spokesperson has told WGN that an internal investigation has been launched. García’s campaign told WGN the officers were not on duty when the announcement was filmed.

The news also comes as Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s campaign grapples with its own ethics issues after soliciting public school teachers for student volunteers. [WGN News]

García’s campaign released a new ad today that removed officers for “abundance of caution.” [WTTW News]

2. Two lawyers challenging Illinois’ assault weapons ban had previously won a landmark US Supreme Court case

The attorneys, Paul Clement and Erin Murphy, successfully won a US Supreme Court case last year that struck down New York’s concealed carry permit law.

And the National Rifle Association is helping their challenge in federal court, an organization spokesperson told my colleague Tina Sfondeles at the Chicago Sun Times.

The federal lawsuit argues that Illinois’ ban on assault weapons is unconstitutional, in part because the government cannot ban weapons commonly used for self-defense. [Chicago Sun-Times]

The US Supreme Court’s decision on New York’s concealed carry law is noteworthy for another reason. Constitutional law experts have told the Sun-Times the decision in that case could spell doom for Illinois’s assault weapons ban.

That’s because judges have ruled that judges cannot decide the constitutionality of gun laws based on public safety concerns. [Chicago Sun-Times]

3. Pope Francis affirms that homosexuality is not a crime

Pope Francis, in an interview published today by The Associated Press, condemned the “unjust” laws that criminalize same-sex relationships and the Church must do more to end those laws.

“Being homosexual is not a crime,” Pope Francis told the Associated Press at the Vatican hotel where he lives. He also added: “We are all children of God, and God loves us as we are and for the strength that each of us fights for our dignity”.

At least 67 countries, mostly in Africa and the Middle East, have laws criminalizing same-sex relationships. And more than a dozen states in the United States still have laws against sodomy despite the Supreme Court ruling them unconstitutional in 2003.

“His historic statement should send a message to world leaders and millions of Catholics around the world: LGBTQ people deserve to live in a world without violence and condemnation, and more kindness and understanding,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and US CEO. defense group based on GLAAD. [AP]

4. Do you feel demotivated at work? You are definitely not alone.

A new report from Gallop shows that a large number of working people, especially Gen Z and young millennials, are not busy with their jobs. And the news comes as employees began to log off more and more during the pandemic.

About 32 percent of workers surveyed in 2022 said they were busy with their jobs, down from 36 percent in 2020, NPR reports. And the biggest declines were seen in employees who work in the office but can do their work at home.

“There is a growing disconnect among employees [and] employer. You could almost equate it to employees becoming a little more like casual workers,” says Jim Harter, author of the Gallup report, noting that temporary work by nature doesn’t build strong loyalty between workers and their employers. . [NPR]

5. NASCAR announces concert lineup for its Chicago road race

Country music star Miranda Lambert, electric duo The Chainsmokers and rock band The Black Crowes will headline concerts running alongside the NASCAR road race in Chicago this summer, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Event organizers expect around 100,000 people to attend the two-day event, with general admission tickets starting at $269. [Chicago Tribune]

The Lightfoot administration and NASCAR have signed a three-year deal to host the road race in Chicago. The agreement requires NASCAR to pay the city a permit fee of $500,000 annually and a guarantee of 15% of the net concession and merchandise fees, plus $2 per admission fee.

But, as WBEZ contributor Mark Guarino wrote late last year, it’s unclear who outside City Hall was clamoring for the race to be held in the city. [WBEZ]

Here’s what else is going on

  • The United States and Germany promise to send tanks to Ukraine to help defend against Russian troops. [NPR]
  • NPR and The New York Times asked a judge to open the paperwork in Dominion’s defamation case against Fox News. [NPR]
  • Adult Swim is parting ways Rick and Morti co-creator Justin Roiland. [NPR]
  • Panic! at the Disco disbanded after nearly two decades. [NPR]

Oh, and one more thing…

Full disclosure: I loved Everything everywhere all at oncethe multiverse adventure starring Michelle Yeoh, who has the chance to become the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for best actress.

“Ninety-five years of Oscar,” Yeoh said The New York Times. “Of course, I’m over the moon, but I’m feeling a little sad because I know we know there have been amazing Asian actresses who have come before me, and I’m on their shoulders.”

He added, “I’m hoping this will shatter that fucking endless glass ceiling, that this will continue and we’ll see more of our faces up there.” [New York Times]

Tell me something good…

What is one little thing that brings you joy?

Jerilyn Willin writes:

“Sounds nerdy, but my library card was the first little thing that popped into my head. I am visually impaired and my library card gives me access to “Libby”, the online library with thousands of books. I download them to my iPad, enlarge the print and… read even in the dark!”

And Jill writes:

“The little thing that brings me joy is a clean dinner table. My many years of child rearing and homeschooling are finally over, and only that clean, clear surface shows me that I can now live like an adult. Joy!”

Feel free to write to me and your answer may be shared in this week’s newsletter.


What do you think?

Written by Natalia Chi

Chicago Popular; Chicago breaking news, weather and live video. Covering local politics, health, traffic and sports for Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana.

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