Earlier this month, Senate Democrats and Republicans set aside partisan differences and worked together to pass a budget via the "Grand Bargain." Just when a compromise appeared imminent, Governor Rauner derailed negotiations, pulling Republican votes off the deal.
This is the very same Governor who on February 15 said in his budget address, "We've made a point of letting the Senate move forward, trying not to disrupt momentum." He has undermined that point by interfering with current negotiations.
We encourage local community groups to continue following the process of bills that address gun violence, which has plagued our city. In addition to CAPS meetings, groups like Taking Back Lakeview serve as virtual neighborhood watch groups and have been effective at bringing more awareness of the crime impacting our community.
In response to the concerns from lakefront residents, I am working with lakefront alderman on advancing legislation that would allow the City to install a noise monitoring system along Lake Shore Dr. Noise monitoring devices will help officials get a better sense of decibel levels and data collection that will turn anecdotal information in to hard data.
This month our very own Rabbi Siegel of
Anshe Emet Synagogue delivered the opening prayer on the same day the world champion Chicago Cubs brought their coveted trophy into the state capitol. Rabbi Siegel's speech encouraged bipartisan cooperation on a final budget.
To that I say, Amen.
Very Truly Yours,
A shout out to the Chicago Fire Department for their snow storm heroics this month by helping deliver the baby of a stranded motorist on Lake Shore Drive. You can read more about it here. Way to go! http://tinyurl.com/go8j6kz
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Emergency Funding Bill Introduced as Response to Surge of Anti-Semitic Attacks
Flowers are left outside the vandalized Chicago Loop Synagogue. Photo courtesy Abel Uribe of Chicago Tribune.
Waves of threats and vandalism against Jewish targets here at home and around the country has prompted me to sponsor House Bill 4012 with Rep. Lou Lang, which would
provide $25 million in emergency funding to bolster security at non-profit facilities that are being threatened.
For historians, the parallels of these current events and events from past generations are indisputable.
Headstones being vandalized in Jewish cemeteries, hundreds of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers and schools, and anti-Semitic graffiti everywhere across America are reminiscent of the darkest days of anti-Semistism.
These are acts of domestic terrorism that damage our history of religious tolerance. Ironically, it was Chicago, the city of big shoulders, that welcomed Jewish immigrants who sought refuge from religious persecution.
One cannot overlook the tacit and explicit approval of hate-talk coming from the new administration in Washington, and its direct correlation to increased acts of hate, violence and anti-Semitism in the United States.
Instead of questioning the legitimacy of these attacks, Donald Trump should stand firm against them and devote resources to prevent and address
this new wave of violence.
Police block access to the Chicago Jewish Day School on March 7. Photo courtesy Fox 32.
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