Controversy over former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh’s incendiary tweets posted last Thursday after the deadly sniper attack on Dallas police officers has spilled over into the state’s 66th House District race.
The Democrat in the race, Nancy Zettler, is calling on her Republican opponent, Allen Skillicorn, to disavow Walsh’s “hate-filled statements.”
Walsh has faced backlash for a now-deleted tweet that threatened “war” on President Barack Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Police accountability and housing activists are pushing back against city government as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attempts to replenish his campaign coffers at his first fundraiser since the Laquan McDonald shooting video was released.
The activists are picketing at Emanuel’s pricey Monday night fundraiser, which costs individuals $5,400 while corporations are required to cough up $10,000. The event is being held at the home of real estate developer Robert Winslow.
Affordable housing advocates are calling on the mayor to make “substantive reforms” to the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), including a complete overhaul of the agency’s policies. While Emanuel tapped Eugene Jones Jr. to take over the housing agency in January, CHA critics say that is not enough.
The Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI) has pushed back against CHA for its practices, blasting the agency for reportedly hoarding about 6,000 housing vouchers and 2,800 vacant units while more than 120,000 needy families sit idle on the agency’s waitlist.
Activists and city residents packed the Chicago Temple Building on Wednesday evening to push back against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal policies, which have led to budget cuts and an ongoing state budget impasse.
Tracey Abman, associate director of AFSCME Council 31, kicked off the night with a spirited attack on Rauner’s administration, particularly targeting his decisions on how to allocate state funds.
Abman said the state is “broke on purpose,” adding that Rauner is the reason why the state is broken. The audience erupted into a chorus of boo’s at the mention of the governor’s name.
As the March 15 primary election nears, the controversy surrounding the 2014 police shooting death of Laquan McDonald refuses to let up. On Tuesday, just a week before the primary election, lawsuits were filed against the Chicago Police Department, the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), and the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who is facing a tough re-election bid, for more information on the case.
Specifically, the suit is calling on the police department, IPRA and Alvarez to release their respective records on the McDonald investigation. The lawsuit was filed by independent journalist Brandon Smith, who — with the help of the Invisible Institute’s Jamie Kalven — pressed for what was the eventual public release of the police dash-cam video of the McDonald shooting.
Smith says the timing of the lawsuit serves a dual purpose in light of the upcoming election.