Chicago mayor exchanged emails with lobbyist as city ethics board declined to enforce lobbying ban
CHICAGO — Months after a new law took effect banning elected public officials from lobbying Chicago City Hall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot exchanged emails with a lobbyist who would have been barred under the new standards had they been enforced, the Chicago Tribune has learned.Flossmoor trustee Gyata Kimmons emailed Lightfoot in August on behalf of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a real estate company he lobbies City Hall on behalf of with tenants at O’Hare International Airport, records show.The back-and-forth occurred months after Lightfoot introduced her own plan that would have rolled back part of th...
Spencer Davis, '60s British bandleader behind 'Gimme Some Lovin' ' with Steve Winwood, has died
Spencer Davis, the veteran British rocker whose 1960s beat band featuring a teenaged Steve Winwood spawned the transatlantic megahit “Gimme Some Lovin’,” has died.The guitarist passed away Monday at age 81 while being treated in a hospital for pneumonia, his agent told the BBC.Davis co-founded The Spencer Davis Group in 1963 with a 14-year-old Winwood and older sibling Muff Winwood after seeing the brothers perform at a Birmingham pub.They had their first No. 1 single with “Keep on Running” in 1965 and released the blues rock classic “I’m a Man” before Winwood left the group in 1967 to form Tr...
New York Daily News
Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favo...
The Seattle Times
Ethics complaints filed against South Carolina's Graham after he sought donations in Senate building
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Democratic Party leaders say they have filed an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham after he promoted his campaign website this week in a Senate office building saying he needed to close a fundraising gap.It was one of two complaints filed against Graham with the Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday, according to groups that filed them. The second came from the Washington, D.C., based Campaign Legal Center.On Wednesday, Graham responded to a reporter’s question about how Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing would...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Dozens of Notre Dame faculty members sign letter urging Barrett to pause confirmation process
Dozens of faculty members at the University of Notre Dame inked their names to an open letter urging Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former law professor at the school, to halt her Supreme Court confirmation process until after Election Day.The letter carried 88 signatories from a range of disciplines at both the undergrad and graduate level, but no faculty members at Notre Dame Law School signed on.“The rushed nature of your nomination process, which you certainly recognize as an exercise in raw power politics, may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Co...
New York Daily News
Abortion pill now easier for women to get during pandemic, but not in some states
ST. LOUIS — A recent court ruling temporarily easing restrictions on medication abortions during the pandemic has some Missouri women traveling to Illinois, where they can take advantage of the state’s laws that allow telemedicine for abortion care.Right now, that means a Missouri woman can, if she wants, cross the state border, find a place to park and have a virtual visit with an Illinois doctor via her smartphone. If approved, she can pick up the package of abortion pills a couple of days later at a designated address in Illinois — perhaps at a friend’s or acquaintance’s home or a post offi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Cuomo in new book accuses Team Trump of extortion amid height of COVID pandemic
NEW YORK — In a new book set to be released next week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accuses the Trump administration of “extortion” for a veiled threat made by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the height of the coronavirus crisis.Cuomo’s new 308-page tome, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” reveals that in late March, Meadows called the governor demanding clinical test results on hydroxychloroquine — a drug President Donald Trump had been hyping at the time as a potential cure-all for COVID 19.Hospitals in New York were testing the drug’s effectivenes...
New York Daily News
The COVID-19 pandemic may make getting health insurance harder. Here's why
The high cost of treating COVID-19, its long-term health complications for those who recover, and the economic ramifications of the pandemic are driving home the value of the protections created under the Affordable Care Act — and how much trouble many Americans will find themselves in if the law is overturned.A week after the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by Texas and a group of Republican attorneys general that seeks to get rid of the Obama-era health-care law. An opinion is expected to be handed down next year.If the court d...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Herd immunity could protect us from COVID-19 — in theory. Infectious disease experts explain
As the United States surpassed 200,000 coronavirus deaths recently, many are asking one simple question: When will it end?Politicians and public health experts have touted herd immunity as one way to stop COVID-19 without a vaccine. The scientific concept explains that a virus will die out after a high percentage of a population is infected and survives the disease, developing immunity. Vaccines speed this process much more safely, but experts think we will be well into 2021 before most Americans can get immunized.Most epidemiologists believe that if 50% to 70% of the population becomes immune...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
Among the myriad lawn signs sprouting in anticipation of November’s presidential election, two are noteworthy for their seeming nonpartisanship:The first sign — “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” — makes light of America’s current upheaval, tacitly confessing how little today’s disillusioned voters expect of their elected leaders.The second, beginning with the words “IN THIS HOUSE,” advertises the occupants’ allegiance to a list of cardinal virtues — kindness, respect for learning, compassion for those with disabilities, etc. — as timeless and anodyne as the Girl Scout Law.Neither sign mentions any ...
Detroit Free Press