— Illinois COVID cases: IL reports record-high 30,386 new cases, 87 deaths. IL adopts CDC quarantine guidelines.
— Woman beaten, robbed by 8 people on Lakeview sidewalk; 2nd group robbery reported at CTA Red Line. Chicago police warn of 20 other similar crimes in Lakeview, Lincoln Park over last 2 months. – Liz Nagy
— Woman shot outside Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center in Westmont. Suspect fled the scene and is not in custody, Westmont spokesperson says.
— Illinois using SMART health card with personal vaccine QR code to prove you’re vaccinated – Mark Rivera
— Illinois Obliterates Daily COVID Record, With More Than 30K New Cases in Single Day
— Illinois launches Vax Verify system to confirm vaccination status for residents
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin: Self-defense not a viable argument for Oakbrook Center shooters
— Federal court dismisses lawsuits sought to fight state redistricting map. The suits, brought by state Republicans, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the East St. Louis Branch of the NAACP, argued that the redistricting map passed by the Democrats last summer disenfranchised minority voters in some districts. – Matthew Hendrickson
— Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton tests positive for COVID-19. The lieutenant governor, who was fully vaccinated and boosted, had only mild symptoms Thursday. – Mitchell Armentrout
— State lawmakers slash January legislative session due to COVID-19 surge. Lawmakers will meet for just one day in Springfield as the state sees its highest coronavirus caseloads of the pandemic. – Mitchell Armentrout
— Illinois obliterates daily COVID-19 case record with more than 30K positive tests. With cases, hospitalizations and deaths rising rapidly, officials are urging more residents to get vaccinated and boosted. – Mitchell Armentrout
— Amid record-breaking COVID-19 spike, Illinois driver’s license facilities will temporarily close; lieutenant governor infected – JEREMY GORNER
— Food pantries have worked overtime to meet demand. Our neighbors still need our help. – KELLIE O’CONNELL (COMMENT: Soon, under the Democrats and under the RINOs, everyone in America will be a) handing out welfare and/or b) collecting welfare.)
— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING, TRAGIC, UNACCEPTABLE: Pot pushers push pot. To push pot on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.
— Federal court panel upholds Democratic-drawn state legislative districts – RICK PEARSON
— Gov. Pritzker urges hospitals to halt nonemergency surgeries amid record-breaking COVID-19 spike; lieutenant governor infected and driver’s facilities to close – JEREMY GORNER
— Opioid task force to get $200K from DuPage County, where such overdoses are up 17% – Katlyn Smith
— Illinois records 30,386 new COVID-19 cases, most ever in one day – Jake Griffin
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Court upholds new Illinois legislative maps. A federal court rejected complaints from Republicans and Black and Latino groups that the remap plan is unfair. Barring a long-shot appeal, the new maps will be in place for 2022 elections. – GREG HINZ
SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— COVID-19 delays start of 2022 General Assembly; drafting a state budget remains a priority – Dean Olsen
— Replacement for outgoing Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope remains uncertain – Dean Olsen
— Madison County crafting 500-plus ballot styles for June – Scott Cousins,
OUR QUAD CITIES
— Five-term Congressman Rodney Davis works to meet people in new 35-county district, including the QC area – Jonathan Turner
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to be LGBTQers.
KANE COUNTY CONNECTS
— OMICRON SURGE ‘UNLIKE ANYTHING WE’VE SEEN’; 30,386 ILLINOIS CASES, 1,130 IN KANE; 5,689 IN ILLINOIS HOSPITALS Omicron Surge ‘Unlike Anything We’ve Seen’; U.S. Children Hospitalized in Record Numbers; At-Home Tests Less Sensitive To Omicron.
LAKE & MCHENRY COUNTY SCANNER
— Federal court delays new law that will prohibit Illinois jails from housing ICE detainees amid lawsuit appeal. – Sam Borcia
DUPAGE POLICY JOURNAL
— Ives compares Lightfoot to ‘Mrs. O’Leary’s cow’ following new vaccine mandate – Solange DeLisle
— Conservatives blast AMA’s woke advice on how medical professionals should talk about race – Kery Murakami
— US maintains high death rate due to COVID-19 despite lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccines – Cassidy Morrison
— Trump will get GOP’s 2024 nomination if he wants it, Lindsey Graham says – Dom Calicchio
— Facebook Censors Thomas Paine Quote as ‘False Information’ – THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
— Nearly three-quarters of GOP doubt legitimacy of Biden’s win: poll – MAX GREENWOOD (COMMENT: Democrats are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.)
— Can the IRS Be Trusted With Your Data? – Stephen L. Carter (COMMENT: In 1978, Money Magazine published a 4-page article about my wife and I. The article reads like Money Magazine took advice from my Democrat IRS superiors on how to paint my education deductions as being improper. The article hints/implies/argues/shouts that the graduate business courses that I took at Loyola 1972-1976 and the graduate accounting courses that I took at DePaul 1976-1980 a) did not relate to my job duties, b) did not maintain or improve my job skills, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, d) were taken by me to qualify me for a “new trade or business,” and e) were a distraction. Money Magazine and IRS would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, minority, female, and/or veteran.)
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Accept that you’ll likely spend more money in 2022 than you did in 2021. – Julia Carpenter
— After the Facebook whistleblower came forward, the company reportedly tried to discredit her reputation among politicians – Ben Gilbert (COMMENT: I should write a book about those who discredit me with Republican politicians. I would focus on a) past and present leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization, b) past and present Republican leaders of Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, Wheaton Park District, and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, c) past leaders of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, d) past and present conservative and religious leaders, e) Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct, their political consultants, major donors, fundraisers, pollsters, campaign managers, campaign staff members, and campaign volunteers, and g) those who I have sued. I would focus on those who destroy those like me who they cannot manipulate or dominate, who refuse to glorify and praise them, who refuse to pander to them, who refuse to serve as one of their operatives or dupes, who refuse to cover up their wrongdoing, and/or who refuse to give them money. I would focus on those who blame me and blame my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who hint/imply/argue/shout that they disapprove of those who share my demographics.)
TIMES NEWS EXPRESS
— Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls House Freedom Caucus members ‘grifters’
— Just 21 Percent of Republicans Say Biden ‘Probably’ or ‘Definitely’ Won in 2020: Poll – JASON LEMON
— Republican Adam Kinzinger Rips Trump ‘Lies’ After He Makes Statement About 1/6 Committee – JASON LEMON
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
— Why The View Is Struggling to Find a New Token Conservative – Eric Levitz