REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
— RNC Statement on Senate Impeachment Trial
— Chief federal judge scorns Capitol riot suspects, keeps rioter jailed – CNN
— Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 4,191 new cases, 103 deaths; vaccine efforts ramp up. As Illinois COVID vaccination ramps up, 2nd appointments prove hard to find – Sarah Schulte, Leah Hope
— Chicago Auto Show postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic; annual McCormick Place event pushed to spring – Liz Nagy
FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Illinois Republican lawmakers urge Pritzker to veto police reform proposal – Mike Flannery
— House GOP leader calls new speaker’s style and offer of talks over coffee ‘refreshing’ — and he’s not talking about the cup of joe. The conversations Republican Jim Durkin’s had with Democrat Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch leave Durkin hopeful that this General Assembly will be markedly different than those led by Mike Madigan, whose iron-fisted grip on the gavel earned him the nickname “The Velvet Hammer.” – Rachel Hinton
— Illinois population continues to drop, CMAP study finds | At Pentagon’s request, Pritzker sends Illinois guard to D.C. | Lightfoot, Pritzker to speak at racial healing virtual summit – LISA DONOVAN
— State Republicans slam Pritzker as COVID-19 vaccinations lag – AP
CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Durbin, Duckworth sign on to D.C. statehood bill. Though popular among Democrats, the measure faces long odds in a closely divided Congress. – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: What about making Chicago the 52nd state?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you promote violence, you are not a Christian.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Illinois senators support legislation to make Washington D.C. 51st state – Matt Sheehan (DIERSEN: What about making Chicago the 52nd state?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: How soon, if not already, will Democrats get rid of law enforcement officers who support Trump?
— Cancel culture on campuses: Students are ‘in an echo chamber’ says Campus Reform – ELISSA SALAMY
— Rep. Kinzinger unsure of party alignment. Now that the impeachment trial is on the Senate floor, Kinzinger says there’s not much else he can do.
— 500 Illinois National Guard members activated for Washington, DC security duty
— Shaw, Tracy and Gryder to be interviewed for state GOP chair
— 4,191 new confirmed and probable cases; 103 additional deaths; 2,802 hospitalized; 567 in ICU; 4.3 percent average case positivity rate; 5.5 average test positivity rate; 36,728 average daily doses
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Stop Big Tech and Big Businesses Silencing of Conservative Voices – Christine Misner
— Duckworth ‘profoundly disappointed’ Biden Cabinet doesn’t include Asian Americans – Jessica Chasmar
— ICE orders agents to stop using ‘illegal alien’ – Stephen Dinan
— Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘white supremacist’ accusations about Republicans ‘reckless’ and ‘divisive’: Ronna McDaniel. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments do nothing to bring down the ‘temperature,’ McDaniel argues – Nikolas Lanum
— CPAC organizers accuse Politico of trying to ‘cancel’ conservative event with ‘misleading’ claims to sponsors. ‘Politico is attempting to chill sponsorship of CPAC and harm the American Conservative Union,’ general counsel David Safavian wrote. – Brian Flood
— Today’s Democratic Party Doesn’t Respect Freedom of Speech or Expression
— CRUZ: ‘Silicon Valley Billionaires’ and ‘Big Tech’ Are ‘Using Power to Silence Dissent’
— Trump Will Be ‘Actively Involved’ in Republican Politics, Not Interested in Third Party: Former Adviser – JACK PHILLIPS
— Kinzinger: Marjorie Greene is ‘not a Republican’ – JOSEPH CHOI
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters paint Marjorie Taylor Greene as being a typical Trump supporter.
— Time to double or upgrade masks as coronavirus variants emerge, experts say. Better face coverings are needed to curb more-transmissible strains as vaccine rollout is underway, they say – Fenit Nirappil
— General Motors to eliminate gasoline and diesel light-duty cars and SUVs by 2035. Big U.S. automaker says it will invest heavily in electric vehicles and become carbon neutral by 2040 – Steven Mufson
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-hater glorifies and praises Liz Cheney and paints Marjorie Taylor Greene as being a typical Trump supporter.
— Republicans Most at Risk of Being Primaried in 2022 – ALEXANDRA HUTZLER (DIERSEN: How hard will hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters work to get hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters to run against Republican Precinct Committeemen?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Hate-filled boomer-hating boomer-haters promote hatred against boomers.
— 57% of Voters Say Trump Impeachment Will Further Divide America