May 24, 2022
Happy Tuesday! Today is National Scavenger Hunt Day. So feel free to hide your friend's keys and then set up elaborate clues and riddles to help them find their car.
- They will undoubtedly love you forever.
⛅ Today's weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 64.
Situational awareness: A City Council committee voted 27-3 to move the Bally's casino proposal to a full council vote. It's expected to be called tomorrow. If it passes, a permanent casino will come to River West in early 2026.
Today's newsletter is 868 words — a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: Cloudy curfew decision
City Council is considering Mayor Lori Lightfoot's proposal to move the city curfew for juveniles from 11pm to 10pm in an effort to stem violence.
- One small problem: Curfews don't actually work.
Why it matters: City leaders are under pressure to address a surge in downtown violence, which includes a mass shooting at a Near North Side McDonald's and the shooting death of a teenager at The Bean.
- But according to The Marshall Project, curfews in cities with populations over 180,000 people are ineffective.
- In fact, data suggests they make violence worse and can damage already strained relationships between police and youth of color.
- One theory is that empty streets invite more crime.
Context: Curfews have been in place for major cities since the 1990s.
- In Chicago, 2021 was the worst for violent crime in almost 30 years.
Driving the news: As council gears up for a vote, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety John O'Malley testified at a hearing that the city is not using any data to help make this decision.
What they're saying: "We all want safe streets, and that is why the Chicago City Council should oppose Mayor Lightfoot's expansion of Chicago's juvenile curfew ordinance," Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) said in a statement.
- "There is ample evidence that expanding juvenile curfew leads to increased gun violence."
The other side: "We need to do something," Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) said during last week's public safety hearing.
What's next: City Council is expected to vote on the measure tomorrow morning.
2. Trail Mix: TV ad wars escalate
👋 Hi, Justin here with a quick wrap-up of the 2022 campaign trail as we get closer to the June 28 primary election.
Driving the news: Is it just me or are we seeing way more of the "that last ad you saw was wrong" commercials on TV this week? Three examples:
1. Democratic secretary of state candidate Anna Valencia ran an attack ad saying her opponent Alexi Giannoulias supported anti-choice candidates in the past.
- Giannoulias quickly responded, saying he was pro-choice.
2. GOP gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin suggested Jesse Sullivan was lying about his military record.
- Sullivan responded with military folks giving testimonials.
3. And the Democratic Governors Association ran an ad saying Irvin was soft on crime.
- Irvin responded with a slew of police officers refuting those charges.
We aren't getting new ideas from these ads. Instead, they're arguments during commercial breaks.
By the numbers: According to AdImpact, candidates just in the gubernatorial primary spent over $12 million last week on ads. Our colleagues at Axios Raleigh used chicken and waffles to compare how much money was spent in North Carolina on their primary, so we'll substitute for Chicago.
- That money would pay for:
🐄 1.3 million Al's beefs
🥎 600,000 brand-new softballs (Clinchers)
🏠 30 two-bedroom condos in Lakeview
One last thing: If there's something we could do without in politics, it's dumb nicknames that are so 2016. But that's not stopping candidates on both sides from using the Trump playbook.
- Giannoulias is going ugly with a new attack ad calling Valencia "Unethical Anna."
- GOP gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is calling his opponent "Liberal Richard Irvin."
👎 If you must subject us to political nicknames, at least put some effort into them. Alliteration and rhyming are your friend.
3. Tips and hot links
💰 Former Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Anthony Ragucci pleaded guilty to bribery charges over a red-light camera contract. The feds raided his home in 2019 and seized $60k in cash. (ABC 7)
📚 A Pilsen bookstore has announced it is a "police-free store" and will not serve cops. (Block Club)
🏀 Chicago Sky superstar Candace Parker is the only Chicagoan to make Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2022. You could theoretically count Oprah, but we wouldn't call her Chicago anymore. (Time)
🍾 "SNL" said goodbye to several cast members, including Aidy Bryant, who was plucked from the Second City e.t.c. Stage to join the cast back in 2012. Amazing run and congratulations, Aidy! (Second City)
4. Readers' favorite egg rolls
We recently unfurled our favorite egg rolls and asked for yours.
- We heard about a few long-lost egg rolls from closed spots, but also plenty of great still-open spots.
Maggie B.: "My favorite still-available egg roll is from House of Wah Sun on Lincoln Avenue (by Montrose)."
Barbara W.: "Chef's Special Cocktail Bar in Bucktown. The best I’ve had!!"
- Mario G.: "The egg roll at Chef's Special is the best. And their crab rangoon is the best I've ever had anywhere on the planet."
Tamara M.: "My gone-but-not-forgotten choices would be from Kwan Yin on Lincoln Avenue or Mark's Chop Suey on Broadway."
Matt G.: "These are super untraditional, but the Italian beef egg rolls at Ellyn's Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn are to die for."
- "Don't knock 'em till you've tried 'em, but every single person I know who's had them has absolutely loved them."
5. Where in the world is ... Monica
Can you guess where Monica is? Here's a hint:
- The park is named after a Vietnam vet
- And a fruit that's used to make oil
- At the plant next door, the filters get wet
- While dormant fountains are sunk in the soil
📫 As always, if you answer correctly, you could win some Axios swag!
😷 Monica is finally back from the Eastern Seaboard, where almost every county she visited was in the "high risk" category. She will be wearing a mask for the foreseeable future.
👎 Justin is still amazed that Yankee fans booed and chanted "Jackie" at Tim Anderson when he hit his home run Sunday night. New York fans are just the worst.
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