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Morning Spin for Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chicago Tribune

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  Editorial  |  Editorial Board


Topspin

A pair of city aldermen want Chicago police to consider using new technology to better determine if drivers in crashes had been texting.

Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, and Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling on the Police Department to appear before a City Council committee “to address the use of emerging technology, such as a Textalyzer, in enforcing the city’s existing traffic laws or the investigation of vehicle accidents.”

A Textalyzer — a device developed by Israeli company Cellebrite — can access a phone's operating system to check whether it was being used to text, email or perform other functions. Its name is a play on the Breathalyzer, which can help determine whether a driver is legally drunk. Use of such devices is being considered in Tennessee and New York, where the idea of suspending driver’s licenses for refusing to have a phone scanned has been debated.

“Our nation is in the grips of a texting epidemic and drivers text with impunity because they think there is little chance of ever getting caught,” Burke said in a statement. “Such illegal activity not only poses a serious threat to other motorists, but also to the many cyclists who regularly use our network of bike lanes and to pedestrians at crosswalks.”

Burke noted that statistics indicate fatal crashes caused by texting while driving are on the rise. (Hal Dardick)

 

What's on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new downtown building along the Chicago River.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public events.

 

From the notebook

*Big CPS news day coming up: Cook County Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama said Wednesday that he'll issue rulings in a Chicago Public Schools legal battle over Illinois' education funding system on April 28.

District CEO Forrest Claypool suggested the judge's decisions that day could affect whether Chicago schools close about three weeks early this year.

April 28 is significant in another way for the district: That’s the day former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge for her role in a bribery scandal.

*Another contender in IL-6: A former Naperville school board member says she will run for Congress as a Democrat for the seat now held by longtime Republican Rep. Peter Roskam.

Suzyn Price left the Naperville District 203 board last year. She is on the College of DuPage faculty and is a former administrator at the Illinois Math and Science Academy. 

Roskam was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006 and has won re-election every two years since, including tallying about 59 percent of the vote last year even though Democrat Hillary Clinton prevailed in his northwest suburban district.

In that race, Roskam defeated Democrat Amanda Howland, who could run again. Other potential Democratic candidates include Kelly Mazeski of Barrington, who lost a bid for Illinois Senate last year, and Carole Cheney, an aide to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster.

 

What we're writing (Busy News Day edition)

*Ethics board expands illegal lobbying review after Tribune report.

*Rauner’s abortion bill veto pledge puts issue at early forefront of governor’s race.

*Chicago City Council rejects watering down ethics rules for contract workers.

*After United dragging case, Chicago aldermen float changes for aviation police.

*Emanuel's municipal ID plan for immigrants approved despite opposition.

*EPA officials tour East Chicago, deny plans to close Chicago office.

*Boeing gives $1 million to Trump inauguration committee, among many Illinois donors.

*Todd Ricketts, a Cubs owner, withdraws bid for Trump's Commerce Department post

*Targeted by former President Barack Obama, DeVry and other for-profit colleges rebounding under Trump.

*Judge set to hear arguments on CPS lawsuit over state education funding.

*Adlai Stevenson III, 86, jokes he still hasn't conceded the 1982 race for governor.

*Illinois lawmakers hold hearing on proposal to legalize marijuana.

*Fatal DUI case languishes in Cook County court for more than a decade.

*Metra on track to buy new rail cars.

 

What we're reading

*Prosecutors: Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock shouldn't get more info about informant in his corruption case.

*Riot Fest 2017 headliners: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Jawbreaker.

*How the Blackhawks use multiple languages to communicate.

 

Follow the money

*Here is the full list of Trump inauguration donors

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here

 

Beyond Chicago

*Some Democrats looking for election fights, even when they're long shots.

*Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News.

*Attorney General Jeff Sessions: ‘We can’t promise’ DREAMers won’t be deported.

*Exxon wants sanctions waiver for oil project in Russia.