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CHICAGO — Another week of Democrat chaos reigns as JB Pritzker and Brandon Johnson bicker over too late migrant funds, silence members of their own party, and state Democrat leaders face the music for the Illinois Prisoner Review Board’s release of Crosetti Brand that resulted in the death of an 11 year-old boy. It’s more clear than ever before that where Democrat leaders go, chaos follows. See for yourself:

Chicago Tribune: Blocked DNC protest permits spark lawsuit as convention pressure builds

Activist groups hoping to “make life miserable” for the Democratic National Convention’s organizers and attendees filed a federal lawsuit Friday alleging Chicago violated their First Amendment rights by blocking their protest plans.

“The tens of thousands of people that are coming – not only from the Midwest, but all across the country – will be marching on the DNC, permit or not,” Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, said at a Federal Plaza news conference Friday after groups affiliated with their protest filed the suit.

The city has so far blocked every protest permit requested near the August convention’s United Center headquarters, despite Mayor Brandon Johnson’s promises that demonstrators will have a fair platform and security. Instead, the city has offered each group the same two-block route through Grant Park – a proposal the groups allege doesn’t fulfill their right to be within “sight and sound” of the convention.

“The First Amendment is not important when everybody agrees, but it’s critical when there are disagreements,” Williams said.

WMAQ NBC: Mayor Johnson to seek $70M more in funding for migrant crisis in an apparent reversal: sources

Two months after Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson declined to add another $70 million in funding for the city’s migrant crisis, all signs pointed to Johnson changing his mind.

In February, Gov. J.B. Pritzker visited Chicago City Hall and sat down with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Johnson to find a dollar amount to care for migrants through the 2024 fiscal year.

Pritzker asked the Illinois General Assembly to approve $182 million from the state. Preckwinkle and Johnson, meanwhile, agreed to split the rest – $70 million each.

However, a week later, Johnson distanced himself from the deal, saying “I’m not aware” when he was asked repeatedly by reporters on Feb. 15.

The State Journal-Register: Pritzker calls for improved training for Prison Review Board following fatal stabbing

Further changes could be coming to Illinois Prison Review Board, a state agency recently seeing its chairman and a board member step down.

The governor’s office announced the resignations of chair Donald Shelton and board member LeAnn Miller last week, following a controversial decision to grant parole to a Chicago man with a history of domestic violence.

Crosetti Brand, released by the review board from Stateville Correctional Center last month, is now facing charges for allegedly stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and killing her 11-year-old son.

While Pritzker advocates for improved training, Republicans are calling for a broader overhaul of the board and pointing the blame on the Democratic governor.

Legislation yet to be filed would establish a qualifications standard to be eligible to serve on the board and immediately notify victims if a prisoner is released early. Raising the qualifications, requiring a minimum of 20 years of working in the criminal justice system, Senate Republican Leader John Curran said would effectively “tie the governor’s hands” as he selects replacements.

“Requiring the governor to actually find people with broad based experience in the criminal justice system will elevate the board as a whole,” Curran, R-Downers Grove, said in a press conference on Tuesday.

At the same time, Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, is targeting penalty enhancement for those violate the terms of an order of protection. First-time offenders would now face a Class 4 felony and subsequent violations would jump to a Class 3 felony – a potential prison sentence of five to 10 years.

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