New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit Chicago on March 3, 2017, to give a speech at the City Club and to raise campaign cash. (Drew Angerer / Getty)
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will give a speech to the City Club at noon today, but as is the case when many out-of-state politicians visit Chicago, the Gotham mayor is here for another draw – campaign cash. De Blasio, who is up for re-election this year, will attend a fundraiser while in Chicago, a source with the mayor’s campaign confirmed. Chicago is the first-stop on a three-day, three-city fundraising tour that also will take de Blasio to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Los Angeles to collect campaign donations, the source confirmed. Fundraising has been a problem area for de Blasio as he and his campaign have remained at the center of a federal investigation. Last week, federal prosecutors and FBI agents questioned de Blasio for four hours as they investigate whether the mayor or other city officials traded official City Hall actions for campaign cash. A January poll from Quinnipiac University found de Blasio with a 45 percent approval rating and with 49 percent of New York City voters saying they don’t believe he deserves to be re-elected. In the same poll, a hypothetical matchup of de Blasio versus former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton found Clinton leading 49 percent to 30 percent. As for his speech Friday, de Blasio is expected to spend a significant amount of time talking about crime-fighting at a time when Chicago has been mired in a surge of gun violence that repeatedly has been criticized by Republican President Donald Trump. “He’ll be talking about crime-fighting progress in NYC, about how the federal government must step in to help cities tackle crime through comprehensive approaches to law enforcement, education, job training and creation,” de Blasio press secretary Eric Phillips said in an email. De Blasio will not have any other public events while in Chicago, his first trip to the city since 2014 and his second as New York’s mayor. De Blasio, however, is scheduled to meet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday morning, Phillips said. The New York mayor hosted Emanuel at Gracie Mansion in August 2014 for a U.S. Conference of Mayors event as the Chicago mayor sought to bolster his liberal bona fides ahead of his tough re-election run. (Bill Ruthhart)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public schedule.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to meet with Chance the Rapper, a summit initially postponed as the governor toured tornado damage in north-central Illinois.
From the notebook
*Credit downgrade coming after July 1? A key credit ratings agency said Thursday that Senate lawmakers may look back on their inability to reach a budget agreement this week “as a missed opportunity” and warned of another downgrade without action by July 1.
The report by S&P Global Ratings came shortly after the Senate left town Thursday after spending just a half-hour on the floor. Efforts to pass a bipartisan budget proposal crashed and burned a day earlier.
“U.S. states benefit from a range of inherent advantages starting with constitutionally protected sovereignty over their own fiscal structures. But for a state to enter a third fiscal year without enacting a comprehensive budget could indicate to us an erosion in political will that renders its credit quality and fundamental fiscal conditions as inconsistent with the state’s current rating,” S&P said.
Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of any state in the nation and was hit with a downgrade earlier this year by Fitch Ratings. (Monique Garcia, Haley BeMiller)
*Maybe next week …: But rather than talk about the budget, senators approved a measure to limit the use of paper and allow notices to be posted electronically. The Senate’s office supply vendor cut off services last month because of a lack of payment stemming from the state budget impasse.
Lawmakers also honored the late Robert Michel, a Republican congressman from Peoria who was House minority leader for 14 years. Efforts to cut through the budget debate fallout from Wednesday were left for another day.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said the budget proposal is now on hold, accusing Republicans of jumping off the plan amid interference from Gov. Bruce Rauner. Cullerton has spent the last several months working with Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno to craft an agreement, and both had been pushing for a vote this week.
Radogno’s GOP senators said the proposal is far from complete, though, nodding to demands from Rauner that the plan include a permanent property tax freeze in exchange for a permanent income tax hike. The Senate proposal initially called for a two-year property tax freeze.
Democrats say they are willing to compromise but would not simply bend to Rauner’s demands, noting they are willing to change the plan to allow local voters to extend the two-year freeze by three more years. Local officials and school districts are opposed to a freeze because they rely on that money for day-to-day operations.
Senate Democrats also considered rolling back portions of the proposed income tax increase after several years, though that idea was not incorporated in the latest tax legislation filed Thursday. Under that legislation, the income tax would still jump to 4.99 percent, and the sales tax would be extended to cover services ranging from parking and landscaping to pest control and massages.
“The compromise is there, the governor’s got to realize this is as good as it’s going to get,” Cullerton said earlier this week. (Monique Garcia, Haley BeMiller)
*Because it’s Friday: Ribbon cuttings are not metal. This ribbon the mayor cut with a torch is metal.
*How they voted, Carson and Perry edition: Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both voted against confirming Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
It was the same story for the two Democrats with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was confirmed as the next Department of Energy secretary.
Carson was confirmed by a 58-41 vote Thursday. Perry did a few votes better, confirmed 62-37.
*On the Sunday Spin: Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests this week are Constance Brewer, chief external affairs officer, Noble Network of Charter Schools; retired national political columnist Roger Simon; and Tom Cross, chairman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and former Illinois House Republican leader. The "Sunday Spin" airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN AM-720.
What we’re writing
*Rauner the Governor, Chance the Rapper to meet Friday.
*Chicago man terminated for tweet about widow of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen.
*VP Pence to give Notre Dame’s commencement address this year.
*Illinois attorney general warns CareerBuilder and five other job-search firms about age bias.
*Gary schools chief files order of protection against board member, the Post-Tribune reports.
What we’re reading
*A month after it announced it would move its HQ to the Chicago area, Caterpillar gets a visit from federal investigators.
*2nd person dies from LaSalle Co. tornado; 6 twisters confirmed in northern Illinois.
*Links Taproom named best beer bar in Illinois.
Follow the money
*Rauner’s campaign reported its first contribution of $1,000 or more since the governor deposited $50 million into his own account, this one a $1,000 donation from Stephen Murrill, owner of Profile Plastics Inc.
*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.
*Attorney General Sessions will recuse himself from any investigations into links between Russia and the 2016 campaign.
*What will Trump budget cuts mean for federal workers?
*Analysts say the stock market rise is related to both Trump and other factors.
*Syrian Army retakes town of Palmyra.