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Shia Kapos' must-read rundown of political news in the Land of Lincoln
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By SHIA KAPOS and MARISSA MARTINEZ 

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Happy Monday, Illinois! This is Marissa Martinez, state policy and national politics reporter, taking over for Shia Kapos this week. First, her dispatch from the business world:

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson is extending his hand to business leaders around Chicago, assuring them that he recognizes how important they are to the city’s economy.
“It was crystal clear the mayor-elect respects the business community and crystal clear he wants to work collaboratively with the business community to drive inclusive economic growth for the whole city,” civic leader Michael Sacks, who heads Grosvenor Capital Management, told Playbook after his talk with Johnson. Sacks was an unofficial adviser to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, now the U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Starting on the right foot: Johnson’s conversations with business leaders have been friendly, though they have tiptoed around specifics on some of his proposals, including a $450 million in taxes on financial transactions, which he hopes Springfield lawmakers can help accomplish.
A sit-down with JB: On Friday, Johnson met with Gov. JB Pritzker. After the meeting, the governor told reporters he has “not stood for a transaction tax” because he believes financial services companies would relocate their operations or their computer servers if one were enacted. The Tribune has more from that meeting.
How they got here: During the hard-fought mayor’s race, business leaders expressed concern about Johnson’s tax proposals, his campaign rhetoric “about Black labor versus white wealth” and whether he will take action on public safety issues.
Now Johnson is working to calm the waters. One of the first calls he made when he stepped off the stage on Election Night was to Michael Fassnacht, the president and CEO of World Business Chicago, a business and economic development organization that works with City Hall.
Johnson also talked to Michael Jacobson, who heads the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and to Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association.
Rendering an opinion: “He called me, and we had a nice conversation,” Toia told Playbook. “He understands the culinary scene in Chicago and that it’s important to the economy. He’s progressive, yes, and he’s pragmatic. I told him I like being at the table, rather than on the menu. And he said, ‘You’ll be at the table.’”
Unofficial cheerleading: Chicago attorney Graham Grady, who initially supported Paul Vallas for mayor but then shifted to Johnson, sent a letter to clients and civic leaders urging them to “embrace and support” the mayor-elect.
Obama called Johnson and gave him parenting advice, reports Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet
— Another big phone call: In a private call with Biden, Johnson pitches Chicago for the 2024 Dem convention, by NBC’s Natasha Korecki
— A DeSantis dig: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trashed Brandon Johnson at a press event on Friday, saying Johnson’s public safety philosophy would prompt Chicagoans to leave for Florida. “We are gonna get more refugees as a result,” DeSantis said.

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The governor says Johnson’s election “absolutely” enhances Chicago’s chances of landing next year’s Democratic National Convention, Crain’s Justin Laurence writes.
“He brings a real excitement to the job, I think, to the people of Chicago, and I think that’s being felt in Washington, D.C.,” Pritzker said.
Data: WBEZ’s Amy Qin and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Alden Loury break down how Johnson won the mayor’s race.
Johnson gained a majority of the 250,000 additional votes cast in the runoff, largely driven by his wins in the precincts Mayor Lori Lightfoot won in February. Vallas picked up less than 100 new precincts compared to February compared to Johnson’s nearly 500 new ones.
Johnson also definitively won the Black vote, erasing Vallas’ earlier 60,000-plus vote lead. (Vallas notably took 80 percent of majority-Asian precincts.)
Remember: As of April 8, Johnson had won 52.05 percent to Vallas’ 47.95 percent, and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will continue to count ballots until April 18.
From Friday: How young voters helped make Brandon Johnson Chicago’s next mayor, by Block Club Chicago’s Mack Liederman

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— What a coincidence: Gov. JB Pritzker headlines a Harvard Institute of Politics discussion today. He’s there at the invitation of Quentin Fulks, who led Sen. Raphael Warnock’s reelection bid in Georgia and was a top campaign aide to Pritzker in 2018. You can watch it here at 6 p.m. ET.
And in an ironic twist, Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, who was behind the Republican effort trying to unseat Pritzker last year, is also speaking at Harvard. He’ll be there Tuesday for a fireside conversation with Harvard alums.

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