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Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday he’s “excited” about the prospect of working with a new mayor of Chicago if he wins the state’s top job.
“I think there have been challenges during his term. You know, overall, I want to honor his service, of course. You spend seven years fighting to do things for your city and for your state,” he said of Emanuel.
“But look, I’m excited about the prospect if we have a new mayor, and we will, that I will get to work with them on the challenges that face the state,” he said. “Bruce Rauner was unwilling to even talk to the mayor of the city of Chicago. I’m going to be the opposite of that.”
Pritzker said he will “work with the new mayor and make sure we’re meeting the challenges (of) our pension system, making sure that we’re expanding our health care system. And, of course, funding the state budget will have a lot to do with the success of the entire state, but also the city of Chicago.”
Rauner has spent several weeks concentrating on campaigning Downstate and chastising Pritzker as part of a “Chicago machine” under Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan — playing traditional regional politics.
Asked how he would counter the impression that as a Chicagoan, he would favor the city rather than cater to Downstate interests as governor, Pritzker noted he also has been campaigning heavily in central and Southern Illinois.
“The fact is, we’re one Illinois. We really have the same issues from family to family,” Pritzker said. “Working families care about making sure that their kids get a good education, that they can afford to send them to college and that they have an opportunity get a better job and to raise their wages.” (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony with the Chicago Park District on the Lakefront Trail from Roosevelt to 31st Street.
*Gov. Rauner is speaking at the Illinois Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.
*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will preside over the Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting.
From the notebook
Durkin’s six-figure national help goes local: The Republican State Leadership Committee is launching a six-figure digital ad campaign on behalf of Illinois House GOP leader Jim Durkin’s re-election bid.
The move, an independent expenditure contribution, effectively removes campaign contribution limits in Durkin’s bid for re-election. The Western Springs Republican is facing Democrat Tom Chlystek of Darien.
Durkin’s campaign fund can now become a big-dollar receptacle for donations that he, in turn, can funnel to other House GOP candidates. But any significantly large donations to other candidates could, in turn, lift the limits on those candidates.
“We want to remind voters in Leader Durkin’s home district that he has kept his promise to stand up for Illinois families against Speaker Madigan’s liberal, tax-and-spend agenda,” Matt Walter, president of the committee, said in a statement.
Madigan, the House speaker and state Democratic chairman, also is GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s chief political nemesis. Madigan in August lifted the caps for his own Friends of Michael J. Madigan political committee, allowing him to dispense big cash to Democratic legislative candidates.
The Durkin-affiliated House Republican Organization has already been taking large amounts of money, including from Durkin and Rauner, to help fuel GOP legislative candidates. The Madigan-affiliated Democratic Victory Fund has already been getting sizable checks from Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker.
What we’re writing
*Task force will study whether Chicago should impose a universal basic income plan to help struggling families.
*Hillary Clinton to help Democrat Lauren Underwood, other women, with New York City fundraiser.
*End of the road for Chicago’s horse-drawn carriages? Some aldermen seeking ban.
*Instead of removing toxic waste seeping into Illinois’ only scenic river, power company wants to wall it off with rocks.
*Takeda’s U.S. headquarters in Deerfield, where 1,000 people work, to close.
*Former East Chicago councilman gets 20 years in drug trafficking murder.
*Attorney: Crestwood fire chief quits, village seeks state’s attorney probe.
*Beloved Humboldt Park center at risk as police, AG investigations swirl around Puerto Rican Parade Committee.
What we’re reading
*DuPage jail inmate’s courthouse wedding hits snag — bride is no-show.
*RIP: Subway’s $5 footlong sandwich deal is no more.
*Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, John Isner and more top men’s tennis stars coming to Chicago.
*11 acts to check out at Riot Fest.
*Seventeen years after Sept. 11, al-Qaida may be stronger than ever.
Follow the money
*The Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks each gave $3,500 to Ald. Edward Burke’s campaign fund, records show. The donations were among $34,000 in individual campaign donations the 14th Ward alderman reported Tuesday.
*U.S. marks 9/11 anniversary with somber tributes.
*Trump hails “brave patriots” aboard Pennsylvania 9/11 flight.
*Trump: Storm response in Puerto Rico “incredibly successful.”
*International Criminal Court says it’s “undeterred” by U.S. threats.
*Donald Trump Jr. says his father can’t trust the people around him after anonymous commentary.
*MGM offers $500 donation to charity for each shooting survivor who waives notice of lawsuit.
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September 12, 2018 at 06:27AM