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State Sen. Daniel Biss, the runner-up to J.B. Pritzker in the March Democratic primary for governor, is becoming executive director of the group Rust Belt Rising, a Democratic group formed after the 2016 presidential election to train young candidates on economic issues.
“The goal is to bring the Democratic Party back to its roots as the party of working families who have been left behind by a system rigged in favor of the top 1 percent,” Biss wrote supporters in an email. His term as a state lawmaker from Evanston ends in January.
“As we hopefully head toward a blue wave election this November, it’s become clearer than ever that in a world with terrifying consolidation of wealth, power and privilege in the hands of a very few, the path to success is to focus on an agenda and message that unites the many who have been left behind around a bold vision of the just society we can build together,” he said.
The group, which works in Great Lakes states, is training more than 100 candidates for office in this election cycle, Biss said.
The group’s honorary chair is former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley from New Jersey. Among its leaders are David Wilhelm, former Democratic national chairman, and several progressives from across the Midwest who work in the field of education, writing, civic outreach, organized labor and Democratic politics.
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has an appearance scheduled at O’Hare International airport in the morning about its ranking on the 2018 Megahubs Index. Later, he is scheduled to appear with Yello to announce the company’s expansion plans in Chicago. In the afternoon, the mayor is scheduled to join HERE Technologies in announcing the company’s planned Chicago headquarters.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has a campaign stop scheduled in Addison to announce endorsements from Illinois business groups..
From the notebook
GOP AG candidate Harold fires back: Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold is out with a new ad accusing Democratic rival Kwame Raoul of “lying” about her record because he “can’t run on his record.”
“He’ll say anything to win — and do anything for Madigan,” a narrator says in seeking to link the Democratic state senator from Chicago to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and imprisoned former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Using his own words against him, the Harold ad plays a portion of a Raoul ad in which the Democrat says, “I’m Kwame Raoul, and I’m just getting started.” Then, the narrator says, “Stop Kwame Raoul. 14 years of failure is enough.” (Rick Pearson)
Another anti-Madigan Rauner ad: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t letting up on his re-election campaign attacks that include Madigan.
In a new ad, Mike Tracy, a Chicago police dispatcher, said he met Rauner after the Republican won the office in 2014 and the governor “wants to help get the state back on its feet.”
“I cannot see (Democratic governor candidate J.B.) Pritzker doing anything that would benefit anybody other than himself and Madigan. A vote for Pritzker is absolutely just basically writing a blank check to Madigan,” Tracy says. (Rick Pearson)
What we’re writing
*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to announce run for Chicago mayor this week.
*Aldermen approve paying $16 million to family of Bettie Jones, who was accidentally shot by Chicago cop.
*House Speaker Michael Madigan’s shadow looms over Illinois’ pivotal 6th Congressional District race.
*Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel aims to hike electronic cigarette taxes.
*Lincoln Towing can continue operating during appeal of license revocation, judge rules.
*What do the mayoral candidates want for Chicago transportation?
*How the paths of Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke crossed that fateful night.
What we’re reading
*Downstate judge tosses murder conviction in death of SIU student Pravin Varughese of Morton Grove.
*Khalil Mack told a story about his father cleaning floors, in regard to his work ethic: ‘When you do something, do it right the first time.’
*Scientists identify four personality types.
*‘Just walk out shopping’: Amazon Go opens first Chicago location of its cashierless convenience store.
*Even after his trade, Jimmy Butler’s future could impact the Bulls.
*Coca-Cola is eyeing the cannabis market.
Follow the money
*Trump declassifies documents related to Russia probe.
*Elon Musk sued for defamation by Thai-cave rescue volunteer he called a ‘child rapist.’
*Senate committee to hold public hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser after sexual assault allegation.
*New leak shows Julian Assange sought Russian visa in 2010.
*Florence flooding spreads as storm heads northeast; death toll hits 19.
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September 18, 2018 at 05:08AM