Morning Spin: Gery Chico says he’ll have the ‘millions of dollars’ needed to run for mayor

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Gery Chico said he’s confident he’ll have the money to run an effective campaign for Chicago mayor.

“We know what we have to do to have the resources to run this campaign. We’ll have the millions of dollars in our war chest to be able to get our message out to everybody throughout this city,” said Chico, who finished second to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2011 campaign.

“I think we’ll have the agenda very honed, based on listening to what people want and seeing what people are going through,” he said Sunday on WGN AM-720.

What we’re writing

*The Van Dyke trial is about 1 cop firing 16 shots. But broader issues of police cover-up and official silence loom large.

*Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart sues deputy, the man’s wife for falsely accusing him of domestic abuse.

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel picks 35-year Chicago Fire Department veteran as its new commissioner.

*Cook County Democrats recommend vote against retaining judge accused in wrongful convictions.

*Charges to be thrown out against 18 more men whose convictions linked to corrupt Chicago cop.

*Rauner vetoes bill that would prohibit employers from asking job candidates about salary history.

What we’re reading

*From the Midway: Our new podcast about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

*Cupich: Northwest Side priest who burned rainbow banner removed from church, “must take time away from the parish.”

*Chicago brewers dominate hazy IPA awards at nation’s most prestigious beer fest.

Follow the money

*Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, the Conservative Party candidate for governor, got $125,500 last week from the Fight Back Fund, an operation of the Operating Engineers International Union Local 150.

The operating engineers have been the financial muscle behind the Plainview lawmaker’s third-party bid, though Local 150 has officially endorsed Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker.

The union has long been at odds with Rauner over what it considers to be his anti-union agenda. Overall, various political committees associated with the operating engineers have given McCann $850,000 in his run for governor.

*The Illinois Republican Party reported taking in $874,000 last week, including $500,000 from the House Republican Organization.

Rauner heavily subsidizes the state GOP as well as the HRO, the main campaign fund for House Republican lawmakers and candidates. In addition to the HRO money, Rauner’s campaign gave Illinois Republicans $100,000 while the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee chipped in $225,000.

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*Feinstein calls for postponement of Kavanaugh nomination as 2nd woman claims sexual misconduct.

*Advisers tell Trump to not fire Rosenstein.

*In midterm congressional races, Democrats highlight own pre-existing conditions.

*Trump goes back to UN this week.

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September 24, 2018 at 05:12AM

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