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Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said campaigns should adopt anti-harassment policies as a panel suggested this week, but added that he’s “not the party.”
The group recommends that state parties adopt clear anti-harassment policies and provide regular training for campaign workers and volunteers, then require “campaigns to adopt them by tying party funding and resources to their implementation.”
Pritzker said that “campaigns should adopt those standards.”
“Yeah, I would also add, I’m not the party,” Pritzker said. “I’ve supported candidates all across the state and of course I’m supporting the field effort to get Democrats out to vote.”
The billionaire Hyatt Hotels heir’s self-funded campaign has given millions to Democratic candidates and organizations, including $420,000 to the state party last week, $3 million to House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Democratic Majority fund and $1.5 million to Senate President John Cullerton’s Senate Democratic Victory Fund.
Pritzker spoke Thursday shortly after he cast his ballot downtown on the first day of early voting. His race against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is Illinois’ main event in the Nov. 6 election.
On Wednesday, a panel of Democratic women set up in the wake of sexual harassment accusations this year recommended that parties should withhold funding from campaigns that don’t adopt anti-harassment policies and that party leaders should work harder to elect more women to overcome an “old boys club culture” in state politics
The panel was formed in February in the wake of sexual harassment allegations in Madigan’s political organization. Madigan has since said he “didn’t do enough” to ensure people could report sexual harassment at the Illinois Capitol, a point Pritzker seemed to address Thursday.
“I’m not sure that here in Illinois that things have been handled the way they should have, but under our administration, they will be,” Pritzker said. (Mike Riopell)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will speak at Harold Washington College. Later, he’ll participate in a ribbon cutting with CTA on Paulina Plaza.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner is attending a memorial for small businessman Frank Cimino at a pizzeria in Pecatonica.
From the notebook
*‘A cool fall day’: Talking to reporters on the first day of early voting, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen called the city’s 48 percent turnout in the 2014 election “abysmal.”
“Historically, it’s in the upper 40s to the mid 50s, kind of like a cool fall day,” Allen said.
“We’re hoping that we can get closer to that 55, 56 or maybe even higher turnout for this election,” he said. (Mike Riopell)
*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are David Yepsen, former director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, on the Kavanaugh nomination; state Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove, on the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook; and Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza on the party recommendations for handling sexual harassment issues in campaigns. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN AM-720.
What we’re writing
*Durbin pushes Kavanaugh to agree to FBI investigation as hearing becomes political issue back home.
*Chicagoans tune in at work to watch Ford, Kavanaugh testify at Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
*Sympathy for hotel strikers wearing thin as some neighbors tire of the clanging and yelling.
What we’re reading
*SEC files complaint against would-be O’Hare tunneler Elon Musk alleging he made false statements.
*Online retailers will soon have to collect sales tax from Illinois shoppers. Here’s what you need to know.
*It’s Oktoberfest! What happened to German beer culture in Chicago?
Follow the money
*Kavanaugh denies sexual assault accusation at hearing.
*The hearing went partisan.
*2017 hurricane season amplified by warming oceans.
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September 28, 2018 at 06:27AM