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The Democratic House Majority PAC aligned with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pouring more money into the suburbs’ two pivotal Congressional campaigns in an effort to flip two Republican-controlled districts.
The group on Wednesday announced it’s spending $887,000 for a 30-second campaign spot targeting Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren in the far west suburban 14th Congressional District, giving a boost to Democrat Lauren Underwood. The buy represents the first big spending by outside Democrats in the district, suggesting they might try to make a push for the seat in the last month before the November election.
And the same group is spending about $1.9 million for a new commercial targeting U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in the neighboring 6th District, where Democrat Sean Casten is challenging the incumbent in an expensive duel drawing significant national attention.
Casten outraised Roskam in the third quarter, according to the campaigns, raising $2.6 million compared to $1.3 million for Roskam. But Roskam had more money in the bank at the end of the summer, reporting $2,337,558 to $646,750 for Casten.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, backed by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars at the close of the third quarter on the Roskam vs. Casten race, mostly for media buys for negative advertisements against the opponent.
The DCCC spent nearly $400,000 on advertising in the last two weeks of September. The CLF spent about $214,000 during the same period. The Casten campaign also benefited from about $75,000 in spending by Planned Parenthood Votes. (Patrick M. O’Connell)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has an economic development announcement scheduled on the West Side.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public events scheduled.
*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will speak at the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues 2018 public hearing.
*Diana Rauner, Illinois’ first lady, and Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra are scheduled to meet with Bright Star Community Outreach Center leadership in Chicago.
What we’re writing
*AG Lisa Madigan investigating Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration’s response to deaths at veterans home.
*Seeking stricter gun regulation, women sue over ‘incalculable’ damage inflicted on children.
*Video related to Lake County jail inmate death shows guards standing around, not giving aid.
*The defense rested its case in the Jason Van Dyke trial. Here are 5 takeaways from the final day of testimony.
*With Illinois medical pot market poised to expand, high-profile national chain is buying Oak Park dispensary.
*Indicted former Lincoln-Way superintendent quietly repaid $16,000 bonus, records show.
What we’re reading
*The Southern — “15th District race preview: After running unopposed in 2016, Shimkus faces challenger.”
*Near Wrigley Field, it’s construction season again — and the neighborhood’s Taco Bell is down to its last out.
*Cubs shortstop Addison Russell suspended 40 games for violating MLB’s domestic-abuse policy.
*Forbes is out with its list of billionaires. Here’s how Illinois’ richest stack up.
Follow the money
*Koch-backed group drops another $1.5 million for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
*In anxiety-filled Capitol, GOP senators await FBI report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
*Senate easily passes sweeping opioids’ legislation, sending to Trump.
*GOP women are in the hot seat over Trump mocking Ford, Kavanuagh vote looming.
*5 officers shot in South Carolina; suspect in custody.
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October 4, 2018 at 06:33AM