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The Democratic Party of Illinois has announced a statewide “voter protection initiative” hotline as part of its get out the vote effort.
“Voting is every American’s fundamental right, one that was fought for in countless battles. Even today, there are countless examples of voter suppression and barriers to voting, and we will work diligently to dismantle those efforts,” the party’s executive director, state Rep. Christian Mitchell, said in a statement.
Voters can call 1-833-VOTER18 to access the hotline about complaints over alleged voter suppression. The hotline follows the party’s efforts with governor candidate J.B. Pritzker’s campaign spending $1 million on voter registration and early voting advocacy.
“Illinois has some of the strongest voting laws in this country, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to sit back and be passive this election,” he said. “The Democratic Party of Illinois is sending a strong message: Your vote is important and we’re here to fight for it.”
Early voting started this month at limited locations but expands significantly Oct. 22. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will go to a Streets and Sanitation and CTA event in the morning, then attend a Holocaust Memorial Museum lunch. Later, he’ll cut the ribbon on a new First Midwest Bank headquarters.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner also will attend the museum lunch.
*Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas will speak to the City Club of Chicago.
*Campaign finance reports for the third quarter of the year are due at midnight. Watch them flow in here.
From the notebook
*Campaign science: Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren’s latest TV ad in his race against Democratic challenger Lauren Underwood focuses on education.
“I am working to make us a leader in STEM, by providing our kids with the building blocks for success and strengthening our economy with good and high paying jobs,” Hultgren, of Plano, says in the 30-second spot. “That means encouraging innovation in our schools and businesses, and establishing scholarship initiatives so our kids are prepared to succeed.”
Underwood, of Naperville, opened a field office in Woodstock over the weekend. She was set on Sunday to hold an event with students from Stoneman Douglas High School, site of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., this year. But the event was called off because of a scheduling issue, according to her campaign.
*On the ‘Sunday Spin’: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson recapped the final broadcast debate of the campaign between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker, and also discussed the candidates’ offshore finances with Tribune reporter Todd Lighty. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720. Listen to the full show here.
What we’re writing
*Trump looms large as Roskam fights for his political life against Casten.
*Emanuel’s budget plan calls for extra spending on garbage and recycling bins, rat control and tree trimming.
*Mendoza supporters gathering petition signatures for a mayoral bid.
*Women’s March organizers urge supporters to go to the polls: “Activism doesn’t end here.”
*U.S. attorney general says Chicago police consent decree should be tossed, while activists seek tighter rules.
*Chicago alderman says he’s giving $20,000 from Emanuel to community groups.
*Emanuel vs. Trump: Chicago sues feds after police funding blocked over immigration.
*Democrat depicted as a puppet in GOP campaign ad says it’s homophobic against him.
*Frustrated with health insurance costs, some turn to religious plans: “For us it’s been a godsend.”
*Justice Sotomayor focuses on kids, not Kavanaugh, at Chicago event to promote her latest books.
What we’re reading
*Chicago man makes 500th blood donation: “You actually get an opportunity to save someone.”
*Years of Sears “death watch” will save its suppliers millions.
Follow the money
*Voter turnout could be up nationwide.
*Documents suggest Kushner paid no income tax for years.
*Sponsors, attendees pull out of Saudi conference over journalist’s death.
*Hurricane Michael battered rural inland communities.
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October 15, 2018 at 05:33AM