Morning Spin: Preckwinkle touts mayoral bid backing from two progressive Democrats

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle worked to shore up support for her mayoral run among young progressive and Latino voters Thursday, announcing the endorsements of two Logan Square-area elected officials and promising to close loopholes in Chicago’s welcoming city law if elected.

Two days after Chance the Rapper threw his celebrity backing behind mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia, Preckwinkle announced the endorsements of Northwest Side Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, and state Rep. Will Guzzardi.

Appearing with the two at the Logan Square Blue Line station in the neighborhood that’s increasingly a center of progressive politics, Preckwinkle didn’t answer directly when asked whether the endorsements were meant to counter Chance’s call for his followers to vote for Enyia. She instead said she has been “a progressive my whole life.”

What we’re writing

*Democrat Sean Casten’s business background under microscope in 6th Congressional District race

*Pritzker labels staff discrimination lawsuit as “untrue,” “craziness” at end of political campaign.

*A tight congressional race at Illinois’ southern edge is getting millions from national political groups. Here’s why.

*Preckwinkle, ‘Chuy’ Garcia agree on plan for county revenue forecasting commission.

*State report: Black moms in Illinois 6 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions.

*Group slams Nazi running for Illinois congressional seat as a Republican: ‘This is a person that nobody should vote for.

What we’re reading

*Dull plazas, problem promenades, subpar streets: Cityfront Center is a cautionary tale for Chicago megaprojects.

*Teen scientists went looking for meteorites in Lake Michigan. They made a different kind of discovery. (Not that alligator from the other day.)

*Google opens its first Chicago pop-up store in Bucktown, stays mum on plans for Fulton Market flagship.

Follow the money

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

Beyond Chicago

*Trump says he believes Khashoggi is dead.

*Federal Justice Department to investigate Catholic clergy abuse in Pennsylvania.

*Romney trying to help Republicans nationally in midterms.

*ACLU: Nearly 250 migrant children still separated from parents.

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October 19, 2018 at 05:06AM

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