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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.”
“I was a community activist before I was elected to office,” Preckwinkle said. “I’m focused on moving my progressive vision for the city of Chicago forward and uniting our city.”
Pressed on whether she believes Chance’s endorsement of Enyia could hurt her by splitting the city’s progressive vote, Preckwinkle said she believes in democracy, and “the voters will decide Feb. 26.”
It’s unclear how much pull Ramirez-Rosa and Guzzardi have with voters, but Preckwinkle may have felt compelled to respond in some way after Chance elevated Enyia’s campaign.
Preckwinkle pledged to remove clauses in Chicago’s welcoming city ordinance that allow police to cooperate with immigration agents to deport people here illegally who have criminal records or charges, or who appear in the Police Department’s gang database. (John Byrne)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not have any public events scheduled.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner will be in Quincy for the dedication of a former nursing home for use by the veterans home.
*Preckwinkle will unveil a mosaic at the new County Health Professional Building.
*Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul will give a breakfast speech to the City Club of Chicago.
*Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak to the Chicago Crime Commission at the Union League Club of Chicago.
*Sen. Dick Durbin will speak at Chicago Ideas Day in the morning. Later, he will visit an elementary school in Chicago to discuss the DACA program.
From the notebook
*Define “sustaining”: Rauner’s campaign sent out an email Thursday asking supporters for cash for the final drive to Election Day in an unusual way.
“Can you become a sustaining member of Team Rauner for these last 19 days?” the email signed by the governor reads.
A link on the email goes to a fundraising website for people to “join the movement of donors who power this campaign each month.” And it asks people to “make this a monthly contribution.”
Monthly? There’s only 19 days left until the election. And Rauner has said if he wins, he wouldn’t seek another term. (Rick Pearson)
*Ignore that half-million dollars: Republican Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was on Quad Cities radio on Thursday to promote Gov. Rauner and told listeners the campaign doesn’t rely on polls.
“We never relied on polls four years ago. We’re not relying upon polls now,” Sanguinetti said on WOC-AM in Davenport, Iowa, when asked about surveys showing the Rauner ticket trailing Democrat J.B. Pritzker by double digits.
“Yeah, we do have internals that say something different. But so what? Right now we’re getting out there, we’re communicating with the people in all our counties,” she said.
Team Rauner has spent $537,704 on polling since April 2017, including $143,000 from July through September of this year, state campaign records show. For the campaign four years ago, Rauner’s campaign did not directly identify any spending on polling. (Rick Pearson)
“There was a time when politics wasn’t so divisive, a time when politicians actually worked together,” Schneider said. “The way politics are now, it doesn’t have to be that way.”
Schneider is running for re-election in the north suburban 10th Congressional District against Republican Doug Bennett of Deerfield. The new ad’s message appears tailored for the district, which has flipped back and forth between the two parties since Republican Mark Kirk left.
*On the “Sunday Spin”: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Pat Brady, founder of Next Generation Strategies, on the Rauner campaign strategy; state Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, on legislation to mandate metal detectors in schools; and Brad Considine, director of strategic affairs for the Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease on the Quincy veterans home issue and water safety. The “Sunday Spin” airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.
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
*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