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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had said he wanted to go to President Donald Trump’s rally in Murphysboro, Ill., on Saturday to personally thank the nation’s chief executive for a variety of program waivers and grants.
Instead, he got nothing — not a chance to appear onstage, not even a presidential shoutout.
On WGN AM-720 on Sunday, Rauner acknowledged he did not speak to Trump during the president’s Illinois visit — and that he left the rally on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mike Bost early because the president was running late from his previous event in Indianapolis.
“I was not there for the entire rally,” Rauner acknowledged.
Until recently, Rauner has kept his distance from the controversial president, but he began embracing Trump as he sought to unify social conservatives in the GOP who were angry with the governor’s signature on laws expanding abortion, immigration and transgender rights.
But on Sunday, instead of his previous explanation that he went to Murphysboro to thank Trump, Rauner said he made the trip to southern Illinois as part of a gathering “of our Republican leadership.”
“We had Republican leaders from across the state of Illinois there, the vast majority of our congressional delegation was there, our candidates for the General Assembly in southern Illinois were there. Republican activists, Republican grassroots members, volunteers were there,” he said. “I was there to thank them and cheer them on. We’ve got to make sure that everybody gets out and votes.”
While Rauner got no mention from Trump, it’s unclear if the governor was present for what might be considered an ignominious shoutout that the president gave to a onetime Illinoisan who is a Republican gubernatorial candidate — John Cox.
Cox is running for governor of California though he is viewed as having little chance in the heavily Democratic state. Cox took on perennial candidate status in Illinois last decade in unsuccessfully running for a variety of offices, including Congress and U.S. Senate. In his quest for public office, he mounted a 2008 bid for president, which also ended in failure.
“He should win. John Cox. He should win,” Trump told the Illinois audience. “He’s so good. It’s a hard place to win but he should win.” (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has an announcement scheduled with Fifth Third Bank and then will participate in the 17th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has campaign stops scheduled in DeKalb and Mundelein.
*Democrat J.B. Pritzker has campaign stops scheduled in Northbrook and Chicago.
*Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, is holding a press conference to announce his bid for city treasurer.
From the notebook
*Last go for AG candidates: The two major party candidates to replace Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan will have their only televised forum on Monday.
Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Republican attorney Erika Harold will meet on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” for a forum that airs at 7 p.m. The meeting also will stream on the station’s Facebook page and at wttw.com/news. The segment will be taped a few hours in advance.
The race to be the state’s top lawyer has had to compete for political oxygen with Illinois’ campaign for governor, hot congressional contests and the Chicago mayor’s race. So the final televised forum gives Harold and Raoul a final-week chance to get some attention outside their TV ads.
In a recent spot, Harold says electing her would protect voters if Democrat J.B. Pritzker is elected over GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Raoul’s latest ad tells of how Nov. 6, which is Election Day this year, is the anniversary of the death of his father and of his appointment to replace Barack Obama in the Illinois Senate. (Mike Riopell)
*No time for questions: Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was at Trump’s rally in southern Illinois on Saturday.
She entered the airplane hangar venue through the entrance used for VIP invitees and the media a few hours before Trump spoke.
Asked by a reporter about the rally after going through security, she said she wasn’t allowed to give interviews. (Mike Riopell)
*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests were Christopher Mooney, political scientist at the University of Illinois and its Institute of Government and Public Affairs, to handicap the races; Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Gov. Rauner. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.
What we’re writing
*Despite deadly Pittsburgh tragedy, President Trump’s political show goes on as he rallies Republicans in southern Illinois.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner, J.B. Pritzker say economic growth vital to budget, but differ on tax strategy to achieve it.
*The 14th Congressional District has been a Republican bastion for years. Is 2018 the year it turns blue?
*Former VP Joe Biden to campaign in Kane County for Democrat Lauren Underwood.
*Mail bomb suspect may have threatened U.S. Rep. Gutierrez on social media, congressman says.
*2 J.B. Pritzker aides fired after social media post shows 1 wearing a charcoal mask resembling blackface.
*Chicago Jewish community reacts to Saturday’s fatal shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue: ‘It’s a very bad day for America.’
*Crowd in East Chicago rallies against use of Gary airport for ICE deportations.
*‘Let’s do this job’: Lone black juror gives inside view of Van Dyke deliberations.
What we’re reading
*Celebrities, ghosts and ordinary people: The history of Chicago is alive in its Southland cemeteries.
*Homeless people in the library? Chicago, suburban libraries turn to social workers for help.
*Chilling tales from the walk-in cooler: Restaurant pros share funny, scary stories from behind the line.
*Elton John review: A farewell with a ’70s soundtrack at the United Center.
Follow the money
*Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker reported Saturday pumping another $10 million of his wealth into his campaign fund, bringing the record-setting self-funding total to $171.5 million — and he’s spread some of that new money around.
Reports filed over the weekend show Pritzker transferred $2 million to the Democratic Majority fund, which is controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan, to assist Democratic House candidates. That brings Pritzker’s total to the fund to $5 million.
Pritzker also gave $1 million apiece to two funds to assist Senate Democratic candidates, the Senate Democratic Victory Fund and the Illinois Democratic Heartland Committee. That brings to $5 million the total amount Pritzker has spread to the two Senate Democratic funds.
Campaign finance reports also show Republican state Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview, the Conservative Party candidate for governor, has received $1.3 million from the Fight Back Fund. The fund is controlled by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, which opposes Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s union-weakening agenda. (Rick Pearson)
*In another sign that the national spotlight is shining brightly on Illinois’ 14th Congressional District campaign between Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and Democrat Lauren Underwood, outside money has flowed into the race from both sides during the last few days.
After weeks of inaction, the National Republican Congressional Committee spent $175,000 on media buys to oppose Underwood while the National Rifle Association’s PAC is spending about $13,000 on direct mail to back the incumbent. On the other side, the Democratic House Majority PAC purchased an estimated $273,000 worth of television ads opposing the Republican, the DCCC delivered about $100,000 for anti-Hultgren ads and MoveOn.org also has chipped in about $35,000.
At the individual level, Underwood is receiving financial support from many college professors, both in the Chicago area and nationally, according to Federal Election Commission filings. And at the end of September, according to the FEC, Underwood received a $250 donation from Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of the television show “Lost.” (Patrick O’Connell)
*‘The loss is incalculable’: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims remembered by friends, family.
*Police: Pittsburgh synagogue gunman said he wanted all Jews to die.
*American tourist helps stop thief who tried to steal Magna Carta from British cathedral.
*Mail bomb suspect made numerous references on Facebook to Russian associates, echoed pro-Kremlin views.
*Obama rips Trump, GOP in fiery speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit: ‘Nobody in my administration got indicted.’
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October 29, 2018 at 06:40AM