Morning Spin: Gov. Bruce Rauner went to Murphysboro to see President Trump, but didn’t get a meeting or a shoutout

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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.

*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)

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

Beyond Chicago

*‘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

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