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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared on WGN-AM 720 on Wednesday, where host Steve Cochran asked him about the controversial TV ad that shows a character saying a bleeped F-word to describe Illinois’ future if Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker is elected governor.

In the interview, Cochran specifically asked Rauner: “Did that ad come from you or from somebody else?

Rauner replied: “Well, it didn’t come from me, but it’s an effort to break through the clutter and get a message out about how devastating it will be to have Pritzker and Madigan in power together.”

Trump on Wednesday tweeted that “so-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other.” Constitutional experts doubt it, and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump can’t make the change on his own.

“You obviously cannot do that,” Ryan told a Kentucky radio station.

The president’s idea comes days before the midterm elections as he travels the country trying to boost Republican congressional candidates.

Joining Gutierrez at a Wednesday news conference was Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, whom Gutierrez endorsed as his replacement. Also on hand were Democratic U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston and Bill Foster of Naperville. (Mike Riopell)

*How not to get international attention: Republican Nick Stella, a physician from Darien who is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville, has gotten a bit of international attention over a Facebook post.

An ad posted on the Stella For Congress page shows a desolate community with a photoshopped billboard reading: “Congratulations Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi” and telling voters they should “help President Trump keep America on track and thriving.” It warns “a vote for Foster is a vote for a Speaker Pelosi.”

“Only you can stop this from becoming reality!” the ad says.

In reality, the ad displays the community of Jaywick Sands, which is not in Illinois’ west suburban 11th Congressional District, not in Illinois, not in the Midwest, not even in the United States.

Jaywick Sands is a community in Essex, a county in England that is northeast of London. The BBC reported on the candidate’s use of the photo and quoted Paul Honeywood, a local government official.

“I know that many Jaywick Sands residents will be outraged at being smeared in this way, and rightly so,” the BBC quoted Honeywood as saying.

The community previously was listed by the British government in 2010 and 2015 as the most deprived area of England but is now making a comeback.

Raquel Mitchell, director of operations for Stella’s campaign, said in an email: “Our intent was never to smear the town in the photo, now known to us as Jaywick Sands in Essex. We never used the name. For us it was an example of a town overburdened by poor governance, which is exactly what we in our district are seeking to prevent at every level.” (Rick Pearson)

*Illinois’ political playlist: Some Spotify users have been offered a midterm election playlist made up of songs “uniquely popular in Illinois to take to the polls.”

We present, without comment, some of the song titles:

*“Rich and Blind”

*“Rich & Sad”

*“Everybody Dies”

*“Broken”

*“Speechless”

*“Creeping”

*“Tie Me Down”

*“Mr. Brightside” (Mike Riopell)

What we’re writing

*Ex-Vice President Biden stumps for Democrat Underwood: “The very character of our country … is on the ballot.” Ryan will be in town for Hultgren on Friday, Obama for Democrats on Sunday.

*Cook County promoted former Chicago alderman once recommended for firing after allegedly saying, “I can’t stand these Mexicans”

*Most schools get passing grade in overhauled state report card that focuses on growth rather than passing rates.

*Search for your school: 2018 Illinois school report cards.

*Emanuel opposes fee hikes for homeless services, lead pipe replacement.

*City Council unanimously approves use agreement for Obama Presidential Center.

What we’re reading

*Chicago Sun-Times CEO Edwin Eisendrath resigns.

*Van Dyke, who makes brief return to court, remains isolated in jail, reading extensively, says his lawyer.

*After strong beer awards showing, can Chicago lay claim to being Hazy IPA USA?

Follow the money

*In the early contest for Chicago city treasurer, Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, has given $15,000 to Peter Gariepy’s campaign. Waguespack is head of the council’s Progressive Caucus. Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, entered the race earlier this week.

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

Beyond Chicago

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November 1, 2018 at 06:19AM

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