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“When I was elected to the U.S. Senate, I was proud to see Kwame Raoul chosen to fill my seat in the state Senate. I couldn’t be more impressed with the work he’s done since, fighting for the issues we care about and the values we share,” Obama says in the one-minute ad.
“That’s why I support Kwame Raoul to be Illinois’ next attorney general. Kwame knows that health care isn’t a privilege. It’s a right. While I was in Washington fighting for the Affordable Care Act, he led the effort to expand health care coverage to every Illinoisan. He stood up for working families, for criminal justice reform and for common-sense gun laws,” the former home-state president says.
Raoul, a Democratic state senator from Chicago, is facing Republican attorney Erika Harold of Urbana for the seat being given up by retiring Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s schedule wasn’t available.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner will campaign in southern Illinois.
From the notebook
*Yoink: Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas got a Chicago political lesson when he turned up at City Hall on Thursday for a news conference to rip Emanuel’s handling of lead in residential tap water.
A group of aldermen had already held a news conference at a city seal-emblazoned lectern set up in a hallway. When Vallas stepped up to talk, sound to the microphone was abruptly shut off.
A city worker then walked up, gave Vallas a shrug, said, “I’ve got to take this out of the way,” and dragged the lectern away. Vallas laughed it off, and went on to deliver his anti-Emanuel spiel with reporters holding their microphones.
*Illinois’ deep state? Rauner has made Michael Madigan his chief political nemesis, attempting to tie candidates like Pritzker and others to the powerful Democratic House speaker.
But in a radio interview on WJPF-AM 1340, based in Herrin in southern Illinois, Rauner indicated he’s solved Madigan — though it didn’t stop him from continuing to throw terms like “corrupt” around the Democratic leader.
“What I’ve learned is how to work around and through as well as with the corrupt political machine. Sometimes I have to work with ’em, but I’ve figured out how to work around ’em and through ’em ’cause they’ve been strangling our state for decades,” Rauner said.
“Mike Madigan’s power, his tentacles, are everywhere, in all the branches of government. But I’ve figured out how to get around him,” the governor said, citing passage of a balanced budget.
All of Rauner’s talk about Madigan’s power prompted the show’s host, Tom Miller, to ask the Republican governor: “Bruce, are you saying that there’s a deep state in Illinois when it comes to Madigan?”
“Well, I can tell you there absolutely is, and it is corrupt. It’s corrosive, and it’s very powerful,” Rauner said.
“Madigan is the head of it, but he’s got his cronies, his minions all buried in the judiciary in the judicial branch, all through the General Assembly and unfortunately in most of the departments over in the administration, the executive branch of government,” he said.
And since the governor was speaking to a Downstate audience, Rauner added that his Democratic challenger Pritzker was a “super-liberal gun-grabber” who was “bad news for southern Illinois.” (Rick Pearson)
*Pritzker ad criticizes Rauner for trying to divide Illinois: Pritzker is up with a new TV ad touting his travels Downstate and criticizing the governor for trying to divide the state through regional politics.
“Gov. Rauner wants to pit one area of the state against another. I think we’re one Illinois,” Pritzker says in the one-minute ad that is interspersed with him at various locales such as Bloomington, Belleville, Rockford and Peoria.
“The values that people have are the same. People are decent. They’re dedicated. They’re hardworking,” Pritzker says. “They want to get past all of the challenges and actually get something done.”
Pritzker’s use of “One Illinois” to describe the state is interesting since it was the theme of a one-time Democratic primary challenger, Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th. Pawar, who recently announced a bid for Chicago city treasurer, dropped out of the governor’s race but opened up a news outlet by the name of “One Illinois.” (Rick Pearson)
*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections, to discuss early voting, voter registration and the issue of hacking; Bob Secter, director of investigations for the Better Government Association; and David Yepsen, host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press,” for a roundtable discussion on the offices and issues up for election on Tuesday. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.
What we’re writing
*City test finds some homes with water meters to have elevated amounts of lead in tap water.
*Lawmakers call for independent investigation into child sexual abuse allegations at Uptown psychiatric hospital.
*Kanye West gives Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia another $126K.
*Speaker Paul Ryan in the Chicago suburbs to campaign for Roskam and Hultgren on Friday.
*Divvy, ride-share companies offer free or discounted rides on Election Day.
*Amid talk of a potential blue wave, Democrats already have begun to turn the tide in GOP suburbs.
*Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot pushes affordable housing reforms.
What we’re reading
*Wisconsin man given prison for illegally selling gun that killed Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.
*Hundreds of Google employees in Chicago walk out in protest of company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations.
*Parents angry after Illinois bishop tells Catholic school kids that Santa isn’t real.
Follow the money
*Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico reported more than $512,000 in contributions, putting him over $1 million total for the race.
*Mayoral candidate and former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy reported a $5,000 contribution from Elizabeth Uihlein, wife of Republican megadonor Richard Uihlein.
*Trump’s Cabinet heads to battleground districts where he is unpopular.
*Roger Stone told Trump campaign he was a pipeline to Wikileaks.
*Exit polls reworked.
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November 2, 2018 at 05:30AM