Morning Spin: Obama cuts last-minute radio ad for Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul

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Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul is out with new a radio ad featuring former President Barack Obama — Raoul’s predecessor in the state Senate.

“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.

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.

*Democrats focus on longtime GOP strongholds hoping to increase Cook County Board lead: ‘The suburbs … are not what they once were.’

*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.

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

Beyond Chicago

*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

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