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U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Underwood — the registered nurse who unseated four-term incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren — says being young and African-American didn’t stop her from running for office in a suburban House district with a population that’s more than 80 percent white.
“Well, this is my community — it’s my home. My family moved to Naperville when I was 3 years old,” Underwood said MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday night. “So this is the community that taught me to be a black woman in the world. It never crossed my mind that I was somehow not a good fit or unqualified to seek this seat.”
Maddow asked about the secret to her electoral success, to which the 32-year-old Underwood said her camp worked to cover every mile of the district.
“We had farmers tell us no (elected official) had knocked on their door” in years, she said.
Asked about her agenda, Underwood echoed her comments on the campaign trail.
“This health care agenda — lowering prices, making sure we can expand coverage and include mental health reform are the things I want to immediately begin tackling,” she said. (Lisa Donovan)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel had no public events scheduled.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner had no public events scheduled.
*Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is scheduled to attend the Latino Policy Forum’s Latinos on the Move reception in Chicago.
From the notebook
*Pritzker calls Trump press dealings “abhorrent”: Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker attacked President Donald Trump’s dealings with the media as “abhorrent,” a day after the administration revoked CNN reporter’s Jim Acosta’s White House credentials.
“We need to have leaders who believe in the First Amendment and who are standing up for our journalists, protecting them and not attacking them,” Pritzker said at a Springfield news conference announcing his budget team.
In revoking the credential, Trump’s press team accused Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman” trying to take the microphone he was holding, which Acosta didn’t do. (Mike Riopell)
*Chico boosts advertising: Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico released his campaign’s first digital ad Thursday, recounting his efforts to improve education when he was president of the Chicago Board of Education. Chico’s campaign also announced he’s paid for a digital billboard up along the Eisenhower Expressway near the Harlem Avenue exit that is lit up with his campaign slogan: “Safer. Stronger. Together.”
*On the ‘Sunday Spin’: Tribune reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Bob Secter, senior editor for the Better Government Association, and David Yepsen, former director of the Paul Simon Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, for a special post-election wrap-up of contests nationally and in Illinois. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.
What we’re writing
*Toni Preckwinkle fired her chief of staff this fall. But an adviser warned her months earlier about his treatment of women.
*With help from Cubs, Bears and others, Chicago area’s largest indoor sports facility opens in Pullman on the Far South Side.
*My house is worth how much? Fixes to tax assessments bring dramatic changes for Chicago homeowners.
*Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker picks state budget team led by former Comptroller Dan Hynes.
*Cook County voters oust judge for 1st time in decades, while suspended DuPage County judge wins retention.
*McHenry County failed to include tens of thousands of votes in Election Day totals; 1 County Board race outcome changed.
*Marijuana rising: Illinois just elected a weed-friendly governor and Chicago pot companies are on the move.
*State sues firms after worker caught on camera pumping sediment into Chicago River.
What we’re reading
*Which players would the Cubs be willing to trade this offseason?
*Sex scenes in TV, movies: Who looks out for the actors? An intimacy coordinator reveals what it takes.
*The Mitch Trubisky divide: National pundits rip the Bears QB, while the team raves about him.
Follow the money
*Marine combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting: ‘It looked like he knew what he was doing.’
*Trump can’t immediately end DACA, appeals court rules, setting up Supreme Court battle.
*Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book, accuses him of stalking Clinton on debate stage.
*To thwart caravans, Trump tightens rules to deny asylum to those entering U.S. illegally.
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November 9, 2018 at 05:48AM