Good Tuesday morning, Illinois! A month from today, we’ll be chewing on the results of Illinois’ March 17 primary, unless we’re experiencing an Iowa moment.
If Illinois is any indication, black voters in the Nevada caucuses this weekend and the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29 will split along generational lines, suggesting a lengthy nominating process — and maybe a scenario where Illinois and its 155 delegates may still be competitive going into the state’s March 17 primary.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s relying on African American supporters to boost his delegate count, will have the most to lose in the divide between establishment and progressive black Democrats.
“Illinois will be a crucial state depending on how Super Tuesday breaks. But right now, there’s a lot of indecision,” Dick Simpson, a political science professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and political adviser, said of the March 3 contests.
He and other Illinois political sages told Playbook as long as the field is broad, African American support will be spread across all the candidates.
“At this point it’s generational,” said political consultant Delmarie Cobb, a veteran of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s run in 1988.
She’s seeing younger African Americans gravitate toward Bernie Sanders and older black voters backing Biden because he’s “familiar,” and “loyal” to Chicago’s own Barack Obama.
Biden’s success this month, especially in South Carolina, will be critical as he tries to position himself as “the most electable candidate” to challenge President Donald Trump in November. For a lot of older black voters looking at Biden, “it’s about relationships and electability,” says Cobb.
In Illinois, Biden is backed by Rep. Danny Davis from the 7th Congressional District, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, World Business Chicago’s Andrea Zopp, and several Chicago aldermen.
Pete Buttigieg, who like Biden, holds sway with moderates, has struggled to establish a following of African American support. Still, he’s endorsed by some notable names in Illinois, including state Rep. Lamont Robinson, former DeKalb County Commissioner Thomas Gary, and businesswoman Cristal Thomas Gar, a former deputy governor under Pat Quinn.
Amara Enyia, a former Chicago mayoral candidate, also sees the generational split, saying Sanders and Elizabeth Warren galvanize younger voters because they’re “moving away from the status quo.” Enyia endorsed Sanders in 2016 but hasn’t taken a position so far for 2020. She points to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s victory last year over insider Toni Preckwinkle as an indication that “voters wanted something different.”
Warren and Sanders have gathered their own backing here, and Amy Klobuchar, who has seen a recent surge in support, holds the coveted top ballot position in Illinois March 17 primary.
And in spite of his controversial stop-and-frisk tactics (for which he’s apologized), Mike Bloomberg is racking up high-profile African Americans as backers, including Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and Ariel Investments co-founder John Rogers Jr. Voters on March 17 might be disappointed to see Bloomberg won’t have delegate candidates listed on the ballot. The New York billionaire is hoping to secure enough of the popular vote to win delegates after the primary (weird Illinois rules).
Ultimately, black voters in Illinois, as in the rest of the country, are expected to back whoever the Democratic nominee is. But to what extent depends on one thing: whether the nominee can generate enough enthusiasm to express their views at the ballot box in November.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is headed to Springfield today. She’s lining up facetime with as many lawmakers as she can on both sides of the aisle. It’s all about “building relationships,” she said last week in anticipation of the visit to the state capitol.
On her agenda: Lightfoot wants state lawmakers to consider lowering the tax rates on a Chicago casino. She has the same concerns she did last year when lawmakers met: if the tax rates aren’t lowered, then big gambling companies won’t bid on operating a casino in Chicago.
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— KAMALA BACKS KIM: Former presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris has endorsed Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in her re-election bid. Harris, a former district attorney from San Francisco, was an early adviser to Foxx as she reshaped her office to focus on criminal justice reform. “Understanding the emotion, the energy, and the intentional accountability it takes to bring change to the criminal justice system I am proud to endorse my sister, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx,” Harris said in a statement this morning. Harris described Foxx as “a national model” for progressive reform and said she is “swimming against the current of a system that is still slow to change.”
— What a sham. Running for Cook County judge (but not so anyone would know it): “The practice of putting up sham candidates, running not to win but to confuse voters to benefit the Dem Party’s pick, goes back decades in county politics,” by John Seasly for Injustice Watch.
— Tribune endorses Rezin: In the competitive 14th District GOP primary, the paper has endorsed state Sen. Sue Rezin, saying she is “ consistent advocate for financial stability in Illinois who also specializes in health care and energy issues.”
— Pritzker, Feigenholtz weigh in Rep race: The 12th District House race continues to make news. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who lives in the district with his family endorsed Margaret Croke for the job. That’s an eyebrow-raiser given it goes against the Democratic Party bosses who appointed Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer to give him a leg up on the job. Not to be outdone, Pizer’s campaign announced over the weekend that state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, who held the state Rep seat for 24 years, is endorsing Pizer. So the tension continues.
— KLOBUCHAR’s Chicago move: Midwesterners for Amy Klobuchar, an independent PAC created to promote the Minnesota senator’s bid for president, opens its first office today in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. A party is planned for the opening. Start time 7 p.m. Location: 3151 N. Broadway.
— Bloomberg hearts Obama: “MIKE BLOOMBERG is airing another national TV ad tying himself to closely BARACK OBAMA. This one is a 30-second spot entitled "Difference," and it’s chock-full of imagery of Bloomberg and Obama. The timing of this ad is quite interesting, as it comes in the middle of a massive intraparty squabble between Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (more about that in a second). Bloomberg has found plenty of ways to tie himself to Obama, the most popular Democrat in America,” via national Playbook SCOOP. The 30-second ad
— Bloomberg’s Chicago report: Ariel Investments co-founder John Rogers Jr. and Ariel co-CEO Mellody Hobson will co-host something called “a briefing in downtown Chicago” today for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, according to the Guardian. Rogers and Hobson were major supporters of former President Barack Obama and are prominent figures in the city’s business and civic communities. “The briefing, an invitation for which was obtained by the Guardian, will be on Tuesday 18 February and will be addressed by Steve Benjamin, the mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, and Kimberly Peeler-Allen, director of the Committee for Mike.”
— Durbin endorses Patrick Joyce for 40th Senate seat: Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday "endorsed Patrick Joyce for the 40th District seat in the Illinois Senate in the upcoming March 17th primary election. Joyce has served in the Senate since November, when he took over for Toi Hutchinson," Patch’s Henry Fujita writes.
— SCOOP: Mayor releases Koschman, Markham investigative reports, writes Mark Konkol in Patch. “For generations, cops well versed in the art of cover-ups could rely on City Hall to keep details revealed only in inspector general investigative reports secret from the public. Those days are over, thanks to Mayor Lori Lightfoot. On Monday, Patch obtained the first inspector general investigative reports released by Lightfoot’s administration since the City Council in October approved an ordinance giving the mayor authority to share with the public the city watchdog’s take on ‘the most high-profile and consequential investigations in our city.’”
— Aldermen relied on a study to approve $1.3B for Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards. Turns out Sterling Bay hired consultant who wrote it: “Experts say such arrangements pose obvious conflicts, given that the consultants who certify such projects are being paid by the very developers who are seeking approval for hundreds of millions of dollars,” writes Tribune’s Hal Dardick.
— N.Y. TIMES on Chicago’s “steady exodus of African Americans:” “They have been driven out of the city by segregation, gun violence, discriminatory policing, racial disparities in employment, the uneven quality of public schools and frustration at life in neighborhoods whose once-humming commercial districts have gone quiet, as well as more universal urban complaints like rising rents and taxes. At the same time, white, Latino and Asian residents are flowing in, and Chicago’s wealthier, whiter downtown, West Loop and North Side have been booming. Lori Lightfoot, the city’s first black mayor in decades, has vowed to stem the loss of longtime residents, and the city has collectively grasped for solutions,” by Julie Bosman.
— A wave of church closings is coming to a place near you: “The Archdiocese of Chicago faces a challenge in finding buyers,” reports Sun-Times’ David Roeder.
— City to unveil CTA security plan in wake of three violent incidents — including triple shooting Monday that kills a man in the Loop: “The plan, to be unveiled in about a week, will include more police manpower on CTA property and improved use of technology to thwart crime, a CPD spokesman said,” by Sun-Times’ Frank Main and Luke Wilusz.
— Chicago Scholars on $400K windfall from Team LeBron: Feels ‘like we hit the lottery’: “Founded in 1997, the nonprofit provides resources, information and programming to help Chicago’s students get into, through and out of college,” by Sun-Times’ Marin Scott.
— Taking on Trump: The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition is criticizing President Trump’s recent decision to deploy border patrol’s "elite tactical agents" to so-called sanctuary localities like Chicago saying it’s “inhumane and threatens the safety of every American,” according to a release sent to Playbook. “Data consistently shows that crime is lower and economies are stronger in ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions. The reason for this is simple: Undocumented people are more likely to report crimes and come forward as witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid,” the organization said.
— As weekend gun violence injures 10 kids, filmmaker Spike Lee targets NRA in stop at St. Sabina: “I think that we gotta take down the NRA. We have more guns than any other country on God’s planet, and we’re all getting tired,” Lee told reporters. By Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
— HIV agency uncovers ‘fraud scheme’ after former CFO charged with embezzling from Planned Parenthood: “Chicago House and Social Service Agency discovered it had been defrauded after its CFO, Andrea Peoples, was charged last month with stealing more than $100,000 from her former employer, Planned Parenthood of Illinois,” by Sun-Times’ Jake Wittich.
— Overdose deaths are down dramatically in McHenry County. “Could locking up drug dealers be the reason?” asks Tribune’s John Keilman.
Madigan, Pritzker, Burke spent over $3M in campaign money on lawyers last year, and they’re not alone: “Illinois politicians paid $5.3 million in legal fees out of their political funds in 2019 for reasons including criminal investigations and litigation, records show,” by Sun-Times.
— Pritzker plans $147M boost for DCFS in second-year budget: “The governor plans to increase the agency’s headcount to 3,056 employees in hopes of reducing caseloads for overwhelmed investigators and adding staff at a hotline that collects tips on abuse and neglect,” by Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles.
— Ahead of budget address, Pritzker touts $225M in efficiencies: “Pritzker said he also is exploring consolidating a number of state agencies, merging the Department of Labor and the Department of Employment Security into a single unit, combining anti-fraud units at the Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Department of Insurance, and merging the Coroner Training Board with the Department of Public Health,” writes Capitol News’ Peter Hancock.
— International students falling into ‘black hole’ of U.S. visa delays and denials: “Citing long waits, denials and visa cancellations that take away from teaching time and academic progress, presidents and chancellors from nearly 30 colleges and universities in Illinois are pushing for lawmakers to do more to help international students and scholars who face new obstacles tied to immigration policy,” by Tribune’s Hannah Leone.
— Can courts do more to force FOID card violators to give up their guns? Cook and DuPage counties considering how following Tribune report: "Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is calling for changes in how the judicial system handles defendants with revoked gun licenses following a Tribune investigation into the ballooning backlog of people declared too dangerous to own firearms and the state’s failure to address it," write Tribune’s Stacy St. Clair, Cecilia Reyes, Annie Sweeney and Sarah Freishtat
— Pritzker calls for probe: Black college swimmer on team trip had gun pointed at his head by police. “Jaylan Butler of Eastern Illinois University said officers threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect,” via NBC News.
— ‘A complete disaster’: Fears grow over potential Nevada caucus malfunction, by POLITICO’s Laura Barrón-López
— Mike Bloomberg makes the debate. Can he keep his cool? by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago and Sally Goldenberg
— Bernie breaks out of the pack, by POLITICO’s David Siders
The John Cullerton farewell tour was still in full swing over the weekend. A big bash to congratulate him upon his retirement last month was held in Chicago at Rockwell on the River. All the who’s who and their nemeses were there. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Sen. Dick Durbin, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and former Mayor Rahm Emanuel all spoke. Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, who replaced Cullerton, served as MC. There was a receiving line, too, though Cullerton’s wife, Pam Cullerton, tried best to avoid having such a thing. But with 400 guests, she couldn’t avoid it. Others in attendance: newly named Senate President Don Harmon, former Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, state Sens. Melinda Bush, Kimberly Lightford, Andy Manar and Jim Oberweis, state Reps. Ann Williams, Kelly Cassidy and Dave McSweeney, former state Sen. Donne Trotter, gubernatorial Chief of Staff Anne Caprara, Think Big Illinois President Quentin Fulks, Deputy Gov. Christian Mitchell, former Ald. Dick Mell, political analyst David Axelrod, Chicagoland Chamber leader Jack Lavin, Kivvit Managing Directors Judy Erwin and Eric Herman, lobbyist John Kelly, attorney/lobbyists Courtney Nottage and John Dunn and Paul Levy, who owns the venue.
— BOOING BARR: Numerous former federal prosecutors and Department of Justice officials from Chicago are among DOJ alumni calling for William Barr to quit after he intervened in the sentencing of President’ Trump’s pal Roger Stone Jr. Among the Chicagoans: Sergio Acosta, Matt Crowl, Patricia Brown Holmes, Patrick Cotter, Sharon Fairley, Ron Safer, Randy Samborn, Z. Scott, Gary Shapiro, Renato Mariotti and Andrea Zopp. Their statement was published in Medium. h/t to WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos
— FOUR LETTER WORD: The New York Times Crossword Puzzle on Sunday gave Chicago Mayor Lightfoot as the clue. Answer: Lori.
— MAYOR’S BEST FRIEND: Chicago magazine features Hank Lightfoot, the mayor’s dog, on the cover of its March issue. Hank is the headliner for “The Pet Lover’s Guide.”
— Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former White House aide Valerie Jarrett and National Parks Foundation CEO William Shafroth are expected to be on hand for a private reception Wednesday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Pullman district being designated a national monument. Designs for a visitor center and future buildings on the 12-acre site are also expected to be unveiled.
Wednesday: Forum for Cook County State’s Attorney candidates. Organized by the Players Coalition, a nonprofit founded by former NFL players. Candidates will take questions about criminal-justice reform from former players Vaughn Bryant, who heads Communities Partnering 4 Peace and Metropolitan Peace Initiatives; Jason Burns, executive director of Mettle Minds Foundation; and Corey Mays, president of the NFL Alumni Chicago Chapter. Incumbent Kim Foxx and fellow candidates Bill Conway, Bob Fioretti and Donna More are scheduled to participate. Details here
Rep. Adam Kinzinger married Sofia Boza-Holman, a press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former press aide to VP Mike Pence, over the weekend.
The nuptials were in scenic Antigua Guatemala with family, friends and military buddies on hand. Kinzinger previously served in the Air Force in Iraq and continues to serve in the Air National Guard.
After the big day Saturday, the five-term congressman posted photos and a message on Twitter, saying, “I am one very lucky man to have this incredible woman as my wife. Here’s to forever.” Kinzinger also posted on Instagram.
Spotted at the nuptials: Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, former Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, former Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, former Illinois Rep. Bob Dold, former Illinois GOP Party leader Pat Brady, Illinois radio man Roe Conn and pilot friends Bruce and Cindy Limbach.
— David Ruder, former Northwestern law school dean and ex-SEC chairman, dies at 90: “During his time as dean, he helped to plan the construction of the campus’ Rubloff Building, the remodeling of the Levy Mayer and McCormick Halls and recruited several top scholars to join the school’s faculty,” by Sun-Times’ Jermaine Nolen.
— Daniel Pierce, former Highland Park mayor, dies at 91: “He was a mentor, friend, and colleague to all who came to know him. He leaves behind a legacy of community and public service accomplishments and will be truly missed, city officials said,” by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo.
Today: state Rep. Jonathan Carroll (57th), state Sen. Tony Munoz (1st), Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, former Gov. Bruce Rauner, and state Sen. Paul Schimpf (58th);
Monday: Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz, government relations consultant Dan Shomon, and media and marketing pro Kim Vatis.
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February 18, 2020 at 07:40AM