Good Monday morning, Illinois. Bears won a stunner. Alec Mills threw the 16th no-hitter in Cubs history. And the White Sox are on top. The world really has turned upside down.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride has plugged $110,000 into his retention campaign just days after a Republican political action committee was formed to unseat him. Killbride’s donation breaks the $100,000 cap for his seat, so he’ll now be able to accept donations of any size.
Killbride’s big gift to his campaign ensures his supporters can help defend his record from what’s likely to be “an onslaught of ads by dark money special interests,” said Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly, who was Killbride’s campaign manager 10 years ago when the justice spent $1.8 million on his retention race.
“It will allow him to compete with all the dark money, Super PAC financing he’s up against,” Reilly told Playbook. “The right-wing Koch Brothers and Dick Uihleins of the world have been licking their chops over this seat for a few years now.”
One PAC is already in the works. Republican consultant Jon Zahm last week resurrected a PAC that he ran the last time Kilbride was up for retention. Zahm says Kilbride should be kicked off the bench because he is an ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Killbride is a Democrat who was first elected to the state’s high court in 2000. He was retained in 2010 by 65 percent of the vote — justices need at least 60 percent to win — and saw national business groups plug $688,000 into a campaign to oppose him.
He represents the 3rd District and holds one of three Supreme Court seats on the ballot in November. The other two are for District 1, which will officially go to Justice P. Scott Neville, who was appointed in 2018 to complete the term of Justice Charles E. Freeman, who retired. Neville, who this year must officially run for the seat, won a competitive Democratic primary in March. There is no GOP opposition to him in the general election.
In the 5th District, Democrat Judy Cates faces Republican David Overstreet for the seat previously held by Justice Lloyd Karmeier, who retired in 2019.
DEMS TARGET JUDGE IN SMOLLETT CASE: Judge Michael Toomin, who was assigned to hear the Jussie Smollett case, is now facing political fallout from Cook County Democrats. The political organization is meeting today to determine who the party will back for retention — and Toomin is not on the list. “The committee met last week to consider party slating, weighing the retention of nearly 60 judges. Only Toomin and one other judge, Mauricio Araujo, did not receive the committee’s recommendation.” Insiders say Dems are seeking revenge on Toomin for his view of the Smollett case — he suggested that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx mishandled it. NBC/5 reports
PROFILE: Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s real-life experiences being stopped by police and his years serving in the state Legislature make him a key player in working toward criminal justice reform in Illinois and across the country.
“When I talk about law enforcement reform, it’s definitely informed by my own experiences,” Raoul said in an interview.
Raoul, one of seven Black people serving as independently elected attorneys general (there’s only one Black woman: Tish James of New York), has become an example of the importance of electing Blacks to statewide offices.
“There is an opportunity to right some of the wrongs of these systems by having more diverse leaders,” said Quentin James, president of The Collective PAC, which promotes African Americans running for local, state and federal offices.
The challenge for Black candidates running statewide is convincing voters they’re working for every shade of the rainbow. Raoul, for example, had an easy time campaigning on the South Side, but felt some pressure to pull back on his emotions when he campaigned in some other, whiter parts of the state. His campaign worried at times about getting him labeled with the “angry Black man” stereotype. (Recall Barack Obama, whose seat in the Illinois Senate Raoul held for more than a decade, on the other end of that spectrum, being compared to the stoic Mr. Spock from Star Trek?)
Minnesota’s AG, Keith Ellison put it this way: “It’s somewhat ironic that as African Americans, everyone takes it for granted that if you’re a white AG, that the AG is looking out for everyone. But people somehow need to be convinced that I’m not only going to be concerned about African Americans.”
James, from Collective PAC, says it’s one of the many microaggressions or “racist commentary” that Black people face whenever they run for statewide, or for higher office. He put critiques that paint Kamala Harris as being "too ambitious" for vice presidency — assessments no doubt colored by her gender as well — in the same category.
James advises candidates to stay authentic. “It’s really important for candidates like Kwame and others that they don’t whitewash themselves based on the recommendations of consultants or advisers,” he said, acknowledging there’s a fear that white voters won’t support a candidate on a statewide or nationwide level. And, frankly, he says, the numbers bear that out.
The way Black candidates win, he says, is by building coalitions of progressive white voters, people of color, young people and women. “That’s the path to success.”
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At Greater West Town Community Development Project at 11:45 a.m. to announce Chicago’s first-ever community-based contact tracing corp and resource coordination hub.
No official public events.
At the Cook County Building at noon to deliver opening remarks at the county’s Complete Count Census Commission meeting.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 14 new coronavirus deaths Sunday and 1,462 new confirmed cases. That’s a total of 8,309 deaths and 261,371 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from Sept. 6 through 12 is 3.7 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 5.1 percent.
— SCOOP: Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19: “The politically appointed HHS spokesperson and his team demanded and received the right to review CDC’s scientific reports to health professionals,” by POLITICO’s Dan Diamond.
— Pritzker, Ezike and Arwady talk about Covid-19 at 6 months, and look ahead to what might be next: “Six months after he first issued a disaster proclamation tied to the coronavirus pandemic, followed quickly by a stay-at-home order that shut down businesses and kept people inside for months, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wouldn’t hesitate to act in similar fashion if Covid-19 cases bloom exponentially this fall,” by Tribune’s Jamie Munks and Gregory Pratt.
— An Uptown bar preps for colder weather during Covid-19, by Eater Chicago’s Ashok Selvam.
— No contact: Uber has enhanced its app to allow users to pay for their dine-in or pick-up restaurant meal through a contactless ordering feature. Patrons can both order and cover the bill via the app when eating at the restaurant or picking up their order.
— Mormons rejected Trump as blasphemous. Now he likely can’t win without them: “Latter-day Saints had been among the most reliably Republican voting blocs — until Trump took over the party,” by POLITICO’s Alex Thompson and Laura Barron-Lopez.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in her race to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. The former VP pointed to Londrigen’s stand on health care issues as a reason for the endorsement. Londrigan “is committed to ensuring access to quality, affordable health care and protecting and building upon the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said in a statement. “I am proud to support Betsy in her run for Congress and I look forward to working with her in Washington to deliver results for Central Illinois’ working families.”
… The endorsement comes on the heels of an ad blitz from Londrigan and incumbent Republican Rep. Rodney Davis. Both candidates have ads out in recent days that attack the other’s Achilles’ heel. Davis’ ad, titled “Madigan Machine,” accuses Londrigan’s campaign of being cozy with the Illinois House speaker, saying it’s “bankrolled by Madigan and his henchmen.” Not to be outdone, Londrigan’s ad features someone saying he’s a former friend of Davis who opposes the congressman’s vote on health care. “After I saw Rodney celebrating his vote to gut protections for pre-existing conditions, I was done,” the man states named Stephen says as a picture of President Donald Trump and members of Congress including Davis is shown. Davis’ team has pushed back, saying the man was never a friend at all, writes the State Journal-Register’s Bernard Schoenburg.
— Chicago Police union endorses Trump and it got a shout-out from the president in a tweet: “Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police endorses Donald Trump for reelection…Thank you to John Catanzara and Chicago’s FOP. I will never let you down!”
— After O’Brien blames Foxx for killing of Walgreens employee, her campaign accuses him of using ‘Trump playbook:’ “Ms. Calderon has no voice,” O’Brien said of the victim of last week’s fatal stabbing. “She won’t be able to go back to her children. She won’t be able to raise them. And that’s on Ms. Foxx.” Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba reports.
— Jeanne Ives, the GOP candidate in the 6th Congressional District race, is spending $43,000 on a series of cable TV ad buys that will run Thursday through 23.
— State Rep. Grant Wehrli is spending $19,000 on cable ads in his race to keep his 41st District House seat. The ads run Tuesday through Sept. 22.
— Michelle Darbro, a Democratic state House candidate in the 20th District is out with her first cable ad.
— Garcia stepping up for Biden: Rep. Chuy Garcia is playing a greater role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as it ramps up Spanish-language outreach. Last week, the Biden campaign held a virtual roundtable discussion with Latino workers and small business owners in Nevada hosted by Garcia, who previously was a Bernie Sanders surrogate. “Look, yes, I supported Senator Sanders when he ran earlier in the primaries, but today I’m joining with team Joe and Latino workers in Nevada and across the country to make the case that we have only one clear option this November,” Garcia said, according to Nevada Current.
— POLICE CONTRACT BRAWL: John Catanzara, president of the Chicago police union, said his team is meeting with the mayor’s representatives Tuesday to talk about the police union contract. “I expect to receive a financial package offer that will cover the same time frame as the firefighters,” Catanzara wrote in his newsletter to rank and file. “Hopefully the mayor will stick to her word and keep it a financial package ONLY like we originally discussed. The men and women of the Chicago Police Department have been treated like rented mules with little consideration for personal or family time. The right thing to do is honor her word and get the financial part off the table for now and work on the longer and broader agreement going forward.”
… LIGHTFOOT’S OFFICE RESPONDS: “John Catanzara is wrong again," the mayor’s office tells Playbook this morning. "And since their very first meeting, Mayor Lightfoot has been emphatically clear to President Catanzara that any agreement with the union — even a short-term agreement — must include the City’s accountability and reform proposals. To make this even more abundantly clear to him, the city sent a letter to the Lodge on June 5 following their first meeting to ensure the union understood this administration’s commitment to not only ensuring Chicago’s police officers receive a new contract but that it includes reforms that are crucial to further restoring trust and legitimacy to the Chicago Police Department. After communicating this to President Catanzara multiple times over the past three months, it is disappointing to see him make false statements that are completely untethered from reality. The City remains deeply committed to ensuring Chicago’s police officers receive a fair contract, and we hope Catanzara comes to the table in good faith rather than spread false narratives in the media."
— THE HUMBLED GIANT: Six months into the pandemic, can Chicago get back on its feet? “As tumultuous as the last six months have been, what happens in the next six — from the presidential election to the possible development of a coronavirus vaccine — could do even more to determine whether downtown reaffirms its role as the undisputed hub of a region of nearly 9.5 million people, the largest metro area in the Midwest….The stakes are enormous,” by Tribune’s Blair Kamin, Ryan Ori and Lauren Zumbach.
— 53 shot, 11 fatally this weekend in Chicago: “Among the fatalities were two people who were killed at a shooting in Austin that hurt four other people, police said,” by the Sun-Times.
— ‘Mrs. Mayor — know that I have been thinking about you’: “As civil unrest surged across the country and Chicago at the end of May, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called President Donald Trump’s son Eric to express her support, according to text messages he sent her. The city said Lightfoot reached out to numerous downtown groups and businesses to update them about public safety plans,” reports Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.
— Nurses launch seven-day strike at University of Illinois Hospital: “The strike comes after an existing three-year contract between the Illinois Nurses Association members and the hospital expired on Sept. 7,” by Sun-Times’ Madeline Kenney.
— As one Chicago hospital plans to close, another looks to expand: “Despite pandemic struggles for some hospitals, Chicago-based Northwestern plans to affiliate with another suburban hospital, which would be the 11th in its system,” by WBEZ’s Kristen Schorsch.
— City lags in census response, especially in communities of color: “With the census deadline looming, responses in the city of Chicago are still substantially behind the rest of the state, particularly in communities of color that stand to be hit the hardest by the consequences of an undercount. While the state’s response rate stands at 70 percent, slightly higher than the national average, the city’s rate remains just under 59 percent, with some neighborhoods around 30 percent,” by Tribune’s Sophie Sherry.
— Despite city ban, Flossmoor trustee continues lobbying Chicago City Hall: “Nearly five months after rules took effect banning elected officials from lobbying Chicago aldermen and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a man who serves on a south suburban village board continues to do so with the blessing of the city’s Ethics Board. Gyata Kimmons is an elected village trustee in Flossmoor. He also lobbies at City Hall on behalf of Walmart, McDonald’s, Starbucks, the United Center and other clients, according to his lobbyist registration records,” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
Column: Once the Black business mecca of the West Side, North Lawndale has since been chronically neglected: “[T]he Covid-19 pandemic and recent looting have caused another setback, and once again the chronically neglected neighborhood has been jolted at the core,” writes Tribune’s Dahleen Glanton.
— The pies are masterpieces. Behind them is Maya-Camille Broussard’s fight against food insecurity: “Because she knows what a nearly empty fridge looks like, Broussard didn’t hesitate to turn her self-taught craft into a mission,” writes Audarshia Townsend in Esquire.
— Students continue push toward Chicago History Museum exhibit focused on Latino history: “Students at Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy created an advisory committee for the exhibit, which could take three years before it opens to the public,” by Sun-Times’ Elvia Malagón.
— New details in stabbing deaths of prominent Oak Park attorney couple: “Autopsy reports recently released by the Cook County medical examiner’s office shed light on how the bodies were discovered and the extent of the stabbings. The killings have not yet been solved,” by Tribune’s Steve Schering.
— Orland Park looks to revoke Sky Zone business license after Saturday night fight: “Police described the incident in the parking lot as “small disruptions,” though a heavy police presence from Orland Park and neighboring towns was used to restore peace,” by the Daily Southtown.
— ANALYSIS: Mom of strangled teen: Why, after 10 years, has suspect still not gone to trial? “The number of people held more than 5 years in the Cook County Jail is sharply up, to 130, a Sun-Times analysis finds. Most are awaiting trial for murder,” by Frank Main.
— Fifth person charged in Park Manor store robbery that left shopkeeper dead: “Al F. Venerable, 36, was the fifth and final suspect charged in connection to the Feb. 7 shooting at the Michigan Dollar Plus in the Park Manor neighborhood,” by Tribune’s William Lee.
— Video shows how teen in music store was shot by police aiming for a suspect: “In the security camera footage, Rylan is seen tidying up a room full of keyboards when flashing police lights fill the windows of UpBeat Music and Arts on the Northwest Side. The suspect bursts through the front door and rushes past Rylan,” by Tribune’s Alice Yin.
— Terry Link resigns from state Senate after federal charge: “Link’s resignation comes about a month after he was charged in federal court with filing a false income tax return for the year 2016,” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
— Illinois students left on scholarship sidelines as nearby states resume high school sports: “More than 500 parents and student athletes gathered in the parking lot of a sports complex in southwest suburban McCook Sunday to pressure Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker to allow high school sports this fall,” by WBEZ’s Kate McGee.
— Legislative Ethics Commission can’t, won’t combat corruption, say Springfield observers. The Center for Illinois Politics takes a deep dive into the ethics panel and found political experts across the state view it as dysfunctional. Flow chart included
— A Trump parade brouhaha: “A Springfield alderwoman’s question about a Labor Day boat parade on Lake Springfield in support of President Donald Trump has — perhaps inadvertently — turned up the political heat as the November election nears,” writes the State Journal-Register’s Brenden Moore.
Lawmakers to Pritzker: Pot shop applicants will drop lawsuit if they can fix applications, challenge scoring: “‘As we suspect you have heard from many others, virtually no one is happy with how this is unfolding,’ state Reps. La Shawn Ford and Kathleen Willis wrote in a letter to Pritzker on Sunday,” by Sun-Tims’ Tom Schuba
THE FIFTY: Governors and mayors have never mattered more to the future of the nation, and The Fifty, a new series from POLITICO, takes you inside the role they’re playing in the pandemic and more.
— Russia is back, wilier than ever — and it’s not alone, by POLITICO’s Mark Scott
— ‘This is f—ing crazy’: Florida Latinos swamped by wild conspiracy theories, by POLITICO’s Sabrina Rodriguez and Marc Caputo
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is among six women members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have urged the Senate to vote for “real paid leave for all” in the next Covid-19 relief package. It’s part of the Paid Leave for All campaign. Video here
— MARIN EXITS! ‘Beacon of journalism’ Carol Marin says she’s bowing out of TV news: “Marin, 71, surprised colleagues today by announcing that she will step down as political editor at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 and correspondent for “Chicago Tonight” at Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11 after she covers the presidential election November 3,” writes media reporter Robert Feder.
— Incoming Chicago Public Media CEO withdraws from the job: “Andi McDaniel had previously been Chief Content Officer at public radio station WAMU, where questions had arisen about management’s handling of misconduct complaints,” by WBEZ’s Tony Arnold.
— Turns out the richest Illinoisan is not Ken Griffin: “Low-profile philanthropist Lukas Walton, heir to Sam, has been on the scene here for nearly a decade,” by Crain’s Steven R. Strahler.
— Pritzker announces more than two dozen board appointments, via RiverBender.com
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy boarding United flight 5590 from O’Hare to DCA on Sunday morning. Pic
FRIDAY’s GUESS: Political strategist Frank Calabrese correctly answered that 1978 was the last year personal property was assessed for property taxes in Illinois (personal property taxes were abolished by statute and the Constitution starting Jan. 1, 1979).
TODAY’S QUESTION: Who is the Illinois politico who built this mausoleum for himself? The first person to correctly guess gets a mention in Monday’s Playbook. Send your best guess to [email protected].
Former Ald. Sandi Jackson, Sovereign Infrastructure Group Managing Director Andrew Ross, and former Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski.
September 14, 2020 at 07:51AM