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Hours after the release of an audio recording of Republican state Rep. Amy Grant uttering bigoted statements about her Democratic opponent and the Black Caucus, political donations poured in to help defeat her.
Businessman Fred Eychaner, a top donor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, donated $5,800 to Ken Mejia-Beal, a gay Black man who’s running against Grant in the 42nd state House District. And Democratic House Rep. Greg Harris donated $57,800 to Mejia-Beal. Harris and Eychaner are both gay and active in the LGBTQ community.
The campaign drama unfolded Monday when Democrats held a virtual press conference to make public portions of a phone conversation where Grant describes Mejia-Beal as “just another one of the Cook County people. That’s all you’re going to vote for in Cook County, another, you know, Black Caucus — that’s all we need is another person in the Black Caucus.” Later, Grant is dismissive of the way Mejia-Beal speaks, saying, “He’s all LGBTQ.” WGN/9’s Tahman Bradley’s report includes some of the audio clips.
Grant apologized to Mejia-Beal in a phone message, and in a statement, she said: “I deeply regret the comments I made about Ken Mejia-Beal. These comments do not reflect my heart or my faith.”
Mejia-Beal called the comments “hurtful” and “degrading.”
Republicans say the call was a setup, something Democrats deny.
A spokeswoman said Grant “did not give permission to be recorded.” Republicans are calling for the tapes to be released in their entirety to give better context of the conversation. Grant has, for example, disagreed with the Black Caucus before on policy issues. “Without hearing the questions, how do we know exactly what she was responding to?” the spokeswoman said.
Democrats say they’re not releasing the full tape because they want to protect others mentioned on the call.
Equality Illinois condemned Grant’s comments and called for Grant to resign. “Even in the age of Trump, Illinoisans expect their elected officials to act with integrity and in accordance with Illinois values,” the group said in a statement.
Republicans also questioned the ethics of lawmakers addressing a campaign issue. Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch called the complaint a distraction, adding he was at home on his computer simply speaking out against comments that were “inappropriate, hateful and divisive.”
And in a political twist, Welch questioned whether Republicans would agree that Grant should go before a panel for behavior that’s “unbecoming of a legislator.” That’s a phrase Republicans have used in calling for House Speaker Madigan to be questioned in the ComEd scandal.
We made an error of omission on Monday when we released GOP polling of the 3rd Congressional District, of which only a portion is in Cook County. Now we’ve got full numbers from all of Cook County that show Donald Trump is still being trounced by Joe Biden. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is beating Republican Pat O’Brien by more than 14 points, though 18 percent are undecided. Polling numbers here.
Biden bests Trump 67.1 percent to 20.7 percent, which isn’t surprising, given how Democrats dominate Cook County but the gap between Biden and Foxx is interesting.
The Ogden and Fry survey of the county shows Foxx with 48.1 percent to O’Brien’s 33.8 percent and 18.1 percent wanting another candidate or undecided. A similar poll done in August saw Foxx with a greater lead over O’Brien — 65.7 percent to 22 percent.
Cook County Republican Chair Sean Morrison credits O’Brien’s law and order messaging with narrowing the gap and says the numbers show O’Brien is gaining on Foxx. Maybe. The question is whether he has momentum in the home stretch of the campaign. Cook County residents will start filling out mail-in ballots any day now and Nov. 3 is only 42 days away.
The latest poll was conducted Sept. 5 by talking to 705 respondents and has a margin of error of +/- 3.77 percent.
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— State surpasses 5M Covid tests: “After the state surpassed 5 million Covid-19 tests over the weekend, Gov. JB Pritzker and health officials touted the expansion of testing efforts at a news conference Monday,” by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.
— The Illinois Department of Public Health reported seven new deaths to the coronavirus Monday and 1,477 new confirmed cases. That’s a total of 8.457 deaths and 275,735 cases in Illinois. People younger than one to older than 100 years have tested positive. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Sept. 14 through 20 is 3.5 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.6percent.
— CDC backtracks on warning that coronavirus is airborne: “The agency’s unusual reversal comes as the country prepares for flu season and cooler weather that will likely drive many people to spend more time indoors,” by POLITICO’s Brianna Ehley.
— State Rep. Sam Yingling tests positive for Covid-19: “The 40-year-old Democrat says at first he thought his allergies were acting up. Then his symptoms worsened and he got tested. Now he’s quarantined in his Grayslake home,” via CBS/2.
— Orland Park plans revised lawsuit against Pritzker over Covid restrictions: “Orland Park had been given a Sept. 2 deadline to file a response to the governor’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, instead filed notice of its plan to seek U.S. District Court Judge Andrea Wood’s approval to file the amended complaint. Wood gave Orland Park until Oct. 8 to do so,” by Daily Southtown’s Mike Nolan.
— CASTEN, IVES SPAR over climate change, taxes and social issues: “The candidates for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District clashed over issues of climate change, taxes, health care and social issues Monday night in an online forum hosted by the League of Women Voters….The difference between the two candidates was on full display when it came to their answers about racial justice, policing and the recent civil unrest across the country in light of events like the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd,” writes Tribune’s Patrick M. O’Connell.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Jim Oberweis has made an ad buy on all the Chicago networks just as he’s ramping up fundraising in his bid to unseat Congresswoman Lauren Underwood in the 14th Congressional District. The new ad accuses Underwood of not taking a strong stand against protests…. Oberweis, who has trailed Underwood in fundraising, will be in D.C. Wednesday for an event featuring more than a dozen GOP members of congress on the host committee, including Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, Darin LaHood and John Shimkus. Details here. On Thursday, Oberweis will be back in Illinois for a big-name fundraiser at the home of manufacturing CEO Greg Lasonde and his wife, Joan. Others on the invite include National GOP Committeeman Richard Porter, investor and philanthropist Muneer Satter, Pastor Corey Brooks, Physician Urgent Care CEO Stan Blaylock, and GOP National Committee Woman Demetra Demonte. Details here
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The DCCC has launched a new digital ad targeting Republican Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District. The 30-second spot suggests Davis is too chummy with special interests, while romantic music plays in the background. “They don’t keep handing out money to a politician unless he votes their way,” the ad states.
— Republican state Rep. Grant Wehrli is out with a new ad that uses House Speaker Michael Madigan and the ComEd scandal as the foil. Wehrli is in a tight race to hold on to his 41st District seat. Ad here
— SUN-TIMES ENDORSES CASTEN in 6th Congressional District. The Chicago paper lists other candidates it’s endorsing here.
— Our Revolution, a progressive organization that counts Rep. Chuy Garcia and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx as members, has endorsed Dani Brzozowski for Congress in the 16th District, Ray Lenzi for Congress in the 12th, John Connor for state Senate in the 43rd District, state Rep. Edgar Gonzalez (21st), Chemberly Cummings for state rep in the 105th District, and Eric Rinehart for Lake County State’s Attorney. List here
— Republican Rep. Rodney Davis has been endorsed by Tea Party Express.
— The chiefs of Cboe and CME have a warning for City Hall: “‘We are no longer four walls with a trading floor,’ said CME Group CEO Terry Duffy, cautioning that if the city taxes financial transactions, the exchanges could pick up and leave,” by Crain’s A.D. Quig and Lynne Marek.
— Chicago takes small step toward transgender equality: “The ordinance was championed by rookie Ald. Andre Vasquez, a former rapper known for homophobic, misogynistic lyrics. It states: ‘No form issued by the city shall ask an individual’s sex unless it is necessary for medical reasons or required by another law,’” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— After a brutal summer, restaurants worry about how much worse winter will be: “During summer, a good day for some restaurants meant making just 30 percent of pre-pandemic sales. Winter could force a cascade of closings,” by WBEZ’s Vivian McCall.
— Old Post Office opens nation’s largest private rooftop deck, measuring 3.5 acres: “The rooftop deck, which cost $19 million to build, opened Monday to tenants in the building…The rooftop includes a quarter-mile running and walking track; three-season, heated bar and pavilion; basketball court; heated paddle tennis courts for winter play; and landscaping that includes more than 40,000 plants and trees, with 58 varieties,” by Tribune’s Ryan Ori.
— French Bulldogs rescued from O’Hare warehouse after airline neglects shipment: “Approximately 20 dogs were discovered and removed from a warehouse late last month at O’Hare International Airport, according to the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue,” by WGN/9. Adorable photo
— West Garfield Park group that works to uplift ‘at-risk’ young men receives $300K grant: “The grant from We Raise Foundation and the MIGMIR Fund will help support the MAAFA Redemption Project’s programs for the next three years,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
— How a utility watchdog got millions from the utilities it watches: “Under a 1983 state law, the Citizens Utility Board can’t accept power company money. But WBEZ has found it took in $11.5 million from ComEd-funded foundations,” by WBEZ’s Dave McKinney and Dan Mihalopoulos.
— More funds to Illinois: Illinois will receive more than $20 million from the federal government for programs to combat human trafficking and provide services to trafficking victims, according to the Justice Department.
After uproar over process, applicants will get a 2nd chance to qualify for wee retail licenses: “Business owners hoping to open recreational marijuana shops in Illinois will get a second chance at qualifying for a license, after Gov. J.B. Pritzker Monday announced a procedure to let applicants correct their applications or get rescored. The move comes after applicants and lawmakers raised an uproar over the process, saying that it was shutting out the very minorities it was supposed to benefit,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.
The belted kingfisher continues hopeful dive toward becoming U. of I.’s new mascot: “The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher — a blue and orange bird native to the state and known for its high-speed dives — the school’s new mascot,” by Tribune’s John Keilman.
— Video of controversial fatal police shooting last month in Pilsen is made public: “Chicago’s civilian investigative police watchdog on Monday released video of a shooting last month by a Chicago police officer that killed a 26-year-old man in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.
— After meeting with Rev. Pfleger, boxer charged in killing of Alabama State student turns himself in: “By all appearances, 20-year-old Ivry Hall — Tilden Career Academy’s 2018 class valedictorian and a Golden Gloves boxer — was doing everything right. He was faithful in church, an athlete and mentor, and had a scholarship to Alabama State University, where he was an A student. Then, on Friday, he was arrested on a murder charge,” by Tribune’s Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas.
— Feds say Northbrook exec made illegal exports to Pakistani nuclear research agency: “The owner of Chicago-based BSI USA allegedly told computer manufacturers that the shipments were intended for universities in Pakistan,” by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo. Here’s the Justice Department’s release.
— ‘Dread Head Cowboy’ gallops onto Dan Ryan, now faces charges; horse taken into custody: “Adam Hollingsworth, who snarled traffic during rush hour, said on Facebook live that he was making the point that ‘kids lives matter,’” by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo and Carly Behm.
— Romney faces another crossroads on Trump’s Supreme Court push, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
— Why Biden is stiff-arming the left on court-packing and the filibuster, by POLITICO’s Ryan Lizza
— Rank and file union members snub Biden for Trump, by POLITICO’s Holly Otterbein and Megan Cassella
James Levin, the conductor of the Met who was fired amid sexual harassment claims a few years ago, was paid $3.5 million in a settlement, according to the New York Times. Ravinia followers know Levin from his guest appearances at the venue.
Duckworth keeps up attacks on Trump: “No, we weren’t ‘suckers’ or ‘losers,’” she writes in the Atlantic. “The military colleagues who saved my life knew what service means. Trump, in contrast, lets his personal insecurities endanger America’s national security.”
— Kayne Grau has been named president of Uptake, an industrial artificial intelligence company co-founded by Brad Keywell. Grau previously held executive roles within KAR Global after that company acquired DRIVIN, of which he was co-founder and CEO. Grau also has been a mentor at the Junto Institute, which helps entrepreneurs launch start-ups.
— Tom Hughes has been named to the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee by the governor. Hughes is currently the executive director of the Illinois Public Health Association, a position he’s held since 2013.
MONDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to J.R. Patton, co-founder of the Democratic consulting firm 1833 Group and a Calumet City alderman, for being the first to correctly guess that Len Small was another Kankakee resident, along with George Ryan, who was elected governor (Samuel Shapiro, also from Kankakee, became governor after his predecessor resigned). Congrats to Rep. Robin Kelly, who represents Kankakee and was right behind Patton in guessing correctly.
TODAY’S QUESTION: Most people associate the year 1837 with the founding of Chicago because that’s the year it was incorporated as a city. However, Chicago was actually incorporated as a town in what year? The first person to correctly guess gets a mention in the next Playbook. Send your best guess to email@example.com.
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September 22, 2020 at 07:16AM