Good Thursday morning, Illinois. Here we go! Some Illinois residents will start voting today (h/t ABC/7).
As the Senate battles over a looming Supreme Court nomination, Democrats are “doubling down” on health care, an issue that was the party’s No. 1 talking point with voters before the Supreme Court nomination battle began a few days ago.
“I don’t know how much more clearer we can get than to say the Supreme Court will be hearing a case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act within one week of the most historic election of any of our lifetimes,” Congresswoman Cheri Bustos told Playbook.
The chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sat for an interview after zooming in with Illinois Women for Biden, whose members were phone-banking Wednesday night.
Bustos said there was no pivot strategy by Democrats after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened a position on the high court and upended the presidential race.
“I don’t think it wins us any votes to say Mitch McConnell is a hypocrite, and it doesn’t win us votes to say Donald Trump is cramming this down America’s throat,” Bustos said. “We need to talk about what’s on the line right now. And it’s immense.”
Bustos listed voting rights, dark money, climate change and workers’ rights as key issues, but it’s health care that’s particularly critical, she said. A week after the Nov. 3 election, a case is set to come before the Supreme Court that could jeopardize the future of Obamacare — including popular provisions that require pre-existing medical conditions to be covered and allowing parents to insure their young-adult children.
Bustos says those issues resonate with voters — whether they lean right or left in her right-leaning district or across the country.
A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after Ginsburg’s death last week showed more voters think the winner of November’s presidential election should appoint a new Supreme Court justice to replace Ginsburg.
Bustos says she doesn’t know yet if that’s enough to galvanize undecided voters, though she does see the issue as one that can “fire up” Democrats concerned that Trump could see a 6-to-3 court in his favor.
How RBG’s death will impact hot-button issues before the Supreme Court, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other Illinois politicians denounced a grand jury Indictment in Kentucky that saw just one cop charged for the events that unfolded the night Breonna Taylor was killed by police officers who busted into her apartment with a no-knock warrant. No one was charged with her death.
Pritzker called it “a gross miscarriage of justice” and implored Chicagoans to channel their own “rage” into a constructive purpose. “Peaceful expression of anger is powerful,” he said.
Lightfoot, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, all Black women who spoke passionately about the hurt the decision has caused, echoed Pritzker’s call for peaceful demonstrations.
Rev. Jesse Jackson put the elected officials’ concerns into context: “We must be smart enough not to turn our anguish and anger into self-destruction, and give Trump a commercial,” he said.
And so far, activists appear to have listened.
Protesters gathered at Racine Avenue and 79th Street, “swaying to gentle protest songs and raising two clenched fists,” the Tribune reports in its piece about the protests.
And the Sun-Times has details of a few hundred people gathering outside Chicago Police headquarters in Bronzeville at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue and later a bike brigade of several hundred people converging on Palmer Square.
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At Carbondale Main Street Inc. at 10:30 a.m. to talk about the census; then at Man-Tra-Con Corp. in Marion at 1 p.m. to talk about the census there, too. Watch live
Presiding over a virtual board meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners at 10 a.m. Watch live
— The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 22 deaths and 1,848 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s a total of 8,508 deaths and 279,114 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Sept. 16 through 22 is 3.5 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.5 percent.
— How the coronavirus is making school segregation worse: “The pandemic is widening long-standing gaps to school resources that fall along racial and socioeconomic lines. A generation of students could fall further behind,” by POLITICO’s Maya King and Nicole Gaudiano.
… EVENT TODAY: POLITICO Live is kicking off “Confronting Inequality in America,” a series of town hall conversations addressing how racial inequality permeates every major aspect of American life and what it will require to create change. The first town hall is taking place today at 12 p.m. CT (1 p.m. ET) and will focus on education and the policies and measures needed to overcome disparities that persist in how the country educates Black and other minority students. Panelists include Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson; U.S. Commission on Civil Rights chair Catherine E. Lhamon; John B. King Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust and former Obama Education secretary; and Arizona State University president Michael M. Crow. You can watch the town hall livestream here: https://www.politico.com/TownHall924stream
— Pritzker warns northwest Illinois region could be headed for stricter Covid-19 regulations: “The nine-county region, as defined by Pritzker’s reopening plan, had a 7.5 percent test positivity rate as of Wednesday, which has climbed “at a concerning rate,” the governor said at a news conference in Chicago,” reports Tribune’s Jamie Munks.
— Early holiday decorating, vitamin D and other tips to stay sane during a Covid-19 winter: “WBEZ asked Chicagoans, as well as doctors, what people are doing or should be doing to try to manage their mental health this winter,” by WBEZ’s Mariah Woelfel.
— INVESTIGATION: When is a meeting not a meeting? “Chicago’s mayor held secretive calls with the City Council and claimed they weren’t ‘public business.’ We asked the state attorney general’s office to review whether she and the council violated the Open Meetings Act. Its ruling: Yes,” by ProPublica’s Mick Dumke.
— Thousands of students are missing from virtual classrooms. Here’s the plan to find them: “Chicago Public Schools said that 49,000 students failed to log into classrooms on the first day of remote learning, a figure it has now winnowed down to fewer than 6,900 after expanded outreach efforts,” by Chalkbeat Chicago’s Yana Kunichoff.
— Chicago is considering issuing a pension bond and taking a gamble: “[W]ith the prospect of issuing pension bonds: how would they actually solve the city’s short-term cash flow problems? After all, neither of the two usual pitches for pension obligation bonds promises short-term cash flow savings,” writes Forbes’ Elizabeth Bauer.
— Dread Head Cowboy’s horse may need to be euthanized after trauma from Dan Ryan protest, prosecutors say: “One veterinarian equated Monday’s incident to “forcing an 80-year-old woman to run a full marathon,” Cook County prosecutors said,” by Sun-Times’ David Struett.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Bill Conway, the Chicago attorney who gave Kim Foxx a run for her money in the primary for Cook County State’s Attorney, is leaving town–temporarily, at least. A Naval Reserve intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, Conway has been called up again by the military. He’ll serve in Germany for a year to do intel work for the European Command. On Oct. 3, he’ll report to the Great Lakes Naval Station before heading overseas a few days later. Conway’s wife and infant daughter will join him in November. Conway took 33 percent of the vote in a four-way primary race that saw Foxx win with 48 percent. Questions continue to swirl about what’s next for Conway. For now, the focus is intelligence.
— Why President Barack Obama is giving out his phone number today: “The former commander in chief is joining the growing number of celebrities and artists on the text-based platform Community,” by Fast Company.
— Rosemont mayor puts his nephew the police chief on leave for unspecified reasons: “Sources told the Sun-Times that Mayor Bradley Stephens acted after being approached by members of his nephew Donald E. Stephens III’s department with concerns about his leadership and conduct,” by Robert Herguth.
— Chicago-area parents rally to get kids back in school, and some districts are making it happen: “School board members are trying to appease parents and students who want to be in class, while trying to please parents and teachers who remain afraid of in-person instruction. Neither side is entirely happy. Some parents think their kids will be left behind if they opt to remain with remote learning when others go back to class. Teachers especially are concerned about the spread of the virus,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin and Karen Ann Cullotta.
— Cook County plans to give out grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses hit hard by pandemic, by Tribune’s Alice Yin
— Lake County politicos, lawyers reflect on Ginsburg’s impact, the battle ahead over her successor, by Lake County News-Sun’s Steve Sadin
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. This week’s feature: 7 reasons Gavin Newsom has the worst job in politics, by POLITICO’s Jeremy White, Debra Kahn and Alexander Nieves.
— Springfield faith and activist groups seek commitments on police reforms: “In an online public forum Tuesday hosted by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, Mayor Jim Langfelder said he’ll meet with groups to hear ideas. He also said he’s committed to getting a residency requirement for new officers – an issue he campaigned on in 2015,” by NPR Illinois’ Mary Hansen.
— State-regulated utilities extend shutoff moratorium to winter 2021: “In a Tuesday news release, the ICC announced that Nicor Gas and Liberty Utilities have agreed to halt shutoffs due to missed or late payments for all residential customers until March 31, 2021,” by Capitol News’ Raymon Troncoso.
— Will Dems’ snub hurt Cook County judges? Judicial expert says yes: “White liberal voters are fairly engaged in judicial elections and typically make their decisions without help from the Democratic Party… However, minority areas tend to vote more based on the recommendations by the party,” writes Frank Calabrese on Jack Leyhane’s For What It’s Worth blog.
— TAXING TOWN HALL: The graduated income tax amendment on the November ballot will be dissected in a town hall discussion this morning (9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) between Ralph Martire and former state Comptroller Leslie Munger. Martire, the executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, favors the ballot initiative, and Munger will argue against it. Along with sharing their views, they’ll take questions. The event is hosted by the Small Business Advocacy Council and Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Merry Marwig, a former state House candidate who once had strong backing from House Speaker Michael Madigan, has donated $11,181 from her campaign fund to Alaina Hampton’s Majority Justice Movement PAC. Hampton’s goal with the PAC is to help “elect more ethical and accountable elected officials.” Hampton is a political consultant who settled a harassment case with a longtime aide of Madigan. Asked about the donation, Marwig texted Playbook a statement: “I donated the money to the Majority Justice Movement PAC because I believe in its mission to elect and support ethical leaders in IL who will stand up against abuses and corruption in our government.”
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th) has endorsed Dani Brzozowski, who’s running for Congress in the 16th District.
Kivvit, a national public affairs and strategic communications firm headed by Managing Partner Eric Sedler, is partnering with APS & Associates, a political consulting firm run by Alex Sims. “The new, formal affiliation will provide broader and more specialized expertise to current and future clients,” the firms said in a statement. Kivvit focuses primarily on corporate public affairs and issue advocacy work while APS focuses primarily on political and community relations work. Both firms handle a wide range of clients often with a political bent. Kivvit has worked with the state on the census education campaign and APS has represented the City Council’s Black Caucus.
Rep. Chris Miller and his wife, 15th District congressional candidate Mary Miller, visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. “I had the honor of meeting with President @realDonaldTrump in the White House today, representing our pro-jobs, pro-life, and pro-Second Amendment movement on behalf of the hardworking people and great families of Illinois’ 15th Congressional District. #MAGA,” Mary tweeted a photo with Trump. Another pic.
— ‘This is the ultimate base play’: Trump looks for Catholic vote from Court fight, by POLITICO’s Gabby Orr
— Trump declines to commit to a peaceful transition of power after election, by POLITICO’s Matthew Choi
— Police reforms stall around the country, despite new wave of activism, by POLITICO’s Nolan D. McCaskill
— Democrats worry Feinstein can’t handle Supreme Court battle, by POLITICO’s John Bresnahan and Marianne LeVine
Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage: The move follows “criticism during the summer that federal agents assigned to control racial protests looked like National Guard troops,” by Stars and Stripes’ Steve Beynon.
— Sun-Times editor Chris Fusco leaving for California news startup, by media reporter Robert Feder
— Illinois Black-owned media coalition seeks bigger slice of $2B state advertising pie: “The Coalition for Black Media Equity is seeking at least 8% of the state’s annual $2 billion marketing budget, or about $160 million, be spent on Black-owned media, in line with the state’s minority procurement guidelines,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.
— The Biden for President campaign has named Cameron Joost as Illinois state director and Maurice “Mo” Green as organizing director. Joost most recently worked as state director for Sen. Tammy Duckworth and before that was political director for Duckworth’s Senate campaign. … Green is on leave from his official capacity as the director of public affairs for the Illinois Department of Human Rights. He previously served as the director of Community Engagement for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and is a Duckworth alum.
— Deborah DeHaas, who is retiring from Deloitte, becomes CEO of the nonprofit Corporate Leadership Center. DeHaas, a notable name on Chicago’s civic scene, has been with Deloitte for 18 years, most recently as vice chairman.
— Noah Barger is now legislative director for Rep. Mike Bost, having moved up from legislative assistant.
— Gale Sayers, the Chicago Bears’ Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77: “He was poetry in motion. His like will never be seen again.” Bears founder George Halas once said. By Tribune’s Rich Campbell and Fred Mitchell.
… Sayers was among “the 50 greatest Black athletes of all time,” notes The Undefeated.
— Funeral services Thursday for Mark S. Allen, Chicago community activist: “The Rev. Al Sharpton called him ‘a true freedom fighter and grassroots organizer.’ He was ‘determined to speak truth to power, while also lifting up and empowering the Black community,’ State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tweeted,” via Sun-Times.
TODAY at 10 a.m.: Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, Rep. Chuy García, state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, former state Sen. Daniel Biss, Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea, and Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter headline a virtual rally today to support the graduated income tax measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. RSVP here to attend, or watch on Facebook.
WEDNESDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to Monica Gordon, the Chicago State University government relations director, who correctly guessed there have been six Black Illinoisans to hold statewide office: Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, AG Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, former Sen. Barack Obama, former Sen. Carol Mosley Braun, and former Sen. Roland Burris (who also was AG and comptroller).
TODAY’S QUESTION: Where in Illinois can you find the original first patent ever issued in the United States? (It’s signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.) The first person to correctly guess gets a mention in the next Playbook. Send your best guess to [email protected].
Governor’s senior speechwriter Darby Hopper, N’Digo publisher Hermene Hartman, attorney Michael Kreloff, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Ed Moody, intellectual property attorney John Munger, former aldermanic candidate Tanya Patino, and Will County Board member Jackie Traynere.
September 24, 2020 at 07:57AM