Good Monday morning, Illinois. Neither potty humor nor performance enhancing drugs were used to write Playbook today — unless you count coffee. h/t Marc Caputo
Dark money is helping to fund opposition to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride, who is up for retention in November. Judicial Fairness Project just gave $200,000 to the similarly named Citizens for Judicial Fairness to pursue its anti-Kilbride campaign.
The dark money group is listed under the same address as Chicago attorney John Fogerty, who is general counsel to the Illinois Republican Party. Fogerty did not immediately return a request for comment.
Citizens for Judicial Fairness, meanwhile, is headed by Jim Nowlan, a former Republican state legislator and GOP consultant who is president of Stark County Communications newspaper publishing company in central Illinois. Last week, Nowlan accused Kilbride of being “a puppet” of House Speaker and state Democratic Party leader Michael Madigan.
Kilbride is a Democratic judge in a district that’s leaning more Republican than when he was retained a decade ago. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton 50 percent to 44 percent in the district that includes Kankakee, LaSalle, Peoria, Rock Island and Will counties. Numbers like that show Kilbride could be in trouble given he needs 60 percent to be retained.
Judicial consultant Frank Calabrese, who mapped out the 2016 election, told Playbook: “Kilbride must win retention by winning over a significant amount of Trump supporters if he wants to achieve 60 percent. Areas with large white working class populations like LaSalle County have considerably shifted toward the Republican Party since Kilbride was first elected in 2000.”
If Kilbride loses, there would be a new election and a Republican would be heavily favored. That would shift Illinois’ highest court to a Republican majority — ironic in this very blue state.
COOK COUNTY JUDICIAL INTRIGUE: Kilbride isn’t the only judge facing political opposition. Michael Toomin, an independent judge in Cook County’s Juvenile Justice Division, has to stare down Democratic Party leaders. He most recently appointed a special prosecutor to investigate how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office handled the Jussie Smollett case and, before that, Toomin appointed a special prosecutor to look into a possible police cover-up involving the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
On Sunday, members of the Judicial Accountability Political Action Committee, headed by attorney Brendan Shiller, held a news conference accusing Toomin of condoning police brutality during the Burge era.
Hanah Jubeh, a spokeswoman for Toomin, pushed back at the accusation, saying the PAC is spreading “lies and misinformation” and colluding with the Democratic Party, according to the Sun-Times. Jubeh claimed Democratic opponents “ignored 40 years of distinguished service” and seek “retribution” against the judge.
Another judge also could be pushed out, but his circumstances are more clear cut. Judge Mauricio Araujo, who was placed in “judge jail” in 2018 after a county employee accused him of sexual harassment, is also up for retention and is not being endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she’ll vote against Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, while Sen. Dick Durbin, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, acknowledged the appointment is inevitable.
“We can slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome,” Durbin, the Senate minority whip, said on ABC’S “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.
Durbin plans to question Barrett on “the future of healthcare in the midst of a pandemic,” alluding to a case before the Supreme Court that could potentially overturn the Affordable Care Act and adding that there is “no more important” an issue, according to the New York Times. “I want to ask her point blank whether or not her position is that we should end the Affordable Care Act,” Durbin said.
Duckworth knows how she’ll be voting. “Judge Barrett was not fit to be a Circuit Judge in 2017 and she is the wrong choice for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court today. Once again, she will not have my support,” Duckworth said in a statement issued as President Donald Trump announced Barrett as the Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that an accelerated schedule would see Barrett voted to the court by Halloween. Such a speedy timeline has never happened before, and Democrats say it’s scary.
Interesting side note: According to the New York Times, Durbin also expressed concern “that Barrett would be nominated to support Trump during expected legal disputes following the 2020 election, adding that he hopes that, if confirmed, she would recuse herself on the issue.”
— How Amy Coney Barrett’s religious group helped shape a city: “The People of Praise isn’t well-understood by outsiders, but its influence–and social conservatism–run deeply through this Indiana city,” by Adam Wren for POLITICO
— Can a Supreme Court pick fix Trump’s women voter problem? “With only weeks before the election, there aren’t many voters who haven’t made up their minds already about the president’s long and checkered history with women,” by POLITICO’s Michael Kruse.
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On the South Side at 9 a.m. for the ribbon cutting and groundbreaking of Commercial Park Chicago, an industrial development.
No official public events.
In Homewood at 10 a.m. with Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Amtrak VP Dave Handera, Metra CEO and Executive Director Jim Derwinski, CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman and acting Illinois Secretary of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman for a groundbreaking at the Homewood Metra station.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 14 additional confirmed deaths to the coronavirus and 1,604 new confirmed cases. That’s a total of 8,601 deaths in Illinois and 287,930 cases. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from Sept. 20 through 26 is 3.7 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.3 percent.
— Campus life sans Covid: A few colleges write the playbook for pandemic success: “Schools finding success are deploying methods health experts have recommended for months for the whole country to keep the virus under control,” by POLITICO’s Juan Perez Jr.
— ‘It’s like every red flag’: Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms: “Staffed in part by associates of a longtime GOP operative, the ad campaign includes CeCe Winans, Dennis Quaid and others pushing an optimistic line about coronavirus,” by POLITICO’s Dan Diamond.
— Even before any second Covid wave, many Chicagoans are still in need from the first one: “State Rep. Lindsey LaPointe and her top aide say many of those who call, seeking help, are apologetic, seemingly guilty their financial hardships put them in need,” writes Sun-Times’ columnist Mark Brown.
— Fact-Check: No, U.S. economy not worst in world by ‘a factor of three’: “U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin made the dubious claim while criticizing the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response during a radio appearance last month,” by Better Government Association’s Deborah Wilber.
— Wedding professionals say some venues not following Covid-19 rules: “Last month a wedding in Maine became a super spreader. Some Chicago wedding professionals worry that could happen here,” by WBEZ’s Monica Eng.
— Illinois student-athletes, parents announce upcoming lawsuit regarding fall sports’ cancellation: “Group gathered in front of Pritzker’s Gold Coast home to protest,” by ABC/7’s Alexis McAdams.
— Youth hockey has been frozen by Covid-19 restrictions. Some parents say it’s time for a thaw, by Tribune’s John Keilman
— Covid-19 test site at Aurora outlet mall to close; mobile testing to take place in Kane County, by Aurora Beacon-News’ Sarah Freishtat
TRUMP’s TAX RETURNS SHOW ‘CHRONIC LOSSES’: Two days before the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and five weeks before Election Day, the New York Times published what it promises is the first of several stories detailing trump’s tax returns — "a prize journalists, congressional committees and prosecutors have been seeking for years," notes POLITICO’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. What the first story reveals: “Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”
— Appellate court halts Wisconsin ballot-counting extension: “A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state,” by the AP.
— Trump readies thousands of attorneys for election fight — including from Chicago: “Dozens of lawyers from three major firms have been hired. Thousands of volunteer attorneys and poll watchers across the country have been recruited,” by POLITICO’s Anita Kumar.
— Commentary: Recording continues haunting Rep. Amy Grant: “In the latest clip, Rep. Grant is heard telling the potential contributor how groups like Planned Parenthood would be attacking her for opposing abortion even in cases of rape and incest,” by Rich Miller in the Herald & Review.
— Illinois Dems look to win more suburban state legislative seats despite corruption probe: “[T]he GOP hopes its anti-Madigan message will resonate in a new way after federal prosecutors in July alleged that Commonwealth Edison engaged in a “yearslong bribery scheme” designed to curry favor with the speaker….and Democrats are hoping to capitalize on a changing suburban electorate’s dissatisfaction with the name at the top of the Republican ticket: President Donald Trump,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella and Jamie Munks.
— Commentary: Republican Senate candidate Mark Curan says peaceful protests that turned violent are due to “mayors like Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot, unwilling to expose protesters to the law, and complicit state’s attorneys, like Cook County’s Kim Foxx, unwilling to prosecute them.”
— Gov. J.B. Pritzker just put $500,000 into his political campaign. Pritzker has been funding Democratic legislative campaigns as we approach the Nov. 3 election.
— Jennifer Pritzker donates to Biden: Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire who donated to President Donald Trump in 2016, made a $2,000 donation to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in August. “The donation pales in comparison to the $250,000 she donated to Trump in 2016, though it underscores Biden’s effort to court supporters from the other side of the aisle,” reports the Hill. Pritzker is a cousin to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat.
How a pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis Police collapsed: “[H]ow quickly political winds can shift, and what happens when idealistic efforts at structural change meet the legislative process and public opposition,” by New York Times’ Astead W. Herndon (a Chicago native).
— Lightfoot says billboards honoring Breonna Taylor are not political: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is using electronic billboards on city property to honor Breonna Taylor following protests in Chicago this week in response to her fatal shooting by police in Louisville, saying the campaign on signs alongside local expressways is not politically motivated despite some aldermanic criticism,” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
… Black Chicago women gather, say protesting Breonna Taylor decision is good for the soul, by WBEZ’s Mariah Woelfel
— Bears’ big win means ta-ta to Trubisky, and hello to Foles: “Foles’ three-touchdown fourth quarter shocks the eminently shock-able Falcons in a 30-26 Bears victory and ensures that Nick Foles is the Bears’ starting quarterback going forward,” writes Sun-Times’ Rick Morrissey.
… PointsBet becomes first sports betting sponsor of the Chicago Bears, by SportsHandle’s Chris Altruda.
— Cubs v. Sox World Series? “As the White Sox and Cubs enter the postseason amid plenty of skepticism, the odds of an all-Chicago World Series are long. But it’s 2020, so anything’s possible,” writes Tribune’s Paul Sullivan.
… Cubs’ Cameron Maybin is part of effort to improve Black representation in baseball, by The Undefeated’s Clinton Yates.
— 49 shot, 7 fatally, in Chicago weekend violence: At least two of the homicide victims were teenagers, reports the Sun-Times.
— Amazon hiring hundreds of workers for Chicago-area delivery centers, by CBS/2’s Lauren Victory
— Congresswoman Robin Kelly will be in South Chicago Heights today to hand over a ceremonial check for $783,562 to the South Chicago Heights Fire Department so it can purchase a new fire engine that will replace the village’s nearly half-century-old model. The federal funds will also allow the department to hire new firefighters/EMTs and purchase updated equipment.
— Matteson District 159 finance director, facing termination proceedings, hired by Virginia school district: “District 159 school board members in July approved disciplinary charges and a bill of particulars recommending the dismissal of finance director Demetria Brown. An administrative hearing was scheduled for Wednesday before the board could render a final decision,” by Daily Southtown’s Alicia Fabbre.
— Madigan tells House panel to start the probe without him: ‘I have provided all of the answers I can give’: “Madigan’s letter to the committee appears to be his most substantive response yet to the bombshell bribery case against ComEd,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
— What really happens when states raise taxes on millionaires: “The experience of other states that have jacked up taxes on the wealthy offers some insight. While millionaires haven’t abandoned those states en masse, there’s some evidence that the loss of a small number of top earners can have a big impact on the revenue generated by such a hike. Determining direct impacts of tax hikes can be difficult,” writes Crain’s A.D. Quig.
— Bike ride for justice: “The event, organized by Illinois state Rep. La Shawn Ford, also sought to bring awareness to the 2020 census, specifically on Chicago’s West Side. Tables with free masks, T-shirts and informational materials about the census were set up throughout the park. Several people danced to the “Cupid Shuffle” and stretched for the bike ride, expected to go up to 13 miles, according to organizers,” by Tribune’s Jessica Villagomez.
— Illinois joins pact to protect monarch butterflies’ habitat: “Four state agencies have signed a pact to protect monarch butterflies and other important pollinators whose numbers are dwindling,” by the AP.
Why weed is growing faster in the burbs: “The suburbs look more appealing these days, as the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the once-steady flow of commuters and tourists into downtown to a trickle. On top of that, slow-rolling zoning procedures are making it harder to choose the city,” by Crain’s John Pletz.
— ‘The Super Bowl’ of politics: Why the debate is so crucial for Trump and Biden, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki and Alex Isenstadt
— How private Black tragedy shapes American politics, by POLITICO’s Teresa Wiltz
— Black women reach record numbers in down-ballot races, via POLITICO magazine
GEORGE W. BUSH and BARACK OBAMA to participate in the Partnership for Public Service’s Service to America Medals at 8 p.m. Details here
FRIDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to Tenth Dems’ Eric Herman, who correctly guessed that James “Who am I? And Why am I here?” Stockdale was the VP candidate who attended Monmouth College.
TODAY’S QUESTION: Who were the last two candidates to face each other in a presidential (general election) debate held in Illinois? The first person to correctly guess gets a mention in the next Playbook. Send your best guess to [email protected].
Former City Club of Chicago President Jay Doherty, Bright Pink breast-cancer nonprofit founder Lindsay Avner Kaplan, and mayor’s office Digital Strategy Director Han Nguyen, whose birthday was Friday.
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September 28, 2020 at 07:08AM