Happy Tuesday, Illinois. Drinks will be had. Nerves will be frayed. The fact-checkers will be exhausted. It’s debate night!
Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, a Republican, is endorsing Joe Biden for president, and all hell has broken out on his Facebook page.
Chirico made the not-so-subtle announcement by putting up a Biden/Harris sign in his front yard. Then he photographed it and shared it on social media, saying: “Early voting has started. In my view, the state Democratic party has a serious character and ethics problem AND at the national level, the Republican party has a serious character and ethics problem. I will be voting accordingly.”
One of the 745 respondents on Facebook asked: “Do you think this was a smart move as a Republican to put up a Biden sign? Your fellow Republicans in Naperville will remember that [the] next time you are up for reelection.”
The mayor made it clear he’s splitting his ticket: “Obviously I’m supporting local Republicans and I hope other republicans who are not happy with the president will do the same.”
Cherico was elected mayor in 2015 and re-elected last year. His wife is Julie Chirico, who helps organize fundraisers for the House Republican Organization. Neither returned Playbook’s calls for comment.
The Chiricos’ lawn sign is another example of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s struggles nationwide to appeal to suburban, moderate voters — the kind of voters who turned on the GOP in the midterms.
Naperville, which straddles DuPage and Will counties, has gone from a red town to one that isn’t afraid to vote blue. All three congressional seats that represent portions of the town — the third largest in the state next to Chicago and Aurora — are held by Democrats. Rep. Bill Foster won his 11th District seat in 2012; and Reps. Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood flipped their 6th and 14th seats, respectively in 2018.
To be clear, Trump doesn’t really care how Chirico votes, given Illinois isn’t a swing state. But Naperville, a town ranked as “the best city in the country to raise a family,” is the kind of suburb Trump has coveted in this campaign. If we’re reading the tea leaves, we wonder if it’s an indicator of what election night will look like in November.
GOP worries that a suburban revolt could deliver another disappointment, by POLITICO’s Melanie Zanona and Ally Mutnick
We asked Leonard (Lenny) Gail, a founding partner of the Chicago and D.C. corporate law firm of Massey & Gail — and high school and college national debate champion — for tips on how to watch tonight’s presidential debate, the first of three.
Moderator and Fox News host Chris Wallace will address six topics, 15 minutes each for the 90 minute event: each candidate’s record, the Supreme Court, Covid-19, the economy, race, violence in American cities, and, finally, the integrity of the election.
Watch how Donald Trump and Joe Biden portray each other, he says. Will Trump paint Biden as “senile and weak”? Will Biden portray Trump as a guy out of touch with the rest of us who pay taxes (a reference to the New York Times blockbuster that’s sure to come up)? “Both candidates benefit when the focus is on their opponent,” Gail said.
How each defends his record — and criticisms — is telling. Blaming “fake news” can only go so far in explaining away mistakes.
It’s the economy, stupid. “So many polls show that Trump maintains an advantage on the ‘how to handle the economy’ issue. It’s not clear how Trump can actually capitalize on that perception where the actual, on the ground economy is so infirmed,” Gail said.
Regarding SCOTUS: “Biden should do everything he can to distance his and the Democrats’ opposition to Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination from her Catholicism. That should be easy for Biden, himself a practicing Catholic,” Gail said. “He should articulate opposition to the president’s decision to nominate anyone — not to his nomination of her.”
What will they say about Chicago? “Trump may continue to use Chicago as an example of a city that requires the kind of line order only he and other Republicans can provide,” Gail said. “But any reference like that isn’t really about Illinois — it’s about voters in the Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota suburbs.”
— Trump is a better debater than you remember, writes POLITICO’s Ryan Lizza
— What our experts would ask Biden and Trump, by POLITICO’s Renuka Rayasam and Myah Ward
— WATCH PARTY: Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia will headline a Biden for President Illinois virtual debate program and watch party ahead of tonight’s debate. RSVP here
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At a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at Harrison Square Hyatt House hotel, formerly the old Cook County Hospital. Then she’ll join elected officials for a 2020 census update at 11 a.m. at Douglas Park.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 13 additional confirmed deaths to the coronavirus Monday and 1,709 new cases. That’s a total of 8,614 cases and 289,639 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from Sept. 21 through 27 is 3.7 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.3 percent.
— A school speech pathologist survives, but her dad didn’t: “Sick leave turned into bereavement leave, then spring break. Even as other symptoms subsided, returning to work only compounded the headache,” writes Tribune’s Hannah Leone about a family trying to survive Covid-19.
— Pelosi and Mnuchin make one final attempt at Covid talks before elections: “Top Democrats spent much of the weekend and Monday finalizing a roughly $2.2 trillion relief package,” by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris, Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan.
— 3 ALDERMEN ENDORSE WILLIE WILSON: Alds. Anthony Napolitano (41st), Nick Sposato (38th), and Chris Taliaferro (29th) are announcing today that they’re endorsing Willie Wilson for U.S. Senate. “He’s generous and charismatic. It’s not about being against Curran or Durbin. I’m just for Willie,” Sposato told Playbook, referring to Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Mark Curran. Wilson is running as an independent. In an early press release, Ald. Jim Gardiner also was listed as endorsing Wilson. But Gardiner, who’s a Democratic ward committeeman, told Playbook that the press release erred in naming him. He’s not ready to endorse anyone for U.S. Senate.
— UIHLEIN’s BACK: Dick Uihlein, the Illinois manufacturing CEO and republican donor, has donated $250,000 to the campaign opposing Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride’s retention race. Businessman Don Wilson donated $25,000 opposing Kilbride, too. The big-money opposition comes on the heels of two high-profile law firms each donating $100,000 to support Kilbride. Corboy & Demetrio and Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard made those pro-Kilbride donations. They’re among a long list of high-profile attorneys and law firms backing the state justice, including former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner, former U.S. Attorneys Bill Roberts, Anton Valukas and Dan Webb, former Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross and former Gov. Jim Thompson. Dozens of local public safety officials are also supporting Kilbride. Full list here
— Presidential ads: Illinois is missing presidential ads that are playing in swing states. But Playbook has secured copies. President Donald Trump’s campaign is out with an ad alleging Joe Biden uses a teleprompter, featuring a Fox News interview with Biden’s press secretary. And Joe Biden’s campaign has a series of ads. One features a retiree from The Villages, Fla., attacking Trump over the pandemic. Another ad promotes Biden’s tax plan. A third addresses how he’ll defend Social Security. And a fourth ad talks about “reuniting the country.”
— Incumbent Demmer, challenger Wiggins offer split strategies for 90th District: “State rep. candidates part over routes to economic health, policy ambitions,” by Sauk Valley’s Timothy Eggert.
— Thousands came out for a Trump rally in Kane County: “As president, he did what he said he was going to do and that’s rare in politics," said 83-year-old St. Charles resident Donna Fike. "He’s a man of commitment and carries out what he says he’s going to do. And that’s refreshing. Plus, everything that he’s done has helped America." by Kane County Chronicle’s Eric Schelkopf
— New ad in IL-14: Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood’s new spot highlights her work to make health care more accessible and features footage of Barack Obama.
— New ad IL-17: Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos’ new ad highlights her efforts to boost trade, infrastructure and American jobs.
— Mayor eases restrictions on indoor bars, restaurants, fitness class sizes: “The science shows it’s an appropriate move, Lightfoot argued Monday in announcing bars that don’t serve food can reopen for indoor drinking and restaurants, gyms and other retailers can up their capacity. The changes are Lightfoot’s latest attempt to ease the financial burden on Chicago businesses by lifting frequently criticized restrictions,” by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt, John Byrne, Josh Noel and Grace Wong.
… Will CPS kids go back to school in fall? Mayor says: ‘We’re not there yet,’ by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa
— Report on city violence, says domestic violence may be significantly underreported during pandemic: “The 103-page report dubbed ‘Our City, Our Safety: A Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Violence in Chicago’ acknowledged how Chicago’s intractable gun violence, which has given the city an unflattering national reputation, has overshadowed domestic, or family-related, violence, such as domestic batteries, crimes that are statistically more common,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.
— Lightfoot ‘disturbed’ by reports of Trump’s tiny income tax tab: “It doesn’t seem right and it explains why he’s going to great lengths to avoid allowing us as members of the public to take our measure of whether or not he’s living up to his responsibilities and his fair share,” the mayor said Monday. By Sun-Times’ Adam Mahoney
— Horse ridden down the Dan Ryan is doing better, says Lightfoot, again criticizing the ‘stunt’ by ‘Dreadhead Cowboy,’ by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.
— Over 900 CPD officers have tested positive for Covid-19 this year, top cop says: “Likely, we will have surpassed 1,000 before the year ends,” said Chicago Police Department Supt. David Brown. By Sun-Times’ Michael Lee
— Ex-ComEd VP set to plead guilty to corruption charges—right before Madigan committee meets: “The feds look poised to secure their first conviction related to the bombshell ComEd bribery case that put House Speaker Michael Madigan on his heels earlier this year,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
— How Michael Madigan went to bat for the wife and mother of chairman investigating ComEd scandal: “The House speaker tried to get state jobs for Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s relatives and others recommended by Welch, records show,” by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos.
… WELCH RESPONDS TO PLAYBOOK: "My entire life in elected office I have fought for diversity, equity and inclusion for Black people, especially Black women. My fight is for everyone, people I know and those that I don’t know personally. I, just like other legislators, Republicans and Democrats, recommended several well qualified Black women to the new administration in 2019 as they had requested. I had hoped all were chosen, but I am pleased that at least by Dr. Andrea Evans was chosen to serve at IBHE, the only Black Woman on IBHE today. I will continue my fight to diversify boards. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, Women belong in all rooms where decisions are made,” Welch said in a text.
… Springfield spotlight on Madigan today: “The embattled speaker denies all and won’t be there as a special House panel starts hearing evidence on whether he should be removed from his job over possible involvement in the ComEd bribery scandal,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.
— State lax in enforcing law meant to track, support minority-owned businesses: “Illinois three years ago began requiring firms getting tax breaks through a state jobs program to report how much they spent with minority- and women-owned vendors. But it has turned into little more than a bureaucratic paper shuffle that collects little useful information,” by Better Government Association’s Alex Ruppenthal.
— Statues of slave owners removed from Capitol grounds: “Statues of Stephen Douglas and Pierre Menard were removed Saturday morning and taken to a secure storage area. On Monday, workers were removing the bases that the statues rested on. Once they are gone, the locations will be seeded with grass,” by State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke.
— Student arrest records a ‘disturbing mess’ at Illinois school districts: “Twenty-one Champaign Unit 4 students were arrested during the 2013-14 school year — 19 of them were Black — according to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. During the 2015-16 school year, 17 students were arrested — of which 15 were Black.” But the district failed to report any arrests to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, according to an investigation by Illinois Newsroom’s Lee V. Gaines. Data from 2017-18 or subsequent years have yet to be released.
— State groups bemoan stop-and-go decisions affecting the census deadline: “‘Now there is a lot of confusion’ about when the census count will end, a county official said about the damage to outreach efforts,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
Revolution Cannabis nearly sweeps the Illinois Cannabis Cup, but some reviewers question the process: “The High Times Cannabis Cup Illinois named Revolution Global brands the winner in six of seven announced categories, with other top finishers featuring other big growers in the state, such as Cresco, Green Thumb Industries and PharmaCann. But some reviewers question whether the process was broad-based and fair enough,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.
— Barr’s Justice Department serves up talking points for Trump, by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney
— Just how conservative is Amy Coney Barrett’s record on voting rights? Kimberly Wehle examines an Illinois case in POLITICO magazine
— The New York Times confirms Trump is a genius, by POLITICO’s John F. Harris
— Trump isn’t the first president to meddle in sports, by Tribune’s Shannon Ryan
— Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is calling for President Donald Trump to commit to vaccinating himself and his family with any Covid-19 vaccine approved by the FDA prior to Election Day. The Illinois Democrat sent a letter to Trump with the request after the president claimed he had the power to overrule the FDA to approve a vaccine. Here’s the letter
— Rep. Darin LaHood has introduced legislation in Washington “that could impact Illinois’s ability to make use of additional federal funds to help cope with the economic fallout from the pandemic,” via WMAY News.
State Rep. Steve Reick, a Republican from Woodstock, has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Activator Program of the Illinois Farm Bureau. McHenry County Farm Bureau President Dan Ziller Reick for earning “a perfect 100 percent” on the Bureau’s legislative report card.
MONDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to 1833 Group political consultant Nick Daggers, who correctly guessed that John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon were the last two presidential candidates to face each other in a (general election) debate held in Illinois.
TODAY’S QUESTION: Who was the Chicago news anchor who declared Jed Bartlett the presidential winner of the Illinois primary in the show the “West Wing”? The first person to correctly guess gets a mention in the next Playbook. Send your best guess to [email protected].
MWRD Commissioner Marcelino García, U.S. Attorney John Lausch, former state lawmaker and businessman Bill Marovitz, and Hire360 Executive Director and former Emanuel campaign manager Jay Rowell.
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September 29, 2020 at 07:00AM