TGIF, Illinois. It’s 25 days to Election Day, and we’re still not clear if there’s a debate next week.
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Leadership in the General Assembly is ramping up donations in the final weeks of the campaign season.
Senate President Don Harmon dropped $1 million from his campaign into the Illinois Senate Democratic Fund, which helps elect members of his caucus.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin gave $200,000 to the Illinois Republican Party.
And House Speaker Michael Madigan, as head of the Democratic Party, surely directed big donations from the Democratic Majority to state rep candidate Michelle Darbro ($150,000) and state Rep. Monica Bristow ($102,000). Darbro and Bristow are in tight races and Madigan and his team have been operating behind the scenes to help both candidates over the finish line.
We wonder, too, if recent donations to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride came about after a Madigan phone call. We’ll never know. Madigan’s otherwise not involved in Kilbride’s retention race. He’s a lightning rod for criticism from Kilbride’s detractors, who call him a Madigan “puppet.”
Who needs the speaker anyway with these donations? Kilbride received $100,000 this week from the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education and $75,000 from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.
More juice: The Vote Yes for Fair Tax campaign supporting the graduated income tax ballot measure just received $500,000 each from the National Education Association and a group called the Strategic Victory Fund in North Carolina.
Senate candidate Willie Wilson and his campaign spokesman, Scott Wislow, have tested positive for coronavirus.
“My doctor says that I have Covid-19. You all carry on,” Wilson told Playbook Thursday morning in a text. “We will take off for 10 days.”
The news comes less than four weeks before the general election that has Wilson, who’s running as a third-party candidate, competing against Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Curran.
Earlier in the pandemic, Wilson fought Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s rules to close houses of worship as a way to stem the spread of Covid-19, even paying the legal bills of a court case challenging Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.
The 72-year-old Wilson told ABC/7’s Craig Wall that he was campaigning in Danville on Saturday and that he attended two events Sunday — including one at a church where he was singing without a mask (check out Wall’s video).
"It’s real, so don’t think it’s not real," Wilson told Wall.
Correction: Thursday’s Illinois Playbook misstated campaign contributions made by Wilson. He gave $10,000 to Lori Lightfoot and $5,000 to Kim Foxx.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 32 additional confirmed deaths Thursday and 3,059 new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois. That’s a total of 8,910 deaths and 310,700 cases in Illinois. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 is 3.7 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.2 percent.
— Health officials scrambling to produce Trump’s ‘last-minute’ drug cards by Election Day: “As officials debate how to get Trump’s name on the cards, health officials warn of a taxpayer-funded boondoggle to bolster the president’s flagging poll numbers,” by POLITICO’s Dan Diamond.
— Pelosi signals no relief for airlines without bigger Covid deal: "There is no standalone bill without a bigger bill," she says. By POLITICO’s Heather Caygle, Sarah Ferris and Sam Mintz.
— Researchers surprised: 20% of Chicagoans in blood-test study came up positive for coronavirus antibodies: “Nearly 1 in 5 Chicago residents who sent blood-spot samples to Northwestern University researchers tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to preliminary results of an ongoing study,” by Tribune’s Hal Dardick.
— Coronavirus outbreaks at five Illinois meatpacking plants were far underreported, according to documents obtained by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The number of cases were at least double what was made publicly known.
— Winnetka businessman charged with price gouging in sale of protective masks during pandemic, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner
— Trump signals rallies will resume this weekend, after doctor issues upbeat health report: “Sean Conley said in a memo that the president had completed his therapy for Covid-19 and has remained stable since returning from the hospital on Monday,” by POLITICO’s Matthew Choi.
— Inside Donald Trump’s Election Day poll-watching army: “With the lifting of a decades-old consent decree, the Republican National Committee is now free to engage in poll watching. To that end, the campaign has established what it says is a 50,000-plus army of volunteer observers across an array of battleground states like North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where operations are already underway,” by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt and Natasha Korecki.
— Column: Push to unseat Judge Michael Toomin is nothing but an unsupported hit led by Toni Preckwinkle’s Cook County Dems: “He’s one of the best judges in the system, and all of the major bar groups agree voters should retain him in November. But he embarrassed Kim Foxx. For that, pols want his hide,” by Sun-Times’ Mark Brown.
— TRIBUNE DISPATCH: Black voter turnout for Biden in these 3 Midwestern cities viewed as key in race vs. Trump: “DETROIT — When Democrats lost the presidency to Donald Trump four years ago, their biggest vote drop-offs were centered on a trio of Midwestern Rust Belt cities with large Black populations — Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland. This year, all three anchor battleground states that Democratic nominee Joe Biden hopes to reclaim for his party, and recent polls show him in the lead,” by Tribune’s Bill Ruthhart.
— Tribune’s Rick Pearson looks at the latest graduated income tax debate: Both sides find the threat of a tax on retirement benefits a powerful motivator with elderly voters.
— Richard Uihlein’s company tops political giving list: Richard Uihlein has been pretty quiet on the political scene in Illinois. But nationally, his company ranks No. 1 in political donations. Uihlein and his wife, Liz, own Uline Inc, a Wisconsin-based shipping and packaging materials distributor. They’re big big supporters of President Donald Trump. And Newsweek says: “Richard Uihlein has been a major supporter of Restoration PAC, a right-wing group that calls for defunding Planned Parenthood and more support for police departments… Total contributions: $40,075,817.” Other Illinois names on Newsweek’s list of 50 organizations donating the most to campaigns: Fred Eychaner’s Newsweb Corp., Ken Griffin’s Citadel Corp., and the Duchossois Group, founded by Dick Duchossois.
— Edgar among 8 former GOP governors backing Biden: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is the only former Democratic governor to endorse Trump, according to Governing (h/t Bill Hogan).
— JUICE: Betsy Dirsken Londrigan’s campaign says it raised $1.5 million in the third quarter as the Springfield Democrat works to unseat Republican Rep. Rodney Davis.
— Disgraced former Democratic state Sen. Terry Link just pulled $60,000 from his campaign fund to pay legal fees to defense attorney Catharine O’Daniel. She represented him after he was charged with a federal count of income tax evasion.
— Bears win with a 38-yard field goal — and finally take down Tom Brady, by Tribune’s Coleen Kane.
— No parade on Columbus Day amid pandemic concerns and controversy over explorer’s legacy: “As criticism of Christopher Columbus’ place in history has grown, clashes erupted over the removal of statues in his honor this summer and Chicago schools officially dropped his name from the holiday,” by Tribune’s Jessica Villagomez and Hannah Leone.
— Chase promises $600M to repair lending practices in Black, Latino communities: “Chase’s commitment to lend more on the city’s South and West Sides comes after WBEZ and City Bureau reporting showed disparities in the bank’s mortgage lending,” by WBEZ’s Linda Lutton.
— Answering Lightfoot’s call, Chicago Community Trust launches $25M plan to help city rebuild equitably after pandemic: “The goal is to ensure Black and Hispanic communities that bore the brunt of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus can make a strong comeback from that double whammy,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
— Outdoor dining winterization money comes as some push for tougher requirements on third-party delivery apps: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday touted $500,000 the city’s getting from restaurant delivery company DoorDash to winterize Chicago restaurants, while proposals by aldermen to further crack down on such apps during the coronavirus pandemic languish in City Council committees,” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
— 102-year-old former Chicago teacher mails her absentee ballot in a hazmat suit, reports Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Cook County launches $20M mortgage assistance program: ‘We will feel the effects of Covid-19 for years to come’: “The county’s COVID-19 recovery mortgage assistance program is funded by money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. It follows a similar $20 million suburban renters assistance program set up in August,” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin accused Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch of stalling the investigation into Michael Madigan’s involvement in the ComEd scandal.
Welch earlier in the week said the group would pause and return after the election. The bipartisan group is hampered by Madigan declining a request to be interviewed.
On Thursday, Durkin called on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to demand that Madigan answer questions. In a statement, Welch accused Durkin of grandstanding “to prop up his politically vulnerable members.”
Durkin insists: “This isn’t politics. This is one of the most serious scandals that we’ve ever experienced in Illinois.” Capitol News’ Peter Hancock has more from Durkin’s press conference.
— IHSA doctor says high school basketball could happen in Illinois if players wear masks: “Dr. Preston Wolin said that idea is being considered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, whose COVID-19 guidelines place restrictions on high school and youth sports. As of now, basketball is considered a medium risk for virus transmission, meaning athletes can scrimmage but not compete against other schools,” by Tribune’s John Keilman.
— Watch for Rep. La Shawn Ford to present details today about his legislation calling for a change in history standards. The Chicago Democrat says he’s ready to unveil the language of a proposal to update school curriculum so it offers a complete story that also includes minorities and women.
— Dollar Stores, a benefit or scourge? “As retail stores suffer through what’s been called a ‘brick-and-mortar retail apocalypse’ with the rise of online shopping, only made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, dollar stores continue to expand, especially in rural areas,” by One Illinois’ Ted Cox.
— Ex-Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Orvie Cochran: 16 years on the lam was a ‘terrible time’: “As a fugitive, the notorious biker gang’s former leader did ‘landscaping, home repair or any kind of fix-it work that might generate some cash and maybe a bed to sleep in,’ lawyer says,” by Sun-Times’ Robert Herguth.
— Federal judge in Brooklyn will allow anonymous jury if R. Kelly goes to trial there, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel
— FBI reveals elaborate plot by Michigan militia members to kidnap Whitmer: “The plan included taking Whitmer to a ‘secure location’ and holding a ‘trial,’ according to the FBI.
… Lightfoot says ‘All roads lead back to Donald Trump,’ by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.
— Federal appeals court blocks extension for Wisconsin ballot returns, by POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro and Josh Gerstein
— Donald Trump’s baffling debate boycott, by POLITICO’s David Siders
— Meadows angers staff as he cozies up to Trump, by POLITICO’s Nancy Cook and Meridith McGraw
— Biden, Harris won’t say whether they would ‘pack’ the court, drawing Republican criticism, by the Washington Post
— Matt Moog named interim CEO of Chicago Public Media, parent company of WBEZ: “Moog, who has run several companies and founded the innovative tech center 1871, has been a member of the Chicago Public Media board for more than a decade,” Robert Feder reports in the Daily Herald. This is a circle of life story for Moog, whose father was a music-industry pioneer and inventor of the Moog synthesizer.
— Museum of Science and Industry gets a new CEO, its first Black and first woman leader: She held the top job at the Arizona Science Center, reports Tribune’s Steve Johnson.
ProPublica to launch new regional units in South and Southwest; and ProPublica Illinois to expand to Midwest Regional Newsroom: “[T]his new investment into local journalism will allow for: A seven-person reporting unit, based in Atlanta … A six-person reporting unit based in Phoenix … An additional four reporters will join the existing Chicago-based staff to create a new Midwest regional hub … Three-year grants to six ProPublica Distinguished Fellows.”
— Debate tonight at 7 p.m.: 6th District Democratic Rep. Sean Casten and GOP challenger Jeanne Ives will debate on WGN-TV, Channel 9. Political reporter Tahman Bradley and political analyst Paul Lisnek will moderate. Highlights will air Sunday at 9 a.m.
— Oct. 14: A panel discussion about the graduated income tax ballot measure features “Vote Yes for Fairness” Chairman Quentin Fulks, state Sen. Sue Rezin, former state Sen. Daniel Biss, and Greg Baise with the Coalition for Jobs, Growth & Prosperity. The noontime event is sponsored by Lincoln Forum. Registration is free
— Oct. 21: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will headline the YMCA’s annual Recognition Dinner — virtually. Details here
— Oct. 21: Hillary Clinton will headline Personal PAC’s annual awards luncheon. She’ll give a taped address. More than 1,000 supporters are expected to attend the virtual event, including more than 100 elected officials. Details here
— Oct. 29 through 31: “Halloween Run, Walk or Step” benefits IL Arts Relief Fund, which is assisting people from the arts and cultural communities in wake of Covid-19. The event is being launched by World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development agency. Details here
THURSDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) and Tim Carpenter, state director of Illinois, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, for correctly guessing that Mary Ann McMorrow was the first woman to head a branch of state government in Illinois when she served as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
TODAY’S QUESTION: What Illinois politician defeated their former professor to get elected to a federal seat? Send to [email protected].
Today: Rep. Tony McCombie (71st), Ald. George Cardenas (12th), PAWS Chicago co-founder Alexis Fasseas, Google exec Tarresha Poindexter, Chicago-Kent law student Jaylin McClinton, and Sun-Times political reporter Fran Spielman.
Saturday: Cook County Circuit Court Judge Teresa Molina, former Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, Harvard Kennedy School of Government MPA Candidate Tonantzin Carmona, Our Everyday Political Action Committee executive director Robert Emmons Jr., UnidosUS Deputy VP of Policy Clarissa Martinez, digital strategist & TV Academy National Trustee Justin Kulovsek, and Carol Marin, director of the DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence.
Sunday: State Sen. Pat McGuire, state Rep. Ryan Spain, former Palatine Township Committeeman Matt Flamm, Rep. Adam Kinzinger comms director Maura Gillespie, election law attorney Richard Means, and actress and screenwriter Joan Cusack.
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October 9, 2020 at 07:00AM