CENSUS DOWN FOR THE COUNT — TRUMP JR. HITS CHICAGO — PRITZKER FAMILY FEUD — GRIFFIN GIVES DOWN BALLOT

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CENSUS DOWN FOR THE COUNT — TRUMP JR. HITS CHICAGO — PRITZKER FAMILY FEUD — GRIFFIN GIVES DOWN BALLOT

Happy Wednesday, Illinois. The word of the day: originalist.

The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to cut short the 2020 Census count by two weeks, sowing confusion in a process already fraught with political drama, legal maneuvering and a pandemic.

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In Illinois, it means marginalized communities may not be fully counted, which could jeopardize future federal funding for everything from child care resources, to schools, to road-building — not to mention the state could lose a seat (or more) in Congress if the population count comes up short.

“How the court could brush all that aside is truly remarkable and stunning,” Rep. Chuy Garcia told Playbook Tuesday night.

He said activists are putting the word out that residents must fill out their census forms by Thursday — not Oct. 31, which had been the latest due date. “We will do everything we can humanly do to say ‘This is it. This is final,’ and if they do not participate, their family, their neighborhood and their larger community will lose out,” Garcia said.

The Illinois Democrat is particularly worried about his 4th Congressional District, which includes many residents born outside of the United States and who may fear they’ll be questioned about their citizenship status, something President Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully add to the census.

Kimball Brace of Election Data Services Inc., which studies redistricting and the census, said the Supreme Court’s decision puts the veracity of count in question. “We know that the Census Bureau’s own data showed urban areas, particularly black and Hispanic areas in Chicago, were the hardest to count, and now they are being stopped from finishing the job. It’s not a good sign.”

Census response data shows Illinois is ahead of the national average with a 72 percent response rate compared to 69 percent. But Chicago lags at about 55 percent.

The Supreme Court decision is a victory for Trump, who rejects the constitutional mandate that undocumented immigrants must be counted in the census.

Census deadlines have fluctuated because of the administration’s attempts to limit the process, the lawsuits to stop the president, and the challenge of gathering information during a pandemic. An August deadline moved to Oct. 31, then to Sept. 30 before it was restored again to Oct. 31 a few weeks ago. Now it’s Thursday (tomorrow!).

“The roller coaster continues,” Madeleine Doubek of the nonprofit Change Illinois, which supports remap transparency, told Playbook. She pointed to the “bitter irony” that the governor’s office announced earlier Tuesday it would spend $1 million to help fund efforts to complete the census count.

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Illinois means little to President Donald Trump by way of electoral votes, but the state still has some eager Republican donors. Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Trump campaign’s national finance chair, made a stop at Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Tuesday afternoon. The club is about 60 miles northwest of Chicago and has been a go-to spot for Republican fundraisers.

Entry to this exclusive fundraiser was pricey, ranging from a $1,000 ticket for a single, no-frills ticket to $100,000 per couple for co-chair status (and lots of access), plus some price points in between. The event was hosted by Gary Rabine, owner of a Schaumburg-based paving and concrete company.

Trump and Guilfoyle then headed to downtown Chicago for another schmoozy gathering with Trump Finance Chair and Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts and philanthropist and political fundraiser Eleni Bousis (she and her husband, grocery chain owner Jim Bousis, were big supporters of former Gov. Bruce Rauner). Others rubbing elbows with Trump Jr.: Illinois Republican Committeeman Richard Porter, former Blackhawks player Jeremy Roenick, and Eloise Gerson, president of the 42nd Ward Republican Organization.

Adding it all up: The Trump surrogate swing through Illinois was pulled together in just a few days and raised about $450,000.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has logged more than 9,000 Covid-19 related deaths as of Tuesday after confirming 29 new deaths and 2,851 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s a total of 324,743 cases, including 9,026 deaths. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from Oct. 6 through 12 is 4.5 percent. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 4.4 percent.

Indiana is added to Chicago’s travel quarantine list: “With nearly 7,000 new Covid-19 cases reported in the last four days by the Indiana Department of Health, Chicago elevated the state from a warning list to its official travel advisory/quarantine list. The decision was no surprise. City health officials last week urged Chicago residents to avoid traveling to Indiana,” by WBEZ’s Michael Puente.

Trump attacks Fauci amid campaign ad feud: “The infectious disease expert is featured prominently in an advertisement for the president’s reelection effort,” by POLITICO’s Quint Forgey.

As Chicago studies Catholic school reopening, some lessons — and some big questions: “But the archdiocese has not released publicly the number of Covid-19 cases in its schools, the number of times they have quarantined students and employees, or even what percentage of students’ families opted for remote learning. That makes it difficult to fully size up the school year,” reports Chalkbeat Chicago’s Mila Koumpilova.

SCOTUS HEARINGS: Sen. Dick Durbin elicited some of the most interesting responses from Judge Amy Coney Barrett during day two of her confirmation hearings, including on issues of racism and the George Floyd killing. Though he and other senators had a hard time finding out what she really thinks about abortion rights, voting rights, same-sex marriage or Obamacare.

Durbin referenced Chicago’s history of gun violence, when he asked whether Barrett considered restoring gun ownership to felons a greater right than restoring their ability to vote.

Durbin pointed to a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals case where Barrett took the view that only felons convicted of violent crimes should lose gun rights. He then criticized Barrett’s home state of Indiana, where firearms are sold without background checks. "Unfortunately, these gangbangers and thugs fill up the trunks of their cars with firearms and head into the city of Chicago and kill everyone from infants to older people,” Durbin said.

Barrett stuck to her written opinion, saying, “the government can’t deprive [someone convicted of a nonviolent felony] of having firearms.” Of course, a number of states bar felons from voting. The Tribune’s Rick Pearson has more.

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— Democratic Rep. Terra Costa Howard, who’s in a rematch with GOP challenger Peter Breen in the 48th House District, has filed a complaint with the Illinois Election Commission saying Breen isn’t complying with campaign disclosure laws. Her complaint states the Illinois Republican Party has made “at least seven expenditures” to Breen’s campaign between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10 but that Breen has only disclosed three in-kind contributions for a total of $28,602.74. “This represents only a fraction of the cost required to print, process, and mail so many items to voters … [and] indicates tens of thousands of dollars in undisclosed expenditures remain outstanding,” the filing states.

… Breen called it “frivolous,” telling Playbook it was filed “by a desperate politician whose re-election campaign is flagging.” He pointed to their 2018 contest in which Howard failed to comply with reporting requirements.

Three Cook County state’s attorney rivals agree much needs to change — but part ways on what and how: “Republican Pat O’Brien argues that Democratic incumbent Kim Foxx has increased crime and fear. She counters that O’Brien is in lockstep with President Donald Trump. Libertarian Brian Dennehy refrains from attacks, just saying he ‘would do a better job than they would,’” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.

— Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is hosting a discussion tonight with Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro and North Carolina AG Josh Stein, both of whom are up for re-election. Private backers have already donated to this event, so it’s free to the public. The AGs will be joined by special guests: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and former Illinois AG Lisa Madigan. Up for discussion: election protection, battling hate speech, protecting against the spread of Covid-19, taking on the opioid crisis, and preserving the Affordable Care Act. Sign up by clicking on Listen+Learn

Lauren Underwood on breaking barriers: “There are all these barriers to other young people — young women, young people of color — running for office, winning elections, and being able to serve in this body," the Democratic congresswoman says. "To literally know that there’s never been someone like me here. There’s this cliché that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And I think that we’ve seen, in policies coming out of the Congress over the course of decades, how there is some truth to that. And so now that we have this critical mass of millennials serving concurrently, it just changes the way that our colleagues speak about issues — certainly more inclusive and recognizing the legacy implications of some of the policies we pass,” says Underwood in a profile piece in John Hopkins Magazine.

From WTTW’s Black Voices: Felicia Davis, president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for women, talks about the impact Kamala Harris will have on the November election: “To have on the ticket a black woman is monumental. You can see the mobilization take place as women are supporting her and women are making a plan to vote,” Davis told Brandis Friedman on WTTW’s Black Voices. “Misinformation” about mail-in ballots and how to vote amid Covid are the biggest threats to the election, she says. Also on the show: Michelle Duster, author and granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.

— Democrat Ray Lenzi, who’s running against Rep. Mike Bost in the 12th Congressional District, is out with his first ad.

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PRITZKER FAMILY FEUD: Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire cousin of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, has donated $500,000 to a group pushing to defeat the proposed state constitutional amendment instituting a graduated-rate income tax — a measure being greased by the governor. “There is evidence that the tax hike amendment could eventually raise taxes on the middle and working classes. With so many families and small businesses struggling to recover from the ravages of the pandemic, raising taxes is not a financial solution Illinoisans can afford to enact,” Jennifer Pritzker, who heads TAWANI Enterprises and is founder and chair of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, said in a statement. The Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton says Jennifer Pritzker “abandoned” President Donald Trump by donating to Joe Biden’s campaign for president, “but she’s still siding with the Republicans” on the governor’s signature campaign proposal.

Illinois unions, meanwhile, are endorsing Pritzker’s “fair tax” plan, by WGEM’s Mike Miletich.

— Billionaire Ken Griffin has given $200,000 to Republican state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, an attorney from Elmhurst, in her heated 47th District contest with Democrat Jennifer Zordani, a financial services attorney from Clarendon Hills who’s been funded by unions and the Democratic Party.

— State rep candidate Michelle Darbro just saw a big cash infusion, including nearly $250,000 from the Democratic Majority — funds that likely will go to broadcast ads. She also received $20,000 from the International Association of Firefighters (Darbro’s an EMT) and $57,800 from Rep. Mike Zalewski. Darbro is trying to unseat Republican state Rep. Brad Stephens in the 20th District in one of the most highly contested General Assembly races this season.

— ISDF, the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, just donated $270,000 and an additional $42,000 in in-kind donations for mailing to Karina Villa, the state rep who’s running for the state Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Oberweis.

Ethics Committee unanimously refuses to water down cross-lobbying ban: “With federal investigators swarming, aldermen voted last year to prohibit themselves from lobbying state and local government and to prevent their counterparts at those levels from lobbying at City Hall. And that’s how it will stay,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

City’s top cop tells recruits they may need to ignore trainers and supervisors to do what’s right: “Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown repeatedly referenced the police killing of George Floyd in a speech to the city’s newest class of police recruits Tuesday… ‘You know why we hired you? Because your backgrounds said you knew right from wrong. You won’t learn that at the academy,’” by WBEZ’s Patrick Smith.

Challenging 2020 also brings major jump in Chicago carjackings: “Through Oct. 3, there had been 914 carjackings in Chicago this year, more than double the number seen through the same date in 2019 and the most the city has seen in that period since 2003, according to the city’s online crime data. Out of the Chicago Police Department’s 22 patrol districts, 16 have seen carjackings more than double so far in 2020, and in part of the North Side they have quadrupled,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.

Blackhawks anniversary sculpture outside the United Center covered in graffiti and red paint on Indigenous Peoples Day, by Tribune’s Jessica Villagomez.

How money fuels racism in health care: “Hospitals in low-income communities are often starved for resources. And that makes it harder for people of color in parts of Chicago to get medical care,” by WBEZ’s Kristen Schorsch.

CPS students petition to shorten the class day — and end homework — during remote learning. They cite headaches, stress and too much screen time, by Tribune’s Hannah Leone.

How do you create a more diverse teacher force? Hire your own graduates, Chicago says: “About half of the district’s educators are white, even though more than 80 percent of its students are Black or Latino. The district is partnering with City Colleges of Chicago and Illinois State University to offer scholarships, financial and career counseling, and eventually preferential hiring to district graduates. Crown Family Philanthropies and the Joyce Foundation are funding the program,” by Chalkbeat Chicago’s Mila Koumpilova.

CPS is dramatically expanding Gold Standard Bilingual Program. But is it putting the funding — and schools — in the right place?: “There are questions about whether the school district can support so many dual language schools, even as it is already struggling to provide strong programs for all 67,000 students who are learning English across the district,” writes WBEZ’s Sarah Karp.

COPA concludes investigation into police shooting at Grand Red Line station: “Ariel Roman, who was unarmed, was shot twice at the River North train station on Feb. 28 after two CPD officers saw him passing between train cars,” by Sun-Times’ Sam Charles.

Developer shrinks Gold Coast high-rise proposal: “After Ald. Brian Hopkins rejected a planned 42-story tower on the State Street site, Newcastle has shortened it by 13 stories,” by Crain’s Alby Gallun.

Truth, Hope and Justice Initiative provides healing for mothers of children killed by police: With the help of a Chicago attorney, NBA moms join the effort to bring awareness and support to victims’ families, by Dorothy J. Gentry for The Undefeated.

County commissioner — an ex-pot regulator — admits ownership in cannabis firm: “After dodging questions for weeks, Commissioner Bridget Degnen said she ‘complied with all applicable laws governing transparency with respect to my involvement with this project,’” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.

They’re working through backlog of 20,000 mail-in ballot applications: “With just three weeks to go until Election Day, Cook County election officials said Tuesday that they are working through a backlog of roughly 20,000 vote-by-mail applications and should have ballots in the mail to those voters by the weekend,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella and Kelli Smith.

Kyle Rittenhouse, accused in Kenosha shootings, will not face gun charges in Lake County, prosecutors say: “Kyle Rittenhouse will not face gun charges in Lake County related to the AR-15-style weapon he is charged with using to kill two men and wound a third during violent protests in Kenosha in August, prosecutors announced Tuesday,” by Tribune’s Dan Hinkel.

What to know about the income tax question on your Illinois ballot: “Deluged by what already is a historically expensive ballot initiative, voters have been inundated with messages about changing the state constitution to impose a new way of collecting Illinois income taxes,” reports WBEZ’s Tony Arnold and Dave McKinney.

More time needed to test Pritzker’s patronage solving claims: Court filing: “A group of Chicago lawyers, who for decades have helped lead the effort to combat patronage hiring in Springfield and Chicago, have asked a federal judge to hold off for at least six months on a request by Gov. JB Pritzker to end court oversight of state hiring practices, saying it will allow time to learn the truth of the governor’s claims that the state has fixed the decades-old patronage problems,” by Cook County Record’s Jonathan Bilyk.

— Rep. Will Davis, the assistant majority leader of the House, will lead a group of legislators rolling out a diversity and inclusion plan today for the renewable energy industry. Their focus is on the clean energy funding crisis. Supporting this plan are Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth, Reps. Kam Buckner, Kelly Cassidy, Latoya Greenwood, and others.

— 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. Today’s feature spotlights which states had the best pandemic response. Check it out!

— AP ROAD TRIP: Racial tensions in America’s ‘sundown towns’: “VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — Ask around this time-battered Midwestern town, with its empty storefronts, dusty antique shops and businesses that have migrated toward the interstate, and nearly everyone will tell you that Black and white residents get along really well….“We don’t have any trouble with racism,” said a twice-widowed woman, also white, with a meticulously-kept yard and a white picket fence. But in Vienna, as in hundreds of mostly white towns with similar histories across America, much is left unspoken. Around here, almost no one talks openly about the violence that drove out Black residents nearly 70 years ago, or even whispers the name these places were given: ‘sundown towns.’”

The 8 states that will decide the election, by POLITICO staff

FDA pushes back on Trump administration attempt to rebrand ‘emergency authorization,’ by POLITICO’s Adam Cancryn

Covid crisis colors Wisconsin race, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki

— Manny Favela, who served as CFO for McDonald’s Latin America from 2004 until his retirement in 2016, has been named to DePaul University’s 41-member board of trustees. Favela also is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Burrito Parrilla Mexicana, a multi-unit restaurant chain of Mexican restaurants in Chicago’s western suburbs.

— Christopher Jorge Del Moral-Niles, executive VP and chief financial officer for Associated Banc-Corp and Associated Bank, has also been named to DePaul University’s board of trustees.

— Thursday: A panel discussion on “Redevelopment of the Pullman Historic District: A partnership in place-based community investment.” Speakers: Ald. Anthony Beale; USBancorp Community Development Corp. CEO Zack Boyers and VP William Carson, University of Chicago professor Robert Gertner, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives President David Doig, and Betty Smokehouse owner Dominique Leach. Register by end of day today

— Friday: Fundraising breakfast for Dick Durbin. Details here

— Friday: “Fair Play” author Eve Rodsky on “Restoring progress at home amid Covid.” This webinar will examine the challenges women face working at home while home-schooling their children and “bearing the brunt of parenting duties.” Moderator: Margaret Mueller, president and CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago. Details here

TUESDAY’s GUESS: Congrats to Walgreen Government Relations Senior Director Donovan Pepper for correctly answering that Abraham Lincoln’s first public job was as postmaster in New Salem, Ill.

TODAY’S QUESTION: Illinois has had a big city mayor who was once a ballet dancer and a Secretary of State who played professional baseball player. Which speaker of the Illinois House started his career as a model? Send to [email protected].

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Tiana Blakely, Change Illinois advocacy director Liliana Scales, journalist Danny Ecker, and Ed Mazur, a management consultant and City Club board member who celebrated Tuesday.

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October 14, 2020 at 07:50AM

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