PUSHING PARTY UNITY — RAOUL ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID — RETURNING FOR THE REMAP

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PUSHING PARTY UNITY — RAOUL ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID — RETURNING FOR THE REMAP

Happy Thursday, Illinois. The governor’s barbecue was nice but Playbook hit the corndog stand for a real State Fair experience. Is it wrong to do it again today?

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Democratic Party Chair and Congresswoman Robin Kelly brushed off questions Wednesday about whether there’s infighting in the Democratic Party of Illinois.

In separate interviews with reporters, Pritzker and Kelly said they’re united on the party’s most important mission: getting Democrats elected.

They’re also working through their differences in how the party is run, including raising money with separate fundraising apparatuses.

Pritzker says he’ll operate his campaign through the Blue Wave fundraising effort he built during his first run for governor. The Democratic Party of Illinois, headed by Kelly, has started Building Leadership, Unity, and Equity (BLUE). That was created to follow election rules that prevent Kelly, as a federal official, from raising monies for state and local elections. And House and Senate leaders each have their own fundraising arms.

It’s not unlike how the national Democratic Party operates, which might be why Sen. Dick Durbin was happy to push for Kelly to run the party, even though there are constraints. Quarterly statistics will tell how well that effort works.

Meanwhile, Democrats who took the stage at the Illinois Democratic County Chair Association brunch and later at the governor’s rally at the fair also showed their unity in calling out Republicans, primarily favorite targets: former Gov. Bruce Rauner and former President Donald Trump.

Other news and takeaways: Attorney Gen. Kwame Raoul announced his run for re-election… Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, a headline speaker, reminded the crowd that it was grassroots work that propelled him and Sen. Rafael Warnock to victory… And Rep. Lauren Underwood reflected on her 2018 come-from-behind victory. When she decided to run for office, “People were like, ‘Bless your heart,’” as if her campaign to unseat a veteran Republican was a pie in the sky idea… Most confusing was listening to video speeches by elected officials who were live on stage. (Maybe it helped keep the program shorter.)

A big draw at the brunch event was hearing each of the four Democratic candidates for secretary of state make their speeches. This was an opportunity to share their vision before a live and engaged crowd of 800 Democrats (and 400 online viewers) from all 102 counties.

But concerns about Covid and it being a scorcher of a day prompted some guests to scatter or leave early, zapping the energy of the crowd.

Anna Valencia, the clerk for the City of Chicago, got one of the best lines of the day, saying, “We have big shoes to fill” in replacing veteran Secretary of State Jesse White, who is retiring after more than two decades in the position. “I think we should fill them with high heels.” Valencia wove her personal story of coming from Granite City and the work she’s done in the City of Chicago. And she used a descriptor that’s likely to become her mantra, calling on Democrats to elect “the first woman, Latino, mom, and millennial” to the job.

Alexi Giannoulias, the former state Treasurer, took subtle hits from other candidates, a sign that he’s seen as the frontrunner in the race. (Indeed, he announced endorsements while in Springfield from Lake County’s State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, state Reps. Daniel Didech and Jonathan Carroll, Vernon Township Supervisor Jonathan Altenberg and county board members Julie Simpson and Marah Altenberg.) Giannoulias offered a global view of the Democratic Party and reinforced the call for unity. He described Illinois as “a blue island in a sea of red,” referring to surrounding states that supported “the monster that is Donald Trump.’’

Pat Dowell, a Chicago alderman, pitched her work in the council as good training for what it takes to do the state job. “Everyday people visit my office looking for solutions to everyday problems. We find ways to help make their lives and the lives of their families better.” While listing Democrats she’s proud to endorse, she included “Mike Frerichs, who by the way, I was happy to endorse when he ran for office” (a dig at Giannoulias, who spoke highly of Frerichs’ GOP opponent in 2014).

And David Moore, another Chicago alderman, said he’s probably the only candidate who circulated petitions for Jesse White in 1998. Moore said his work in public office is a lot like being a preacher (he is one): “It’s a calling from God.” He said he would incorporate new revenue streams in the Secretary of State’s office, including corporate advertising on license plates. He also had a good line, saying, “Don’t ask for less, but ask for more. Moore for Illinois.”

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Ossoff, Durbin tout legislative wins, slam Trump, by State Journal-Register’s Riley Eubanks

Lee Enterprises Brenden Moore has video from Robin Kelly at the fair.

Republican Day at the fair is today. The three GOP candidates for governor won’t get a chance to talk to the crowd at the state fair, even though Rep. Rodney Davis (who might be considering a run) will get the stage (and not everyone’s happy about it). The candidates will all get a chance at the mic at this morning’s meeting of the GOP Central Committee and Republican County Chairs Association.

Illinois House lawmakers are considering a return to Springfield the week of Aug. 30 to draw up congressional district maps now that official U.S. census data has been released showing the state’s population has dropped by 18,124 people from 10 years ago.

Democratic representatives were sent a note surveying their availability during the week before Labor Day “in the event that we decide to amend the legislative redistricting plan,” chief of staff Tiffany Moy wrote in the email forwarded to Playbook. (A return also might allow the controversial energy bill to get attention, if lawmakers can work out the kinks.)

“Our experts and attorneys are still analyzing data,” Jaclyn Driscoll, a spokesperson for the House speaker, told the Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton. “We’re just proactively reaching out to get a sense of schedules.”

Republicans say they haven’t seen any drafts of what the congressional maps might look like, but there’s an expectation that Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s seat could be erased, according to a few Republicans and some Democrats who are in Springfield for this week’s political rallies at the fair.

Democrats are doing everything they can to hold onto a majority in the U.S. House during next year’s midterms. There’s already a move to adjust Rep. Rodney Davis’ 13th District to be solid blue and he’ll have a formidable candidate in Democrat Nikki Budzinski (who didn’t make her run official today but is expected to soon). And edging out Kinzinger would make Underwood more secure after she eeked out a victory last year.

Until he knows otherwise, the 16th District Republican who’s been outspoken about his opposition to Donald Trump is continuing to raise money and campaign like he’s in the hunt.

Should his district get pulled into Rep. Lauren Underwood’s area, it’s not clear what Kinzinger’s next move might be in the political world.

He’d be a strong candidate in most any of the statewide contests: U.S. Senate, governor, treasurer or secretary of state.

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At Wrigley Field at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the 1060 Project and the re-dedication of Wrigley Field.

No official public events.

On vacation and back in the office Aug. 23.

Dozens of Illinois public school districts on probation for refusing to comply with mask mandate: “Despite Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Carmen Ayala declaring that officials would not discuss the state’s school mask mandate at Wednesday’s board meeting, several state educators and parents stepped up to express their concerns that the governor’s executive order is distracting educators and polarizing communities,” by Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.

Tuskegee descendants, hip-hop anthems and hustlers are all being deployed to convince Black people to get vaccinated: “Messengers are leveraging Black culture and gathering places to counter misinformation,” via The Undefeated.

Illinois records most deaths in a day since May; breakthrough cases a quarter of week’s deaths, by the Daily Herald’s Jake Griffin

Pope urges world to get vaccinated against coronavirus, by POLITICO’s Carlo Martuscelli

— Column: Why the state pension gap keeps growing:Rising benefit obligations are the rabbit Illinois has been chasing around the track for decades now,” writes Crain’s Joe Cahill.

Department Of Employment Security launches new website to be more user-friendly: “We took a scroll through the site, where you can do everything from applying for benefits to reporting fraud,” according to CBS/2.

Kankakee says it was undercounted in the census: But a Census Bureau public affairs specialist says “any community which questions the census figures can request a Census Bureau Count Question Resolution program, beginning in January 2022,” reports Kankakee Daily Journal.

Aurora mayor says city will do ‘deeper dive’ into census numbers that show population dip: “Speaking to the City Council, [Mayor Richard] Irvin said numbers that showed the city lost more than 17,000 residents during the past 10 years are ‘questionable at best,’” by Aurora Beacon-News’ Steve Lord.

A Danville alderman is concerned about census numbers, too, according to the Commercial-News’ Jennifer Bailey

Remote work is here to stay — at least two days a week, top mayoral aide says: “World Business Chicago CEO Michael Fassnacht said the stay-at-home shutdown that forced many employees to work from home has created an appetite for remote work that will survive COVID-19 and all of its variants,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Officers and community members gather at wake for slain Chicago police Officer Ella French: “The line, containing uniformed officers and civilians, spanned at least half a block before snaking into the parking lot. An electronic sign placed on the lawn read: “Thank you for your service.” The sign rotated to show a photograph of French,” by Tribune’s Madeline Buckley.

Father of wounded officer slams mayor on police reform: “She’s tied the hands of the police. She wants ’em to police with one hand behind their back,” said Carlos Yanez Sr., a former Chicago police officer, whose son continues to recover from the West Englewood shooting in which his partner, Officer Ella French, was killed. Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reports.

Chicago Teachers Union has yet to reach agreement with CPS as start of school looms; district says CTU ‘is rejecting science for their own gain,’ by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz.

City poised to OK plans for former Sears at Six Corners: “The building would be converted into 207 residences, with stores at street level, in a $90 million project,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.

Protect Our Parks returns to Supreme Court to stop Obama center: “In a long-shot move, the group filed an emergency motion directed at Amy Coney Barrett, the justice assigned to that part of the country,” reports NBC News.

The Post-Purge Cubs might be the worst team ever: “Since the trade deadline, the Cubs have been outscored at a rate not seen since the legendary Cleveland Spiders,” by Chicago magazine’s Edward McClelland.

Arlington Park Goes Out With A Whimper For Likely Last Million Day: “Suburban Chicago track fails to reach heights of past glory for final signature race day,” by Sports Handle’s Chris Altruda

— Column: Lawmakers want Pritzker to ask gaming board to award license for south suburban casino: “Lawmakers, municipal leaders and others in the Southland are frustrated by the state’s glacial pace toward making a south suburban casino a reality,” writes Daily Southtown’s Ted Slowik.

First witness in R. Kelly trial confronts singer and testifies: ‘He took my virginity’: “Prosecutors allege it was part of a decadeslong operation that leveraged Kelly’s outsize fame to target young victims, groom them, abuse them, and manipulate or blackmail them to keep them under his control. He faces a racketeering charge more commonly used against mob bosses, drug cartels and the like,” by Tribune’s Megan Crepeau and Jason Meisner.

Is time up for Tina Tchen? “The influential Chicago lawyer’s involvement in the Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment scandal is raising thorny questions about the line between those who have access to power and those who hold power to account,” by Crain’s Elyssa Cherney.

— AFL-CIO election: A Chicago-area native could move up the ranks of the AFL-CIO. An election to fill the president’s seat held by the late Richard Trumka, who died suddenly earlier this month, will be held today. Elizabeth Shuler, the acting president and secretary-treasurer of the powerful union, is expected to be named the new president when the executive council meets. Fred Redmond, the International VP of Human Affairs for the United Steelworkers, is the favorite to fill the secretary-treasurer position.

Redmond is a Chicago-area native who started work in McCook at Reynolds Metals starting in the 1970s and moved up in the union. He is a friend of the union activist Balanoffs, who helped build the Steelworkers’ union in the 1930s.

GOP governors embrace Covid cocktails over masks as cases surge, by POLITICO’s Dan Goldberg

Biden says U.S. will stay in Afghanistan until all Americans who want to leave can do so, by POLITICO’s Myah Ward

Harris uses convening power to expand her political network, by POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels

Karriem Watson will be chief engagement officer for NIH’s All of Us Research Program. He previously was at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Today, 8 a.m.: GOP State Central Committee and Republican County Chairs Association meeting at the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield.

Today, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Illinois GOP Chairman Don Tracy, Reps. Darin LaHood, Rodney Davis, and Mary Miller; RNC Co-Chair Tommy Hicks; RNC Committeeman Richard Porter; and GOP leaders Jim Durkin and Dan McConchie headline Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair on the Director’s Lawn.

Today, 2-4 p.m.: Sen. Jason Barickman State Fair Reception at Franny’s in Springfield. Contact: [email protected] or 815-596-9160.

Today, 3-5 p.m.: State Rep. Dan Brady State Fair Reception at Fulgenzi in Springfield. Contact Lori at 773-320-1938 or [email protected].

WEDNESDAY’s ANSWER: Congratulations to Holland & Knight partner Trisha Rich for correctly answering that the late Congressman Kenneth Gray was known as the Prince of Pork and once said “If that is pork, pass me the plate, because I’ll take another heaping serving.”

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who argued that the Picasso erected in Daley Plaza in 1967 should be replaced with a statue of Ernie Banks instead? Email to [email protected]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s political director Ben Head, Cook County Board president comms director Nick Shields, Fifth Third Bank senior VP Bernard Bartilad, former state Rep. Monique Davis, and Higher Ground Labs co-founder Shomik Dutta.

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August 19, 2021 at 07:30AM

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