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The same dark-money group that fueled opposition to the graduated income tax ballot measure Illinois voters rejected last year is helping launch “a statewide grassroots campaign to give voters the power to recall their elected officials.”
Although the group’s organizers aren’t yet revealing details about their campaign, the Illinois Opportunity Project, a conservative tax-exempt organization that does not have to disclose its donors, is joining forces with state Sen. Jason Barickman and state Rep. Mark Batinick, both Republicans, in the effort. Both lawmakers have been outspoken critics of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s handling of the pandemic.
The IOP, which is connected to the conservative Illinois Policy Institute, spent nearly $1 million to successfully oppose the graduated income tax ballot measure. Now we’re wondering how much it would spend to potentially create a recall referendum.
The first step is getting the idea on the ballot.
Plans to kick off its campaign Wednesday were delayed because media attention was focused on Pritzker signing the clean-energy bill. A spokeswoman says the recall effort will be launched next week instead.
All this comes on the heels of California Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beating back a recall effort this week, a signal of the uphill challenge Republicans here would face.
Illinois doesn’t have a recall law on the books and Pritzker is likely to have won a second term before one can be put in place, potentially putting the focus on legislators.
“A loud, vocal segment on the right asked California voters to validate their philosophy and were rejected, which would be a setback for anyone in Illinois hoping to run the same playbook,” Illinois Democratic campaign consultant Scott Kennedy told Playbook.
That strategy also included Donald Trump pushing for Newsom to be recalled. And it’s clear that didn’t work so well.
“The Democratic Party’s best precinct captain right now is Donald Trump,” said Democratic political strategist Pete Giangreco. “When one of his disciples is on the ballot, Democrats vote.”
Even Republicans see the California recall effort as a stumble, pointing to Larry Elder as a weak opposition candidate.
Illinois GOP political operative Jon Zahm, who has worked on statewide policy campaigns, says, “I am all for recalls and citizen referendums being easier to access for voters. However, when I was deeply involved in term limits and fair maps, the Democrat-majority Supreme Court threw out the petitions on technical grounds. I support these new efforts to educate voters and fight for change. But it’s a very steep climb.”
Elections veteran David Orr is most disturbed by the big money that went into the California reform effort. Newsom raised $70 million — more than he did to get elected. And the state spent nearly $300 million “for this fiasco,” Orr told Playbook. “Any reform can be taken over by the rich and powerful but then it’s not reform at all.”
How California’s recall could reverberate in future elections, by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White and David Siders
Chicago aldermen raises: Six council members reject 5.5 percent pay increase, while other 44 accept automatic hike: Those turning down the raise are George Cardenas (12th), Raymond Lopez (15th) and Silvana Tabares (23rd) all from the Southwest Side; along with Northwest Side Alds. Felix Cardona (31st) and Gilbert Villegas (36th) and North Side Ald. Matt Martin (47th). “For everyone else, the raises will kick in on Jan. 1,” reports Tribune’s John Byrne.
Among those accepting raises are the three sitting aldermen who are facing criminal charges in federal court: Patrick Daley Thompson (11th), who was indicted on charges of filing false tax returns and lying about bank loans; Edward Burke (14th), who is awaiting trial on federal racketeering charges; and Carrie Austin (34th), who was indicted on federal bribery charges.
How much aldermen already earn, via Tribune.
MORE ALDERMAN NEWS: Ethics Board finds probable cause Ald. Gardiner violated ethics ordinance twice: The board “found there is probable cause to believe that Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th) violated the city’s Governmental Ethics Ordinance by using his office to retaliate against his political foes,” reports WTTW’s Heather Cherone.
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— Nearly 450 Illinois school districts and private schools have signed up for Covid saliva Shield testing. So far, only 79 have started. Here’s why, explain Tribune’s Lisa Schencker and Karen Ann Cullotta.
— With respiratory illness cases on the rise, doctors offering earlier virus treatment for babies: “In typical years, said Michael Cappello, vice chair of pediatrics at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, ‘If we started seeing an RSV case at the end of September, it’s like ‘Oh, it’s a little early’.’ Now, he said, they are seeing increasing admissions for sick kids.” Tribune’s Alison Bowen reports.
— How ‘farmacies’ could promote healthier diets after Covid: “Pressure is growing to prescribe fresh produce as part of medical care. Will the health care system respond?” by POLITICO’s Joanne Kenen.
— Now that Pritzker has signed energy bill, what does it mean? “The legislation invests in the development of renewable solar and wind energy. It also provides incentives for individual action, such as a rebate of up to $4,000 for the purchase of electric vehicles. Pritzker wants 1 million electric cars on roads by 2030,” reports WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky.
… ‘There is no time to lose,’ Pritzker says as he signs energy legislation, by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton
— Chase makes a power move with wind farm outside Chicago: “The contract with the 22-turbine project in Lee County, Ill., is JPMorgan Chase’s first major move to meet its 100% renewable energy goal,” by Crain’s Steve Daniels.
Where’s Chicago? — Report names 50 safest cities in Illinois for 2021: “According to the ranking from Safewise, a company that rates home security systems, the safest city in the state is Campton Hills, a village west of Chicago located in Kane County. This marked the third year in the row the city has topped the list, the company said.” via NBC/5.
— Lawsuit against Dennis Hastert involving hush-money pact settles before trial: “Days before a trial was set to begin, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reached a tentative settlement in a hush-money lawsuit filed by a man whose decades-old sexual abuse allegations led to the disgraced politician’s epic downfall six years ago. Financial terms of the agreement will be confidential,” reports the Tribune’s Christy Gutowsky.
— Prosecutors play R. Kelly tapes as government case winds down: “In court papers, prosecutors have described tapes of a profane Kelly threatening violence against victims during recorded rants in 2008,” by The Associated Press.
— New CPS CEO says a united district can be ‘best in the country’: “Pedro Martinez, the superintendent of San Antonio public schools, was named CPS’ new leader at Benito Juarez H.S., his alma mater,” by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa and Fran Spielman.
… Martinez is the first Latino CEO of CPS, report Tribune’s Gregory Pratt and Alice Yin
… He’s a CPS grad and a former CPS official, by WBEZ’s Sarah Karp
— Beale tries, fails to get City Council to do away with 6-mph-over speed camera tickets: “Lightfoot ruled Beale, one of her most outspoken council critics, was out of order because he didn’t file notice in time of his intention to try to move his measure Tuesday. A majority of the council agreed with her. Had Beale succeeded in forcing the vote, his colleagues would have been in the unenviable position of either choosing to get rid of tens of millions of dollars in revenue …or voting in favor of continuing to issue thousands of unpopular speeding tickets,” by Tribune’s John Byrne and Alice Yin.
— New equity fund for South, West side business owners meant to build wealth for communities: “PNC Foundation announced their commitment of $1.5 million to kickstart the Community Micro Equity Fund, which will be providing funding for business owners who haven’t been able to access traditional capital,” by Sun-Times’ Elvia Malagón.
— A revamped tax program is offering relief to homeowners on Chicago’s Northwest Side: A program created “to prevent white flight” on Chicago’s Northwest Side was dormant for years. “Now there’s a new executive director, a revamped board and a fresh mission statement. The new program offers loans for repairs, maintenance, remodeling or other improvements. There’s zero interest for loans up to $10,000,” by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore.
— Chicago Sky owner fined by ethics board for seeking Lightfoot’s help on gambling license without registering as a lobbyist: Michael Alter was fined $5,000 after records showed he “emailed Chicago first lady Amy Eshleman in December to ask for the mayor’s help obtaining a gambling license for his team. In the email, Alter noted he’d previously discussed the issue with Lightfoot,” writes Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.
— Celebrating Mexican Independence Day, Chicago-style, with car caravans and flag waving: “It’s a sense of belonging,” by Tribune’s Laura Rodriguez Presa
— Christkindlmarket is officially returning to Chicago this winter: “You’ll be able to visit the German-inspired holiday market in Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville,” by Zach Long in TimeOut.
— ‘Chicago Party Aunt’: Netflix sitcom is a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche: “The fun-loving reveler from Twitter is surrounded by so many lovable characters, we can forgive all the Fridge and Malort references,” by Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper.
We asked: What’s the strangest place you’ve ever had to Zoom in from for a conference call? Plenty of cars, apparently… Amy Zimmerman, assistant VP for state government affairs at Jewish United Fund, zoomed into a meeting while outside on a ski slope in Colorado (Did her boss know? We won’t tell)… Ald. Raymond Lopez takes the cake for sitting in a dentist’s chair getting a cleaning while also tuning in to a Finance Committee meeting. That’s some serious multitasking.
— Metra board approves raise for CEO Jim Derwinski: “Metra CEO and executive director Jim Derwinski, who hasn’t had a raise since 2018, is receiving a 7% raise, bringing his annual base pay to $305,000,” by Sun-Times’ Madeline Kenney.
— Husband of Wayne village president won’t be criminally charged for shooting neighbor’s dog: “Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser said Hal Phipps was justified when he shot Ludwig, a Dogo Argentino dog, last month. Mosser announced her decision during a Wednesday news conference,” by Daily Herald’s Susan Sarkauskas.
Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough will be at Midway Airport tonight welcoming her husband home from a day trip to Washington, D.C. Henderson Yarbrough, a Vietnam veteran who served as an E-5 Specialist in the U.S. Army, will be one of 114 veterans aboard today’s Honor Flight for the trip to the capital to tour the national war memorials. “My husband has been looking forward to this ‘Day of Honor’ for a long time and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be honored in this way, along with so many of his fellow veterans for their bravery and service to our country,” Yarbrough said in a statement to Playbook. Honor Flight Chicago is a nonprofit that provides senior war veterans with an all-expense-paid-trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War memorials.
Feds issue warnings about ‘diet weed’ as Illinois lawmakers try again to crack down on hemp derivative: “The federal agencies reported this week that 119 people were hospitalized after ingesting products infused with Delta-8 THC over the past year,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
— Greg Hart, a DuPage County Board member, is making it official with a campaign video announcing his run for chairman of the DuPage County Board. Current board Chair Dan Cronin announced earlier this week that he won’t seek re-election and is already backing Hart. “Part of my duty and responsibility is to recruit the next generation and support virtuous, talented people, right-thinking people who in my estimation will work with all sides and find common ground,” he told the Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
— Alexi Giannoulias, who’s running for Illinois secretary of state, has a list of additional endorsements, including state Sen. Cristina Castro, and state Rep. Kelly Burke, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, as well as the mayors of Lincolnwood, Niles and Skokie.
— Fritz Kaegi, the Cook County assessor, is also out with a list of endorsements, including six Chicago aldermen — Scott Waguespack and Leslie Hairston among them — and 10 county commissioners.
— Nikki Budzinski, who’s running for the 13th Congressional District seat, has been endorsed by the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois.
RELIGION AND POLITICS: “Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic bishops must minister to politicians who back abortion with ‘compassion and tenderness,’ not condemnation, and warned that they shouldn’t let politics enter into questions about receiving Communion,” according to the AP.
— Newsom: RFK admiration shows ‘where I might be leaning’ on Sirhan parole, by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White
— ‘Now is the time’: Biden’s influence faces Capitol crucible, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Laura Barron-Lopez
— DHS: Extremists used TikTok to promote Jan. 6 violence, by POLITICO’s Betsy Woodruff Swan and Mark Scott
— Opinion | The recovery will be weak if small businesses can’t get the credit they need and deserve, write former Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar and associate professor Terri Friedline in MarketWatch
— CURTAIN CALL | Robert Falls stepping down as Goodman Theatre’s artistic director: “Falls amassed one of the most successful and critically acclaimed careers in theater over the course of his more than three decades at the Goodman,” by Sun-Times’ Miriam Di Nunzio.
— Carley Rich has joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s political team as campaign scheduler. Rich most recently served as scheduler for Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07) and as deputy scheduler and assistant to the chief of staff for Sen. Michael Bennet.
— Jennifer M. Blackman joins the Illinois Association of School Boards as director of advocacy and outreach. She previously held roles at community based non-profits, promoting community resources.
— Andrew Proctor has joined the Illinois Association of School Boards as director of government relations, after serving in a similar role for a multi-state commercial development firm and two key state agencies focused on workforce development. He previously served as Ward 5 alderman for the city of Springfield.
— Sept. 21: Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg headlines a discussion titled “The Antitrust Paradox.” The event is sponsored by the Federalist Society. At Kostali restaurant in Chicago.
— Sept. 22: Richard Longworth, a fellow with the Council on Global Affairs, talks about his new book, “Chicago and the World,” during a virtual discussion with veteran journalist Carol Marin, now with DePaul University. The discussion is part of “a series exploring the people and events that shaped the council and how the organization, in turn, has shaped Chicago and the world.”
WEDNESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Joyce Foundation’s Stephanie Banchero, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, and Chicago Buildings Commissioner Matthew Beaudet for correctly answering that federal Judge Amy St. Eve admonished then-businessman Donald Trump to “get control of himself” in the courtroom, only to find that their paths would cross again when he was president and nominated her to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
TODAY’s QUESTION: What three tribes make up the Council of the Three Fires (Niswi-mishkodewinan), whose ancestral — and current — home is in Illinois? Email to [email protected]
Des Plaines Ald. Malcolm Chester, and Cook County Circuit Court Judge Toya Harvey.
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September 16, 2021 at 07:33AM