Happy Tuesday, Illinois. President Joe Biden’s trip to Chicago is back on. He’ll be here Thursday.
GAUNTLET HAS BEEN THROWN. Hedge fund manager and political donor Ken Griffin on Monday blasted Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s response to last year’s Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago, discouraged Donald Trump from running in 2024, and lamented the current legislative shenanigans in Washington.
But it was Pritzker’s handling of George Floyd rallies where the Citadel Corp. CEO really laid into the governor during a Q&A with Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker for members of the Economic Club of Chicago.
“I told him to deploy the National Guard and he goes, ‘It won’t look good for there to be men and women on Michigan Avenue with assault weapons,’” Griffin claimed. “If that saves the life of a child, I don’t care. And he doesn’t care.”
In fact, Pritzker did call up the Guard in wake of the protests, prompting the governor’s team on Monday to label Griffin an outright “liar.”
“He lied to Congress last year and he is lying to Chicagoans now,” said spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh, a reference to Griffin testifying before Congress after Robinhood investment firm halted trading of GameStop Corp.
“Governor Pritzker is dedicated to the safety of this city and state, deployed the National Guard during the social unrest in the summer of 2020, and is making landmark investments in crime prevention,” Abudayyeh added. “The governor will continue working to help local leaders as they confront the national epidemic of gun violence.”
A spokeswoman for Griffin did not return a request for comment.
Call it a declaration of war in a long-simmering battle that escalated when Griffin threw nearly $50 million to successfully oppose a graduated income tax referendum Pritzker had backed to the tune of $56 million.
As Griffin considers throwing his billionaire weight behind a Republican candidate for governor, Monday’s tit for tat hints at what’s to come in the 2022 campaign.
Griffin seemed to take delight Monday in mentioning the referendum’s failure and though his comment about the Guard might have been a flub, his intention to blame Pritzker for crime was deliberate. It was one of a number of provocative comments Griffin made during the in-person event streamed online.
Griffin even showed a love-hate relationship for Trump, praising the former president’s efforts on Operation Warp Speed to develop and manufacture Covid-19 vaccines while also lobbing criticisms. “Our country wasn’t willing to declare war against Covid-19,” Griffin said.
The Chicago billionaire who says, “I don’t care about the sticker on your back but how you play in the field,” a reference to one’s politics, also said he wouldn’t back Trump for president in 2024.
“It’s time for America to move on,” Griffin said. Except for his economic policies, Trump’s time in the White House was not constructive, he said, adding, the former president was “pointlessly divisive.” Griffin said he was “appalled” by Trump’s willingness to attack people based on where they came from or the color of their skin.
Also from the interview:
Griffin says he’ll move Citadel headquarters out of Chicago if the city doesn’t do more to address violence. “Chicago is like Afghanistan on a good day. And that’s a problem,” he said.
On President Joe Biden’s core infrastructure bill, Griffin said he’s a “huge, huge supporter of that legislation. [It’s] spot-on right. That $3.5 trillion dollar spend-fest? Thank god for Sen. [Joe] Manchin.”
He’s donated heavily to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, but Griffin says it’s “too early” to endorse him or anyone for president.
Griffin said he has no plans to run for office as he has a business to run and three young children.
Griffin criticized the energy put into cryptocurrencies, saying it’s “a Jihadist call” that some people don’t believe in the dollar.
On whether the Bears should move from Chicago to Arlington Heights: “I so hope they stay in Chicago.”
The Tribune’s Robert Channick called it a “pull-no-punches” appearance, where Griffin took on city and state leaders over issues including “broken” public schools, high taxes, the need for pension reform and crime.
Daniel Vock writes in the Center for Illinois Politics that “Griffin’s concern about violence echoes criticisms from Illinois Republicans.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK POLL: State Sen. Darren Bailey clobbers his opponents in the GOP primary race for governor, according to a Republican-focused poll obtained by Playbook.
The five-question survey was conducted by Ogden & Fry Sunday and Monday among 404 respondents “selected by random sampling of likely Republican primary voters.” The margin of error for the poll is +/- 4.98 percent.
Asked if the primary were held today, 33 percent of respondents said they would vote for Bailey, compared to 6 percent for entrepreneur Jesse Sullivan, 5 percent for businessman Gary Rabine, and 3 percent for former state Sen. Paul Schimpf. Nearly 50 percent, however, are undecided.
The poll also backs up familiar conservative GOP themes. Respondents support masks being optional in schools (88 percent) to combat Covid-19 compared to 12 percent who back mandates. And the poll shows Republican respondents still view former President Donald Trump favorably, 86.6 percent to 13.1 percent.
The poll followed the well-funded but little known Sullivan already coming out with TV ads for the June 2022 primary to determine who will take on Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
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At the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 8:30 a.m. to discuss innovation and workforce development at the Employment Champions Breakfast put on by Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. Then at Casa Queretaro at 9:30 a.m. with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge to discuss the Build Back Better agenda and Latino communities.
At Casa Queretaro at 9:30 a.m.with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge to discuss the Build Back Better agenda and Latino communities.
In the Cook County Building at 10 a.m. to present the Forest Preserves’ executive budget for 2022.
— Pritzker says he’s waiting for further decline in Covid-19 transmission before lifting indoor mask mandate: “Despite recent declines in new cases and other measures of the pandemic, all 102 counties in Illinois continue to meet the criteria for areas of substantial or high transmission, according to the latest CDC data,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella.
— Boys of color were hit hard by the pandemic. What do they need now? “School systems have long vowed to shrink the disparities in graduation, college enrollment, and other outcomes that leave Black and Latino boys consistently behind girls of color. The pandemic’s disruption further widened such gaps. In Chicago and nationally, data show a steeper drop in attendance and a more marked increase in failing grades for male Black and Latino students,” by Chalkbeat’s Mila Koumpilova.
— City Council members accuse top cop of presiding over ‘most dangerous city in the country’: “With Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on the hot seat at City Council budget hearings, council members complained about the rise in homicides, shootings and carjackings from last year’s already troubling levels,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
… Mayor warns city could be sent ‘into chaos’ after Kim Foxx’s latest decision to reject charges: “But Foxx accused the mayor of getting her facts wrong regarding prosecutors’ decision not to charge five suspects in a deadly Austin shootout last week, and said there was not enough evidence,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba and Fran Spielman.
… “Lightfoot has been under pressure to curb high violent crime, which she has generally attributed to the pandemic disrupting the criminal justice system, lax prosecutors and illegal guns while pointing out that crime is up across the country. Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown have at times been critical of Foxx’s office, even though Lightfoot endorsed Foxx’s re-election campaign in 2020,” report Tribune’s Gregory Pratt, John Byrne and Jeremy Gorner.
… Police superintendent defends ShotSpotter gunshot detection system, say it’s saved lives, by Tribune’s John Byrne
— CPS CEO Pedro Martinez talks gun violence, vaccine mandates, CTU and more: After his first week on the job, Martinez sat for an interview with Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman, by Spielman and Nader Issa.
— Police Board president bemoans great divide between residents, police in Chicago: “Last summer, Ghian Foreman filed a complaint, saying he was struck in the legs five times by a police baton after encountering a demonstration in Kenwood. On Monday, Foreman wasn’t complaining about police. He was sympathizing with them,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Some landlords keep storefronts empty for years — and get tax breaks for it. Business leaders want to change that: “Small business advocates want to limit the tax breaks property owners can get on vacant storefronts. On 79th Street, three in five storefronts were vacant as of last year,” by Block Club’s Maxwell Evans.
— Free concert featuring Indigenous music is coming to Lincoln Square this month: “Organizers hope the concert can celebrate local Indigenous communities and generate support for the movement to change Columbus Day, which is Oct. 11, to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Chicago,” by Block Club’s Maia McDonald.
— East and West Garfield Park in pictures: Residents’ archival photos “shed light on a neighborhood the city neglected,” by Samantha Cabrera Friend of CatchLight Local Chicago and Tony Briscoe of ProPublica.
— ABOUT DA BEARS: Arlington Heights mayor: ‘We’re not going to give away the store’ to land Bears stadium deal: “Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes said the village has not committed any funds to the Bears project, and while tax incentives are offered to businesses, ‘it’s a last resort,’” reports Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.
… FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: State Rep. Marty Moylan, who represents parts of Arlington Heights in his 55th District, supports the Bears moving to the ‘burbs. In a letter obtained by Playbook, Moylan called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” that could allow the stadium to host bigger events in the area — like the Super Bowl.
… ‘This one is going to happen’: Why move to suburbs makes sense for Bears now, after years of threats, by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Robbins’ dwindling police staff walks out over pay, staffing, equipment issues: “[T]he department typically has between 20 and 30 officers, all of whom are classified part time except for the chief and deputy chief, but those numbers have narrowed to 14 recently, not including six in the academy. Those who remain on staff have called off indefinitely because they do not feel their concerns are being addressed by the Robbins Village Board,” by Daily Southtown’s Bill Jones.
— Moore Wolfe hopes to tackle Covid-19 and pensions as leader of Illinois Municipal League: “It had been more than 70 years since a Decatur mayor served as president of the Illinois Municipal League, the statewide organization that advocates for the state’s cities and towns in Springfield. But that changed last week with Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe’s ascension to the top role,” by Lee Enterprises’ Brenden Moore.
— Former Secretary of State James Baker III and Gen. David Petraeus headlined the American College of Trial Lawyers’ annual meeting in Chicago over the weekend. Andrew W. Vail, a partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago, was inducted into the preeminent organization. Also speaking: CNN political analyst David Gregory, criminal defense attorney and author Nancy Hollander, Avanti Bank & Trust CEO Caitlin Long, and ESPN sports analyst Jay Bilas.
— George Lucas goes on buying spree for his museum: “Gearing up for 2023 opening, Lucas Museum adds works by Frida Kahlo, Robert Colescott and Artemisia Gentileschi to filmmaker’s Norman Rockwell trove,” by The Art Newspaper.
Nikki Budzinski, who’s running in the 13th Congressional District, says her campaign has raised $455,000 since entering the race Aug. 24. Budzinski is the former chief of staff for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and a former senior adviser to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
‘Vocal pro-union Republican’ makes 2nd run for state Senate: “More than 180 people attended Monday night’s campaign announcement at Skooter’s Roadhouse in Shorewood for Tom McCullagh,” reports Patch’s John Ferak.
— Federal trial begins for ex-DePaul student accused of writing computer code to help spread ISIS propaganda: “Thomas Osadzinski, 22, who is originally from Park Ridge and lived in an apartment in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood at the time of his arrest, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, which carries up to 20 years in prison if convicted,” by Tribune’s Jason Meisner.
— Professor charged with hate crime in Oak Park for allegedly making slurs and spitting at a Black woman, resigns, by Pioneer Press’ Bob Chiarito
— Kyle Rittenhouse petitions judge for a self-defense expert to testify on his behalf, by Tribune’s Stacy St. Clair
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Chronic pain, PTSD top the list of reasons people buy medical marijuana in Illinois: Number of medicinal cardholders grows by 30 percent, reports Tribune’s Robert McCoppin
Rush, Kelly say they’ll work to keep their priorities in revised Build Back Better Act: “Kelly’s spokesperson conceded that, given the opposition in the Senate, it appears that the Build Back Better Act will be scaled back, with specifics to be known as talks continue this week,” via the Hyde Park Herald.
— Biden plots debt ceiling blitz to focus the blame on McConnell, by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago
— Tensions erupt between environmental justice leaders and White House, by POLITICO’s Zack Colman
— Black Lives Matter comparison roils court in Jan. 6 cases, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney
— Jeanne Reidy is now general manager of the Chicago public affairs firm Kivvit, where she’ll focus on marketing and client relations. Reidy previously served as Senior VP of Strategy & Engagement at 1871. Before that she was operations lead at Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation, and executive assistant to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
— Caryn Trombino is now chair Perkins Coie’s national White Collar & Investigations Practice. Trombino is a veteran white-collar defense and investigations attorney who co-led the sexual misconduct investigation against Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State.
— Today at 3 p.m.: Michael Amiridis, chancellor of University of Illinois Chicago, headlines a virtual discussion focusing on UIC’s recent acquisition of John Marshall Law School, “and his plans for promoting university growth to enhance its diversity, equity, and inclusion,” according to a statement. The discussion is sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, Equity & Engagement (D.I.C.E.) Initiative.
— Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Deputy Gov. Sol Flores and political strategist Alex Sims headline the #VoteHerIn podcast, which will also stream on Facebook, to discuss how women can build careers in government and politics. Moderator is Rebecca Sive, author of the upcoming book: “Make Herstory Your Story: Your Guided Journal to Justice for Every Woman.”
— Thursday at 10 a.m.: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning hosts State of the Region 2021: Prosperity with Purpose. The free virtual event will feature an address by executive director Erin Aleman and a keynote speech by Sterling Bay’s Suzet McKinney.
— Thursday at 2 p.m.: Kristin Hoganson, a University of Illinois history professor, joins Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw for a virtual conversation on “America, the World, and Champaign County.” They’ll discuss Hoganson’s book “The Heartland: An American History,” which explores the rural Midwest’s connection to world history.
— Thursday at 5:30 p.m.: Shriver Center on Poverty Law CEO Audra Wilson and author Heather McGhee discuss economic and racial justice in a fundraising webinar titled “Real Change for Communities of Color.” McGhee is author of “The Sum of Us,” a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, which examines the costs of racism.
MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to retired Cook County deputy director of Homeland Security Timothy Thomas for correctly answering that George E. Pickett was an Illinois cadet who graduated in the famous West Point Class of 1846.
H/t to attorney Eric Lane for answering Parmenas Taylor Turnley, who was an Illinois native but nominated as a cadet from Tennessee.
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Former state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, Illinois Secretary of State liaison Bob Juliano Jr., Northern Suburban Legal Aid Clinic’s Alicia De La Cruz, and Protiviti’s Sloane Potter (previously with POLITICO).
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October 5, 2021 at 07:11AM