Good Monday morning, Illinois. Pour a cup and get comfy because we’ve got a lot to cover — redistricting, an FOP-mayoral feud, a new PAC, and plenty of JUICE.
BUT FIRST… SWEET HOME VICTORY: Sky win their first WNBA title after explosive fourth quarter, by Sun-Times’ Annie Costabile
AND BREAKING: Colin Powell dies from Covid complications, by POLITICO’s David Cohen and Quint Forgey
SCOOP: Washington Democrats are worried the Illinois General Assembly’s draft map doesn’t go far enough to protect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority — and by late Friday an alternative map was floated that is even more partisan and could leave Republicans with just two seats.
All the scoopy details first reported by POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick and your Playbook host.
The map presented Friday by Illinois Democrats eliminates the district GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger now calls home and puts him in the same district as Democratic Rep. Marie Newman. (What a race that would be!) But first, both lawmakers would have to battle through potentially tough primaries.
Former Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski is speaking openly about his own political calculations. “For the past 18 months, people have been telling me that I should run again,” Lipinski told Playbook in a statement. “I’ve always said that I’d need to see the map before considering it. Now that this map is out, I’m taking a look, understanding that the map may still change.”
Newman voiced her displeasure with the map Springfield hatched. “It is abundantly apparent that what has currently been proposed for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District is not only retrogressive but substantially diminishes the diverse and progressive voices of Chicago’s Southwest Side and suburbs,” she said in a statement.
Kinzinger’s statement also oozed disappointment: “Following the release of the new congressional maps for Illinois, my team and I will spend some time looking them over and reviewing all of the options, including those outside the House.”
The draft map that came out of Springfield also has Republican Reps. Darin LaHood and Mary Miller in the same district, a decisive move to take out Miller, a first-termer who’s been plagued with missteps. “Mary’s strength is her authenticity. She’s a mom with conservative values. But she doesn’t have intangible political skills like Darin LaHood,” a GOP political operative anticipating such a race told Playbook.
The Springfield map also unites East St. Louis, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign in a stringbean-esque seat downstate that would pose a challenge for Rep. Rodney Davis to win re-election.
Illinois GOP Party Chairman Don Tracy called the draft map the “Nancy Pelosi Protection Plan,” adding, “It’s appalling that fair representation, keeping communities of interest together, and transparency in the mapmaking process in Illinois all had to take a back seat to the demands of national politics.”
Washington Democrats weren’t pleased, either — but for different reasons. They want the map to squeeze out even more for the Democrats.
The map Zach Koutsky, an Illinois political and government relations consultant, posted Friday would do just that. It has Bustos’ northwest Illinois district stretching across the state’s northern border, grabbing the city of Rockford and dipping into Lake County to pick up some of the city of Waukegan. It also loops the Democratic-leaning cities downstate into two districts: One snaking from East St. Louis to Springfield to Decatur and another that stretches from Peoria to Bloomington to Champaign.
That would leave Davis, Kinzinger and Miller, LaHood and Mike Bost fighting over just two deep red seats in the central and southern regions of the states. Democrats could conceivably take 15 of the districts. Music to Pelosi’s ears.
“I’ve worked with Democrats across the state to bring this together,” Koutsky said in an interview, declining to specify which Democratic groups were involved but that he hoped it would be seriously considered. “The submission that I offered presents more competitive seats than examples that I had seen previously.”
— What’s next: State lawmakers are expected to vote on a congressional map during the tail end of a veto session that starts Tuesday and wraps up Oct. 28.
— Rush rips proposed congressional remap that splits Hyde Park into 3 districts, by Hyde Park Herald’s Aaron Gettinger and Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki
SIMMERING FEUD AT BOILING POINT: A Cook County judge ordered Chicago police union president John Catanzara to stop publicly encouraging officers to ignore the city’s Covid-19 vaccination mandates, saying his comments on social media border on “sedition” and “anarchy.”
The FOP chief responded by taking to social media and hinting that he’s going to fight back by running for mayor.
“I will not be able to speak anymore on the policy. Everybody has to do what’s in their hearts and minds,” he said on a video. “Policy starts at the top in this city and it is proven time and time again that the top of this city’s policy needs to change. With that being said,” he paused and held up a sign stating “John Catanzara for Mayor 2023” and then added “enough is enough.”
To push its point further, the Chicago FOP filed a lawsuit against the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown demanding arbitration about the issue.
The restraining order issued to Catanzara was in response to Lightfoot filing a complaint asking the courts to intervene. The mayor, a former prosecutor, says the union boss is out of line to call for officers not to show up to work to protest the city’s demand that all city workers, police included, report whether they’ve been vaccinated.
The restraining order is in place until Oct. 25, when another hearing will take place.
Catanzara, who is vaccinated, opposes having to report the status and has urged officers to show their opposition, too. Lightfoot’s legal team says that’s the same as an illegal work action, which violates the city’s contract with police.
Experts told the Tribune that Catanzara is walking a fine line legally.
Late-breaking from NBC/5’s Mary Ann Ahern: Police officers who don’t comply with reporting their vaccination status face “disciplinary investigation that could result in a penalty up to and including separation” from the police department.
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At Illinois State Police District 5 Headquarters in Lockport at 9 a.m. for a dedication ceremony for the Trooper Richard G. Warner Memorial Highway. And at IDOT New Lenox office at 10:30 a.m. to announce a six-year construction timeline to improve Interstate 80.
Keynoting the “Summit on Regional Competitiveness: Regional Development Opportunities Following a Global Pandemic” that starts at 10 a.m. At City Hall at 3:30 p.m. to provide a Covid-19 update and hold a media availability.
No official public events.
Rural Illinois doesn’t have enough health workers, and the pandemic made it worse: “Nearly every county in Illinois doesn’t have enough primary care, mental health and dental providers, according to a new report by the Rural Health Summit. The issue is most acute in the state’s rural counties, including southern Illinois,” by St. Louis Public Radio’s Eric Schmid.
— The transition to a new House speaker doesn’t appear to hurt, fundraising-wise. Democrats for the Illinois House, the fundraising arm of House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s political machine, raised $875,607 during the July-through-September periods. It has $2.1 million cash on hand. Welch’s personal fund raised $1.9 million and has $3.1 million cash on hand. Welch also helped individual House lawmakers beef up their bank accounts:
Rep. Maura Hirschauer raised $128,324 and has $151,656 cash on hand.
Rep. Suzanne Ness raised $133,980 and has $162,020 COH.
Rep. Janet Yang Rohr raised $180,353 and has $181,460 COH.
Rep. Katie Stuart raised $144,100 and has $291,766 COH.
Rep. Dave Vella raised $290,847 and has $299,320 COH.
Rep. Lance Yednock raised $240,414 and has $386,457 COH.
— Gov. Pritzker spends $7M in ads in early reelection push as GOP rivals try to stockpile cash: “Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, spent more than $8.2 million from July through September, campaign finance reports showed. The first-term Democrat, who spent $171 million of his own money to defeat one-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018, is again self-funding his campaign and had nearly $24.7 million available in his campaign fund at the start of October,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
— Governor and his wife report earning $2.2M in taxable income last year, paying $760,000 in state, federal taxes, by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
— Who is GOP governor candidate Jesse Sullivan? “His tax-exempt charity was funded largely by cryptocurrency. His career as a venture capitalist is more recent,” writes Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
— County Dems hear candidate pitches — including challengers to Sheriff Dart calling for ‘change over complacency,’ by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton
— Looking for Democratic veterans: Rep. Stephanie Kifowit and management consultant Thomas Day, both military veterans, have started Illinois Veterans for Change, a political action committee dedicated to helping elect and support veterans running as Democrats.
“I don’t think it’s news that the Democratic Party has struggled to gain a foothold in more socially conservative communities,” Day, a former congressional candidate in the 7th district, said in an interview. “We have no problem winning over voters in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, but in exurban and downstate communities, it’s a challenge.”
There are at least a dozen Republican and Democratic veterans now serving in the General Assembly. Kifowit wants to see more Democratic vets for the simple reason that they bring a different voice to the table. “We have a significant set of values and strengths in terms of wanting to make the community better,” she said. “As Democrats, we hold up the Constitution and we take our freedoms seriously, and I think that needs to be said.”
The PAC is holding a fundraiser tonight.
— OH, THE BICKERING: Democratic Party of Illinois marked by infighting and a desire to hold on to power: “Illinois Democrats have bickered amongst themselves over the barest of political slights and serious public policy. So far, however, they haven’t paid a political price for those internal fights… But big tests loom in the years ahead. Internal clashes are likely to continue amid an aging out of veteran politicians, a continuing establishment-progressive philosophical divide and elections next year and in 2023,” writes Eric Krol for Center for Illinois Politics.
— As Illinois bans immigration detention, one Indiana county looks to cash in, by Injustice Watch’s Carlos Ballesteros
— Austin shootout investigation restarts despite heated Foxx-Lightfoot meeting that failed to heal tattered relationship: “Evidence still being processed in the case could potentially lead to charges against two alleged members of the Body Snatchers, sources said,” by Sun-Times’ Matthew Hendrickson, Fran Spielman, and Tom Schuba.
— Watchdog sends Lightfoot his report on the city’s handling of the botched police raid of Anjanette Young’s home: “The inspector general’s office says its investigation into the raid’s aftermath is complete, but may not be publicly released for months,” by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
— Lightfoot names interim inspector general to replace Ferguson, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone.
— A Ukrainian oligarch bought a factory in Harvard, Ill., and let it rot. What was really going on? U.S. prosecutors say the decaying plant, an abandoned Motorola factory, “was part of a broader scheme to hide millions in stolen dollars across the American Midwest,” by Casey Michel in POLITICO magazine.
— In Arlington Heights, the possible future home of the Bears, early development separated the suburb’s fortunes from Chicago, by Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta.
— How suburban school districts are scrambling after pandemic exacerbated teacher shortage, by Daily Herald’s Madhu Krishnamurthy
— Former Libertarian candidate for governor charged with threatening Lake County judges: “Grayson K. Jackson, who also is known as Kash Jackson and Benjamin Winderweedle, 43, of Paris, Arkansas, is accused of making the threats Oct. 7, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Covelli,” via Daily Herald.
— Cop who accused ex-Supt. Eddie Johnson of sexual harassment seeking on-duty disability checks, citing PTSD, by Sun-Times’ Frank Main.
— Teen’s mother helped identify him as shooter in gang-related slaying in Austin: prosecutors, by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.
The supply chain crisis is real and folks are already preparing for it. Rina Ranalli, University Club of Chicago program director, is purchasing tickets for Chicago theater, dance, and music as holiday gifts ‘and doing my holiday book shopping from our great independent bookstores now.”… David Schwartz, education director at Temple Har Zion in River Forest, says, “We’re trying to order Chanukah presents in October.” … And John Straus, former head of the Illinois Commission on Science & Technology, says with tongue in cheek: “I’m going to bid on abandoned storage lockers and hope to find some holiday worthy gifts inside. Old tires, boxes of books, slightly used mattresses etc.”
Related: Buttigieg warns some supply chain problems will persist into 2022, by POLITICO’s Nick Niedzwiadek
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Some pot shops would have to prove social equity status to City Council members — not just the state — under proposed ordinance: “Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th) want companies seeking to open new cannabis dispensaries in Chicago within 1,500 feet of existing dispensaries to provide ‘certified evidence’ every year that they are indeed ‘social equity’ applicants,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
— As some Black staff members leave Congress, those who remain call for change: “‘I honestly didn’t feel like the Hill was for me — there were very few hues of Black and brown walking through the Senate,’ Kameelah Pointer said of her first internship in 2017. She said she stayed only because she was hired full-time as a legislative aide by Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois, who led a diverse team, fostered a positive culture and rewarded staff with bonuses. But after Pointer’s brother was killed in a home invasion in Chicago, she decided to ‘seek justice’ for her community in a way that working in Congress did not allow. Pointer left Duckworth’s office in May to attend law school at Northwestern University,” via The New York Times.
— ‘I felt all the beauty of Earth’: William Shatner recounts journey to space during Rosemont visit, by Daily Herald’s Sean Stangland.
— A 2:30-minute trailer is out the documentary about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, which is releasing on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 12.
— Kinzinger goes to bat for Biden over Jan. 6 committee comments, by POLITICO’s Nick Niedzwiadek
…‘His street cred went up’: The unintended consequences of outing the GOP lawmakers at Jan. 6, by POLITICO’s Ruby Cramer
— Bill Clinton released from the hospital, by The Associated Press
— Dems to Biden: Don’t leave people of color behind in Build Back Better negotiations, by POLITICO’s Laura Barrón-López and Alice Miranda Ollstein
— Dems find their unifying goal: ‘Put points on the board,’ by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris
— In rare move, ComEd taps outsider as new CEO: “Gil Quiniones, who runs the New York Power Authority, will have the challenging task of restoring the utility’s tarnished reputation,” by Crain’s Steve Daniels.
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE: Christian Ficara, VP of government affairs at Cresco Labs, and Verge Creative Group’s Mandy Laneve tied the knot at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on Friday and then celebrated with family and friends at the Chicago History Museum. The couple met while working on then-candidate Brian Hopkins’ aldermanic campaign. One of their first dates was a Billy Joel concert at Wrigley Field—and they’ve made sure to attend every one of his Chicago concerts ever since. Ficara even proposed to Laneve at a Billy Joel concert — at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where they live today. Pic!
— Today at noon: A virtual discussion titled “Aldermanic Voices: Ending Violence in Chicago” features Chicago Aldermen Brian Hopkins (2nd), Anthony Beale (9th), Raymond Lopez (15th) and Chris Taliaferro (29th). Moderator is NBC/5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern. Free registration
— Today at 4:45 p.m.: Rep. Robin Kelly, chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI), joins N.Y. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic Caucus for a fundraiser benefiting DPI. Former Playboy CEO Christie Hefner hosts the reception. Details
FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Lake County resident Liz Heffernan for correctly answering that Marlon Brando was a famous movie star and Libertyville neighbor to Adlai Stevenson. Answering Robin Williams also would have been correct.
TODAY’s QUESTION: What did the Chicago Orchestra, later named Chicago Symphony Orchestra, play in its first performances 130 years ago Oct. 16 and 17? Email to [email protected]
Former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, State Budget Director Alexis Sturm, MxD’s Alyssa Anna Sullivan, University of Chicago professor Victor A. Friedman, comms consultant Jim Bray, and Playbooker Steve Whitmer.
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October 18, 2021 at 07:39AM