‘Corrupt Democrat!’: Insults fly in GOP gov debate

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‘Corrupt Democrat!’: Insults fly in GOP gov debate

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A much-anticipated debate between all six GOP candidates for governor served up plenty of entertainment.

They argued, talked over each other, and hurled the worst kind of insults a Republican can throw — “corrupt Democrat!”

Richard Irvin took the brunt of the blows in part because he’s been the perceived frontrunner thanks to having a wealthy benefactor in Ken Griffin and because he’s largely avoided matchups with opponents.

WBEZ’s Dave McKinney described Irvin as the “political pinata” of the debate.

Irvin found himself taking hits for his campaign rhetoric, his deep war chest, and his GOP credentials. He mostly ducked the attacks, though Irvin did get in a zinger. “My opponents … are threatened by the fact that I’m hurting their political aspirations,” he said.

Crime crunch: Much of the hourlong debate on ABC 7 centered on crime and how to handle it. And the candidates used their time in the spotlight to show off their conservative principles.

On handling gun violence: Bailey called for “mental health solutions” to stop the violence that’s gripped the nation in recent weeks. Irvin said it’s a matter of supporting law enforcement. And Paul Schimpf, a former state senator, proposed an idea about retired military veterans keeping a presence in schools.

Gary Rabine and Max Solomon want armed guards at schools. And Jesse Sullivan blamed Democrats and “a liberal agenda that has been taking God and faith out of our society.”

On abortion, they all want to reinstate a law that would require parental notification for young people seeking an abortion (a law just went into effect this week taking away the parental notification rule).

Irvin again dodged the question about whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned, prompting criticism from his opponents.

‘Hellhole’ follow-up: Bailey explained what he meant when he called Chicago a “hellhole” last week: “You want to know what happened within hours after I made that statement? A homeless man was burned alive. He’s fighting for his life today.” He was referring to a 75-year-old man known affectionately in downtown Chicago as the “Walking Man.” Bailey went on to criticize Gov. JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for “their woke, anti-police policies.”

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— SCOOP: The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Action is endorsing Richard Irvin in his bid to head the Republican ticket for governor. In a statement, AFP Action senior adviser Jason Heffley cited Irvin’s “exemplary record” as mayor of Aurora. “We need a governor like Richard Irvin who has the experience and courage to pass balanced budgets while cutting taxes.”

— Billionaire Dick Uihlein just gave another $3 million to Republican Darren Bailey’s campaign for governor.

Son of former mayor joins growing field to unseat Lori Lightfoot: “Ald. Roderick Sawyer’s father, Eugene Sawyer, was mayor in the late 1980s. Roderick Sawyer chairs the City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations and is a former chair of the council’s Black Caucus. He’s the fifth candidate seeking to deny Mayor Lori Lightfoot a second term,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

“I just want to help,” Sawyer tells WGN 9’s Erik Runge.

‘Another day, another man who thinks he can do this job better than me.’ says Lightfoot, by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt.

Never heard of mayoral candidate Ald. Roderick Sawyer? Along with being the son of a former mayor, he received a “clout job” and won a no-bid city contract, writes Mark Konkol in Patch.

Have a news tip, suggestion, birthday, anniversary, new job, or any other nugget for Playbook? I’d like to hear from you: [email protected]

At the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison at 11:45 a.m. to give remarks in advance of the Enjoy Illinois 300 race… At 1:15 p.m. he’ll bee at the Illinois State Police Metro East Forensic Science Laboratory to announce reduced forensic kit backlogs.

Traveling to Reno, Nev., to attend the 90th U.S. Conference of Mayors. Lightfoot will address the conference, participate in a meeting of the Committee on Criminal and Social Justice, a panel on increasing broadband access, and join the opening press conference. VP Kamala Harris will also be in attendance and will address the nation’s mayors.

At John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 10 a.m. along with Sen. Dick Durbin and others to highlight National Gun Violence Awareness Month and discuss gun violence prevention strategies. … In Berwyn at noon for the grand opening of Berwyn Shops, a local business incubator.

Tribune endorses Alexi Giannoulias and Dan Brady for secretary of state: Democrat Giannoulis “has clearly thought through the technological challenges of the potential new job.” And Republican Brady understands “the efficient delivery of the services provided by the office” matters to voters.

Steve Kim is endorsed by the Daily Herald in the Republican AG primary

Tribune endorses Fritz Kaegi for Cook County assessor: “Kaegi ran on a pledge to overhaul a dysfunctional office, and voters took him at his word. And on the whole, he has delivered.”

Tom Dart’s a no-show — again: The Cook County sheriff has devoted campaign resources to try kicking off two women challengers, but he hasn’t made the debates to talk about issues. “It’s called a rose garden strategy,” reports NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern.

Jonathan Jackson did not file financial disclosure report; top IL-01 rivals did: “That’s an oversight and a mistake that I did not file,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

A new ad targets Rep. Marie Newman and the congressional ethics investigation that’s dogged her campaign in IL-06. “Say no to a corrupt politician representing us. Say no to Marie Newman,” says the ad paid for by the Democratic Majority for Israel PAC, which supports pro-Israel Democrats.

— Congressman Sean Casten released a new ad highlighting gun safety measures and abortion rights. The twist: his daughter stars.

— Jonathan Swain launched his first three digital ads in his bid for the IL-01 congressional seat. The ads, titled “That Guy,” “Better than You Found It,” and “Community,” highlight Swain’s experience as a small business owner in Hyde Park, head of a nonprofit that supports Black youth through college, and being a South Sider.

— Democrat Litesa Wallace is challenging Republican Esther Joy King to a debate about abortion rights. Wallace, a former state rep, is in a heated contest for the Democratic nomination in IL-17. King is expected to head the GOP ballot after the primary.

National Guard training will pull Rockford-area congressional candidate off IL-17 campaign trail: “When duty calls, you have to go serve whether it’s good timing or bad timing for your life or whatever you have going on,” Jonathan Logemann told Rockford Register Star’s Jeff Kolkey.

— JUDICIAL INSIGHT: The Chicago Bar Association has released evaluation results for candidates running to be a judge in Cook County, including those seeking a seat on the Illinois Appellate Court, and the Circuit Court. Here’s the link

— Anna Valencia has been endorsed by City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin in her bid for secretary of state.

— Column | My opponent is a fiend who likes Joe Biden: “The endless Punch and Judy Show of TV campaign commercials drives home the hopelessness of our time,” by Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg.

DCFS staffers removed from duties after death of 8-year-old Amaria Osby in Chicago, by Tribune’s María Paula Mijares Torres.

Climate change could spell the end for Midwestern corn, study finds, via Yahoo News.

Chicago man has first ‘probable’ case of monkeypox in Illinois, by Sun-Times’ Stefano Esposito.

What foods did the Lincolns like to eat? Culinary series to cook up historic cuisine, by Natalie Morris in State Journal Register.

AIDS Garden Chicago opens along lakefront, dedicated to the thousands lost to the deadly epidemic: “The memorial was created near the site of the former Belmont Rocks, a popular gathering place for LGBTQ people between the 1960s and 1990s,” by Block Club Chicago’s Jake Wittich and photos by Colin Boyle.

The site plays an important part of history in Chicago’s queeer community, by WTTW’s Nick Blumberg

They had abortions, some in secret, now, as high court weighs a ruling, want their stories heard: “Fifty years after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court is weighing rolling back access to abortion. Nine from around Chicago who had abortions talk about what’s at stake. “If men could get pregnant, there is no way we would have restrictive laws about abortion,” one says,” by Sun-Times’ Elvia Malagón.

Chicago Episcopal diocese’s $750,000 sex abuse case puts Bishop Chilton Knudsen’s actions under scrutiny: “She didn’t immediately call police after an 18-year-old told her he’d been molested by Richard Kearney, according to a just-settled lawsuit,” by Sun-Times’ Robert Herguth.

Northwestern Medicine plans $100M outpatient center in Bronzeville: “The proposal still needs to be approved by the state Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Pending that approval, construction could begin next summer, and the facility could open in the summer of 2025 on the 4800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue,” by Tribune’s Lisa Schencker.

Ald. Jeanette Taylor applied for Section 8 housing in 1993 — but only now ‘made it to the top of the waiting list,via MarketWatch. Taylor tweeted her acceptance letter.

Safety equipment will be required at Lake Michigan piers under new law prompted by teen’s drowning, by Tribune’s Clare Spaulding.

Boston Consulting Group signs big Fulton Market lease, by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.

Inspired by biblical tenet, interfaith group cuts medical debt for 2,000 Chicagoans, via Times of Israel.

HUGE GIFT | Loyola University Chicago gets $100 million to support students of color — the largest donation in school history: “John and Kathy Schreiber, philanthropists who have been huge Loyola donors, gave the money to fully cover scholarships, housing and support services for underrepresented students,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba.

St. Charles raises rainbow flag for first time in its history to celebrate Pride Month, by Shaw Media’s Eric Schelkopf

Why Cream of Wheaton name is back and how it was created, by Daily Herald’s Katlyn Smith

2 Elmhurst women charged with breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021: “Kimberly DiFrancesco and Trudy Castle are facing several charges including disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds,” by WGN 9’s Melissa Espana.

A list of every known Illinois resident charged in the US Capitol breach: “Almost 800 people have been arrested in connection with the breach in nearly all 50 states. That includes Illinois, where at least 30 known residents face charges for their role,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.

Feds: Fake death certificates, misidentified bodies part of macabre, $26M insurance fraud scam, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner

We asked who’s a political dignitary you’d wait in a crowd to see. We received just one telling answer: the Queen, wrote Steven Smith.

Who’s a politician you admire so much that you considered voting for their son or daughter, too? Email [email protected]

Can Texas Republican John Cornyn clinch a long-shot guns deal? by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine

Biden demands action on guns: ‘How much more carnage are we willing to accept?by POLITICO’s Myah Ward and Sam Stein

— Opinion | Many reporters think Kevin McCarthy is dumb. Why can’t they say so? It’s Washington’s last taboo, writes POLITICO’s Michael Schaffer

Bay Area county revives indoor mask order, by POLITICO’s Victoria Colliver

Eastern Ukraine residents say Russia is wiping their towns off the map, by POLITICO’s Christopher Miller

Sun-Times names former HuffPost managing editor Jennifer Kho as executive editor: “She will be the first woman and the first person of color to lead its newsroom. … Steve Warmbir, a 22-year veteran of the Sun-Times and its interim editor-in-chief, said he is leaving the paper,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.

After 10 years in Chicago, The Onion is navigating fraught times with its unique sense of humor, by Tribune’s Robert Channick

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, a New York-based Jewish-focused education center, kicked off the opening of its Chicago office with a reception. Spotted: SHI NA president Yehuda Kurtzer, the organization’s Chicago director Jason Rosensweig, Consul General of Israel Yinam Cohen, Consul General of Mexico Ambassador Reyna Torres-Mendivil, state Rep. Kam Buckner, Spertus Institute president Dean Bell, Crown Family Philanthropies President Evan Hochberg, and numerous rabbis, including Michael Siegel, David Wolkenfeld, Shoshana Conover, Reni Dickman, Paul Cohen, and Ellen Dreyfus.

Maya Serkin has been promoted to be manager for client success at constituent management platform Indigov in Chicago.

— Monday at 6:30 p.m.: A town hall discussion will focus on the impacts of the U.S. Policy toward Central America. Headliners: Congressman Chuy Garcia, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and state Rep. Delia Ramirez, also a candidate for Congress. At Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

June 9 at 11:30 a.m.: A virtual panel discussion about the city’s three-year planning initiative on neighborhood growth titled We Will Chicago. Register here

THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Bill Velazquez for correctly answering that a real estate office owned by William Kerfoot sprung up Oct. 9, 1871, while the Great Chicago Fire continued to burn through Oct. 10. Jim Nowlan has written about Marshall Field’s opening up Oct. 11. Larry Beaumont notes that the first small retail shop to open was a cigar shop. And hat-tip to Abdon Pallasch for noting the Tribune published on Oct. 11, 1871.

TODAY’s QUESTION: When he was studying in Chicago, where did the actor Peter Falk (of Columbo fame) reside?Email [email protected]

Today: State Sen. Jason Plummer, Ald. Derrick Curtis, Chicagoland Chamber government relations VP Brad Tietz, Future Founders CEO Scott Issen, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ Patrick G. Martin, and Crain’s group publisher Jim Kirk.

Saturday: retired water commissioner Frank Avila, attorney Kevin Fanning, Good Realty Group President Sheldon Good, and PR pro Lynda O’Connor.

Sunday: Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris, SPAAN Tech CEO Smita Shah, and Rep. Lauren Underwood caseworker Becky Hooper.

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June 3, 2022 at 07:27AM

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