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Public hearings this week on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will delve deeper into former President Donald Trump’s involvement, according to Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who will lead Wednesday’s panel.
Today, the panel will look at how Trump perpetuated lies and misinformation about the 2020 election. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. ET. Read the preview, by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu.
Wednesday, Kinzinger will focus on how Trump tried “to install his own people into Justice to do his bidding,” he told John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
After all the evidence, “after what the attorney general says, for instance… if you truly believe the election was stolen then, if the president truly believed that, for instance, he’s not mentally capable to be president,” Kinzinger said.
His big worry: “The thing that is most concerning to me is [that] nothing has changed,” he said. “The only thing that has changed since January 6, if they want to run that play again, they will put more loyal people into the administration earlier on.”
It’s about the rule of law: “We could pass any law in this country, but if we have people in power, whether it is in politics or law enforcement or the military, if we have any people that are unwilling to put their oath above any loyalty to a person, no law matters,” the Illinois Republican said.
On the panel: Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the nine-member House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, along with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
By the numbers: The committee’s first public hearing held Thursday evening drew nearly 20 million viewers — which is less than this year’s State of the Union address (38 million), and about the same as television events like a big “Sunday Night Football” game or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, according to The New York Times.
Tune in: The hearings this week will be held today and Wednesday 10 a.m. ET. Watch live on POLITICO
SPEAKING OF TRUMP: There’s growing buzz that former President Donald Trump will campaign in Illinois for Rep. Mary Miller before the June 28 primary.
Trump could visit Quincy on or near June 25 to vouch for Miller, according to Republican sources.
Trump raised the idea last week, though it’s not a sure thing until it’s a sure thing. “While the influential former president’s remarks indicate that he’s at least raising the idea of getting involved with his House allies, it also wouldn’t be the first time Trump has talked about doing rallies for politicians he’s endorsed, only for it to fall through later,” POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers wrote in Congress Minutes.
Freshman Rep. Miller is facing Rep. Rodney Davis in the IL-15 congressional race. The incumbent Republicans became competitors after the redistricting overseen by Democrats in the General Assembly. The winner of the primary is expected to be victorious in November because the district is nearly 70 percent Republican.
The Miller v. Davis contest has become more interesting since a new poll in the Republican governor’s primary shows conservative candidate Darren Bailey gaining momentum over the more moderate Richard Irvin.
Political observers wonder whether Miller’s Trump endorsement can compete with Davis’ lengthier experience, bigger warchest and numerous political endorsements.
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At Ferrero North America in Bloomington at 10:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking of its production facility. … At Metropolitan Family Services Learning and Wellness Center in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. to announce childcare investment expansion.
At Daley Center at 11 .m. for the Juneteenth flag raising.
At South Holland Community Center at 6 p.m. for a town hall about funds available through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Jim Ryan, former Illinois attorney general who made 2 unsuccessful bids for governor, dies at 76: “A stoic politician whose life was beset by personal tragedies, Ryan rose from DuPage County state’s attorney to serve two terms as Illinois attorney general, but was twice defeated bids for governor,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Bob Goldsborough.
From the Sun-Times: Ryan “raised the profile of the attorney general’s office, in part by going after toxic dumpers, polluters, online fraud and gangs. As attorney general, Mr. Ryan also helped create the Illinois Violence Prevention Initiative.”
Democrat David Axelrod described Ryan as “a principled conservative who jeopardized his political career decades ago by supporting restrictions on assault weapons. A good & decent man, devoted husband & father & fine public servant,” via Twitter.
— DNC cuts 3 contenders as it chooses new early state presidential lineup: “The Democratic National Committee narrowed its list of states vying for the early presidential nominating window from 20 to 17 on Saturday, cutting it ahead of their June meeting.
New York, Nebraska and Democrats Abroad will not make presentations to compete for the early primaries, according to POLITICO’s Elena Schneider. The 17 states and territories still in contention are: Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
— Chicago during the Boss years: The rise of suburbia and the political convention seen around the world, by Tribune’s Rick Kogan
— Sun-Times/WBEZ Poll: Ken Griffin, Michael Flynn not swaying many GOP voters: “About two-thirds of likely Republican voters said they’re not sure who they’ll vote for in the U.S. Senate, attorney general and secretary of state races. Candidates backed by billionaire Ken Griffin were trailing, and the endorsement of former national security adviser Michael Flynn did little to help a U.S, Senate candidate,” by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout.
— Madigan has left the building — but the former House speaker’s shadow clouds the campaign trail: “Attacks on Mike Madigan’s influence over state government have been part of the Republican campaign playbook going at least as far back as Bruce Rauner’s election in 2014. There’s no reason to think that’s going to let up now that Madigan has been charged with racketeering and bribery,” by Sun-Times’ Mark Brown.
— Statewide tour: Republican Darren Bailey’s campaign for governor hits the road today on a 14-day whistle stop tour of Illinois’ 102 counties. Bailey is expected to visit in person to most counties, and if he doesn’t make it, his running mate, Stephanie Trussell, will, according to the campaign.
— Irvin launches new message in battle for GOP governor nomination: A vote for Bailey is a vote for Pritzker, by Tribune’s Rick Pearson.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sen. Dick Durbin is endorsing Lauren Beth Gash for the Democratic State Central Committee seat in the 10th District. “I’ve known Lauren for decades and I’ve watched what she’s done to change what had been considered a solidly Republican area into a mostly Democratic one,” Durbin said in a statement.
The endorsement is the latest move in a battle to control the Illinois Democratic Party. Gov. JB Pritzker is endorsing Gash’s opponent in the race, outgoing state Sen. Melinda Bush.
— Dem race for secretary of state has one candidate trying to resurrect his political career and two trying to take their next step: “It is a statewide office that has been a launching pad for political careers, and Alexi Giannoulias is trying to use it to resurrect his, though this time without Obama’s overt assistance as he faces two other major Democrats — City Clerk Anna Valencia and Chicago Ald. David Moore — in the June 28 primary,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.
— GOP candidates talk about issues in race for Illinois AG, by Rockford Register Star’s Jim Hagerty.
— Nikki Budzinski has been endorsed by the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association in her bid to represent IL-13.
— Chris Butler defended his an anti-abortion stance in the IL-01 Democratic congressional race on former GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee’s TV show.
— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Congressman Chuy Garcia is endorsing Kevin Olickal for the 16th state House seat. Garcia said he trusts Olickal “to be an effective member of the House Progressive Caucus,” a dig at incumbent Democratic Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback didn’t join the caucus after tweeting that she would.
— ‘We’ve gotta kill it. Period.’ | New details on ComEd bribery probe emerge in latest unsealed search warrants: Legislation aimed at helping low-income electricity customers was making its way to the floor of an Illinois House chamber tightly controlled by then-Speaker Michael Madigan. One of its primary opponents was ComEd, the state’s largest electric utility, report Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Ray Long.
— Analysis: Drip feed of Madigan scandal complicates ComEd CEO’s rehab project, by Crain’s Steve Daniels.
— If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it could offer surprising benefit to Illinois: More corporate offices: “Officials already lure corporations by touting their strong support for voting rights, racial justice and protections for LGBTQ individuals, but losing the constitutional right to abortion should further strengthen their hand with businesses from red states likely to outlaw the procedure,” by Tribune’s Brian J. Rogal.
— Shielded from public view, misconduct by corrections staff in Illinois prisons received scant discipline: “At least 18 corrections employees abused or used excessive force against incarcerated people in Illinois, according to internal corrections investigations. They all remained on the job,” by WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan.
— New law requires lifesaving equipment along Illinois’ Lake Michigan shores, by WTTW’s Marissa Parra and Erica Gunderson
How a chewing gum heir fell into a sticky situation with weed: “Beau Wrigley’s cannabis company is beset by lawsuits filed by angry investors alleging fraud,” by POLITICO’s Paul Demko and Mona Zhang.
— Tribune Investigation: Chicago planted trees at a higher rate in wealthier, whiter neighborhoods over the past decade: “The city’s half million street trees, those often found on the strip of grass between roadways and sidewalks, make up a part of the overall canopy coverage, along with trees in parks and yards. How the city manages these trees can directly affect residents’ quality of life,” by Tribune’s Morgan Greene and Joe Mahr.
— City failed to enforce a 20-year-old law requiring contractors to disclose links to slavery: Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16th Ward), the chair of the Subcommittee on Reparations, has been unable to obtain two decades of those reports. Coleman said she had hoped to use that information to guide the next steps of the subcommittee. “In order to know where we are going, we most definitely have to recognize the past,” she said, via WTTW’s Heather Cherone.
— Another pedestrian killed: “A 47th Ward neighbor was struck and killed by a driver as he was crossing Irving Park on foot near Hoyne. He had just departed an early vote rally that I and many others were attending. I am devastated,” tweeted Ald. Matt Martin. Thread
… Just hours earlier, North Side neighbors, leaders gathered to honor toddlers killed by vehicles, by WGN 9’s Sean Lewis.
— Indiana is about to make it easier to carry a firearm in public. That worries law enforcement there and in Chicago, by WBEZ’s Michael Puente.
— Police officer wounded in Englewood shootout released from hospital, by Sun-Times’ Mohammad Samra and Mary Norkol.
— This week is gonna be a scorcher, via CBS 2.
— ‘Positivity on display’: After week of uncertainty, Aurora Pride parade a hit, by Daily Herald’s Steve Zalusky.
— DuPage County Board hopefuls try to separate themselves from crowded primary fields, by Daily Herald’s Katlyn Smith.
— Illinois man with alleged ties to hate group among the 31 arrested en route to an Idaho Pride rally: “It appears these people did not come here to engage in peaceful events,” Kootenai County Sheriff Bob Norris told a Coeur d’Alene Press reporter. Via Tribune’s William Lee and Associated Press.
— Drew Peterson in court today: A hearing is set” to determine if a retrial is necessary. The former Bolingbrook police officer is currently serving a 38-year prison sentence for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio,” by WGN 9.
— A lawsuit claims Waukegan police extracted another false confession from a Black teen, by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was spotted in the crowd that showed up for a perfect backyard summer party at the North Side home of Rob Fojtik, who works with Choose Chicago, and Josh Whitaker. Lightfoot arrived fashionably late but stuck around long enough to chat with anyone who made their way to her side. The crowd was a mix of business, nonprofit and political friends. Spotted: World Business Chicago EVP Kyle Schultz, Nobody’s Darling co-founders (and James Beard finalists) Angela Barnes and Renauda Riddle, Sidetrack owners and gay-rights activists Art Johnston and Pepe Peña, chief of staff to Ald. Tom Tunney Bennet Lawson, Howard Brown CEO David Munar, election attorney Ed Mullen.
Also spotted: political consultant Hope Pickett, former state Rep. Yoni Pizer and businessman Brad Lippitz, Kivvit principal Alex Hanns, Bartlit Beck attorney Mac Lebuhn, Rep. Marie Newman campaign manager Nick Uniejewski, Rep. Robin Kelly district director Tony Presta, JPMorgan Chase’s Marko Supronyuk, political consultant Richard Streetman, activist Roger Simon, Belgium consul general Paul Van Haltern, Ireland Consul General Kevin Byrne and husband Aristotle, and chef Lorin Adolph.
— Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Congressman Danny K. Davis were honored Friday by the Illinois Primary Health Care Association for their support of community health centers.
— Mellody Hobson to become a co-owner of the Denver Broncos: She will be one of the few Black women to have an ownership stake in a professional sports team, reports Ebony’s Rashad Grove.
— Erin Amico named president, CEO of Chicago Academy of Sciences & Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: She will be the first African American in the position at the 165-year-old institution.
We asked what you remember about the Watergate hearings: Steve Sheffey: “Sam Ervin’s eyebrows.” … Liz Heffernan: “Howard Baker, the senator from Tennessee. I was a 13 year old nerd who read the newspaper and loved politics. I had a crush on Sen. Baker.” … Andy Shaw remembers Baker’s famous question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” …Bill Kresse: Sens. Howard Baker and Sam Ervin: "Their comportment, appearance and collegiality registered with me.”
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Durbin rails against Thomson prison, calls for new bureau director, by WHBF’s Jonathan Turner
— Senators strike bipartisan gun safety agreement, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine.
… Opinion: RFK’s speech on gun violence is still relevant today, by Illinois political consultant Porter McNeil.
— Biden’s power broker: How Susan Rice defied critics and created a White House policy fiefdom, by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago, Adam Cancryn, Daniel Lippman, and Laura Barrón-López.
— A tale of 2 lieutenant governors trying to expand Dems’ Senate majority, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine and Holly Otterbein.
— 31 Patriot Front members, including from Illinois, are arrested near Idaho pride event, by The Associated Press.
— Bernie Sanders can’t fix baseball: “For a century, politicians and judges have acknowledged that baseball’s antitrust exemption is flawed — but they’ve been unwilling, or unable, to do anything about it,” by Frederic J. Frommer for POLITICO.
Lara Sisselman, comms VP at C-Strategies, and Jordon Cooper, who works in private equity, married Saturday at Martha’s Vineyard with 250 friends and family looking on. The couple met while students at Tulane just over 10 years ago. Sisselman previously served as comms director at Think Big and Vote Yes for Fairness. Pic!
Elevate’s Trisha Miller has been selected to work with the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy over the next year as a senior adviser for climate policy and finance.
FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Ron Michaelson for correctly answering that former governors Len Small and William Stratton were charged with crimes but acquitted at trial.
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State Rep. Dave Severin, Cook County Judge Patricia Spratt, former state Rep. Luis Arroyo Sr., Rep. Robin Kelly’s legislative director Matt McMurray, former lieutenant governor candidate Scott Lee Cohen, comms pro Chris Gallo, securities trader Lee Blackwell, political fundraiser Dylan Lopez, and Cook County assistant special legal counsel Antonio Favela.
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June 13, 2022 at 07:11AM