Happy Wednesday, Illinois. It’s fair to say political campaigns are really heating up today. Stay cool and be safe.
Gov. JB Pritzker doesn’t face a worrisome primary, so he’s put his attention on promoting Democratic candidates at every level of government, literally.
He’s stumping for governors in Maine and New Hampshire while also writing big checks to little-known candidates in sleepy races for the Illinois Democratic Central Committee.
He’s got a road trip: Pritzker will be in Washington, D.C., on Friday along with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to pitch the city as the best site for the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
On Saturday, the governor keynotes the New Hampshire Democratic Convention in Manchester. There’s an old saying, that no one goes to New Hampshire by accident. And the state party convention is a big platform for him.
Pritzker’s team says that’s a coincidence. He’s there to support Democratic governor candidate Tom Sherman, a Northwestern University grad. He then heads to Maine to stump for Janet Mills, the governor of Maine.
Interesting side note: Pritzker’s campaign manager, Mike Ollen, grew up in Maine and worked in New Hampshire. Maybe that’s a coincidence, too.
Pritzker’s East Coast swing is part of a broader mission to help elect governors who support abortion rights. In a potentially post-Roe world, he sees them as the first line of defense. Pritzker’s also donated to the campaigns of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham, and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.
On the other end of the spectrum, Pritzker is poking around at down ballot races for the Illinois Democratic Central Committee — positions that see regular folks work as party liaisons in their communities. They attend events and promote party unity. The winners of these races also vote on the party chair, and that’s what’s behind the governor’s political maneuvering.
Money matters: It’s a surprise that the governor, the highest-ranking Democrat in the state, would fund Democratic challengers against incumbents of those seats. So far, Pritzker has handed out nearly $300,000 for these under-the radar political races. His donations:
$55,000 to Hal Sloan (IL-10), an unknown who’s running against incumbent Thomas Maillard;
$55,000 to Melinda Bush (IL-10), an outgoing state senator running against incumbent Lauren Beth Gash;
$55,000 to Margaret Croke (IL-05), a state rep running against redistricted incumbent Nancy Shepherdson;
$55,000 to Natalie Manley (IL-14), a state rep running against incumbent Christine Benson;
$20,000 to Liz Brown-Reeves (IL-15), a lobbyist and former Madigan political director running against Katherine Daniels (chair of the Adams County Democratic Party) for an open seat;
And $55,000 to Patrick Hynes (IL-06), the Lyons Township assessor running against incumbent Patrick Watson (Hynes’ political fund is labeled for assessor, though he’s switched it to focus on his central committee race).
Another corporate hit | Caterpillar to move headquarters to Texas: The longtime Illinois company is moving its headquarters from Deerfield to an existing office in Irving, Texas, outside Dallas, the company said Tuesday.
The move comes “less than six weeks after defense contractor and airplane-maker Boeing announced it would move its global headquarters out of downtown Chicago,” reports Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat, Brian J. Rogal and Robert McCoppin.
Not everyone’s leaving: The company’s 240 headquarters employees will relocate to Texas, but “17,400 Illinoisans who work for the company in East Peoria, Mapleton, Mossville, Pontiac and Decatur — which remains Caterpillar’s largest manufacturing plant in North America,” according to the governor.
Still, losing the cachet of a corporate HQ is what really hurts. Gov. JB Pritzker called it “disappointing.” Mark Denzler, who heads the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, called it a “huge loss for Illinois.”
And House Minority Leader Jim Durkin took a political jab at the governor, saying it’s a “devastating move” made because the governor “has failed to bolster our state’s economy for job-creators,” according to a statement.
Worth noting: Illinois “remains crucial to Caterpillar’s operations. The company’s website lists 296 job openings around Illinois,” reports Sun-Times’ David Roeder.
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At Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital at 10 a.m. to sign legislation expanding access to glucose monitors for individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
At McCormick Place at 3:30 p.m. for the Choose Chicago annual meeting.
No official public events.
— Former President Donald Trump’s team has put down a deposit on the Adams County Fairgrounds and will do a site check in the coming days for what’s expected to be a June 25 rally for Rep. Mary Miller. That date still isn’t confirmed, and, for that matter, neither is Trump. So stay tuned folks.
— Outside campaign cash floods into local races for Congress: “The race for governor isn’t the only one this year in which outside spending is very, very large,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.
… Outside spending dominates in IL-15 GOP primary, by Illinois Newsroom’s Harrison Malkin
— Some congressional candidates have skipped filing mandatory financial disclosure reports: “Late-filing penalties start at $200, according to the House Ethics Committee’s instruction guide. Failing to file can trigger fines of up to $66,190 and up to one year in prison,” by Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau.
— VoteVets is out with a $430,000 new ad accusing Delia Ramirez of wanting to defund the police. It’s a reference to a letter she signed on to two years ago calling on Chicago to “defund the Chicago Police Department.” VoteVets supports Gil Villegas in the IL-03 Democratic primary.
— Sen. Bernie Sanders is endorsing Jonathan Jackson in the 1st Congressional District race. In a statement, Sanders said Jackson would "champion Medicare for All and a Green New Deal." The Vermont senator will be in Chicago on Thursday for a rally backing up the endorsement.
— Democrats Serve, a national organization that supports candidates with public service backgrounds, has made a six-figure ad buy in IL-17 to support Jonathan Logemann.
— Dems in state rep race clash over campaign mailer: “Rashid slams Zalewski piece claiming he’s backed by GOP fundraiser,” by Landmark’s Bob Skolnik.
— Attorney General Kwame Raoul has been endorsed by the Collective PAC, which focuses on increasing Black political engagement.
— Fritz Kaegi’s campaign is out with an attack ad in the Cook County assessor’s race.
— Union Station opens as an early voting site for suburban Cook County voters, by Sun-Times’ Jordan Perkins.
— Proposal calls for ComEd to pay $38M back to ratepayers for scandal tied to Michael Madigan indictment: “While it would be about $17 million higher than the refund ComEd proposed in December, a utility watchdog estimated a typical residential customer would save ‘less than $5’ in the form of a credit on bills,” by Tribune’s Ray Long.
— A new inadvertent player in the ComEd scandal trial: Ted Cruz: “The utility’s former CEO and other defendants in the upcoming ComEd-scandal trial are relying on a recent Supreme Court decision in favor of the Texas senator to sway a future jury,” by Crain’s Steve Daniels.
— Failure of clout-heavy Bridgeport bank sees a crooked contractor plead guilty, agree to help feds: “Boguslaw Kasprowicz pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the failure of Washington Federal Bank for Savings — the investigation that also ensnared ex-Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson,” by Sun-Times’ Tim Novak.
— Illinois could reform FOID, ammo purchasing gun safety laws: “State Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback, a Skokie Democrat, is sponsor of a measure (House Bill 5535) that would establish a commission tasked with tackling gun trafficking, require handgun safety training for FOID applicants, and allow a search warrant to be issued so police could easier retrieve guns from someone whose FOID has been revoked,” by WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky.
— Illinois fighting student mental health crisis with days off: The new policy is an example of the growing acknowledgment among lawmakers that emotional and physical health are intertwined, reports Kaiser Health News’ Giles Bruce.
— Climate change could trigger toxic disasters along Lake Michigan, new report finds, by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase.
— State to give residents $4,000 back for buying an electric car: “The rebate program begins July 1 and applies to all electric vehicles purchased in Illinois after that date,” by Crain’s Jack Grieve.
— Private security guards start work in downtown Champaign, by WCIA’s Scarlett O’Hara
— Midway temps soar to 100 degrees, and today’s could reach high 90s; but for some, the hot days are just right: “We clock in here like it’s our job,” said a Humboldt Park woman who spent Tuesday at Montrose Beach with her husband. Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek, David Struett, Mary Norkol and Emmanuel Camarillo report.
— More helicopters eyed as a tool for Chicago police to fight carjackings, other crimes: “Chicago police officials say they ‘anticipate’ acquiring two helicopters and might use private donations to help pay for them. First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said it would be ‘ideal’ to have a much larger fleet, like Los Angeles has,” by Sun-Times’ Frank Main.
— BIG PLANS: The Pritzker Traubert Foundation has named the six nominees for its 2022 Chicago Prize, which awards more than $10 million to collaborative initiatives to create jobs, grow the economy and have an impact on communities in the city’s South and/or West sides. “We are both incredibly humbled and inspired by the response to our request for proposals from so many outstanding groups across our city,” said Penny Pritzker, co-founder and trustee of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation with her husband, Bryan Traubert. The proposals are reminder “of the tremendous untapped potential found in every corner of our city.”
— Hundreds march in Bronzeville to bring attention to murdered and missing Black women in Chicago, by Tribune’s Stephanie Casanova
— After recent traffic deaths, including 2 toddlers, communities clamor for safety improvements for bikers and walkers, by Tribune’s Madeline Buckley and Sarah Freishtat
— Ethics Board won’t punish Ald. Sposato for violating ethics ordinance with Facebook photo, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone
— Cook County unveils new flag designed by high school student and inspired by 1893 World’s Fair: “The Y shape pays homage to the merging of the branches of the Chicago River at Wolf Point downtown and mirrors the city’s municipal device,” reports Tribune’s A.D. Quig.
— Reformers’ filing: Cook Clerk Yarbrough ‘dragging feet’ on complying with fed court’s anti-patronage orders, by Cook County Record’s Jonathan Bilyk
Craft cannabis growers want judge to reverse order that has put the industry on hold in Illinois amid lawsuit: “The temporary restraining order comes in response to a suit filed by Sustainable Innovations Inc. and 11 other craft grow license applicants against the Illinois Department of Agriculture and its director, Jerry Costello II,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.
We asked what issues Republicans and Democrats agree on: University of Chicago political science professor John Mark Hansen: “Twenty-five years ago, I would have said that the Democrats and Republicans agree that the members of the other party are decent people who love our country and want what’s best for it, even if they disagree about best. But that was a long time ago, before Gingrich and his ilk poisoned the waters.” … Phil Zeni: “Voters in general are ill-informed.” … Jewish United Fund’s Daniel G. Goldwin: “The importance of a strong and enduring U.S.-Israel relationship.” … Mark Peysakhovich: “Both parties would agree they can’t put ‘cynicism aside’ when talking about each other.” … Brent Pruim: “It seems neither Democrats nor Republicans feel like supporting the Bears’ relocation to Arlington Heights with their constituents tax dollars.”
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Inflation is making free transit more popular — but no less complicated: “Offering free rides on public transit gives state and local officials one way to show they’re doing something to address the longstanding socioeconomic inequities laid bare by the pandemic,” by POLITICO’s Lisa Kashinsky and Tanya Snyder.
— HOW THEY VOTED: A bill to extend security to the family members of Supreme Court justices is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk. The House voted 396-27 to pass the bill Tuesday. Here’s the full story
Reps. Chuy Garcia and Marie Newman were among the progressive Democrats voting against the bill.
And Republican Rep. Mary Miller, who had criticized Democrats for not bringing the bill to the House floor, missed the vote. Instead she was campaigning in Illinois. Miller, who was just endorsed by Republican governor candidate Darren Bailey, is in the throes of a heated GOP primary with fellow Republican Rep. Rodney Davis to represent IL-15. Davis voted in favor of the bill.
— In the Senate, Majority Whip Dick Durbin addressed revelations from the bipartisan Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. “In its first two public hearings, the committee has shown that the attack on the Capitol was not a demonstration that changed spontaneously and became a riot. The attack on this chamber, was the result of a plan — a violent effort to prevent the peaceful transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, to stop the peaceful transition of power. To quote Congresswoman Liz Cheney, President Donald Trump ‘summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.’”
— Today’s scheduled hearing of the Jan. 6 committee has been postponed. Next hearing is Thursday, via NPR
— Trump takes down his first impeachment victim: 5 takeaways from a big primary night, by POLITICO’s David Siders, Ally Mutnick, Natalie Allison and Megan Messerly
— The latest election results, via POLITICO
— Global abortion-rights advocates worry their countries are next if Roe falls, by POLITICO’s Daniel Payne
— How a centrist, a liberal and two conservatives achieved 4-part harmony on guns, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
— Lawyer population is up 6.6% in 10 years; percentage of Black lawyers remains the same, new ABA survey says
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to political consultant Michael Penicnak for correctly answering that Republican Gov. Frank O. Lowden was opposed throughout his political career by Chicago Mayor William “Big Bill” Thompson and "regular" patronage-oriented pols.
At the 1920 national nominating convention, delegates were deadlocked for nine ballots over Lowden, Gen. Leonard Wood and Sen. Hiram Johnson of California. Support for Lowden might have been stronger at the convention had the Illinois delegation supported him 100 percent, which it did not. The deadlock was broken when delegates shifted to Warren G. Harding.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the last third party presidential candidate to win a county in Illinois? Email [email protected]
State Rep. Chris Miller, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Chris Stacey, Cook County attorney Martha-Victoria Jimenez, political analyst Art Friedson, U. of Chicago ethics professor Laurie Zoloth, and Urban Prep Academies CEO Tim King.
June 15, 2022 at 07:57AM