Abortion takes over the campaign trail


Abortion takes over the campaign trail

Good Thursday morning, Illinois. I ran into my reporter friend Greg Hinz, who couldn’t have made a truer statement: “The news doesn’t stop.” We just do our best to keep up.

The Supreme Court’s opinion on Roe v. Wade could be issued any day now, but it’s already upended politics in Illinois and candidates in competitive primaries on both sides of the aisle are running on it.

On the Republican side of the governor’s race, Darren Bailey says he’s running on a “pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment” agenda. Jesse Sullivan is on TV with ads saying he’s “pro-life.” And Richard Irvin says he’s “pro-life,” too, but he doesn’t want to comment yet on Roe.

“In the Republican primary, it’s a good litmus test as they’re trying to crawl over each other to be as far right as possible,” said Eric Adelstein, a political strategist who has consulted for Barack Obama, Lori Lightfoot and the Democratic National Committee. “Come November, that will be a problem if it’s a Trump ticket or anti-choice ticket.”

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker knows this and is already traveling across the country talking about abortion rights and endorsing Democratic candidates in the same corner.

Illinois Democrats are also playing up abortion rights in their own primaries — a stretch since most Dems support Roe.

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia stands in a doctor’s office talking about abortion in her TV ad, even though the issue has nothing to do with leading the Secretary of State’s Office and her opponents also support abortion rights.

Other races delve into minutiae: In a state House race, Abdelnasser Rashid has attacked state Rep. Michael Zalewski for not voting to repeal a parental notice requirement for minors seeking abortions. Zalewski says he otherwise supports abortion rights. Zalewski in turn has hit at Rashid for accepting campaign donations from Republicans who oppose abortion rights. Rashid’s team says that’s a distortion since the donor gives to Democrats, too.

And Rep. Marie Newman revealed she had an abortion at age 19. In a recent campaign ad, she said her experience makes her more understanding of the issue, and she called out fellow Democratic Rep. Sean Casten for having “voted for anti-choice Republicans like George [H.W.] Bush.” Casten acknowledges supporting Republicans 30 years ago but when it comes to abortion, he and Newman are on the same page. Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed him and Newman.


Illinois abortion providers launch effort to pressure Pritzker to direct more funds to clinics, by St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Michele Munz

BIG APPLE INSIGHT: Kenneth Corey, the No. 2 executive in the New York Police Department, is in town to talk to Chicago Police Department officials today about changes the NYPD made to transform the way it provides services to residents.

Last night, during a dinner event with Chicago community leaders, and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, Corey shared how the NYPD operates.

Along with community policing and embedding in neighborhoods, he talked about residents doing the interviews to hire precinct captains. Is it the future?

Brown said NYPD’s successes at bringing down crime are what every department aspires to. “I love the honesty about where they started and where they are now,” Brown told Playbook after the gathering at Il Porcellino in River North.

In particular, Brown liked the NYPD’s “customer service plan,” which asks residents who interact with officers to answer a survey that asks “How did we do?” Brown says it goes to the heart of “building trust” in the community.

Chicago crime stats: Brown said shootings are down 17 percent and homicides are down 15 percent since last year. He attributes the declines to the work officers are doing with social service departments.  

SPOTTED: Former Inspector General Joe Ferguson, University of Chicago Law School professor Sharon Fairley, Heartland Alliance/READI executive director Chico Tillmon, and Roseanna Ander, executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which organized the event.

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 Swissotel Chicago at noon for the NALEO Leadership Luncheon.

At Swissotel Chicago at 9:15 a.m. for the NALEO convention.

No official public events.

Pritzker’s among Dem governors who could run in 2024 if Biden doesn’t: “If Biden isn’t going to run, but he doesn’t make that decision until very late, as is his habit, there’s not a lot of time to introduce yourself to the country. So that favors the candidates who have already run and it may favor candidates who already have resources, like Pritzker and [New Jersey’s] Murphy,” said David Axelrod, a longtime Democratic strategist and former adviser to former President Barack Obama, name-checking two governors who are independently wealthy. “Governors are a bit freer to get out there because they’re not situated in Washington, but also because the imperative is greater for them to get into those national conversations.”

— ANALYZING TOP RACES | Illinois House Democrats try to maintain their big edge over GOP without the leader who helped forge it, Michael Madigan, by Tribune’s Dan Petrella and Jeremy Gorner

— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: After meddling in the Republican race for governor, it looks like the Illinois Democratic Party is also trying to dictate who the GOP attorney general candidate will be going into the general election. A flier obtained by Playbook — front and back — describes Thomas DeVore as “too conservative” to be attorney general, a surefire way to get the Republican base to vote for him.

It’s true he’s conservative. DeVore is the attorney who repeatedly challenged (mostly unsuccessfully) Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive orders during the pandemic. He’s seen as more conservative than his challengers, Steve Kim and David Shestokas. That makes DeVore easier to defeat against a Democrat in November, the thinking goes.

— About that Dem meddling… ‘I have no reason not to’ run ads against Republicans, says Pritzker: “I’m running a general election campaign. …I’m focused on beating the Republicans. And these are the messages that people will hear in a general election and I’m running those now. I mean, I have no reason not to do that. … It’s very important for people to understand who these Republicans are and what it is that they stand for,” Pritzker tells Brenden Moore in The Telegraph.

— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Jesse Sullivan is hoping for a big surge in the final days of the statewide GOP race for governor, though you wouldn’t know it from his TV ad buys. According to ad spending documentation provided to Playbook, Sullivan is spending $680,000 over the next week on TV, but nearly all of it — $568,000 — is being spent in the Chicago area.

Similar move: Fellow Republican Richard Irvin also pulled back on advertising downstate to focus on Chicago. This week, Irvin is spending $430,000, with $412,000 of it in Chicago.

Darren Bailey, the GOP frontrunner in recent polls, is spending $312,000 in Chicago and another $160,000 across the rest of the state. The downstate Republican is seen as already having sewn up the southern part of Illinois.

And in case you’re wondering, Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker is spending more than all of the Republicans combined — about $1 million in the Chicago area and $600,000 across the rest of the state.

— OPPO | Contractors asked police to probe top aide of Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin over aide’s efforts to fund wife’s business: “Irvin’s campaign spokesperson said Pegues was cleared of wrongdoing by an ‘independent law firm’ that Irvin had hired to investigate Pegues’ conduct, but neither the campaign nor city would offer additional details,” by Tribune’s Joe Mahr and Ray Long.

Top GOP guv candidates Bailey and Irvin offer few specifics on economic policy, by Crain’s Steven Strahler

Gabby Giffords fundraises in Chicago in wake of Buffalo and Uvalde shootings: “Giffords was joined by former adviser to President Barack Obama David Axelrod and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to raise money for the Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence Foundation,” by Sun-Times’ Mary Norkol.

— Richard Boykin is out with a flurry of ads in his campaign for Cook County Board president. He says he’ll “Listen to the People” in one ad. Another, titled "The Queen of Taxes," refers to incumbent President Toni Preckwinkle.

— IL-14 GOP race: Congressman Darin LaHood has endorsed Mike Koolidge for Congress in IL-14.

— IL-17 Dem race: Angie Normoyle, a Rock Island County Board member, has been endorsed by county board member Porter McNeil, a DNC delegate and Democratic consultant.

State Rep. Tarver, seeking another term, lays out accomplishments, positions and character, by Daily Herald’s Aaron Gettinger

— Anna Valencia has received $55,000 from Gov. JB Pritzker in her bid for Illinois secretary of state.

— Sen. Tammy Duckworth doesn’t have a primary, but she’s raised $1.36 million in the latest campaign period (April 1 through June 8) as she waits to find out who her Republican opponent will be for the November election, reports Telegraph Herald’s Benjamin Fisher.

Don’t call it a carp: Illinois dresses up the reviled invasive species and hopes customers will bite: “A bony fish long deemed the ‘bottom of the barrel’ will appear in sandwiches and on menus under the new name ‘Copi,’” by WBEZ’s Bianca Cseke.

— POLITICAL THEATER | Lightfoot uses disputed parliamentary maneuver to stave off speed camera defeat: “Lacking the votes to prevent the City Council from raising the miles-per-hour threshold for speed camera tickets, mayoral allies delayed the vote for one meeting over strenuous objections from Ald. Anthony Beale,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

— With little fanfare… Monique Scott is sworn in to City Council, replacing her brother as 24th Ward alderman: “Her brother, Michael Scott Jr., resigned in May to take a job with the film and television production company, Cinespace,” by WBEZ’s Mariah Woelfel.

Council approves cooling requirements for high-rises, benefits for spouses of first-responder suicides, by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman

Board of Ed approves CPS’ $9.5B budget over school cut, property tax hike concerns: “The budget has faced criticism over some proposed cuts to schools and a property tax increase,” by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa.

Cook County’s nonexistent residency policy: “While the city of Chicago has a firm policy requiring workers and especially execs to live in town, Cook County’s policy about where its staff lives is very hit-and-miss,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.

Preckwinkle forecasts county’s smallest budget gap in a decade, no new taxes or fees planned, by Tribune’s A.D. Quig

Family of grandmother killed in Metra crash files wrongful death lawsuit: “The lawsuit states that Metra should have warned its conductors to approach the crossing with caution and to look out for any vehicles stuck on the tracks,” by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo.

Drew Peterson has unlikely ally in bid to silence former attorney, by WGN 9’s Ben Bradley

Man who wore Joker mask while setting CPD vehicle on fire during May 2020 riots gets nearly 3 years, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel

Never mind your wallet. Armed robbers want your French bulldog — in Chicago, too, via The New York Times

We asked for ideas on getting people motivated to vote: Making Election Day a federal holiday would be a good start, said David Goldenberg, adding: “We should have parties and celebrations around voting locations where neighbors vote together and democratic participation is celebrated and expected.” … Christine Walker: “You need to tell voters what is in it for them, particularly what they might lose. Otherwise why should they care?” … Scott Wiseman: "Get out the vote parties organized by notable names (like the one Lou Kasper used to hold) or a return of the ‘Pre-Election Day Gospel Sing’ that used to be held in Vienna, Ill." … Michael Penicnak: “Call your friends and family and tell them there’s an election.” … William Kresse: “Ask people you know to join you at a polling place. Just asking is often very effective.” … Mike Lieber: “Tell people, ‘Remember, someone dumber than you is going to vote.’”

In just a few words, what’s the one issue that worries you or encourages you about Roe v. Wade likely being overturned? Email [email protected]

How Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger came to lead today’s Jan. 6 hearing, by Tribune’s John Byrne

Jan. 6 panel revises hearing schedule, citing new evidence, by POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney

Lawmakers on Jan. 6 committee ramp up their security as threats increase, via Washington Post

Dems vow they’ll do more on gun safety — but it could take years, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine and Burgess Everett

The new battles roiling the left, by POLITICO’s John F. Harris

Who gains from pausing the gas tax? Probably not drivers — or Biden, by POLITICO’s Tanya Snyder

— Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who doesn’t face a primary opponent next week, is setting up her reelection campaign team for November. Cameron Joost is campaign manager, and Courtney Jacquin is press secretary and spokesperson. Both have served on Duckworth’s government team — Joost as state director and Jacquin as press secretary.

Chicago transportation infrastructure leader ‘Hal’ Lochner announces retirement: “He departs after more than 60 years at the firm his father founded,” by Crain’s Trina Mannino.

Andrej Bolkovic has been appointed CEO of Options Clearing Corporation. He starts in October. Bolkovic was currently is CEO of Akuna Capital, reports Crain’s Trina Mannino.

WEDNESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Clem Balanoff, senior adviser to Jonathan Jackson’s congressional campaign and chair of Abdelnasser Rashid’s House campaign, for correctly answering Grassroots Group of Second Class Citizens carried out the numerous direct actions in support of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982.

TODAY’s QUESTION: What island is the southernmost point in Illinois, even further south than Cairo? Email [email protected]

Secretary of State Jesse White, Ald. Scott Waguespack, former Rep. Bob Dold, JMD Public Strategies’ Joe Duffy, III Foundation for Fair Contracting’s Marc Poulos, Baxter Healthcare’s Valery Gallagher, D1 Capital Partners’ Jeremy Katz, and journalist Dawn Reiss.



June 23, 2022 at 07:49AM

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