A Lipinski, Kinzinger tête-à-tête


A Lipinski, Kinzinger tête-à-tête

Happy Tuesday, Illinois. On this day in 1979, some 50,000 people rushed the field at Sox Park. Maybe they thought it was funny, but Disco Demolition Night remains one of the ugliest events in pop music history.

Former Democratic CongressmanDan Lipinski won’t be running for Congress as an independent after all and is instead teaming up with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger to build an “Independent Movement.”

Uphill battle: Lipinski would have faced legal challenges in running as an independent anyway. State law says once you’ve declared you’re with one party, whether by voting or even signing a petition, then you’re locked in for the remainder of the election cycle.

Lipinski told Playbook last week he voted in the Democratic primary, which would make him ineligible to run as an independent in the general election.

Lipinski said the law didn’t play into his decision not to run. “I was told a challenge would very likely prevail,” he told Playbook. “And challenging the law would demonstrate how the system is rigged by the two parties against independents.”

Minutes before the deadline Monday to file petition signatures, the Tribune posted a column by Lipinski announcing he wouldn’t run and was talking to Kinzinger, a Republican who has been ostracized by much of his party. Lipinski wrote that Americans are “unhappy that most members of Congress blindly vote with their party’s increasingly extreme agenda rather than representing the varied and localized interests of their constituents.”

True colors: Political parties “act as if there are only two types of Americans — ‘red thinkers’ and ‘blue thinkers’ — which fails to represent the country’s great diversity,” Lipinski continued.

What ifs: Lipinski was eyeing the newly drawn 6th Congressional District, which includes part of his old 3rd District territory. He would have faced Democratic Rep. Sean Casten, who defeated Rep. Marie Newman in last month’s Democratic primary, and Republican Keith Pekau, the mayor of suburban Orland Park.

Had Lipinski jumped in the race, abortion rights would have become an even bigger talking point given how it’s the issue that helped push Lipinski out of office two years ago when Newman defeated him.

Lipinski says he’s not alone in wanting to end partisan politics. He points to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s Forward Party and Republican Sen. Mitt Romneypiece in the The Atlantic as a signal that there’s a growing movement to end partisanship. And there’s a move, he says, for Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to run for president as an independent along with a Republican running mate.

Not the end for Lipinski: He isn’t ruling out a future run, either. In his column, he wrote, he would “forgo a run this year.”

THIS RACE IS GETTING WEIRD: Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Dan Brady may face another opponent on the ballot for secretary of state. His name is (drum roll) Jesse White, a Libertarian, who shouldn’t be confused with Democrat Jesse White, who has held the job for 20-plus years.

Monday was the deadline for independent or new party candidates to file petitions to run for office.

Should the new White’s name end up on the ballot (his petitions signatures must first be approved), it would be another quirky name game for Illinois voters.

Earlier in the year in Williamson County, Treasurer Ashley Gott, faced a primary from… Ashley Gott, a woman who changed her name and then filled out paperwork to run for office. Ultimately the latter Gott backed out of the race when she learned Illinois law would have required her to include a “formerly known as” on the ballot.

And before last month’s primary for secretary of state, Democratic candidate David Moore cried foul when Sidney Moore entered the race. Though it was a coincidence, David Moore worried it would cause confusion.

Watch for Giannoulias and Brady to ramp up efforts to identify Jesse White as a Libertarian.

Here’s the full Libertarian slate: Along with White, Scott Schluter is running for governor with John Phillips as his lieutenant governor running mate, Daniel K. Robin for attorney general, Preston Nelson for Treasurer, Deirdre McCloskey for comptroller, and Bill Redpath for U.S. Senate.

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No official public events.

On a livestream at 11 a.m. for the Community Change and Urban Institute’s “A Community Forum: How the American Rescue Plan Is Helping Advance Equity.” Participants will include representatives from the Biden administration, Congress, community organizations, and local and state government.

Counties that will decide the Midterms: The United States has more than 3,000 counties, but only 20 are “truly contested” in the upcoming midterms, according to a POLITICO interactive project. One of the counties to watch is DuPage, where GOP candidates will try to convince voters “that they have the upper hand on issues like rising crime and inflation.”

This is a project pulled together with hard work and the fresh eyes of journalists who participated in the POLITICO Journalism Institute, a training program designed to advance newsroom diversity.

Bailey attends Tazewell County Republican Women event, talk: “There’s no need for any more laws, every one of these situations that we have had a problem with, we’ve narrowed it down to a failure to adhere to the laws and stuff already in place,” he told the crowd at the Idlewood Park Amphitheater, reports CiProud’s Nina McFarlane. About 300 attended.

Quincy Dem Paul Lange has a heavy lift in Mary Miller’s district: “In 1969, the New York Jets were given no chance against the Colts, and we know they won the Super Bowl,” he told News Gazette’s Tom Kacich. “And the Mets that year weren’t given much of a chance against the Orioles in the World Series. My teams lost, but I do appreciate the underdog thing.” The 15th District covers 35 counties that stretch from Quincy to just south of Danville and from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis north almost to the Quad Cities.

— Congressman Bill Foster, who’s running for reelection in IL-11, has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee.

— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK | In the 2023 aldermanic race: Kim Walz has launched her campaign for 46th Ward seat on the Chicago City Council. Walz worked for Congressman Mike Quigley, first as chief of staff while he was serving as Cook County commissioner and then in Congress. Her campaign says Walz is skilled at constituent services and understanding how to get government to work for residents.

— Sun-Times Editorial Board says, Funding primary candidates from opposing party goes against democracy

‘The virus is not done with us yet’: New Covid-19 variants better evade antibodies, doctors say, by Tribune’s Madeline Buckley

Biden administration discussing Covid boosters for everyone, by POLITICO’s Adam Cancryn

Domestic violence surge continued in 2021, new report shows: “The number of orders of protection jumped 55 percent statewide; domestic violence-related shootings and homicides increased 64 percent in Chicago,” by Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm.

Illinois the only US state to see gaming revenue increase in June: “The success of DraftKings at Casino Queen has helped offset the performance dip of other operators. DraftKings took $6.5 million for the month, a 23 percent increase on May,” via Gambling Insider.

As teacher shortage worsens, Illinois schools cast wary eye on fall reopening, by Tribune’s Karen Ann Cullotta

— Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton will provide testimony this morning at 10 a.m. ET before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a panel hearing on “Post-Roe V. Wade America: The Legal Consequences of the Dobbs Decision.”

Northwestern president-elect steps down after cancer diagnosis: “Renowned economist Rebecca Blank would have been the first woman to serve as Northwestern’s president,” by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa.

— Ameya Pawar has been appointed to the Illinois Finance Authority. He’s a former Chicago alderman who now serves as senior adviser and Chicago director for the First Midwest Group. He recently spent three years working on public finance issues as a Leadership in Government fellow with Open Society Foundations and is a senior fellow with Economic Security Project.

Wall Street’s showing concern for Bally’s casino: “Fitch Ratings and S&P lower their outlook to negative on debt issued by the winner of the Chicago casino sweepstakes,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.

Downtown, another weekend of violence: ‘Everyone in the community is extremely distressed’: “After a mass shooting Sunday morning, an attempted carjacking early Monday led to a shoot out in the South Loop. “The casual violence of these incidents is terrible,” one community leader said of Chicago’s crime cycle,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman

Chicago’s plan to give away thousands of bicycles starts out slowly, costs $231,000 so far, by Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat and Gregory Pratt

Citing mass shootings, developer scraps plan for shooting range, gun store in Mundelein, by Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau

Approval expected for $696M in Lake County road projects, by Daily Herald’s Mick Zawislak

We asked who gets more stuff done — lawmakers in a Democratic-controlled or Republican-controlled Congress: Retired business coach Pat McCann says “Republicans are organized around ‘no.’ No progress, no rights, and no anything a Democratic Congress might pass.” … Jim Strickler: “Democrats get more done when in control.” public affairs consultant Kevin P. Morris: “Republican-controlled Congress. The most recent example is during the Clinton Administration.”… journalist Andy Shaw: “Neither — the current system is too polarized and dysfunctional.” …

And Joe Morris, an attorney and former Reagan administration official, quoted New York County Judge Gordon J. Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session,” and added, “There’s a lot to be said for legislative gridlock.”

Have you ever snubbed your party’s candidate and voted for an independent?Email [email protected]

Jan. 6 panel zeroes in on Trump’s ‘clarion call’ to extremists: Today’s public hearing will focus on “the convergences between the former president, his allies and the far-right groups that incited violence at the Capitol,” report POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney.

‘You have to do more’: Parkland father interrupts Biden’s gun control speech, by POLITICO’s Ari Hawkins

Pritzker, Rotering urge Biden to push federal action on guns, by Tribune’s Dan Petrella

‘Even if it hurts’: Biden’s Middle East trip could bring short-term pain for long-term gain, by POLITICO’s Alexander Ward and Jonathan Lemire

Durbin says it’s ‘not realistic’ to consider impeaching Clarence Thomas, via The Hill

— Stacie Barton Hackler is now director of the Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs. She spent the past 14 years as an aide to Sen. Dick Durbin.

— Christine Carrino is now principal at Chicago public affairs firm Kivvit, where she will focus on communications strategy and media relations. Carrino previously served as deputy commissioner for comms at Chicago’s Department of Aviation. Before that she was interim deputy press secretary in the Mayor’s Office.

Susanna Homan and Chris Wickham were married Saturday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago. Rev. Stamatios Sfikas officiated. Homan is the CEO of PAWS Chicago and the former Chicago magazine editor and Sun-Times columnist. Wickham is a pilot who manages corporate flight departments and president of his own private jet travel consulting and management company called AV8USA…. Koumbaro (best man) was Lou Canellis and the reception was at the restaurant he co-owns, Avli on the Park. Homan’s dress was by Chicago-based designer Azeeza Khan. Pic!

Emilia Rowland is now press secretary for John Fetterman’s Pennsylvania Senate campaign. She previously was comms director and tech adviser for Rep. Sean Casten.

Tomorrow 1 to 3:30 p.m.: Panel discussions will examine new data on new data on “the civil legal needs of low-income Americans.” Pre-recorded comments by Gov. JB Pritzker, Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Reps. Darin LaHood and Mike Quigley. Live panelists include Jesse Ruiz, partner, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Vistria Group LP (he’s a former deputy governor) and Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, among others. Details here 

Shine King founder James Cole, whose shoeshine clients included the famous, dead at 78: “He gave first jobs to many and offered opportunities to at-risk kids and former inmates. His customers included an up-and-coming politician named Barack Obama, Mayors Harold Washington and Lori Lightfoot, bluesman Little Milton and R&B singer Johnnie Taylor,” by Sun-Tims’ Maureen O’Donnell.

Gary Moeller, former Michigan and Illinois coach, dies at 81, by The Associated Press

MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Union County Democrat Leo Driscoll. government consultant Lori A. Reimers and Elevate Illinois President & CEO Janet Mathis for correctly answering that National Road, starting from Cumberland, Md., finished construction in 1838 at Vandalia (because federal funding dried up in 1837).

TODAY’s QUESTION: What’s the Illinois state folk dance? Email [email protected]

Skokie Board of Trustees member Alison Pure-Slovin, POLITICO’s Ryan Lizza, CURE founding chair Susan Axelrod, ACLU of Illinois policy strategist Angela Inzano, Banks of America government affairs VP Adam Elias (former chief of staff to Rep. Bill Foster), Howard Brown Health exec Aaron Lawlor (former Lake County Board chair), activist  Ebony Scott, Illinois Society of Enrolled Agents executive director Donna Tuke, and master sommelier Fernando Beteta.


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