TGIF, Illinois. The president has Covid, but it’s going to be OK. Here’s why Joe Biden’s case is different than Donald Trump’s.
The committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack returned to prime time Thursday night — and starring in this cliff-hanger episode was Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who’s railed on former President Donald Trump’s involvement since the rioters finally left the Capitol.
Kinzinger helped lead the inquiry showing that Trump failed for hours to call off the mob even as its members gained entry onto Capitol grounds.
“President Trump did not fail to act … he chose not to act," Kinzinger said in the hearing, calling the former president’s (non)actions a “supreme violation” of his oath of office and a “complete dereliction of his duty to our nation.”
The Illinois Republican said when the House select committee presents its full findings, it will “recommend changes to laws and policies to guard against another Jan. 6.”
The scene: The committee showed than over 187 minutes, Trump sat in a dining room near the Oval Office to watch the riot unfold on Fox News. During that time, he also called senators. All the while, his top aides and daughter Ivanka were pleading for him to say or tweet something forceful to stop the attack, according to witnesses.
The big surprise: The panel aired outtakes from Trump’s remarks in a video message after the attacks. He’s seen pushing back at the notion of condemning the violence and admitting the election was over.
Trump draws the line: When he finally did that TV shot, it was after the fact, and he had a hard time acknowledging what happened. “I don’t want to say the election is over,” Trump said in an outtake from the Jan. 7 remarks. “I just want to say Congress has certified the results.”
— Jan. 6 panel details Trump’s actions during Capitol riot: “Lawmakers on Thursday broke down the former president’s 187 minutes of inaction as a riot engulfed the Capitol, promising more hearings on the way,” by POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney.
— In an excerpt from his forthcoming book,The Big Lie, POLITICO’s Jonathan Lemire writes about Trump’s visit to India in February 2020: Donald Trump could lie his way out of just about anything — Until Covid: An inside account of the panicked days that heralded the end of Trump’s presidency.
Some alumni members of former President Barack Obama’s political campaigns and administration gathered last night at Hubbard Inn in River North to reminisce and organize.
No, there’s no plan for a return to politics. The former aides who now head the Obama Foundation are organizing as part of its mission to mentor the next generation of leaders. Michael Strautmanis, David Simas, Tina Tchen, and Natalie Bookey-Baker are staying put in Chicago, where Obama’s presidential center is being built.
“I haven’t looked back,” Simas, foundation president and former director of political affairs for administration, told Playbook about his White House years. “Now, it’s all about the foundation.”
Ditto for Strautmanis, the foundation’s executive VP of external affairs; Tchen, the executive VP and chief strategy and impact officer; and Bookey-Baker, the VP of civic engagement.
“It’s a little like high school. You enjoyed it, but you don’t want to go back,” Jon Carson, the former director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and deputy assistant to the president, told Playbook. He’s gone on to found Trajectory Energy Partners, an Illinois-based solar company.
The Obama alums may be happier out of the limelight, but they still keep an eye on the old White House stomping grounds and their friend Joe Biden.
“I have a lot of sympathy for the president and try to send encouraging emails and texts to friends who are working there now. It’s a magical but taxing place to work,” said Mike Ruemmler, a government affairs consultant who worked on the advance team in the Obama White House.
They also recognize the stakes seem higher today: “We were worried about the recession, and this White House is dealing with a pandemic and an insurrection,” said José Rico, who heads Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Greater Chicago. He led the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. “We were worried that Barack might not have a second term. They’re worried about Trumpism and preserving Congress and the White House,” he said.
Justin DeJong, who was USDA’ director of public affairs and now is comms VP at the American Medical Association, acknowledges, “At least once a week, I wish I was in D.C. to help.”
SPOTTED: Illinois Democratic Party Executive Director Abby Witt, as well as Kori Schulman, John Oxtoby, Alex Hirschhorn, Jaylin McClinton, Darienne Page, Roz Skozen, Erin Hannigan, Lindsay Mueller, and Tim Tuten.
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In Aurora, Colo., for the National Association of Counties Conference.
Ald. Michele Smith to resign City Council seat Aug. 12: “The decision by the Lincoln Park alderperson gives Mayor Lori Lightfoot the rare chance for a third appointment to the Council. Lightfoot already has replaced Patrick Daley Thompson, forced to resign after a federal conviction, and Michael Scott Jr., who left for a private sector job,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
“Among the accomplishments she touted in her announcement were the revitalization of the areas around the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site and the Armitage and Halsted commercial corridor; the additions of new preschools, new infrastructure for existing schools and new affordable housing; and the passage of legislation on government ethics, most recently on Wednesday,” by Tribune’s Alice Yin and A.D. Quig.
— As monkeypox cases climb in Chicago, Pritzker calls on federal health officials to ramp up vaccination efforts: “Gov. JB Pritzker is also sending 4,600 more vaccine doses to Chicago, which accounts for 86 percent of the cases in the state, the statement said. The doses had been originally allocated to the state by the federal government,” by Tribune’s Jake Sheridan.
— Prospect of power grid shortages, lack of action anger lawmakers: “The Democrats said Thursday there are 34 clean energy projects in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator queue that need approval quickly. The wind and solar projects could generate more than 6,000 megawatts of energy, and lawmakers say they could power 4.5 million homes downstate,” by WGEM’s Mike Miletich.
— Monarchs classified as endangered, by Daily Herald’s Jenny Whidden …
… Chicago family creates monarch sanctuaries, by Tribune’s Laura Rodríguez Presa
— ANALYSIS: Poll shows Pritzker’s popularity remains steady as Biden’s slides in Illinois: “Morning Consult showed Gov. JB Pritzker’s approval rating at 51 percent among Illinois voters, or seven points ‘above water’ in polling lingo.” Meanwhile, the governor has $60 million cash on hand at end of June compared to $363,000 for Republican Darren Bailey.
— Republican State Treasurer candidate Tom Demmer has tapped Tony Esposito as campaign manager. Esposito managed ILGOP and RNC political operations for several cycles before joining the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Esposito most recently was political director on Richard Irvin’s campaign for governor.
— Martwick, LaPointe are Northwest Side’s ‘Biggest Winners,’ by Nadig Newspapers’ Russ Stewart
— Chicago cop who took a gun off the street gets fired for how she did it, “The city’s Police Board finds Officer Rebecca Thuestad lied about detaining a man and then releasing him in exchange for a gun,” by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell
— Cop who fatally shot Anthony Alvarez during foot chase gets 20-day suspension, by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba
— Videos show 13-year-old raise his arms toward police officers before he’s shot during a chase on the West Side, by Sun-Times’ David Struett
— Chicago Plan Commission approves Uptown senior housing project, by Tribune’s Brian J. Rogal
— Amazon goes electric: “Rivian CEO and founder R.J. Scaringe and top Amazon executives were on hand Thursday afternoon to unveil the electric vans at an Amazon delivery station on South Woodlawn Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, where packages will be loaded for delivery to doorsteps,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.
— O’Shea won’t reprise 2019 endorsement of Lightfoot: ‘I’d have a civil war on my hands,’ he tells Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
— McHenry County bakery facing harassment ahead of family-friendly drag show planned for Saturday, by Tribune’s Madeline Buckley
— A chunk of Walgreens’ Deerfield campus up for sale, by Crain’s Danny Ecker
The University of Illinois board of trustees on Thursday approved the purchase of a property in downtown Springfield that will become the new University of Illinois Springfield Innovation Center, the university said in a statement.
— 2 Illinois colleges are ranked among most expensive in the country: Northwestern and U. of Chicago, via NBC 5
We asked what song speaks to you in these political times:
Kristin Rubbelke of Capitol Edge Consulting likes Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping. Key lyric: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down.” Amen, sister!
TV host Brandon Pope:La Femme Fetal by the rap group Digable Planets. “This 1993 song is eerily timely after the overturning of Roe v. Wade,” writes Pope. “The song plays like a conversation between a couple making a hard decision, and the outside factors that may impact it.”
Todd Fraley, who handles government affairs for American Academy of Pediatrics: Wilco’s new double LP, Cruel Country. “Jeff Tweedy, poignant as ever, says it all in the title track: ‘I love my country, stupid and cruel.’”
Janice Anderson, a DuPage County political observer, likes Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey’s The Middle. “That’s my song to the Illinois Republican Party this year. I thought we were a big tent party.”
Comms pro Brian Berg: Abraham, Martin and John by Dion
Comms pro Rosemaria DiBenedetto likes Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire. DiBenedetto points to “the parallels” of Joel’s lyrics: “it was always burning since the world’s been turning” and “we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.”
Robin Johnson, Monmouth College political science professor, likes the Beatles All You Need Is Love.
Joe Noonan: Spanish Pipedream by John Prine.
Attorney Brent Pruim: Kendrick Lamar’s Hood Politics.
Skokie trustee Alison Pure-Slovin: The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.
Political observer Timothy Thomas Jr.: The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again
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It was all smiles for a bipartisan reunion of former Illinois state senators. They gathered Wednesday at Carnivale, owned by former state Sen. William “Billy Marovitz. He organized the gathering along with former GOP Leader Frank Watson and former Democrat Sen. Pam Althoff. Senators who served from 1970 to 2010 joined.
Some big names in attendance: former Gov. George Ryan, current Senate President Don Harmon, and former presidents John Cullerton and Emil Jones, former GOP leader Christine Radogno, former Congressmen Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, RTA Chair Kirk Dillard, former AG Lisa Madigan, former Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Center for Illinois Politics’ Susan Garrett and former Sens. Laura Kent Donahue and Karen McConnaughay.
Chicago nonprofit leader Leslie Bluhm received U.S. Senate approval Thursday to serve on the board of directors of AmeriCorps, the federal agency that supports volunteerism and national service. Bluhm has been focused on volunteerism for 30 years, having founded and served as president of Chicago Cares, a nonprofit organization that connects volunteers to service projects in and around Chicago.
Like her father, billionaire Neil Bluhm,Bluhm is a big backer of Democratic political campaigns and causes. She served as a bundler for Joe Biden’s presidential bid. And she’s donated to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot‘s campaigns.
— GOP leaders won’t get in the way of Trump 2024, by POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers and Burgess Everett
— Democrats have another infrastructure problem, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris
— White House clash with Pelosi over Taiwan spills into the open, by POLITICO’s Lara Seligman and Andrew Desiderio
Reginald W. ‘Sonny’ Burke, Smokey Robinson’s longtime pianist, arranger, dead at 76, by Sun-Times’ Maureen O’Donnell
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Edwin B. Schaefer was a member of Congress who began his career as a chemical engineer and retired as a board member of Griesediech-Western Brewery Co. in Belleville.
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Today: Former Gov. Jim Edgar, and former Ald. Joe Moore.
Saturday: Chicago Board of Ed President Miguel del Valle, Illinois Deputy Attorney General Adam Braun, attorney and alderman candidate Sam Royko, ABC 7 political reporter Craig Wall, PwC tax partner Jennifer Darling, Highwire PR’s Stephani Englund and former state Rep. Edward "Eddie" Acevedo.
Sunday: former Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, Habitat Co. founder Daniel Levin, former Tribune Nonexecutive Chairman Michael Ferro, WGN Radio’s Anna Davlantes, Global Strategy Group’s Nicole Jaconetty and Illinois Young Democrats VP and Lockport Township Democrats vice chair Alex Zapién.
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July 22, 2022 at 07:23AM