More endorsements made in the state Democratic chair race – Crain’s Chicago Business

Lori Lightfoot, J.B. Pritzker, and Robin Kelly

As both sides continue to express confidence in the outcome, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is standing by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly in her battle with state Rep. Lisa Hernandez for chair of the Illinois Democratic Party.

“I think she’s done a tremendous job as chair,” Lightfoot said at an unrelated press conference. “There’s a myth out there that she hasn’t raised any money but she has raised $2.4 million in less than a year. But, fundamentally, what I will say is what Democrats should be focused on is unity.”

Meanwhile, one of those running for Lightfoot’s job is backing Hernandez. In a statement, state Rep. Kam Buckner said she’s better positioned to raise the financial resources Democrats need to compete. Buckner chairs the House Black Caucus.

Peace clearly is going to have to wait a while. With the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Illinois Federation of Labor atypically on different sides in this one, the contest has turned into a real doozy.

The vote of the party’s Central Committee comes Saturday in Springfield.



Congratulations–I think–to Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, who has been reelected county GOP chairman.

That has to be a thankless task in one of the bluest counties in the country. Still, Cook remains the home of hundreds of thousands of Republicans, and Morrison is trying.

Just this week, he noted in an email to supporters that the county and city Republican parties coordinated to fill over 30 November ballot vacancies in races for county offices and the Illinois General Assembly. Wrote Morrison, “The party recruited and collected over 8,000 signatures in just a 16-day period.”

It’s a start.

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July 29, 2022 at 08:37AM

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