New way for Bill Conway- POLITICO

Happy Wednesday, Illinois. Conservative Kansas voters have rejected an attempt to totally ban abortion, signaling a backlash to the recent Roe v. Wade decision. Details from POLITICO’s Alice Miranda Ollstein

Watch for Bill Conway, the former candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney, to throw his hat in the ring to run for Chicago alderman.

Conway is lining up support to run for the newly formed 34th Ward, which has moved from the South Side, where population is falling, to the boomtown area west of the Loop.

Passing on mayor’s race: The move, though not official yet, comes after Conway toyed with a run for mayor. He’d been approached by some business and trade groups who got to know him after his run for Kim Foxx’s seat in 2020.

Rolling up his sleeves: A person close to Conway’s camp said he wants to start in City Hall doing the meat-and-potatoes work of being an alderman.

Law-and-order background: Conway is a former prosecutor with military experience. He recently returned from a 14-month deployment in Germany.

He’s likely to make the issue of crime a talking point in his campaign. Conway earlier in the year told the Sun-Times: “You can’t really have economic development if you’ve got a crime problem that is as out of control as it is now. Or business growth, job growth or neighborhood growth.”

No incumbent in the race: Conway, whose home was conveniently carved into the 34th Ward, wouldn’t face an incumbent in the race. Ald. Carrie Austin, who lives in the current South Side 34th Ward, is planning to retire when her term ends next year.

NEW AD: Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker is out with a new ad calling attention to Republican Darren Bailey’s views on abortion, including an antisemitic comment he once made about the Holocaust.

“The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion,” says the clip.

Those were Bailey’s own words from a 2017 Facebook post. The ad also features Bailey in an interview acknowledging he opposes abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother. The ad’s tagline “too extreme for Illinois.”

HIS RESPOSE: Bailey tries to explain past Holocaust remark after it is denounced as ‘deeply disturbing,’ antisemitic and ‘disqualifying’: “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization,” Bailey said in a 2017 video. On Tuesday, Bailey tried to smooth out his earlier comments, saying in a statement the Holocaust is “a human tragedy without parallel.” Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles reports.

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At Cahokia Heights City Hall at 9:30 a.m. to announce investments being made … At Tyson Prepared Foods Plant in Caseyville at 10:35 a.m. to make remarks at the plant’s expansion groundbreaking event … At Rend Lake Resort at 1:30 p.m. to announce Rend Lake investments.

No official public events.

At Cook County Office building at 11:30 a.m. to announce $8.9 million in transportation-related grants distributed through the Invest in Cook program.

Michael Madigan’s pension payments balloon as judge grants defense until next year to file motions in racketeering case: “The former Illinois House speaker’s state pension has risen to nearly $149,000 a year. … The windfall is the result of both Madigan’s 50-plus years in the House and an often-beneficial state pension formula for lawmakers that Madigan himself helped push through,” by Tribune’s Ray Long and Jason Meisner.

Chicago FBI boss retiring after nearly 3 years at the helm of investigations involving Madigan, ComEd, and red-light cameras: “Emmerson Buie Jr., who took over as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office in October 2019, will step down Aug. 22, ending a more than 30-year career with the bureau, an FBI spokeswoman said. Deputy Special Agent in Charge Eric Shiffman will take over on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is named,” by Tribune’s Jason Meisner.

Retiring Chicago FBI boss says people doing ‘the right thing’ disrupts mass shootings, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel

Abortions in Illinois for out-of-state patients have skyrocketed. And some wait times are exceeding three weeks, by Tribune’s Angie Leventis Lourgos

Gen Z money diaries: Chicago’s youngest workers on tradeoffs in an inflationary economy: “WBEZ asked five young professionals to talk about money, budgeting and debt — and the decisions they are making as prices rise,” by Sandra Guy.

CTA funding plan for $3.6B Red Line extension uses almost $1B in property taxes: “To extend the Red Line to 130th Street, the CTA hopes to land a $2.16 billion federal grant and must come up with $1.44 billion to match it. To do that, it plans to raise $950 million through a special tax district for transit projects,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos and Fran Spielman.

City claims on anti-violence program are overblown: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s choice to lead the city’s campaign against gun-crime has a history of hyperbole, both about her efforts to confront Chicago’s greatest crisis and her own career,” report Better Government Association’s Dan Hinkel and David Jackson.

Northwest Side Ald. Ariel Reboyras promises more affordable housing at Belmont Triangle after community push, by Block Club’s Mina Bloom

New York investor continues to expand Chicago footprint, buys 167-unit complex in Englewood for $10.7M, by Tribune’s Brian J. Rogal

Ban on mass at Shrine of Christ the King Church raises concern for future of historic landmark, by Sun-Times’ Kade Heather

Why are so many Chicago businesses named after Michoacan? “The short answer? Because it’s come to mean great Mexican food,” writes Chicago magazine’s Edward McClelland

Cubs keep Willson Contreras and Ian Happ, trade David Robertson and Mychal Givens, by Sun-Times’ Maddie Lee

Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas condemns group that called bakery drag show ‘perverted’ and Pritzker a ‘groomer’: The former Chicago Public Schools CEO had initially said his appearance at a fundraiser for the group was centered around “school choice,” which Vallas supports, report Tribune’s Alice Yin and Gregory Pratt.

Lightfoot campaign makes issue of Paul Vallas’ GOP ties, by Crain’s Greg Hinz

Conservative group gathering signatures in Arlington Heights to ban Bears stadium subsidies: “Americans for Prosperity is trying to collect 1,000 signatures of registered Arlington Heights voters for its proposed ordinance. While not mentioning the NFL franchise specifically, it would prohibit the municipality from "offering or extending any financial incentive to any business or corporation to operate in the village." Daily Herald’s Christopher Placek reports.

Retiring prosecutor stands by rebuke of Kim Foxx’s leadership in Cook County state’s attorney’s office, by Tribune’s William Lee …

The exit from Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx comes amid mounting criticism over prosecutor resignations, reports WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky

ACLU calls Lake in the Hills actions toward UpRising Bakery unconstitutional, by Shaw Local’s James T. Norman

Man accused of killing 7 people at July 4th parade faces arraignment Wednesday in Lake County Circuit Court, by Tribune’s John Keilman

Racist posts by alleged Highland Park parade shooter might offer clues to massacre: “Robert Crimo III appears to have made now-removed posts against Jews, Blacks and Asian Americans on a website whose administrator says he’s ‘cooperating with authorities,’” by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

Convicted Starved Rock killer’s lawyer: DNA test casts doubt on Chester Weger’s conviction, by Sun-Times’ Frank Main

St. Charles police chief says juveniles charged with Pheasant Run fire had vandalized site before, by Shaw Local’s Eric Schelkopf

We asked when you made an unpopular decision:

Steve Sheffey: “When I was president of CityPAC in 1994, we were the only PAC in the country to back John Cullerton over Dan Rostenkowski in the primary. Someone from AIPAC yelled at me for 20 minutes on the phone about it. But we were right.”

John Straus: “I’ve been president of the condo board where I’ve lived most of the past 17 years. Virtually every increase to our assessments I supported and which was enacted were unpopular. Guaranteed.”

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POT-POURRI | Where cannabis legalization efforts stand across the country: “Gains in state legislatures slowed down in 2022, but advocates still have the ballot,” by POLITICO’s Mona Zhang and Paul Demko.

EARLY PRIMARY: The Democratic National Committee told its members over the weekend that it won’t be voting this month for the new slate of early presidential-nominating states. It’s decided to wait until after the November midterms.

That’s not stopping the lobbying, including from Illinois. “I’m getting swag!” Donna Brazile, who’s on the DNC panel determining state order, told POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook. She said that she’s partial to southern states but that hasn’t stopped others from trying. “I have maple syrup from Michigan. I have popcorn from Illinois. I have all kinds of trinkets from Nevada. Peanuts from Georgia, too.”

U.S. ambassador to Japan warns of Chinese economic coercion: The former mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel “is pushing what he calls ‘commercial diplomacy,’ the idea that the United States and Japan will be more eager to do business with each other and with similar secure and stable countries amid worries caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and Chinese economic coercion,” via The Associated Press.

Roe jolts the midterms — 5 takeaways from a key primary night, by POLITICO’s David Siders, Adam Wren and Zach Montellaro

Senate passes bill to expand veterans benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, by The New York Times’ Stephanie Lai

Pence pumps gas in Northwest Indiana as potential 2024 tour continues, by WGN 9’s Tahman Bradley

Biden world sees vindication in his Afghanistan drawdown one year and one drone strike later, by POLITICO’s Jonathan Lemire

Rep. Haley Stevens beats Andy Levin in battle of Democratic incumbents, by POLITICO’s Myah Ward

Vin Scully, Dodgers broadcaster for 67 years, dies at 94, by The Associated Press

TUESDAY’s ANSWER: The Union League Club of Chicago counted the Secret Six as members. The group is credited with putting Al Capone behind bars.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the first woman elected to the Illinois General Assembly?  Email

State Rep. and GOP Treasurer candidate Tom Demmer, EPA regional administrator Debra Shore, former Sen. Roland Burris, former aide to Bruce Rauner and recent Maryland congressional candidate Matthew Foldi, Allies for Community Business CEO and former Dick Durbin aide Brad McConnell, Conagra chief comms officer Jon Harris, Obama Foundation Executive VP Bernadette Meehan, Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt and Illinois native, podcaster and former Slate CEO Jacob Weisberg.



August 3, 2022 at 07:21AM

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