TGIF, Illinois. The anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution slipped by us Thursday. It granted American women the universal right to vote.
SPRINGFIELD — Darren Bailey, the GOP nominee for governor, returned to calling Chicago a “hellhole” of a town Thursday during Republicans’ rally at the Illinois State Fair.
"Chicago, that once-great city, didn’t become a hellhole just because of Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx. Starting with JB Pritzker, our leaders are all in cahoots,” he said, referring to Chicago’s mayor, the Cook County state’s attorney and the governor, all Democrats.
Later with reporters, Bailey defended the comment, asking rhetorically, "When is the last time that Chicago experienced a night without a shooting? It’s been a while. It’s been a long time.” ABC 7’s Craig Wall has more
Like Democrats the day before, the Illinois GOP gathered in Springfield at the State Fair to show unity before the election season really kicks in. What we saw instead were party members still having a hard time wrapping their arms around Bailey being the top of the ticket.
In a morning meeting with statewide Republican leaders, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin gave a speech in which he didn’t even mention Bailey by name. Pressed about it during a gaggle with reporters, Durkin would only say “I support the ticket.”
Later, Durkin issued a statement to clarify: “When I said I support the Republican slate, that means I support the entire Republican slate: from Shannon Teresi for comptroller, to Darren Bailey for governor — and every other Republican running for office on Nov. 8 in Illinois.”
Dan Brady, the Republican secretary of state candidate, also steered clear of cheering on Bailey. Asked whether he wants Bailey to lead the state, Brady told KSDK’s Marx Maxwell: “I want the best choice of the people of Illinois to lead this state, and that’s up to the people of Illinois.”
It’s not like Bailey has sought their support. Durkin and Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, who said he’d be voting for Bailey, confirmed that the Republican nominee for governor didn’t ask either of them for their endorsement.
That’s not unusual. The endorsement game is tricky. Candidates often don’t ask for one because they don’t want to be told no.
Bailey didn’t seem bothered about the less-than-enthusiastic support from a few leaders. He had plenty of back-up during the pep rally who erupted throughout the program chanting “Bailey, Bailey.” For his part, Bailey told reporters he’s confident the party will pull together. “We will unify the party,” he said. “That doesn’t bother me one bit.”
From Trump to tractors: Republican Bailey’s State Fair focus shifts from division to kitchen tables, class and calluses, by Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles
The growing GOP gap: Bailey loved by right-wing but alienates moderates, by Illinois Times’ Scott Reeder
Bailey plays to downstate crowd, by Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner.
Illinois Republicans project ‘red tidal wave’ this November, by State Journal-Register’s Patrick Keck
Capitol rioter in the mix: “David Paul Blumenshine tried to recruit poll watchers as people waited in line for their lunch. Blumenshine led a bus of people to Washington, D.C., for the Trump rally on Jan. 6, 2021. He is also the election integrity coordinator for Bailey’s campaign,” reports WGEM’s Mike Miletich.
PRITZKER READY TO DEBATE: Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday that he’d debate Republican opponent Darren Bailey on Oct. 4 in downstate Normal and on Oct. 18 in Chicago.
The first debate would be on WMBD-TV and have an intergenerational feel, given AARP and Illinois State University would be sponsors. A few hundred tickets would be available to see the debate live. The second debate would be televised on Chicago’s WGN-TV. Both would be online and each broadcast on 10 TV stations across the state, according to Pritzker’s campaign.
Bailey has not yet RSVP’d, though he’s said he’d debate Pritzker “anyplace anytime.” Bailey’s team had pushed for a debate Sept. 22 on NBC 5. But Pritzker’s team declined to participate due to a scheduling conflict.
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At Union League Club at 11:30 a.m. to accept the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Infrastructure Champion Award.
No official public event.
No official public event.
— Several Republican candidates for Cook County office booted or withdraw from November ballot: "Among those kicked off: Todd Thielmann, who until recently worked for Tammy Wendt, a Democratic commissioner on the Board of Review. Wendt and Thielmann are cousins — she eventually fired him after the county’s board of ethics sued and fined her for violating the county’s ban on nepotism," by Tribune’s A.D. Quig
— Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) is being added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Frontline incumbent-protection program, which provides support for vulnerable incumbents. Casten also has been endorsed by all 14 members of the Illinois Democratic Congressional delegation, including Rep. Marie Newman who he defeated in the June primary. Casten faces Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau in November’s election.
— Illinois prisons have unsafe water, groups warn: “Gov. J.B. Pritzker must address “inhumane” conditions that include bacteria and toxic metals contamination and inadequate disinfectant systems, activists say, by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase
— The art of auctioning at the State Fair, by Illinois Public Media’s Jose Zepeda
— State Senate President Don Harmon, other pols keep taking money from pharma companies implicated in opioid crisis: “The Oak Park Democrat continues to accept campaign money from Johnson & Johnson, 1 of 4 companies paying $26 billion to settle suits accusing them of fueling the crisis. He’s not the only Illinois official doing so,” by Sun-Times’ Robert Herguth.
— State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s cars, garage catch fire in possible arson; ‘I don’t think I was a target,’ he says. Tribune’s Adriana Pérez reports.
— Want to video chat with Rod Blagojevich, Brett Favre or Sam the hobbit? Cameo adds live calls to its celebrity video offerings, by Tribune’s Robert Channick
— CPS’ Maurice Swinney moves to Chicago Beyond to help design equitable systems for youth, by Tribune’s Darcel Rockett
— After Highland Park and Uvalde, CPS prepares for emergencies — and supporting kids through trauma: “CPS says it’s ready for the worst. But the district also wants to take a “holistic” approach to safety that addresses students’ worrisome behavior by seeking the root causes,” by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa.
— O’Hare upgrade is going to cost more: “The overhaul of terminals and other capital projects is now estimated to come in at $12.3 billion, up from $8.5 billion in 2019,” by Crain’s John Pletz.
— Chicago expands monkeypox vaccine access, OKs second doses as supply grows, by Tribune’s Jake Sheridan
— Chicago boat tragedies spark safety discussion about Lake Michigan’s ‘Playpen,’ by Tribune’s Jake Sheridan, Shanzeh Ahmad and Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas
— Labor board officials allege Starbucks violated labor law during Chicago union push, by Tribune’s Talia Soglin
— Jets pierce Chicago sky to prep for weekend’s Air and Water Show, by Sun-Times’ Kaitlin Washburn
— CPD sergeant charged with kneeling on 14-year-old’s back while off duty at Park Ridge Starbucks: “Sgt. Michael Vitellaro faces charges of official misconduct and aggravated battery in the July 1 confrontation, according to the Park Ridge police,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba and David Struett.
— Woman testifies R. Kelly sexually abused her ‘hundreds’ of times when she was underage: “The now-37-year-old woman, referred to as Jane, was the central figure in Kelly’s 2008 state court trial but declined to testify then. That trial ended with Kelly’s acquittal,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel and Andy Grimm. …
… Chicago business exec testifies in R. Kelly trial: Prosecutors also called to the witness stand Matthew Hulsizer, who co-founded PEAK6 Investments in Chicago. “In 2001, he purchased a big house in Lakeview: a converted church with a swimming pool and basketball court and a barbershop. The previous owner, he came to find out, was R. Kelly. After moving in, Hulsizer said he found out that a smoke detector in at least one of the bedrooms was not in fact a smoke detector at all — it concealed a small hidden video camera,” via Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Megan Crepeau.
— Former Chicago Park District lifeguard supervisor pleads guilty to sex crimes, by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos
— Opening arguments made in first case alleging pollution from Sterigenics caused cancer and other diseases, by Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne
More businesses seek to open in Sangamon County as cannabis sales climb: Zoning rules in Springfield are causing controversy as the industry tries to expand. “There’s tremendous hypocrisy here when the council allows loud bars, gaming and liquor stores within 100 feet of neighborhoods while craft grows and infusers have to be 1,500 feet away," one entrepreneur told Illinois Times’ Dean Olsen.
We asked where you go for family reunions:
Kim Walz: “On my mom’s side, we go to Backbone State Park in Strawberry Point Iowa every other year for a reunion. My grandfather helped build the picnic shelters at the park as a part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the ‘30s. So, he is still a part of the gathering even though he is not physically here. Since my mom has passed, this gathering is even more important to me.”
Timothy Thomas Jr: “Dad’s family is from Senatobia, Miss. Gatherings are at nearby Sardis Lake, the part called ‘Black’ Sardis, as opposed to ‘White Sardis,’ a carryover from the state’s inglorious intolerant past.”
Suzie Bassi: “In July, we had over 100 family members — three generations, representing the five generations who have summered there — at Burntside Lake in Ely, Minn.
Phil Zeni says family on his mother’s side goes to Spitler Woods State Natural Area in Mt. Zion.
Mariyana Spyropoulos travels to Greece.
John Straus goes to St. Louis and Lake Geneva.
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— The ultimate bellwether race is about to be decided in upstate New York, by POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick and Sarah Ferris
— Trump search worsens FBI’s surveillance politics headache with GOP, by POLITICO’s Jordain Carney
— Trump’s legal woes enter yet another protracted phase, by POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu, Andrew Desiderio, Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein
— Today at 10 a.m.: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky leads a town hall to discuss legislation aimed at protecting Social Security and Medicare. Legal Council for Health Justice and North Shore Senior Center will also be part of the program at the North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield. RSVP to [email protected]
— Tonight at 6 p.m.: Gov. JB Pritzker is the headliner at the Lake County Democratic Women gala. The group recruits and helps elect women to government. Tickets here
— Sunday at 4 p.m.: Schakowsky headlines a Gun Sense Rally along with Maria Peterson, who’s running for state Senate, as well as House candidates and activists.
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Justin Kulovsek for correctly answering that the Tremont House balcony was used by Lincoln and Douglas when they delivered speeches during the 1858 Senate campaign.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Along with Prairie State and Land of Lincoln, what’s another nickname that Illinois has held? Email [email protected]
Today: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, former state Rep. Monique Davis, Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s political director Ben Head, Cook County Board president comms director Nick Shields, Fifth Third Bank senior VP Bernard Bartilad and Overture VC’s Shomik Dutta.
Saturday: Rep. Brad Schneider, gubernatorial deputy chief of staff for federal affairs Pat Collier IV, Rise Strategy Group CEO and partner Tarrah Cooper Wright, Illinois Innovation and Technology Department chief data officer Dessa Gypalo, PSP Partners external affairs SVP Jim Hock, Bully Pulpit Interactive partner Ben LaBolt, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism program coordinator Lindsay Shaw, Higher Glyphs Content Group founder Shannon Travis and WTTW reporter Heather Cherone.
Sunday: 7th Circuit Court Judge Ilana Rovner, Chicago attorney Jonathan Leach, Mariano’s branding exec Amanda Puck — and Loyola cheerleader Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, who turns 103.
August 19, 2022 at 07:34AM