Anne Burke turns the page

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Anne Burke turns the page

Good Tuesday morning, Illinois. I don’t care if it feels like fall. Pumpkin spice in coffee is an abomination.

It’s the next chapter for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke, who’s retiring just weeks before the November election that could see the court’s 4-3 Democratic majority shift right.

It means there will be another open seat on the high court in two more years.

Burke is stepping down just ahead of Chicago Ald. Edward Burke’s federal corruption trial that could occur next year. We expect she’ll be by his side. But will he join her in retirement, too? That’s the big question.

“It appears more likely that he’s not going to run [for reelection]. That he’s moving in the direction of retiring,” veteran political operative Victor Reyes, who has known the Burkes for years, told Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman

Stepping in: Illinois Appellate Justice Joy V. Cunningham has already been appointed by the Supreme Court to fill Justice Burke’s seat through December 2024. After she’s confirmed, Cunningham, a Democrat, will become the second Black woman to serve on the state Supreme Court. She’ll be one of three African Americans on the seven-member court.

More on Cunningham: She’s served on the appellate court since 2006 and is a former general counsel to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a few other nonprofits.

Stepping up: Justice Mary Jane Theis has already been named to succeed Burke as chief justice starting Oct. 26. An installation ceremony will be held in Springfield during the court’s November term

Balance of power: Burke’s exit doesn’t change anything for the November election. It means her seat, situated in the Democratic bastion of Cook County, will be up in 2024, and Cunningham would be the most likely to run. Recently appointed Justice Lisa Holder White’s seat will also be up for grabs in 2024. White is a Republican.

About 2024: There is no Latino representation on the state high court, and the election in two years will likely see candidates hoping to change that. Two years ago, Appellate Judge Jesse Reyes took second in a race for the seat now held by Justice P. Scott Neville.

The dark cloud: Justice Burke has served on the court since 2006 and was named chief justice in 2019, less than a year after her husband’s office was raided by the feds. That cloud has hovered over the couple for nearly four years.

What’s next: It’s not just talk that’s causing speculation that Ald. Burke might retire. The newly drawn boundaries will make it harder for him to win reelection. And no one we’ve talked to has seen his team gathering signatures for the municipal election ballot.

AD BLITZ: Statewide and congressional candidates are going up with TV ads ahead of their challengers in the General Election.

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias has two 30-second spots:“Skip the Line” and “Promise,” which will run simultaneously on broadcast and cable starting in the Chicago area. Giannoulias is running for secretary of state against Republican state Rep. Dan Brady.

Continuing the theme: Like his primary election ads, each of the new ones take place on the basketball court with Giannoulias teaching the fundamentals of the game to a group of children.

Democrat Nikki Budzinski’s ad, “Buttinski,” has an economic theme featuring the candidate and a union steelworker talking about the middle class, prescription drug prices and inflation. The steelworker calls her a “buttinski.” It’s funny. Budzinski faces Republican Regan Deering in the race to represent IL-13 Congressional District.

And Republican Esther Joy King is out with a new TV ad in her run for the freshly shaped IL-17 Congressional seat, focusing on the economy. King faces Democrat Eric Sorensen, a meteorologist, in the district that has been held by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos for a decade.

ENDORSEMENT: Alexi Giannoulias has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s board of directors, the non-partisan political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

Have a news tip, suggestion, birthday, anniversary, new job, or any other nugget for Playbook? I’d like to hear from you: [email protected]

No official public events.

No official public events.

In Bellwood at 10 a.m. with Mayor Andre Harvey and officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Cook County to announce $10 million in funding for a program to assess and remediate brownfields. — On a virtual panel discussion at 5 p.m. with leaders in the Indigenous community to discuss the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, the subsequent Urban Indian Relocation Program and their consequences as part of Racial Equity Week. Register here

— A celebration of life was held over the weekend for the late former Gov. James R. Thompson, who died in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Big names from government and the corporate worlds came out to honor “Big Jim,” as Thompson was known during his long career.

Thompson’s wife, Jayne Thompson, was there, of course, as were Gov. JB Pritzker and first lady MK Pritzker. The governor also spoke at the event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Broadcaster Bill Kurtis served as emcee. Other speakers included Dan Webb, the co-executive chair of Winston & Strawn, and Tom Fitzgerald, the firm’s chair. Spotted: former Gov. George Ryan, who Winston & Strawn famously represented under Thompson during a federal corruption trial.

Ramsey Lewis, Chicago-born jazz great, dies at 87:The pianist and his trio scored a 1965 hit with ‘The In Crowd,’” by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo and Miriam Di Nunzio. —  Hear him play on his 85th birthday, via WTTW

Political and personal issues mount for a once-rising star of Illinois politics: “The state spent nearly $150,000 in a civil discrimination case involving Democratic state Sen. Michael Hastings, whose wife accused him of domestic violence,” by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos.

Mayors hope to coordinate response to migrants from Texas after buses from Chicago arrive in suburbs, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin

— ‘ABHORRENT’ AD: The ad we showed you last week of a woman being mugged is drawing widespread criticism. The TV spot was produced by a conservative super PAC that supports Republican Darren Bailey. The goal was to pin crime problems on Gov. JB Pritzker.

The governor condemned the ad, saying, “They’ve chosen a particular crime in which there was a white woman who is the victim and apparently Black perpetrators. That’s the ad they want people to see, particularly in the suburbs. That’s part of the entire racial tinge of everything that’s being put out by that pack.”

Dan Proft responds: The conservative political operative who heads the People Who Play By The Rules PAC that launched the ad criticized Pritzker for bringing race into the discussion. “Pritzker is more concerned about racial profiles than he is about a woman being violently terrorized,” Profit said in a written statement.

Advocates did focus on the victim: The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence released a joint statement saying the ad uses a crime victim’s trauma “for political gain.” They called the ad “abhorrent and beneath the political discourse.”

Asked to respond: Profit’s team declined to comment.

— Another one bites the dust: Ald. Reboyras chooses retirement over difficult reelection campaign: “Ariel Reboyras will serve out the remainder of his term and call it a career — after 20 years as alderperson and 44 years in city government — when the new council is sworn in next May,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

After becoming a force at City Hall, 2023 elections pose challenges, opportunities for Chicago’s Democratic Socialists, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone.

Chicago marks its 500th homicide for the year — a father of two gunned down as he left his mother’s home in West Pullman, by Sun-Times’ Sophie Sherry and Tom Schuba

— Opinion: Deputy mayor for public safety says city is making progress on police reform

Downers Grove Public Library cancels drag-queen bingo event due to threats: “Since the library announced in a newsletter last month that drag queen Aurora Divine would be featured during a bingo night event for young adults, the staff received a number of aggressive emails and threats from conservative-leaning residents,” by Pioneer Press’ Zareen Syed.

The drag show became a political issue when Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, who’s a Republican running for Congress in the IL-06 District, claimed the show has “sexual content.” It doesn’t, and Democratic incumbent Congressman Sean Casten pushed back, accusing Pekau of creating an “unsafe environment” that encouraged the threats. “They should be ashamed of themselves. They have used their platform to promote hatred, homophobia and bigotry,” he tweeted in a statement.

‘We’re being railroaded’: Suburban leaders blast merger plan in front of federal regulators: “Federal regulators got an earful Monday about the proposed merger of the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railways at a forum in Itasca,” by Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke.

‘Bears cannot develop this property without village approval’: Arlington Heights to vote on process, by Daily Herald’s Christopher Placek

Remains of Grayslake soldier killed during Pearl Harbor attack to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, by Lake County News-Sun’s Gavin Good.

— Zahorik keeps the reins: Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association has elected McHenry County Democratic Party Chair Kristina Zahorik to a third term as president of the organization. Zahorik has served as president since November 2018. Also elected to the leadership team as vice presidents: Toni Preckwinkle (Cook County), Billy Halstead (Peoria County), Mark Guethle (Kane County), Terry Redman (DeWitt County), Jay Briney (Mason County), Charlie Laskonis (Winnebago County), Pam Davidson (Knox County), Paul Herkert (Calhoun County), Teresa Vincent (Union County), Mike Barone (Jackson County), and Treasurer Bill Houlihan (Sangamon County) and Secretary Pam Monetti (Macoupin County).

Jurors in R. Kelly trial dismissed for the day after one is replaced; defense argument to resume Tuesday, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Megan Crepeau

— Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was in Rosemont Monday for a small soiree to benefit Republican House Leader Jim Durkin. Spotted: state Reps. Ryan Spain and Keith Wheeler, and numerous members of the suburban Indian community, according to a person in the room. Haley was there to stump for Durkin, though she was asked about her own political ambitions. Will she run for president? She demurred.

— Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is on the roster to play Wednesday in the Congressional Softball Game. But she just had hip surgery three months ago and isn’t sure if she’ll be up to form. Bustos for years played shortstop but switched to first base when another congresswoman retired.

We asked you to name your favorite amusement park growing up:

Kirk Dillard of the Regional Transportation Authority, Mary Kay Minaghan, Ed Mazur and Joseph Monack all picked Kiddieland in Melrose Park. “I loved the two Kiddieland Limited miniature trains. One was even a real steam engine that smelled like coal,” Dillard recalled.

Timothy Thomas Jr., like many South Siders, enjoyed Funtown. The jingle still resonates.

Political observer Eugene Daly, attorney Graham Grady, lobbyist John McCabe and retired principal Rich Norman: Riverview Park in Chicago at Belmont and Western (before it was torn down). “The ‘Shoot the Chutes’ was the coolest ride ever,” Grady wrote. Pic!

Carlos Jaramillo: Great America “with extended family, like 20 to 30 of us. My mom, aunts and grandmother would pack us huevo con chorizo tortas for breakfast. Waiting in lines for rides was a bonding experience.”

Gail H. Morse of Jenner & Block: “Still DisneyLAND.”

Derik Ohanian: Universal Studios. “I was never big on the raucous rides, and I was a huge fan of film and television.’”

Max Sklodowski: Six Flags Great America, “especially during Fright Fest.”

Chris White: Cedar Point, where he rode the Iron Dragon roller-coaster too many times to count.

What is the most defensible speeding ticket you ever received? Email [email protected]

‘Sleazy backroom deal’: Progressives tangle one more time with Manchin, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris and Burgess Everett

Trump and DOJ near agreement on expert for review of seized records, by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein

‘Forever chemicals’ are everywhere. The battle over who pays to clean them up is just getting started, by POLITICO’s Ry Rivard and Jordan Wolman

When Jerry Brown met Charles who would be king, by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White

— Alyssa Goodstein is now communications director for the Illinois AFL-CIO. She was chief of staff to state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz. Goodstein also was one of the 10 original staff members on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s primary campaign four years ago.

— Omari Prince is now director of government affairs for the Small Business Advocacy Council. He most recently was a campaign adviser for Judge Dominique Ross, who ran unsuccessfully for the appellate court.

— Tonight: Online tickets are still available for the Navy Seals fundraiser honoring Chicago philanthropists Pat and Shirley Ryan. Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo keynotes. Former Afghan interpreters who aided the SEALs will be honored. Also expected to attend: fundraiser Lisa Wagner, private investor Muneer Satter, Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown and business execs Bob Loquercio and Bill Strong. Reserve a virtual ticket here

MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to political consultant Clem Balanoff for correctly answering that John Blake Rice, Chicago’s post-Civil War mayor from 1865 to 1869, also was an actor and producer and built a theater before he entered politics.

TODAY’s QUESTION: What Chicago structure is arrayed with 19 chimneys? Email [email protected]

Former Congressman Peter Roskam, now a partner at the Sidley Austin law firm, former state Rep. David Olsen, attorney Elias Matsakis, and Sports Index President Terry Poulos.

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September 13, 2022 at 09:50AM

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