Happy Wednesday, Illinois. The primaries are wrapped up and the results are mixed, via POLITICO.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a crowd of Navy Seal veterans and supporters in Chicago last night that he’s putting pieces in place for a potential presidential run in 2024.
“We’ve got a team in Iowa, a team in New Hampshire and South Carolina. And that’s not random. We are doing the things one would do to get ready,” Pompeo told the 1,100 guests, including a few political candidates, gathered at Navy Pier for the Navy Seal Foundation Midwest Evening of Tribute.
“Unlike others, if I go down an escalator, no one will notice,” Pompeo deadpanned. It was a friendly jab at former President Donald Trump’s announcement in 2015 that he was running.
“We are trying to figure out if that is the next place for us to serve,” Pompeo continued. “If we conclude it is, we’ll go make the case to the American people of why that is. And in the end, the American people, I pray, will make a good decision about who’s going to be their next leader.”
The event raised $6.3 million for the organization that helps warriors transition into the private sector and helps their families if they don’t come home. Citadel CEO and Republican donor Ken Griffin donated $1 million.
Pompeo made the comments during a Q&A with Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown, who peppered the former secretary of state with questions about his career, which also included two years as CIA director during the Trump years.
Pompeo, who said he had a good working relationship with his former boss, avoided dishing on or badmouthing Trump. “I’m deeply grateful” to have been hired as secretary of state,” Pompeo said, “and I hope he enjoys retirement.” The line drew a laugh from the high-profile crowd.
Pompeo also touted his record as the top diplomat for Trump, saying he traveled to more than a hundred countries. More than a few times, Pompeo said he sees China as the greatest outside threat to the United States. And the greatest threat coming from within the country: “teachers unions.”
While Pompeo was the headliner, many in the crowd were there to cheer the evening’s honorees: philanthropists Pat Ryan and Shirley Ryan. During his speech, Pat Ryan, the insurance mogul who founded Aon, reflected on the work and the culture of the Navy Seals and paid tribute to the 176 Aon employees who were killed in the attacks of 9/11.
Spotted in the room: Republican candidates Darren Bailey (governor), Catalina Lauf (IL-11), Esther Joy King (IL-17) Paul Vallas (mayor), Bob Fioretti (Cook County Board president). Also attending: State Rep. Tim Ozinga, Duchossois Executive Chair Craig Duchossois, Mayer Brown’s Ty Fahner, political and nonprofit fundraiser Lisa Wagner, Republican National Committeeman Richard Porter, Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Poles, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Killerspin founder Robert Blackwell Jr., GVC Americas’ Eli Boufis, Big Shoulders Fund CEO Josh Hale, and former Illinois GOP leader Pat Brady.
SCOOP: The Illinois Democratic Party is releasing its first-ever Spanish-language ads to promote voter registration. The campaign targets Latino voters and is timed to start today with the kick-off of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15.
The 16-second digital ads titled “Para Nosotros” and “Ninguno” will run on YouTube and address minimum wage issues and working families. The Spanish-language ads target Latino voter-heavy zip codes across the state, and there’s focused on the 25th Senate district in support of state Sen. Karina Villa.
How it started: The ad campaign was one of Democratic Party Chair Lisa Hernandez’s priorities after she was elected over the summer. She and the party see it as a key initiative in a year when getting out the vote could make all the difference in some elections.
The party is also looking to invest in ads in other languages, including focusing on Asian American communities.
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At the 555 West Monroe state office building at 10:30 a.m. with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to give an update on asylum seekers sent to Illinois. — At the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk at 11:30 a.m. to give remarks at a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Midwest event.
With the governor at 10:30 a.m.
At the Cook County office building at 9 a.m. to announce the application launch for the Guaranteed Income Pilot. — With the governor at 10:30 a.m. — On a virtual panel at 3 p.m. with Erikson Institute President & CEO Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning to discuss “the first 1,800 days of a child’s life through a racial equity lens.” Registration Link
— State investigation reveals racial disparities in student discipline and police involvement: “The Illinois civil rights probe of the state’s largest high school district comes after ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune documented thousands of police tickets issued to students for minor infractions,” by ProPublica’s Jodi S. Cohen and Tribune’s Jennifer Smith Richards.
— Out-of-state abortions in Illinois already breaking records, reports Better Government Association’s Rachel Hinton.
— Couples who worked in hospitals during pandemic saw their marriages change, by Tribune’s Alison Bowen
— FARM AD: Republican governor candidate Darren Bailey is out with a new ad that leans hard on his role as a farmer, showing him working his farm in southern Illinois as Paul Harvey’s famous speech, “So God Made a Farmer,” plays. The ad ends with a frame that says, “Illinois needs a farmer.”
— NBC 5 pulls Dan Proft’s ‘Scream’ ad off the air: “A number of NBC 5 viewers expressed complaints about the advertisement,” reports the station’s Charlie Wojciechowski. In a statement to Playbook, Proft, who leads the conservative PAC that produced the ad, questioned why the station is still airing the news story that shows the same video.
— GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey in another controversy with the Jewish community: During a weekend visit to a Palestinian group, “he spoke in front of a map that relabeled Israel as Palestine and said he would consider seeking repeal of a state law banning public pension fund investments in firms that boycott the Jewish state,” by Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner.
— THE IRONY: Darren Bailey rents downtown Chicago apartment to keep tabs on crime, by WGN 9’s Eli Ong and Tahman Bradley
— Rep. Sean Casten says he’ll ignore Awake Illinois’ legal threat over alleged defamation: “To be very clear, I do not plan on ceasing nor desisting in supporting the interests of everybody in the community I represent and making sure that there’s space for decency and kindness and love, and I don’t give a damn what Awake thinks to the contrary,” he told the Tribune’s Dan Petrella.
— Asian-American candidates in Illinois aim to break state records — and ‘the bamboo ceiling’: “At least 22 Asian-American candidates are running for offices in the November election and next year’s city elections, not to mention others running in other local races across the state,” by Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles.
— The Graham connection: Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker is calling out conservative donor Dick Uihlein, the primary donor to Republican governor candidate Darren Bailey, for also donating to Sen. Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina senator pitched legislation Tuesday that would restrict abortions nationwide, a move that’s dividing his party and would “decimate” reproductive rights, says Pritzker. His campaign points to a Financial Times report that says Uihlein is also the largest donor to Women Speak Out, an anti-choice PACs.
— Looking for a comeback: The aldermanic race is heating up in the 1st Ward, where Proco “Joe” Moreno just dropped $30,000 of his own money for his comeback bid for the seat he lost in 2019 to Ald. Daniel La Spata.
— Adrienne Irmer, a communications executive with Illinois Tech, is running for the 5th Ward City Council seat that opened up when Ald. Leslie Hairstaon said she wouldn’t seek reelection. Irmer is familiar to the political scene. She ran for a state House seat in 2018 but lost in the primary. Irmer’s been endorsed by former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Rev. Monica Faith Stewart and Bill Gerstein, owner of the iconic Mr. G’s Finer Foods.
— Chicago Skyway sold — again — generating windfall for beleaguered taxpayers: “The latest ownership change is expected to generate about $25 million in real estate transaction taxes, enough to cut in half Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $42.7 million property tax increase — though the mayor’s office refused to say how the funds would be used,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— What the post-pandemic workplace looks like: “There are plenty of seats, but no assigned desks … Hallway sinks, ubiquitous hand sanitizers, touchless doors and air purification systems stand ready to quash germs, while masks remain optional. Crowded elevators and other choke points make social distancing a distant memory, however,” by Tribune’s Robert Channick.
— As Riot Fest crews set up residents keep pushing for music festival to leave, by Sun-Times’ Elvia Malagón
— The left takes Chicago: “At the 2022 Socialism Conference, a new generation of radical young organizers revivifies the U.S. left,” via The Nation.
— No Metra service Friday? Potential strike could halt trains on most routes, by Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke
— While a strike could start Friday, people close to the negotiations tell POLITICO they’re not expecting it — at least not that soon, by POLITICO’s Tanya Snyder
Illinois man gets three weeks behind bars for role in Capitol attack: “Jeremiah Carollo of Glen Carbon was one of three Illinois men sentenced Tuesday; the others were given probation,” by Sun-Times’ Stefano Esposito
— HIGHER-ED | Not quite, but more colleges than ever offer courses in cannabis: “As sales of legal marijuana and hemp products grow, so have the educational options — from botany to production to law — on campuses across Illinois,” by Patrick Filbin for WBEZ.
We asked What’s the most defensible speeding ticket you ever received:
— Jim Montgomery, former Mayor of Taylorville: “In 1990, before the internet and email, I was driving Election Day radio ads to the various stations across the five-county district very late on Election Eve. Unfortunately, I discovered just how far the town line extended in one particular Central Illinois town.
“I tried all of my skills of persuasion and argued the importance of democracy and elections to a free society — however, I still received a speeding ticket. The ads were all delivered in time, but our candidate was not successful on Election Day.”
— Steve Brown, the former, longtime House spokesman: “I got a ticket for going 79 in a 55-mile-an-hour zone on Route 24 east of Gridley. Took the offer to go to traffic school rather than a speeding conviction. When the school instructor asked me the circumstances. I just said it happened when I hit “resume” on the cruise control. He shook his head and noted I would have speeding in a 70 mph zone, too.”
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— Conservatives aim to sweep state superintendent offices in November: “Donald Trump endorsed in what used to be one state’s sleepy superintendent election. His education secretary, Betsy DeVos, contributed thousands of dollars to another campaign,” reports POLITICO’s Juan Perez Jr.
— Lindsey Graham saves Biden’s big day, by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago and Jonathan Lemire
— What if doctors are better at treating domestic abuse than cops? by Joanne Kenen for POLITICO
— The Black conservative who’s challenging Stefanik for House GOP leadership, by POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers
— Dentist given cufflinks by Queen Elizabeth II as thanks for dental work performed during her visit to Chicago: The late Dr. Norman Olson “was given a set of gold-enameled cufflinks emblazoned with a large ER (signifying Elizabeth Regina) as a gift from Prince Philip,” by Pioneer Press’ Daniel I. Dorfman.
Samantha “Sam” Fendt, campaign finance director for state Treasurer Mike Frerichs, and Bridge Financial Technology software developer Tadhg Fendt, are proud parents of Guinevere (Gwen) Maryanne Fendt, born at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 “and ready to join Team Frerichs!” Pic! and Pic!
— Today at 11:30 a.m. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza headlines a City Club luncheon discussion about state finances. Register here
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman for correctly answering that the residence of Chicago’s Catholic archbishops at 1555 N. State Parkway has 19 chimneys.
TODAY’s QUESTION: What Chicago building is home to the world’s largest Tiffany Dome? Email [email protected]
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