Microcosm of the midterms – POLITICO

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Happy Wednesday, Illinois. Leaves changing colors are enough to show it’s fall. I don’t need rain, too.

Gov. JB Pritzker leaned in to abortion rights on Tuesday, and state Sen. Darren Bailey steered the conversation to crime, an indicator of what the rest of the campaign season will look like.

Pritzker headlined a fundraiser for Personal PAC, the abortion rights group that helped write the laws that make abortion legal in Illinois.

The Democratic governor preached to the choir when he said “the Darren Baileys and the Donald Trumps and right-wing zealots” want to take the country back to the 1950s before abortion rights.

Pritzker said abortion rights reverberate beyond health care. “It allowed women to decide how and when and if they’d like to start a family. It enabled women to marry who they want and when they want to make choices about their careers and education and financial stability.”

It’s a point he hopes will also hit home with independent voters. But Bailey hopes to woo that same constituency.

His first TV ad since the Republican primary came out Tuesday, and it opens with a warning that “some of the scenes you are about to see are graphic and not suitable for children.” After the images of violence flash across the screen, Bailey appears saying, “Crime is out of control” and “your safety will always be my priority.”

The strategy for both camps is built around the hope that independent voters will be energized one way or another. But while Bailey’s goal is to sway voters his way for governor, Pritzker (who’s ahead in the polls) is calling more attention to the state Supreme Court, where there are two open seats.

Though Illinois supports abortion rights, the governor and other Democrats worry what could happen down the road if the Illinois Supreme Court gets a Republican majority.

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Illinois legal experts urge voters to ignore TV ads focused on election of judges:Most of the ad spending focuses on two seats on the Illinois state Supreme Court that are on this fall’s ballot. If Republicans win just one of them, GOP judges would control the court for the first time in many decades,” by Fox 32’s Mike Flannery.

HOUSE OF CARDS: Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin is seeing his leadership team dwindle.

Along with state Reps. Dan Brady and Tom Demmer leaving the House — they’re running for statewide offices — House Republican Conference Chair David Welter lost in the primary, and so did freshman state Rep. Mark Luft. And there’s buzz that another Republican ally is making plans to leave the House for a lobbying gig.

This leaves Durkin having to reconfigure his leadership team while trying to hold together his caucus. It’s a challenge he might not have expected in a midterm year that’s supposed to be good to Republicans. Durkin, however, seems to face this dilemma every two years.

Blood in the water: State Reps. Tim Ozinga, Marty McLaughlin and Deanne Mazzochi are frustrated with the direction of the House GOP. And there’s talk that Ozinga might make a power grab for Durkin’s minority leader seat. Ozinga isn’t responding to reporters’ questions.

He’s a freshman rep with some clout because he brings family wealth to the table. But he so far hasn’t spent it on helping elect any of his fellow Republican state reps. Instead, Ozinga has donated to Darren Bailey ($2,500) and various county Republican races.

Ozinga has also formed a new group named The Big Tent Coalition “that claims it has nine staffers working out of three offices scattered around the state with the goal of making Republicans the majority party again,” according to Crain’s Greg Hinz.

OK. We’ll believe it when we see it.

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On Eastman Street for a ribbon-cutting for Wild Mile, Chicago’s first-ever floating eco-park.

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POLITICO LIVE today at 10 a.m. ET: Congressman Darin LaHood, who co-chairs the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, is part of a virtual event titled “U.S., China and Xi Jinping’s New Era,” discussing the implications for U.S.-China relations posed by Xi’s bid to extend his rule and effectively remain in power for life. Also on the panel: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Susan Shirk, a former deputy assistant secretary of state. DC-based China correspondent Phelim Kine will moderate. Watch live here

Gov. JB Pritzker has been endorsed by the Tribune. That’s news given the paper has a history of endorsing Republicans for governor. “It is hard to argue that Pritzker has been fiscally irresponsible or that the state under his leadership has been logjammed or chaotic. For the most part, Illinois has been efficiently run,” the Tribune writes. In 2018, the Trib recommended voters re-elect Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner after also backing him in 2014 over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In 2010, the paper endorsed Republican state legislator Bill Brady over Quinn. And in 2006, Republican Judy Baar Topinka won the Tribune’s support over Democrat Rod Blagojevich. The list of Republicans backed by the Tribune goes on and on. (We smell a trivia question.)

Attorney general candidates clash over SAFE-T Act, public health measures, by Capitol News’ Peter Hancock

Injustice Watch is out with its Election Guide for 2022

Candidates for secretary of state pitch how they would cut lines, by WBEZ’s Mawa Iqbal

Mendoza and Giannoulias endorsed by Daily Herald

Judge Elizabeth Rochford has been endorsed by the 31st Council of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME 31) in her bid for Illinois Supreme Court in the 2nd District.

— In IL-17, Democrat Eric Sorensen has been endorsed by the BlueGreen Alliance, a group of labor unions and environmental organizations.

— In IL-13, Republican Regan Deering has been endorsed by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge.

— Andrew Chesney, a Republican candidate for Illinois state Senate, has been endorsed by Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR. Chesney is a state representative who’s now running for the 45th District state Senate seat.

The Illinois 48th District Senate race gets heated as candidates lob attack advertising: State Sen. Doris Turner (Democrat) and state Rep. Sandy Hamilton (Republican) on how they got where they are and who helped, by State Journal-Register’s Tiffani Jackson.

— Stand for Children Illinois PAC is out with a list of endorsements, and it’s bipartisan. List here

— WELCOME: Chicago saw 121 new migrants arrive Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The city has now welcomed 2,866 asylum-seekers bused from the Texas border since Aug. 31.

— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Mayor Lori Lightfoot was spotted lunching with Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison on Monday at Beatrix in River North. The DNC is still narrowing down where it will hold its 2024 Democratic National Convention, so a light-hearted lunch with the mayor can only indicate that Chicago is still in the running.

New museum will preserve stories of public housing residents, by Sun-Times’ Michael Loria

Civilian police oversight off to slow start: “Adam Gross, executive director of the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, told City Council members that out of 14 positions in the 2022 budget, only one other person besides Gross is ‘hired and on staff,’” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Push to use downtown property taxes to fund Far South Side Red Line extension clears first hurdle, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone

Covid booster numbers remain sluggish in Chicago as fears rise over another U.S. surge, by WBEZ’s Courtney Kueppers

‘Chills down my spine:’ Neighbors react after remains found in boarding house freezer, via NBC 5

A year before trial, racketeering case against Ald. Edward Burke gets new judge, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner

Arlington Heights trustees ‘all in’ on establishing redevelopment agreement for Chicago Bears stadium: Still … “Trustees at the Committee of the Whole meeting were concerned about the density of the proposed transit-oriented development, why there was not yet a stadium rendering available and about whether the proposed development would hurt Arlington Heights’ current downtown area,” reports Pioneer Press’ Caroline Kubzansky.

Amazon workers in Joliet stage protest during company’s fall Prime sale, by Tribune’s Talia Soglin

— Poll | Most Americans back Biden’s marijuana moves: “Nearly two-thirds of voters indicated that they support issuing pardons to people with nonviolent federal marijuana convictions,” by POLITICO’s Natalie Fertig.

— FOLLOW THE MONEY: The Chicago Community Trust unveiled a “first-of-its-kind” dashboard that details how $11.5 billion in federal Covid recovery dollars is being allocated by the state of Illinois, city of Chicago, and Cook County. The dashboard tracks monies from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To launch the dashboard

Amanda Knox to perform with Exoneree Band at Illinois Innocence Project fundraiser, by State Journal-Register’s Steven Spearie

We asked for your thoughts on the most underrated architectural jewel in Chicago:

Sarah Carrillo, Emily’s List Midwest finance director: “Loyola’s Mundelein Hall. It’s fully art deco, plus stained glass windows, a greenhouse-esque gathering space and views of the lake AND the city. It’s so beautiful!”

Robert Christie: “I love the sleek simplicity of 333 Wacker Dr. It curves along with the street perfectly and as an all-mirrored building, it captures excellent reflections of the city at all times of the day and night.”

Ted Cox: “Louis Sullivan’s Getty Tomb in Graceland Cemetery — a perfect little structure.”

Brent Pruim: “Krause Music Store.”

Tom Schlenhardt: “Madonna Della Strada Chapel on the lakefront of Loyola Chicago University’s Rogers Park campus.”

Ray Sendejas: “Lake View Presbyterian Church. It was designed by Burnham and Root and is made from a wood frame as it was built before Lakeview was annexed into Chicago (wood frames were prohibited in Chicago after the fire).”

Andy Shaw: “Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park.”

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The Texas Republican fighting Wall Street — and protecting the energy industry: “Most comptrollers toil away among the accountants who measure a state’s fiscal temperature but the financial ups and downs of the pandemic put them in the spotlight,” reports POLITICO’s Liz Crampton.

In Wisconsin, Barnes bets on abortion to boost flagging polls, by POLITICO’s Holly Otterbein and your Playbook host

Republicans are chasing key governorships, but they’re largely absent from the TV airwaves, by POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro

Railroad workers’ rejection of new contracts revives strike fears, by POLITICO’s Eleanor Mueller and Tanya Snyder

Kanye’s anti-Semitic comments are shining a light on political risks of his popularity among some in the GOP, via Congress Minutes

Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, (D-N.D.) has been named director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, succeeding former political consultant David Axelrod who founded the Institute 10 years ago. Heitkamp, currently a political contributor for CNBC and ABC News, will step into the new role Jan. 3.

— Thomas McDonell and Li Zhu are now partners at the national law firm Quarles & Brady. McDonnell is a Chicago-based member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and Zhu is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, also in Chicago.

— Today at 10 a.m.: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky headlines a virtual discussion on the Inflation Reduction Act and capping of insulin costs at $35 per month. Schakowsky co-chairs the Task Force on Aging and Families. Register here

— Today at 3 p.m.: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos headlines a discussion with broadcast journalist Gretchen Carlson and Chicago legal expert Laurel Bellows on the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, a measure that Bustos introduced. The program is hosted by Chicago Bar Association. Details here

— Oct. 18: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will moderate a discussion on the future of Chicago’s economy “and how the public and private sector can collaborate to promote growth.” On the panel: Discover CEO Roger Hochschild, Google’s Karen Sauder and Health Care Service Corp.’s Maurice Smith. Register here

TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to former state Rep. Lou Lang, Ald. Jason Ervin, attorney Graham Grady, consultant Fred Lebed, former state Rep. Litesa Wallace, City Club’s Ed Mazur, entrepreneur Ashvin Lad, attorney Lawrence Falbe, government wonk Abdon Pallasch and comms pro Bill Utter for correctly answering that Mayor Richard J. Daley ordered police to “shoot to kill any arsonist or anyone with a Molotov cocktail” after rioting started in wake of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who served as a Democratic committeeman, state representative, Cook County commissioner and chair of the Illinois Democratic Party? Email skapos@politico.com

U.S. State Department public affairs exec Stephanie Sutton, Treasurer’s Office public affairs deputy chief of staff David Clarkin and TV personality Ryan Chiaverini.

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October 12, 2022 at 07:09AM

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