With help from Olivia Olander
Happy Tuesday, Illinois. Election day is 21 days away.
Barack and Michelle Obama returned home to vote Monday ahead of the midterm elections that will see the former president campaigning for Democrats across the country.
Doing downtown: The Obamas, who are staying a few days at their Hyde Park Home, stopped by the Chicago Board of Elections Supersite at 191 N. Clark Street, where your Playbook host got a glimpse of them casting their ballots. (Yes, they still have a home in Chicago, where they are registered to vote.)
Side by side: The former president joked with elections staffers about missing the days when he could just “punch” a paper ballot for Democrats. On Monday, the former first couple voted on touch screens. They stood side by side but didn’t confer with each other, though the former president had notes in hand he might have referred to. They took about 10 minutes to fill out their ballots before posing for pictures with Chicago Election Board staffers, who were surprised by the visit.
The voting site stayed open while the Obamas cast their ballots — and as they left, a few folks were startled at the sight of the former first couple.
More surprise visits. The Obamas then hit two youth events. The former president greeted more than 60 Chicago high school students gathered at Fulton Market event space where he headlined a panel discussion on community resources and activism. Joining him: Chicago Bulls’ Ayo Dosunmo, Bulls creative strategy exec Don C. and students Adeeb Borden of Butler College Prep and Aniya Hill of North Lawndale College Prep.
On the South Side, Michelle Obama surprised Hyde Park Academy students during an all-school assembly to kick off the school year’s Obama Foundation Futures Series, which exposes students to leaders and careers.
“You don’t need connections to do well. You don’t need money to do well. You need people that you can go to when it’s hard, people that remind you who you are,” the former first lady told the group. WBEZ’s Nereida Moreno has this story.
About the midterms: Obama will be on the campaign trail in the coming days, including in Georgia on Oct. 28, where he’ll stump for governor candidate Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Obama is then scheduled to join Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a get-out-the-vote rally on Oct. 29. And on the same day, he’ll head to Wisconsin to campaign for Democrats there.
In an interview with “Pod Save America” that aired Friday evening, Obama said he’s looking at down-ballot races. “There are governor’s races, secretary of state’s races, state legislative races that are going to really matter,” he said. “It may turn out that in a close presidential election at some point, certification of an election in a key swing state may be at issue. And it’s going to be really important that we have people there who play it straight.”
Ahead of tonight’s governor’s debate, Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker issued a scathing attack on Republican Darren Bailey for not speaking out against former President Donald Trump’s comments about American Jews.
Trump wrote on his TruthSocial social media platform that American Jews need to “get their act together” and show more appreciation for the state of Israel “before it is too late.”
Pritzker, who is Jewish, said in a statement: “After courting and earning Donald Trump’s endorsement and spending months refusing to apologize for his appalling rhetoric comparing the Holocaust to abortion rights, voters can only assume that Bailey agrees with his idol that U.S. Jews need to ‘get their act together,’” Pritzker said.
In a statement to Playbook, Bailey spokesman Joe DeBose called Pritzker an “out of touch billionaire who is too focused on national politics”
Lamenting the state of affairs: Illinois House Jewish Caucus Leader Bob Morgan said comments by Trump and Kanye West, who recently posted anti-Semitic messages on Twitter, are fueling antisemitic behavior. “It’s the most I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Morgan told Playbook. “We have had moments of extraordinarily high anti-Semitism over the years, but now we’re seeing public displays by people who are followed by millions of Americans.”
We’ll be watching to see if the issue makes it into tonight’s debate.
— The debate starts at 7 p.m. on WGN.
— POLL | Pritzker, Duckworth hold commanding leads ahead of election, according to the Illinois Broadcasters Association and Research America Poll via NBC 5
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On the debate stage at 7 p.m. on WGN to face Republican Darren Bailey.
On the Chicago Riverwalk at 2 p.m. to announce infrastructure investments.
At the Cook County Building at 9:30 a.m. to announce the resumption of ambulance runs to Cook County Health’s Provident Hospital, serving Chicago’s South Side.
— BIG RULING | Ahead of key Illinois Supreme Court elections, federal judge blocks state campaign contribution limits in judicial races: “The decision, handed down Friday, has the potential to unleash a deluge of cash into two hotly contested races for seats on the state’s highest court,” by Tribune’s Dan Petrella.
— In suburban congressional races, Dems clobbering Republicans in fundraising — except in IL-17: Republican Esther Joy King of East Moline has nearly $1.4 million cash on hand to Democrat Eric Sorensen’s nearly $295,000, according to the latest Federal Election Commission reports. Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet has all the numbers.
— Sen. Tammy Duckworth holds giant fundraising lead over GOP challenger Kathy Salvi: “The Illinois Democrat has raised about $18 million, while her Republican opponent on the November ballot has brought in about $1 million, according to new FEC reports,” by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.
— Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Democrats for the Illinois House closed the quarter reporting $14.1 million raised and $17 million cash on hand.
— Judge Elizabeth Rochford is being endorsed by the Illinois Education Association in her campaign for the Supreme Court’s Second District.
— Republican Erica Harriss has been endorsed by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois National Federation of Independent Business’ political action committee in her bid for the 56th District state Senate seat.
— Democrat Maria Peterson has been endorsed by the Illinois Senate Latino Caucus, Citizen Action/Illinois and the Latino Victory Fund in her bid for the 26th District state Senate seat.
— Illinois sees first snowfall of the season, but 70s are returning: “O’Hare Airport reported snowfall on Monday as did other areas of the region, but forecasters predict the weather will steadily improve,” via National Weather Service. By Patch’s Jeff Arnold.
— Illinois might overshadow Iowa’s corn fields: “Iowa farmers are projected to harvest about 200 bushels of corn per acre this year on average — a yield potentially less than Illinois’ 210, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture predictions,” Successful Farming reports.
— COVID UPDATE | Illinois no longer requires masks in health care facilities, though many may continue mandating them: “The change marks a milestone in the pandemic and is in line with recently released recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” by Tribune’s Lisa Schencker.
— Mountain lion killed in crash on I-88 in DeKalb County: Now wildlife officials are monitoring a second cougar in western Illinois, by WTTW’s Patty Wetli
— WELCOME: For the first time in weeks, there were no new arrivals of migrants to Illinois, according to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The city has so far welcomed 3,408 asylum-seekers bused from the Texas border since Aug. 31.
— Immigrants from Texas need winter clothes, coats, shoes and supplies. Here’s how you can donate, by Block Club’s Maia Pandey
— The Chicago Housing Authority keeps giving up valuable land while HUD rubber-stamps the deals: “Despite being years behind on obligations to build more homes, the city’s public housing agency gets permission to sell, lease and swap its property in gentrifying neighborhoods,” by ProPublica’s Mick Dumke.
— The agency running a 988 call center in Chicago is trying to allay fears of police ties: “The nonprofit known as C4 says it has received about 350 calls to the new suicide “lifeline” and hasn’t transferred any to cops,” by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
— Embattled Ald. Jim Gardiner gives up Fire Department promotion to seek 2nd term on City Council: “He objected to being forced to choose,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
— Ald. Derrick Curtis accidentally shoots himself in wrist while cleaning gun, police say, via Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba and Fran Spielman
— City’s public health chief points to funding cliff ahead as Covid federal funding shrinks, by Crain’s Katherine Davis
— CPD officers reporting misconduct more often, COPA chief says, by WGN’s Sam Charles
— NASCAR: Elk Grove Village to sponsor driver in next year’s downtown Chicago race, continuing push to market itself as manufacturing hub, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin
— Krishnamoorthi asks feds for new study of train merger that would include suburban crossings, by Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke
— Prosecutors dismiss domestic violence case against Cook County judge: “The person who filed the complaint told prosecutors the incident was an accident and she did not want to proceed with the case, according to court records,” by Sun-Times’ Sophie Sherry.
We asked what theater scene startled you out of your seat:
Brian Bernardoni: "Anyone who remembers anything from the Annoyance Theatre in the 1990s should have a full list of shows to choose from. Mine included ‘Co-Ed Prison Sluts.’ If you know you know. I will leave it at that."
Lisa Brasch: “Nothing compares to that hand reaching out of the grave at the end of ‘Carrie.’”
Timothy Thomas Jr.: “Felt like jumping (for celebration) at the Lyric’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (took mom for her birthday) and seeing a commitment to colorblind casting with the outstanding performance of Melody Betts as the grandmother in the dream sequence.” Pic!
Justin Kulovsek: “Goodman Theatre’s 2017 production of ‘Gloria’ right before intermission … IYKYK.”
Rey Nonato: “West Side Story.”
John Straus: “When the chandelier drops in ‘Phantom of the Opera.’”
Mary Beth Hoerner: “The live child burial scene in Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Pillowman’ at Steppenwolf, or the cat skinning/brain dripping scene in the same author’s ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Northlight.”
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— Q&A with Sen. Dick Durbin: He talks Ukraine, immigration and the upcoming midterm elections with WTTW’s Paris Schutz
— Future Democratic stars at risk of getting wiped out in the midterms, by POLITICO’s Elena Schneider
— Democrats’ midterm hopes fade: ‘We peaked a little early,’ by POLITICO’s David Siders
— The legacy Nancy Pelosi never wanted, by POLITICO’s Rachel Bade and The Washington Post’s Karoun Demirjian
— Biden’s student debt relief draws 8M+ applications in first two days, by POLITICO’s Michael Stratford
— Thursday at 5:30 p.m.: Sen. Tammy Duckworth holds a “Brews with Tammy” fundraiser at an as yet undisclosed location. Details here
MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Andy Shaw for correctly answering that University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Northern Illinois University have buildings named after former Gov. John P. Altgeld.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the Chicago mobster who counted congressmen, judges, federal and state prosecutors, park commissioners and aldermen as honorary pallbearers? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, State Budget Director Alexis Sturm, staffer to state Sen. Rob Martwick J.C. Strzalka-Steil, MxD’s Alyssa Anna Sullivan, University of Chicago professor Victor A. Friedman, comms consultant Jim Bray and Playbooker Steve Whitmer.
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October 18, 2022 at 07:04AM