With help from Olivia Olander
Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. The Bulls launch their season tonight, and we’re hoping for something brighter than the Bears.
You knew right away that Tuesday night’s debate was going to be rough and tumble. Moments into his opening statement, Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker called Republican Darren Bailey a “Trump extremist” and “a threat to democracy.”
Bailey returned the volleys, calling Pritzker “extreme” on education and crime.
When it came to policy, the two gubernatorial candidates showed just how far apart they are. Pritzker focused on his accomplishments: paying up the state’s overdue bills, raising the minimum wage and protecting abortion rights. “And I did all of that while fighting a deadly global pandemic, saving lives and livelihoods,” he said.
Bailey’s view: The Republican state senator blamed “illegal immigration” for gang crime in Illinois. He said administrative offices in education are over-funded. And he accused Pritzker of injecting critical race theory, “radical gender ideology” and “extremism” into schools’ curriculum.
Pritzker pushed back, saying the parochial school that Bailey founded has used books that say slaves weren’t mistreated and that the women’s movement wasn’t a good idea. “Darren Bailey has proven that he would be dangerous for our kids, for parents, for communities if he were put in charge of public education,” Pritzker said.
Bailey’s softened views: Given cannabis and abortion are legal in Illinois, Bailey said he wouldn’t do anything to change those laws. And when it came to acknowledging former President Donald Trump had endorsed him, Bailey said, “I am in charge of my campaign.”
Agree on da Bears: Neither wants to use tax money for the NFL team to build a new stadium. Good thing. A Sun-Times/WBEZ Poll out this morning says: Half of voters polled would sack any taxpayer dollar request.
On a personal note: The candidates were asked to say something nice about each other. Bailey said he liked Pritzker’s suits and suggested they go suit-shopping after the election. (Oh, to be a fly on the wall!) And Pritzker said he admired Bailey’s marriage of 36 years to his wife, Cindy. “That shows deep commitment. That’s something I share as well.”
Bailey-isms: Instead of repeating his “hellhole” or “unruly child” phrases to describe Chicago, Bailey called the state’s biggest city “Pritzkerville” because Pritzker’s “extreme policies are destroying the city,” he said. And he threw out another word he’s learned while living in Chicago during the campaign: Chumbolone. It’s synonymous with idiot and has been popularized by columnist and blogger John Kass, who heard it during a mob trial.
The debate followed recent polls that have Pritzker edging Bailey by double digits ahead of the Nov. 8 election. And campaign finance reports show the governor is outspending Bailey by leaps and bounds. Pritzker spent “more than $38 million in the third quarter ending Sept. 30 compared with $1.6 million spent by Bailey during the same time period,” report the Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Dan Petrella.
From the Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles: Pritzker and Bailey accuse one another of being an extremist who is dangerous for Illinois
POP QUIZ: The Sun-Times and WBEZ posed 19 questions to the governor candidates, but only Pritzker answered.
We’re still focused on the midterms, but with municipal elections around the corner, we decided to take a peek at how Chicago’s mayoral candidates are doing in fundraising — and spending.
Measuring the money: So far, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and businessman Willie Wilson have the most cash on hand (COH) after the third quarter. Lightfoot raised a little over $1 million, putting her at $2.9 million COH, compared to Wilson, who also raised a little over $1 million and has nearly $4.7 million COH.
The burn rate: Filings from the State Board of Elections show Lightfoot spent $607,450 on her campaign in the third quarter, compared to Wilson, who spent $906,267. That’s a burn rate of 60.4 percent for the mayor compared to Wilson’s 87 percent.
The big question: Could Lightfoot burning up cash now “spell trouble” for her as the campaign kicks into high gear after Nov. 8? Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman thinks so.
Paul Vallas, the former Chicago Public Schools exec who ran for mayor four years ago, raised $153,370 in the third quarter and spent $151,475.92. That’s a burn rate of nearly 99 percent. He has $852,020 cash on hand and is seeing more cash come in from business folks, writes Crain’s Greg Hinz.
Sophia King, a Chicago alderman, raised $210,552 in the third quarter and spent $67,484. Burn rate: 32 percent. She has $217,905 COH.
Raymond Lopez, a Chicago alderman, raised $187,180 in the third quarter and spent $174,920. Burn rate: 93 percent. He has $154,638 COH.
Roderick Sawyer, a Chicago alderman, raised $63,500 in the third quarter and spent $44,152. Burn rate: 69 percent. He has $19,347 COH.
Kam Buckner, the state representative who heads the House Black Caucus, raised $100,838, including in kind contributions, in the third quarter and spent $113,349. Burn rate: 112 percent. He has $8,115 COH.
Brandon Johnson, the Cook County commissioner who hasn’t officially announced but already has the support of the Chicago Teachers Union, raised $69,685 in the third quarter and spent $81,928. Burn rate: 118 percent. He has $71,404 COH.
Apples to oranges: And though Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia hasn’t yet decided on whether he’ll run for mayor, it’s worth looking at his fundraising numbers for his congressional run. He raised $89,572 in the third quarter and spent $118,673. Burn rate: 132 percent. He has $232,467 COH — monies that cannot be switched over to a municipal race. He’d have to start fundraising from scratch.
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At the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve at 9:30 a.m. to announce the new 13 miles of single-track trails for mountain bikers and trail runners in Northwest Cook County.
— GOP heavy-hitters supporting Lauf against Democrat Foster – but is it enough? “Foster still has huge money lead,” reports Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau
— How campaign donations to Sean Casten and Keith Pekau reflect their stances on gun control: “Casten received cash from two political action committees pushing for stronger gun laws, records show. Pekau got $1,000 from the National Rifle Association, the most prominent gun rights lobbying group in the U.S.,” by Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau.
— Rep. Brad Schneider dismisses opponent’s call to debate at town hall meeting: ‘If you’re disruptive, I’ll have to ask you to leave,’ by Lake County News-Sun’s Steve Sadin
— In a new ad from Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering condemns Darren Bailey’s comments and actions in wake of the July 4 mass shooting that shook her community.
— Where 28th state Senate candidates stand on abortion: “Incumbent Democrat Laura Murphy called a woman’s autonomy over her own health care decisions ‘a fundamental human right.’ Republican challenger Sal Raspanti said lawmakers should put the question to voters,” by Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau.
— New charges against Madigan, AT&T raise questions about prosecutors’ timing close to election: “While the Justice Department has traditionally sent warnings to field offices about ‘election year sensitivities,’ it’s far more nebulous than most think, aimed more at maintaining the perception of impartiality than banning political-related charges from being brought,” write Tribune’s Jason Meisner, Ray Long and Dan Petrella.
— ‘Pandemic is over’: Legislative panel objects to IDPH emergency rule, by Capitol News’ Peter Hancock
— Springfield council rejects variance that would have eased Wyndham sale to NYC developer, by State Journal-Register’s Steven Spearie
— WELCOME: Chicago saw 94 new migrants arrive Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The city has now welcomed 3,502 asylum-seekers bused from the Texas border since Aug. 31.
— Repaving streets, replacing bridges, adding bike lanes: read details of $4.5B capital plan: “The updated spending plan Lightfoot calls “Chicago Works” includes money for 20 new bridges, “green” alleys, replacing 200 blocks of residential street lights and $60 million to replace lead service lines,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Special ops: Ald. Gilbert Villegas, a Marine veteran, wants to see the city’s 2023 budget include $400,000.00 to reestablish the Chicago Office of Veterans Affairs in the Mayor’s Office. The office would focus on veterans’ needs such as employment opportunities, mental health, homelessness, and other support services, Villegas said in a statement.
— Data shows Lightfoot’s vow to use federal Covid-19 relief funds to transform Chicago is falling short, reports WTTW’s Heather Cherone
— Ald. Brendan Reilly warns about possibility of fraud in gas, Ventra card giveaways, by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
— NEW STUDY: Lucrative loophole benefits those who purchase delinquent property taxes in Cook County at expense of government: “A system designed to help recoup property taxes from delinquent home and business owners is being used instead by hedge funds, private equity firms and other investors to turn profits, a new report from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office asserts. The weakness in Illinois laws that allow the practice is especially harming cities and villages that have majority Black and brown populations,” by Tribune’s A.D. Quig.
— ‘Certainly possible’ that Arlington Heights might reject Bears’ plans, mayor says, by Daily Herald’s Christopher Placek.
— Should DuPage have home rule? Most county board candidates say yes, by Daily Herald’s Katlyn Smith
— Barrington officials asking voters for a ‘yes’ to home rule with ballot referendum, by Pioneer Press’ Elizabeth Owens-Schiele
— Former CEO of Schubas, Lincoln Hall pleads guilty to secretly recording nanny, others in the nude: “Michael Johnston pleaded guilty to a single count of unauthorized videotaping and was sentenced to probation,” by Sun-Times’ Matthew Hendrickson.
— After stunning acquittal, ex-R. Kelly business manager wants feds to pay $850,000 in legal bills, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Megan Crepeau
We asked what you’d ask former President Barack Obama if he’d take your question:
Vince Brandys: “What is your favorite golf course?”
Rev. Dr. William E. Crowder Jr.: “Who will you support in next year’s mayoral election and why?”
Barbara Moore of Democratic Municipal Officials: “Will you and your family please join us for dinner at our home? I’ll cook anything you love.” (Former Ald. Joe Moore says he can attest.)
Bob Skolnik: “Why do you keep voting in Chicago when you no longer live here?”
John Straus: “What would you have done differently?”
Timothy Thomas Jr.: “What do you miss (and not miss) about being POTUS?”
Steven Zaris: “When you called a reporter ‘sweetie’ in 2008, was it knowing that the small bit of grief you got from the PC police wouldn’t cost you any votes but might get old white guys to maybe give you a second look?” (For the record, Obama apologized at the time and said it was “a bad habit.”)
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— Democrats see opening to neutralize GOP education messaging: “Although messages around race and masks in schools excited the base, the Republican National Committee has found those issues don’t drive independents,” by POLITICO’s Juan Perez Jr. and Zach Montellaro.
— Rep. Rodney Davis reflects on time in Congress: On how he deals with loss: “It’s looking ahead. And my message today to the young kids was ‘don’t let defeats define you. Define yourself, define your own future.’ I did. And now I get a chance to find another future.” Lee Enterprises’ Brenden Moore reports
— Biden set to go to the mat with Big Oil over gas prices, by POLITICO’s Adam Cancryn
— Voters pessimistic on economy, inflation as Election Day approaches, by POLITICO’s Brittany Gibson
— Election Forecast: Slate of races tilt toward GOP, by POLITICO’s Steven Shepard
— Julie Moos has been hired as editorial director for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She’s now executive director at the National Press Club Journalism Institute and is an alum of McClatchy and Poynter.
— Roberto Valdez Jr. is now Midwest regional policy director for the national Hispanic Federation. He was associate director of external affairs at Latino Policy Forum. Special note: Today is his birthday!
— Today at noon: The Lincoln Forum examines the midterms during a free virtual panel discussion with WTTW’s Heather Cherone, Fox 32’s Mike Flannery and WBEZ’s Dave McKinney. CBS 2’s Joe Donlon moderates. Details here
— Today at 6 p.m.: The Democratic State Central Committee will meet at IBEW Local 134, 2722 S. Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago.
— Oct 26: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District offers a virtual tour of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, known as the Deep Tunnel, designed to protect Lake Michigan and rivers from sewer overflows. Details here
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Matthew Beaudet for correctly answering that James “Big Jim” Colosimo was the Chicago mobster whose honorary pallbearers at his 1920 funeral were congressmen, judges, prosecutors and aldermen.
TODAY’s QUESTION: When and where was the Chicago hotel fire that started when a cigarette butt was thrown down an elevator shaft? Email [email protected]
MWRD commissioner Chakena Perry, business leader Joseph Neubauer, Hispanic Federation Midwest’s Roberto Valdez, Amazon senior manager Brandon Webb, Hyde Park Day School development director Maureen McCarthy and comms strategist Elizabeth Austin.
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