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TGIF, Illinois. After a chilly week, the weather gods are teasing us with temps in the 70s. We’ll take it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Chicago Thursday to give a boost to Illinois Democrats as they try to secure 14 congressional seats and hold majorities in the General Assembly and on the state Supreme Court. And though Gov. JB Pritzker wasn’t in attendance, Pelosi thanked him for helping prop up so many Illinois Democrats.
Heard in the room: Republicans have “endless money and a total disregard for the truth,” Pelosi told the crowd.
The intimate reception at the BMO Financial office was organized by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to support Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06), Democratic newcomers Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) and Eric Sorensen (IL-17) and Indiana Rep. Fran Mrvan.
Spotted: Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04), TASC CEO Joel Johnson, Chicago Federation of Labor Secretary-Treasurer Don Villar, JACPAC Executive Director Marcia Balonick, sustainability consultant Melanie Nutter, public affairs consultant Dave Lundy, not-for-profit consultant Kevin Conlon, attorneys Michael Rothstein, Keith Hebeisen and Tony Romanucci, and AFSCME Political Engagement Director Jeanne Cameron.
Also on the campaign trail: Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger was in Utah on Thursday, stumping for Independent Senate candidate Evan McMullin, who’s running against Republican Sen. Mike Lee. Kinzinger, a high-profile critic of former President Donald Trump, has endorsed a dozen candidates ahead of Nov. 8, including McMullin and a few Democrats who are running against Republican election deniers , including Lee. Pic!
More on Independents: Alaska’s Independents seem poised to swing dramatically toward the Democrats, by POLITICO’s David Siders
Gary LaPaille, the former state senator and Illinois Democratic Party chair in the 1990s, has ALS, a disease that ravages the body though not always the spirit. In LaPaille’s case, he’s continued to work (He was an attorney at Dentons after leaving public office.), take vacations and enjoy time with his family while living with ALS the past two-and-a-half years, his wife, Chris, wrote in a message to friends.
LaPaille was a rising star in the Democratic Party with a strong ally in then-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. LaPaille was expected to run for higher office, but a bitter feud with Madigan put an end to those aspirations.
He exited politics: LaPaille announced in 1993 that he wouldn’t seek reelection. Neither he nor Madigan would talk about the tension between them. Madigan ultimately took control of the party and didn’t let go until last year. And it would be more than two decades before Madigan and his protege spoke again, according to a friend of LaPaille’s.
That changed a few years ago. They reconnected. And after seeing Chris LaPaille’s note, Madigan and his wife, Shirley Madigan, sent messages to their old friend on the Caring Bridge website.
“Dear Gary,” wrote the former speaker. “I am very proud of you today, as always. You have enjoyed great personal and professional accomplishments. You and Chris have raised three wonderful and outstanding children.” And he ended it with “Love, Mike.”
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— Pritzker’s oversight of social services questioned amid abuse allegations at Choate mental health facility: “While problems at the Illinois Department of Human Services facility had existed for years, employees at Choate have been charged 14 times since Pritzker became governor. The accusations have included employees abusing residents, obstructing investigations or participating in other misconduct. The state’s watchdog cited dozens of other incidents of abuse and neglect in the same timespan,” by Tribune’s A.D. Quig and Sarah Macaraeg.
— Advocates and opponents of Pretrial Fairness Act in Illinois spar in local town hall: The question-and-answer session was attended by “a standing-room-only crowd,” writes State Journal-Register’s Patrick Keck.
— In IL-13, it’s Regan Deering v. Nikki Budzinski: “This is a race within the margin of error. If it wasn’t, the campaign that was ahead would be leaking poll results to try and dissuade people from giving to the other campaign,” former Congressman John Shimkus told Illinois Times’ Scott Reeder.
— Celebrity alert: In IL-14, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, former member of the band Sha Na Na and the current president of Social Security Works PAC, is endorsing Congresswoman Lauren Underwood for the Illinois’ 14th District during an event Saturday at 11 a.m. with seniors at the LaSalle County Democratic Headquarters. Bauman will also be singing.
— Comptroller Susana Mendoza touts a financial rebound while her GOP opponent questions her ties to Madigan, by Tribune’s Zareen Syed
— Mendoza’s campaign is out with a new ad that features lots of notable names and a glimpse of her son, who’s grown taller since we saw him in ads four years ago.
— Lake County Judge Elizabeth Rochford’s campaign released its second TV ad in the race for the 2nd District seat. The ad focuses on Rochford’s judicial experience and rating of “highly recommended” by the Illinois State Bar Association.
— Lake County sheriff candidates debate SAFE-T Act merits, myths, by Daily Herald’s Doug T. Graham
Remembering Thom Karmik: A celebration of life is planned for the veteran political consultant Monday at 6:30 p.m. at The Old Plank on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Karmik died last week after battling symptoms of long-Covid. He worked for KNI Communications, advising on state and federal campaigns in Illinois and across the country. “He was honest and spoke his mind 100 percent of the time,” KNI’s Sean Tenner said in a Facebook post. “You never wondered what he was really thinking and he sure as hell never sugar-coated or danced around any bad news.”
Karmik’s expertise was judicial races. “He was better than anyone I know at it,” said a friend, public affairs consultant Dave Lundy. Karmik helped numerous judges over the years win election, including Circuit Court Judge Jill Rose Quinn, the state’s first openly trans elected official.
Before politics, Karmik produced Walter Jacobson’s Perspective from 1996-2002. Karmik also was a baseball historian and photographer “with a particular interest in the 50 years of the game and the experiences of African American players in the pre-integration era,” according to his bio.
— ARRIVED: Chicago welcomed 27 new migrants Tuesday, according to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The city has now welcomed 3,580 asylum-seekers bused from the Texas border since Aug. 31.
— Once a target of protests, Chicago’s new $128M fire and police academy now sparks pride for some: “City’s police and fire training academy will have a mock neighborhood and just about everything first responders need to train,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— Massive River West apartment towers, hotel will connect Fulton Market to Bally’s Casino District, city official says, by Block Club’s Quinn Myers
— Lightfoot, feds in talks over environmental racism probe, by Sun-Times’ Brett Chase
— Family outraged after Ald. Debra Silverstein says teen killed in West Ridge was an ‘accident’, by ABC 7’s Michelle Gallardo
— Facing complaints of unreliable service and ‘ghost trains,’ the CTA is rolling out new schedules this weekend, by Tribune’s Sarah Freishtat
— Seven poems that make you stop and think about Chicago, by WBEZ’s Lauren Frost
— Mayoral challenger Sophia King unveils plan to reverse spike in violent crime: “The City Council member would create a reserve of 1,000 retired Chicago police officers handling ‘crucial, but nondangerous duties,’ add 200 detectives, use ‘crime-fighting drones,’ and have officers work 10-hour days, four days per week,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman
— Cook County sheriff seeks drivers’ OK to track vehicles, speed carjacking investigations: “Consent would come with theft-deterring ‘tracked vehicle’ stickers for owners to display, Sheriff Tom Dart said,” by Sun-Times’ David Struett.
— Seven Chicago-area residents face fraud charges for collecting $16M in Covid relief funds, by Tribune’s Jordan Anderson
— New judge wants to move up Ed Burke’s racketeering trial, but calendars are full, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel
— Officer who shot, killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo to face police board evidentiary hearing, by WGN’s Sam Charles
— First Illinois cannabis infusers open in Hazel Crest and Pekin as industry slowly begins to take off, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin
— DeVry sues Department of Education: “The for-profit educator wants to block the feds from recovering millions of dollars in student debt,” by Crain’s Corli Jay
— Carla Knorowski, the former CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and former managing director of the Chicago Humanities Council, has been named an officer in France’s National Order of Merit (L’Ordre National Du Mérite). She was recognized for the work in her career and for raising funds for arts, culture and education. The award was presented by Consul General of the Midwest in Chicago Yannick Tagand at a ceremony at The Fortnightly.
— Michael Ferro, the former Sun-Times’ publisher, has written a book about artificial intelligence and how it is transforming health care. Ferro worked in the healthcare industry and was founder of Merge Healthcare Inc., a Chicago-based medical imaging software maker.
We asked what you did in high school that shows who you are today:
Kristopher Anderson, United Airlines director of local and state affairs: “Led the Morgan Park HS cadet corps in the JROTC and did mock trial and model U.N.”
Eric Bolinger, chief fiscal officer for the Illinois State Board of Elections: “I was one of eight students to take part in a pilot program where they offered an accounting class taught by the school CFO.”
Brian Bernardoni, managing director of Aurelius Public Affairs: “I was a precinct captain in high school and served on the Village and Lyons Township Youth Commission.”
Mark Michaels, a retired union organizer who’s coached candidates: “I marched in ban the bomb, civil rights and anti-war demonstrations, as well as marching band. Marching, always marching.”
Enza Raineri, spokesperson for mayoral candidate Raymond Lopez: “I was a member of the student council and helped with class president elections.”
Kristin Rubbelke of Capitol Edge Consulting: “I hated parent-teacher conferences. Every single year, my parents would come home and tell me that teachers complained I talked too much during classes. Little did they know, my social skills would become useful as a lobbyist.”
Andy Shaw, journalist: “Covered news and sports for the high school newspaper and the city weekly.”
Warren Silver, attorney: “I served in student government, where a small team of us filed a formal grievance against the new principal, who had significantly cut student freedoms on his first day. It resulted in a settlement that won back most of those freedoms and formalized the student government’s role in providing consultation on future policy changes.”
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— Parler was jubilant about Kanye West buying it. Then the problems started, by POLITICO’s Meredith McGraw, Jordain Carney and Rebecca Kern
— Biden’s student debt relief notches early victories from GOP-appointed judges, by POLITICO’s Michael Stratford
— Lawmakers cry foul as Biden mulls lifting some sanctions, by POLITICO’s Nahal Toosi
— Katherine Lowry has been named chief information officer at the BakerHostetler law firm. She starts Jan. 1. Lawry currently is director of practice services at the firm, where she leads business strategy and IT solutions. She’ll replace Bob Craig, who is retiring after 25 years.
— Anne Klingeberger, a communications and public affairs pro, and Matt Votel, an IT pro at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, tied the knot in Wisconsin earlier this month at the former Pabst Brewery. Officiant was Chicago Reader music writer Leor Galil. Pic!
THURSDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Kevin Lamm for correctly answering that on Jan. 1, 1835, the state of Illinois authorized Chicago to establish its own police force. Prior to that, law enforcement was a function of military authorities, the U.S. Indian agent and later the county sheriff.
TODAY’s QUESTION: When and where was Douglas Aircraft when it was in Chicago? Email [email protected]
Today: Chicago Ald. Howard Brookins Jr., former DeKalb Ald. Bill Finucane, Goliath Slayer Communications’ Jon Zahm, political fundraising consultant Maureen O’Sullivan Artl, attorney Coco Soodek, Marquardt and Co.’s Carrie VanTilburg, congressional staffer Matt Ide and Playbooker Rosemary Hall.
Saturday: Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale, former state Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Patrick O’Malley, former state Rep. Bob Flider, broadcast media strategist Jay Foot and Sun-Times reporter Stephanie Zimmermann.
Sunday: Evanston Ald. Devon Reid, Bel Brands comms director Taryn Williams, PR pro Elizabeth Neukirch, orchestra leader Chris Sarlas, TimeZoneOne GM Amy Carr, TMW Center for Early Learning external affairs director Heidi Stevens and journalist Dan Dorfman.
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