Mary Miller’s deafening silence – POLITICO

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Rep. Mary Miller (IL-15) is the only member of the state’s Republican congressional delegation not to condemn last week’s violent attack on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The silence from Miller shows how divided politics has become, especially since Jan. 6 when protesters stormed the Capitol calling out for Pelosi.

Others in the GOP spoke up: Congressmen Mike Bost (IL-12), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) all expressed outrage at the assault. They followed the lead of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence, who also condemned the attack.

Former President Donald Trump, like Miller, has remained silent, while some other Republicans are using the attack on Pelosi to attack Democrats.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, made his comment political: “There’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in California.”

The divide is real: Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said it’s “unfair” that Democrats link the yearslong villainization of Pelosi to the attack on her husband, reports POLITICO’s Olivia Olander.

About the attack: Police say Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was beaten with a hammer after a suspect entered their San Francisco home. Media reports say the man had made comments online that were racist, questioned the results of the 2020 election and defended Trump and QAnon conspiracy theories.

Violent talk begets violence: Kinzinger, who serves on the Jan. 6 Committee, spent the weekend calling out misinformation about the attack. “When you convince people that politicians are rigging elections, drink babies blood, etc, you will get violence. This must be rejected. This is why the Jan 6th committee is so important,” he tweeted.

‘An attack on all’: “An attack on any member’s family is an attack on all of Congress. … It’s incumbent upon all of us to condemn this attack and do everything we can to end all politically-motivated violence,” tweeted Davis.

Even Bost, who sits with Miller on the right on numerous issues, called the attack “unacceptable,” adding in his tweet that “Every American deserves to feel safe in their own home.”

Prosecute ‘to the fullest extent’: “Violence is never acceptable, and I condemn the home invasion on Speaker Pelosi’s residence and the attack on her husband. The criminal responsible for this violent attack should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” tweeted Davis.

— RELATED: Pelosi attack rattles an already skittish campaign trail, by POLITICO’s Adam Wren, Holly Otterbein and David Siders

OBAMA’S TOUR DE MIDWEST: Former President Barack Obama returned his political clout to the Great Lakes region over the weekend, stumping for candidates in close races in Wisconsin and Michigan.

On the trail: “Sometimes going out on the campaign trail feels a little harder than it used to, not just because I’m older and grayer,” Obama said at an event supporting Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Detroit — before turning around and responding to a shout of “You’re still fine!” from the yelling audience.

The high-energy stops in nearby swing states could prove crucial for Democrats nationwide: A Washington Post report on Democratic strategy Saturday said Obama, who spent his early political career in Illinois, is “the sole party leader” able to excite crowds “without simultaneously angering the other side.”

As POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago reports: Obama “far and away” is his party’s most effective surrogate for President Joe Biden, who’s approval ratings are in the dumps.

Remembering Chicago: Obama also used his own experience losing his first congressional primary to contrast himself with election-denying Republican candidates.

“I got whooped,” Obama said of the 2000 race for the IL-01 congressional race, which he lost to Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush. “And let me tell you, I was frustrated. … You know what I didn’t do, though? I didn’t claim the election was rigged.”

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On the campaign trail in Arlington Heights at 1 p.m. to visit small businesses with state Sen. Ann Gillespie and state Rep. Mark Walker. — At the Sugar Bowl in Des Plaines in 2:15 p.m. to canvas with state Senate Leader Laura Murphy, state Reps. Michelle Mussman and Marty Moylan, Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Cook County Board candidate Maggie Trevor

No official public events.

At the Cook County Building at 4 p.m. for the Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.

Chicago voters who need language help at the polls will have less of it on Election Day:A new state law that reduced the number of voting precincts means fewer bilingual ballots and election judges across six languages,” by WBEZ’s Esther Yoon-Ji Kang.

U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago is starting a telephone hotline to report voting rights complaints on Election Day, via the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Suburbanites voting by mail in record numbers for midterm elections, by Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau

Bernard Schoenburg on Right-wing "zombie" papers: "They present a strongly one-sided view of things," said the longtime political journalist, via NPR.

— IN THE FINAL STRETCH: GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey is holding an event tonight with Former Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democrat turned Independent, reports Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke.

— GOOD PROFILE: After a tumultuous first term, Gov. JB Pritzker spends big and plays it safe in reelection bid, by Tribune’s Dan Petrella

What drives Pritzker, Bailey on transportation issues? “Republican Sen. Darren Bailey is eying tolled lanes to run alongside existing freeways to help pay for roads. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker thinks a controversial railway merger impacting the suburbs needs to be slowed down,” writes Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke.

Court ruling opens crucial state Supreme Court races to fundraising free-for-all, by Derrick Blakley for Center for Illinois Politics

Six candidates from three parties fighting for two offices voters know little about — but probably should:Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state Treasurer Michael Frerichs are facing challenges from Republicans Shannon Teresi and Tom Demmer and Libertarians Deirdre McCloskey and Preston Nelson,” by Sun-Times’ Allison Novelo.

Amendment 1 fact-check: “We can verify the passing of Amendment 1 does not guarantee a property tax increase. There is no language in the amendment regarding property taxes,” via KSDK

— In IL-17, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is out with a new TV ad, titled “How Can We Believe Anything,” attacking Republican Esther Joy King. She’s running against Democrat Eric Sorensen.

House candidates in south, southwest suburbs differ on benefits, drawbacks of SAFE-T law, by Daily Southtown’s Mike Nolan

Residents to vote on eight candidates in race for five seats on Kendall County Board in District 2, by Aurora Beacon-News’ Linda Girardi

The U.S. Supreme Court could end affirmative action in higher ed. Here’s how it might affect local schools:The court will hear two cases Monday challenging affirmative action in college admissions. A June decision could impact admissions next fall,” by WBEZ’s Nereida Moreno.

As Chicago antes up in casino business, new sites in suburbs and across Illinois aim to build their own markets: “New casinos in north suburban Waukegan and Homewood/East Hazel Crest in the south suburbs, along with Aurora, Elgin and Joliet, are far enough from the city that they should be able to build on their own base of nearby patrons, said Chris Grove, partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming in California,” by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin and the Aurora Beacon-News’ Steve Lord.

— SCARY: Covid ‘trouble’ looms as coronavirus cases rise but vaccine booster rates don’t, by Sun-Times’ Mitchell Armentrout.

And masks are recommended in five counties with high Covid community levels, reports NBC 5.

— SPOOKY: The cost of Halloween candy is 14 percent higher than it was last year, via Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos

High-ranking Chicago cop quits amid probe into racist, incendiary social media posts: “Police Lt. John Cannon, who once served as a watch commander of the Near North Police District, stepped down on Oct. 15 — nearly a year after the Civilian Office of Police Accountability found he showed a ‘flagrant disregard’ for department policies and recommended he be fired,” by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba

Ald. Sophia King tries to assert control in move against the mayor: King, who is running against Mayor Lori Lightfoot to run City Hall, has scheduled a meeting of the Education Committee in November after the mayor rebuffed her attempt to appoint a new chair. The committee has been without a chair for weeks. King is “trying to prove she can run the show without the mayor’s approval,” writes Crain’s Justin Laurence.

For Chicago schools parking deal, Board of Ed turned to Lori Lightfoot fundraiser, by Sun-Times’ Tim Novak and Lauren FitzPatrick

— Chicago shootings: 5 juveniles among 32 shot, 5 killed in Halloween weekend violence, CPD says, via ABC 7

Flossmoor forum in wake of police shooting that killed a 64-year-old focuses on improved training, by Daily Southtown’s Mike Nolan

The haunting of 92 Rainbow Road: “The decaying house in the woods in Barrington had been glorious in its heyday. Then it lured teens with its legends and lore. What was true?” by Jeff Ruby for WBEZ.

Cook County releases a rabid bat map

Tom Cullen, longtime brain in Madigan political operation, provided testimony for feds, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Ray Long

Southern Illinois couple must serve 14 days in jail for role in U.S. Capitol attack, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel

Highland Park parade shooting suspect returning to court Tuesday for pretrial hearing, by Lake County News-Sun’s Clifford Ward

Pritzker’s ex-tollway chair accused in lawsuit of trying to steer contracts, hire pals at agency, by Sun-Times’ Robert Herguth

We asked for your ideas on Illinois politics-themed Halloween costumes (still time to create one!): 

Ed Mazur: “A prison suit with the names of various Illinois governors and other elected officials who attended the ‘university’ aka state and federal prison.”

James Straus: Paul Powell’s shoebox.

Timothy Thomas Jr.:The Census Cowboy.

If you haven’t yet voted, what’s holding you back? Email skapos@politico.com

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Like everything Trump touches, LIV Golf has become about him, by POLITICO’s Hailey Fuchs

Barack Obama, Charles Barkley could go in on Suns, Mercury bid, via Front Office Sports

Ukraine’s message to GOP: We need more than weapons, by POLITICO’s Alexander Ward and Nahal Toosi

FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Joseph Morris for correctly answering that the DuPage Drones generated buzz in their sole Prospect League season (2016). They played at Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Keeping with baseball: What Illinois college gave its sports teams the name of a defunct Illinois professional baseball team?  Email skapos@politico.com

Marquardt & Co.’s John “Chip” Humes, immigration law attorney Irma Wilson, Tribune columnist and former White House correspondent Ellen Warren and former county commissioner candidate Edwin Reyes.

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October 31, 2022 at 07:10AM

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