Pritzker headlines a drag show

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Pritzker headlines a drag show

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Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Temps will be in the 70s for a few days, a gift for door knockers. Enjoy it.

Gov. JB Pritzker leaned into the culture wars Tuesday night, headlining a Democratic get-out-the-vote effort at the Baton Show Lounge for a drag show and political rally.

Main drag: Democrats in some competitive races might prefer ignoring the socially charged debate about drag queens and the LGBTQ community. It’s different in Chicago, where Democrats are making the election a referendum on all things MAGA.

Pritzker repeated familiar campaign rhetoric, calling his opponent, Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey, “a guy supported by racist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic organizations and people Like Donald Trump. … There’s so much at stake.”

Members of the 46th Ward Organization, headed by committeeman Sean Tenner, ate it up.

Pritzker then made an exit, leaving Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, secretary of state candidate Alexi Giannoulias and state Rep. Lisa Hernandez, who heads the Illinois Democratic Party, to also rally the crowd in between drag-show performances.

All the politicos followed tradition and gave money to the glitzy performers. And Giannoulias, who’s mom was in the crowd, even sang a few bars of “I Will Always Love You” to Schakowsky — he subbed “you” for “Jan.”

Pass the buck: The congresswoman responded in kind by passing a dollar bill to Giannoulias, too.

— Bailey was far from earshot: The Republican governor candidate was canvassing with supporters Tuesday in York Township. Then, he took part in a Tele-Town Hall with states attorneys discussing the SAFE-T Act.

AFTER THE CHICAGO EVENT: Schakowsky got serious talking to Playbook about the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. There should “absolutely” be more security for members of Congress, Schakowsky said, criticizing media outlets that also showed the Pelosis’ San Francisco home. It’s about safety, Schakowsky said. Pelosi “is third in line to be president of the United States of America.”

Schakowsky compared the attack to the events of Jan. 6, saying, “This guy said the same thing. He used the same right-wing rhetoric and we can’t have this in our country.”

RELATED | ‘Take them all out’: New details from Paul Pelosi assault emerge as suspect arraigned, by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White

After West Side mass shooting, Lightfoot calls for statewide ban on assault weapons and ‘switches’ that turn handguns into machine guns: “Last night’s shooting reminds us that there are too many weapons of war available to criminals,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday, by Sun-Times’ Tom Schuba and Frank Main.

Post-election: “Though some local and state officials have pushed for a statewide assault weapons ban, previous proposals have been unsuccessful. New bills focused on banning those types of guns that were filed in both chambers are likely to be addressed after the election,” according to the report.

— Another shooting: Mayor Lightfoot’s security detail involved in exchange of gunfire during attempted robbery, according to police, WTTW’s Matt Masterson reports

‘We cannot continue to normalize this’: Activists, alderman outraged at Garfield Park mass shooting, by NBC Chicago’s Kate Chappell

If you are Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, POLITICO would like to hear from you about whether the General Assembly will tackle gun laws. Email [email protected].

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In Bloomington at 10 a.m. for the groundbreaking at Ferrero’s first-ever U.S. Kinder Bueno production facility. — On the campaign trail at 11:30 a.m. in Normal for a GOTV rally at Illinois State University.

In Woodlawn at 9:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking of Park Station Loft.

At the Arlington Heights Health Center at 9:30 a.m. to discuss expansion plans for behavioral health care across the county’s health system.

Chicago voters needing language help at polls will have less of it on Election Day: “In the case of Tagalog, spoken by Filipinos, the number of voting precincts equipped to accommodate the language snapped down from 17 during the primary election to just one for the general,” by Sun-Times Esther Yoon-Ji Kang.

Popularity of mail ballots continues increasing as voter turnout looks to match 2018 midterms, by Tribune’s Jake Sheridan

Company sent Illinois voters text messages with ‘election misinformation,’ via NBC 5

Pritzker gives shoe leather and big bucks to Democrats running for state’s top court — but GOP says he’s skirting the law: “Pritzker gave $500,000 each to the candidates from his campaign fund — and another $500,000 to each from a personal trust fund. Republicans accuse him of skirting limits he himself signed into law. But the Illinois State Board of Elections says the contributions are allowed,” by Sun-Times’ Tina Sfondeles.

Uihlein-funded super PAC dumping cash into local congressional races, by Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau

Some Dem leaders want to dump Cook County’s chief judge: “Chicago City Council members are part of a move urging voters to reject Judge Timothy Evans’ retention bid in the upcoming election,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.

Democrats push hard to cement GOP’s ‘super-duper’ minority on Cook County Board, by Tribune’s A.D. Quig

Deja new? Preckwinkle vs. Fioretti II features same candidates but different party for challenger, by Sun-Times’ Mohammad Samra

RELATED: Preckwinkle running decidedly low-key reelection campaign, adds Hyde Park Herald’s Aaron Gettinger

— In IL-13, Republican Regan Deering has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Deering is running against Democrat Nikki Budzinski in the open-seat race.

Fehrholz and Baskett vie for term as regional superintendent, by State Journal-Register’s Zach Roth

Bolstered rainy-day funds provide recession cushion for most states: Comptroller Susana Mendoza says “she’s backing a bill that would require contributions to the state’s rainy-day fund when the state’s accounts payable is below a certain threshold,” via Pluribus News. She’s referring to Democratic Rep. Mike Halpin’s HB 4118.

Lawsuits challenging SAFE-T Act consolidated by Illinois Supreme Court, by Shaw Local News’ Felix Sarver

Unsealed divorce filings reveal more allegations of domestic violence and verbal abuse by state Sen. Hastings, by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos

Michael Madigan’s lawyer says ‘not guilty’ for client, who skips arraignment, by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel

Despite federal indictment, Madigan still bringing in campaign cash as ward committeeman, by WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky 

Lightfoot’s $16.4B budget clears one hurdle, but hits snag over reduced fines: “The Finance Committee approved the property tax levy, but must reconvene Wednesday to reconsider the revenue ordinance. As proposed, it would cut some vehicular fines in half to comply with a court decision, but if Ald. Brendan Reilly has his way, those fines will remain at $500,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Mayor Lightfoot in line to appoint her 4th alderman as George Cardenas resigns ahead of Cook County election, by Tribune’s A.D. Quig

Chicago’s 1-year-old Committee on Design is helping shape the city’s most important development projects, by Tribune’s Brian J. Rogal

Superintendent Brown finally responds to Chicago cop deployment study: Another study is needed, he says, by Tribune’s Annie Sweeney

Chicago Urban League receives ‘transformational’ $6.6M donation: “The gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will be used to retire debt and upgrade the organization’s Bronzeville headquarters, the league’s local branch CEO says,” by Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm

— OPINION: Red Line extension is more than a transportation story, write Sun-Times’ Teresa Prim and Meghan Harte

A look at which Chicago aldermen are not running for reelection in 2023 — and why, via Tribune

Highland Park shooting: Prosecutors give defense attorneys 2,500 pages of evidence against Robert Crimo. “Crimo’s attorney, Anton Trizna, an assistant public defender for Lake County, said that based on the amount of material they need to read and organize, it didn’t make sense to have another court date in the near future,” by Tribune’s Clifford Ward.

— SAFETY MEASURE: A tax referendum on the ballot for Highland Park, Highwood and Fort Sheridan voters calls for funding to beef up security at all 10 of the district’s schools and update five elementary schools. Funding had already paid for improvements at three schools, but in wake of the July mass shooting in Highland Park, supporters of the referendum are hoping to start a Phase 2 on improvements in District 112. If passed, the referendum would authorize the district to issue $114.4 million in bonds to add security and modernize schools.

Oak Park trustees looking to expand ban on 24-hour gas stations and impacted 7-Eleven store owners want it: ‘It’s constant crime … I can’t even keep an employee,’ by Pioneer Press’ Bob Goldsborough

How a national book-banning trend erupted at a suburban library, by Pioneer Press’ Caroline Kubzansky and Adriana Pérez

We asked where you’d go if you could time-travel to a historic Illinois event:

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit: “I’d time travel to Oct. 25, 1960, when candidate John F. Kennedy made a brief but exciting campaign visit to Aurora, two weeks before the election.”

Janice Anderson, Kevin Conlon and Ed Mazur: The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.

Brian Bernardoni: “To see the 1932 World Series to see if the Babe really called his shot. BTW He didn’t.”

Phillip Crivellone: The Lager Beer Riot of 1855.

Kevin Lampe: “To 1800 to meet with Jean Baptiste Point du Sable and try to convince him to not sell his land.”

Donovan Pepper: “To April 29, 1983 — to the swearing in of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.”

Andy Shaw: “The ‘War Room’ of Chicago’s Democratic Machine on Election Night in 1960 as the power brokers were figuring out how to get just enough ‘extra’ votes for John F. Kennedy to edge out Richard Nixon and win Illinois, which ensured JFK’s narrow presidential victory.”

Steve Smith: The 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate.

John Straus: Lincoln’s departure by train from Springfield to Washington to accept the presidency and his remarks on that occasion.

Phil Zeni: The1885 gubernatorial inauguration of Decatur politician Richard J. Oglesby, who served three nonconsecutive terms as governor.

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A handful of states are headed to one-party rule — and its drama: “When the convenient political foil is gone, the intraparty squabbling begins,” writes POLITICO’s Lisa Kashinsky. (Illinois lawmakers can relate!)

Ads targeting transgender kids flood swing states — and Illinois, too, by POLITICO’s Marissa Martinez and Madison Fernandez

Obama is the energizer in chief, POLITICO’s BRAKKTON BOOKER writes in The Recast

Trump joins conspiracists stoking doubts about Pelosi attack, by POLITICO’s Meridith McGraw

— Claire Jones Anderson joins the Illinois Office of the Attorney General as legislative liaison. She had worked for the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus as policy and budget analyst and legislative assistant to the Senate majority leader.

—  Adham Sahloul is now a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He’s a former intern for Sen. Tammy Duckworth and a former policy aide in Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign.

TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Michael Penicnak for noting that in 1912, the progressive Bull Moose Party saw William Hinebaugh and Charles Thomson elected to Congress and Alexander McCormick elected Cook County Board president.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who were the "S" and "A" in S&A studios, a film company that started out as Essanay Studios?  Email [email protected]

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, ComEd comms director Shannon Breymaier, comms exec Katie Hogan, Capital J. Productions owner JoAnn Fakhouri, actor David Schwimmer and POLITICO national Playbook reporter Eli Okun.

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November 2, 2022 at 07:44AM

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