Pritzker pivots, attacks Trump

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Pritzker pivots, attacks Trump

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Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. 5 takeaways from the red wave that wasn’t, via POLITICO

In Illinois, the wave was blue. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker defeated Republican Darren Bailey by double digits, 54 percent to 43 percent. All the statewide offices remained in Democratic hands, as did the state Supreme Court. And the union-backed constitutional amendment appears headed to passage, too.

It started fast: The polls were closed barely a minute before The Associated Press called the race for Pritzker on Tuesday night. It was so quick that Bailey’s camp needed time to examine the numbers before finally conceding.

Pritzker didn’t waste any time to give an acceptance speech that reminded voters of his first-term successes, including balancing the state budget, raising the minimum wage and legalizing cannabis. The governor didn’t even mention Bailey. Instead, he castigated Donald Trump.

The attack: “Here we are, two years into cleaning up the wreckage of Donald Trump’s presidency, poised to watch this man announce his return to national politics within days,” Pritzker said, referring to Trump’s expected announcement that he’ll run for president in 2024. “Why? Because GOP politicians, with the exception of only a few souls, are too cowardly, too simpering to support the best interests of the nation because they’re afraid of being called insulting nicknames by a whiny bully.”

It was the kind of speech that will have political watchers wondering if Pritzker has presidential aspirations. He might. But Pritzker more likely sees Trump as a danger to democracy in general and will continue his harangue against the former president as long as Trump injects himself back in the political system. Here are Pritzker’s prepared remarks.

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— Amendment 1 appears headed to passage, according to the Tribune’s results. The top-of-the-ballot measure asked whether to establish a constitutional right for employees to organize and bargain collectively.

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— In open congressional races: Democrat Jonathan Jackson, the son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, defeated Republican Eric Carlson in IL-01. Democratic state Rep. Delia Ramirez defeated Republican Justin Burau in the IL-03 congressional seat. And Democrat Nikki Budzinski defeated Republican Regan Deering in the much-watched IL-13 contest.

— Still up in the air: the outcome of the IL-17 race between Democrat Eric Sorensen and Republican Esther Joy King. With 86 percent of votes counted, Sorensen was leading 51.7 percent to King’s 48.3 percent.

— Jackson, Ramirez and Budzinski will join fellow Democratic incumbent winners, Reps. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chuy Garcia (IL-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Sean Casten (IL-06), Danny Davis (IL-07), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Bill Foster (IL-11) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14).

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— In Cook County, Democratic Board President Toni Preckwinkle defeated Republican Bob Fioretti, via Tribune’s A.D. Quig and Zareen Syed. And Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, Cook County Karen Yarbrough and sheriff Tom Dart, all Democrats, also kept their jobs.

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— Super the same: The state Senate and state House both kept their supermajorities, and they did it without the help of former House Speaker Michael Madigan, report Tribune’s Ray Long, Madeline Buckley and Talia Soglin.

— In state House races: Democrat Nabeela Syed defeated Republican Rep. Chris Bos in the 51st House District. Democrat Matt Hanson defeated Republican Keith Wheeler in the 83rd House District.

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— Mariyana Spyropoulos, Patricia Flynn and Yumeka Brown were the top vote getters to sit on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Board. And Daniel Pogorzelski won the unexpired term seat.

— In DuPage County, Democrat Deb Conroy was edging out Republican Greg Hart, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent, but the race hasn’t been called by the AP. And for clerk, Democrat Jean Kaczmarek defeated Republican Evelyn Sanguinetti,according to the Tribune’s results.

— Anthony Vega won his race for Lake County clerk by nearly 10 points. Vega will be the first Latino, first LGBTQ+ elected to countywide executive office.

— In the city of Freeport, a home rule referendum passed 4,393 (60 percent) to 2,915 (40 percent), so the town keeps its home rule power.

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At the Marriott Marquis at 11 a.m. to give post-election remarks.

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November 9, 2022 at 07:11AM

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