Duckworth, Fulks join team Biden

Duckworth, Fulks join team Biden

Good Tuesday morning, Illinois. Looks like 2024 has officially kicked off.

HE’s IN! President Joe Biden is running for reelection, and he’s tapped two notable Illinois Democratic political players to help his campaign.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth was named a campaign co-chair, and Quentin Fulks, who managed Raphael Warnock’s 2022 Georgia Senate campaign and is an ally to Gov. JB Pritzker, is principal deputy campaign manager.

What they bring to the table: Duckworth was in the running for vice president and is vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. She is part of a chorus of Midwesterners touting the “Blue Wall” of the Midwest, primarily Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as being key to Biden’s success.

Fulks managed two of the most expensive statewide campaigns in the country — Warnock’s $200 million campaign earlier this year and Pritzker’s $171 million bid for governor in 2018.

Working with Fulks: Julie Chavez Rodriguez, who is currently a senior adviser and assistant to the president, is campaign manager, write POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago and Sam Stein.

Illinois tour of duty: Fulks was deputy campaign manager for Pritzker’s 2018 run, managing some 150 staffers as well as paid media, and then became the governor’s No. 1 political person. He worked with campaign manager Anne Caprara, who is now Pritzker’s chief of staff. Fulks went on to lead Think Big Illinois, an organization that advocated for Pritzker’s progressive policy reforms, and in 2020, Fulks headed up the “Vote Yes for Fairness” ballot initiative committee that tried to pass a graduated income tax in Illinois.

The 33-year-old campaign strategist has a home in Illinois but returned to his native Georgia to run Warnock’s winning campaign.

Fulks remains a close and trusted ally to Pritzker and his team, even joining the governor for his second inauguration earlier this year in Springfield.

More here on Biden’s announcement: “Let’s finish this job,” Biden says, by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago and Jonathan Lemire. With video

Biden’s running. Who should Republicans run against him? POLITICO’s Charlie Mahtesian takes a clear-eyed look

Republicans think Biden is an ‘easy target’ to unite their party, by POLITICO’s Adam Wren and Natalie Allison

Dems relish a Trump-Biden rematch, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris

DISSING CHICAGO: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to launch a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, used a speech Monday during a trade mission to Japan to tear into Chicago, saying Chicago’s mayoral election means more residents will move to the Sunshine State.

“Chicago used to be one of the greatest cities in America. They’ve had huge problems, and there’s a major need to go a different direction. And they elect someone who’s going to keep going in the same bad direction at an accelerated pace,” DeSantis told officials at a trade symposium, adding, “People will start moving out of Chicago and will move to places like Naples and other parts of Florida.”

Sounds familiar: DeSantis is taking a page from Donald Trump’s playbook by trying to use Chicago as a rhetorical punching bag to boost his own credentials.

DeSantis will also visit South Korea, Israel and England on a trip seen as an effort to boost his foreign policy chops ahead of a likely presidential campaign.

His comments start at about 6:30 minutes.

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In Washington, D.C., to give remarks at the North American Building Trade Unions Conference.

At the Jane Addams Family Resource Center at 10:30 a.m. for groundbreaking for the Chicago Fire Football Club training facility.

At the Cook County Building at 9 a.m. to announce the expansion of the Road Home Program that supports services and career opportunities for residents returning home from incarceration — In the Cook County Building at 10 a.m. for a Forest Preserves meeting — At Maggiano’s Banquets at noon to introduce Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx before her address at the City Club of Chicago.

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In closing arguments, feds hammer at ‘stunning’ stream of benefits to Madigan while defense calls bribery charges ‘collateral damage’: “Four former political power players are accused of arranging for jobs, contracts and money for Madigan allies in an illegal bid to sway Madigan on legislation crucial to ComEd. Their trial is in its seventh week, and jurors could begin deliberating [today],” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel and Tina Sfondeles.

— Is she running? Kim Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney, headlines today’s City Club luncheon. She hasn’t spoken to the organization since before the pandemic. “There’s a lot to catch up on,” she told Playbook, not giving a single hint about what she’ll be addressing. NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern wonders whether Foxx will announce whether she’s running for reelection.

— MK Pritzker, the Illinois first lady, hosted a reception at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday to welcome cultural leaders attending the “One State Conference and Capital Day” in Springfield. She delivered a proclamation honoring sculptor Richard Hunt.

Illinois traffic deaths dip slightly in 2022, but fatalities still above pre-pandemic levels: “After spiking during the pandemic, Illinois saw 1,280 traffic fatalities in 2022, a 4 percent drop from the 1,334 deaths in 2021,” by Sun-Times’ Emmanuel Camarillo.

Nearly $1B in expected spending on health care for noncitizens adds to state budget pressures: “The Pritzker administration, juggling dozens of big-money funding requests, pledges spending won’t exceed revenue,” by Capitol News’ Jerry Nowicki.

As he prepares to be mayor, Brandon Johnson steering through city rules and supporters’ expectations: His legal adviser was “on the city payroll until January representing the Lightfoot administration’s interests in Springfield.” writes Tribune’s John Byrne. The challenge: “the city’s so-called revolving door policy precludes former employees from coming back within a year to do certain kinds of work.”

North Lawndale residents cry for wide-sweeping violence prevention, by Tribune’s Nell Salzman.

Chicago Fire Fighters Union Local 2 elects new president: “Pat Cleary, who has spent the last 12 years as the union’s vice president, replaces Jim Tracy, who served two terms,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

A decade after Rahm Emanuel closed nearly 50 schools, CPS faces a drastically different landscape: “Part of the plan was to sell the buildings of the shuttered schools for revenue. Yet [professor Stephanie] Farmer estimates that only about 25 percent of buildings were sold. Some have reopened as other types of schools, while many remain vacant.” Margaret Littman reports in Crain’s.

Carmen Rossi, a Lightfoot supporter and business owner, pays $5,000 ethics fine for lobbying City Hall without registering, by WTTW’s Heather Cherone

— HIGHER ED: NEIU, union reach tentative deal to avoid strike, via Fox 32

Consultant sued by Paul Vallas calls $700,000 lawsuit ‘shameful and unfounded,’ by Tribune’s A.D. Quig

— And the winner is: The Chicago Board of Election commissioners will meet today to certify the April 4 run-off election results that have Brandon Johnson defeating Paul Vallas by 4.3 percent, or about 30,000 votes.

One-quarter of detainees in Cook County juvenile lockup are shot, killed after serving time, study finds:Long-term research from Northwestern University finds that rates of firearm injury or death are higher for juvenile detainees than for the general population and those from similar demographic backgrounds,” by Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm.

Kane County announces unit dedicated to investigating child porn, sexual exploitation of children, by Daily Herald’s Susan Sarkauskas

Evanston cops slash traffic stops, by Evanston Now’s Bill Smith

Singer R. Kelly moved to North Carolina prison from Chicago, via The Associated Press

We wondered what South Side restaurant you’d take first-time guests to Chicago (asking for a friend):

Nick Boyle, Ed Mazure and Steven Smith all recommend Lem’s Bare-B-Q on 75th Street. FYI, it’s across the street from Brown Sugar Bakery.

David Carzoli: Bruna’s Ristorante on Oakley Avenue.

James Castro: Top Notch burgers on 95th Street.

Brady Chalmers: Soul Veg City on 75th Street. “I use it to prove that vegetarian and soul food can go together.”

David Guerra: Ricobene’s on 26th Street.

Joan Pederson and Wayne Williams: Virtue Restaurant on 53rd Street.

Warren E. Silver: Vito & Nick’s at 84th Street for tavern-style pizza.

Andy Shaw: Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap on 55th Street.

Peter Skosey: Valois on 53rd Street, once a Barack Obama favorite.

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Broadcast bloodbath: Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon are out in major media shake-up, by POLITICO’s Kierra Frazier

Lawmakers are worked up about Tucker Carlson’s exit from Fox News, by POLITICO’s Matt Berg and Ekaterina Pechenkina

— Best headline: Fox nips Tuck, CNN squeezes Lemon out, via POLITICO Playbook PM edition

— Wild take: Lemon and Carlson’s horoscopes: Lemon (Pisces) has a “case of the Mondays” and Carlson (Taurus) needs to “blow off steam,” via Stephanie Murray.

Starting Tuesday, Trump will stand trial in a lawsuit accusing him of rape, by POLITICO’s Erica Orden

Biden’s next student loan headache: A cash crunch at the Education Department, by POLITICO’s Michael Stratford

Debt-limit plan won’t be changed, House GOP leaders tell holdouts, by POLITICO’s Olivia Beavers, Meredith Lee Hill and Sarah Ferris

— Vinita Voss joins the office of Rep. Lauren Underwood as district director. Voss previously worked on health equity at the Spanish Community Center and the Will County Health Department.

— Krista McDonald has joined Blank Rome’s Chicago office in the labor and employment practice group. McDonald was previously with White & Case.

Beth Murphy, the Murphy’s Bleachers owner who battled the Chicago Cubs over the Wrigleyville rooftops, dies at 68, by Tribune’s Paul Sullivan

MONDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Mae Whiteside Williams for correctly answering that William “Bill” Ware was named chief of staff to Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the notable Illinoisan who proposed marriage to Mary Todd Lincoln before she married Abe Lincoln? Email [email protected]

First Assistant Deputy Governor Lizzy Whitehorn, Cook County Forest Preserves Governmental Affairs Director Delio Calzolari, Blackthorne Capital Management CEO Peter Layton, criminal defense attorney Larry Beaumont, Injustice Watch senior reporter Alejandra Cancino, author and journalist Carol Felsenthal and Mission North comms strategist Melissa Musiker.



April 25, 2023 at 08:09AM

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