2022-06-16 09:50:40 By : Mr. Z L

Shia Kapos' must-read rundown of political news in the Land of Lincoln

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Good Wednesday morning, Illinois. Trump hit a snag and Dems had a turnout problem in yesterday’s primaries, via POLITICO

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, photographed in September 2021, announced her bid for reelection on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. | POLITICO's Shia Kapos

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took the stage yesterday evening to Lizzo’s “Good As Hell” for a reelection kickoff party with friends and donors.

“Woo child, tired of the bullshit. Go on dust your shoulders off, keep it moving.”

You could say the mayor hit on similar themes in the video announcing her reelection, acknowledging she can be rough around the edges but it’s because she cares — that she's not a delicate flower and neither is the city she calls home.

“They say I’m tough. They say I get angry. They say, sometimes, I take things personally. You know what I say? They’re absolutely right,” she says in the video. “When we fight for change, confront a global pandemic, work to keep kids in school, take on guns and gangs, systemic inequality and political corruption — of course I take it personally, for our city.”

Big picture for the campaign: The first-term Democratic mayor is pinning her 2023 reelection hopes on her record managing the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing a tough-on-crime message, and embracing a brand of withering honesty. See our full story on the home page.

Highlighting her prickly personality traits is a campaign theme that former Mayor Rahm Emanuel adopted when he kicked off his bid for a second term. It came to be known as the famous “fuzzy sweater” commercial, where he dressed to look relatable and admitted he could be bristly.

Not a mea culpa: For Lightfoot, it wasn’t about acknowledging faults but an explanation that she is who she is.

First lady of Chicago Amy Eshleman embraced the theme with a champagne toast with supporters that brought the house down. “Here’s to this beautiful, fierce, complicated …(long pause)…city that we love.”

Pearl-clutching insight: Chicago has a history of having abrasive, aggressive mayors, said Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, an ally who’s known Lightfoot for 30 years. “Then comes a Black lesbian and suddenly people are clutching their pearls,” she said. “I want my mayor to throw down for my city.”

Rally day: Today, the mayor will roll out her campaign with stops in the Ashburn, Greater Grand Crossing, Little Village, Garfield Park and Northalsted neighborhoods.

SPOTTED at Lightfoot's kickoff party were numerous political names, including Ald. Walter Burnett,who told the Tribune’s Gregory Pratt: “I supported Mayor Daley. I supported Rahm Emanuel. I’m going to support the sister and give her another opportunity to show what she can do.”

Also spotted: Ald. Jason Ervin, who heads the City Council’s Black Caucus, and Alds. Michelle Harris, Emma Mitts, Chris Taliaferro, George Cardenas, and Derrick Curtis.

Others in the room: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and spouse Candace Gingrich; Illinois Restaurant Association’s Sam Toia and Sam Sanchez; Cook County Commissioners Donna Miller and Dennis Deer; Unite HERE President Karen Kent; 46th Ward Committeeman Sean Tenner; Equality Illinois Board Chair Justin DeJong; Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson; activist Art Johnston; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Jaime di Paulo; American Postal Workers Union’s Keith Richardson; Duck Inn Chef Kevin Hickey; and Roger Simon, whose late husband was Michael Bauer, chair of Lightfoot’s first campaign.

More on what's in store...

Lightfoot splashes into crowded mayoral field: The mayor has a real fight on her hands. “So many residents throughout the city are concerned about safety, and until they feel secure and safe, Mayor Lightfoot’s campaign is at stake,” Susan Garrett, a former Democratic state senator and now chair of the nonprofit Center for Illinois Politics, told your Playbook host.

Facing stiff headwinds: Veteran political consultant Pete Giangreco, who advises Rep. Mike Quigley (who had considered a run for mayor) expects Lightfoot will make it to a runoff but lose. “When you win with 76 percent of the vote, you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to unite the city, and she managed to fritter it away both in terms of performance and inability to keep quality staff. But mostly, it’s crime. If things were better on crime, no one would care what her personality was like,” he told Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.

Illinois Democrats have made a strong bid to become and early presidential primary state, according to Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

Illinois is in the running to represent the Midwest against Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma. “It’s hard to see Oklahoma and Nebraska passing for a ‘Midwest’ state. Swing state Michigan Democrats, pushing hard, are the main competition. … Iowa has no chance of retaining its lead-off position,” Sweet writes.

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At the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Headquarters in Springfield at 11:45 a.m. for a roundtable discussion on pension consolidation and the budget. It’s a campaign event.

Rolling out her reelection campaign with stops in Ashburn at 8:45 a.m.; Greater Grand Crossing at 10:30 a.m. to discuss INVEST South/West; in Little Village at noon to discuss Covid-19 Small Business Relief; in Garfield Park at 2 p.m. to discuss community investments; and in Northalsted at 4 p.m.

At Cook County Health Professional Building at 9:30 a.m. for a “Stop the Bleed” training to learn how to “potentially save a life during an emergency before paramedics arrive.”

— Daily Herald endorses Kaegi for Democrats as Cook County assessor and endorses Casten over Newman in IL-06 Dem contest

— Preckwinkle aims for fourth term as County Board president — but rival Boykin says she’s been there long enough: “The next Cook County Board President will oversee a more than $8 billion budget, which grew significantly because of an injection of federal cash brought in from the American Rescue Plan Act,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.

— Bailey vows to restore 'local control,' sit down with Chicago’s mayor, manage as a true conservative (not like Rauner), he says in Fox 32 news interview

— Spotlight on IL-07: Two takes on the race between veteran Rep. Danny Davis and activist Kina Collins… From the Sun-Times | Fresh v. familiar:  “Though Rep. Danny K. Davis has represented the 7th Congressional District for a quarter of a century, he often votes in line with the younger, more progressive members of Congress. But challenger Kina Collins believes it’s time for a change — not just in the newly redrawn district but across the country,” by Sophie Sherry… From the Tribune | The progressive challenging an established liberal reflects Democratic Party divisions, by Gregory Pratt.

— Umm. What? | An IL-05 Republican candidate says police were 'coached' to make Jan. 6 Capitol incursion look like a siege, reports Daily Herald’s Russell Lissau,

— Icky truth in this truth test: A member of Mark Luft’s campaign for House rep is behind the false information being promoted about his opponent, fellow Republican Travis Weaver, reports WMBD’s Matt Sheehan.

— Supreme decision: The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Democrat Nancy Rotering and Republicans Mark Curran and Susan Hutchinson can remain on the primary ballot, putting an end to the ballot challenges that their opponents have been waging. Democrat Elizabeth Rochford and two Republican objectors have persisted in appealing decisions by previous judges to allow Rotering, Curran and Hutchinson on the ballot. They're all running for the 2nd District seat that encompasses northern Illinois, including DeKalb, Kendall, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. Here’s the court decision

— Congresswoman Mary Miller is out with a new ad titled “Rhino Rodney Davis,” that touts Miller’s “A" rating by the NRA. Miller and Davis are in a heated primary to represent the newly drawn 15th congressional district.

— JUDICIAL GUIDES: Injustice Watch just published its judicial election guide for the June 28 primary elections in Cook County. It’s also available in Spanish here.

— FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Secretary of State candidate Alexi Giannoulias has a new TV ad. “Double Scoop” focuses on strengthening ethics laws. “Political corruption. If you don’t act fast enough, it can get real messy,” he says. As in his previous two ads, there’s a kids theme.

— Secretary of State candidate David Moore has been endorsed by LGBTQ IMPACT.

— Iris Martinez, clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County and 33rd Ward Committeeperson, is endorsing Fernando “Sergio” Mojica for the 13th state House District. Mojica, a queer Afro-Latino who was formerly a Chicago Public Schools principal, is running to succeed Majority Leader Greg Harris.

— State Rep. Tim Butler, who’s running in the 95th Illinois House District, says he’s secured the endorsement “of every Republican official elected countywide in Sangamon County.” Republicans hold eight of the nine county offices.

— Protect Our Future PAC launched a new ad for Democrat Nikki Budzinski in IL-13. Protect Our Future is a new PAC funded mostly by a young cryptocurrency billionaire who spent $11 million on an Oregon congressional race for a Dem candidate who lost.

— WTTW is out with its voter guide for the June 28 primary.

— Illinois is routinely housing wards of the state in Chicago’s jail for kids: “The state’s child welfare agency says it has nowhere else to put the children. Opponents call it cruel, and a civil rights violation,” by WBEZ’s Patrick Smith.

— Central Illinois care facilities fined for violations, via WCIA

— Illinois and 9 other states are seeing average gas prices above $5 a gallon, via NBC 5

— Springfield-area nursing homes owe Illinois $200K for safety violations, by CIProud’s Mike Smith

— Shucks. Truck, tractor pull events canceled at 2022 Illinois State Fair, via WAND

— High fuel prices also hitting taxpayer-fueled government vehicles, by Center Square’s Greg Bishop

Feds ask judge to send former state Sen. Thomas Cullerton to prison for up to 18 months in embezzlement case: “Even though he had faced indictment since August 2019, the Villa Park Democrat held onto his seat until last February, resigning just before his attorney revealed his plans to plead guilty,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.

— Chicago Public Schools plans to spend nearly $10B next school year: “The projected budget, which awaits approval from the Chicago Board of Education at its June 22 meeting, is bolstered by $730 million in federal coronavirus relief money. The district said Tuesday it has spent nearly 45% of the $2.8 billion allocated for pandemic recovery — funds that are set to expire in fall 2024,” by Tribune’s Tracy Swartz

— CPS sets aside $70M for long-sought Chinatown H.S., millions more for school playgrounds in new capital budget, by Sun-Times’ Nader Issa.

— Witnesses chased driver accused of fatally striking bicyclist and held her for police, prosecutors say, by Tribune’s Stephanie Casanova.

— Union loses 2 of 3 elections at Starbucks in Chicago, by Sun-Times’ David Roeder

O’Hare and Midway installing 11 portable lactation pods to accommodate nursing mothers on the fly, by Tribune’s Robert Channick

— Defense raises questions about traffic stop that erupted into gunfire in Englewood, wounding a Chicago police officer: “The attorney noted that Jermone Halsey — who has a Firearm Owners Identification card and a permit to carry a concealed weapon — told police at the hospital afterward that he feared for his safety when the officers boxed him in an alley off the 6900 block of South Sangamon Street and approached,” by Sun-Times’ Matthew Hendrickson, David Struett and Mary Norkol.

— Brothers’ bid for new trial links detective to Chicago’s ‘most corrupt cop’: “Joseph Miedzianowski, former CPD officer now serving a life sentence for racketeering, enlisted former detective Reynaldo Guevara to pin murder cases on drug rivals, lawyers for brothers Jose and Rosendo Hernandez claim,” by Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm.

— Mask producers file lawsuit against former employer alleging unpaid wages, by Tribune’s Shanzeh Ahmad.

We asked which state mirrors the politics of Illinois. According to John Straus, “New York where Democrats in the urban centers dominate Republicans, or Texas where Republicans dominate the Democrats.”… Andy Shaw: “Michigan, which also has one big and several midsize Democratic cities with proud but weakened unions and shrunken manufacturing sectors, GOP dominance in smaller cities, rural and farming areas, two prominent Big Ten universities, and lousy pro football teams.”

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Abortion access could soon be decided by the states. Here’s what the next governors say: We know Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is a fierce advocate for abortion rights in a state that has a super majority of Democrats to back him up. Other would-be governors could have the biggest impact on abortion policy in states where the parties have split control. Michigan, for example, is among states that “have pre-Roe laws that either outright ban or severely limit abortion procedures if Roe is overturned,” reports POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro.

Rep. Chuy García has joined in sending letters urging the State Department, the Justice Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development to work with Mexico to address recent spikes in forced disappearances and escalating attacks against the Mexican free press. “Like so many of my constituents I have family and friends in Mexico, so the rise in violence against journalists and human rights defenders hits close to home,” García said in a statement. “Our government must hold Mexico accountable for its failure to address this violence and ensure that U.S. funding and participation strengthen human rights instead of propping up failed strategies.”

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin, an Illinois native, is ousted in recall election: “The result is likely to reverberate far beyond San Francisco. Opponents of criminal justice reform and Republicans seeking to depict Democrats as weak on public safety will likely cite Boudin’s rejection in a deeply liberal city as evidence that voters are balking at efforts to ease sentencing and reduce incarceration,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White.

— Trump endorsed 16 candidates in Tuesday’s primaries. Here are the winners, by POLITICO’s Marissa Martinez

— LA mayor’s race: Bass and Caruso to face off in November, by POLITICO’s Lara Korte

— House Republicans face primary danger, by POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick and Jeremy B. White

— Judge sends another trove of Eastman emails to Jan. 6 committee, by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney

— Son of Buffalo shooting victim to senators in hearing on domestic terrorism: 'What are you doing?’ via ABC News

— Annie Mattix is now a public affairs associate in Kivvit’s Chicago office. Mattix most recently was at public affairs firm, Resolute.

— Greg Jawski is managing director of Kivvit in New York. He previously was EVP and market leader for Porter Novelli’s New York and Chicago offices.

— Dawn Raftery is now VP of communications at Shriver Center on Poverty Law. She previously handled comms for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

— Lakisha McFadden has been named CEO of Centers for New Horizons. She’s been with the nonprofit for eight years, most recently as director of operations. New Horizons is celebrating its 50th year working to improve South Side neighborhoods.

Today at 1 p.m.: The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Illinois Authors series features novelist Jennifer Close in a virtual discussion about “Marrying the Ketchups,” her book about three generations of Chicago restaurant owners. The backdrop of the book is the 2016 presidential election and the Cubs winning the World Series. John Shaw, the institute’s director, will moderate. The event is free but registration is required.

TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to Freeport City Manager Randy Bukas for correctly answering that the four-story Soldiers Home in Bronzeville is directly associated with the Civil War. President Lincoln donated the original draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to help raise money to fund construction, which started in 1864. Originally it served as a hospital and convalescent home for Union soldiers.

TODAY’s QUESTION: Where is Little Cubs Field located and what makes it special? Email [email protected]  

State Sen. Laura Murphy, state Rep. Tom Bennett, Peoria Convention and Visitors Bureau president JD Dalfonso, BGA policy analyst Geoffrey Cubbage, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago associate VP Patti Frazin, political consultant Kady McFadden, UIC News Bureau associate director Carlos Sadovi, and mega-star and Chicago native Kanye West.