Happy Tuesday, Illinois. There are primaries in seven states tonight. Here’s what to watch.
Watch for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to announce her run for reelection later today, followed up with a splashy fundraising party.
Though she hasn’t yet made it official, Lightfoot’s already addressing the campaign issue that will take up much of the oxygen in the mayor’s race: crime and how to deal with it.
The mayor showed some of her campaign talking points Monday when addressing the shooting of a third police officer in recent weeks.
“If we hold violent, dangerous people accountable, we will see a significant drop in the violence in our cities,” Lightfoot said during a Q&A with reporters who were there to learn about a new city safety program.
When someone who “has a rap sheet as long as my arm” commits another act of violence, “They are a danger to the community by definition and should be held pre-trial,” the mayor said. Lightfoot said there are times when people with a history of violence shouldn’t be released even if they haven’t yet been proven guilty.
Her comments drew criticism from the ACLU and Cook County Public Defender office. “For decades, the city has shamefully disregarded the presumption of innocence — which applies to everyone, regardless of the charge against them,” Sharone Mitchell Jr. said in a statement in the Sun-Times. “As an attorney, the mayor knows that the criminal justice system is not designed to decide guilt early in a case.”
Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, knows well the rules of the system but says residents also have the right to feel safe — a campaign message if we’ve ever heard one.
Lightfoot’s labor record: She’s battled police and teacher unions, but has also forged labor ties and backed worker initiatives, by Tribune’s Gregory Pratt
New polling showsDarren Bailey edging Richard Irvin in the Republican primary for governor.
The Fabrizio, Lee and Associates survey was commissioned by the People Who Play by the Rules PAC, which is headed by Bailey supporter and conservative talk show host Dan Proft. The poll surveyed “600 likely voters,” according to Proft, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, indicating the race is neck and neck.
The survey has Bailey at 27 percent to Irvin’s 20 percent. Trailing are Jesse Sullivan at 13 percent, Gary Rabine with12 percent, and Paul Schimpf at 3 percent.
Twenty-four percent were undecided.
The polling was done June 1 and 2 about a month after WGN 9 conducted its poll showing Irvin in the lead.
Since then, there have been three debates, including one where Bailey and Irvin shared the stage, giving a voters a chance to see them mano a mano instead of through stilted TV advertising.
The WGN poll showed that 37 percent of voters in that survey were undecided.
Does money matter?Ken Griffin has plugged $50 million into the Irvin campaign. Dick Uihlein has given more than $9 million to Bailey (Uihlein is also the primary funder of Proft’s People Who Play By the Rules PAC that’s funding Bailey ad buys). Then there are all the special interests, including the Democratic Governors Association, which has hammered home the idea that the most conservative candidate in the Republican primary is Bailey.
The thinking there is that Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker will have an easier path to reelection against Bailey since Irvin is more moderate. Maybe. But in a midterm election with a GOP wave expected, anything could happen.
SPEAKING OF MONEY: Ken Griffin donated $7.5 million to a super PAC that supported Republican Dave McCormick’s bid for Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary. McCormick conceded the race to celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.
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Hyatt Regency-Grand Ballroom at 11:45 a.m. to give remarks at Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 118th Annual Meeting… At Navy Pier Rooftop at 6:30 p.m. to participate in fireside chat at Environmental Law and Policy Center Gala.
No official public events scheduled, but she’ll be headlining a mayoral announcement later in the day.
At Daley Plaza at noon to welcome attendees of the “Live Healthy, Discover Nature” event.
INTRA-PARTY DOUBLE-TAKE: Gov. JB Pritzker just gave $55,000 to outgoing state Sen. Melinda Bush, who’s running for the state Democratic Central Committee. The donation is jaw-dropping since Bush is facing Lauren Beth Gash, the incumbent member of the Democratic Central Committee in the 10th District.
Gash is also a former state rep who served at a time when she was the sole Democrat from Lake County serving in the General Assembly. She made it her mission to change that and the county has since transformed from red to blue.
Gash also voted to elect CongresswomanRobin Kelly as party chair over Pritzker’s preferred candidate. Kelly won but she’s now up for reelection among members of the Dem central committee.
Still, Gash was unfazed by Pritzker’s maneuver. “The reason so many community leaders and grassroots volunteers from the 10th District are supporting me is because they’ve worked side by side with me to turn the 10th Congressional District from red to deep blue at all levels of government,” she told Playbook. “People in the district know me well and they know I know how to win for Democrats.”
— Illinois’ race for governor is once again clouded by deaths at veterans’ homes: “GOP rivals echo the political strategy Pritzker used to unseat Bruce Rauner in 2018, but some say Covid-19 and Legionnaires outbreaks are not equal,” by WBEZ’s By Dave McKinney.
— Rodney Davis and Mary Miller both tout support of Trump: “Davis is running a traditional campaign which involves engaging with journalists throughout the district and frequent meetings with constituents. Miller, on the other hand, has avoided the press,” by Illinois Times’ Scott Reeder.
— GOP candidates line up for chance to challenge Underwood, Foster in two closely watched congressional districts, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin.
— Pat Dowell and Jonathan Jackson ‘are in a dead heat’ in the IL-17 Dem primary: “Candidate Jacqui Collins needs to get her message to voters if she is to overcome foes’ big cash and big name,” by Patch’s Mark Konkol.
— Karin Norington-Reaves has been endorsed by the Teamsters Joint Council 25 and Calumet Park Mayor Ronald Denson in the IL-01 Dem primary race.
— Jonathan Jackson has been endorsed by the Chicago-based LGBTQ IMPACT group in the IL-01 Dem primary race.
— A telltale race for a seat on the state’s highest court: “The contest in a district that represents a broad swath of northern Illinois will say much about what sort of legal minds voters want on the bench now—neutrality or someone who will rule their way,” by Crain’s Greg Hinz.
— Gov. JB Pritzker has endorsed Laura Faver Dias in the Dem primary for the state rep seat in the 62nd District that currently is held by Sam Yingling, who’s running for state Senate.
— Congressman Chuy García is endorsing Esiah Campos for the Lake County Board of commissioners, citing the candidate’s background as a unionist, and the changing demographics in the county.
— Kari Steele, a Democrat running for Cook County assessor, has been endorsed by 14 suburban mayors, including Cicero’s Larry Dominick, Chicago Heights’ David Gonzalez, and Melrose Park’s Ron Serpico. Full list here
— Barry Goldberg, candidate for Judge in the 9th Subcircuit of Cook County (Jacobius vacancy) has been endorsed by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
— Here’s the link to Nikki Budzinski’s new ad in the IL-13 congressional race. It was mistakenly not included here yesterday.
Hospitalization at home? Some Illinois hospitals are giving it a try: “It’s a program that the federal government started during the pandemic as a way to help hospitals free up space, but Illinois hospital leaders hope to see it continue long term as a way to make patients more comfortable, keep hospital beds open for others and save money,” by Tribune’s Lisa Schencker.
Commercial Club of Chicago names U. of C. administrator as president, the group’s first Black leader: Derek Douglas, a University of Chicago administrator and former Obama presidential adviser, replaces Kelly Welsh, the former general counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, who is stepping down from his leadership role after five years. Tribune’s Robert Channick reports.
— Rubber stamp no more? City Council sheds reputation under Lightfoot, new report shows: “From June 12, 2019 through March 23, 2022, Lightfoot survived 131 divided roll calls, according to the new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago. That’s compared to just 54 during the last of Richard M. Daley’s six terms and 67 divided roll calls during the first of Rahm Emanuel’s two terms,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman.
— A disciplinary hearing marks a shift in Chicago’s historically feeble police oversight: “As the city tries to fire more cops for alleged misconduct, police bosses are being held accountable for failing to report it,” by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell.
— Police Department expands eligibility for drug users to get treatment instead of jail: “The drug diversion program, the largest of its kind in the country, was piloted on the West Side in 2018 and expanded citywide late last year,” by Sun-Times’ Frank Main.
— Chicago’s Minimum Wage To Increase July 1, via NBC 5
— City launches ‘Home and Business Protection Program’ to help pay for security equipment, by WGN 9’s Chip Brewster and Tahman Bradley
— The future of food starts in Chicago: “Chicago’s food and beverage manufacturing industry is the nation’s largest, generating $9.4B annually in output and employing over 65,000 individuals,” via Forbes.
— CTA Red Line train gets new design in honor of Pride Month, by Sun-Times’ Jordan Perkins
— Judge denies Ald. Edward Burke’s motions to suppress evidence, dismiss charges in racketeering case: “Burke should tell it to a jury,” U.S. District Judge Robert Dow says in the 194-page ruling. Read it here
What it means: “Burke, whose current term on the City Council seat ends in May, could be facing a jury at the same time he’s seeking reelection to the 14th Ward seat he’s held since 1969,” report Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Ray Long report.
— Prison for member of Daley dynasty? Feds ask judge to sentence ex-Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson to two years behind bars: “Thompson asked the judge to give him probation instead. The two sides made their recommendations Monday ahead of Thompson’s sentencing before U.S. District Judge Franklin Valderrama, which is set for July 6,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
— Waukegan says goodbye to a coal plant but must now contend with its industrial waste: “Environmental activists warn that leaving large coal ash repositories in place could lead to toxic spills and groundwater contamination,” by WBEZ’s Caroline Kubzansky.
— Palatine agency that helps needy residents ready for next chapter, by Daily Herald’s Barbara Vitello
— Labor of love: 100-year-old Naperville grotto getting much-needed restoration, by Daily Herald’s Kevin Schmit
Family of 84-year-old killed during police pursuit says city hasn’t responded to a lawsuit — three years after the case was filed: “Verona Gunn died from her injuries on May 25, 2019, after her car was hit by an unmarked Chicago police cruiser,” by Sun-Times’ Stefano Esposito.
We asked what you did for your first summer job. House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch was a stock boy at White Hen Pantry in Bellwood. “My baseball coach was the manager of the store and he offered me a job to try to save money for college.” … Attorney Graham Grady was a junior counselor at YMCA Camp Pinewood … State Rep. Ann Williams worked at the “Ye Olde Donut Shoppe” in Glenwood, Iowa …
Rep. La Shawn Ford worked as a janitor at a Catholic church and school. … Rep. Marty Moylan delivered fliers for a grocery store for a penny a piece and then got a paper route. … City Club’s Ed Mazur was a bowling alley pinsetter at Irv’s Bowling Alleys in Union Pier, Mich. … Timothy Thomas delivered newspapers. … Sal Benedetto worked in a pet shop and bubble gum factory… Vincent Brandys swept floors and washed cars at his family’s gas station. … Illinois Playbook editor Darius Dixon was a summer intern with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, a gig lined up through New York City’s jobs placement program for high schoolers.
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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin delivered a speech on the Senate floor honoring the late former Rep. John E. Porter, who represented northern Illinois in Congress for 21 years. “John Porter was raised in a home where public service was a way of life…[He] believed that public service was a noble profession, that government could make life better, and that America must remain a beacon of hope for the world,” said Durbin noting Porter’s support for the environment, human rights and Americans with Disabilities Act.
— GOP senators surprisingly bullish on prospects for a bipartisan gun deal, by POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine
— Biden is making a bid to unite the hemisphere. Attendance is an issue, by POLITICO’s Jonathan Lemire
— Garcetti allies tried to put the screws to Mark Kelly. It may have backfired, by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago
— 4 strategies Democrats should steal from Republicans. ASAP, by POLITICO’s Eugene Daniels. VIDEO
Ken Bode, political reporter who moderated ‘Washington Week,’ dies at 83: “He also worked in Democratic politics and was dean of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism,” via Washington Post.
MONDAY’s ANSWER:Mike Ebbing was a Galesburg High School grad who served with the White House Communications Agency from 1970-72. He was stationed as a White House switchboard operator at the Camp David Presidential Retreat.
H/T to Rick Bryant and the many others who answered Donald Rumsfeld, an Illinois native who worked in the Nixon administration and could also have been aware of those calls.
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Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peggy Chiampas, former VP Mike Pence, philanthropist and financier Lester Crown, government consultant Julie Currie, Rep. Mary Miller congressional staffer Chrissy Rabuse, Seyfarth Shaw marketing and comms exec Claudia Banks, social media wizard Tracy Schmidt, Monkey Creative lead writer Caitlin Briody, journalist Rita Pyrillis, and journalist David Mendell.