TGIF, Illinois. I hope to win the egg toss during tomorrow’s block party and break even in poker. Sunday will be the first time my pals and I will have played in 18 months.
Illinois Democrats logged an astonishingly low $5,000 in the second quarter amid uncertainty about party Chair Robin Kelly’s ability to raise soft money — funds for state and local candidates — as someone who holds federal office. The quarterly numbers were revealed the same day the Federal Election Commission issued an opinion saying Kelly can’t be involved in raising or spending soft money.
A committee will be created to oversee that non-federal fundraising. We don’t know who will be on the panel but a source close to House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch says he won’t be on it. This all adds to the concern about how the party will learn to raise big money after former House Speaker Michael Madigan pulled the strings on the fundraising juggernaut for so long.
It’s still too early to know if Senate President Don Harmon will join the committee. Or will the party hope to rely on the largess of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who famously funded his own campaign and that of others in 2018?
“Where do we go from here? I don’t know,” Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough told the Sun-Times.
FEC Commissioner Trey Trainor put the decision in stark context for Illinois Dems: “What we’re doing in this advisory opinion is turning the party chairmanship in Illinois into a purely honorary role, without the power to direct a very large portion of the activities that the Democratic Party of Illinois engages in,” he told the Sun-Times.
Kelly is putting a positive spin on the decision — at least publicly — saying it “affirms” her plan to include members in “all aspects of the party.”
Gov. J.B. Pritzker didn’t make personal contributions to his campaign fund — which is sitting at about $33 million — but he did raise some $200,000 in the second quarter, including from the Illinois Political Action Committee of Education and the SEIU public employee’s union. He spent about $135,000, mostly on salaries.
The governor hasn’t declared he’ll seek re-election — though it would be stunning if he didn’t.
Meanwhile, Republican opponents are lining up. Downstate Sen. Darren Bailey raised $165,000 in the second quarter and reports having $491,000 cash on hand.
Businessman Gary Rabine, who is self-funding his campaign, took in $345,000 in the second quarter and reports having $287,000 cash on hand.
And former state Sen. Paul Schimpf, raised $83,000 in the second quarter, including $28,000 from contributions of $150 or less.
Leader breakdown: House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch raised a respectable $391,000 and has $1.5 million in his personal campaign account while the House Democrats raised $400,000 and have $1.3 million available. Senate President Don Harmon, meanwhile, has a whopping $6 million in the bank after the second quarter haul of $237,000.
Other GOP numbers: The Illinois Republican Party took in $131,000, according to state filings, including $12,000 from businessman Craig Duchossois; $5,000 from Gary Rabine, who’s running for governor, and $1,000 from attorney Richard Porter, who considered a gubernatorial run. The party shows it has $168,000 cash in the bank.
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At CSX Bedford Park Intermodal Yard in Bedford Park at 4:45 p.m. for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s tour of the area.
At CTA 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line Station at 1:45 p.m. for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s tour of the area.
In Northlake at 10 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting for the reconstructed King Arthur Court Bridge. At CSX Bedford Park Intermodal Yard in Bedford Park at 4 p.m. for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s tour of the area.
— Giannoulias reports campaign war chest nearly three times that of other three SOS hopefuls combined: “Alexi Giannoulias reported raising $859,312.64 for the quarter that ended June 30, giving him $2,915,761.69 cash on hand. Rival Anna Valencia reported pulling in $226,273 during the second quarter and had $593,981.36 on hand,” by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton.
— Rep. Lauren Underwood raised $875,667 during the second quarter. She reported $1.47 million cash on hand. Her campaign says it received 9,968 contributions, “93 percent of which were under $100.”
— Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who hasn’t announced a second run for office for the 2023 race, raised about $8,000 in the second quarter and has $1.2 million cash on hand.
— Call us curious: Former Gov. Bruce Rauner lives in Florida now, but his Citizens for Rauner Inc. fund is still active and received nearlyl $55,000 over the second quarter, mostly from individuals in Florida.
— Statewide incumbents are all on different fundraising paths. Comptroller Susana Mendoza raised $311,000 and has $446,000 cash on hand. Treasurer Mike Frerichs has raised $340,000 and has $1.7 million in the bank. Illinois Attorney Gen. Kwame Raoul raised $10 (as in an Alexander Hamilton) and has $193,000 cash on hand. We’re told not to read into the low fund-raising number. It’s still a pandemic after all. And Secretary of State Jesse White, who is retiring, isn’t fundraising but he still has $423,000 in the bank.
— Democratic Sen. Elgie Sims raised a little over $17,000 and has $378,000 cash on hand.
— Republican Rep. Brad Stephens raised $116,000 in the quarter and has about $97,000 on hand.
— DuPage County Board Member Greg Hart’s campaign committee reported raising a record-breaking $273,000 in Q2.
— Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride emptied his campaign account and dispersed monies to half a dozen Democratic organizations, according to state filings.
Itinerary for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s Illinois infrastructure tour.
1:45 p.m.: He’ll join Rep. Marie Newman, who is his host, Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Reps. Bobby Rush and Chuy García, and CTA President Dorval Carter to meet with workers and see “recent accessibility and modernization improvements to a major transit hub,” before holding a press conference at the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line Station.
4:45 p.m.: Buttigieg and Newman will join Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Rep. Mike Quigley at a media availability after meeting with labor and rail leaders and touring the CREATE Project Freight Site in Bedford Park.
— GOOD READ: ‘We need to ask why’: After falling into the criminal justice system with mental illness, woman now advocates for better treatment for others: “Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office worked with NAMI on the report, says the shuttered mental health centers transferred responsibility for caring for these vulnerable residents to the justice system. ‘It cannot be overstated that there was a devastating impact on our justice system when those mental services were shut down, particularly in communities that are overrepresented in the justice system on the South and West sides,’ Foxx told the Tribune. ‘The criminal justice system, which was not built to deal with issues of mental health, has become a repository.’…[R]esearchers found that more than one-third of jail detainees have identified mental health issues. The number, however, has jumped to nearly 50 percent in the past year,” by Tribune’s Stacy St. Clair.
— Illinois becomes first state to tell police they can’t lie to minors in interrogations: “In Illinois alone, there have been 100 wrongful convictions predicated on false confessions, including 31 involving people under 18 years of age,” said Lauren Kaeseberg, legal director at the Illinois Innocence Project. NPR’s Jaclyn Diaz reports.
— Make security fixes or expect more waves of identity fraud, Illinois lawmakers are warned: “They’re not going to stop at unemployment insurance. They made a fortune,” said Haywood Talcove, a top executive with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a firm that public and private entities pay to fight fraud. Tribune’s Joe Mahr and Ray Long report
Illinois’ new pot law: More growers and sellers on the way: “Pritzker just signed the measure that aims to dramatically expand the state’s $1 billion cannabis business and bring Black and Hispanic owners into a predominantly white industry,” by Crain’s John Pletz.
— Protections for Chicago renters advance to council, with Illinois’ temporary evictions ban due to expire soon: “It’s important to get a new version of the ordinance in place quickly to require banks that acquire rental properties to offer renters either a lease to stay or moving assistance, Housing Department policy director Daniel Hertz said, noting foreclosures could again spike as the financial impact of COVID-19 hits renters harder in coming months,” by Tribune’s John Byrne.
— $1.2M settlement proposed for family of 16-year-old fatally shot by Chicago cop after 2016 foot chase: “The settlement — the biggest on Monday’s agenda of the City Council’s finance committee — would go to relatives of Pierre Loury, shot after he ran from a car pulled over on the West Side,” by Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman and Frank Main.
— Theater company’s employees resign over new policy, say it hurts LGBTQ+ youth: “Some alumni of Christian Youth Theater Chicago say requirement that behavior ‘must comply with a biblical standard’ prevents kids from being ‘fully themselves’ and smacks of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” by Sun-Times’ Evan F. Moore.
— Opinion: A school torn down and a weekend of violence — it’s all connected, writes Sun-Times’ Evan F. Moore
— 9-year-old fatally struck by pickup driven by off-duty police officer, by Tribune’s Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, Mariah Rush and Sarah Freishtat.
— Female lifeguards, beach workers allege rape and sexual harassment in Evanston: “The most egregious alleged behavior involved a young female lifeguard who told WBEZ she was raped by an older employee in a managerial role at a party for Evanston beach workers several years ago, when she was 18,” by WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos.
— Cook County official helped relatives jump the vaccine line at mass shot site in January, according to watchdog: “On Jan. 25 — a day before the Tinley Park Convention Center’s mass vaccination site fully opened — the unnamed official brought her mother and aunt to the location without an appointment, according to a Thursday report from Inspector General Patrick Blanchard,” by Tribune’s Alice Yin.
— Unvaccinated patients with COVID-19 trigger alert in DuPage, Kane: “DuPage and Kane counties have been red-flagged by the Illinois Department of Public Health for rising COVID-19 hospitalizations, nearly all involving unvaccinated patients, officials said Thursday,” the Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke reports.
— Michael Halberstam, accused of harassment, steps down as Writers Theatre leader: “He had co-founded the company, based in Glencoe, and served as artistic director for more than 30 years,” by Sun-Times’ Darel Jevens.
— Black staffer in Rep. Schneider’s office files lawsuit alleging hostile work environment, discrimination: “Patrice Campbell, the only Black staffer in Rep. Brad Schneider’s office, says her supervisor made a reference to lynching,” by POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu and Katherine Tully-McManus.
— Defamation lawsuit filed by ‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host dismissed by Cook County judge: “The judge said Donovan Eckhardt’s contract with showrunners called for litigation to be handled in California courts,” by Sun-Times’ Mitch Dudek.
— ACLU files suit against Chicago police seeking records on beefed-up social media monitoring after protests: “Last August, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the department’s intentions to beef up social media monitoring in the wake of looting that sometimes followed protests after the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin,” by Tribune’s Madeline Buckley and Gregory Pratt.
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— Biden’s Covid surge teams begin rolling out to a hostile heartland, by POLITICO’s Erin Banco and Dan Goldberg
— Democrats launch immigration reform Hail Mary, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris, Burgess Everett and Laura Barron-Lopez
— Washington farewells Angela Merkel, by POLITICO’s Ryan Heath
— Biden: Child tax credits will be among administration’s top achievements, by POLITICO’s Marissa Martinez
FRIDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to former law librarian Scott Burgh for correctly answering that Whig Congressman John J. Hardin is credited with stopping a duel between Abraham Lincoln and James Shields.
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the comic who starred in Jim Edwards’ campaign ad that claimed his opponent, Neil Hartigan, had waffled on a position? Email to [email protected]
Today: state Sen. Scott Bennett, Jewish United Fund chief of staff Jim Rosenberg, Ways and Means staff assistant Marcus Towns II (who previously worked on the Rauner campaign), leadership consultant Ginny Clarke, ALG Research associate Maddie Conway, American Medical Association comms VP Justin DeJong, philanthropist Victoria Rivka Zell, New Trier comms director Niki Dizon, and POLITICO Help Desk Engineer Kalon Makle, who has saved me more times than I can count.
Saturday: Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), SEIU Local 73 political director Mo Green, former state rep turned political consultant Art Turner, campaign consultant Alaina Hampton, and JPMorgan Chase senior associate Melanie Beatus.
Sunday: Increase the Peace executive director Berto Aguayo, SEIU Healthcare VP Myra Glassman, IIT comms manager Howard J. Lee, and Kivvit senior associate Christie Lacey.
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