Happy February, Illinois. Back-to-back storms prompted the General Assembly to cancel in-person meetings and go virtual. The governor will still deliver his state of the state on Wednesday. NBC 5 has details
Republican Representative Rodney Davis and Democratic representative. Sean Casten outpace intra-party opponents in fundraising, though no one can keep up with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi.
Democrat from the 8th congressional district took in $11 million – double what the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has $5.4 million on hand – after raking in $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.
In the race to represent the new 15th arrondissement, Davis raised $420,699 in the fourth quarter, according to FEC reports, and has $1 million at his disposal. His GOP opponent, Rep. Mary Miller, raised $164,262 during the same period and has $414,795 in the bank.
In the 6th congressional district, Casten raised $699,384 and has nearly $1.6 million. His Democratic opponent, Rep. Mary Newmann, raised $337,876 and has $573,120 in cash.
And in the newly created 3rd congressional district, Democrat Gilbert Villegas, a Chicago city councilman, has raised $386,473 and has $377,055 in the bank in his race for the top Democratic state representative. Delia Ramirez, who raised $113,2018 and has $110,443 in cash.
In other races: representing Lauren Underwood in the 14th District said it raised $752,011 during the FEC’s fourth quarterly filing period and reported nearly $2.1 million in cash. And in the open seat of the 17th arrondissement, Republican Esther Joy King raised $639,970 and has $655,957 in the bank.
Illinois voters will have to weigh qualifications, integrity, expertise and values as they vote in the June primary for the state Supreme Court justice seat that is open in the newly configured 2nd District.
To Nancy Rotering, voters will see an experienced civil servant in her third term as mayor of Highland Park, while Elizabeth Rochford has been an Associate Judge of the 19th Circuit Court since 2012. Judge Rene-Cruzof the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, is also in the race.
Primary contest sparked hand twists among some Democrats anxious to know who is best positioned to beat a Republican nominee in November.
Ethics versus experience is at issue: Rotering, who practiced law for seven years (targeting fraud) and founded the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, has spent most of her career as an elected official.
Rochford has the forensic experience but has baggage after donating $15,000 to Ald. Edward Burke, who three years ago was indicted for corruption. The Rochford campaign says donations to Burke over the years were to honor Rochford’s late father, a police officer who admired Burke, also a former cop.
Proven politicians know that Burke received donations from a sea of elected officials, many of whom (including Rotering) received public service donations that were also swept up in the scandal. So finger pointing is a slippery slope.
The high court contest will likely come down to messaging. Rochford, who is endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO and UFCW Local 881, has about $220,000 in cash, while Rotering, who is backed by Congresswoman Jan Schakowski and many members of the General Assembly, has $176,000 in the bank.
cross has $26,000 in cash.
Additional note: Two sitting Supreme Court justices had to recuse themselves from hearing a case last month because it related to none other than Edward Burke, husband of the Chief Justice Anne Burque.
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The “stealth” sub-variant could block Omicron Surge’s freefall: “Illinois recorded another 6,664 Covid-19 cases on Monday – the lowest daily case count in seven weeks. Hospitalizations and the number of deaths from the virus have also fallen further. But this encouraging news was tempered somewhat by a report of the first case of the Omicron subvariant in Illinois,” by Taylor Avery of the Sun-Times.
— Teaching Black History: How Illinois Educators Say It Needs to Evolve Beyond Key Figures: “There isn’t much consistency in black history curricula among schools across the state, according to a state task force survey of 617 of Illinois’ 852 school districts. The report of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Black History Curriculum Task Force paints a picture of disparate approaches that leaves much room for improvement in the way Black history is taught from kindergarten to Grade 12,” by Madhu Krishnamurthy of the Daily Herald.
— Amy Blobaum spent four years in prison for a drug-related crime that would not be prosecuted today. “Now free, she hasn’t finished paying,” writes John Keilman of Tribune
— Reviews | People of color live in discomfort. White children will survive by learning the truth about racism. writes Rummana Hussain of the Sun-Times.
— 6 education issues to watch as Illinois legislative session heats up by Samantha Smylie of Chalkbeat
— Lawmakers propose funeral assistance funding for murdered children, through CBS 2.
— Lightfoot, Chicago police chiefs defend record of reform as Jason Van Dyke prepares to be released from prison: “Lightfoot Says City Isn’t ‘Where We Want To Be,’ But Has Made ‘Remarkable Progress in Difficult Times,'” by Paige Fry and Gregory Pratt of Tribune.
— Hate crimes charges may be pending after the vandalism of a Jewish school and synagogue in Chicago: “Six Reported Incidents Along West Devon Avenue in Chicago’s Traditional Orthodox Jewish Neighborhood This Weekend, Police Say,” by ABC 7’s Jessica D’Onofrio.
… Statement from the mayor: “These crimes are undoubtedly part of the troubling rise in anti-Semitism we have seen in our city and across the country. Make no mistake: this attack, along with the deep hatred and bigotry that drives other similar anti-Semitic acts, is an attack on the Jewish community and the social fabric of our city. Those responsible must be held accountable. … As Chicagoans and as Americans, it is our responsibility to speak out against hate speech and acts and to protect our Jewish brothers and sisters who endure this hate year after year. Without our determined and collective action, anti-Semitism will continue to thrive.”
— Chicago welcomes 472 new citizens: “Whether you fled violence, like my great-grandfather, whether you won the green card lottery, whether you came here for school, or for a job, or a loved one, or this is the only country you have ever known, I am very proud to stand by your side, as a fellow citizen,” said Governor JB Pritzker, who also spoke of his great-grandfather’s immigrant roots. Reporting by Josephine Stratman of the Sun-Times.
— Jackson Park Advisory Board wants to change who can vote at meetings: Critics say move amounts to discrimination, per WTTW’s Patty Wetli.
— The statues outside Wrigley Field have been removed for renovation – will eventually form a new “statue row” of big Cubs: “The statues of Ron Santo and Billy Williams were removed from outside the stadium on Monday,” by Mitch Dudek of the Sun-Times.
— FanDuel plans to open a sports betting parlor at the United Center, by Chris Altruda of SportsHandle
— Rush Street Interactive enters the Mexican market, via Casinos.org
$61 million in donations help close Sun-Times sale to WBEZ parent company: “Executives said philanthropy is committed over five years to help the newspaper improve its journalism, grow digitally and to continue the print edition”, by David Roeder of Sun-Times.
… From WBEZ: “The agreement creates one of the nation’s largest nonprofit news organizations and comes with multi-year commitments from nearly a dozen major philanthropies.”
— Representative Pat Dowell is launching a digital ad campaign in his bid for the 1st Congressional District. The first ads will run on Facebook and Instagram.
— Cassandra Tanner Miller, a domestic violence advocate, announced her candidacy as a Republican for Congress in the 11th District.
— Valence says it will finally publish the disputed emails – in 10 days: “Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia will deliver messages requested by her rival Alexi Giannoulias, as two jockeys for the post of Secretary of State,” by Greg Hinz de Crain.
University students are back in the classrooms – but many say they are exhausted and stressed: “Students are struggling academically and socially like never before as they grapple with the ongoing effects of the pandemic,” by Anna Savchenko of WBEZ.
We asked you how you managed to make ends meet during your poorest days: Political Advisor Kevin Lamp remembers when he was doing stand-up before working in politics. “There could be lean times. Besides the extra work on Chicago-based TV shows like “Crime Story,” I once wore a Bart Simpson head and costume outside an apartment complex to lure in tenants — for eight time. …Cook County Analyst Brady Chalmers was homeless as a teenager and “sold records at Dr. Wax and won video game tournaments and rap battles to keep money in my pocket”. And Steve Hill created a Saturday program for at-risk children at Plano Middle School, which added $60 a week at a time “when getting diapers and formula wasn’t always a sure thing.” Thanks for sharing.
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— How Trump’s Political Groups Are Spending Their Massive Money, by Meridith McGraw, Alex Isenstadt and Scott Bland of POLITICO
— Medical boards are rebuffed as they try to punish doctors for Covid misinformation, by Darius Tahir of POLITICO
— Durbin Says Justice’s Choice for Biden’s Black Woman Has Arrived, by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet
Chicago blues drummer Sam Lay dies at 86 “Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, he has also performed with blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf as well as Bob Dylan”, by Maureen O’Donnell of the Sun-Times .
MONDAY’S ANSWER: Congratulation to Bill Henkel, Matthew Beaudet, and Clem Balanoff for correctly answering that Amanda Russ was the first African American to serve as Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library.
THE QUESTION OF THE DAY : What battle during the Anglo-Spanish War spilled over into present-day Illinois? E-mail [email protected]
McLean County Board Member Hannah Beer, Kirkland and Ellis’ William S. Singer, Rep. Jan Schakowsky communications director Miguel Ayala, Illinois Department of Commerce Aaron Gold Stein, 14th Street Strategies’ Meaghan Burdick, and political analyst Charles Lipson.