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* Speech ran long and I am running late for the funeral, so here’s a big list of campaign stories. I’ll do something with some of this when I get back, but have at it for now campers…

* Ill. Senate candidate alleging anti-gay discrimination in debate fight

* Meister complains about debate exclusion

* Meister Files Complaint Against WTTW

* Gay U.S. Senate candidate files complaint against Chicago television station

* Democrats running for US Senate debate in Chicago

* 3 Dems debate on who’s the best ‘outsider’ to beat Kirk

* Alexi Giannoulias new Illinois Senate spot

* Hoffman Receives State Education Endorsement

* Will Illinois Dems Lose U.S. Senate Seat?

* Illinois GOP sees hope in Massachusetts election

* Peoria area politicians talk Massachusetts

* Is Illinois next? GOP suddenly enthused after Mass. victory

* Sorting out the effect Massachusetts election will have on Illinois on Feb. 2

* GOP Senate candidate Lowery wants jobs bill

* Mark Kirk visits Stark County

* Mark Kirk Calls

* Who Benefits From Brown Victory? Rep. Kirk

* Tea Party Nation’s next target: Mark Kirk

* Gun Owners of America endorse Hughes for U.S. Senate

* Governor and Senate Race Analysis

* Governor candidates exchange shots

* Governor candidates raking in five-figure donations

* Gubernatorial candidates fight to finish for funds

* Hynes leads Quinn by $1M in final stretch of gov race

* Both Campaigns Agree: Dem Governor Race Tightens

* Fundraising Reports Due as Democratic Primary for Governor Tightens

* Local Democrats Give Endorsements to Hynes

* Stonewall Democrats of Illinois Endorse Dan Hynes for Governor

* Hynes says state employees must be free to speak out

* Hynes employee still on job after alleged computer attacks

* Would Hynes’ Plan Really “Get Us Out Of This Mess”?

* Quinn: Massachusetts doesn’t scare me

* Quinn says he was only defending himself

* Governor Chastised for More Corrections Issues

* Quinn raises $3.1 million in last half of 2009

* Election 2010: Getting Dirty

* Tea Party, rifles and backstabbing — Morning Trough

* GOP gubernatorial contenders use their jabs mostly for Democrats

* Brady takes aim at GOP frontrunners

* Republicans take on Democratic leadership

* GOP candidates spar on budget, cuts

* Brady asks Dillard: Which Obama do you think we have now?

* Local officials fear Andrzejewski tax plan

* Bernard Schoenburg: Bomke says Dillard’s ties with Edgar give him edge

* Pawnbroker pours almost $2M into race

* Hundreds of thousands being sunk into Illinois lieutenant governor’s race

* Lieutenant governor candidates spending heavily

* Our View: Illinois lieutenant governor - Republican: Murphy

* For state treasurer: Robin Kelly

* Local residents to face off in Feb. 2 primary

* GOP hopefuls for Cook County Board president say time for them to take over

* GOP rivals fight for chance at upset in Cook Co. president’s race

* Cook Co. candidates follow the money

* Dorothy Brown’s pathetic attempt to explain why she took cash birthday and Christmas gifts from employees

* Court clerk charges workers for ‘Jeans Day’

* Jeans days another way candidate Brown raises cash for pet causes from workers

* Stroger Statement on ‘Jeans Day’ Investigation

* The Interview: Forrest Claypool

* Tax-Payer Funded Flier Called Campaigning

* Hastert campaign won’t report controversial contribution

* Walsh gets backing in 8th

* 8th district candidate forum coming

* 10th District forum is on TV

* Candidate for Congress defends ‘cougar’ column bid

* Neighbor Lugar Endorses in Illinois Primary

Businessman Bob Dold looked next door after a rival candidate in the Feb. 2 primary locked up endorsements from the Illinois Republicans he hopes to join in Congress.

Dold — who’s going after the seat being vacated by Rep. Mark Kirk — announced the endorsement of Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

* Shimkus faces Republican opponent

* Our picks for Illinois Senate

* For the Illinois House

* They want your votes

Several local house seats are among those up for grabs Feb. 2

* Michels, Hatcher ahead in campaign contributions

* Frerichs building impressive war chest

* In Money Race to Succeed John Fritchey, Ann Williams Out-Raises Opponents–and Is Now the Front-Runner

* Franklin Co. Sheriff Candidates

* Effort to remove sheriff from ballot continues

* Assessor candidates face off before primary

* Our Editorial: Take Leibovitz off primary election now

* Predictions in midterm election favor Republicans

* Google ads now an important tool for Illinois candidates

* Sending a message on Feb. 2

* Illinois politicians weigh in on health care overhaul and mood of voters

posted by Rich Miller
Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 10:28 am


  1. –Ryan, for instance, called it hypocritical of Brady to question his ethics and judgment after repeatedly asking for his endorsement before Ryan decided to enter the race himself.–

    Good point.

    Comment by wordslinger Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 10:47 am

  2. Sad that the headlines say “Gay” candidate when referring to Mesiter. They don’t say African American for Jackson or Greek American for Alexi…

    Comment by Chathamite Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 10:53 am

  3. Great to see the Chicago Tribune back Dave Schroeder. That will be an interesting race. Schroeder has picked up some other high profile support recently too.

    Comment by OdysseusVL Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 10:58 am

  4. Re: Chuck Goudie’s ABC-7 I-Team report about Comptroller’s Office employee David Pippy

    “That’s illegal. It’s stock manipulation,” said Stephen Macklem, chief financial officer of Chicago-based Veltex Corp. “I’m shocked the comptroller’s office has done nothing else.”

    That has yet to be determined…
    It’s not for Steven Macklem or Dan Hynes to decide that a crime has been committed here. The matter has been sent to state and federal investigators. So some higher authority is going to have to make the legality call on this. Comptroller Office spokeswoman is on record saying that pending the outcome of state/federal investigations Pippy still faces further discipline, which can include termination presumably.

    While it is possible that Governor Quinn may be hoping to draw a parallel between Mike Randal of the IDOC issue and this, I think this David Pippy issue is more like the Carolyn Brown Hodge matter. David Pippy was not representing the Comprtroller’s office or state of Illinois or the Hynes administration. He was acting on his own, ill-advisedly on state time and state equipment. Likewise, Carolyn brown hodge was alleged to have done political work on state time using state equipement. The governor’s office elected to have the Inspector General’s Office investigate the matter, which under the circumstances was proper protocol. Ms. Brown Hodge elected to resign and the matter was closed to the public at the time. Quinn elected not to discuss the full circumstances surrounding Brown Hodge’s hasty departure.

    Comment by Will County Woman Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:25 am

  5. A couple of notes:

    1. David Hoffman was shaking hands this morning at the Ogilve Station downtown.
    2. I heard the Stevenson radio ad for Justin Oberman. Not bad, but I think I heard as much about Stevenson as I did about Oberman. But that is not a surprise.

    Comment by Niles Township Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:30 am

  6. Re: Chicago Tonight Candidate Forum

    Hoffman: The most impressive and articulate as usual. He clearly understands the issues, presents his qualifications and “job performance,” and doesn’t have the annoying Obama cadence that Alexi does.

    Alexi: He is getting better on his feet as the campaign rolls along but he frankly just doesn’t come across as smart as Hoffman. Enough with those spread collars and the frat boy haircut by the way.

    Cheryle: Couldn’t possibly be in any further over her head. There was absolutely no reason for her to be there and I can’t remember a single statement of substance that she made. Go away.

    Comment by Obamarama Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:32 am

  7. As much as I like Hynes, I disagree with his argument that all state employees should feel free to talk to the media. I assume most state agencies have a policy that all media questions and requests for information be filtered through the communications department or agency spokesperson, for the very reason mentioned in the article; I know that’s the way it works at my agency at least.

    I also suspect that in his own office, media calls are expected to be handled by the Comptroller’s press folks. I’m sure he wouldn’t have appreciated it if all of his employees outside of the press office were spouting off to reporters about Burr Oak.

    Again, I like Hynes, but the fact that DOC is requesting that all media outlets be directed to the communications department seems totally appropriate and should be a non-issue.

    Comment by Disagree Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:36 am

  8. –They don’t say African American for Jackson or Greek American for Alexi…–

    That because African Americans and Greeks Americans have equal rights in our society. They can serve in the military, get married, adopt children and still be African Americans and Greeks Americans.

    Here is what Jay Smith, the supervising producer of Chicago Tonight told the Windy City Times, “In addition to that statement, I’d also say that charges that Mr. Meister is being excluded from our forum because he is gay are ridiculous. WTTW and Chicago Tonight have a long history of coverage of and outreach to the LGBT community, and there are members of the community on our staff.”

    Substitute African American and Greek American into that statement. I’m sure some of his best friends are LGBT too.

    No Meister has been dissed by the media because he’s gay. Did anyone cover his Bear Packer game buy — the largest one day single buy in this race? The other candidates sneeze and it’s covered.

    Comment by Anon Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:41 am

  9. What Brady said was not hypocritical. He didnt call Ryan a crook after seeking his endorsement. He said that the problems with his association with Levine and his judgment in the Cruz case make him unelectable. In other words, you can accept Jim Ryan’s position that he didnt know Levine was a crook and Cruz was innocent, but these issues will cause him to lose the general election (again). Brady is trying to point out he is more electable than Ryan, not more honest.

    Comment by Downstate weed chewing hick Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:47 am

  10. I’m amazed at the huge anounts of money and effort being spent on the LT. Gov. race. What’s going on? Are they planning on another governor being impeached/jailed as a path toward their career move to the next higher office?

    Comment by Responsa Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:49 am

  11. LOL @ obamarama wrote, especially the “frat boy” part. If i weren’t for Mark Kirk, i’d be inclined to support hoffman.

    the only things that i do not like about hoffman are his stances on gitmo cuba and trying enemy combatants in u.s. courts. his positions on national/homeland security are way too liberal.

    Comment by Will County Woman Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:51 am

  12. You know what speaks the loudest about the coverage of Meister? The best article Rich could find was out of St. Louis.

    Comment by Anon Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:52 am

  13. if there is a God, she will see that Ricky Hendon and Dorothy Brown are elected on feb 2nd. these two are hoots and will keep things very entertaining.

    Comment by Will County Woman Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 12:39 pm

  14. Quit whining, Meister! You didn’t get on the show because you are a fringe candidate who is polling in single digits and doesn’t have a chance to win. It is a pet peeve of mine that some in protected classes use it as an excuse for lack of achievement.

    Comment by Bill Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 12:44 pm

  15. Does anyone have a link to the new Hynes Ad with Washington?

    Comment by The Truth shall Set you free Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 12:52 pm

  16. Tax Me More, you blame Madigan for high unemployment and the loss of manufacturing jobs? Then he really is powerful because that is happening all over the country. Did the Trib list China and Lehman Brothers as clients?

    Comment by wordslinger Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 1:06 pm

  17. RE: Candidate for Congress defends ‘cougar’ column bid

    Jerry Costello must be feeling pretty good about his chances between these two. Highland isn’t even in his district.

    Comment by Highland, IL Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 2:39 pm

  18. I wonder if Commissioner Reyes will pay back the $22,000 worth of tax payer dollars he spent on a political mailer. Yeesh

    Comment by OBEYMELL Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 2:53 pm

  19. After watching the GOP debate last night, I have to say that if Jim Ryan is nominated, you can chalk up another win for the Democrats in November. He looked disinterested, unprepared, and his entire campaign has chugged along at a pace that says he really doesn’t want to be doing this. That’s not a winning formula.

    Comment by Anon Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 4:15 pm

  20. Went home yesterday to find not 1 not 2 but THREE

    Comment by Dunkin "Doh"nuts Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 4:59 pm

  21. sorry–3 mailers from Dunkin in the same day. Even more funny, it has the same superimposed photo of him in a pinstripe suit in each flier. One gave him credit for practically every park, school and open space in the district. Unreal.

    Comment by Dunkin "Doh"nuts Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 5:01 pm

  22. Jim Ryan’s entry into the race may be the songle best thing that has happened to Brady’s campaign. The three way split of the DuPage R-vote, as opposed to the two way split without Ryan, further helps Brady.

    This non-sense of Ryan’s faux indignance is all for show.

    Comment by Quinn T. Sential Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 5:09 pm

  23. Good criticism of Blowhard by Brady. i bet Proft is upset he didn’t come up with that first. Why no coverage of Adam Awgiefski?

    Comment by Wumpus Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 7:14 pm

  24. Charging Channel 11 with being anti-gay is like saying Barack Obama hates black people. It’s just silly. Jacob Meister was excluded from the debate because he polls at about 1-2% in polls.

    Lately, all he’s done is show up to do Alexi’s dirty work anyway. I can’t wait to see what he gets from Alexi when this election is over because according to every journalist I’ve talked with, he sure looks like he’s on Alexi’s payroll.

    Comment by Chicago Cynic Thursday, Jan 21, 10 @ 11:11 pm

  25. I’m also in the 5th District and think Dunkin’s mailers are a joke. Schroeder’s mailings have been very thoughtful and well designed and have been mailed more regularly. Schroeder was endorsed by the Tribune and will probably get the Suntimes’ nod tomorrow, as Dunkin did not answer their questionnaire. Also Schroeder outraised Dunkin 4-1 in the second half of 2009. This is definitely one of the state rep. races to watch on election night.

    Comment by LouisXIV Friday, Jan 22, 10 @ 2:45 am

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