* I’ve heard that Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman is mulling a run for mayor or attorney general, but we’ll just have to wait and see…
Hoffman’s four-year term as the city’s watchdog expires this fall. He took a long pause Monday when asked by reporters if wants another term.
HOFFMAN: I’m still making a decision about what I want to do, and I’m in the midst of making that decision now.
A decision that could include elected office.
HOFFMAN: Not sure. That’s some of the things I’m thinking about, talking about with my wife.
* Meanwhile, Mark Brown takes a look at an almost unknown candidate who has a ton of personal cash to spend…
Adam Andrzejewski, an announced Republican candidate for governor, sent out a press release Monday to inform everyone that he had made public his income tax returns in the interest of transparency.
My first thought was “Adam who?”
But then I decided that if Andrzejewski was taking this campaign seriously enough to release his tax returns, then I could at least take him seriously enough to look them over.
And that’s when I noticed Andrzejewski had filed this year for a federal tax refund of $632,110, plus a state refund of $51,579.
* Speaking of unknowns, a pal forwarded me this e-mail from Justin Ishbia, who is Kip Kilpatrick’s finance manager. I don’t know either of them, but perhaps you do….
Kip Kirkpatrick asked me to reach out to you in my capacity as his campaign treasurer. We’re so grateful for all the early support our campaign has received and now we face a critical early milestone.
Today is the deadline to receive contributions for the first-half reporting period. This reporting period is crucial because it really is the only measure that media and insiders have to judge the viability of a new candidate. It determines whether Kip’s campaign to bring real business acumen to the Treasurer’s office will receive media attention and whether Democrats around the state should consider supporting his candidacy.
From the e-mail, he appears to be a Democrat, but you wouldn’t know that by checking out his campaign site, which, at the moment, is just a one-page contribution generator. The contribution link goes to Act Blue, but a search of that site shows nothing.
* IR reports that Peorian Demetra DeMonte may run for LG…
Seems several individuals have encouraged Illinois’ National Committeewoman, Demetra DeMonte, to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2010.
* And in news about more well-known candidates, Bill Brady reiterated his stance yesterday that the governor should sign the budget that Brady voted against…
A Republican candidate for governor says Gov. Pat Quinn should sign a budget approved by lawmakers that Quinn says has a $9.2 billion deficit.
GOP state Sen. Bill Brady said at a Monday press conference that lawmakers shouldn’t pass the income tax increase Quinn’s pushing. Instead, the Bloomington Republican says Quinn should make work a budget the Democrat-controlled Legislature passed.
* Democratic Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias wrote a post recently for Daily Kos…
As the State Treasurer of Illinois and a former vice-president of a community bank, I know a thing or two about banking and, make no mistake, the defeat of the bankruptcy provision known as “cram-down,” is yet another example of Washington putting corporate wishes ahead of citizen needs.
* Dan Lipinski addresses airlines’ baggage policies
* Lipinski Calls For Size Limits On Carry-On Luggage
* Olympics an opportunity for Chicago and Illinois to repair reputation, inspector general says
* Chicago investigator urges reform before Olympics
* Chicago personnel chief says inspector general ‘reckless’ in calling for his dismissal
* How about some compassion for those stuck with the bill?
* Daley: City to develop back-up system to protect taxpayers on Olympics deal
* Chicago Alderman Tries to Cap Olympic Spending