Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Fun with fundraisers
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Fun with fundraisers

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015

* Retiring GOP Rep. Ed Sullivan is not happy with former Gov. Jim Edgar for bashing Gov. Bruce Rauner…

Eddie and Gov. Rauner are both supporting Nick Sauer as Sullivan’s replacement. But check out who’s headlining a fundraiser for Sauer…

That could be a little, um, awkward.

* Meanwhile

Today is the day Victor Reyes is holding a breakfast fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Illinois that House Speaker Mike Madigan chairs.

Reyes, the former Daley political operative turned lobbyist, will hold the event at Manny’s, the famed political lunch spot at Roosevelt Road and Jefferson Street. It’s $2,500 for sponsors and $500 for individuals, according to an invite, which also indicated the speaker himself will be on hand.

Reyes was chairman of the once-powerful Hispanic Democratic Organization, a Daley patronage army that was dismantled during a federal probe into city hiring. Federal prosecutors described Reyes as a co-schemer in the hiring fraud. He was not charged, although witnesses and court records have detailed his extensive influence in city hiring and in the Daley political organization.

More than $134 million has gone into Illinois campaign funds this year, according to the Illinois Sunshine update put out by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. That includes more than $5.8 million reported so far this month.

Madigan has been raising a lot of money this year, but there’s no way he can keep up with the Rauner folks.

* And speaking of money, an SEIU local is not happy with incumbent Sen. Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago)…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 9:49 am:

    ===Edgar + ‘doable’ = status quo + failure===

    Edgar + doable = most popular + successful governor in state history

    status quo + failure = Governor Rauner + Rep Sullivan

  2. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 9:51 am:

    Overheard at the Sauer event:

    Ed Sullivan: “I enjoy biking.”

    Jim Edgar: “That’s nice. I enjoy walking my dog.”

    Awkward pause.

    Ed Sullivan: “Welp…see you around!”

  3. - Same as it ever was - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 9:54 am:

    Reyes? Ugh. That’s worse than taking money from the Griffin or his ilk. Yet Madigan continues associating himself with Reyes and the sort of public exploitation he practiced.

    Double ugh.

  4. - Norseman - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 9:57 am:

    Sullivan + Rauner = Lower credit rating + higher bills + loss of services to needy + harm to universities + harm to munis + …

    Good riddance Sullivan. Don’t let the door hit you in … on the way out.

  5. - Same as it ever was - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 9:59 am:

    The Southern laid out the flaws in Edgar’s “doable” approach very well on Sunday.

    “Doable” helped get us to this point. And “doable” helped create the current budget and pension crunch we are dealing with. The “ramp” kept payments very low during his time in office and left the next generation to deal with the heaviest lifting.

  6. - Century Club - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:01 am:

    Local 73… being upset with Senator Watkins is one thing, wasting your time and money is another.

  7. - walker - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:04 am:

    If “doable” equals “status quo failure,” then there’s no way out.

    Cute, but Ed Sullivan is smarter than that. For one to support Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, there must be an assumption that at least parts of it can be done.

    He’s not questioning Edgar’s take on the Turnaround Agenda, but rather his judgment on what is “doable.”

  8. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:06 am:

    My understanding is Eddie is setting up for a lobbying gig after he leaves office, which makes perfect sense (and he will be good at). The catch is part of setting up the post elective career is an ability to be LOVED by everyone…upsetting the most popular guy in the party doesn’t seem like the best approach.

  9. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:10 am:

    @Norseman, my thoughts exactly. Glad Sullivan is leaving. One less Rauner yes man around but he will likely be replaced by another Rauner financed yes man.

  10. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:24 am:

    ==’doable’ = status quo + failure==

    That pretty well sums it up. People think that trying to get something that’s doable done is equivalent to the status quo. Really what they are saying is if you don’t do what Governor Rauner wants then you favor the status quo. It’s temper tantrums from children. There is nothing wrong with working on changes that can actually be accomplished instead of everyone constantly banging their head against walls asking for things that can’t be done. A lot of people have left reality land during this crisis.

  11. - Springfieldish - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:34 am:

    Downstate- I wondered about that also. On FB Eddie’s been a Rauner water-carrier with a vengeance. What’s the point? Unless the gig he plans is IPI-ish. While he needs to go, Sauer’s short term on the County Board was unproductive, mainly because he’s a bit of a blow-hard himself, so, strap it down, here comes another one.

  12. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:52 am:

    Um…it doesn’t take a Norman Einstein to figure out what Rep. Sullivan is doing. He’s either going to lobby or take an administration gig. Why burn bridges? He’s still young enough to work several more years and be at the top of his game. Guys like Mike Tryon and Dave Leitch are older and are probably ready for retirement. Ed Sullivan isn’t - and he’s got younger kids at home.

  13. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 10:55 am:

    Has Rauner actually come out in support of Sauer Rich? Or have you just assumed because of Rauners appointment of Sauer to the Tollway Board? Last I heard Rauner was staying out of the 51st primary, but I may have missed and endorsement.

  14. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 11:02 am:

    Wait, answered my own question. I forgot Mcconchie dropped out of the house race and is running for Senate 26. Sauer is unopposed at this point….

  15. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 11:02 am:

    ===Last I heard Rauner was staying out of the 51st primary===

    You heard wrong.

  16. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 12:10 pm:

    These tweets are embarrassing. Leave them to the Kardashians.

    Edgar gave a speech and lengthy interviews as to his thoughts.

    If you can’t come up with more than 140 characters in response, you truly have nothing of substance to say.

  17. - Ed Sullivan - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 12:31 pm:

    As long as I can remember, I have seen people running for office–whether Democrat or Republican–use platitudes like “the state needs structural change,” “I am for growing our economy,” and “we have to live within our means.” One party has abandoned these campaign platitudes for what is “doable” to concoct a budget deal which protects the status quo. In my mind, that is a failure.

    I will readily admit that I am not enamored with every point in the “Turnaround Agenda”; I am also not enamored with voting for a tax increase. But I am willing to put my hesitations aside if both parties can come to an equitable solution to this crisis. In shared government, everyone gets a little and everyone gives a little to get a deal done. From my vantage point, I have seen little movement from the other side in giving up something that is required for a budget deal to get done in the spirit of shared government. How about we start with something and build from there? The current stream of Appropriation votes only serves to make one side look bad because they want a comprehensive package rather than disorganized fragments.

    For those who have commented on my reasoning for supporting the Governor as it relates to my post-legislative career, my thoughts and voting record have not changed since I announced my retirement. I have never been satisfied with the status quo, and I think it’s time the General Assembly stops hiding behind the “doable” and starts providing real leadership for the State again.

    Rep. Ed Sullivan

  18. - Don't Worry, Be Happy - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 12:36 pm:

    What the heck is SEIU’s beef with Van Pelt? She’s been good on their issues.

  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 12:45 pm:

    Rep. Sullivan,

    Thank you for your thoughtful response.

    With respect,

    I’ve never looked at government looking to find the “doable” as a bad thing. From my vantage point,

    “In shared government, everyone gets a little and everyone gives a little to get a deal done.”

    That IS doing the “doable”

    Your failure to recognize what you are plainly saying allows you to parse your words to embrace a concept of pointing blame, which is what’s disappointing.

    It’s a shame that tweets that try to be clever to the situation allow plain speak to be twisted to fit an interpreted narrative.


    “In shared government, everyone gets a little and everyone gives a little to get a deal done. ”

    … means that’s finding the “doable” or… it’s an inconvenient sentence you used to make your other explanation seem contrived.

    You left it up to others to decide.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Oswego Willy

  20. - Norseman - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 1:15 pm:

    Well said Willy. Well said.

  21. - Georg Sande - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 1:36 pm:

    – “Thank you for your thoughtful response.” vs. “You left it up to others to decide.” –

    Which is it, Silly Willy?

  22. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 1:45 pm:

    - Georg Sande -,

    Reading is fundamental, being courteous and respectful is a choice.

    I know that sentence will confuse you too, that’s the only reason I chose to respond to you.

  23. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 2:06 pm:

    The status quo, or current state of affairs, on Oct. 27, 2015, is a runaway, historic FY16 deficit, an abandonment of social service programs, taxes already paid for specific services being held hostage, taxes already paid for muni governments being held hostage, a fraudulent state-run lottery scam, a threatened shutdown of state universities, state contractors and vendors not being paid and resorting to layoffs and adding debt, and multiple credit downgrades with more to come.

    Tne status quo, willfully created as part of a political strategy, is unacceptable. Taking all necessary measures to change it should be top priority.

  24. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 2:34 pm:

    Weak response from Rep Sullivan….. so many points to hit.

  25. - Anon - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 2:42 pm:

    $14 at Manny’s will get you a pretty great sandwich. I wonder what $500 would get you.

  26. - cailleach - Tuesday, Oct 27, 15 @ 3:58 pm:

    I still live in hope that some moderate Republicans will turn on Rauner’s hostage strategy. Rauner and his money were there before he took office and will be there when he leaves office. It seems to me the surest road to re-election is to be on the side of the folks back home. If your constituents love you, it would take a LOT of money to change their minds. Too naive?

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Konkol out at Chicago Reader after "tumultuous ten days"
* Madigan asks Bustos, Mendoza and Ammons to "develop a plan for elevating the status of women in the party"
* Saturday quick hits: Mendoza wants Quincy veterans moved; Biss and Raoul report big bucks; Reader cover fallout intensifies
* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend and some late news updates
* Question of the day
* Kennedy wows Daily Herald
* The perils of sticking too closely to talking points
* Fitch warns another Illinois stalemate could trigger rating downgrade
* More ads than you can shake a stick at: Rauner, Ruiz, Rotering, Quigley, Proft and Clark
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Latest Quincy Legionnaires’ case was Rauner's State of the State guest
* Ives release new ad, endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List, slams Trib endorsement of Rauner
* *** UPDATED x1 - Drury responds *** Appellate court rules unanimously that Drury should appear on AG ballot
* Rep. Feigenholtz files bills "to give strength to more victims"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Kennedy again dismisses workers' comp as an issue
* Pritzker goes after Biss' "middle-class governor" claim, also airs ad featuring Stratton
* Will Gov. Rauner's cost-shift help wealthier schools and hurt poor districts?
* Biss airs new "middle-class governor" ad
* "Men and women who once were quasi-normal human beings become alien life forms"
* Lipinski wants IRS probe of Illinois Policy Institute leaders
* Surprise! Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** UPDATED x2 - Brown: "We are not involved" *** Alaina Hampton sends cease and desist letter; Kevin Quinn arrested for violating protection order
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







* House Speaker Madigan calls for end to harassme.....
* New Illinois Sports Betting Bill Includes MLB, .....
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....
* APNewsBreak: 2016 report put Quincy plumbing fi.....
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....
* Andy Shaw: Basic responsibilities in a democracy..
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....

* Mourners: Slain Chicago officer was 'one of the good guys'
* Cause of fire that killed 6 in Illinois can't be determined
* It's championship day for Illinois high school wrestling
* Sikh driver's complaint referred to state prosecutors
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment, abuse
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment, abuse
* University of Illinois selects projects for $11M investment
* EXCHANGE: Animal rescue means personal sacrifices
* EXCHANGE: Red hats boost awareness of heart disease
* Tollway executive director leaving for stadium authority

* Opponents: Rauner insurance changes would hurt state workers, retired teachers
* Can middle-class candidate Daniel Biss defeat millionaires in Illinois?
* Speaker Madigan: 'I take responsibility' for not doing enough on sexual harassment issue
* Former Lanphier player among the latest Legionnaires' cases in Quincy
* Former Lanphier player among the latest Legionnaire's cases in Quincy
* 2016 report put Quincy veterans' home plumbing fix at $8M
* Appellate court rules Drury can stay on March primary ballot
* Former Lanphier star among the latest Legionnaire's cases in Quincy
* Ousted Madigan ally accused of violating protective order in different case
* Another new case of Legionnaires' disease reported in Quincy

* Half-hour to Cleveland by hyperloop?
* How did MetLife lose track of thousands of pension clients?
* This Chicago law firm has the rights stuff
* U of C to host Clinton Foundation event
* SEC kills Chinese-linked takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

* WATCH: Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell wins slam dunk contest
* Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane lead the way as Blackhawks snap 8-game skid
* LeBron James says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’
* NBA All-Star game preview: Teams picked by LeBron, Steph prepare to collide
* Suns’ Devin Booker walks off with NBA 3-point title with record final round
* Statement from Sun-Times Media CEO on change in Chicago Reader leadership
* Man charged with hate crimes in racist tirade, threats at Calumet City bus stop
* U.S. men’s hockey team doesn’t have a miracle, medal in it
* Corey Crawford still no closer to returning for Blackhawks
* 16-year-old girl reported missing from Skokie

* Officials: Man found in burning car in Mount Prospect was fatally shot
* Woman, 23, accused of removing evidence in homicide case
* Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen caps All-Star weekend with runner-up skills finish
* Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 presidential run
* Carnival passengers say cruise devolved into violent mess due to family intent on trouble
* Nikolas Cruz: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know.'
* Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission after controversial defense of Chilean bishop
* Northwestern blows 27-point lead to fall to No. 2 Michigan State 65-60
* 'No more BS': Pain turns political in Parkland after school shootings
* Bail denied for man accused of threatening black mother, son, 12

» Mourners: Slain Chicago Officer Was 'One Of The Good Guys'
» Madigan Says He's Taking Steps To End Harassment, Abuse
» 2016 Report Put Quincy Plumbing Fix At $8M
» State Week: Governor Rauner Presents His Budget
» Rauner Budget Doesn’t Use 'Pixie Dust,' But It’s Fanciful Nonetheless
» Dem Candidates Dissatisfied With Madigan's Response To Sexual Harrassment Claims
» 10 Years After NIU, Shooting Survivor Reflects On Florida Tragedy
» Prosecutor: Slain Police Commander Was Shot 6 Times
» Cubs First Baseman Rizzo Travels To Florida To Offer Support
» Women Rising: The Push For Gender Parity In State Government

* Statehouse Insider: Don't spend that tax cut all at once
* Andy Shaw: Basic responsibilities in a democracy
* Lincoln Land Community College: Come see us at Campus Visit Day tomorrow
* Opponents: Rauner insurance changes would hurt state workers, retired teachers
* Can middle-class candidate Daniel Biss defeat millionaires in Illinois?
* Speaker Madigan: 'I take responsibility' for not doing enough on sexual harassment issue
* Bernard Schoenburg: 3 years later, Rauner tells similar incomplete story
* Former Lanphier player among the latest Legionnaires' cases in Quincy
* Heidi Stevens: I knew slain Chicago cop, and he was as wonderful as people are saying
* Ed Rogers: The so-called GOP-FBI split is a Democratic fantasy

* Police: Use caution on icy roads in Central Illinois
* Mercer County child dead after being in frozen pond
* Stolen property recovered during search in Herrin
* Cube champions: Rubik's Cube gains popularity with local kids
* Polar Plungers brave cold temperatures for a good cause
* Red Dress Run: Hundreds gather for charity run
* Author and exhibit explore life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
* Construction worker dies in cave-in
* 2018 State Wrestling Finals
* HS Boys Swim: 2018 Sectionals

* (No heading)
* Novak helps Grayslake Central snap streak
* Blackhawks rout Caps 7-1 to end 8-game losing streak
* Hearts of Gold honors Arlington Heights' unsung heroes
* Medical examiner: Man found dead in burning car was shot multiple times

* Democrat Schneider, Republican Hultgren si...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Duckworth taps downstate principal as Stat...
* House passes bill boosting funding to Illi...
* Before the State of the Union, a chance to...
* What to Expect When Congress Talks Blockch...
* Oklahoma senator will serve as co-chair of...
* A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary...
* Assault weapons used to be illegal. What h...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Letter: Democrats will be irrelevant if th......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Harold’s’ builds on Chicago hip-hop’s historical connection to the fried-chicken chain [UPDATED]
* Statement from Sun-Times Media CEO on change in Chicago Reader leadership
* ABL reviews #BlackPanther
* What A Difference A Year Makes
* Rauner adopts Madigan plan for pension cost shift to local school boards.
* Sketchbook.
* Chicago FOP announces judicial endorsements for the upcoming primary
* February 22 reception for Ketki "Kay" Steffen
* @formyblock: Shoveling for Seniors #twill
* Pre-Presidents Day Fundraiser tomorrow for Judge Toya T. Harvey

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* No breaks for Huawei or HTC | #PNWeekly 292
* How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook
* Best cases for the OnePlus 5T
* Buy a phone on Project Fi, get $80 of service credit
* LG G7 won’t be G7, but is codenamed “Judy”
* Fourth new color for Essential Phone only on Amazon
* Error -6722 stopping you from setting up your HomePod? Here’s what to do

* Projections? We don’t need no stinkin’ projections
* Abreu embraces mentor role with countrymen
* Meet the Players: Matthew Smith
* Meet the Players: Rob Hill
* Pipeline Podcast: Robert on fast track?
* Pipeline Podcast: Luis Robert expectations
* Giolito confident after success at season's end

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller