Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Early Sunday afternoon campaign roundup
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Early Sunday afternoon campaign roundup

Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 - Posted by Rich Miller

[Comments now open on this post.]

* I’ll do another one of these later today or tonight if people send me their mail, pics, robocalls, etc. For instance, click here to see a Republican mailer that makes the case that Sen. Gary Forby, who’s about as pro-coal as somebody can get, is actually anti-coal.

In the meantime, click here for the latest campaign finance updates, and here’s today’s quotable

“We’re going to wake up on the day after the election, and Bruce Rauner will still be governor, and the Democrats will still be in control of the Legislature,” Yepsen said. “And what is going to change as a result of this? If anything, I think the partisanship will continue.”

* At first glance, these may look like 75th House District Democrat Martha Shugart’s signs. But look closer…

Shugart is up against appointed Rep. David Welter (R-Morris). She’s only raised about $46K since July. But the chatter has started increasing on the contest of late.

* Speaking of Madigan, check out this story about the Adams County Sheriff race between incumbent Democrat Brian VonderHaar and Republican challenger Jon McCoy

VonderHaar’s largest contributor has been the Health Care Council of Illinois Political Action Committee, which represents nursing homes throughout the state.

That $10,000 contribution in mid-October prompted some McCoy supporters to try to tie it to Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan. Republican campaigns throughout the state have been trying to link Democratic candidates to the unpopular Madigan.

Although Madigan has received money from the Health Care Council of Illinois PAC since Jan. 1 — $53,900 to his personal campaign account and $107,800 to two other campaign accounts he controls — the committee also has donated to Republican candidates, including two in West-Central Illinois.

The PAC has given $30,000 to state Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, and $5,000 to Illinois Senate candidate Jil Tracy, a Republican from Quincy, this year.


We’ve essentially crossed the line into McCarthyism with that one.

* Also, too…

* From a Democratic pal in response…

While they send out tweets, I am early voting pluses

* But…

* From a reader

Hi Rich,

Hope you’re enduring the last weekend before the ads go silent (briefly.) Two years ago, I e-mailed all the mailers I’ve gotten:

Here’s 2016’s haul– they started coming in August and now go past my couches. I’m still in Carol Stream in the middle of two races, Seth Lewis vs. Tom Cullerton and Heidi Holan vs. Deb Conroy (Christine Winger vs. Cynthia Borbas rages on literally a few streets over.) Included a few door hangers in here as well.


Last year’s pic…

This year’s…


* From a Republican Senate candidate


The other day you had a post questioning the relationship of Personal PAC and the Republican candidates. This is how Terry Cosgrove treats pro-choice Republicans these days.

A female friend in the district just got this text. . .

‘Please vote for pro-choice Laura Murphy for State Senate. Her opponent, Mel Thiliens, wants to make abortion illegal & will vote to end access to birth control. Laura needs your vote to win! Personal PAC thanks you.’

Phone # was xxx-xxx-xxxx

The text is simply not true, and he knows it.

Mel Thillens

* From a reader in that very same district…

Republican Party Mailer against Laura Murphy says “we need a State Representative who will fight for us,” also very, very over the top and misleading.

Murphy is an appointed Senator…

* Dan Proft’s newspaper writes about a Dan Proft ad. It’d be perfectly “meta” if a quote from the Proft newspaper was actually used in the Proft ad

A campaign ad put out by a political action committee against one of the relative few incumbent state House Democrats running opposed this election season seems, at first glance, to show the state’s House speaker in drag with Trump hair.

The image in the ad appears to be the face of state House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) superimposed onto the shoulders and head of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, complete with pearl earrings. The image is topped with what probably is the tussled hair of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

* From a reader…


This has been a fascinating race to watch. Here’s what came yesterday in our Park Ridge mailbox (2 blocks from Hillary’s childhood home). Not sure how effective the Hillary letter will be. Not too personable. Interested to see what comes tomorrow.

Best regards,

The letter from Sen. Durbin is here.

* Other stuff…

* Trump and Madigan: How will they affect local races in Will County?

* Bernard Schoenburg election predictions

* Meet the multi-millionaire GOP governor using his fortune to push his agenda — and punish his foes


  1. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 8:07 am:

    36 Hours!!! (When will it be over?)

  2. - observer - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 8:57 am:

    75th is not even a race. Shugart ran the most poorly organized campaign I’ve seen in my lifetime. She just about handed a potential pick up seat to the young guy welter.

  3. - Rod - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:01 am:

    I am not sure Tom Ricketts would appreciate using the Cubs World Series victory as a basis for attacking Speaker Madigan. I know for sure Mr. Ricketts sister Laura who heads Cubs Charities and rejects the family’s GOP leanings, serving on the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee would dislike the IL GOP tweet.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:01 am:

    Rauner’s “Vertical Integration” in full Proft mode.

    It’s 100% Meta, as it’s also 100% Vertical Integration, just as Raunerites want.

    Rauner owns the ILGOP.

    Rauner’s Radio gets quotes… From Rauner owned think tanks like IPI or Proft…

    Rauner’s newspapers, run by Proft, quote Proft, from a Rauner-owned source.

    Rod Blagojevich just didn’t have the money to make all this come true. Rod also couldn’t hijack a whole party for $20 million.

    The vertical integration Rauner has rolling isn’t a Republican thing, it’s a Raunerite Meta thing, which is very surreal to the politics of party, but perfect for the politics of agenda.

  5. - Highland IL - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:03 am:

    No contested state races here equals empty mailbox & no robocalls.

    Contested Chairman race with two R household and no contact from MadCo GOP.

  6. - The truth - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:04 am:

    Let’s be totally clear. Rauner is not taking any “arrows”. It is the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the elderly, the students and now the unions that are taking the “arrows”. The billionaire is doing just fine as noted by the fact he can easily dump tens of millions of dollars into political coffers.

  7. - Daylight Savings Time - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:10 am:

    …is not being taken into account on the blog comments!

  8. - Amalia - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:13 am:

    Love the Tom Cullerton tv commercials. He’s straight forward.

  9. - Lynn S. - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:14 am:

    I have to go to another state Wednesday. I have decided to I am leaving Tuesday evening, simply so I can be traveling and avoid campaign coverage. I may check returns on the internet around midnight. Everyone who knows me will tell you what a political animal I am, and I just want this cycle to be over.

  10. - wordslinger - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:19 am:

    Proft “newspaper” quoting Proft ad. The guy can’t do anything on the level.

    But I guess he’s as much of an independent journalist as Kass and the tronc edit board.

  11. - Lynn S. - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:38 am:

    Didn’t Proft go to Catholic school? If yes, shouldn’t the nuns and teachers (or priests) be shaming him over his political antics?

  12. - Stark - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 9:48 am:

    John Kass’s grip on logic for a “journalist” is slim pickings these days. Think party line, then write the article accordingly. Laughable he can’t fathom his argument turned on its head as a vote for the GOP being a vote for Trump.

  13. - JoeMaddon - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 10:33 am:

    Who’s idea were the Shugart signs? Reick is doing the same thing with Bartman.

    Do they understand how yard signs work?

  14. - paddyrollingstone - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 11:25 am:

    I am a Madigan supporter but I do understand those who believe (wrongly, in my view) that he is the one to blame for the current mess that our state is in. That being said, it amazes me to no end that people like Kass and Steve Cochran, the Trib editorial page, etc, are all in on the Governor’s con. The Whos’s adage “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” might be appropriate but for the fact that the new boss would be so, so much worse for 99% of the people of this state. Oh, well. Its not like I read Kass (other than the headlines) or listed to Cochran (except by accident).

  15. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 12:19 pm:

    ==75th is not even a race. Shugart ran the most poorly organized campaign I’ve seen in my lifetime. She just about handed a potential pick up seat to the young guy welter. ==

    Welcome to the blog Mr. Welter!!! LOL

    Don’t know if Shugart can win that district, but it will be a lot closer than it probably should be. I think she has impressed a lot of people.

  16. - Amalia - Monday, Nov 7, 16 @ 12:29 pm:

    apparently someone created and passed a flier that proclaims via a photo of a Chicago Alderman that the Ald. has endorsed McAuliffe’s opponent. only that is not true and the Alderman is not happy.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for Juneteenth
* Cash bail did not necessarily make us any safer (Updated)
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup (Updated)
* GOP poll has Sorensen up by 9 points, but below 50 percent
* Showcasing The Retailers Who Make Illinois Work
* It’s just a bill
* Revenue omnibus includes some little-noticed charitable provisions
* Pritzker teams up with IBM, Discover Financial to push for federal quantum funds
* They’ll come back to it
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
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