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*** UPDATED x2 - Burke says no - Hynes says no *** Burke won’t say which daughter wants to run for AG as Dan Hynes mulls a bid

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

* Yeah, this roll-out is going so well

Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, gave the leader of the Cook County Democratic Party a heads-up over the weekend that his daughter was circulating petitions to run for attorney general.

“He told me that his daughter is going to put out petitions for attorney general,” party Chairman Joe Berrios said. Burke was not asking for his support but was letting him know, Berrios added.

Burke has two daughters who are lawyers, and Berrios wasn’t clear which one was contemplating a run. Burke repeatedly said “no comment” Monday when asked about his conversation with Berrios and which daughter was going to circulate petitions.

One daughter, Jennifer, was appointed by Pat Quinn to a spot on the Illinois Pollution Control Board, which cranked up some controversy. The other daughter, Sarah, is listed as a property tax appeals lawyer at Burke’s law firm, although the Trib reports that she might no longer work there. Jennifer is also now at Burke’s firm.

* Meanwhile

The county Democratic Party had endorsed Attorney General Lisa Madigan for re-election, but will meet again in two to three weeks to make a new endorsement, Berrios said. “We’ve got to see the shakeout, see who’s going to be a candidate,” he added.

* Tanned, rested and ready?…


I doubt that anyone could clear the field at this point and with so many (white) men running for statewide office this year it could be a tough sell. We’ll see.

*** UPDATE 1 ***  I’m kinda thinking that earlier tweet wasn’t authorized by Hynes or anyone close to him…


From a person close to Hynes…

“Dan is not considering running for Attorney General. He is enjoying his private sector career and spending time with his young family.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** Well, at least now we know which daughter it was

The City Council’s most powerful alderman said Tuesday that his daughter, considered, but has decided against, running for attorney general to replace Lisa Madigan. […]

Burke, chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, said he would nevertheless have been supportive of Sarah’s campaign. But, she decided against it because of the demands of her young family, the alderman said.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

30 Comments
  1. - Linus - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    Maybe both Burke daughters will run. I polled my neighbors last night, and nine of them are running, too. This is the hottest thing since those fidget spinners.


  2. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 9:58 am:

    I think we will see paid circulators who will be asking voters to sign for multiple AG candidate sheets at the same time.

    Funny that Berrios is mentioned because he is probably a big winner from this. With all the media coverage of the Gov & AG race (and possibly Cook County Prez if Boykin gets in) his race falls further under the radar, meaning less scrutiny.


  3. - Workin' - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 9:59 am:

    Where’s John Schimdt? /snark


  4. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:00 am:

    Have any of the younger Daleys passed the bar exam? Maybe it’s their turn. /s


  5. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:01 am:

    11th Ward Alderman Pat Daley Thompson is an attorney


  6. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:02 am:

    Roland Wallace Burris


  7. - old time golfer - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:03 am:

    Lets see Tom Dart now Dan Hynes hummm. Is this coincidental or just those two factions from the 19th ward preparing to do battle?


  8. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:07 am:

    Please, no Dan Hynes. No Pat Quinn. Let someone else have a shot. We need the refresh button, not the retread button.


  9. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    Just a a question to my Chicago friends. What makes an Alderman powerful?


  10. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:11 am:

    Sean Spicer’s on a roll…


  11. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:12 am:

    You know, Obama has the name ID, he is an attorney, has some governmental experience and a lot of time on his hands.

    Just saying.


  12. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:18 am:

    After discussing with my advisers and surveying the landscape, I’ve decided to launch my campaign for AG today…here…on the blog. Wondering if I can get elected while preserving my CapFax anonymity-ish.


  13. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:18 am:

    ===Obama has the name ID, he is an attorney===

    You mean, she is an attorney.


  14. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:28 am:

    Not a single candidate on the Democratic ticket from the collar counties at this point. Seems like you would want someone from the collars or downstate if possible, although Hynes always did well downstate.

    Surprised we haven’t heard from Senator Noland yet. It will be interesting to see what Jack Franks does and whether a candidate arises from Lake County.

    Also, no official statement from Jacob Meister yet on his intentions.


  15. - OneMan - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:28 am:

    CC –

    I also may get in, there isn’t anyone going after the obese suburban dad vote…

    Already have my slogan

    OneMan for AG…
    You gonna finish that?


  16. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:31 am:

    My sources tell me Jacob Meister, former candidate for US Senate & Cook County Clerk of the Court is looking at it. The time is right for a LGBT statewide candidate.


  17. - TominChicago - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    Fax Machine - With all due respect to Meister, if he couldn’t even get near Dorothy Brown in the 2016 primary with all of her baggage, there is no way that he can win statewide.


  18. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 10:49 am:

    AHH Danny boy wonder…….did he ever do anything as Comp….just like Dawn but she went right for the Gov slot & Danny hung around for 3 terms trying this and that…all thanks to George Ryan daddies buddy.


  19. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 11:31 am:

    Actually, Dan was a fantastic comptroller. Advocated hard for the first rainy day fund. Great guy who ran a solid office.


  20. - Southside Markie - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    I said in comments yesterday that Sarah Burke was the political daughter in the family. Former big firm trial lawyer, assistant state’s attorney and was the state’s attorney’s lobbyist in Springfield.


  21. - Shytown - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    Actually Dan Hynes would be a great pick. Good guy, smart guy. Ran a solid office as state comptroller. Would be a hell of a better pick than some mentioned.


  22. - HoneyBadger - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 12:30 pm:

    As much as I like the Burke and Hynes family and respect their years as political powerhouses, it is time for new, fresh blood to start running for office. Please just retire and/or enjoy time with your families.


  23. - HoneyBadger - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    I really hope the Democratic party puts forth a great multi-ethnic/racial slate for 2018. One that will appeal to all corners of Illinois.


  24. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 12:33 pm:

    Rich, just because one daughter has decided not to run doesn’t mean the other one won’t. Every Burke family member is entitled to election to public office.


  25. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:10 pm:

    44 ain’t gonna give up the speechifying to the likes of Northern Trust and Carlyle (see $hellander, Big Bob for a refresher on their pay rates) to come back to the ‘Patch and fight about his travel budget. C’mon man.


  26. - Grand Avenue - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    So is the Chairman gonna blame the Chairman for this?

    (meaning Burke & Berrios)


  27. - Roman - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    To the 2nd update:

    What’s next from the Berrios/Burke alliance? Joe announcing his daughter Toni is withdrawing her candidacy for pope?


  28. - Loop Lady - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    Enough of the Irish from Cook County in line for a coronation…new names and ethnicities are a breath of fresh air…


  29. - Ghost - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    Sandi Jackson should run


  30. - downstate commissioner - Tuesday, Sep 19, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    Dan Hynes would be an excellent choice for AG. Was well respected as an active, knowledgeable, gentleman who didn’t seem to get all radical when it came to politics. An “upstater” who appealed to us downstaters also…


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