Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x3 - Kennedy, Biss, Rauner campaigns respond *** FBI recording catches Pritzker joking with Blagojevich: “God damn America”
Burt Minor alleges bribery, won't drop out...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x3 - Kennedy, Biss, Rauner campaigns respond *** FBI recording catches Pritzker joking with Blagojevich: “God damn America”

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

[Bumped up to Tuesday morning for visibility.]

* The Tribune reports on a Nov. 14, 2008 FBI surveillance recording of a phone conversation between then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and JB Pritzker discussing options for filling President-elect Barack Obama’s US Senate seat

“I’m sure you thought of this one, but Jesse White,” Pritzker tells Blagojevich. “Even though I know you guys aren’t like, you know, bosom buddies or anything, it covers you on the African-American thing.” […]

Pritzker notes that elevating White to the Senate would open up another appointment for secretary of state, an office coveted for its patronage jobs. “It’d be a lot less pressure on you. You don’t have to put an African-American in that spot,” Pritzker says. […]

“All I would say is I think that there need to be more, you know, people of color that serve in public office,” Pritzker said. “I mean, I think that’s something, I’ve supported a lot of candidates over the years who are people of color and Jesse White’s, I think, a beloved person in the state of Illinois, so I can only imagine that’s what I had in mind.”

Interesting how Pritzker would point out to Blagojevich the immense patronage benefits of elevating White to the Senate and appointing his replacement. It’s not inconceivable that Pritzker could appoint White’s replacement if he wins.

* MAA’s take…



In listening to the recording again, it sounds to me that Pritzker’s main goal for this particular conversation was to dissuade Blagojevich from appointing then-Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to the open seat. Blagojevich and Jackson had been close at one time, but they’d had a huge falling out and Pritzker could’ve saved his breath.

* OK, for this next part, you may have to first click here for some background information on Rev. Wright and click here for background on Bill Ayers. Here’s my transcript of the rest of the tape about possible Senate appointments

Blagojevich: And how about this one? God, if I knew for sure I wasn’t running again…

Pritzker: Yeah.

Blagojevich: How about Rev. Wright?

Pritzker: Oh, my God! [Both laugh] Bill Ayers!

Blagojevich: How about f-ing sending Rev. Wright there? I’d bet ya he’d take it.

Pritzker: Hilarious.

Blagojevich: Huh? Would that be f-ing funny?

Pritzker: Hilarious. Oh my God. [Both laugh]

Blagojevich: Yeah. [Laughing] Right there on the Senate floor. It’s not ‘God Bless America,’ it’s ‘God Damn America!’

Pritzker: God damn America.

Blagojevich: ‘Well now, when Barack was in Sunday school, I used to tell him’…

Pritzker: That’s funny.

The guy had better get out the checkbook again.

* From Galia Slayen at the Pritzker campaign…

On the same day Bruce Rauner released a new attack ad in the Democratic primary with edited audio of illegally leaked calls, the Chicago Tribune has now released portions of calls they’ve chosen to sit on for nine months. JB has always made clear how much he admires Jesse White and believes he would have made a great Senator for Illinois. Bruce Rauner should spend less time colluding with a newspaper on how to play politics in another party’s primary and more time figuring out how to be in charge and stop failing this state.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Rauner campaign…

“The Pritzker campaign must be panicking because now they’re just making things up.”

https://capitolfax.com/2017/06/01/trib-reporter-denies-pritzker-story-was-a-rauner-leak/

*** UPDATE 2 *** Biss campaign…

On Monday, the Chicago Tribune published a never before released recorded phone conversation between J.B. Pritzker and former governor Rod Blagojevich revealing an inappropriate and ongoing conversation regarding Pritzker’s requests to be appointed to office by Blagojevich in 2008, after Barack Obama was elected president.

“The recorded conversations between JB Pritzker and Rod Blagojevich represent everything that’s wrong with the connection between money and power,” said Daniel Biss. “For too long our broken system has allowed the wealthy to have unfettered access to the decision-makers in our government. That’s what breeds corruption. And when that access involves two influential white men making political calculations based on skin color, that’s what perpetuates a racist system.”

“People shouldn’t be reduced to their race,” said Litesa Wallace. “Like anyone else, black people have individual strengths and weaknesses, and none of those are predicated on the color of our skin. When I hear conversations between the rich and powerful that minimize anyone based on race, or gender, or any other characteristic, it reminds me of the work that remains for all of us. We must stop treating people like commodities and build a world where we have co-governance and a true representative democracy.”

“JB Pritzker owes us all an apology,” continued Biss. “What JB said is racially insensitive at best and at worst reveals an attitude that is disrespectful to African Americans. He needs to stop blaming others and take responsibility for his actions, not hide behind statements issued by a campaign spokesperson.”

*** UPDATE 3 *** Kennedy campaign…

Ra Joy:
“To hear JB Pritzker say the words ‘least offensive’ to describe black men in America, black elected officials from Illinois, is beyond offensive. We are more than a ‘thing.’ We are leaders, we are voters, we are parents, we are sons and daughters, we are neighbors, and we are trying to overcome generations of racism. Structural inequities make that difficult, if not impossible, and JB Pritzker’s demeaning language unravels the progress we’ve made.”

Chris Kennedy:
“Our true character shows when we think no one is watching. JB’s conversations with Blagojevich are disqualifying and they’re a reflection of his integrity. The language he used to marginalize the African-American community is unacceptable. To use the term ‘least offensive’ to describe anyone, particularly one of our state’s longest-serving African-American leaders, is dismissive and disrespectful. JB Pritzker should apologize instead of blaming others.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

138 Comments »
  1. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:08 pm:

    Damn….

    I think the Biss surge continues


  2. - Thomas Zane Stepp - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:13 pm:

    Hear that? That’s the sound of JB divebombing in the polls lol but seriously, this was the last thing you needed if you were on team JB after the recent 9 point dive in the polls.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:16 pm:

    At some point, the weight of the tapes in totality, that’s what’s crushing to the overall, not just the snippets in their individual cutting ways.

    How many more are out there?

    Did they even KNOW they were out there, about what?


  4. - Amalia - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:18 pm:

    wow. arrogance run amok.


  5. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:19 pm:

    You can try and blame those who report it, but that dog at the end of the day isn’t going to hunt


  6. - west wing - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:19 pm:

    So glad the Democratic Party elites rushed to JB so early before knowing all of the baggage.


  7. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:25 pm:

    ===Did they even KNOW they were out there===

    Good question.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:25 pm:

    “I’ve been telling you your whole life, Don’t talk on the … phone, and now you understand, huh?.. Don’t worry, I think you gotta good chance of winning the Primary.”

    - Conway Consulting, Inc…


  9. - John Rawlsssss - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:29 pm:

    Straight up unamerican talk from pritzker. he owes our country an apology.


  10. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:31 pm:

    Why do I think the following has been said in the last 2 hours…
    What do mean you don’t recall what else you said to him?


  11. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:37 pm:

    Someone in the USAO or FBI must have just given Team Rauner all of the tapes as opposed to just the Senate seat stuff. Man, that’s really inappropriate.


  12. - Al Czervik - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:38 pm:

    OW with the Goodfellas beat me to it.

    To the post,

    I don’t think this sinks the JB ship. Primary voters won’t find it that offensive IMO and the general will just be a war of financial attrition numbing those who may get out and vote. If the Dems put the nonbinding cannabis ballot question out there to drive young voters JB or Biss will get strong turnout and sail to victory.


  13. - JM1997 - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:38 pm:

    Message to the Chicago Tribune: #ReleaseAlltheTapes


  14. - Almost the Weekend - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:41 pm:

    The timing of this is odd especially coming from the Tribune. But everything is fair game in 2018, I don’t know if it moves the needle more than what the tapes/commercials have already done.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:41 pm:

    ===Someone in the USAO or FBI must have…===

    Mighty bold statement.

    Dunno if Rauner is “worth it” to a person IN the USAO or FBI…

    Thinking “other” source.

    - Al Czervik -

    It was low hanging, apologies, bud.


  16. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:41 pm:

    This is just gonna keep getting worse for Pritzker since you know Rauner is holding a lot of the best stuff for the general.


  17. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:43 pm:

    The attempts at spinning this are going to be epic.


  18. - blue dog dem - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:43 pm:

    This guy may be to dumb to be governor….never mind. I forgot a couple previous ones


  19. - JB13 - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:46 pm:

    “It covers you on the African American thing…” Anybody want to ask him to explain what he meant by that?


  20. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:49 pm:

    ==Dunno if Rauner is “worth it” to a person IN the USAO or FBI…==

    True. People got no respect for the institutions anymore.

    I am a ship carrying cargo that will never reach its port.


  21. - TKMH - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:51 pm:

    @JB13, not that tough to spin.

    The Pritzker camp could easily say that JB believed that following the election of our first African American president, there should’ve been another AA appointed to fill the seat.

    Now where do I cash this $7 million dollar check…


  22. - Nieva - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:52 pm:

    JB and the stock market both take a dive on the same day…


  23. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:53 pm:

    So is the Trib coordinating these releases with Rauner’s people? If they had all this before, why did they sit on it and not publish right away, unless it is because they wanted to use it in the aid of the campaign? based on their editorial board’s antics, I have to question the timing of the Trib.


  24. - Seats - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:57 pm:

    Three Dimension Checkers - He might have one last punch up his sleeve but I doubt he saves it for the General. I think the goal is to pull bo punches to get him out in the primary. I don’t think they save any bombshells for the general.


  25. - Not a Superstar - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:59 pm:

    In a sane Presidential administration, there would be a far-reaching investigation into the disclosure of sealed tapes. I just hope this still happens under a Trump-appointed US Attorney.


  26. - Hottot - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:01 pm:

    I don’t understand what the big deal is. Pritzker said he wanted more people of color in public service. That shows he isn’t prejudice. Second, William Ayers and Rev. Wright weren’t popular at the time because of Wright’s comments. The two of them were joking about it. I’m not defending him, but I don’t understand what the big deal is.


  27. - Keyrock - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:08 pm:

    ==Someone in the USAO or FBI must have…=
    Or, more likely, the defense team.


  28. - Some Anonymous Dude (S.A.D.) - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:11 pm:

    But wait, I’m sure there’s more coming.


  29. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:13 pm:

    Seats, Biss would stomp Rauner. Biss has no crazy opp against him. He is imminently intelligent and sane, and this whole 2018 wave is about repelling against unstable Trump. Biss has a lot of middle class suburban appeal, and a supportive, intelligent black female running mate. He checks a ton of boxes. He would need money obviously, but would be a super strong candidate even with Rauner outspending him. Rauner wants Pritzker because Pritzker would make the campaign a referendum on Madigan and corruption the most. Second is Kennedy since Kennedy really looks like a dead fish campaigner. No way does he want to kill Pritzker now though.

    It is the slow drip that hurts the most.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:13 pm:

    ===So is the Trib coordinating … with Rauner’s… ===

    The last 3 years… the Trib Edit Board…


  31. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:21 pm:

    ===Biss has no crazy opp against him===

    Yeah?


  32. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:25 pm:

    - Three Dimensional Checkers -,

    Labor might disagree with you.

    I’ve yet to know a sitting elected official who has had a record free of pitfalls.


  33. - OneMan - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:26 pm:

    Funny how the campaign isn’t denying it


  34. - Pritzker's Toilet - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:28 pm:

    Im making popcorn waiting for the rest of the campaigns to respond…


  35. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:29 pm:

    == Yeah? ==

    I mean, I don’t know. You would know better than me. IMO, I much rather talk about that Super Pac, pensions, and math papers for the next nine months than see those spooky Pritzker redaction ads 1000 times over.


  36. - SSL - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:29 pm:

    Blago - the gift that keeps on giving. All the talk about how dumb Rauner is around these parts, but JB’s decision to talk to Blago repeatedly is not indicative of high intelligence. Particularly when considering the subject matter of the conversations. JB’s got big problems.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:30 pm:

    ===Funny how the campaign isn’t denying it===

    The tape itself is too hot, even the idea of who dropped it is eclipsing the tape itself.


  38. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:31 pm:

    ==Labor might disagree with you.==

    Can they really feel comfortable with Pritzker?


  39. - Glengarry - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:32 pm:

    Biss and his campaign have to be in hog heaven right now.


  40. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:36 pm:

    ===Can they really feel comfortable with Pritzker?===

    Against Rauner? For the most part, they’re all in already.

    Why?

    Welp, there was that pension bill a while back, and one of the Senators…

    Labor went 2 in 5 households for Quinn.

    The blowback to Biss from Labor… I cant even get commenters here to see Biss is better than Rauner with Labor at times.


  41. - Seats - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:44 pm:

    OW - ” I cant even get commenters here to see Biss is better than Rauner with Labor at times.”

    I would be one of those people. If Rauner goes after my pension I at least know the house and senate will stop him and paint him as the bad guy. If Biss decides to go after it, i’m not so sure he doesn’t find a way to frame it in a way that he secures the needed votes.


  42. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:45 pm:

    == For the most part, they’re all in already.==

    Labor leadership is all in for Pritzker. I don’t know how membership feels. Lots probably follow leadership, but many probably behave like regular voters. Hence the 2 in 5 stat.

    In a general though, I can see membership rallying around Biss. Biss is actually middle class. He just needs to stick with an accessible, not wonky, message on the pension issue and move on.


  43. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:47 pm:

    The fact Labor voters still won’t vote against Rauner is just mind boggling.

    It’s like the past three years and Rauner’s threats if he wins just is lost.


  44. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:48 pm:

    == If Rauner goes after my pension…==

    You don’t need an if there. He’s been going after your pension for 4 years now.


  45. - Seats - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:50 pm:

    TDC - True, no ‘if’ for Rauner. But he doesn’t have the votes to accomplish it. If pushed I’d still vote Biss over Rauner. But if Biss still feels our pensions are too good, it worries me he could collect the votes to so something about it.


  46. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:57 pm:

    That’s an oddly constructed story.

    Here’s the headline:

    –New Pritzker-Blagojevich audio from FBI wiretaps sheds light on race issue in governor contest–

    A “new” tape from 2008 “sheds light on race issue in governor contest” in 2018?

    How? It doesn’t say.

    In fact, the revelations from the tape, despite being flogged in the headline, don’t have anything to do with the 2018 race and don’t show up in the story, after a tortured transition, until the twelfth graph.

    Talk about burying the lede.

    It looks like the Blago/Pritzker tape from 2008 was just dropped in the middle of an already completed story on race in today’s Dem. primary. Like Pearson did the original story and Coen the Tape Man shoehorned his bit in later, and that got the headline.

    That’s convenient for Rauner. Now that the tape has been laundered in troncsylvania, his peeps can pick it up and use the naughty word bits in TV spots.

    Gee, I wonder if Coen has any more “new” ten-year-old tapes and will write stories on them now? I bet Rauner hopes so.


  47. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:59 pm:

    Seats, I doubt Biss would want to touch pensions. He’d have to govern like a politician that has actual concerns about upsetting constituents. The rich are less likely to care about constituent groups because they feel secure in just throwing their money around to win an election.


  48. - Arsenal - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:00 pm:

    ==Labor leadership is all in for Pritzker. I don’t know how membership feels.==

    He got 150 laborers to canvass in Springfield a couple weekends ago. Membership is just fine with him.

    To the post…

    So he recommended Jesse for the Senate seat, and made fun of Rev. Wright? Geez Louise. I know the substance doesn’t matter, I was arguing just this morning that “Blago” and “FBI wiretaps” is sufficient to make it a political problem. But that is some really boring substance.


  49. - Arsenal - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:03 pm:

    == JB’s decision to talk to Blago repeatedly is not indicative of high intelligence==

    Was there another sitting Governor he could talk to at the time?


  50. - TaylorvilleTornado - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:10 pm:

    If it comes down to Biss and Rauner because of the hits JB is taking from these tapes, I’m voting Rauner.

    They’re both whiney, economically illiterate, and two-faced but, in that case, I’ll take the one I know is ineffective.


  51. - Arsenal - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:13 pm:

    Also, recommending that Blago appoint Jesse pretty entirely blows up Rauner’s narrative, but it’s the era of Trump, so LOL, Nothing Matters.


  52. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:13 pm:

    ===Gee, I wonder if Coen has any more “new” ten-year-old tapes and will write stories on them now? I bet Rauner hopes so. ===

    I would almost bet money that Rauner knows what’s next.


  53. - Frankly - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:14 pm:

    Seats, Biss has apologized 1,000 times for that pension vote and said it was a mistake. He’s not coming after your pension.


  54. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:14 pm:

    –Straight up unamerican talk from pritzker. he owes our country an apology.–

    LOL, really? Because he repeated what Wright said, when talking about what Wright said? Is it “treasonous,” too?

    How did you talk about what Wright said, at the time? Did you repeat his words, or did you use sign language? Smoke signals? Pig Latin?

    Yesterday, watching the game, I sat in a chair with my Hawks hat on and drank a beer during the national anthem. Is that unAmerican and treasonous? Did you stand at attention with your hand on your heart?


  55. - Dog on Sheffield - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:19 pm:

    ==Labor leadership is all in for Pritzker. I don’t know how membership feels.==

    A good number of union painters canvassed for JB on the northside last wekeend


  56. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:21 pm:

    –I would almost bet money that Rauner knows what’s next.–

    Yeah, me too. Just need to cook up more “news” hooks to launder “new” ten-year-old tapes through the tronc pages so you can use them in spots.

    The one today is a stretch. But someone in troncsylvania is trying to help. Which is nice.


  57. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:22 pm:

    ===I would almost bet money that Rauner knows what’s next.===

    The silliest mistake will be thinking “this is it”.

    The first rule of Oppo research is “Know all your own Oppo research on you”… Before you do anything, actually, you do an up to down, left to right, full vetting on yourself. Everything… ever.

    If you can find it, they will too. If you forgot it, it won’t forget to find you.

    If they all forgot he talked to Rod or how many times or about what… they’ll be chasing this and chasing and chasing.


  58. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:31 pm:

    ==The first rule of Oppo research is “Know all your own Oppo research on you”==

    JB needs a friend at the Trib to drop the tapes to him. (Or at the USAO if they are still dropping tapes to the Trib.)

    I also wonder if Rauner is on any tapes with Rod. That would be fun…I mean, as long as the USAO is dropping tapes…


  59. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:38 pm:

    It’s clear to me now, why they just couldn’t put the first leak to bed, to tie off the end, to eat it, own it, rehabilitate from it, and leave a marker for later…

    … they just have no idea what else could be coming and dropping a marker would be far worse if you’re not prepared what is coming next, and about what.

    Are they flying blind into who knows what?

    Again, for me, it’s the totality of the weight of continued leaked tapes. These are a decade old. There’s nothing illegal, they were under seal…

    … but what else is out there… how much is out there.


  60. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:39 pm:

    –I mean, as long as the USAO is dropping tapes…–

    Defense attorneys got the tapes, too. I think Blago left a big unpaid bill. Networking with big-shots can lead to future business.


  61. - Real - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:41 pm:

    As a black voter this only further makes me vote for Jb. Rauner has done nothing and is very desperate.


  62. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 4:57 am:

    Team Rauner buying from Team Blago would be very interesting. One of Rauner’s stories prior to being elected was his son cautioning him not to get arrested. If these tapes did come from Blago’s defense team, then Rauner may not get arrested, but he is colluding with someone who did. Why not just pardon Blago and go all in, if that’s the case. /s


  63. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 6:36 am:

    ==Straight up in American talk from Pritzker, he owes our country an apology.==
    Pritzker was in a private conversation making fun of what he thought Rev. Wright might say.


  64. - Rabid - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 6:42 am:

    Ignoring court orders is the centerpiece of reelection. FBI raid at tronc, reporter jailed


  65. - #WaterTape - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 6:50 am:

    What are the chances that both presidents 44 and 45 are on the other Blago tapes?


  66. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 7:35 am:

    On the up-side, I’ve found it useful to be reminded of how much I loathe and despise Rod Blagojevich — and of how his appalling corruption of his office, coupled with his vulgar contempt for people of Illinois, fully merited his crushing sentence.

    – MrJM


  67. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 7:55 am:

    To the politicos on this site, the tape is big. To the general electorate, JB will survive all of this.


  68. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:01 am:

    Mr.JM - I’m not sure how great the distance is between Blago and a party leader who rewards people convicted of stealing $100,000 from schools (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-05-05/news/ct-met-madigan-admissions-20100505_1_relatives-applicants-law-school - among other things of course) - one serves twice the time as your average rapist does, the other is the most powerful man in the state. Other than one is smart enough not to get recorded or tick off a loose-lipped relative.

    Pritzkers best friend is the split opposition. Kennedy’s only hope is a Carole Mosley Braun-like sneak-in-while-the-top-two-bash-each-other victory. Wouldn’t think that has any chance, but if this Pritzker trend keeps up, who knows? Still would prefer Biss offer to cut a deal with him - it’s not like there’s much on Kennedy’s agenda that Biss would, or should, disagree with.


  69. - PC - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:06 am:

    Can’t wait to see what the FBI drops a week before the IL Gov election


  70. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:11 am:

    ===…what the FBI drops…===

    (Sigh)

    What makes you think it’s the FBI, your tin foil hat?


  71. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:16 am:

    Maybe Blago’s defense team released the tapes to reminded the Supreme Court that honest services fraud is dumb. Blago’s appalling corruption dealt with extorting children’s hospitals (behaviour that has increased under the current governor). This is just log rolling, and there is nothing illegal about it.


  72. - Sigh - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:18 am:

    Back in the day of the Blago case, didn’t the feds issue a subpoena to the Tribune seeking memos?


  73. - Leonard Washginton - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:23 am:

    Brilliant investigative work from the Trib. The gall for some people on this site to suggest collusion with the Rauner campaign is above the pale and shows how hypocritical Democrats can be.

    Hopefully this boasts some subscriptions for the coming months.


  74. - PC - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:28 am:

    What sounds more plausible: 1) a private citizen is risking arrest and felony prosecution to leak tapes taken from FBI/DOJ to help Rauner; or 2) a fed employee of organization led by Jeff Sessions is leaking tapes to help Rauner?


  75. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:29 am:

    I think the “least offensive” crack is a problem for him, even if he said it to his barber and it got out. It just sounds bad and it is bad.

    The G–D America comment is also a problem regardless, it isn’t going to do him any favors.

    So how does he respond when asked about all of this.

    If he complains about the trib and leaks and doesn’t admit or deny he said this stuff he sounds like a weasel IMHO.
    If he denies it and it turns out there are tapes he looks really bad.
    If he admits it and says sorry, he admits he said G-D America and basically said a bunch of political folks are offensive to some degree.

    As much as I find the complaints about how this was obtained entertaining I don’t see a voter going ‘Well since the Trib shouldn’t have had this information, I am going to pretend it never happened’, that isn’t going to happen.


  76. - PeoriaPaul - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:30 am:

    This taped conversation feeds into the public cynicism of Illinois politics. For many, it confirms what they’ve always thought. For others, it’s uncomfortable because it details the “sausage making” of politics.


  77. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:32 am:

    Here’s what real…

    The Rauner Crew will have a 3rd and 4th ad on the overall tapes, and will have 3-4 seperate ads piluncing on Pritzker and that Pritzker Crew chasing it, still possibly wondering “what else is out yhere?”…

    “Meanwhile”

    Where o where is a decent ad about the porch deal - blind trust “broken trust”?

    For cripes sake, what are y’all waiting fir?

    Seriously.

    It’s your Achilles’ Heel. Seen it for months…

    Exceptional at rollout and making a narrative… poor at trying to respond with hard hitting negatives…

    I really don’t understand it. It’s confounding.

    You have the dollars, the Crew, why am I still waiting for a passable… passable… back porch negative ad.

    Y’all might be busy now, but Rauner is doing what Rauner does…

    No quarter, flat out pressure, no room to breathe.

    You seem wounded.

    Get up. Get going.


  78. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:36 am:

    ===Brilliant investigative work from the Trib. The gall for some people on this site to suggest collusion with the Rauner campaign is above the pale and shows how hypocritical Democrats can be.

    Hopefully this boasts some subscriptions for the coming months.===

    Aw. This is fun, lol

    You really don’t read the Trib Editorial page.

    ===a fed employee of organization led by Jeff Sessions is leaking…===

    Ugh. The tapes are sealed, but out in the open.,Rauner is not worth it to a “Sessions” or an “organization” led by the Attorney General of the United Ststes.


  79. - Iggy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:39 am:

    Honestly, I almost expected Biss to Pull a Bernie Sanders, “Can we just move on from D*&n Emails” - in regards to Hillary. And do his version of can we just move on from these 9 year old FBI wire tapes. Instead he came out swinging, and slammed JB so hard making his campaign manager’s tweets look insanely out of touch and unsympathetic to the obvious racist undertones of the Jessie White conversation.


  80. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:39 am:

    I was angry with Quinn for his backing of SB1, but I voted for him against Rauner. Now we’ve got a guy, Rauner, who’s driven our state into the toilet, harmed our most defenseless people, and single handedly dealt a blow to higher ed in this state that may be unrecoverable for many of those institutions. And he’s trying to throw dirt at the Dem candidates? Please. I’m voting for the self-funded Pritzker, so the Dems can focus their money fending off the Koch/Uihlein-funded legislative candidates. It’s a no-brainer for me.


  81. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:42 am:

    –The gall for some people on this site to suggest collusion with the Rauner campaign is above the pale…–

    If you’re going to make up your own idioms, you have to define them.

    Otherwise, it’s beyond the pale, dude, i.e., out of bounds.


  82. - Scoot - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:48 am:

    J.B. is looking like Blair Hull pt 2?


  83. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:53 am:

    ===J.B. is looking like Blair Hull pt 2?===

    No. Not yet, at least. No.

    They need to do TWO important things right now.

    1) Figure out, honestly to the Oppo… what the heck is stil out there and prepare and get a handle on it.

    2) Get going and start going after Rauner… like not waiting on this “phony trust / broken trust” back porch dealing.

    Until those two prongs are figured out, they’ll flail around a bit… but it’s not an irrecoverable tail spin that is/was Blair Hull.

    They just have to do it.

    I’m waiting.


  84. - Ahoy! - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:03 am:

    I”m wondering when Pritzker is going to blame the leaks on some kind of Trump/Rauner conspiracy….

    Billionaires are weird people.


  85. - Real - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:03 am:

    Pritker saying God damn America was meant to be funny of comments made by Wright but either way him saying that won’t upset black voters. If anything it might upset some white republicans.


  86. - Lunchbox - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:04 am:

    This is what primaries are for– get it all out in the open. Pritzker had an ad ready to go for these tapes, but the response of “I haven’t done anything wrong” isn’t good enough.


  87. - Real - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:07 am:

    This tape is being made bigger than what it is. The Chicago Tribune is acting as campaign staff for Rauner. They all should be locked up for releasing sealed tapes. If it had been a average person doing this by releasing sealed tapes of Rauner they would be locked up.


  88. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:10 am:

    ===Pritzker had an ad ready to go for these tapes, but the response of “I haven’t done anything wrong” isn’t good enough.===

    The response Ad seemed “fine”, what didn’t do nearly enough and was below a “Gentleman’s C” was the :30 second small swipe at the back porch, broken trust, and that the last :15 seconds is “did nothing wrong”.

    Two messsges, both lost, both watered down and ineffective.

    Why go so cheap? Still confused about that.

    Now is the time to figure out the two things I mention above and move forward on those. That’s how I see where they are right now.


  89. - Real - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:11 am:

    Just last week the fiance of Suge Knoght was sentenced to 3 years in jail for selling a sealed video tape to TMZ. Talk about double standard and privilege.


  90. - Sigh - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:13 am:

    Oh, Leonard Washington —The gall for some people on this site to suggest collusion with the Rauner campaign is above the pale.—

    Do you recall when a reporter with the other Chicago newspaper was as placed on leave two days after his Oct. 6, 2014 Rauner story, and was told that his exile might be permanent?

    Well, sometimes past events makes one question current events.


  91. - TopHatMonocle - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:15 am:

    Maybe JB has been spending so feverishly to lock voters in before all this came out. Who knows. But this is going to leave a mark. These tapes were already going to cost him in the suburbs where Biss is strongest, and if this particular tape gets spun into Pritzker being racially insensitive and he starts losing support in the city then he’s in trouble. Blaming Rauner for these tapes, while maybe true, is not a real response.


  92. - Swift - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:19 am:

    Ives: “Here’s my ad about the people I hate.”

    Everyone: “Talking about Ives”

    Team Rauner: “Hold my Moscato”…

    Pritzker: “African-American…GD America…”

    Ives: “drat”

    Pritzker: “must find comfort food…”

    Biss: “sweet”


  93. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:21 am:

    word, I shared your reaction to the odd juxtaposition of the tape into the middle of the article.

    As far as “sourcing,” am I the only one who remembers that two troncies wrote a book about Rod’s investigation and trials with well, fawning depictions of the various Feds involved in the process? That book also had tape cuts and other things no one ever knew before. Look no further.


  94. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:23 am:

    It’s fine for the Trib to have become a GOP house organ. That’s the first amendment and a return to the highly partisan roots of newspapers.

    Why non-Republicans want to purchase it and give it their money, and why Democratic candidates any longer waste time with its questionnaires and go groveling for its GOP ed board’s blessing, I don’t really understand.

    Can we ask Dave McKinney for a comment on whether he things Michael Ferro is now using the Trib to help the GOP and his plutocratic pals? Trib reporters know they better get with the program if they want to keep their jobs in an industry in which they continue to disappear.


  95. - Nishi - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:25 am:

    This is beyond troubling. Pushing this undecided Dem toward Biss.


  96. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    It’s beyond any credible belief that you would forget having a conversation like this; Jeremiah Wright for Senator??
    A true lack of savvy while talking to a known con guy.
    The conversations being dripped out like this would surely point to the fact that there are more of these hyper-embarrassing conversations. One thing is very clear here. JB wanted to be appointed to something. Darn near anything it appears.


  97. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:39 am:

    –One thing is very clear here. JB wanted to be appointed to something. Darn near anything it appears.–

    He said treasurer. Explicitly. In the second spot Rauner is running. It’s on the TV box now.


  98. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:40 am:

    Best part of the call:
    “(White)’s totally, he’s totally, you know, uh, he’s Senate material in a way that Emil Jones isn’t, if I may say,”

    I mean, if you want to have Pritzker try and explain anything, that’s the one that would be fun to watch.

    No, tell me what it is about Emil Jones that isn’t Senate material. Go on…..


  99. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:40 am:

    To Kemnedy and Joy…

    Joy frames the discussion as he can in his role as the LG candidate and continues to do himself incredible good. So very impressed with Joy, he’s really a great campaigner.

    To Kennedy…

    === “Our true character shows when we think no one is watching…====

    This is their best work-product in weeks or months.

    It puts front and center what they want the discussion to be about, not just the words.

    Really good stuff there.


  100. - Obamas Puppy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:41 am:

    The Chicago Tribune is desperately trying to save Rauners campaign.


  101. - A State Employee Guy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    Man, how often does it happen that we can pinpoint the exact moment someone’s political career died?


  102. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    ===On the up-side, I’ve found it useful to be reminded of how much I loathe and despise Rod Blagojevich — and of how his appalling corruption of his office, coupled with his vulgar contempt for people of Illinois, fully merited his crushing sentence.

    Can I get an Amen from the choir (in Rod’s really poor attempt at Reverend Wright’s voice.


  103. - Amalia - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    Ra Joy, keep it up. spot on.


  104. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:48 am:

    ===All the talk about how dumb Rauner is around these parts===

    You don’t have to be smart to be cunning or sneaky or dishonest.


  105. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:49 am:

    –As far as “sourcing,” am I the only one who remembers that two troncies wrote a book about Rod’s investigation and trials with well, fawning depictions of the various Feds involved in the process? –

    That can be a good indication — in political books and articles — of who’s providing the best inside dope.

    Like Robert Novak said, you’re either a source or a target.


  106. - Grand Avenue - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:50 am:

    The most interesting quote to me is that Pritzker knew that Obama was asking for Valarie Jarrett to be appointed and that Blago was asking for something in return - which is what got him convicted.

    So it looks to me that Pritzker knew Blago was trying to leverage the Senate seat to get something back for himself.


  107. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    ===The fact Labor voters still won’t vote against Rauner is just mind boggling===

    Trust me, OW, any Dem candidate could desecrate the Mother Jones gravesite in Mount Olive, live on prime time TV, and Labor would still vote for any of them over Rauner.


  108. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    - Nick Name -

    Labor is on notice. Rauner already, and continues to, has made clear it’s Janus and Af-Scammy… and those RTW Zones too.

    For Labors own sake, they hope you’re right more than my confusion, bud.


  109. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    To Biss and Wallace,

    While I understand the tie-in to the “billionaire” thingy abd hanging their hats and riffing off that to then go in other directions, they sound like they are more concerned about fitting their own narrative to it then going after what they are troubled by it.


  110. - Sigh - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:03 am:

    “Our true character shows when we think no one is watching….
    This is their best work-product in weeks or months.
    It puts front and center what they want the discussion to be about, not just the words.

    OW- I could possibly give Kennedy credit for saying that, but I’ve heard Ruiz use this line (or something close) at every debate. In fact last night Sharon Fairley even referenced Ruiz as saying this. When one takes a comment (or similar comment) from another campaign, it’s kind of hard to say that this is their best work product in weeks.


  111. - McGuppin - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:05 am:

    Man, the Gov Carharts and the BTIA must REALLY be afraid to face JB in November. Of course, with his approval rating in the gutter he may not get the opportunity… Ives/Uihlein coming on strong.


  112. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:06 am:

    ===For Labors own sake, they hope you’re right more than my confusion, bud.===

    Honestly, I hope I am too. There are always bad apples (e.g., Janus) but after three years of this, I think the vast majority of Labor learned its lesson about the dangers of “teaching a lesson.”


  113. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:08 am:

    Rauner alone
    Caused 72000 students to leave IL universities
    Rauner alone
    Over a million Illinoians to lose services they depend on
    Rauner alone
    Destroyed the private social service network
    Rauner alone
    Granted hundreds of millions in corporate welfare
    Rauner alone
    Sabotaged the budget process for two years
    Rauner alone
    Created crisis after crisis
    Hurting innocents
    All to destroy labor and
    The administrative state
    For the profit of big business
    Rauner is a profit supremacist

    I don’t care if Pritzker pushes old ladies in the street for fun.
    Rauners media integration
    Rauners media allies
    Are trained on Pritzker
    Do you see what they are capable of?
    Even with Pritzkers crew and money.
    Do you think Biss
    Without the crew
    Without the money
    Could hold up to this?
    Think on it
    Biss would be destroyed
    Rauner would win
    Labor, All labor
    Would be destroyed
    Democrats would be destroyed
    Without labor money
    The wedge Rauner is using
    Is between Labor and Progressives
    Wake up
    One goal
    One purpose
    One focus
    Destroy Rauner


  114. - Unclean Hands - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:09 am:

    The attacks on Pritzker via the illegally released tapes still seems like more of a scandal than the (formerly) private conversations in them.
    Questions:
    If they were sold to the Trib/Rauner campaign, does the campaign have to report how much they paid for them?
    I wonder what a Rauner phone tap would sound like?
    Rauner’s private conversations could be much worse than Blago’s. Can we hear them too?
    That’s our two-party system - picking the least-worst option.


  115. - Leonard Washginton - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    - This tape is being made bigger than what it is. The Chicago Tribune is acting as campaign staff for Rauner. They all should be locked up for releasing sealed tapes. If it had been a average person doing this by releasing sealed tapes of Rauner they would be locked up. -

    So Real wants to jail journalists? Ha. I’ve seen it all now. The Democrats are pushing a corrupt individual and desperately playing partisan politics to cover for him.

    I’ll remember this the next time Trump or any other Republican gets criticized for attacking the press.

    Oh, Real, I’ll remember.


  116. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    - Sigh -

    LOL

    If you think Ruiz made up the line, and it hasn’t been used before, (Geez Louis I’ve used it often in 2014, lol) and borrowing doesn’t happen when looking for the right words on things like chsracter, your experiences in politics might be limited.


  117. - Veil of Ignorance - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:14 am:

    These newly released audio clips are pretty sad, but not disappointing. I think for many of us, we assume this is how the wealthy and powerful talk behind closed doors. The words and framing in this conversation signals how Blago and Pritzker view the black community and politics in general. I questioned last year whether Dems that rallied to Pritzker early had really vetted him or just saw dollar $ign$ and jumped. If there’s still more to come, the Pritzker Dems will either sacrifice their integrity providing cover for Pritzker or will need to choose a braver path.


  118. - Veil of Ignorance - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    Darn it, meant “surprising,” not “disappointing” in 1st sentence. Doh…where’s that coffee?


  119. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:26 am:

    **- wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 9:39 am:

    –One thing is very clear here. JB wanted to be appointed to something. Darn near anything it appears.–

    He said treasurer. Explicitly. In the second spot Rauner is running. It’s on the TV box now.**

    “Don’t forget “you’re an Attorney, right?” He was quite open to being AG as well.


  120. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    Does anyone here think that Rauner, as a private citizen and as a sitting Governor, hasn’t had similarly politically crude conversations where he said something similarly offensive?

    The only difference is such conversations don’t have the stigma of “Blago” and “secret FBI wiretap”.

    Wasn’t it in an email where Rauner called CPS schools prisons and said most of its teachers were barely literate?


  121. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    –”Don’t forget “you’re an Attorney, right?” He was quite open to being AG as well.–

    I haven’t forgotten anything. I’m just paying attention to what’s actually being said.

    Blago brought up AG. Pritzker said he wanted Treasurer. Can’t simplify that any further.


  122. - Say What? - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    Nobody complained when the Tribsters had the sealed divorce files of Blair Hull or Jack Ryan disclosed.


  123. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:45 am:

    ===Nobody complained when===

    You should probably get checked out soon for memory loss.


  124. - Sigh - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:49 am:

    -Willy-

    No limited campaign experience here. I’m an OR person. Of course Ruiz didn’t come up with the line. But when the line has been a theme of someone else’s campaign in the same campaign cycle, I’ have a hard time agreeing that Kennedy’s “comeback” is his best work product in weeks.


  125. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:53 am:

    ===I’ have a hard time agreeing that Kennedy’s “comeback” is his best work product in weeks.===

    Have you been watching the Kennedy Campaign?

    This is the best they’ve done in weeks and months… as far as Kennedy has done.

    ===But when the line has been a theme of someone else’s campaign in the same campaign cycle…===

    A line in a drop versus a “whole” campaign theme doesn’t make the statement any less impactful to that one moment.

    It’s not like Ruiz is polling 80% name is, and leading by 20 points either, so Kennedy is piggy-backing off a middle of the pack AG candidate polling below 30%?

    Granted Kennedy is at 11% but still, lol


  126. - Swift - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:59 am:

    To all the “illegal” leak comments and the Tribune “working” for Rauner, unless the Tribune enticed an individual to illegally obtain the recordings, the Tribune has not committed a crime. Whoever providing the tapes/transcripts may have committed a crime, but the Tribune is free and clear to publish the tapes.

    Secondly, the leading Democratic candidate for governor having close ties, to include discussing an appointment for himself and an appointment to a U.S. Senate seat, to a former Democratic governor currently in prison for crimes committed during his term is newsworthy.


  127. - California Guy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 11:35 am:

    @Honeybear

    Pritzker bowing out is not going to bring a Democratic apocalypse. House and Senate still under control of Dems for the foreseeable future.


  128. - Flip357 - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    If team JB wants to put this to bed, they should push to have the entirety of the tapes released. Follow that up with a ask-anything-you-want press conference. Talk it to death. Pritzker knows how to work a room, this would work in his favor.


  129. - Soccermom - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 12:04 pm:

    Honeybear, I love your blank verse. It’s as though Walt Whitman were a member of the commentariat…


  130. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 12:11 pm:

    With respect CA guy I believe that it would.
    Judge my reasoning.
    Only Pritzker has the money to challenge Rauners vertical integration of media
    150 million will destroy Biss
    Kennedy is still looking for the nearest elevator
    If Pritzker loses the primary
    Biss doesn’t stand a chance (I feel)
    “The strong will do as they will
    The weak will suffer what they must”
    If Rauner wins
    He will destroy AFSCME
    He will destroy AFL-CIO
    He will destroy the Trades
    Without union money
    The IL Democratic Party
    Will be reduced minority
    Within two gubernatorial cycles
    8 years
    Nothing will stop that
    Nothing
    Anti- billionaire is political death
    Till citizens United is overturned.
    Till then we must fight millions with millions
    Dollar for dollar
    Biss cannot win with anti billionaire.
    I hate that real politik Trumps democratic socialism
    But I see no other way.
    Labor must survive
    The tribulation proceeds the second coming of labor.
    We cannot afford to think
    That the good wins
    That merit prevails
    That the best ideas win
    That to me is the hubris of
    Privileged progressivism.


  131. - Shark Sandwich - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 12:15 pm:

    Now reading Honeybear’s above post to the tune of “I Alone” by Live.


  132. - California Guy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 12:34 pm:

    @ Honeybear

    Your reasoning is that Rauner can win based on money alone. His approval is in the gutter, the Republican brand is badly damaged, Illinois is a blue state, and voters are very motivated to rush to polls and simply vote blindly for anyone that isn’t a Republican. College towns will chip away at his rural advantage along with his pro-choice decisions.

    If Biss takes a more moderate tone on taxes, healthcare, and government reform after the primary (as most candidates move towards the middle) he can win. For example, Biss can take the California example and water down the minimum wage increase for different areas of the State and still ride the “progressive” bus.


  133. - A State Employee Guy - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Shark Sandwich, great tune. Great album. What a time to be alive, the 90s.


  134. - don the legend - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 12:39 pm:

    —Follow that up with a ask-anything-you-want press conference. Talk it to death….

    Alan Alda’s character, Arnold Vinick on the West Wing tried this. Worked on the teevee show but he still lost his election.


  135. - PC - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 1:06 pm:

    No doubt the contents of the tapes in the Tribune’s possession are newsworthy. But that was also true of much of what was possessed by Wikileaks. The problem was that Wikileaks selectively distributed that info in a way designed to do maximum damage to the Democrats. Now, maybe, we are seeing similar selectivity by the Tribune.


  136. - Steve - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 1:34 pm:

    @ Honeybear

    You assume that money always and everywhere matters. In some races, like in Illinois, it’s not that important. The law of diminishing returns eventually kicks in. Daniel Biss, might be able to beat Rauner with spending 3% of what Rauner spends. It’s actually possible. Any doubt that no Republican could win the Chicago Mayoral race no matter how much they spend??? Any doubt that Donald Trump couldn’t win Illinois no matter how much he spent in 2020 no matter who runs against him???


  137. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 1:54 pm:

    Shark- great song
    Although I must confess I can’t figure out what the lyrics mean. Thus I don’t know if yours was a compliment or insult.
    No matter- cool song.

    Steve-
    Here’s the thing.
    I can’t afford to take a chance
    My job depends on it
    My job and the union
    That I love and fight for
    Depends upon
    The correct choice
    I have thought and thought
    About as hard as I know how.
    Pritzker, I believe is the best shot
    But money is almost everything
    Given
    Citizens United
    Money has certainly made a
    Conversation
    10 years ago
    A big story
    Which sways voters
    Perfideously
    To make what I think
    Is a bad call
    In supporting Biss or Kennedy
    I do not underestimate Rauner
    His media integration
    Or his use of perfidy
    And deception

    I have also met Pritzker
    Talked with him
    Several times.
    I trust him
    I believe him
    And
    I stand behind him
    100%


  138. - Shark Sandwich - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 7:15 pm:

    Honeybear- not an insult at all, just a little fun. Just remember, fear is not the end of this. November is.


TrackBack URI

Post your comment... And please take a half second to come up with a nickname. It makes following the posts easier for everyone... Thanks

In other words, do your best to be civilized and smart.


* Thanks, Mike Madigan!
* When even the dictionary dunks on you
* Question of the day
* It's all one, big thing
* It's just a bill
* Stay classy, Daniel
* *** UPDATED x10 - Breen responds to Minor - Minor responds - Harold speaks to Sun-Times - Raoul, Schneider, Ives, Rauner campaign, Durkin call on Minor to withdraw *** GOP township chairman alleged to have directed racist, homophobic remarks at black female GOP candidate
* National "Our Revolution" endorses Biss
* "Wauconda forever!"
* Maybe he's not so holy
* Pritzker and Biss spar over pension issue again
* *** UPDATED x1 - IEA weighs in *** Kennedy takes heat for dissing Cairo schools
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Biss' poll has him tied for second and 8 points back
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Biss blasts Pritzker over Madigan issue
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Madigan's Dual Role Questioned - Alton Daily News..
* Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate com.....
* Editorial: Once again singing those Illinois' b.....
* Jameson points to harassment issue as an exampl.....
* Pritzker, Biss trade barbs over Madigan, pensio.....
* Ives wants Minor to drop House bid over 'inexcu.....
* Pritzker gets local Democratic endorsements - W.....


* Shelters open amid Midwest flooding as rivers keep rising
* The Latest: Flood forces evacuation of suburban Dallas homes
* Bloomington man gets 30-year sentence in death of son
* Former county commissioner named to lead Illinois Tollway
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* First National Bank to halt production of NRA credit card
* Woman, 2 men dead in Illinois had been reported missing
* Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation
* Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation
* Man accused of plotting attack hammer attack of parents

* AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores
* Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home
* Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee
* Biss, Pritzker clash at Springfield debate
* Watch replay: Democratic governor candidate debate
* Watch live at 7 p.m.: Democratic governor candidate debate
* Chris Kennedy skipping debate due to back injury
* Illinois megadonor jumps into Missouri right-to-work fight

* Here's who is unhappy with the Loyola-MacNeal deal
* Former Grace chef, GM sue over non-competes
* Former Grace chef, GM sue over noncompetes
* Rauner aims to hit Ives—but undermines his integrity
* Ex-Cook board member gets top tollway job


* Former Wheaton College student charged with stealing electronics from dorm rooms
* Chicago Police looking for information in investigation of 2018’s first homicide
* Defying NRA, Trump says raise the age for buying assault rifles
* Horoscope for Feb. 23, 2018
* Man wounded in Heart of Chicago drive-by shooting
* American women figure skaters don’t improve during free skate
* Police: Man shot to death in Englewood
* Tanks a lot — ‘New-look’ Bulls falter in final minute in 116-115 loss to Sixers
* In U. of C. talk, Nikki Haley says Trump’s tweets make her UN work ‘interesting’
* ‘Jane the Virgin’ star Gina Rodriguez walks on the wild side with ‘Annihilation’


* Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old figure skater Alina Zagitova
* Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death for 1993 rape and slaying
* Missouri governor charged with invasion of privacy stemming from affair
* Bobby Portis scores 38 points but Bulls lose 116-115 to 76ers
* Jenna Badali slams door as Mother McAuley shuts down Lincoln-Way East
* 2 dead, 1 wounded in city shootings
* Dismal showing for U.S. female figure skaters
* Canadian hockey player Jocelyne Larocque apologizes for taking off silver medal
* Little Village man charged with murder after police say he nearly decapitated his 2-year-old son
* Chief Illiniwek protesters, supporters turn out for Illinois' final home basketball game


» Early Voting Gets Late Start In Some IL Districts
» Illinois’ Storied History of Choosing Its Second-in-Command
» Speaker Madigan Among Lead Topics At Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
» The Primary Race That’s Almost Guaranteed To Hit Your Bottom Line
» More Gun Legislation Filed At Illinois State Capitol
» Lawmaker Rips Rauner On Legionnaires' Response At Vets' Home
» Illinois Lawmaker Looks To Ban AR-15, 'Ghost Guns'
» After Husband's DUI, Supreme Court OKs Seizure Of Wife's Harley
» Setting the Record Not-So-Straight: Rights Group Pushes Inclusive History in IL Classrooms
» Mourners: Slain Chicago Officer Was 'One Of The Good Guys'


* AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur
* Counterpoint: NAFTA a good deal for corporations, a bad deal for the country
* Point: North American energy trade boosts our economic and energy security
* Thumbs Up: Work and fellowship for those who need a boost
* Eugene Robinson: Trump and the GOP won't act on gun control. So we must.
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores
* Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home
* Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee
* Biss, Pritzker clash at Springfield debate


* DAILY RECORD: births, fire calls
* Maryln S. Corley
* Bart A. Pierson
* Virgie I. Billingsley
* Mary Ronsi
* Amanda Lilly Sheumaker
* Ruth Yvonne Goddard
* Underwood: 'We're gaining ground'
* Frazier: 'We've had a lot of fight in us'
* Fight there, result isn't in UI loss to Purdue


* Jon Gillies makes 35 saves, Flames beat Coyotes 5-2
* Trocheck scores late winner, Panthers beat Capitals 3-2
* Scandella scores in OT to give Sabres 3-2 win over Red Wings
* Devils acquire Grabner from Rangers in rivals' first trade
* No. 2 Mississippi State women cruise by Auburn 82-61

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* River Town Chronicles: Randy Hultgren is T...
* Duckworth taps downstate principal as Stat...
* A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary...
* House passes bill boosting funding to Illi...
* ELECTIONS 14TH CONGRESSIONAL DIST. Victor ...
* Reps Question DHS's Decision to Deny Asylu...
* Before the State of the Union, a chance to...
* Trump administration denies entry to Irani...
* Iranian refugees, denied entry to US, coul...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Armed school teachers – a warped idea whose time has arrived? Let’s hope not!
* The Moonlighter fills Logan Square's burger and sports bar gap—and it's surprisingly pleasant
* The CTA is crowded and slow. The Reader can fix it!
* Web series Super Narcoleptic Girl introduces a superhero who fights off crime and sleep
* Attorney and former Playboy model Corri Fetman calls out ‘body-shaming’ attack ad in judicial campaign
* Birther controversy in 2nd Subcircuit?
* The [Thursday] Papers
* Lantern Bearers Needed For Argyle Lunar Parade
* Meeting On Re-Opening Carol's Pub, March 1
* The week that was.


* 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

  
* Google I/O 2018 signups are open!
* Android Oreo update is once again rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+
* Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Delivery With Instacart
* App Store Pages Now Able to Feature Up to 10 Screenshots
* Google says more than 40 carriers and device manufacturers now use its platform for RCS, the next generation of SMS
* Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers
* Qualcomm rejects yet another Broadcom offer, leaving little room for negotiation

* Oscar Gamble: When I’m at bat, I’m in scoring position
* White Sox youth look to get taste of Majors
* CF and relief pitching focus of camp battles
* In the year 2020 ...
* White Sox want Rodon healthy for long haul
* Santiago made his own uniform for Photo Day
* The Game I’ll Never Forget: Chet Lemon


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
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

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




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