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Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018

* Oddly enough, Politifact actually found a candidate who made a true statement

Kennedy said, “there was no requirement to put in affordable housing” at his Wolf Point development because the property was grandfathered in under rules that applied before adoption of the city’s affordable housing ordinance. […]

Nevertheless, Kennedy is correct in stating no legal mandate required him to include affordable housing at his Wolf Point development. We rate his claim True.

* From the end of Kim Janssen’s piece on the Jeanne Ives TV ad

A source familiar with the casting decision, however, said that Talent Group, which bills itself as “Chicago’s leading nonunion talent agency,” provided several cisgender male actors who auditioned for the transgender woman role, and that the Ives campaign selected the actor who appeared in the ad.

* The odd couple weren’t in the same room today…

* From the end of the Tribune story on Gov. Rauner’s new TV ad

[Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti] and Ives briefly served together on the Wheaton City Council before Ives entered the Illinois House and Sanguinetti later became lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti said she and Ives are “not friends.”

“The Jeanne Ives that you folks are seeing in that commercial, that sort of spirit, is the same Jeanne Ives that I have known for the last seven to eight years,” Sanguinetti said. “I saw it from the dais, I’ve seen it in my community and now all of you are getting a taste of it, and I’m hopeful that that will be rejected.”

Sanguinetti said Rauner’s new ad was inspired by the sit-down at the Tribune.

“I think we were all surprised that she had good things to say about Speaker Madigan,” Sanguinetti said. “That was a shocker, not only to us, but to the rest of Illinois … that warranted a response.”

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  1. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    “Chicago’s leading nonunion talent agency.”
    Of course.

  2. - Montrose - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:08 pm:

    Is that Kennedy’s justification for not putting any affordable housing in the development? No one made him? Such a progressive warrior.

  3. - Wheaton Warrior - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:21 pm:

    #NotFriends to trend in 5… 4…

  4. - City Zen - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:30 pm:

    Justin Trudeau’s visit will change the future of peoplekind.

  5. - Doesn't Make it Right - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    Wasn’t it Kennedy that recently said: “just because it was legal (to talk to Blagojevich) doen’t mean it was right.
    Just because it was legal to put in unaffordable housing, doesn’t mean it was right.

  6. - Gooner - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    The thought of Ives sitting around watching men dressed up as woman is sort of entertaining.

    Was she drinking a cosmo as she made the selection?

    I thought that fad had passed, and I thought it was limited to women who live in Lincoln Park and who drive Jettas.

    On a serious note, I do wonder if the “men in drag” rather than transgender was intentional, or whether none of those involved knew the difference.

  7. - S. Grobnik - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:35 pm:

    Seconding @Doesn’t Make it Right

    That’s the exact point. If he did it today, it would be required. Not to mention, they sat on that property for decades. Sure that’s a sound investment strategy, but if you are such a concerned progress why didn’t you do SOMETHING with it?

  8. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    I’ve never not wanted to live in Wheaton more than now.

  9. - City Zen - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    ==Just because it was legal to put in unaffordable housing, doesn’t mean it was right.==

    That’s a better question for Ald. Brendan Reilly. He took credit for reducing the building height which reduced the number of units. He could’ve kept the original plan but countered that the builder set aside affordable units.

  10. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    My brother in law was at that meeting and said it was Ives who brought a bunch of people 50-60 from her camp and they wanted to be able to vote for the endorsement. She was screaming at DelMar and making a scene. She claimed the cook county vote the night before was also rigged also.

  11. - DuPage Bard - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:42 pm:

    I’ll take newest legislator to protect the Governor, since he’s a failure, for $500 please, Alex?
    Who is Evelyn Sanguinetti?- correct the board is yours establishment.

    Establishment GOP, you all are playing this Protect Rauner game really well. Too bad it’s only because Jeanne started smacking your Boss around.

  12. - TopHatMonocle - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 2:47 pm:

    I have a feeling lots of things are “Grandfathered” in for Chris Kennedy.

  13. - Red fish blue fish - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:01 pm:

    “Just because it was legal to put in unaffordable housing, doesn’t mean it was right”

    Let’s just clarify that the issue was of including ‘affordable housing’ — not the made-up term of ‘unaffordable housing’. I am a staunch supporter of affordable housing but let’s not pretend that Wolf Point is some astronomically expensive location. From my understanding, the development has not struggled to attract tenants.

    Kennedy has flaws, just look at the past month’s events, but his integrity has never been in question.

  14. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    As an aside while reading a book recently I learned the racist history behind the origin of the term “grandfathered.” In the Jim Crow south, people were exempted from poll tests and taxes if their ancestors before the Civil War (or grandfathers) could vote. Former slaves and descendants of slaves could not meet that standard. Were not declared unconstitutional until 1915.

  15. - Anon 2.0 - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:29 pm:

    Pretty much. I asked one about something I saw online and got snapped at with “fake news, get out of here!” I would like some civility, but some Ives supporters seem to just want a ruckus.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    Slip and Sue > Jeanne Ives

    Evelyn is in a position, and honestly told us, she was hired, as she was also looking for a job with the Quinn Administration. Her remarks on Ives, however are the ones needed to highlight the negative that Ives thinks is a fair depiction.

    Ives is who we thought she was. We can’t let her off the hook.

    I own my own feelings, of political thought of the strategy on Rauner and an uber-left, costal limousine liberal, but I’d never think of the vile way Ives decided to have that discussion in an Ad.

    Good for Evelyn.

  17. - a drop in - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:40 pm:

    “The thought of Ives sitting around watching men dressed up as woman is sort of entertaining.”

    I thought of the scene where Zero Mostel was auditioning all those Hitlers.

  18. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:44 pm:

    ==From my understanding, the development has not struggled to attract tenants.==

    Well, sure, but it’s a bunch of luxury apartments right on the river. You could fill that up at almost any price tag.

  19. - Wheatonite - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    I to have known Jeanne Ives, since the days she started out as a committeemen in Milton Township. She had made many enemies in which her abrasive manner is the stuff of legends. Now the Real Jeanne shines out in the political ad where, instead of making arguments why the Republican platform is good for people, she uses a flamethrower. Jeanne is not a follower of Dale Carnegie book on how to win friends and influence people.

  20. - Wheaton Warrior - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 3:53 pm:

    In Wheaton there is a (very) large contingent of people happy about the ad because FINALLY everyone gets to see the Ives we’ve grown to despise.

    What’s surprising/disappointing, however, is how many local Reps (Breen, McSweeney, Wheeler) have lined up behind Ives even though they know the real Jeanne. You’re all willing to support hate and bigotry because the Governor signed an abortion bill?


  21. - Sue - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    After Ives loses the primary she can always move to Alabama- there is a soon to be Senate election which she can enter

  22. - Roadrager - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 4:32 pm:

    ==Ives is who we thought she was. We can’t let her off the hook.==

    Crown ‘em.

  23. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 4:50 pm:

    …an uber-left, costal limousine liberal…

    shutting down schools isn’t something a liberal would do.

  24. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 5:11 pm:

    ===shutting down schools isn’t something a liberal would do.===

    No. That’s a social agenda.

    The warped governing agenda includes the want of closing state universities, running up debt, and holding a state hostage to destroy labor.

    Thst duality, Rauner lets Diana speak to the sicuspnagtbda as long as Rauner can destroy the state, labor, or both.

    It’s warped, I grant you…

  25. - Wheatonite - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 7:21 pm:

    I’m happy Jeanne is running,it gets her out of the 42 state rep district and allows a much better person to run.

  26. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 8, 18 @ 9:01 am:

    –let’s not pretend that Wolf Point is some astronomically expensive location. From my understanding, the development has not struggled to attract tenants.–

    I’m not following your logic there. It ain’t cheap (studio starting at $1,761) and it’s a pretty sweet location.–2104624700

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