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Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018

* Chambana Sun

Dan Caulkins says the Democratic Victory Fund’s recent decision to contribute $55,400 to the campaign fund of Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) should be seen as a slap in the face to women everywhere.

“It’s beyond shameful, when you consider that they portray themselves as the party of female voters,” Caulkins told the Chambana Sun. “It sends a terrible message and outweighs any statement claiming to have regard for the victims. It’s like they are trying to buy their way out of this.”

* SE Illinois News

Darren Bailey views the Democratic Victory Fund’s recent move to contribute over $55,000 to the re-election campaign of Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) as just another example of just how much Illinois politicians are intent on maintaining the status quo in Springfield.

“I think politics has easily become the biggest industry in the state,” Bailey told the SE Illinois News. “So many people involved now are just there for self-seeking reasons. They’ve entrenched themselves in telling voters whatever they need to keep things moving along.”

* East Central Reporter

Dwight Kay says the State Democratic Victory Fund’s recent decision to provide more than $55,000 in campaign funds to the re-election effort of Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) sends a clear and dangerous message to voters.

“That kind of money is not just given out because you like someone,” Kay told the East Central Reporter. “It sends the horrible message that if someone is willing to spend that kind of money on a candidate that’s not putting in that much for themselves, that candidate is essentially bought and paid for.”

* Prairie State Wire

Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) thinks the “good ol’ boy network” is alive and well in Springfield, as evidenced by the Democratic Victory Fund’s recent decision to contribute more than $55,000 to the re-election campaign of Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).

“Democrats are only interested in maintaining power so it is no surprise they are supporting Sen. Silverstein, a longtime incumbent with plenty of name recognition,” Ives told the Prairie State Wire.

* Lake County Gazette

“The Democratic Victory Fund would support Silverstein after all the controversy because he has held a position of leadership for a long time, and kept his mouth shut, while he alone took the fall for the wrongdoings in Springfield that could have brought down other legislators, namely Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago),” Rotheimer told the Lake County Gazette on March 1. “Unless the Democrats demand that the $55,400 in campaign funds that Sen. Ira Silverstein received from the State Democratic Victory Fund are returned, the Democratic Party in Illinois consents to a Democratic senator’s unlawful behavior that was found to be in violation of the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act and conduct that is unbecoming to a legislator.”

* Today at the Statehouse…



Proft, of course, is backing all of those candidates featured in his papers today.

…Adding… Chicago City Wire

A letter to Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 members from its president, James Tracy, is sparking backlash from the Northwest Side GOP Club and some union members for Tracy’s endorsement of Democratic State Central Committee candidates Cynthia Santos and John Cullerton.

In his letter to Local 2 members, Tracy encourages members to support Santos and Cullerton in the upcoming Democratic primary, writing “they support the right to choose and will stand with Democrats at the state and federal level to protect funding for Planned Parenthood, stop extreme cuts to women’s health and demand equal pay for women.”

A recent post on the Northwest Side GOP Club Facebook page showing a snapshot of Tracy’s letter to union members is calling out the union president for using his post to take on issues such as Planned Parenthood funding and a “progressive” tax.

“This is insane,” the Northwest Side GOP Club’s Facebook post reads. “So the Local 2 Firefighters Union now takes positions on abortion? They are pro-abortion?”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:34 pm:

    “unlawful behavior”? Really? Talking about salami?


  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:35 pm:

    The Proft media empire is impressive.

    Proft despises Illinois so much he makes money staying here writing, talking, sowing divisiveness to continue it.

    The schtick works, lol


  3. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:36 pm:

    Where can I find how much Proft has given to Kay?
    Dwight should be careful since he was owned by the insurance industry.
    “I seriously question how much promiscuity should an insurance company pay (for)”
    In regards to birth control
    Yeah, DK
    Go with the” bought and paid for”


  4. - Just Observing - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    === “Democrats are only interested in maintaining power so it is no surprise they are supporting Sen. Silverstein, a longtime incumbent with plenty of name recognition,” Ives told the Prairie State Wire. ===

    Right, because without Ira, that seat is at serious risk of flipping Republican.


  5. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:43 pm:

    Think Proft’s “papers” would be interested in a story about a certain radio host who said that women who accused Cicero Mayor Larry Dominick of sexual harassment were liars?


  6. - hot chocolate - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:49 pm:

    Is Proft’s coordination with the newspapers, the candidates, and his pac illegal?


  7. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    “Stood with me since the beginning”
    Almost as if
    This was planned…..
    “Since the beginning”
    Wow….
    Proft is approaching
    Madigan level planning.
    Coordinated perfidy
    Premeditated perfidy


  8. - TominChicago - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    Proft’s schtick will work only as long as Uhlien is willing to fund it.


  9. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 3:14 pm:

    Proft’s media-political campaign cartel is gross as is his craven opportunism on this issue.

    Also gross… Cullerton’s decision to make every Dem in the state wear the jacket for Silverstein being a creep… all to prop up a tired old incumbent in a super safe Dem seat when if Cullerton had just let Silverstein sink the worst thing to happen to Ira is he gets to collect his $75,000 a year pension that much sooner.

    Propping up Ira this way is a betrayal of every Dem holding down a marginal Senate seat. So stupid and pointless.


  10. - anon2 - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 3:24 pm:

    If Ive really said that Ira’s seat might be won by a Republican, then she doesn’t know much about Chicago and near north suburbs.


  11. - TominChicago - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 3:53 pm:

    hisgirlfriday. Well said.


  12. - Memo From Turner - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    How long until Proft runs out of money? There is no making the peace with Rauner, and I suspect the Ken Griffin’s of the world have soured on Proft. Will Ulien and the handful on small contributors be enough to survive past the primary?


  13. - Jen - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    Honeybear beat me to it, but agree it is very ironic to have Dwight Kay speaking out for women LOL.


  14. - Just Saying - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 4:51 pm:

    ummm….I think maybe this picture should be edited for this family site.


  15. - Ruralness - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 5:45 pm:

    Surprised that Bailey is branching out from the Reis talking points. This has been a heated race that has been interesting to watch. Reis could be in real trouble, especially with the line of attack where school board members are “career politicians”. It is not going over well. Would be interested in Rich’s take.


  16. - mhn - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 6:25 pm:

    the 109th is a heated race check it out


  17. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 6:28 pm:

    ===check it out ===

    Subscribe.


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