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Ives uses #MeToo presser to showcase some of Proft’s candidates

Monday, Jun 11, 2018

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Will Springfield’s #MeToo Reckoning Change Illinois’ Political Culture?

Chicago, Illinois, June 11, 2018– State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), formerly the conservative reform Republican challenger for Governor, will join Ammie Kessem, a new candidate for State Representative in House District 19, and State Representatives Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), Margo McDermed (R-Frankfort), and Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee), whistleblower Denise Rotheimer, and a coalition of conservative reform candidates and legislators in a joint press conference to lay out a vision for culture change in the wake of mounting accusations of sexual harassment and abuse.

When: Monday, June 11, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Mezzanine-Level Conference Room, 70 W Madison, Chicago, IL

* Among today’s speakers were Ammie Kessem, who is running against Rep. Rob Martwick (D-Chicago) with backing from Dan Proft. I expect him to spend big money in that race, even though it’s a Democratic district.

Everyone else who spoke before the video stream conked out were also Proft candidates. Marilyn Smolenski (vs. Rep. Marty Moylan), Tonia Khouri (backed by Proft in the GOP primary) and Darren Bailey (backed by Proft against GOP Rep. David Reis). Jillian Rose Bernas was scheduled to speak, but the video died. Bernas is up against Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) after defeating Char Kegarise in the GOP primary with help from Proft.

* Kessem compared Madigan’s machine to the “Mafia.” The general tone was summed up in this tweet…

…Adding… Illinois Review

Among the GOP candidates on November’s ballot calling for Madigan’s resignation was Darren Bailey, GOP candidate in downstate 109th House district.

“What will it take for politicians to finally stand up to Mike Madigan? What we are witnessing is the abuse of power by one man. There is a culture of corruption in Illinois and as long as Mike Madigan is in power, we will not see the end of abuse of power in Springfield,” Bailey said.

“The first step is for Democrats to demand that Mike Madigan resign as Speaker of the House and as head of the Democrat Party in Illinois. If members of his own caucus refuse to do this, then this is a sure-tale sign that the Democrat Party is certainly not interested in reform in Illinois. I and my colleagues here today are very serious about the integrity of Illinois.” […]

“You thought I was a strong person, look at these candidates committed to a culture of change, and I’m sure they’re going to get it done,” Ives, who is not on the General ballot after losing the GOP gubernatorial primary bid by 3 points, said before taking questions from reporters.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - The Captain - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    My first though was they’re betting heavy that this issue only affects one party. I’ve been out on a lot of Springfield session nights and I’d say that’s a bad bet.

  2. - Chris P. Bacon - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:05 pm:

    Until pretty recently, didn’t Jeanne Ives enthusiastically support a certain governor who years ago was accused by a woman(in a sworn statement in a judicial proceeding)that he would destroy her AND her family?

  3. - Perrid - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:11 pm:

    When every single one of them call for President Trump to resign I will believe this has something to do with morality and not just throwing rocks at political opponents. Madigan is accused of not reining in subordinate’s behavior he might not have known about, but we have the President on tape saying crude things about women, and several lawsuits saying he harassed/assaulted women. Please, try harder to not look like hypocritical partisan hacks.

  4. - Morty - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:15 pm:

    What if we didn’t think Ives was a strong woman?

  5. - Flat Bed Ford - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    Glass house Miss Ives… glass house.

  6. - 19th ward guy - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    With all due respect, I think you overstate a bit the “Proft” candidates. Calling Tonia a Proft candidate just isn’t accurate. Just because he donated money doesn’t mean they are his candistates. And actually speak with the candidates and it’s clear hey are not taking their marching orders from Proft. Obviously exceptions exist but his influence overstated.

  7. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===Just because he donated money===

    I think he spent $200K on that race. She’s Proft-backed by definition.

  8. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    …With all due respect.


    Bite me.

  9. - ChrisB - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:23 pm:


    Just need to see a couple of those patented Proft “Insert Name Here” commercials, and we can safely say if they’re a Proft candidate or not.

  10. - We'll See - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    “Prodt’s candidates” - any word on Ken Dunkin’s or John Anthony’s aviliblity?

  11. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:27 pm:

    #MeToo is very important and very real so it’s very unfortunate that Denise Rothheimer hurts the cause every time she makes this so partisan. That’s one of the reasons the Loncar presser backfired.

    If you care about the #MeToo issue, focus on the #MeToo issue, not on the anti-Madigan crusade.

  12. - Chris P. Bacon - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:30 pm:

    Despite all of this reporting 4 years ago, Ives continued to support Rauner, and Proft continued to gorge on Rauner cash:

    From “Hardball” thread, October 2014

    “I will bury her,” Rauner is alleged to have told Gilman.

    “I will make her radioactive,” Rauner allegedly told Gilman, according to the complaint. “She will never get another job anywhere, ever. I will bankrupt her with legal fees. I don’t know if she has a family or not, but if she does, she better think twice about this.”

  13. - Abraham Obama - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:36 pm:

    **If you care about the #MeToo issue, focus on the #MeToo issue**

    This is exactly correct! The question is, do they really care?

  14. - Actual Red - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:37 pm:

    Trans women, and especially trans women of color, experience much higher rates of sexual violence and harassment. I can’t take Ives seriously as a champion of the rights of women when she’s so willing to demonize trans women. Which is unfortunate, because this is clearly a very important issue that she is calling attention too.

  15. - peace, love, and guitars - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:38 pm:

    Isn’t this the hight of hypocrisy? M.M. has responded correctly to those so accused. Yet no Republican is demanding President Donald Trump to resign. Clearly a double standard applies when it comes to D.T.

  16. - Mad Brown - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    Ives is a ’strong woman’ who didn’t vote for the ERA.

  17. - Amalia - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:59 pm:

    that Martwick race is interesting because McAuliffe has no opponent yet as his opponent dropped out so the Rs can spend the money elsewhere. Martwick’s opponent is a police officer and if you believe the Tribune, they have a housing issue up there that is energizing them. money will be spent.

  18. - Anonymous - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:06 pm:

    Whenever people refer to the “Democrat Party,” it’s a sure sign the talker isn’t a Democrat, or an independent, or a Republican interested in finding common ground with left-of-far-right candidates.

  19. - 19th ward guy - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    You don’t understand the distinct if you think Tonia is a Proft
    Candidate. She has her own organization and ran away from him late in the primary.

  20. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:27 pm:

    === She has her own organization===

    Something that I’ve written about a couple of times before.

    But, as with the Madigan stuff, you don’t get to tell anyone else how to define someone who benefits from the cash.

  21. - Tired - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    Captain is correct. To think these events are isolated to one caucus is absurd. Those of us that work in the capitol know each caucus has similar problems with legislators and staff.

  22. - Union Thug Gramma - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    Ives votes against working women/women in general all of the time, now we’re supposed to believe Aunt Lydia has become the support of the #MeToo movement of Illinois legislature???? Have been an activist in many areas, met many politicians over the years…men in powerful positions, no matter party affiliation, may objectify women. So when did Ives speak against President Bone Spurs and the allegations of more than 10 women? …crickets…

  23. - MickJ - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:58 pm:

    ” talker isn’t a Democrat, or an independent, or a Republican interested in finding common ground with left-of-far-right candidates.” or someone with a basic understanding of grammar

    to the post - While supposedly embracing MeToo, the Republican Party war on women continues to go forward. Just ask Jeff Sessions.

  24. - Annonin' - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:11 pm:

    Mr/Ms Talker
    Repeat after us “cyber attacks and JA”

  25. - MickJ - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:13 pm:

    Without (not with) a basic understanding of grammar

    Well, that was an embarrassing error

  26. - dbk - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:20 pm:

    There should be a public face (a legislator, a well-known staffer or lobbyist) for the Republicans as the #metoo movement acquires further momentum, as it undoubtedly will.

    But it shouldn’t be Ives, for all the reasons stated in comments above.

    Obiter dictum: For those who commented earlier on the distinction between the proper noun “Democrat” (as in “she’s a Democrat”) and the proper adjective “Democratic” (as in “she’s a member of the Democratic Party”: yes, the noun used in place of the adjective (as in “the Democrat Party”) is highly pejorative - it’s been all over national political coverage in the past year, and it looks like the IL GOP has picked up on it.

    If somebody uses it, you know exactly where they’re coming from.

  27. - bonnie - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    What is she doing? This is just all sorts of confusing. Not sure what side she’s on - other than Dan Proft’s that is. Not really seeing a core set of principle here.

  28. - Memo From Turner - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 5:18 pm:

    Wonder how Mike Connelly feels about the new Proft/Ives ARDC complaint? She is going after her own state senator now.

  29. - wordslinger - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 5:46 pm:

    And Madigan says, “thank you, Dan Proft.”

    If any political hack could screw it up and take the heat off Madigan, it’s Proft.

    Talk all day about empowering women, gang. Talk and talk and talk…..

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