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*** UPDATED x1 - ILGOP responds *** Judge denies Madigan motion to dismiss Hampton suit

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* Interesting…



* Meanwhile…

WEDS, 1:30PM: Women accuse Cure Violence, formerly CeaseFire, of culture of rampant sexual abuse
Women file suits with Illinois Department of Human Rights, federal court

WHO: Ameena Matthews, star of the award-winning documentary about CeaseFire, “The Interrupters”; Angalia Bianca and Lakisha McGowan, women employees and former employees of Cure Violence, the organization formerly known as CeaseFire; attorney Ed Mullen

WHERE: Union League Club of Chicago, Room 700, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

WHEN: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 1:30PM

WHAT: Women employees and former employees at Cure Violence, formerly known as CeaseFire, a project of the University of Illinois at Chicago, will hold a press conference on Wednesday to come forward about their experiences being sexually abused and harassed at work and the resulting federal lawsuit, Illinois Department of Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints.

*** UPDATE *** ILGOP…

Last night, it was reported that a federal judge has refused a motion from the Democratic Party of Illinois to dismiss the case filed by Alaina Hampton alleging sexual harassment within the organization. This means that DPI and Speaker Madigan will enter Election Day next Tuesday with a cloud of harassment and intimidation hanging over their heads.

Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling issued the following statement:

“The judge’s denial of this motion to dismiss further proves that the Democratic Party of Illinois and the rest of Mike Madigan’s operation has fostered a culture of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Madigan tried to keep this hidden and he has only shown faux remorse now that he’s been caught. What’s shameful is that while other Democrats spoke out against Mike Madigan when these allegations first surfaced, JB Pritzker couldn’t muster a single criticism of Madigan. Pritzker is Madigan’s handpicked candidate and he put his campaign ahead of the concerns of women.” - Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling

The opinion is here. From the Cook County Record’s story

Ellis said she found lacking the state Democratic Party’s attempt to argue it could not be considered Hampton’s employer, noting Hampton worked on Democratic political campaigns under the watch and thumb of Speaker Madigan, and Madigan was involved in the decisions concerning her continued employment with his political organizations. Essentially, the judge determined the campaign organizations under Madigan’s sway are close enough to the Illinois Democratic Party to allow Hampton’s lawsuit to continue against all the political organizations Madigan controls, including the state party.

“As the Chairman of all four Defendants, Madigan controls their bank accounts, has the ability to transfer money between the accounts, and controls the employment decisions for each Defendant,” Ellis wrote in her six-page decision. “Madigan took an active role in assigning Hampton to various positions working for the Defendants and he made these decisions in his capacity as Chairman of DPI (Democratic Party of Illinois).”

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Rate the closers: Londrigan and Davis

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* Press release…

Today, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s campaign released the second of its closing ads, titled “Learned.” The spot tells the story of the last 15 months of her campaign for Illinois’ 13th congressional district. It underscores the importance of health care in this race, and highlights the miles Betsy has traveled, and the stories that she has heard in the last year. The ad began airing across the district today.

* The ad

Her other closing ad, which started last week, is here.

* Script…

I’ve shared my story with you, about how we almost lost our son, Jack. And you’ve shared your stories with me. About premiums that are too high, prescription drugs that cost too much, and yes, politicians who just don’t care. I’ve put 60,000 miles on my car, meeting with neighbors, asking questions, and listening. And I hear you. You need good health care at a price you can afford. I’m Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and I approve this message, because you deserve leaders who listen to you, and fight all of us.

* Press release…

Today Rodney Davis released a new TV ad titled “Baseball.” The ad features Rodney and Shannon Davis speaking about the day a gunman shot at Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game and how it changed his life and job forever. Davis was up to bat when the gunman from Belleville, IL started firing.

* The ad

* Script…

Rodney: I never thought that my friends and I would have to dodge bullets from somebody who just disagreed with us politically. I made a decision that day to talk about what I’d seen.

TV clip of Rodney from day of shooting plays: “This hatefulness that we see in this country over policy differences has got to stop.”

Shannon: It’s so important to come forward and say enough. It’s going to take both parties to bring that level of rhetoric and hate-speech down.

Rodney: Let’s expect people to work together and find solutions.

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Is Michael Sacks gearing up for a mayoral bid?

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* Hmm…



* This may be the poll, which was taken today by a friend of a friend who quickly transcribed it and forwarded it along. Conducted by Central Marketing Research…

Likely to vote (5pt scale)

Voter ID (5pt scale)

Direction of city? Right direction / wrong track

Favorability (5pt scale)

    · Toni Preckwinkle
    · JB Pritzker
    · Rahm Emanuel
    · Amara Enyia
    · Bill Daley
    · Susana Mendoza
    · Michael Sacks

Which would you vote for, above + all declared candidates

Second choice

Head to head

    · Bill Daley v. Michael Sacks
    · Susana Mendoza v. Bill Daley
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Bill Daley
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Michael Sacks
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Susana Mendoza

Sacks. Successful businessman, supported philanthropic. Turned local investment firm to global business. Largest investor in minority businesses. Vice chair of world business Chicago. Created thousands of jobs. Job training, economic development. Trustee Obama foundation. Growing Chicago economy is best way to being prosperity to neighborhood. Fought Rauner’s attacks on CPS. fiscal discipline. Ensure downtown & neighborhoods prosper.

Daley. Deep roots. Former commerce sec. Obama COS, operations, key successes. Financial issues.

Chico. Successful attorney, son of Mexican immigrant. COS Rich Daley, CPS, ISBE. Stood up to Rahm in 2011.

Vallas. Leading public superintendents. Track record of success in Philly and CPS. Daley admin oversaw 100% funded pensions, upgraded bond rating. Get finances back on track, invest in neighborhood schools, more resources for police.

Preckwinkle. Cook County Board Prez, independent and progressive leadership. Standing up to machine to fight for the people of Chicago. Worked to implement major reform. Rebuilt county govt. 1.8B in deficit and cut expenditure.

Head to head

    · Bill Daley v. Michael Sacks
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Michael Sacks
    · Susana Mendoza v. Bill Daley
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Susana Mendoza
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Bill Daley

Preckwinkle neg. Claims to be reformer. Supported corrupt Berrios while he raised property taxes. Revered course on sales tax. Steamrolled soda tax that hurt minority communities. Unable to manage budget, 200m deficit, highest in country. Violent & repeat offenders.

Doubts? Major/minor

Daley neg. Political opportunist, ward politics of past, bro + father 44 yrs. Daley leadership brought segregation, bad relations w/ police. Schemes. Parking meters. Worked for big banker. Served on Rauner’s transition. He think it’s his term.

Doubts? Major/minor

Chico neg. Typical insider lobbyist. Shady deals w burke and machine. At cps, presided over sexual abuse scandal.

Doubts? Major/minor

Sacks neg. Wealthy hedge fund billionaire, far moved from issues. Close ally of Rahm & #1 donor. He’d be a third term for Rahm. In Rahm emails re: Laquan that were withheld, but exposed after Trib sued under FOIA. No experience in govt.

Doubts? Major/minor

Who’d you vote for?

Head to head

    · Susana Mendoza v. Bill Daley
    · Bill Daley v. Michael Sacks
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Michael Sacks
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Susana Medonza
    · Toni Preckwinkle v. Bill Daley

Amara endorsed by Chance and Kanye. More or less likely to vote for?

Van Dyke found guilty. Agree or disagree with verdict?

Year born

School

Labor Union Member?

Lib/conservative

Children?

Child in CPS?

Race

Hisp?

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*** UPDATED x1 - Sterigenics responds *** AG Madigan, DuPage state’s attorney file lawsuit to shut down or limit Sterigenics

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* Tribune

The cancer-causing gas released by Sterigenics in west suburban Willowbrook is so dangerous the company is violating state laws intended to protect Illinoisans from harmful pollution, according to a bipartisan lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat who isn’t running for re-election, and Robert Berlin, the Republican state’s attorney of DuPage County, urged a state court to either shut down Sterigenics or enforce more stringent limits on its emissions of ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical that increases the long-term risks of breast cancer and lymphomas at extremely low levels.

By filing their complaint at the state level, Madigan and Berlin sidestepped federal regulations that haven’t been updated to reflect the chemical’s long-studied dangers. They also increased the legal and political pressure on a company owned in part by a private equity firm co-founded by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican on the Nov. 6 ballot who initially downplayed the pollution problems before joining officials from both political parties calling for Sterigenics to shut down its local operations.

The 21-page lawsuit, filed in DuPage County Circuit Court, provides new details about how Sterigenics uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical instruments, pharmaceutical drugs and food. While annual emissions from the Willowbrook facility generally have declined during the past 25 years, company-provided records cited in the complaint show it released more than 254,000 pounds of the chemical into surrounding neighborhoods between 1993 and 2017.

* The lawsuit (click here) quotes the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on July 26

These elevated risks present a public health hazard to these populations.

* Gov. Rauner a month later

“This is not an emergency, this is not a public health immediate crisis, this is something we’re managing”

Rauner’s IEPA then punted to the attorney general.

The lawsuit is filed on some pretty broad grounds, including “creating a public nuisance.” We’ll see how it works out, but at least somebody is doing something.

…Adding… Sen. Curran…

State Sen. John Curran (R-41st District) is commending the Illinois Attorney General and the DuPage County State’s Attorney for filing a lawsuit against Sterigenics, which will provide temporary relief for area residents concerned about the release of ethylene oxide into their communities. At the same time, Curran is reiterating his call for the Illinois Senate to advance his legislation that addresses this critical public health issue.

“While today’s action has taken longer than I would have liked, I am thankful for the thoroughness and support provided by the Illinois Attorney General and DuPage County State’s Attorney,” said Curran. “It is clear in reading their release that if we’re going to adequately address this issue, and bring peace of mind to the residents in Willowbrook and surrounding communities, then the Illinois Legislature is going to have to act. And we must act now.”

In their release announcing the lawsuit, the Attorney General and DuPage County State’s Attorney “called on the Illinois General Assembly to address the public health impacts from the use of ethylene oxide.”

Curran, the only member of the Senate to introduce legislation addressing this issue, filed Senate Bill 3630 on Sept. 5th, which would reopen Sterigenics’ current air permit for an additional public comment period and hearing process at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). He’s also introduced Senate Bill 3640, which would immediately prohibit all non-medical uses of ethylene oxide while moving toward a complete ban throughout Illinois by 2022.

“I want to reiterate my call that Senate President John Cullerton advance the legislation I introduced in the Senate so we can bring peace of mind to those being adversely impacted,” said Curran. “I also look forward to working with the Attorney General and DuPage County State’s Attorney on advancing my legislation, and welcome their continued support and expertise to ensure the measure’s success.”

*** UPDATE *** From Sterigenics…

Sterigenics is disappointed that the Illinois Attorney General has chosen to assert “air pollution” and “public nuisance” claims against the company’s Willowbrook facility. The lawsuit filed today expressly recognizes that Sterigenics has operated, and continues to operate, well within the limits of its permit and the regulations. Any action brought against a business operating well within regulatory limits sets an extremely bad precedent.

The sterilization process that we operate is the only one approved by the Food and Drug Administration for sterilizing many vital medical instruments, devices and surgical kits, necessary for surgeries and other health care procedures. As such, any disruption to the operations of the Sterigenics Willowbrook facility would seriously undermine the ability to proceed with scheduled surgeries and procedures and would put patients’ lives at risk.

By properly controlling emissions and preventing life-threatening infection, the Willowbrook facility serves to improve public health every day. We will work with public officials to achieve the appropriate limits to allay the concerns of the community and the regulatory agencies. However, we will vigorously defend ourselves against this lawsuit.

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Random numbers on a random day

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* Ad Age

TV and radio DMAs (designated market areas) cross state lines in various parts of the country, and much of the time that works out just fine—particularly for brand advertising and merchants that routinely draw customers from a wide region. But when it comes to political advertising, an ad for a local candidate in State X is, of course, useless for a person who lives and votes in neighboring State Y. Yet this person still has to endure the message because of DMA bleed-over.

According to an Ad Age Datacenter analysis of political-ad spending from Kantar Media, the problem is most maddeningly acute in the St. Louis DMA. From January 2017 through Election Day next month (including advance bookings), 47 percent of the spending on TV and radio political ads for races tracked by Kantar directed at the Missouri city and its suburbs are for Illinois candidates. That equates to $29 million of the $62.1 million in Republican and Democratic spending in the St. Louis market (both by candidates themselves and groups, such as PACs, supporting them) tallied by Datacenter.

Illinoisans make up 695,117 out of the region’s 2,916,447 people. So, that works out to 31 percent of the population. In other words, Illinoisans are less than a third of the area’s population, but our candidates are spending almost half the money on STL TV.

* Advertising Analytics…



* Meanwhile

As of Tuesday, about 600,000 ballots had been cast either at the polls or via mail. That’s double the number cast as of this time last week, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

This year’s number is creeping up on the early voting tally from 2014, which was about 800,000, but still has a way to go to match the 1.9 million early votes cast in 2016.

* Our next number is 3

Only Rhode Island, Delaware and Alaska give their attorneys general exclusive criminal jurisdiction, according to the National Association of Attorneys General. In six other states, Connecticut among them, attorneys general have no criminal jurisdiction, the group says. The rest, Illinois included, impose varying levels of impediments.

* Speaking of the Madigan family…



Friends of MJM has raised more than $11.5 million since the House Speaker busted the contribution caps in August. Madigan’s personal committee has transferred out about $4 million in that same time period.

…Adding… Make that $5 million. MJM transferred another $1 million to DPI just now.

…Adding… One more number…



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Question of the day

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* AP

The tough-talking Rauner, a former private equity investor known for his open-collared shirts, giant belt buckles and Harley-Davidson motorcycle, finds himself in danger of becoming only the third Illinois governor since 1900 – after Democrat Edward Dunne in 1916 and Republican Richard Ogilvie in 1972 – to serve one 4-year term but lose re-election. Polls have shown him trailing Pritzker by double digits.

Only two incumbents have lost by more than 10 percentage points since the 19th century – in 1948 and 1960.

Double-digit losses by incuments are obviously very rare.

* The Question: Your over/under number for the final margin in the governor’s race?

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Who says journalism is dead?

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* By Michael Winter, a “contributor” to the Olney Daily Mail

Sunday, the Richland County Republican Central Committee hosted their annual fall event at Olney City Park. The community building was filled with republicans from the top down.

In a surprise visit, Governor Bruce Rauner made an appearance to meet and greet his Illinois constituents. He also took the microphone and showed his support for republican candidates here in Richland County; for County Council, Tim Grove, and Mike Hann as candidate for County Treasurer. […]

The governor thanked J.C., then spoke to the gathered crowd. “Thank you for being republicans and thank you for your commitment to the republican party. I want to say a quick hello. I’m on my way to Murphysboro, and I’m riding a motorcycle today…..a beautiful fall day. […]

Amid rousing cheers and appreciative applause, the governor made toward the front of the community center, a man keeping his schedule on his own whistle stop tour of southern Illinois.

The governor stopped for a photo op with Mike Hann on one side and Tim Grove on the other. With handshakes all around, he at last climbed on his iron horse to move on down the road.

The Governor, dressed in black leather riding gear, headed for Murphysboro on a large, throbbing jet black motorcycle. He left Olney to cheers and undoubtedly heads for more at his next stop ‘on the trail’.

[Hat tip: Anon221]

…Adding… Heh…



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Rauner blames Trump’s late arrival for lack of facetime

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* Sun-Times

Gov. Bruce Rauner wasted his time riding his Harley to President Donald Trump’s rally in southern Illinois last weekend.

That’s the opinion of state Rep. Jeanne Ives, the conservative firebrand who gave the embattled governor a run for his money in the March primary.

“I don’t see that he got anything out of it,” Ives said of Rauner’s weekend road trip during a pre-election show at the Sun-Times on Monday. […]

“Quite frankly. He went down there. He would have been better of doing his own thing, separate from the Trump event because he was basically not even recognized at the Trump event,” Ives said. “So I think it hurts him more than it helps him.”

* The governor explained to ABC 7 why he didn’t meet with Trump. You should really watch the video, but here’s the online version

Rauner is hoping to rally more support from voters than he did from the president Saturday at Trump’s rally in southern Illinois, where the governor appeared to get snubbed.

“He was an hour late, he had to get right on the stage and I spend my time before he got there really thanking all our volunteers,” Rauner said.

Pritzker called it a desperate move.

“Remember Bruce Rauner has been flip-flopping all along, first he doesn’t want to say Donald Trump’s name, now he wants to get on stage with Donald Trump but can’t even get that done,” Pritzker said.

* CBS 2

Rauner said he wasn’t embarrassed about President Trump’s failure to address him in the crowd at the rally in Murphysboro, Ill.

“He’s travelled in many states and doesn’t call out every elected official,” Rauner said.

Just saying, but the president managed to name-check the Republican candidate for California governor at that event.

* Other stuff…

* ABATE rescinds Rauner endorsement over autonomous vehicles: The decision was made even though Rauner is an avid motorcyclist and was seen wearing an ABATE sweatshirt Saturday when President Donald Trump campaigned for Republican congressional candidates in southern Illinois.

* Motorcycle Group Pulls Rauner Endorsement: He launched his reelection campaign with a video that featured him riding a Harley. And this weekend, he showed up to President Trump’s southern Illinois rally wearing an ABATE sweatshirt.

* Motorcycle-advocacy group ABATE pulls support for Gov. Bruce Rauner over autonomous vehicles order: Back in August, Gov. Bruce Rauner used social media to tout receiving the endorsement of the political arm of the motorcycle-advocacy group ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) and was lauded by the group’s chairman for “including the motorcycle community in relevant discussions.” But on Monday, the group posted on its Facebook site that it had yanked its backing for the motorcycle-riding GOP governor who most recently sported his cycle vest at President Donald Trump’s rally in Murphysboro last weekend.

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Uihlein kicks in another half mil

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* People are always spreading rumors that Dick Uihlein will soon shut off the cash spigot to Proft, and they’re always wrong. Proft is his guy…



Click here for all of Uihlein’s state and local contributions.

* Related…

* GOP megadonor Uihlein gave $305,000 to state Senate candidate Davie, report shows: Uihlein, co-owner of the Uline shipping supplies company, donated $305,000 of the $389,095 Davie collected between July 1 and Sept. 30, Illinois State Board of Elections records show.

* Amazon’s Jeff Bezos ranks No. 1 among S&P 500 CEOs in political spending: Richard Uihlein, CEO of privately held Uline Inc., has spent more than $21 million in support of Republican candidates in the current cycle.

* Eleven donors plowed $1 billion into super PACs since 2010: In second place behind the Adelsons is Steyer, who gave $213.8 million. He is followed by Bloomberg ($120.7 million), Democratic media executive Fred Eychaner ($74.1 million), Democratic hedge fund executive Donald Sussman ($62.9 million), GOP shipping supplies magnate Richard Uihlein ($61.3 million), Democratic hedge fund founder James Simons and his wife, Marilyn ($57.9 million), Republican hedge fund executive Paul Singer ($42.5 million), GOP hedge fund executive Robert Mercer ($41.2 million), Soros ($39.4 million) and Republican backer and TD Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts ($38.4 million).

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AFSCME mailer pairs Rauner with Harold

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* A buddy of mine sent me this AFSCME mailer last night and wondered aloud why the Raoul campaign didn’t use this image of Rauner with Erika Harold. I didn’t have an answer…

* Related…

* Illinois Attorney General Forum: Kwame Raoul, Erika Harold

* In final attorney general forum, Kwame Raoul says he’ll fight President Trump; Erika Harold says she’ll pursue corruption

* In attorney general debate, Raoul and Harold critique Madigan, Rauner

* Raoul, Harold square off in final debate for Illinois attorney general

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The Credit Union Difference

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

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*** UPDATED x1 - Rauner campaign says it did a VBM campaign *** Rauner campaign didn’t do a vote-by-mail push, while Pritzker has spent at least $2.2 million

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* The voter-shaming letters are back…


* But there’s some “new” news in Hannah’s story

In the weeks before Pritzker cast his ballot last month, his campaign had sent two rounds of vote-by-mail applications to 2.5 million likely voters around Illinois, the campaign said. Campaign finance records show the Pritzker campaign paid $1.2 million to Chicago-based firm The Strategy Group, Inc. for the first round of applications, which went out in early September, and spent an additional $1 million on the second round of mailings, which were sent later in the month.

Rauner is not doing a vote-by-mail application drive this campaign cycle, breaking tradition from the last few general elections when the gubernatorial candidates from both parties had done so. […]

Though local election authorities don’t keep track of which vote-by-mail applications come in through specific channels like the Pritzker campaign, the campaign can still keep track via information provided by the U.S. Postal Service. The applications sent out to likely voters also had pre-paid return envelopes, which allows the Pritzker campaign to keep a running tally of how many vote-by-mail applications the Democrat has spurred.

The Pritzker campaign told The Daily Line on Monday that the latest numbers indicate 200,000 of the 450,000 vote-by-mail applications originated from Pritzker’s mailings.

Emphasis added.

*** UPDATE *** The Rauner campaign insists it did do a vote-by-mail campaign. “Mail, digital, texting, doors, phones,” I was told.

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Politics 101

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* The governor is absolutely right here. Even if his party is united, he cannot win statewide with Republican votes alone. He also needs lots of independents and even some Democratic votes (either passively through not voting or actively) to have a hope of winning this thing

For months, Rauner has worked to win back the roughly 300,000 GOP conservatives who voted for his primary challenger, State Rep. Jeannie Ives.

But his efforts, he admitted, may not be enough.

“We need a lot more than 300,000 votes,” Rauner said. “We need to come together–united.”

That’s why Republicans tend to run to the right in the primary and back to the center in the general. Instead, Rauner has done this all backwards.

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Lack of IEPA expert delays Sterigenics action

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* One Illinois

The state and federal Environmental Protection Agency knew for eight months that the Sterigenics firm in Willowbrook was causing a “cancer cluster” in the southwest Chicago suburbs before informing the public, and the Illinois EPA is so understaffed it can’t supply an expert to get the firm shut down, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Madigan’s office issued a statement Friday saying: “The Rauner administration hid information on the increased risks from the Sterigenics plant for over eight months. We then had to fight with IEPA to get access to needed information. We still do not have an expert from IEPA who can testify in court and prove that Sterigenics should be immediately shut down. Nonetheless, we are moving as quickly as possible to finalize legal action.”

That came as the Chicago Tribune was reporting that it had obtained a letter showing that the U.S. EPA informed the IEPA of the elevated cancer risk in the area surrounding the Willowbrook Sterigenics facility late last year. […]

In October, as local residents were rallying outside the Thompson Center where Rauner’s Chicago offices are located to demand answers, Rauner’s IEPA was asking Madigan to step in and use her authority to close down Sterigenics.

As Madigan pointed out Friday, it hasn’t been able to proceed with that legal action because the IEPA hasn’t supplied an expert to testify. That’s not surprising, in that sources say Rauner has “gutted” the IEPA and left it understaffed. That has left Madigan’s office to take on issues the IEPA should be policing itself.

From what I understand, AG Madigan’s office has been trying to find its own expert since the IEPA revealed it had nobody on staff to handle the case.

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New Rauner ad: “JB stands for Jail Bird”

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

* It doesn’t say in the press release if this is a TV ad or a digital ad, so keep that in mind…

Today, the Rauner campaign is launching a new ad titled “Crooks.” The ad features Stan, a former UAW worker from Chicago Heights, and Pete, a union carpenter from Chicago.

In the ad, Stan and Pete say that Illinois can’t afford to elect JB Pritzker because of his corrupt history with Rod Blagojevich and that he’ll be Mike Madigan’s puppet to hike taxes and kill jobs. The ad finishes with Governor Rauner stating that “this might be our last chance.”

* The ad

* Script…

Stan: I’m voting for Bruce Rauner because Pritzker is a tax-hiking job-killer.

Pete: This guy tried to bribe Blago.

Stan: He’s a tax cheat. He stole from us.

Pete: JB stands for Jail Bird.

Stan: Junior Blago.

Pete: The man is Mike Madigan’s puppet.

Stan: Those two will steal us blind.

Pete: Bruce Rauner is our only shot.

Stan: I’m voting for Bruce Rauner to save us from all these crooks.

Graphic: Vote Bruce Rauner. Save our state.

Rauner: This might be our last chance.

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