* Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) posted this last night on Facebook…
It is with bittersweet emotion to announce I will not run for state representative in 2020, but instead run for judge. Being a judge is a dream and goal I had since law school and I am thrilled by the opportunity to run for judge. It is the pinnacle of any legal career.
I am proud to serve as State Representative and I am committed to completing my term and working hard for the 79th District. I believe my skills and commitment to public service will be best served on the bench at this time in my legal career. Thank you for your continued support.
The 79th was originally drawn as a Republican-leaning district, but Democrat Kate Cloonan managed to win it in 2012. Parkhurst defeated Cloonan in 2016 by 7 points and then defeated former Democratic Rep. Lisa Dugan by 13 points last year. Maybe the Dems make a run at that, but with President Trump on the ballot, I am not seeing a clear path unless the Republicans nominate an unelectable candidate. Trump won the district by 13 points and Bruce Rauner won it by 11.
* Meanwhile, from a press release sent last night…
On the heels of a historic session, State Representative Aarón Ortíz announces that he is running for Democratic Committeeman of the 14th Ward. Ortíz, a lifelong resident of the Gage Park neighborhood, shocked the political establishment in 2018 after he defeated former Rep Dan Burke, the younger brother of Ed Burke, who held that position since 1991.
“Alderman Ed Burke is an embarrassment to the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. His shameless reign of shakedown politics is over. Ed Burke is being charged with using the City of Chicago as his criminal enterprise. I’m calling on Ed Burke to resign from his position as Committeeman and Alderman. He is unfit to continue holding public office. The Burke family has held the 14th Ward for 66 years. We’re prepared to mobilize thousands of voters to get rid of them or their proxies running for Committeeman or State Representative.
I ran for office to bring honesty, transparency, accountability, and progressive values to the southwest side. As a full-time elected official, I am devoted to public service and representing constituents. The people of the southwest side deserve a leader they can trust. Ed Burke, Martin Sandoval, Jeffrey Tobolski, and others have disrespected our community and have damaged the public’s faith in government. Our community deserves an honest public servant. I’m prepared to fill that role, that’s why I’m running to become the next Democratic Committeeman of the 14th Ward”
Burke pleaded not guilty in June to more than a dozen federal charges, including racketeering, extortion and bribery. Federal prosecutors have alleged Burke used his position to steer work to his tax-appeals law firm.
Burke and his attorneys have denied any wrongdoing.
Burke’s 14th Ward political fund had nearly $457,000 in cash at the start of October and has raised another $24,500 since. Burke’s aldermanic campaign fund reported $652,000 in cash on hand at the end of September plus another $8 million in investment income.
Ortiz reported $5,265 in his campaign fund at the start of October and has received another $13,000 since.