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*** UPDATED x1 - Feller drops out *** Arroyo replacement still in doubt

Friday, Nov 15, 2019

* Alex Nitkin at the Daily Line has a great piece on the scheduled vote tonight to replace disgraced former Rep. Luis Arroy (D-Chicago). A small excerpt

Nearly a dozen Northwest Side Democratic Committeepeople are due to meet on Friday to pick a replacement for arrested State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) following his resignation from the General Assembly earlier this month. […]

Arroyo has not told [30th Ward Ald. and Democratic Committeeman Ariel Reboyras] whom he plans to enlist as a proxy to cast the plurality of the votes — but Reboyras “hope[s]” that the former representative gives him that power, making the 30th ward alderman the sole decider for who gets to fill the seat, he said. […]

Other party leaders said they believe Arroyo and Reboyras have agreed to appoint Eva-Dina Delgado, who is chief of staff to the president of Peoples Gas and a former CTA lobbyist.

But Reboyras said on Wednesday that he does not know if Delgado still wants the job.

“I called Eva-Dina, and she did not respond,” Reboyras said. “I don’t know if she’s going to present her credentials.”

I told subscribers about Delgado earlier this week and suggested it would be wise of her to stay away from this whole thing. House Speaker Michael Madigan has decreed that if a replacement is selected with proxy votes from Arroyo’s 36th Ward then that person will face a qualifications challenge. The resulting uproar could easily splash onto her utility company employer. Not a good thing in these trying times. To be clear, though, she’d probably be a solid candidate if it wasn’t for all of this mess.

* Mayor Lori Lightfoot is allied with Ald. Reboyras, so I asked the mayor when she was in Springfield this week what she made of his threats to file a federal lawsuit if his and Arroyo’s decision was not honored by the Illinois House

I was a little surprised to see Ariel Reboyras’ comments. I know him quite well and they seemed a little out of character. But in my conversations with him is he’s concerned that there’s a movement by some to try to take this out of the majority Latinx community’s hands. And that’s I think where he was coming from. But I think the speaker has said what he said and I think that it’s the right approach.

The progressives in that district have their own candidate, a Latina, so we’ll have to see how this plays out in the primary.

*** UPDATE *** This development takes a huge argument away from Ald. Reboyras and hands the progressives a late win…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

5 Comments
  1. - Patent Pending - Friday, Nov 15, 19 @ 11:29 am:

    I look forward to reading the scoop on this development next week.


  2. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Nov 15, 19 @ 11:35 am:

    I would advise any candidate that wants to be elected to this position after appointment to just stay away and run in the primary instead. They should appoint a party elder to be the placeholder and then agree whoever wins the primary can be appointed.


  3. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Nov 15, 19 @ 11:57 am:

    “I’ve got this thing and it’s (expletive) kryptonite.” - Luis Arroyo


  4. - Teve Demotte - Friday, Nov 15, 19 @ 1:09 pm:

    It appears Delgado is running as she is in the process of gathering petition signatures.


  5. - Father Ted - Friday, Nov 15, 19 @ 1:45 pm:

    Agreed with Rich that she would be terrific but needs to steer clear of this mess. She’s smart and cares about the city and its communities.

    Unfortunately, this is another case of trouble finding her (thorough no fault of her own) as she performs public service. Recall that she was put in a tough spot as a member of the police board on deciding how the board would handle the firing of Robert Rialmo.


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