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*** UPDATED x1 *** Kim Foxx is not on Madigan’s 13th Ward palm card

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

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* I asked the ward’s PR firm, Boyce Possley Communications, why the party-slated incumbent state’s attorney was not on the 13th Ward’s palm cards. Eileen Boyce…

We’ve weighed in on these races to date, and will continue to monitor all of the races.


*** UPDATE *** Looks like I stepped on Hannah. Sorry!…

Not a good look for the 13th Ward.

…Adding… Lightfoot and Preckwinkle actually agree on something…

With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, union members and labor leaders are joining together with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and President Toni Preckwinkle for a Labor Get Out The Vote Rally tomorrow, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m., in support of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

The rally will be held at the headquarters of Painters District Council 14, 1456 W. Adams St. in Chicago, who will be announcing their endorsement of Kim Foxx. Speakers to include Painters District Council 14 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer John Spiros, Mayor Lightfoot, President Preckwinkle, and State’s Attorney Foxx.

WHO: Labor leaders and union members from the Painters District Council 14, SEIU, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Chicago Teachers Union, and other unions along with Mayor of the City of Chicago Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
WHAT: Labor GOTV Rally for Kim Foxx
WHERE: Painters District Council 14 Headquarters

…Adding… Perhaps this 2019 story is why?

A Cook County grand jury has subpoenaed city election records related to 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn’s challenge to a college student’s nominating signatures during the last City Hall campaign, the Tribune has learned.

Quinn, the hand-picked alderman of House Speaker Michael Madigan, the 13th Ward’s Democratic committeeman for decades, soundly defeated David Krupa, a DePaul University student, in the Feb. 26 City Council race.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Paddyrollingstone - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:29 pm:

    I hope its a don’t back no losers thing.

  2. - Marquee - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:30 pm:

    So if the speaker is endorsing 3 Biden delegates, do we take that as an endorsement of Biden for President?

  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:32 pm:

    Make no Waves, Back no Losers?

    Maybe polling, to the micro 13th Ward, or the macro, countywide, don’t look great?

    Bill Conway making deals in the Wards… “just keep her off the palm card”… ?

    It’s not… nothing, but is it something?

  4. - NotBecky - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:33 pm:

    He’s got a bit of a history of not supporting all the party-endorsed candidates. A few years back he openly supported Marty Durkan over the party-endorsed Tom Greenhaw.

  5. - Marquee - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:36 pm:

    Flynn is similar to Durkan for water rec this time around. She’s not slated but she is heavily supported by labor.

  6. - DIstant watcher - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:37 pm:

    There are a lot of missing offices on that; is there a reverse side or another longer handout?

  7. - Marquee - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:40 pm:

    Kim Foxx probably would probably rather not see her name on the 13th or 14th Ward palm cards to be honest.

  8. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:41 pm:

    Or maybe they are old, white and racist

  9. - Palos (D) - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:43 pm:

    Many CPD officers live in the 13th. Not big fans of Foxx.

  10. - Southwestsider - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:46 pm:

    Good political move for the 13th Warders.
    All politics is local. Kim Foxx and her soft-on-crime approach don’t play well outside the progressive bubble.

  11. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:47 pm:

    She seems like a tough sell in that ward. For what it’s worth I know of another normally reliable Madigan ally nearby that area who is openly supporting Conway. I suspect there are plenty of others.

  12. - Reality Check - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:51 pm:

    @Marquee that’s nonsense. Those wards cast 23,000 votes in the 2016 state’s attorney’s race. Anyone who didn’t want their name in front of those voters would be a fool.

    Rich, do you know whether Foxx was on the 13th Ward palm card in 2016, when she was also the party’s slated candidate despite challenging an incumbent (Alvarez)?

  13. - Victor Kingston - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 12:56 pm:

    Smart money is on polling data come back with Foxx underwater in the SW suburbs. No reason to back a candidate that causes your voters heartburn.

    -Kim Foxx probably would probably rather not see her name on the 13th or 14th Ward palm cards to be honest.-

    If this was true, Foxx deserves to lose for pure political malpractice.

  14. - VerySmallRocks - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:00 pm:

    Maybe it’s the Southwest Side that is in a political bubble, with Cadillacs with fins still driving around.

  15. - Responsa - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:01 pm:

    The omission of Foxx’s name might be what some would consider a “clue”. Anyone who has been following the news of late knows that this, uh, reverse endorsement has nothing to do with the color of her skin.

  16. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:06 pm:

    I understand the symbolism, and maybe palm cards still sway voters in the 13th Ward (but I doubt it). The drama over who is and who isn’t listed on palm cards has been going on my entire professional career, since the late 1980s. I remain as convinced as ever that it is much ado about nothing, an insider’s game and something to talk about and nothing more.

    Maybe I’m nuts, but i refuse to believe that a voter on the way to the polls, who still hasn’t made up his or her mind yet, for a high profile race like State’s Attorney, is going to vote for the guy recommended by a local ward heeler?

    Sure, obscure races like judge, you might think go with the local pick because who knows? But palm cards are a relic from a (hopefully) by-gone era of semi-literate voters who once enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with the Cook County Democratic Central Organization.

    And don’t get me started about yard signs…

  17. - Sean - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:10 pm:

    Lipinski had a photo with Bill Conway on his Facebook page up for about two hours last week before removing it. Maybe a formal endorsement from him is coming soon?

  18. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:18 pm:

    === Not a good look for the 13th Ward===

    Feels a great deal like 1950s Chicago.

    That’s not a compliment

  19. - revvedup - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:28 pm:

    Foxx is in serious trouble, despite the Party’s insistence in backing her, so Madigan isn’t supporting Foxx. Maybe the MWDGC vote isn’t “big” enough to warrant Madigan’s support. I don’t see a racially-motivated issue here, but I see how people could reach that conclusion.

  20. - Paddyrollingstone - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:34 pm:

    Say what you want about the Speaker (and I’m sure some of you will), but I don’t think he’s a racist. He likes backing winners so hopefully he’s not backing her because he thinks she is going to lose.

  21. - Blue flu - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:36 pm:

    There are so many cops that live in the 13th ward neighborhoods of Clearing and Garfield ridge. As much as Madigan might want her on the ballot it would end the relationship the precinct captains have with most of the police families.

  22. - Powdered Whig - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:38 pm:

    === I understand the symbolism, and maybe palm cards still sway voters in the 13th Ward (but I doubt it). ===

    It has more sway in the 13th Ward than any other part of Cook County.

  23. - Oak Parker - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:49 pm:

    State’s Attorney and President are the races where people are going to make up their own minds this time around, so palm cards really won’t matter. Judge, water rec & clerk of the court are a different story though

  24. - Rutro - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:51 pm:

    @ OW;
    It’s more like the 60’s/70’s. Daley Thompson, Bonoma, Lipinski, Flynn (not sure if she’s related to his predecessor).
    A funnier question is how many of these candidates list Madigan as endorsing them? Any?

  25. - Centennial - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:52 pm:

    It’s actually way more interesting, to me, that DuBlucet (former House member) and Cam Davis were left the MWRD list.

    Kim, Cam, and Eira are slated, but Kim, Cam, and Flynn got the endorsement from Labor. Yet, only Flynn and Eira make the 13th ward ballot. Probably a good story there, and I doubt it has anything to do with race.

  26. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    === It’s more like the 60’s/70’s===

    You’re far more right than wrong. My reason for picking the 1950’s was a ward not ignoring was happening (60s/70s) but thinking what is happening or going on doesn’t exist, like oblivious of life outside the border of their Ward.

    Again, you ain’t wrong.

  27. - Regular democrat - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:58 pm:

    Davis stands in the way of the MJM agenda at MWRD which is jobs contracts and more contracts

  28. - Powdered Whig - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 1:59 pm:

    === I understand the symbolism, and maybe palm cards still sway voters in the 13th Ward (but I doubt it). ===

    Perfect example is the Marty Durkan Water Rec Race from 2016. As someone mentioned above, the County Dems went with Greenhaw. Durkan got over 64% in the 13th Ward - higher than anywhere else.

  29. - also - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:07 pm:

    only the Biden delegates who are men but not the 3 who are women?

  30. - Thomas Paine - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:08 pm:

    Palm cards in the 13th ward are not going to convince anyone to vote for Kim Foxx.

    That’s a face-to-face conversation:

    “How do you feel about the state’s attorney’s race? …I understand you might not be able to vote for Foxx, I feel the same way, but Conway has a lot of problems, can I ask you to just skip that race?”

    If they can drive up the drop-off rate, they will have helped Foxx as best they could.

    As for Dublucet, she is aligned with Kari Steele, whose husband Maze Jackson has made himself a sworn enemy. She is not getting any help from those precinct captains.

  31. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:11 pm:

    ===Durkan got over 64% in the 13th Ward - higher than anywhere else.===

    I get it. I do, really. It wasn’t the palm cards that boosted Durkan, it was all of the door-to-door work in advance that carried 13 for him. The palm card is the tell, and by the time another candidate sees the palm card, the damage is done. And now with early voting, Foxx gets to learn she was dumped by MJM a few weeks sooner than normal.

    The palm cards, by themselves, persuade no one.

  32. - AlfondoGonz - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:32 pm:

    Cook County ASA here. Myself and plenty of my colleagues, including division supervisors, have lost faith in Foxx. I say vote her out.

  33. - Rutro - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:32 pm:

    12 candidates, only three women, one Hispanic? They used to be better at pretending. He may deliver great garbage pickup services, but a move like this could/should backfire.

  34. - Rutro - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:42 pm:

    @47thward, I totally disagree (and I’d bet a sandwich the numbers support MM’s palm card is worth a whole bunch).

  35. - Druid Eye - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 2:47 pm:

    A simple fact you would know if you lived in the 13th Ward is this….the palm cards, by themselves, absolutely still persuade voters in the 13th Ward. The Pct Cptns in the 13th Ward are community representatives, and provide services for constituents year round. That’s how Madigan runs it. Yes the Organization remains a relic of the past.

  36. - BigLou - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 3:17 pm:

    Maybe the omitted people did not pay their portion of the palm card printing fee.

  37. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 3:23 pm:

    You’re right Druid, I’ve never lived in 13.

    But I know enough about the ward organization to know it is extremely rare for the first contact between a voter and the Ward organization to be a palm card on Election Day. I suppose it happens, but again, it’s rare. The 13th Ward captains know pretty much all of their voters. The palm card is the last reminder, not the first.

    That’s what I was trying to say. That, and that in other wards, palm cards are equally worthless as an election changing strategy. But they give volunteers something to do on Election Day, so there’s that.

  38. - Altgelds Ghost - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 3:48 pm:


    You may say MJM is not a racist.

    I do not know what’s in his heart.

    I judge him by his actions.

    Not one Person of Color has held any of the top positions in the House Democratic Caucus since MJM took Charge.

    No person of color as Chief-of-Staff.
    That’s none, ever in 40 years.

    No person of color as Legal Counsel.
    That’s none, ever in 40 years.

    No person of color as Issues/Political Director.
    That’s none, ever in 40 years.

    No person of color as Clerk of the House.
    That’s none, ever in 40 years.

    No person of color as Research/Budget Director.
    That’s none, ever in 40 years.

    Look at the record and judge for yourself.

    MJM has a long history of supporting white candidates over people of color and surrounding himself with all-white top staff.

  39. - Powdered Whig - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 3:53 pm:

    === But I know enough about the ward organization to know it is extremely rare for the first contact between a voter and the Ward organization to be a palm card on Election Day. ===

    That makes more sense. The reason why the candidates on the palm card are supported in the 13th Ward is the fact that the Precinct Captains put in the work and have relationships with their voters that are unlike anywhere else.

  40. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    - Altgeld Ghost -

    Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth?


  41. - Druid Eye - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 4:36 pm:

    47th Ward…I agree with you that the Palm Card is not the end all for any Organization, including the 13th Ward. However….with it being impossible to have a first contact with all your voters prior to Election Day…it is not unusual in the 13th Ward for a good percentage of constituents first contact is that act of being handed the Palm Card. In fact….many still ask for it. I think the bigger question is how it is all changing with Early Voting. The days of greeting all your voters on Election Day is a thing of the past. Certainly more difficult to control the vote.

  42. - West Side - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 4:58 pm:

    Flynn for MWRD wasn’t slated. She appears to be the labor candidate. Why would Madigan dump Cam Davis and Kim DuBuclet, but keep Eira L. Corral Sepulveda? What is Eira L. Corral Sepulveda’s relationship with Madigan?

  43. - No so innocent bystander - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 5:18 pm:

    I don’t remember, was Foxx on the 13th Ward Palm Card in 2016? Was Alvarez?

  44. - johnnybgood - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 5:19 pm:

    Eira L. Corral Sepulveda is Chuy’s candidate. Speaker and Chuy have some sort of agreement.

  45. - Tom Willis - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 5:33 pm:

    Marty Quinn and Mike Madigan run the 13th Ward well.

  46. - charles in charge - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 9:28 pm:

    == Cook County ASA here. Myself and plenty of my colleagues, including division supervisors, have lost faith in Foxx. I say vote her out.==

    My biggest complaint with Foxx is that she didn’t immediately clean house, and has allowed people within her office, like this commenter, to openly undermine her without repercussion.

  47. - check the record please - Thursday, Feb 27, 20 @ 10:21 pm:

    - Altgeld Ghost - Art Turner Sr. & Junior, Will Davis, Jehan Gordon, Marlow Colvin, Karen Yarbrough, Mary Flowers, Lou Jones, and Al Riley have/are AA’s and have been Asst. Majority Leaders in the House.

  48. - BB Queen - Friday, Feb 28, 20 @ 7:58 am:

    Once a race significantly goes up on network TV, ward organizations influence goes down significantly. Sometimes, it’s more prudent to save your asks for other less advertised, down ballot races. This calculus goes on in every ward organization throughout the entire city (unless you’re so disorganized that you don’t print palm cards at all).

  49. - Tom Willis - Friday, Feb 28, 20 @ 10:38 am:

    Mike Madigan’s other allies include(d): Frank Olivio, 13th Ward Alderman, Silvana Taberes, 3rd Congressional District State Central Committeewoman and Iola McGowan (past) & Karen Yarbrough, Vice Chair of the Illinois Democratic Party

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