* Daily Herald…
Republican congressional candidate Jim Oberweis will continue to air a misleading advertisement about Democratic rival Lauren Underwood.
The Daily Herald, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association’s PolitiFact Illinois fact-checking enterprise have disproved the 30-second commercial’s implication that Underwood described recent looting and riots as “beautiful protests.”
But that hasn’t been enough to sway Oberweis to pull the spot.
“The ads are staying up,” campaign spokesman Travis Akin said in an email this week.
The ad begins by saying, “Betsy Londgrigan is lying to you,” then using a quote of her saying, “I have not taken any money from Speaker Madigan.”
The narrator continues, “The truth is Madigan spent nearly $300,000 to elect Londrigan.”
That $300,000 did not come from the controversial Illinois Speaker of the House, but from the Democratic Party of Illinois.
While Madigan is the chairman of the party, the group party is dedicated to electing Democrats to offices in all of Illinois and makes donations to numerous Democratic candidates.
So that claim is false.
* Another one from KMOV…
The [Dirksen Londrigan] ad goes to state, “The PPP loan debacle; Davis’ family got to the front of the line for a million dollar payout.”
It’s true that Davis’ father and brother own several fast food franchises in central Illinois and they did receive federal PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) funds.
But there is no evidence showing Rep. Rodney Davis had anything to do with his family getting PPP.
And the Davis campaign stated that he “has no financial stake or involvement in his dad and brother’s franchises and was not involved in their PPP loan application through their local bank.”
The claim is misleading because there was no line to get PPP, and to date almost 700,000 businesses received government aid.
The ad also says, “and he (Davis) voted to keep it secret while businesses and families suffered.”
Davis did vote “No” in those measures, which did not pass the U.S House, but the first bill cited in the ad would only have disclosed those business that received more than $2 million in PPP. Davis’ family received less than that.
* Center Square…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker didn’t answer questions Wednesday about why the Vote Yes For Fairness campaign spent more than $10,000 with Facebook to promote a fake tweet in an effort to persuade voters to support a progressive income tax amendment.
Pritzker has given $56.5 million to Vote Yes For Fairness, which is working to persuade voters to change the state’s flat income tax to a progressive income tax system with higher rates for higher earners. Voters will decide on the constitutional amendment on Nov. 3.
On Oct. 9, Vote Yes For Fairness shared a screenshot on Facebook of a tweet from @Liz_Uihlein. The Uihlein family owns Uline, one of the largest companies in Illinois. Vote Yes For Fairness also spent between $10,000 and $15,000 to promote the fake tweet on Facebook, with a potential reach of more than 1 million people, according to publicly available information from the social media giant.
The fake account purportedly belonged to Liz Uihlein, president of Uline. But Liz Uihlein said through a spokesperson that the Twitter account was fake. The account soon was removed from Twitter. But Vote Yes For Fairness kept its Facebook ad promotion of the fake tweet going through Tuesday, several days after it was disavowed.