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Ives concedes

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020

* Jeanne Ives…

My campaign took up the cause of freedom, prosperity and peace. We gave voters a clear choice between my opponent who will raise taxes and grow government, and my belief that more taxes will solve nothing. The contrast was clear. And there is some solace in the defeat of the Progressive Income Tax, which I fought against as a state legislator. I have always believed that the people in this district deserve more determination over their lives than government has over their lives. This is the cause that brought me to this campaign, and sustained me for 18 months - through a global pandemic, shutdowns, riots and civil unrest.

The pain of our defeat is far, far less than the pain of the restaurant owners I’ve met who have been forced to watch a lifetime of work and investment be destroyed by a handful of bureaucrats. Or the parents I talked to whose children are suffering after being shut out of the schools and the activities they love. Or the friends who have packed up their families - and moved away from Illinois and all its dysfunction, because it just didn’t make sense anymore.

The serious issue before us today is the cause for which the Republican Party has stood in it’s finest hours: that is the cause of freedom, law and order and equality of opportunity. These noble ideals are vanishing under uninterrupted and unchallenged Democrat rule in Illinois.

Most importantly, the issue that lies before all of us is the overwhelming might that we have handed government - whether intentionally or ignorantly. We have created a situation in which a handful of people can - literally - decide which businesses win and which lose; they can decide to educate your children - or not; they even can dictate which among us are essential and which are not.

In this election, we ran against - not only Sean Casten - but members of both parties’ establishments, the media and other institutions that have protected entrenched interests for decades.

My team fought hard, but in the end the power of the opposition was too great. It is somewhat unclear to me what lies ahead for Illinoisans.

The foundation of the Republican Party has been freedom, smart government and equality under the law. My campaign believed in those principles and fought hard for them. We did not run from this struggle. Our party should welcome the contrast between our defense of liberty, diversity of thought, and peaceful discourse with the Democrats’ reckless spending, division and increasingly violent pursuit of a radical agenda.

For me, this campaign is over.

To those who supported us in this endeavor, thank you for staying the course and for sharing our hope for an “Illinois Reveille.” Over 18 months, our team grew to 847 volunteers in the field, 25,043 individual donors across the United States (90.6% small dollar donors), and countless prayer warriors. I am deeply grateful for your enthusiasm and generosity. I hope it will be said of our campaign that we kept the faith to the end.

Her next move?

Meanwhile, in CD14, Sen. Jim Oberweis is ahead by about 2,000 votes.

…Adding… Speaking of the Oberweis race…

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s reelection campaign released the following statement, attributable to Lauren Underwood for Congress spokeswoman Andra Belknap:

“Votes are still being counted in this race and this race remains too close to call. We’re excited to see record-breaking voter turnout across this community, and commend our county clerks offices for their work during this unprecedented election.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

37 Comments
  1. - Colin O'Scopy - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 10:56 am:

    Very sad that she can’t muster even one sentence of congratulations to Rep. Casten. She is just not a likeable person. That probably hurt her the most.


  2. - OneMan - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 10:57 am:

    == Her next move? ==

    To TN/TX/FL with their lower taxes and better schools?


  3. - Chambanalyst - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 10:58 am:

    Next move: senior consultant for Illinois Policy Institute


  4. - Anonamoose - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:01 am:

    Jeanne, we (wish we) hardly knew ye. Please go away.


  5. - bogey golfer - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:05 am:

    That’s a concession?


  6. - don the legend - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:13 am:

    ==…. forced to watch a lifetime of work and investment be destroyed by a handful of bureaucrats.==

    …destroyed by the virus.

    Fixed it for her.


  7. - SouthSide Markie - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:16 am:

    Jeanne Ives. Class to the end. Third class.


  8. - Jocko - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:18 am:

    Time for Jeanne to put on some sensible shoes and go (and keep) walking.


  9. - cover - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:20 am:

    = That’s a concession? =

    FWIW, it’s still better than Rep. Skillcorn could muster.


  10. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:24 am:

    Hate to see Commando go. Wonder her next taxpayer funded gig will be?


  11. - n-t-c - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:25 am:

    Has there been a nastier and less likable prominent candidate in Illinois in the last couple of decades than Jeanne Ives? It seems like she is the diametric opposite of Judy Baar Topinka.


  12. - Drake Mallard - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:49 am:

    Not that I relished the idea. But I bet she starts running for governor starting tomorrow.
    She can’t help herself.


  13. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:52 am:

    Governor, of course. I actually predicted that from the moment she started running for the 6th that that would be her next move. No reason to think otherwise.


  14. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 11:59 am:

    Maybe she’ll join the Bailey & Devore traveling circus.


  15. - Keyrock - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:07 pm:

    Are there enough mail-in votes out for Underwood to come back and win?


  16. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:38 pm:

    Ives is just a nasty person. Perhaps she should take some time and look inward to see that as a reason that maybe she didn’t win.


  17. - 1st Ward - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:38 pm:

    “Are there enough mail-in votes out for Underwood to come back and win?”

    Trib or Crains reported ~30K ballots pending.


  18. - Hard D - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:48 pm:

    Proft this morning on the phone with Ives. “ ok Jeanne let’s get the campaign for Governor going ASAP” Proft hangs up and immediately thinking about his 20% cut.


  19. - John Lopez - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:48 pm:

    IL-14: Jim Oberweis’ lead is only 895 votes according to unofficial returns. The VBM ballots returned and verified through yesterday were in the returns last night. The race is too close to call, and the outstanding VBM ballots will need to be counted between now and 11/24. For now, most would rather be in Oberweis’ position than Underwood’s.


  20. - AlfondoGonz - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:51 pm:

    “It is somewhat unclear to me what lies ahead for Illinoisans.”

    We’ll take it from here, former Representative Ives.

    Please don’t embarrass yourself with another run for governor.


  21. - Freedom's Just Another Word - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:51 pm:

    I’m not sure how anyone who is so vehemently anti-choice can say that are pro-freedom with any credibility.


  22. - MG - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 12:53 pm:

    Agreed. Please go away now.


  23. - Unconventionalwisdom - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 1:08 pm:

    Not surprised she lost.

    More surprised how readily Davis beat Londrigan.


  24. - Proud Papa Bear - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 1:08 pm:

    Does White Ives matter?
    I’ve been waiting months to type that.


  25. - Boone's is Back - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 1:18 pm:

    Not exactly a graceful concession speech by Jeanne.


  26. - walker - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 2:14 pm:

    Statement is full of Governor candidate talking points.


  27. - Joe the Bear - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 2:23 pm:

    unchallenged Democrat rule in Illinois.

    Unchallenged? What exactly did she think she was doing running against a Democrat?

    Does she not get that she lost the vote to a Democrat?


  28. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 2:26 pm:

    The best thing about Ives now is she’s gone for the next 14 months or so… until she runs for governor… again?

    Good luck, Jeanne.


  29. - Anonanonsir - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 2:45 pm:

    ==enough mail-in votes out for Underwood==

    My guess is that there are more votes to count than most expect, and they should trend Dem.


  30. - Not a Superstar - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 2:49 pm:

    Jeanne, how can we miss you if you never leave?


  31. - Animus - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 4:05 pm:

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

    Jeanne, please pay careful attention; the People are saying don’t let the door hit you in the… backside.

    Your schtick doesn’t play here any more. Maybe Florida, or a Dakota?


  32. - Tom - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 4:25 pm:

    Let’s hope Jeanie Ives - and ALL the candidates in EVERY race work as hard to get their campaign signs removed as they did to get them distributed.
    Today, all of those signs are litter that can & should be the responsibility of the person whose name is printed on them to make arrangements to have them removed. Give them a reasonable amount of time, put them on the clock and assess fines if not in compliance.


  33. - Turner - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 5:24 pm:

    This is Jeanne’s last run in Illinois. She is not crazy, just determined to win something that gives her a platform to sound off to a portion of the base of the GOP. The real numbers that lost the race for her were in her home in DuPage. Her remarks about other states I believe are telling to her plans. She may find a district in Indiana or Tennessee that looks doable after redistricting and jump state. From running shoes and flats she’ll have to adjust to a pair of boots.


  34. - Elliott Ness - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 6:40 pm:

    That upstate-downstate ticket of Ives-Bailey? One final beat down and take beetle with ya


  35. - Ralph/ Cash B. - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 6:46 pm:

    Good riddance Jeanne and consider doing many of us a favor and just take your sorry, self-pitying and overly righteous act to some other state. Or country for that matter. You had no chance against a class act such as Sean and in the end it showed and enough of the CDistrict 6 voters were sharp enough to see it.


  36. - 14th ward - Wednesday, Nov 4, 20 @ 7:02 pm:

    ===You had no chance against a class act such as sean? Maybe a bill foster or brad schneider would fit that bill, sean is 2% milk


  37. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Nov 5, 20 @ 6:11 am:

    ===Jim Oberweis’ lead is only 895 votes according to unofficial returns.===
    19 hours later those numbers haven’t budged.


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