* Sen. Darren Bailey’s Facebook video has 10,000 views…
When you talk to your typical establishment politician, they’re going to tell you the same old, same old. They’re going to tell you that ‘Well, I think we have to have a moderate Republican to have any chance of winning the governor’s seat.’ Friends, I want to tell you, there shouldn’t be any such thing as a moderate Republican because a moderate Republican votes for things that are completely against the Republican platform. So I don’t know, maybe there needs to be a third party develop, or maybe some of these moderate Republicans probably need to slide over and run on the Democrat ticket. […]
Just a few days ago, many, many students were calling this coming week and next week to begin enrolling and taking their children to colleges here in the state of Illinois. Just a few days ago, many of these parents began receiving a letter stating that ‘Oh yes if you’re not vaccinated you can’t come on campus.’ So here’s what’s happening and here’s why all this has happened. Governor Pritzker, the governor hand picks the trustees of these colleges. The governor hand picks the people that serve on the Illinois State Board of Education [sic]. They’re not going to do what they want to do, they’re doing what the governor wants to do. So that’s what happens when we have a rogue and tyrannical leader at the helm that wants things his way. That’s why all this is coming.
So, you know, again, stand up to these colleges. Tell them of your disgust on this. And then you’re gonna have to make a hard decision. And that’s simply, probably, pulling your student out of that college and enrolling them in a college that is not going to require vaccinations. That’s what this is all about about. This is a sacrifice, this is the hard part of living in a free Constitutional Republic.
Please pardon any transcription errors.
* PolitiFact Illinois…
As Republican operatives were dropping U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’s name as the next potential rival to run against Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the GOP congressman was in southern Illinois visiting a coal plant that could get shut down if the governor gets his way.
Davis used the visit to criticize the governor’s support for a sweeping energy plan that could shutter every coal-fired power plant in Illinois by 2035, an idea many opponents lambast as one that will kill jobs and hike rates.
Davis called on Pritzker, a Democrat, to spare the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa, located south of East St. Louis. The plant provides power to municipalities in eight states, including a swath of Davis’ 13th Congressional District.
“The municipally owned Prairie State power plant is the cleanest coal-fired power plant in the nation,” he said during his June 18 visit. “The company is actively pursuing and adopting additional carbon sequestration and storage and emissions-reducing technologies, and they should receive support from state and federal agencies for their efforts.” […]
His office did not respond to our inquiry asking for evidence to back that up.
Experts told us there are multiple metrics by which to assess how “clean” a coal plant is, but federal data shows Prairie State does not come out at or near the top on any of them.
We rate Davis’ claim Pants on Fire!
* On to the IDCCA…
The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is proud to announce United States Senator Jon Ossoff (GA) as the guest speaker at the annual County Chairs’ Brunch.
The County Chairs’ Brunch has a history of attracting some of the highest national officials and is a premier event for Illinois Democrats. In previous years, the County Chairs’ Brunch has had the pleasure of hosting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA), US Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN) in the great state of Illinois.
Sen. Ossoff won his seat in the 2020 Georgia run-off, which gave Democrats the crucial 50-seat threshold in the United States Senate. This allows Vice President Kamala Harris to be the tie-breaking vote.
IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik released the following statement.
“I remember just this past January when we all had Georgia on our mind — we waited anxiously to see if Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock would help tilt the balance of the Senate in favor of the Democrats. They did, and we are seeing the fruits of our labor as Democrats in Washington pass legislation like the American Rescue Plan to help our country build back better. Jon Ossoff was the right candidate for the job, and we’re honored to have him join us in Illinois to inspire us to keep our Democratic majority in 2022.”
This year’s Brunch to kick off Democrat Day (now Governor’s Day) at the Illinois State Fair will take place on Wednesday, August 18th at 9:00 am CT at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. More information is available at www.ildccabrunch.org.
That annual brunch has been hugely successful for the IDCCA, but the Democrats haven’t been able to build on that for their concurrent Governor’s Day event. People got tired of listening to the same speeches delivered twice in a few hours, but instead of trying to find another way to interest attendees, the Democrats have basically given up and just hold a reception.