* Gov. Pritzker was asked today if he supports the DGA’s efforts against Richard Irvin…
I’ve been a Democrat my whole life and I’ve supported not just the DGA, but the DCCC, the DNC and Democrats up and down the ticket both here in Illinois and across the nation. So, I think it’s important that Democrats be involved in telling the truth out there. And when it comes to what the DGA is doing here in Illinois, they’re simply telling the truth, which is more than the Irvin campaign can say. So they’re getting the word out about what the truth is about his record.
* Press release…
Continuing to build a statewide, grassroots-powered campaign, Democratic Secretary of State candidate Anna Valencia today announced her best fundraising quarter of the campaign, bringing in a total of $456,451 from January 1 through March 31– an increase of $127,000 from the previous quarter’s total of $329,131.
Valencia received 1,004 grassroots contributions of $100 or less. Since launching her campaign, Valencia has received more than 2,000 donations of $100 or less. The campaign has just over $1.1M in cash-on-hand. Eighty-nine percent of contributions came from Illinois donors.
“I’m so grateful for the grassroots supporters across our state who are backing our campaign because they know I’ll always fight for hard-working Illinoisans, not the wealthy and well-connected,” said Valencia. “Because of their support, we have the resources to share my story of being raised by working class parents in a union household and delivering bold and innovative ideas as Chicago City Clerk, a record I’ll build on as the first woman Secretary of State in Illinois history.”
“While her opponent has benefited from nearly a million dollars in family loans and has cultivated wealthy donor friends through his time as a Wall Street investment banker, Anna’s worked hard for every dollar she’s raised from grassroot supporters across Illinois who know she fought for them during the Trump and Rauner administrations,” said Cheryl Bruce, Valencia’s campaign manager. “With fewer than three months to go until the June 28 primary, we are in a strong position to communicate with Democratic primary voters about why Anna’s the best candidate to be on the ticket in November and to succeed Secretary White—who has endorsed Anna because he knows she will continue his legacy of leading with integrity and putting people first.”
* Press release…
Today the Villegas for Congress campaign released a preliminary estimate of the total funds raised since announcing his run for Congress on the birthday of the United States Marine Corps November of 2021. In the 1st Quarter of 2022, Villegas for Congress expects to report more than $390,000 raised bringing in approximately $775,000 since Alderman Gilbert Villegas entered the race for the newly created Third Congressional District of Illinois.
Campaign Magdalena Fudalewicz released the following statement:
“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the support from across the district and it’s a testament to the fact that Gilbert’s background and message are resonating strongly in his run for Congress,” said Magdalena Fudalewicz.
That’s almost double Delia Ramirez’s total.
* Daily Herald…
Candidates for congressional districts serving the North, West and Northwest suburbs are divided — almost perfectly along party lines — as to whether they’ll respect a strike by WTTW Channel 11 employees and not participate in election forums or interviews with the station.
Local Union 1220 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, representing technicians, graphic artists and floor crew members, walked out March 16 over work jurisdiction and job protection issues.
The Daily Herald asked more than 40 candidates running for Congress in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 14th districts if they intend to honor the picket lines. About half responded.
All but one of the Democrats who replied said they wouldn’t speak with WTTW until the strike is settled. Juan Aguirre, a Chicagoan running in the 3rd District representing parts of Cook and DuPage counties, said he’d appear on WTTW if asked. […]
Most of the Republicans who replied said they would speak with WTTW despite the strike. Three — Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso, who’s running in the 6th District, Winfield’s Justin Burau in the 3rd, and Susan Hathaway-Altman of the Geneva area, who’s running in the 11th — said they wouldn’t cross the picket lines.
* And a story which was covered here yesterday…
* Richard Irvin’s campaign acknowledges mailer blasting rival violated election code, blames the printer: In reaction to Irvin’s mailer, Bailey’s campaign retweeted a tweet from David Smith, executive director of the evangelical conservative Illinois Family Institute, a group opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage. “Wow! The Richard Irvin campaign is lying like a rug in an attempt to discredit the best GOP candidate in the primary race for #Illinois governor,” Smith’s tweet said.
* DPI: After nearly three months dodging reporters and voters, it is time for Richard Irvin to answer the question: Did you vote for Donald Trump?