* GOP gubernatorial candidate…
Gee. Strategies for equity and diversity. In a diverse state, of all places.
Also, clever phrasing, but $5.1 billion would be more than half of Illinois’ K-12 budget.
* Sullivan’s tweet is based on this Fox News story…
Blue states across the country are using billions of taxpayer dollars from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to push core tenets of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which the Democrats passed in March 2021 without any Republican support, was billed by the Democratic Party as a necessity for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the law provided over $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which helped multiple states implement “implicit bias” and “anti-racism” training, among other programs, according to research from One Nation shared with and verified by Fox News Digital.
Hi there –
Fox News reports Illinois is using $5.1 billion in COVID relief money to teach students Critical Race Theory.
Illinois is one of a handful of states “that have used or plan to use billions of dollars in ARP funding for their state education departments to implement certain tenets of CRT.”
NRCC Comment: “Illinois children are being taught Critical Race Theory because Sean Casten, Marie Newman, Bill Foster, and Lauren Underwood voted for Democrats’ corrupt socialist stimulus.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Courtney Parella
* Emily Bittner at the governor’s office…
This story is a sensationalized lie about a manufactured far right boogeyman. Illinois is committed to teaching history accurately and has worked to make schools more equitable and inclusive for all students and staff – which is a strange and troubling thing to see Republicans criticize. They want to take schools back to the 1950s, and Governor Pritzker stands firm in his commitment to make sure schools are safe and welcoming centers of learning.
“Instead of focusing on cutting costs, supporting our education system, or safeguarding public health, Illinois Republicans seem to be more interested in banning books, defunding public schools, and inserting their extremist views into the classroom,” said Jake Lewis, Deputy Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. “While the Illinois Republican Party moves even further to the right, Democrats have passed another balanced budget, led the state to its third credit upgrade, and fought to lower costs for all families. Illinois voters will not let the Republican Party roll back the clock on the progress our state has made.”
* Meanwhile, this looks like fun…
Today, Delia Ramirez’s campaign for Congress announced the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) which represents 14,000 members in Illinois, many living in the 3rd Congressional District, working for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
“Representative Ramirez has a track record of fighting to improve the lives of workers and every resident of Illinois. Her legislative accomplishments on affordable housing, healthcare for seniors and education are without a doubt exemplary of her unwavering commitment to working families. We are proud to support her campaign and look forward to continuing to partner with Leader Ramirez to fight for workers and infrastructure funding at the federal level,” said Deborah Cosey- Lane, Illinois State Conference Board President.
In addition, Representative Ramirez was also endorsed by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 294 and Peace Action, a political organization focusing on reducing the deployment of nuclear weapons and maintaining peace resolution at the center of U.S Foreign Policy.
* WGN’s Ben Bradley and Andrew Schroedter…
The harassment occurs via text messages, blasted out to voters across the south suburb. Three officials are in the crosshairs: Clerk Nyota Figgs, Alderman James Patton and Alderman Monet Wilson
The scope extends far beyond politics.
One message falsely stated Patton’s family participated in racially motivated attacks.
Another mocked the physical appearance of Wilson and her children, while another listed names of 17 men that Figgs allegedly slept with. […]
The three officials routinely clash with Thaddeus Jones, the mayor of Calumet City who doubles as a Democratic state representative.
In Wilson’s case, she says she wasn’t targeted by the texter until announcing she would run against Jones in the upcoming Democratic primary, for the 29th District state representative seat.
However, she and Patton and Figgs acknowledge they have no evidence tying Jones or his allies to the messages. And he denies any involvement.
* But of course…
* State Senate…
Rachel Ventura earned three new endorsements from Illinois-based organizations. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC, Equality Illinois, and Vote Mama were three state organizations who saw Ventura as the strongest candidate to win the 43rd State Senate seat.
* Russ Stewart…
The noisy emergence of police officer Erin Jones as an opponent of state Senator Rob Martwick (D-10) is interesting. Martwick has $348,515 on-hand, raised $119,089, and will be given another $100,00 by senate President Don Harmon’s (D) campaign committee. Jones has $4,584 on-hand, giving Martwick a 76-1 money advantage. Jones touts FOP’s endorsement, but needs more from the FOP, which has indicated that her candidacy is her top priority. Having survived a petition challenge from the Martwick camp, can or will FOP president John Catanzara deliver for her? […]
Tina Wallace got noticed when she reported $83,719 on-hand in her D-2s, compared to state Representative opponent Lindsey LaPointe’s (D-19) on-hand of $155,888. But $80,000 of that was a personal loan from Wallace, and she raised $20,000 from others but has only a few thousand left on-hand, She’s in trouble. Keith Thornton has withdrawn.
An interesting race is developing in the 15th District, vacated in 2021 by John D’Amico (D) to take a job with the Plumbers Union. D’Amico still has $316,047 on-hand, a bundle more than appointee Mike Kelly’s (D) on-hand of $22,222. D’Amico told me he would spend some of his money to nominate and elect Kelly, a Mayfair firefighter, who is facing a challenge from the Left in Michael Rabbitt, who has $25,115 on-hand.
The big question is what the campaign cash-rich charter schools will do in those Martwick and LaPointe races. And as long as Wallace is willing to spend the money she loaned her campaign, she has decent bucks on hand. Rep. Kelly will get the cash he needs, and he will also have plenty of help in the field. The Northwest Side is buzzing with political activity again, and we haven’t even mentioned Rep. Kathleen Willis’ Democratic primary in this post.
…Adding… The first round of Personal PAC endorsements is out. Click here. Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback isn’t on the list, but that could change. Also, no nod yet in the 16th Senate District primary between Lamont Williams and Willie Preston.