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Monday, May 16, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jesse Sullivan at a Saturday candidates’ forum in Belleville

Sullivan believes the election is not “just a partisan battle” between Democrats and Republicans, but a “battle around our core values, a spiritual battle.” He believes Republicans are losing because “everyone buys into this idea of the separation of church and state.” Sullivan said he believes “faith values can insert themselves into government and they’re supposed to, and God belongs at the center of our politics.”

You can negotiate the substance of bills. You cannot negotiate the substance of someone else’s religious beliefs. And which God should be at the center of our politics?

* Also from the same forum, following this logic would lead one to conclude that Sen. Darren Bailey believes that all regulatory and criminal laws are needless

Asked about COVID-19 mandates, Bailey said he believes the role of government is to educate, inform and provide, but should leave it up to “we the people to decide how we’re going to live.”

* Let’s move on to Wikipedia

Sanctuary city refers to municipal jurisdictions, typically in North America, that limit their cooperation with the national government’s effort to enforce immigration law.

From June of 2019

Irvin said that Aurora joins with Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in, “prohibiting the use of our resources to aid or support ICE in its enforcement activities.”

Richard Irvin today on Tom Miller’s show

I do not support sanctuary cities. Aurora is not a sanctuary city. And when I’m governor, Illinois will not be a sanctuary state.

Sure, Jan.

* Irvin campaign…

On Friday, as the Democratic Governors Association doubled down on a multi-million dollar campaign to stop Aurora Mayor and Republican candidate Richard Irvin from becoming the next governor of Illinois, Pritzker finally admitted to reporters that he is personally involved in the pro-Bailey, anti-Irvin DGA television ads. While Pritzker tried to walk his comment back, the DGA later defended its coordination with Pritzker, telling the media that the ads “do not qualify as an ‘independent expenditure.’”

Pritzker’s decision to go all-in to support Darren Bailey in the Republican primary highlights the clear contrast between Republican Irvin and Democrat Pritzker. Pritzker pushed the largest income tax hike in Illinois history, signed the most pro-criminal law in state history and personally supported Mike Madigan’s criminal enterprise. Irvin, a combat veteran, former criminal prosecutor and successful mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city, lowered property taxes every year he was mayor, personally put violent criminals behind bars and defeated Madigan’s criminal enterprise when he ran for mayor.

Pritzker and Bailey, of course, have one big thing in common: they love to raise taxes. In a state with highest property taxes, Bailey voted to raise property taxes 13 times. Aurora property taxes, on the other hand, went down every year Irvin was mayor – because unlike tax-and-spend Pritzker and Bailey, Irvin cut spending and delivered economic growth.

In case you missed it, the Irvin campaign launched a new ad, “Proud,” on Friday to ensure Republican voters know that Pritzker is supporting Bailey, a fellow tax hiker, fearing he will lose re-election if he faces a proven tax-cutter and crime-fighter in Irvin.

* Politico

— Catalina Lauf has been endorsed by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik’s (N.Y.) Elevate PAC, or E-PAC. Lauf is running in the Republican primary for the 11th Congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Bill Foster.

— Former Democratic state Rep. Litesa Wallace has been endorsed by the progressive Our Revolution Illinois in her bid for the 17th Congressional District.

— Eric Sorensen has been endorsed by Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) in his bid for IL-17.

— John Fritchey has been endorsed by Congressman Chuy Garcia in his bid for judge in the 8th Subcircuit. Fritchey is a former state rep who also worked with Garcia when they were both Cook County commissioners.

* Whew. This Illinois US Senate candidate is quite something…

* AP

Michigan’s court seats are among the top priorities for the Republican State Leadership Committee, which plans to spend more than $5 million this year on state court races, a record for the group, said spokesman Andrew Romeo.

The group’s other priorities include the races in North Carolina as well as those in Illinois and Ohio — primarily to better position Republicans in the fights over drawing state legislative and congressional boundaries.

“People used to think redistricting was a 10-year fight,” Romeo said. “Now it’s going to be a battle every election cycle because there’s critical supreme court races every election cycle that have the ability to impact redistricting.”

* This was a government press release, but there’s definitely a campaign angle to it

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is granting the State of Illinois with $5.4 million in funding to support and expand access to equitable and affordable family planning services for low-income populations across Illinois.

Governor JB Pritzker made the announcement on Monday, sharing that in addition to this federal grant there is also $5.8 million in state general revenue funds, meaning the Illinois Family Planning Program will provide approximately $11.2 million in funding in state Fiscal Year 2023.

The funds will be divided among 29 delegate agencies that operate 98 family planning clinics throughout the state.

With the new HHS grant the Illinois Department of Public Health will be able to support access to Title X services under the Illinois Family Planning Program that were being restricted under the previous federal administration.

Under the previous federal administration a “gag rule” was imposed to block family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

“Now that the Biden administration has reversed Trump’s gag rule, I am proud to announce we have rejoined the federal Title X program and we’re putting record funding toward our Illinois Family Planning Program,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Let this record-breaking investment remind women that the state of Illinois trusts you to make your own choices. To choose what contraceptives are right for you. To choose whether you want to be a parent or not. And we will make sure that—on top of protecting your right to choose—you get the care that you deserve.”

Governor Pritzker announced in July 2019 that the State of Illinois would forgo federal Title X funding in response to the rule imposed by the Trump Administration that banned federal funding for contraceptives for low-income people, unless grant recipients pledged not to counsel on abortion options or refer to abortion services.

“Countless vulnerable people lost a lifeline when Title X funding was lost due to the Trump administration’s gag rule, and the restoration of that funding is now more important than ever as our constitutional right to bodily autonomy is under attack,” said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. “This $11.2 in critical funding is a step forward in ensuring people receive the reproductive care they need, and it will build on our commitment of a safe, welcoming Illinois for all.”

…Adding… DGA…

Last week, uber-conservative candidate Darren Bailey announced former Trump advisor Steve Cortes’ support of his campaign, solidifying Bailey’s stance as the most conservative, extreme candidate in this race.

On Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, Cortes said: “State Senator Darren Bailey is the man whom I’m supporting … He’s an America-first stalwart and fighter. He was a Trump delegate in 2020 — so Darren Bailey should prevail in this primary.”

That’s coming from a guy who calls himself an “American nationalist,” who was sacked from Newsmax after refusing to follow their vaccination policy, and who loudly voiced his disappointment that Trump wasn’t fascist enough as president.

The far-rights of the far-right think Bailey is the true conservative for Illinois. And Bailey’s embracing it wholeheartedly as he angles for Trump’s endorsement after meeting with the former president in Mar-a-Lago last month.

“This endorsement from one of Trump’s cronies further confirms what we already knew to be true: Darren Bailey is the uber-conservative extremist candidate in this race,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “With a potential endorsement from Trump himself looming and new polling showing the matchup between Bailey and Richard Irvin closer than ever, the GOP primary is a total toss-up. But one thing is crystal clear: neither of these top contenders has Illinoisans’ best interests at heart.”

…Adding… IEA…

Today, U. S. Congressman Sean Casten announced that the Illinois Education Association (IEA) has endorsed him for re-election. IEA, one of the largest unions in Illinois with more than 135,000 educators across the state, is full-heartedly supporting Rep. Casten in the Democratic primary for Illinois’s 6th Congressional District. As a tireless advocate for teachers and students, Sean is proud of his 100% pro-public education voting record and honored to have IEA’s support.

* Another endorsement…

Nabeela Syed, the frontrunner in the Democratic Primary to take on incumbent Republican State Representative Chris Bos of Lake Zurich, continues to add support over her opponent in the June 28 Democratic Primary Election.

Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL4) made the following statement when releasing his endorsement: “While the Illinois General Assembly is one of the more diverse state legislatures across the country, there is still more work to be done. By adding Nabeela Syed to the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, we can further our need for more voices from different backgrounds but also add a champion for welcoming and inclusive policies. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be a fierce advocate for northwest suburban families and stand up for all of her constituents.”


  1. - Lake Villa Township - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:03 pm:

    Piton was in 2nd place in the Emerson poll, have fun with that ILGOP. I did see a Wendt for senate sign in gurnee over the weekend though, first one for that race I’ve seen so far.

  2. - Arsenal - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:06 pm:

    ==In case you missed it, the Irvin campaign==

    …really just wants everyone to keep talking about the ads its opponents are running against it, for some reason.


  3. - Anyone Remember - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:15 pm:

    ” … faith values can insert themselves into government and they’re supposed to, and God belongs at the center of our politics.”

    Which version of the 10 Commandments? They’ve been fighting about that in Northern Ireland for a century now.

  4. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:17 pm:

    People talk about Alexi or Frerichs maybe being a drag on the Dem ticket, but the winner of this Senate primary could unleash a whole mess of crazy into the general election run up.

  5. - Demoralized - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:17 pm:

    I wonder if Jesse Sullivan realizes he’s not running for state pastor.

  6. - Big Dipper - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:18 pm:

    ==Asked about COVID-19 mandates, Bailey said he believes the role of government is to educate, inform and provide, but should leave it up to “we the people to decide how we’re going to live.”==

    I guess people can choose to opt out of the general consensus that murder and theft are prohibited.

  7. - Henry Francis - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:24 pm:

    A general who illegally lobbied for a foreign country and then lied to the Vice President of the United States about his dealings with another foreign country is labeled “One of the most important patriots in the history of our Republic”??

  8. - Demoralized - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:25 pm:

    I don’t know how anyone could work with Irvin if he were elected. He’s such a brazen liar how could you trust anything he ever says?

    And he keeps wanting to bring up the fact that this is the sort of stuff Governor Pritzker wants us to be talking about. Well of course he does. He’s gonna pound away at Irvin’s lies if he ends up being the nominee. Pritzker probably got commercials lined up where Irvin is showing his support to the Governor.

  9. - vern - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:28 pm:

    Every time Sullivan talks like this my anti-Semitism radar pings. How else am I supposed to interpret his message given that the target of his messaging is Jewish?

  10. - OneMan - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:29 pm:

    == And which God should be at the center of our politics? ==

    Mine, Duh.

    If your argument is that ‘we the people’ should decide things because of concerns about government, then logically wouldn’t you want government as far away from religion as possible, because if you think it can’t figure out masks, it sure can’t figure out salvation, right?

  11. - Ryan - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:30 pm:

    So, Bobby Piton is crazy. Good to know.

  12. - Nearly Normal - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:31 pm:

    Patriot General Flynn is fighting with the Department of Defense over the nearly $40,000+ he received from the Russians.

    “In a May 2 letter, the Army said Flynn may have violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution—which states that no person holding office can accept a gift from a foreign state—after he was paid by state-controlled television network Russia Today to attend a gala in December 2015.”

    Yeah that patriot.

  13. - Cheryl44 - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:35 pm:

    I agree with vern.

  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:35 pm:

    === Catalina Lauf has been endorsed by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik’s (N.Y.) Elevate PAC===

    This is not good for any General Election…

    Stefanik’s Twitter alone… whew

  15. - 47th Ward - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:37 pm:

    ===He believes Republicans are losing because “everyone buys into this idea of the separation of church and state.”===

    Somebody tell Fr. Sullivan that the notion of separating church and state has been around for a while, like enshrined into our law since 1789, long before there was a Republican Party.

    Who gave this guy $10 million and why?

  16. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:39 pm:

    All that’s missing from Sullivan’s performance art is “three miracles… it could be argued this performance art is his martyrdom.

  17. - Give Me A Break - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:44 pm:

    I would expect on election night at the Sullivan HQ, he will have one platter of finger sandwiches which will run out quickly, he will then turn the one platter into multiple platters of loaves of bread and fish.

  18. - Chucktown Jay - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:54 pm:

    ===Stefanik’s Twitter alone… whew===

    OW - Haven’t looked at it in a while, but last time around Lauf’s was quite something too

  19. - Oswego Willy - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    ===Lauf’s was quite something too===

    She likes to retweet conspiracy theorists.

  20. - Roman - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 3:11 pm:

    I keep waiting for someone to open fire on the “sanctuary city” front against Irvin. The reddest of red meat for Trump voters.

  21. - SAP - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 3:12 pm:

    Stefanik thinks that Lauf would be a good replacement for Foster–yikes.

  22. - Been There - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 3:36 pm:

    ==== we the people to decide how we’re going to live.”====

    Well you learn something new everyday. I didn’t know the Bailey was a supporter of gay marriage and allowing women to have abortions.

  23. - Manchester - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 5:19 pm:

    I cringe every time Sullivan opens his mouth. Religious zealots give me the creeps big time.

  24. - Anonymous - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 6:19 pm:

    Bailey said he believes the role of government is to educate, inform and provide, but should leave it up to “we the people to decide how we’re going to live.”

    Does this include access to abortion, candidate Bailey?

  25. - Steve Rogers - Monday, May 16, 22 @ 6:21 pm:

    Anonymous at 6:19 was me. Sorry.

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