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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* McLean County Republican Party’s Facebook page

From Chairman Connie Beard:

“It is very discouraging when a candidates resorts to distortions and lies to win votes. It’s even more discouraging when they wear the label Republican. The current campaign tactics used by the Irvin campaign exceeds normal “tough campaign tactics”. For those of us who know these men it is hard to see them so totally misrepresented. The bylaws of the McLean County Republican party do not allow me to endorse in a contested primary. Rightly so as our role as a party should be to allow our Republican voters to have access to all candidates to let them make the decision at the primary. But I can not stay silent when such mailers as these pile up in our mailboxes. Having a large war chest for campaign funds does not mean it needs to be used in such a fashion. I urge voters to not listen to mass mailings but to learn for yourselves who these people are that ask for your vote.”

She doesn’t seem all too happy.

* Speaking of which…


* IFT…

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) Executive Board voted on Saturday, May 14 to endorse candidates for federal, state, and judicial races in the June 28 Primary Election.

The endorsements are the result of the union’s robust candidate review process, which includes candidate questionnaires and surveys, regional discussions, and thorough consideration by board members. IFT’s Executive Board is comprised of 40 elected individuals who represent our diverse local unions statewide.

The IFT had previously early endorsed Alexi Giannoulias for Secretary of State, State Representative Delia Ramirez for U.S. Congress (3rd District), Nikki Budzinski for U.S. Congress (13th District), and Justice Mary Kay O’Brien for Illinois Supreme Court (3rd District).

This Primary Election is an important one; it’s a critical step toward electing lawmakers in June who share our union’s values and will strive to create the future we all deserve. Candidates who have earned the IFT’s endorsement have expressed staunch support for vital public services and a commitment to public education at every level.

IFT President Dan Montgomery said, “We are proud to support these women and men who have demonstrated a will to protect collective bargaining and champion public education and public services. These outstanding candidates represent the collective values of our membership and a desire to work with us to advance our shared goals on behalf of students and communities.”

The complete list of IFT 2022 Primary Election endorsements is available here.

* IEA…

The state executive committee of the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) has recommended four candidates in the Illinois Congressional primary races.

IPACE is recommending Delia Ramirez for in the Congressional District 3 Democrat primary, Rep. Sean Casten in the Congressional District 6 Democrat primary, Brad Schneider for Congressional District 10 Democrat primary and Jonathan Logemann for Congressional District 17 Democrat primary.

The following quote can be attributed to Kathi Griffin, IEA president:

    “We are excited to recommend Delia Ramirez, Sean Casten, Brad Schnieder and Jonathan Logemann in the Illinois primary for Congress. These candidates put public education first and know our educators deserve a voice when it comes to education policy. We look forward to working with these politicians and providing the important perspective that only our teachers, paraeducators, professors and support staff can provide, so we can make sure every student continues to have access to the best public education possible.

    The IEA is especially excited to be supporting Logemann because he is an IEA member and teacher. He truly knows what supports are needed for our teachers and students because he lives it every day. We need his voice in Washington to both amplify and advocate for public education issues.”

Griffin said it is important that IEA members have a chance to weigh in on candidates running for office in Illinois, whether it be in school board races, legislative contests or for the state’s constitutional officer positions.

“There is a deep connection between schools and elected officials,” Griffin said. “Nearly everything that happens inside a school is governed by a decision made outside of it. The laws, rules and regulations put in place dictate education policy on everything, including curriculum, safety and even what students eat. Those who work in public schools and higher education in Illinois need the ability to listen to candidates and determine who best represents the cares and concerns of public education in our state.”

* Politico

— Former Gov. Pat Quinn has endorsed Thomas Maillard in his bid to represent that 62nd District of the state House.

— Former state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen has been endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO in her bid for the 31st District state Senate seat. She’s in a competitive race against Dem Rep. Sam Yingling. Here’s the full list of AFL-CIO endorsements

Why Republican candidates in 66th House District are running for office, by Shaw Local’s Aaron Dorman

Maillard is up against fellow Dems Laura Faver Dias and Terry Wilke to replace Rep. Sam Yingling, who is running for Senate.

* The Republican candidates are all together in one room today…

* It goes without saying that she needs to do more than post digital ads…

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Anna Valencia today has released a new digital ad highlighting the endorsement she received from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. Secretary White notes the historic nature of his own election while encouraging Illinois voters to elect Valencia as the first woman to be Secretary of State.

“My election as Secretary of State not only made history by being the first African American to hold the office, but it allowed me to fix the problems that I inherited,” says Secretary White in the new ad. “And my approach was simple, I looked at the world through the eyes of taxpayers so I can make government work better for you.

White continues in the ad, “I’m proudly endorsing Anna Valencia to replace me. She will carry on our reforms and continue our progress just as she has as City Clerk. I believe in my heart that Anna Valencia will be an outstanding Secretary of State. Let’s make history again by electing the first woman to the Secretary of State’s office.

Last week, Valencia released an ad featuring endorsers including Planned Parenthood Illinois Action President and CEO Jennifer Welch, Illinois State Representative Ann Williams and Cheryle Jackson, CEO of Grit and Grace. The ad highlighted Valencia’s commitment to reproductive justice and history of working alongside women elected officials and community leaders fighting the Trump and Rauner administrations.

The spot

* Press release…

Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) released the following statement upon Governor Pritzker’s announcement that Illinois will be rejoining the federal Title X program and putting the funds towards the Illinois Family Planning Program, which includes Planned Parenthood.

“The Hyde Amendment and federal law prohibit funding for abortion or abortion services,” Miller said. “Governor Pritzker may support aborting 9-month-old babies in the womb, but he can’t use tax dollars to pay for it.

President Trump was right when he issued a rule prohibiting Title X from going to Planned Parenthood because they provide abortion services. I joined H.R. 243, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to ensure that this Trump-era policy stays in place. We must stand up for the unborn and I will not stop using my voice to speak on behalf of those who have no voice.”

* Other stuff…

* Early voting in the Illinois primaries starts Thursday. Here’s how to cast a ballot.

* Sen. Syverson wants special session to cap Illinois’ sales tax on gas


  1. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 2:54 pm:

    Irvin is burning many bridges with the Trumpified Republican infrastructure throughout the state. Rauner did the same, but he lied to them enough and promised them enough money to keep them placated enough to at least not publicly diss him and allow his campaign staff into their events.

  2. - Arsenal - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:00 pm:

    Irvin’s lack of feel for the county parties is interesting, tho my impression is that they don’t really move too many votes anyway.

  3. - RKFD guy - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:02 pm:

    Interesting that IFT went with Wallace and IEA with Logemann.

  4. - Roadrager - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:03 pm:

    I am reminded of Chevy Chase faking his way through being an airplane mechanic in “Fletch.”

    “It’s all Madigan nowadays.”

  5. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:07 pm:

    ==Interesting that IFT went with Wallace==

    And with Alexi too.

  6. - vern - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:12 pm:

    More headscratching union behavior in the Yingling-Edly Allen race. You’d think a vote against the minimum wage increase would be disqualifying for AFL-CIO. I can’t think of a comparative anti-worker vote Yingling has taken, and he’s the favorite in both the primary and the general. What gives?

  7. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:15 pm:

    You don’t hear too much from Pat Quinn these days.

    Which is, of course, OK.

  8. - Roman - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    == she needs to do more than post digital ads…==

    Especially now that Alexi has gone negative on her. Saw a hit piece during Morning Joe this morning on MSNBC about her husband’s lobbying controversy. Oof, it’s tough.

  9. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:38 pm:

    I would have more respect for the McLean County chair if she wasn’t a Trumper and hadn’t been quoted earlier about 2020 being a stolen election.

  10. - RTT - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:52 pm:

    Logemann is an IEA member, going with anyone else would have been unheard of. It IS interesting that IFT went with Wallace, endorsing against a current public school teacher.

  11. - Medvale School for the Gifted - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 3:56 pm:

    So Irvin can diss. What else ya got, Irv?

  12. - Nefarious Veneer - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 4:06 pm:

    There haven’t been this many Republicans in the Trib edit board since Bruce Dold’s crew left.

  13. - Demoralized - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 4:14 pm:

    Is there anything that Richard Irvin doesn’t lie about? He lies about his own record by saying things that are in direct contradiction to what he has done in the past. And these mailers and ads against Baily and Sullivan are just beyond ridiculous. How anyone could have an ounce of respect for Richard Irvin is beyond me.

  14. - JT11505 - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 4:20 pm:

    I honestly can’t remember the last mailer that I saw that had a positive message about the candidate. Everything I’ve gotten just lambasts the opponents. Is that all there is anymore?

  15. - The Velvet Frog - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 4:29 pm:

    “Governor Pritzker may support aborting 9-month-old babies in the womb”

    And…I guess he may not?

    Along those lines: “Mary Miller may cook babies and eat them.”

  16. - The Velvet Frog - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 4:38 pm:

    Not to mention that nine month old babies are by definition nine months past birth. How does she imagine that nine month old baby somehow gets back in the womb, much less aborted there?

  17. - David Thompson - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 6:20 pm:

    Can the obviously dishonest Irvin campaign be the first case for Biden’s new disinformation agency to show it works?

  18. - illini - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 6:24 pm:

    @ velvet frog - now you can see what kind of mental giant has been representing me for the past 18 months. I’m almost glad that, regardless of who wins her primary, Mike Bost will become my congresscritter after January. At least he is a consistent and predictable “conservative”, but not necessarily a crazy one.

  19. - MoralMinority - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 10:04 pm:

    I am also glad that Mike Bost will be my Representative instead of Mary Miller. I think he will be more Old School Republican than goofy Mary, even though I think he has had a milder case of Trumpitis. I really wish it was still Shimkus who never failed to respectfully respond to my correspondence on an issue whether he agreed with my stand or not. Mary has never sent me a reply to any issue correspondence other than to put me on the list to receive her weekly email Trump fanletter. I guess when you spend so much of your time fawning on Trump, hanging around with wacky people like MTG, promoting conspiracy theories, and being driven around by a pedophile chauffeur, you haven’t got much time left to attend to constituent concerns.

  20. - The Velvet Frog - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 10:10 pm:

    Generally I’m not a fan of gerrymandering and redistricting to intentionally get rid of people. But if they manage to make her go away, it’s worth it. I’m fine with actual conservatives but at some point the nutjobs cross a line and need to go. I expect reps like that in arkansas or nebraska but here in IL they’re an embarrassment.

  21. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, May 17, 22 @ 10:51 pm:

    ===From Chairman Connie Beard===

    I would be pretty mad if I was the elected leader of an organization that insisted on clinging to a history of sexism and exclusion out of “tradition.”

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