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Friday, May 27, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* The chair of the Lake County Democratic Party sharply criticized the fundraiser a couple of days ago

A gun raffle scheduled as part of the Lake Villa Township Republican Club’s annual fundraiser next month has been postponed indefinitely.

Club officials informally agreed via phone to hold off on the raffle for now, according to Dick Barr, vice chair of the Republican organization and a Lake County Board member.

The action comes in the wake of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. The Uvalde shooting earlier this week claimed the lives of 19 elementary schoolchildren and two teachers.

“It was a unanimous sentiment, in light of the tragic events, out of respect for the families of all affected, that this is not the right time for the raffle,” Barr said Friday.

* Tina Sfondeles

City Clerk Anna Valencia denied she used her position to help her lobbyist husband secure business opportunities — while former state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias defended his family’s failed bank on Thursday after the two squared off in a forum of Democratic candidates for Illinois secretary of state. […]

“I’m not the first woman running for office that has to say my husband doesn’t speak for me. I am my own person, my own woman. Period,” Valencia said. “And I decided that if my husband and I — if I win this race, my husband will have, and I, a strong firewall and will not do business with anyone in the state of Illinois.” […]

The secretary of state’s office oversees lobbyists, including statements of economic interest. And Giannoulias told reporters “people are sick and tired of lobbyists, the cozy relationship between lobbyists and elected officials.” But Giannoulias also insisted the campaign contributions he has accepted from lobbyists pose no conflict.

“Because, again, if you look at our ethics package — I’m not trying to be cute here. An elected official should not be allowed to lobby a different branch of government,” Giannoulias said. “I didn’t say they [elected officials] should not take money from lobbyists. I’m saying that they should not lobby other kinds of government.”

Weak answers from both.

* CD17…

Today, Jonathan Logemann, Democratic candidate for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, announced the endorsement of Rockford United Labor. RUL is the local labor council for the Illinois AFL-CIO, which has previously endorsed Jonathan’s campaign, and represents over 20,000 workers in the Greater Rockford area. With nearly 120,000 union members and their families residing in IL-17, Jonathan’s momentum with organized labor has far and away surpassed all other candidates, as the endorsement from RUL represents his 15th from organized labor.

…Adding… I forgot about this one. Sorry…

Jackie Grimshaw, one of former Mayor Harold Washington’s top legislative aides and the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, is endorsing State Senator Jacqueline Collins in her bid for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District.

“I’ve known Jacqui Collins since we worked together on Harold Washington’s mayoral campaign, and I believe she will continue his fight for progressive policies that serve families of every race, creed, and economic status,” Grimshaw said. “I urge everyone in the 1st District to support Jacqui in her bid.”

Both Jacqui Collins and Jackie Grimshaw got their first real taste of politics working on the revolutionary mayoral campaign of Harold Washington. The first Black mayor of Chicago, Washington pursued aggressive policies to help uplift the city’s minority residents and built bonds between Chicago’s Black and Latino communities. In a forward-thinking move, he created the city’s environmental affairs department.

“Before Harold Washington was elected mayor, he represented Illinois’ 1st District in Congress, and I would be overjoyed by the opportunity to continue his legacy,” Collins said. “Washington was a trailblazer who helped inspire me to run for elected office.”

* More…

* 13th Congressional District Democratic candidates face off in debate: “I think we need to go further and support red flag laws to support our law enforcement officers. Making sure those who shouldn’t have weapons, law enforcement has an ability to stop,” Democratic candidate Nikki Budzinski added.

* Sangamon County ‘exceeding expectations’ in early voting

* Three newcomers seek GOP nomination for state Senate District 49: Felicity Joy Solomon said she is tired of state legislators doing “whatever they wanted to do.” She belongs to a group called the Kingdom Conservative Party, which requires its candidates to sign a pledge to follow the group’s platform, she said. Solomon lives in Shorewood. Solomon is self-employed as a life coach. She is also the pastor of a Christian house church.


  1. - Excitable Boy - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:12 pm:

    - Weak answers from both. -

    Agreed. The only reason I’m going to have a stiff drink, hold my nose, and vote for Alexi is because at least at this point there’s no email from him saying he wished he had more clout so he could hook up his spouse’s business. Heck of a choice we get.

  2. - low level - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:14 pm:

    ==weak answers from both==

    And both Anna and Alexi are incredibly annoying at that.

  3. - low level - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:16 pm:

    ==Heck of a choice we get.==

    A generic Dem ought to be able to hold that office against a generic Republican in Illinois. David Moore fits that description. Why not vote for David?

  4. - NIU Grad - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:20 pm:

    “She belongs to a group called the Kingdom Conservative Party, which requires its candidates to sign a pledge to follow the group’s platform”

    Sounds legit.

  5. - Back to the Future - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:22 pm:

    Was at the luncheon.
    IMHO David Moore was head and shoulders over the other two candidates.
    He was better prepared, came across as a sincere candidate and demonstrated a good understanding of what the duties of the office actually are.
    Have to admit the snipping at each other by the other two candidates was really pretty nasty.

  6. - Arsenal - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:37 pm:

    ==A gun raffle scheduled as part of the Lake Villa Township Republican Club’s annual fundraiser next month has been postponed indefinitely.==

    But those guns are so popular.

  7. - H-W - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 2:43 pm:

    @ NIU Grad - Yep. Just what we need. A legitimate, literalist, Christian Kingdom managing the State of Illinois.

  8. - Henry Francis - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 3:01 pm:

    == Solomon is self-employed as a life coach. She is also the pastor of a Christian house church.==

    Quite a cv. I am amazed that she has time to be a pastor of her house, as the customers must be lined up around the block to get life coached by her.

  9. - H-W - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    Here is a PDF of the Kingdom Conservative Party Platform. It is scary to think candidates would sign this. Seriously scary.

  10. - harp5339 - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 3:27 pm:

    Felicity is sure busting stereotypes, I’ll give her that much.

  11. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 3:44 pm:

    “KCP believes that a man who does not work should not expect to eat”

    At least they are up front about these things being part of the conservative platform.

  12. - PublicServant - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 4:31 pm:

    Whoever wins Dem for SoS, I’m voting for them over the Griff puppet.

  13. - PublicServant - Friday, May 27, 22 @ 4:46 pm:

    First time I’ve heard of the Kingdom Conservative Party, amd I’m surprised the evangelicals (and life coaches, lol) are starting their own party. The fragmentation of the “Republican” party will continue, I do believe.

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