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Thursday, Jun 2, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* The Daily Herald endorsed Steve Kim for attorney general. But check out the soft-pedal job on the other GOP candidates

His opponents — David Shestokas of Orland Park and Thomas DeVore of downstate Greenville — are talented attorneys and skilled critics of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s authority to mandate COVID-19 restrictions, but neither is apt to attract the broad support necessary to make them electable in November.


* CD1…

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted today to throw its support behind Jonathan Jackson, candidate for Congress in the 1st Congressional District race, giving him a full endorsement. The CTU is a 25,000-member organization of teachers, paraprofessionals, and clinicians that work in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system.

“I am honored and extremely grateful to receive this endorsement as I am a longtime supporter of the hardworking and dedicated members of the Chicago Teachers Union,” Jackson said in response to the endorsement announcement. “The importance of the roles CTU members play in our children’s education and thereby the future of the 1st District cannot be overstated.

* CD1…

Alderman Matt O’Shea of Chicago’s 19th Ward is announcing his endorsement of Pat Dowell for Democratic Nomination for Congress in the First District of Illinois.

“I have worked closely with Pat Dowell for the past 11 years. She is hardworking and dedicated to her constituents and is a person of great character. Pat will be a strong voice for our community in Congress,” said Matt O’Shea, 19th Ward Alderman.

* CD6…

Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) released a new ad highlighting his work to address gun violence and his pro-choice record. The ad will run on Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Hulu through Election Day as part of a six-figure digital ad buy. This is the latest in a series of digital ads the campaign is running to highlight Rep. Casten’s work to protect a woman’s right to choose, pass real gun safety measures, and lead the charge on ethics reform. […]

My Congressman Script
“18, a big year. Lots of milestones. Like voting for the first time. But not just for anyone. Sean Casten is working to pass real gun reform, like universal background checks, to protect our neighborhoods and our classrooms. He’s fighting to make sure women can make their own healthcare choices. And he’s leading the charge on ethics reform because we deserve leaders we can trust. Sean Casten. My Congressman. But I just call him Dad.”

The ad is here.

* Scott Reeder at the Illinois Times

Mike Lawrence, former director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and a longtime observer of Illinois politics, lives in the 15th Congressional District and says he is concerned.

“Some people are writing off Mary Miller’s candidacy – I’m not one of them. I think she can win. I don’t trust the polling that is being done. And I know in primaries, both parties draw their most extreme elements out to vote. And if Donald Trump comes and campaigns for her, she very well could win.”

Lawrence noted that in his flyers, Davis is playing up his support for Trump.

“The only reason I can think that he is doing this is to mitigate any damage that might be done to his candidacy if Trump does come to the district and campaign for Miller. But he runs the risk of alienating more moderate Republicans by doing this,” he said. […]

Former U.S. Rep. John Shimkus still gives the edge to Davis.

“So, you’ve got a lot of the new district that has been in the media markets that Rodney has served,” he said. “And that means they’ve seen millions of dollars in ads for and against him. Even though they didn’t have to vote for him, he’s a known commodity. In that new area I’d guess that other than Trump, they don’t know much about Mary.”

* We’ve seen more out of district endorsements this year than usual, but this one takes the cake…

Today, Jonathan Logemann, Democratic candidate for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, announced the endorsement of former Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and former State Senator and candidate for Lt. Gov. and Congress Rita Hart (D-IA). Loebsack is a seven-term former Representative of Iowa’s Second District which covered Southeast Iowa including the Iowa side of the Quad Cities. Hart is a two-term former State Senator from Iowa’s 49th Senate District covering Southeast Iowa.

“It’s truly an honor to have the support of fellow educators and public servants Rita Hart and Dave Loebsack,” said Jonathan Logemann. “Dave and Rita each served their communities–locally in the State Senate, and nationally in Congress–with common-sense, results-driven leadership. Their work in bringing jobs and investments to their constituents is exactly what voters throughout Illinois’ 17th Congressional District expect from their next Representative. I am inspired by their lifelong commitments to education as well, both serving as educators in their communities.”

* Politico

Four candidates who won court battles to stay on the June 28 primary ballot are now facing appeals by challengers. Supreme Court candidates Nancy Rotering, Mark Curran and Susan Hutchinson, and Cook County Sheriff candidate Carmen Navarro Gercone, were removed from the ballot when objectors argued they didn’t have enough signatures (in the high court races) or the qualifications (in the sheriff’s race). Judges overruled the decisions and all four were put back on the ballot. But now the objectors are appealing that decision.

The cases are on an accelerated court docket because of the approaching election. Briefs are due today and tomorrow, and the court could rule as soon as Monday. Depending on the outcome, the candidates could take their cases to a higher court.

And the contest is less than three weeks away: “At this point, their names already are on the printed ballots. If ultimately the courts remove them, votes cast for those candidates would not be counted,” Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections, told Playbook.

She also had the Indo-American Democratic Organization’s endorsement list.

* Speaking of the Supreme Court…

Former IL State Senator and Elected Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen Endorses Judge John Noverini for IL Supreme Court

CARPENTERSVILLE, IL - Honesty, integrity and ethical behavior are promised to voters by candidates running for public office. Citizens are ready to support candidates who have demonstrated during their careers solid professional competence and consistent adherence to core traditional principles. This is why former Illinois State Senator and Elected Kane County Board Chairman is encouraging residents to vote for Judge John Noverini for Illinois Supreme Court 2nd District in the June 28th Republican Primary.

“I respect our local long-time Kane County resident Judge John Noverini because he personifies the Code of Judicial Conduct in his character and behavior, regardless of circumstance. I trust that Judge Noverini will preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution”, stated Lauzen.

* DGA…

In a candidate profile, Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin dodged a question about his top campaign contributors — trying to hide the well-known fact that megadonor Ken Griffin has been bankrolling his struggling campaign.

But Ken Griffin isn’t hiding his influence — in fact, he’s flaunting it. Griffin officially became the largest GOP megadonor in the country for combined federal and state campaigns this election cycle, a title he earned by dumping a record-breaking $50 million into Irvin’s campaign.

When asked who his top three campaign contributors were, Irvin employed the trusty old duck-and-dodge, saying his three main contributors are those who plan to vote for him, those who volunteer for him, and those who “contribute financially.”

Missing in that answer is $50 million worth of support from the wealthiest person in Illinois — a sum that constitutes the largest chunk of Griffin’s local spending. In return, Irvin concocts pay to play schemes to enrich Griffin and rewrites history to align himself with the megadonor’s platform.

“Richard Irvin will stop at nothing to hide from voters and obscure the truth,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Illinoisans deserve a transparent, honest leader — not one who ducks and dodges even when asked an easy, straightforward question. Illinoisans deserve better than Richard Irvin.”

* DGA…

With an endorsement from former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, Illinois GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey is doubling down on his stance as the single uber-conservative, far-right extremist candidate in the race.

Following an interview with Bailey on his “War Room” podcast, Bannon said: “Darren Bailey in Illinois, Doug Mastriano in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Andrew Giuliani in the state of New York — I tell you, if you get these guys in office, you’re going to turn this thing around.”

Here’s a refresher on Steve Bannon: he’s the former executive chairman of Breitbart News who served as chief executive of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and chief strategist for the Trump White House — holding so much power over Trump and the administration that he was nicknamed “the Great Manipulator.” That’s who just endorsed Darren Bailey.

The far-rights of the far right think Bailey is the true conservative for Illinois, and he’s embracing their support. Earlier this month, he announced former Trump advisor Steve Cortes’ support of his campaign, and he’s still vying for Trump’s endorsement ahead of the June 28 primary.

“With another MAGA endorsement under his belt, Darren Bailey’s doubling down on his stance as the single uber-conservative, far-right candidate in this race,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Darren Bailey is far too conservative for Illinois — and voters know it.”

* This is so wild…

…Adding… SoS…

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Anna Valencia announced today that she has earned the endorsement of Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin. The announcement comes as Valencia continues to build a broad, statewide coalition ahead of the June 28 primary election.

“Anna Valencia is a dedicated public servant with a proven track record of fighting for working families, and I’m proud to endorse her for Secretary of State,” said Treasurer Conyears-Ervin. “Anna’s passion for helping our communities—and her ability to deliver for them–are evident through her many accomplishments as Chicago City Clerk, such a modernizing city government and establishing the CityKey municipal ID program. As our next Secretary of State, she will build upon these successes to help Illinoisans across our state.”


  1. - Robin - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:15 pm:

    Noverini is an interesting person. He currently sits on the bench as a Democrat, but is running for the SC as a Republican!

  2. - Stormsw7706 - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:18 pm:

    Regarding Davis I have to say he lost me. I was going to support him in the primary. I don’t even recognize the guy anymore. At least Mary Miller has always been bonkers. Rodney made a choice to jump off the crazy cliff. So sad

  3. - former cubs fan - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:21 pm:

    you would think that a gov campaign with $50m and a candidate who doesn’t leave the house, they would have somebody to catch these silly mistakes. Irvin and his campaign are amateurish.

  4. - illini - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:21 pm:

    I have to admit that I am hardly thrilled that Mike Bost will likely be my new Representative, but at least I will no longer be embarrassed by Mary Miller.

  5. - The Real Downstate - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:23 pm:

    Idk if it’s that crazy that some IA politicians endorsed Logemann. The Quad Cities area on both sides of the river is very intertwined. Heck, the previous congressman from the area later moved to Iowa and ran for congress there too!

  6. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:39 pm:

    ===ran for congress there too===

    And lost.

  7. - The Real Downstate - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:51 pm:

    I think you’re missing the point. I’m saying the region is interconnected and this endorsement is perhaps not as crazy as you made it out to be. It’s the same media market. Same newspaper. Bustos has endorsed IA congressional candidates in the past too. Monica Vernon in IA1 in 2014 and Rita Hart in IA2 in 2020 come to mind.

  8. - cover - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 3:53 pm:

    = Honesty, integrity and ethical behavior =

    These are not words I associate with someone who tried to legally change his name to “Chris Lauzen CPA” since he wasn’t actually an accountant.

  9. - Proud Papa Bear - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 4:16 pm:

    I didn’t know Noverini was currently a Democrat. He probably just got wind that the parties have switched positions on just about everything since the Civil War.

  10. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 4:38 pm:

    -His opponents — David Shestokas of Orland Park and Thomas DeVore of downstate Greenville — are talented attorneys and skilled critics of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s authority to mandate COVID-19 restrictions, but neither is apt to attract the broad support necessary to make them electable in November.-

    “The Unabomber is quite eloquent and prolific, however, we are unsure that his questionable methods are likely to be successful in achieving his goals.”

  11. - Robin - Thursday, Jun 2, 22 @ 4:53 pm:

    Proud Papa Bear…I think he was a Republican, then became a Democrat, filed for the SC as a Democrat, then when it got crowded with real Dems, he switched to a Republican.

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