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Monday, Jun 6, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Greg Hinz

[Illinois Supreme Court candidate Nancy Rotering], in an interview, concedes that she never has been in court as a litigator and that her last employment as an attorney at law came a quarter century ago, when she left as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery to focus on raising a sick child. However, she adds, she’s been a practicing attorney for 30 years who used her skills to, for instance, help draft the Highland Park ordinance banning the possession of assault weapons that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

* From the Tribune’s endorsement of Steve Kim for AG

Both Kim and another candidate, former Cook County prosecutor David Shestokas, say they would ramp up the attorney general’s role in fighting violent crime. Kim says he would ensure resource-strained counties get the help they need to prosecute violent crimes, and would “use the bully pulpit to go after state’s attorneys” seen as lax in prosecuting violent criminals. Shestokas wants to go one step further. He would set up an attorney general hotline for police officials to call when those officials feel their local state’s attorney isn’t aggressive enough in prosecuting serious crimes. We understand Shestokas’ passion, but we think collaboration between the attorney general’s office and local prosecutors is the better way to go.

We’re also troubled by Shestokas’ role in “Lawyers for Trump” during the 2020 presidential election. Shestokas says he spent five weeks in Pennsylvania as part of Trump’s legal team scouring for evidence of election fraud. “We don’t know what the correct result was,” Shestokas told us. “I don’t know who won.”

* The Tribune takes a quick look at why Marie Newman and Sean Casten were drawn into the same district

One Democrat who worked on the Illinois congressional maps following both the 2010 and 2020 censuses said there was a confluence of competing political factors that set the stage for officials to put together the map as it is.

For one thing, first-termer Newman “lacked the political clout” to stop herself from getting mapped out of her 3rd District seat, said the Democrat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. And her defeat of Lipinski made it easier for lawmakers to de-anchor the 3rd from the Lipinski family’s political stronghold around Midway Airport, the Democratic insider said.

“With Dan Lipinski gone, it opened up the mapmaking to create a new Latino influence district, as well as protecting existing Black South Side districts and the Latino majority district of … Garcia,” the Democrat said. […]

The 6th District now includes Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and areas near Midway, and southwest suburban towns including Orland Park and Alsip. It also sweeps through the west suburbs, taking in all or parts of Burr Ridge, Darien, Elmhurst, Hickory Hills, Oakbrook Terrace, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills, Western Springs, Willowbrook and Worth, and extends north to Villa Park and west to Downers Grove.

* Because… Madigan…

* CD13…

Today, the Nikki Budzinski for Congress campaign is launching its first TV and radio ads of the election. The TV ad, titled “Rebuild,” is in Budzinski’s own voice and focuses on the core economic issues voters in the district are facing. The radio ads, recorded by State Senator Chris Belt and Urbana City Councilwoman Chaundra Bishop, will run in the Metro East and Urbana-Champaign markets respectively.

Budzinski tells voters about her history of fighting for working people in the labor movement, her track record on issues like helping lead the effort to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour, and her focus on tackling inflation to rebuild the middle class.

Budzinski is the first candidate in IL13 of either party to go up on broadcast television. The six-figure media buy will run heavily in the Champaign-Decatur-Springfield market in the lead-up to the June 28th primary. The ad can be viewed here.

* More…

* Karin Norington-Reaves Endorsed by Calumet Park Mayor Ronald Denson: Today, Democratic candidate for Congress, Karin Norington-Reaves, received the endorsement of Calumet Park Mayor Ronald Denson. Mayor Denson witnessed Norington-Reaves’ leadership as the CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, creating over 100,000 good-paying jobs and providing critical resources to working adults. Her track record of uplifting Chicagoland communities solidified the Mayor’s endorsement and support of her campaign. * Jeff Regnier for Congress: 4 weeks out from a very important election and it was discovered that one of my opponents possessed a criminal record of sexual assaults against women. He was convicted and was a registered sex offender.

* Newman campaign email mischaracterizes group backing rival Casten: When asked about the inaccurate labeling of the Democratic Majority for Israel as conservative, Uniejewski said the group supports moderate and conservative Democrats. But the email didn’t make that distinction.

* Anna Valencia, Sidney Moore, secretary of state candidates, seek to replace Jesse White

* 11th District GOP candidates divided on humans’ climate impact: Three Republican candidates in Illinois’ 11th Congressional District believe the global climate is changing and that humanity contributes to the problem — but two others expressed doubts. … Heeg refused to return a candidate questionnaire or be interviewed; Lauf and Tanner Miller didn’t participate in the interview.

* Meet Prescott Paulin, 96th House District GOP candidate for Illinois

* Meet Lisa Smith Roth, 96th District candidate for the Illinois House

* Equality Illinois honors Greg Harris at annual Pride Kickoff Brunch


  1. - Joe Schmoe - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 3:20 pm:

    My prediction is that the “Madigan” ad against Z will be used by every Republican in the general against their Democrat opponent. There’s still a lot of tread left in that message…..

  2. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 3:27 pm:

    -“We don’t know what the correct result was,” Shestokas told us. “I don’t know who won.”-

    Well then. What we do know is he lacks the judgment to be AG.

  3. - Responsa - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 3:41 pm:

    Rotering running for Supreme Court judge is a real problem on so many levels. I hope voters see through her padded marketing and take notice that she is “not recommended”.

  4. - Chicagonk - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 3:56 pm:

    @Joe - At least with Zalewski it makes sense

  5. - New Day - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 4:00 pm:

    “For one thing, first-termer Newman “lacked the political clout” to stop herself from getting mapped out of her 3rd District seat”

    Give me a break. It’s not like Casten is Mr. Connected clout guy. Neither of them are longtime political heavyweights with big-time political clout. Could it be why they both got put in that district? But yea, Marie is the cloutless victim here against this big ole CASTEN MACHINE. Spare me.

  6. - Politix - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 4:31 pm:

    Because…Madigan…except those are some legitimate political ties, from which he has benefited and which he has enjoyed since the moment he launched his career.

  7. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 4:31 pm:

    On Newman, my thought as to why it was drawn the way it was, in addition to clout, made me look back at his Yingling article… to paraphrase..

    The reason most in the political world probably won’t be surprised by [the result of the map] is that [Newman], plain and simple, does not work well with others.

  8. - Gordon Willis - Monday, Jun 6, 22 @ 7:56 pm:

    I have a feeling that on June 29th Rodney Davis is going to wish he had stayed in the 13th…I think he could give Budzinski a run.

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