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Thursday, Jun 23, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Jonathan Jackson finally released his disclosure report…


Jacqui Collins Available In-Person to Comment on Jonathan Jackson’s Problematic and Unethical Financial Conflicts

After hiding his financial disclosure report for weeks and finally filing it late, direct investments include: oil and gas, Raytheon, Blackstone, big pharma

Who: State Senator Jacqui Collins (D-Chicago)

What: Jacqui Collins is available to provide comments and take questions about Jonathan Jackson’s financial disclosure report linked here showcasing investments that no member of Congress should have – especially a Democrat.

After hiding his financial disclosure report for weeks and finally filing it just days before Election Day, direct investments include: oil and gas, defense contractor Raytheon, affordable housing crisis perpetrator and Trump-funding Blackstone, big pharma, Amazon and Wal-Mart.

Also, if you check Jackson’s campaign “Issues” page, at the top of the list is crypto. Hmm.

* All you probably need to know about this candidate in one endorsement…

Grassroots organization, Stand for Health Freedom, endorses Judge John A. Noverini and calls all voters in the Illinois Supreme Court District 2 to vote for Noverini in the Republican Primary on June 28th.

The organization published on its website and social media accounts that “Stand for Health Freedom supports candidates who make and protect policy to support individual and family choice in matters of health and bodily autonomy. We believe John Noverini will defend and expand these rights for Illinois residents … Judge Noverini says he is fully committed to doing everything within his power as a Justice on the Illinois Supreme Court to make sure government works as it was originally intended – limited in scope and in accordance with the Constitution.” Stand for Health Freedom was established in 2019 and has been dedicated to the facilitation of protecting human, parental and Constitutional rights. SHF encourages communication between constituents and their elected officials.

“My calling has always been, and will remain, to defend the Constitution and safeguard our God-given liberties,” Noverini said. “Every morning before I walk into court, I pray for wisdom. I pray for Godly wisdom. And I remind myself that it is my job to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.”

* Meanwhile…

Today, the Lake County Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 504, announced its endorsement of Judge Elizabeth Rochford for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Second District. The union represents over 5,500 teachers, school-related personnel and support staff in twenty-two councils located throughout Lake County, and is a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

* Club for Growth backing Lauf

Club for Growth PAC endorsed Catalina Lauf for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District.

“Over the past few years, Democrats have run Illinois into the ground and that’s why it’s so important that we elect conservatives like Catalina Lauf to help turn the state around,” said Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh. “Lauf is a true free-market conservative who will fight back against Joe Biden’s stimulus spending that has led to runaway inflation and she will fight for school choice and Illinois families. She is a great Hispanic conservative and the perfect candidate to help bring jobs and economic prosperity back to Illinois.”

Current Democrat Representative Bill Foster (CFGF Lifetime Rating 8%) is running for re-election.

* Speaking of Club for Growth and outside money…

* Kinda like shooting political bullets at a dead political horse, but whatevs. Tribune with some late oppo

When Richard Irvin became mayor of Aurora five years ago, he named Michael Pegues — a close childhood friend — as one of his most trusted aides at Aurora City Hall.

In addition to naming Pegues as Aurora’s chief information officer, Irvin also empowered him to help run OnLight Aurora, a quasi-city agency that managed and sold access to government-owned, high-speed internet lines.

But by 2018, Pegues’ leadership came under scrutiny. Records show that, while he was chairman of OnLight’s board, it sponsored events for his wife’s upstart business. And two contractors told police that Pegues fired them for not paying to sponsor his wife’s events.

* An interesting take

The Madigan factor also weighs heavily in Addison Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis’ bid for a sixth term representing the 77th House District, which spans portions of west suburban Cook and DuPage counties.

Willis, 60, became majority conference chair under Madigan and regularly used her campaign fund to help candidates in key races for House Democrats.

But Willis was among the 19 House Democrats who came together in January 2021 to oppose Madigan’s reelection as speaker. The lone member of House leadership to take that stand, Willis also briefly put herself into consideration to be the next speaker.

Nonetheless, her long-standing relationship with Madigan has helped inspire a challenge from Triton College trustee Norma Hernandez, 31, who has the backing of progressive U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

“I honestly think that the reason I have a primary is because of that,” Willis said. “And I tell the people in my district I’m asking for their support to prove that I did the right thing by going against Madigan.”

Garcia likely isn’t backing Hernandez for that reason, but it’s true that some trade unions are still upset at her for that flip, among other things.

* Personal PAC…

Dear Rich,

The critical upcoming 2022 Illinois election that our state is facing hits on a deeper note to State Representative candidate Gregg Johnson. Gregg lost his mother when he was just eight years old.

Until news of the leaked draft ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, Gregg “was always secure in the fact that no other eight-year-old boy was going to go through this. So, that was a gut punch.”

Gregg’s mother, Shirley Hunter Johnson, was single and pregnant with her fourth child when she passed away in 1972 due to a medical condition called severe preeclampsia. This condition made her pregnancy very risky to carry to term and because of the lack of abortion access in a pre-Roe v. Wade world, Shirley and her family suffered exponential consequences.

Gregg is running for State Representative in the 72nd district to fight to protect reproductive rights, stand up for others, and make sure nothing like what happened to him and his family can happen again.

You can read more about Gregg’s story here.

Finally, please remind everyone you know to get out and vote for pro-choice candidates fighting for our reproductive freedom, and to ensure that we never go back to the days of unnecessary tragedies. You can view our full list of endorsed pro-choice candidates here.

* Looks like some shenanigans are afoot…

* On the left, Darren Bailey. On the right, Illinois Republican House candidate Matthew Rauschert

Thanks to the magic of opposition research, click here for an interesting little Rauschert video. Nice Coke shirt, dude. /s

* More…

* Rep. Tarver, seeking another term, lays out accomplishments, positions and character


  1. - HowBoutDat - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 2:27 pm:

    Rich, why did you subject us to this ear cancer?

  2. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 2:28 pm:

    Selfies like that lose a little something when there’s only 30 people in the room and they aren’t even filling all the chairs.

  3. - Old and In the Way - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 2:48 pm:

    Rauschert is not ready for prime time to say the least. His family has money and while he might seem like a big deal in Bushnell he has NO clue. His big deal lately is cutting the Illinois budget by 25%. How? By reviewing and approving every line of the Illinois budget personally. He has NO idea how many pages that entails (thousands) nor how complex it is. The old fraud and waste line again. If he were serious he might want to start at the city or county level and actually find out how government and budgets work.

    He should have included Darren in his video. Now that would have been worth watching.

  4. - JS Mill - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 2:52 pm:

    I am counting down the days to Bailey crawling back under the rock.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 2:55 pm:

    This is overdue, again, thanks Rich for these “Campaign Notebook” posts, they are always appreciated.

    So, “to the post”,

    This.. ===among other things===

    St some point in careers, it boils down to an overall, not boiling down to a “one thing”. Throw in opportunity, you have what Willis is facing, in a newly drawn district, no matter the base voters.

  6. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    That video is why you always look in the old box you are about to throw away. Because there might be an electronic device with video of you doing something embarrassing and somebody might post it to Youtube….

  7. - Proud Papa Bear - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 3:40 pm:

    “support individual and family choice in matters of health and bodily autonomy”
    Do the anti-choice activists who endorsed Noverini know he’s pro-choice? /s
    Better late than never on the Lake County teachers’ endorsement. I’ve got to imagine many of their members have already voted.

  8. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 3:41 pm:

    Well I can see and hear why Mr. Rauschert is looking for a different line of work.

  9. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 3:53 pm:

    Did Mr. Rauschert consume too much copi? Lead poisoning from toxins in the water. Anyone, anyone.

  10. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 4:06 pm:

    This Rauschert guy isn’t going to be a mumble rap star any time soon, and probably has some personality faults far worse than this(like his choice of associates) in regards to his abilities as a public servant, but this video is more funny than terrible.

    Somewhere out there is a minicam video of me and a few others as young adults skinny dipping at Patoka Lake in the late 90s. We even made a joke at the time that “this might come out in 30 years” if you ever run for office.

    If I ever want to re-unite with people from my distant past, I’ll just announce a run for office.

  11. - Homebody - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 4:55 pm:

    Sadly, that Rauschert video isn’t the only one he made. There’s a couple more listed on YouTube as well.

  12. - bored now - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 5:02 pm:

    i’m w Oswego Willy. look almost everyday for them. thanks!

  13. - Ainsley Hayes - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 5:39 pm:

    No oppo “magic” necessary, I found that shirt at Kohl’s in about 1.5 seconds of searching.

    I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  14. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 5:42 pm:

    ===I don’t think it means what you think it means===

    Yes, because people always wear a Coke shirt in a rap video to promote a soft drink.

  15. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 6:24 pm:

    I’ve know trial judges who, every morning before they walk into court review the case law on the mattters they are going to be hearing that day so they make the right rulings, but hey, to each their own.

  16. - Not a Rap Fan - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 9:50 pm:

    Are his buddies Blaine and Adam going to make an appearance in his next music video?

  17. - Do It - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 9:53 pm:

    Can Willis actually distance herself from Madigan? He his help alone allowed her to defeat Skip Saviano - by 2/3rd’s less than the Speaker anticipated.

  18. - Oldtimer - Friday, Jun 24, 22 @ 7:02 am:

    Got my first negative mailer against Kent Gray Wednesday. Is Tim Butler a little nervous or just trying to run up the score?

    I live in a very walkable precinct in Sangamon County. Despite many contested races, I’ve not seen a single candidate or volunteer this cycle.In past cycles, I’ve had Andy Manar and Sue Scherer along with some county candidates come by.

  19. - Arsenal - Friday, Jun 24, 22 @ 8:39 am:

    ==I live in a very walkable precinct in Sangamon County. Despite many contested races, I’ve not seen a single candidate or volunteer this cycle.In past cycles, I’ve had Andy Manar and Sue Scherer along with some county candidates come by. ==

    Well there’s not as many contested races in that area, at least not in the primary. Manar/Scherer is now Turner/Scherer, and neither of them have a primary opponent, nor is there much of a race in the other party.

    You’re probably in IL-13, but that’s not much of a contest on the Dem side, and the Republicans are all junior varsity.

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