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Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022

* Aside from the silly counties argument, the original version of this Washington Post story contained a couple of weird errors

Nothing illustrated this change more than the 2020 general election when President Biden beat Trump by one percentage point by carrying just 14 of the state’s 102 counties. (By comparison, Barack Obama won 46 counties in 2008.) Likewise, Pritzker handily defeated Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 by carrying just 16 counties. Pritzker’s strength came from the northeast pocket of the state — Cook County, which includes Chicago, and four of all five collar counties — and he barely campaigned elsewhere.

The corrected version (which is not labeled as such) changes Biden’s margin to the actual 17 points, but still incorrectly claims that the governor barely campaigned in the rest of the state. Not sure where that author was at the time. But, heck, I remember Pritzker catching flak from a Chicago reporter for holding a big pre-election event in the Metro East. Also, click here and check out that thread.

* Greg Hinz

In one new twist, voters in DuPage County will be able to cast ballots in any of the county’s 263 polling places instead of going to the one closest to their house. The new option is intended to provide flexibility in casting a vote during a busy workday, but don’t be shocked if someone sees a nefarious plot to rig the vote.

That is a really good idea and I hope it eventually goes statewide.

* Contrary to this take, there are a ton of hot legislative contests

STATEHOUSE RACES: They’re all up for grabs, but only a few are really hot. Top of the list for Democrats is state Rep. Mike Zalewski vs. challenger Abdelnasser Rashid in the 21st District. Zalewski is seen as one of the last vestiges of the Democratic machine and has the support of House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Gov. JB Pritzker. While Zalelwski is a progressive with an energetic ground game.

Also watch challenges to state Reps. Denyse Wang Stoneback in the 16th, Lindsey LaPointe in the 19th, and Kathleen Willis in the 77th. Among Republican races, we’re watching for the outcome of Brett Nicklaus’ challenge to Sen. Win Stoller in the 37th District state Senate seat.

Um.

* Late outside money in CD11…


* The Post-Dispatch ain’t happy at all with the choices in the CD15 GOP primary

Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville, supported by this newspaper in his 2020 reelection bid for Illinois’ 13th District, used to be someone unafraid to stand up to former President Donald Trump and defend old-style GOP beliefs without veering off the deep end. Sadly, space aliens kidnapped that man and replaced him with someone willing to compromise his principles at every turn just to stay in office. For inspiration on hypocrisy, he turns to his spiritual and political mentor, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.

Challenging Davis from the far right is Rep. Mary Miller of Oakland, who never seems to miss an opportunity to align herself with the likes of white supremacists.

Space aliens. Whew.

* Frank Avila formed this committee last month, but has never reported any contributions. Looks like a possible Chicago FOP front group…

* One side of a Lyons Township Democrats’ palm card…

The flip side…

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

* Poultry politics

Mike Holloway has had chickens at his Loami residence since shortly after he moved there in 1976.

At some point, Holloway doesn’t remember when, they were outlawed in the Sangamon County village about 15 miles southwest of Springfield, but Holloway was “grandfathered” in and allowed to keep his chickens.

Loami voters will consider an advisory referendum Tuesday about allowing chickens back in the village’s limits. The village of Clearlake and New Berlin also have referendums.

…Adding… The Chicago Board of Elections being the Chicago Board of Elections

As of 8:30 a.m., State Rep. Delia Ramirez, a Democrat running in the 3rd Congressional District race, was one of two voters who had shown up at her polling place at Harriet Beecher Stowe School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, which opened with two of four poll workers still yet to arrive.

Ramirez said while she was enroute to vote, she saw volunteers in front of the voting site at Yates Elementary School did not have voting booths open as of 6:45 a.m. Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Max Bever did not have information about Yates but confirmed three other polling locations had delayed starts.

“Unfortunately, Lillian and I talked to a number of voters who said ‘I’m sorry, I’ve been waiting, I have to get to work,” said Ramirez, who addressed reporters alongisde Lillian Jimenez, who is running to replace Ramirez’s seat in the Illinois House.

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22 Comments
  1. - Northsider - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    Welp, if “yes” wins that Loami referendum we’ll finally know which came first.


  2. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    Can we assume that the chickens alive in 1976 have long since gone to the great chicken coop in the sky?


  3. - Hello Friend - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    Two things:

    My polling place was a little busier than brisk this morning, so a little better than anemic than I’m used to seeing.

    Second: I know it wasn’t Bailey’s words per se but Mary Miller’s comments at this weekend’s rally is red meat for whoever Pritzker’s marketing team is, right?


  4. - Shibboleth - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:11 am:

    =and he barely campaigned elsewhere=

    I first met JB when he visited about 15-20 of our County Dems in our Trump+60 county. He went EVERYWHERE.


  5. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:12 am:

    “about allowing chickens back in the village’s limits.”

    Thankfully many chicagoland suburbs started allowing chickens back around the 2008 crash.

    It’s easy enough to create an ordinance for it, and when it’s done correctly none of your closest neighbors would even know you had chickens. Unless you shared the eggs with them.

    But there’s always that one person who gets a rooster for some reason…


  6. - vern - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:20 am:

    I’m generally forgiving when national reporters miss context or rely on incomplete sourcing, but the Pritzker campaigning line seems to have absolutely no sourcing. Did the reporter just make it up?


  7. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:23 am:

    Loami — where the chickens come back to roost.


  8. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:24 am:

    CBOE sent everyone the wrong equipment when I was an election judge. They then yelled at me when I went to get a cup of coffee instead of waiting around doing nothing for the right equipment to show up. They suck.


  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:31 am:

    ===forgiving when national reporters miss context===

    He’s based in Chicago.


  10. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:32 am:

    Post Dispatch’s final comment- “With any luck, both will be looking for new jobs come Nov. 9.”

    Backhanded way of saying “We endorse the Dem” for the general already ???


  11. - Just Sayin - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:33 am:

    ==Mike Holloway has had chickens at his Loami residence since shortly after he moved there in 1976.

    At some point, Holloway doesn’t remember when, they were outlawed in the Sangamon County village about 15 miles southwest of Springfield, but Holloway was “grandfathered” in and allowed to keep his chickens.==

    Because . . . Madigan? (The Madigans of Lincoln, that is?).


  12. - Socially DIstant Watcher - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:39 am:

    Christopher Getty of Lyons is an unusual Democrat.


  13. - Big Dipper - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:50 am:

    If by New Vision Democrats they mean Republicans that is accurate.


  14. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:51 am:

    If Loami legitimizes Mike Holloway’s chickens, will the Mike Royko “publicized” Buckhart Tavern Chicken Bingo be on the next ballot? /s


  15. - Just Sayin - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 11:59 am:

    ==Frank Avila formed this committee last month, but has never reported any contributions. Looks like a possible Chicago FOP front group…==

    At least they have the common sense to support David Moore for SOS and take a pass on both Alexi and Anna and corruption.


  16. - vern - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 12:09 pm:

    === He’s based in Chicago. ===

    Oof


  17. - Shrug - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 12:15 pm:

    Never a good idea to make Jordan mad.


  18. - Big Dipper - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 12:24 pm:

    ==At least they have the common sense to support David Moore for SOS and take a pass on both Alexi and Anna and corruption.==

    Yes he is super ethical.

    https://news.wttw.com/2021/05/12/ethics-board-reprimands-ald-moore-using-aldermanic-facebook-page-campaign-secretary-state


  19. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 1:13 pm:

    “space aliens kidnapped that man and replaced him with someone willing to compromise his principles at every turn just to stay in office”

    If they are just now realizing that this is who Rodney Davis and his campaign team are, they haven’t been paying too close attention.


  20. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 1:26 pm:

    Given a choice between space aliens and white supremacists… at least we aren’t sure if the aliens are here to harm us.


  21. - Just Sayin - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 1:33 pm:

    ==Given a choice between space aliens and white supremacists… at least we aren’t sure if the aliens are here to harm us.==

    Maybe the space ailens are Kang and Kodos from the Simpsons Halloween specials, who seem to be more on the funny side.


  22. - thechampaignlife - Tuesday, Jun 28, 22 @ 3:27 pm:

    ===voters in DuPage County will be able to cast ballots in any of the county’s 263 polling places===

    I believe Champaign County is doing the same. I assumed it was a statewide thing.


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