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Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Sen. Darren Bailey on WXAN

And so it’s interesting that Governor Pritzker tries to make abortion the number one issue. Again, that is how out of touch this man is. Because it is indeed crime and public safety are the number is the number one issue for Illinois voters right now.

If it’s the number one issue, Richard Irvin would’ve won the primary.

Bailey was also asked if his win would lead to a “reorganization of the Illinois Republican Party”

We’re already working on that. It demands it. We will bring unity, but things have to change. We don’t just all come in and move on. I’m a person who believes in accountability and transparency. I’ve seen the failures of the last four years. As a matter of fact it was those same failures that basically prompted me to even run for office. … We will, we must make the Republican Party stronger. We have what we need, but there will be some restructuring.

* I dunno, maybe if the Chicago news media had covered him more instead of continuing to cover Irvin long after he imploded and then bought into the Sully Surge, voters might know a bit about him

A post-primary primer: Who is Darren Bailey?

While the downstate politician has had a meteoric rise within the Illinois Republican party, he’s still an unknown to many voters in Chicago. After his victory in Tuesday night’s Republican gubernatorial primary, we take a look at the Trump-backed candidate who tried to kick Chicago out of the state, called it a “hellhole,” celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade and, now, is challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker in the general election.

* Common Cause Illinois

This Tuesday, the great state of Illinois had its primary in anticipation of this year’s midterms. Among victories today include Rep. Mary Miller in the GOP primary for IL-15 and Darren Bailey in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Both Miller and Bailey are Trump-endorsed candidates who have aided the former president in uplifting the Big Lie, the results of which ended with the Jan. 6 insurrection at our nation’s capital.

Common Cause Illinois is a non-partisan, pro-democracy organization. The choice that these candidates offer is not a choice between different views on policy, but rather a choice between democracy and authoritarian rule; a choice between certifiable elections or the ability of ideologue to overturn the will of the people.

Make no mistake: that Jan. 6 was an insurrection, not legitimate political discourse. The beliefs of Rep. Miller and Mr. Bailey do not align with the values of Illinoisans who believe in the freedom to vote without the threat of violence or intimidation. It has long been documented that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election — including in the state of Illinois — and that 2020 had the most secure elections to date. While we do not engage in party politics, it is important that we denounce candidates who perpetuate The Big Lie and who, if elected, would undermine the ability of all Illinoisans to have a say in their future.

After countless audits proving the contrary, the spreading of the Big Lie by Miller, Bailey and candidates like them underscore a known truth: democracy is under attack across America — Illinois included. We must take those threats seriously and be committed to protecting democracy. We agree with state Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield): “If you’re not stepping up and denouncing [the Big Lie and Jan. 6], no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, I don’t have a place for you, because you need to denounce this.”

The upcoming midterm elections are an inflection point for voting rights, and we must be informed about which candidates truly believe in protecting those rights.

* Dems keeping fingers crossed

Two Republican candidates seeking a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court remained locked in a race too close to call following Tuesday’s primary. With 95% of the expected vote in, former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran had a 1.5 percentage point lead over Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes.

Whoever ultimately prevails will face Democratic primary winner Elizabeth “Liz” Rochford in November to fill the vacant seat left by the retirement of former Chicago Bears kicker Bob Thomas. The 2nd Judicial District has consistently elected Republican justices to the seat since the 1960s, but the Democratic-controlled legislature recently redrew the district boundaries. […]

Curran said the other two Republican candidates in the race, 2nd District Appellate Judge Susan Hutchinson and Kane County Circuit Judge John Noverini, had called to congratulate him.

* Greg Hinz

Pritzker also rejected suggestions that his team chose to ignore talk that Chicago hedge fund owner Ken Griffin would move Citadel’s headquarters to Florida because Griffin was viewed as a political enemy.

“That’s not true at all,” Pritzker said. In fact, “I actually met with him when I became governor” and asked what would make Citadel happier. But Griffin’s list included unacceptable items, such as amending the Illinois Constitution to slash pension payments, Pritzker said.

* As subscribers were told for several days, there’s more to it than this, but, yeah, it’s a huge win

One of the biggest stories out of Tuesday’s primary is Hoan Huynh (pronounced Hahn Win) beating the Democratic establishment in the highly contested 13th District Democratic House race.

Huynh knocked on doors of “every street” in his district, located on Chicago’s North Side, he told Playbook. In the past month, Huynh estimates he hit 7,500 doors. That’s about 250 doors a day, “every day until 9 p.m.”

Five Democratic candidates sought the seat currently held by House Majority Leader Greg Harris, who is retiring. One candidate, Eileen Dordek, was endorsed by Gov. JB Pritzker and at least 13 other Democratic elected officials from across the state. She had $264,000 on hand by election day, including $5,000 from Pritzker.

Huynh had one elected leader in his corner: state Rep. Theresa Mah, who gave his campaign $57,000 to help get his message out.

And it’s a powerful one. Huynh and his family were refugees from Vietnam. His dad served in the South Vietnamese military during the war and was sent to a prison camp for five years just before Huynh was born. The family eventually received political asylum in the United States and lived briefly in Chicago.

Everybody who was anybody was backing Eileen Dordek. Oops. But Huynh also won partly by taking a very non-Democratic (for Illinois) position…

He never explained how he would pay for state and local construction projects without that money.

Also, I distinctly remember being told that “only a few” legislative races were “really hot.” Weird.

* This was another candidate backed by Rep. Delia Ramirez

Also Tuesday, Democratic socialist Anthony Quezada assumed a win over Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. in the Democratic primary, signaling a leftward shift in the County Board district drawn solely within the city’s Northwest Side. According to the results as of Wednesday, Quezada was leading the incumbent by about 13 points.



  1. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:28 pm:

    === Griffin’s ask: “amending the Illinois Constitution to slash pension payments, …” ===

    Griff could live out the interest on his money, yet he wants to stick it to public employees who provide services. Instead of asking for reasonable actions, he asks Pritzker for the moon. Try not to get wet in Miami, Griff. The water is rising down there.

  2. - Captain Obvious - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:32 pm:

    Hoan won because he recognized the #1 issue (in addition to working his rear end off.) Not crime. Not abortion. Not climate change. The economy, as usual is first and foremost in people’s mind. It appears he developed a concise message and then worked overtime to drive it home. I congratulate him.

  3. - Curious citizen - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:33 pm:

    Darren Bailey said, “I’m a person who believes in accountability and transparency.”
    It’s like he just can’t not lie.

  4. - City Zen - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:35 pm:

    Hoan earns points for being forthright by saying “postponing a new gas tax.” Lotta candidates in his own party are glossing over that one.

    If he was interested in gas tax reform, eliminating the sales tax on gas over a certain dollar amount. Tax holidays are never a good idea.

  5. - Jibba - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:36 pm:

    ===asked what would make Citadel happier. Griffin’s list included unacceptable items, such as amending the Illinois Constitution to slash pension payments, Pritzker said.===

    I love you, you’re perfect, now change.

  6. - Just Me 2 - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:42 pm:

    I stopped listening to Hoan when he tried to tell me that rent control will lead to more housing in the State. Clearly he was just telling me what he thought I wanted to hear and didn’t care if it was untrue. Pass.

  7. - H-W - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 1:42 pm:

    == Asked to name a specific solution to address a problem in Chicago, Bailey said, “Well, I’m going to do what I’ve been doing. I’m going to stand up and name the problem.” ==

    Quote of the decade.

  8. - Pundent - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:01 pm:

    =“Well, I’m going to do what I’ve been doing. I’m going to stand up and name the problem.”=

    I can’t wait to hear the name he uses.

  9. - Roadrager - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:17 pm:

    == Asked to name a specific solution to address a problem in Chicago, Bailey said, “Well, I’m going to do what I’ve been doing. I’m going to stand up and name the problem.” ==

    A bit from “Kentucky Fried Movie” comes to mind quickly, and I absolutely cannot type it here.

  10. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:17 pm:

    “We will bring unity, but things have to change.”

    Is the ILGOP going remain in the hands of the establishment or go the people? Patriots clearly made their preference.

  11. - New Day - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:23 pm:

    Great…another politician (Hoan) elected on a wholly disingenuous message. How you gonna pay for it? How you gonna pay for roads? Who’s going to be squealing the loudest if you don’t get your share of infrastructure dollars from the gas tax. Hate that.

  12. - Andersonville Right Winger - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:25 pm:

    Dordek knocked on my door. I answered and she immediately went off on Republicans as beng evil. I told her I was a Republican. She got angry and left.

    Hoan knocked on my door, asked me what issues concerned me. He actually showed interest instead of ranting. Kudos to him.

  13. - Vote Quimby - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:31 pm:

    ==A bit from “Kentucky Fried Movie”==

    Excellent reference….one I had forgotten about. I’ll have to rewatch that movie soon.

  14. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:34 pm:

    Darren Bailey thinks that governing is just “name the problem.” Well, Darren here’s another approach—
    Identify the problem
    Create strategies to address the problem
    Assess the results of said strategies

    The state of Illinois will not thrive with Heinie Putz as governor. So many words with no deeds.

  15. - Consider This - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    Coming soon…..
    Asked to name a specific solution to address a problem in Chicago, Bailey said………Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV…..because I’m cognitively there.
    And his disciples adored it.

  16. - Huh? - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 3:02 pm:

    “I can’t wait to hear the name he uses.”


  17. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 3:12 pm:

    -Asked to name a specific solution to address a problem in Chicago, Bailey said, “Well, I’m going to do what I’ve been doing. I’m going to stand up and name the problem.”-

    Well his first solution was secession, so progress?

  18. - ZC - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 3:33 pm:

    Hoan was everywhere in the closing weeks. It wasn’t like Dordek wasn’t in contact, in my neck of the district anyways. But yes regardless of message choice, he worked his tail off.

  19. - Dotnonymous - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 3:51 pm:

    I’m going to name a few problems and see what happens…Insurrection…potential loss of democracy…loss of human rights guaranteed by the Constitution…

    I’m still waiting.

  20. - Regular democrat - Thursday, Jun 30, 22 @ 5:37 pm:

    The progressives took out Oconnor and harris candidate. Osterman better pay attention he will be next. He probably not progressive enough these days

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