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Thursday, Jul 7, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Sen. Bailey tries to walk back his “move on and celebrate” comments shortly after the Highland Park shooting…


…Adding… This Bailey campaign is a mess, man. Not only did the candidate mistakenly invent a mythical community (Edgefield Park), but the bible verse he quoted today was not Psalm 112. It was Colossians 3:12.

* Greg Hinz

Bailey also appears to have decided to keep Illinois GOP Chairman Don Tracy on the job instead of moving to dump him for his own candidate, as often happens. Tracy was in Effingham for Bailey’s election night party and the gesture was noted. “If he’ll work with us, we’ll work with him,” says one insider.

* This will likely receive more coverage as the campaign year progresses

Saying Illinois workers need a constitutional guarantee of their right to organize and bargain—and reminding workers of the war former right-wing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner waged against them—leaders of the Illinois AFL-CIO and legislative allies began their drive for voters to pass a proposed pro-collective bargaining constitutional amendment this November.

If approved, the measure would be one of four such guarantees enshrined in the 50 state constitutions. To win, it needs either 60% of the votes on the initiative itself, or an absolute majority–50% + 1–of all votes cast in the election. […]

“We’re getting ready for the inevitable attacks” from the corporate class, Drea told the Peoria crowd. “To counter the attacks, we have to blunt the lies we expect” from those interests. One of the few Republicans to oppose the amendment during last year’s debate, State Rep. Blaine Wilhour, R-Altamont, called it “special interest legislation” designed to “draw campaign contributions.”

The state fed’s campaign for the amendment will include radio and TV ads, plus mailers but will rely on person-to-person contact, Drea said.

* Personal PAC endorsed Judge Rochford’s opponent in the Democratic primary, but Rochford won by 16 points…

The Personal PAC Board of Directors is extremely proud to endorse pro-choice Liz Rochford for the Illinois Supreme Court in the 2nd district, which includes Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Dekalb counties.

We believe Rochford respects the fundamental right to privacy in reproductive decision-making. The November 8th election could not be more important to the future of reproductive rights in Illinois and across the entire Midwest for the 56 million women who will depend on us being here into the next decade and beyond as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

Rochford’s opponent, Mark Curran, has been endorsed by the most extreme factions of the anti-choice movement seeking to make abortion illegal in Illinois, even in cases of rape and incest. For this reason Curran has the full support of “Illinois Right To Life,” the political arm of the anti-choice movement. From Curran’s Supreme Court campaign website: “Person of Faith-Devout Roman Catholic and follower of Christ, he founded Bibles, Badges and Business…”

* This is not a very fair take. Pritzker released two statements, one of which was consoling, before issuing the statement highlighted in this WaPo piece

President Biden took the stage at an Independence Day barbecue just a few hours after the latest horrific shooting to upend an American city — but at his first opportunity to address the nation in person about the Highland Park killings, he did so only obliquely.

“You all heard what happened today,” Biden said. “Things will get better still, but not without more hard work together.”

It was not until about two hours later, after singer Andy Grammer finished an acoustic version of “Give Love,” that the president returned to the stage and attempted to respond to the tragedy more fully, calling for a moment of silence and decrying the spate of mass shootings. “We’ve got a lot more work to do,” Biden said, reiterating some of what he had said in a written statement earlier in the day. “We’ve got to get this under control.”

In contrast, J.B. Pritzker, Illinois’ Democratic governor, delivered a fiery response that took direct aim at those blocking gun control legislation. “If you are angry today, I’m here to tell you to be angry,” he said, seething while Biden was consoling. “I’m furious. I’m furious that yet more innocent lives were taken by gun violence.”

* Illinois Family Action

Illinois conservatives face serious challenges in the gubernatorial race.

In 2014, Bruce “The Deceiver” Rauner beat Pat Quinn in the race for governor by about 140,000 votes. Quinn won only one county: Cook County. Rauner won in large measure by deceiving Illinoisans–including many conservatives–with his dishonest campaign promises. By the time he ran for reelection in 2018, Rauner had been found out and, as a consequence, had little support. He received nearly 58,000 fewer votes in the 2018 election and was trounced by J. B. Pritzker.

Because of his promotion of all sorts of evil, Pritzker was able to energize the Democrat base, thereby beating Rauner by over 700,000 votes in the 2018 race. While Quinn won only one county in 2014, Pritzker won at least 16 counties in 2018 (of 102 total counties in Illinois).

Here was the key for Pritzker over Rauner: He won Cook County by 836,138 votes. Fifty-one percent of his total votes came from just Cook County alone! If you throw in the following 6 counties: DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, Champaign, and St. Clair counties, Pritzker received more votes than Rauner did statewide. In fact, Pritzker could have given the 611,791 votes he received in the rest of Illinois and donated them to Rauner and still won.

In the 2020 presidential election, Donald J. Trump received 260,608 more votes than Rauner did in those 7 counties. Of course, in a presidential election, the voter turnout is much higher which may account for the discrepancy. However, what is interesting is that in a non-presidential election year, Pritzker still received 32,855 more votes in those 7 counties than Trump did.

Therefore, two things must happen if GOP nominee Senator Darren Bailey is to beat Pritzker. He must get as many votes as Trump did and hope that the turnout for Democrats decreases by 5 percent or more or to make up the rest of the difference downstate. This will be a challenge for Bailey.

To say the least. Also, turnout across the board is always much higher in a presidential year. Bailey matching the Trump numbers would take a political hurricane and a perfect campaign run by Bailey. Trump received over 2.4 million statewide votes in 2020, while Pritzker took about 2.5 million and Bruce Rauner and Sam McCann combined received less than 2 million votes in 2018.

* Speaking of turnout, here’s the Chicago Board of Elections…

    Updated Voter Turnout: 338,402 – 22.58% of registered voters in Chicago (1,498,813)
    Democratic Turnout: 302,605 (89.42%)
    Republican Turnout: 34,769 (10.27%)
    Libertarian Turnout: 1,022 (0.30%)
    Nonpartisan Turnout: 6 (0.001%)

32,461 additional votes have been counted and added to this total since the last summary report I sent on 7/1/22 , with 30,101 new Vote By Mail ballots included (received on Election Day 6/28/22 up through Tuesday 7/5/22). In total, 90,431 Vote By Mail ballots were returned and counted so far for the June 28th Primary Election.

So far, 173,571 Chicago voters chose to Early Vote or Vote By Mail (51.3% of voters), and 164,831 Chicago voters chose to vote on Election Day (48.7%).

These results will remain unofficial until the July 19th Proclamation of Results. The Board will now begin to process and count 3,662 Provisional Ballots, and will continue to count properly postmarked Vote By Mail Ballots sent to our office through July 12th. There are 34,154 Vote By Mail ballots that were sent and not returned (though we do not expect most of these will be returned with the proper postmark).

All updated results and ward by precinct totals are live on our website here: https://www.chicagoelections.gov/en/election-results.html

Four years ago, which featured hotly contested gubernatorial primaries in both parties, 452,529 voters chose Democratic ballots and 31,535 Chicagoans chose GOP ballots. So, Republican turnout was up this year by about 10 percent and Dem turnout dropped by 33 percent. Also, Chicago voter registration has fallen ever so slightly (0.3 percent). That lack of Democratic enthusiasm is being pointed to by some as a possible warning sign for the Pritzker campaign, but if Darren Bailey doesn’t right his ship soon, he’s gonna deflate his momentum in a hurry.

* And speaking of Chicago, here’s Fran Spielman

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas dropped $836,500 into his mayoral campaign fund on Wednesday in the first significant fundraising report filed by any of the seven candidates vying to unseat Mayor Lori Lightfoot. […]

They include $500,000 from prominent Republican donor and golf course magnate Michael Keiser; $100,000 apiece from John Canning and James Perry of Madison Dearborn Partners; $50,000 from Noel Moore, managing partner of Endurance Asset Management; and $25,000 from Edgar Bachrach of Bader Clothing.

Vallas also reported receiving $10,000 contributions from Petco Petroleum’s Jay Bergman; the O’Donnell Family LLC; and Edward J. Wehmer, president and CEO of Wintrust Financial.

After a first-quarter fundraising frenzy — her best since taking office — Lightfoot still had just $1.7 million in cash in her primary political account.

…Adding… Kendall County Republicans

We are selling raffle tickets for four popular firearms (one raffle per firearm). Cost is $20 per ticket. Click a link below to buy a ticket for that firearm. The drawing (and last date to buy tickets) will be on July 24th at 2 PM at Mike & Denise’s in Yorkville.

To be eligible to buy a raffle ticket, you must be a FOID card holder, at least 21 years old, and legally allowed to own a gun.

    • Smith & Wesson 642 38 Special
    • Smith & Wesson 5.56/.223
    • Glock G19 G5 9MM
    • Viper G2 Silver 28 Gauge

*** UPDATE *** That Smith & Wesson 5.56/.223 being auctioned by the Kendall County Republicans is very similar to and the same caliber as the Smith & Wesson M&P15 that was used in the Highland Park shooting. Great move, folks. Sheesh.

…Adding… Edgefield Park is the new Lincoln County?…


…Adding… Heh…


…Adding… Press release…

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s reelection campaign announced today that it raised more than $1.25 million for the second quarter of 2022, ending the quarter with $2.5 million cash on hand.

“I’m so grateful to the supporters who are Ridin’ with Lori and have joined our reelection campaign,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “When I announced my reelection bid last month, I promised to never back down from the tough fights that lie ahead. I will continue to tackle our biggest problems head on, like continuing to bring down violent crime, standing up for women’s bodily autonomy and access to high quality reproductive care, helping bridge the financial burdens that too many Chicagoans face and continuing investments in neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but we are seeing what happens when we join together and focus on making a difference in people’s lives. I am honored by the support of so many Chicagoans and I will keep fighting everyday for you.”

       

85 Comments
  1. - The Way I See It - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:20 pm:

    That was an actual real, heartfelt apology - something that you almost never hear from politicians. This was the first time I actually liked the guy. Too bad he will return to form before the day is out.


  2. - Corny Dan - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:22 pm:

    Quite the generous framing from BlueRoom. Who writes those tweets? Was it also sincere and genuine when he pivoted to blaming the Governor for not enforcing a law that he voted against?


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:25 pm:

    The Apostle Darren Bailey decided to not have a tent revival to morn the victims of a huge tragedy… no, The Apostle Darren Bailey felt no need to see the victims as worth his time to reflect… Bailey felt it was time to move on…

    It’s in his OWN words… that Bailey will OWN… in ads for weeks and weeks.

    Bailey is sorry he caught himself, on his own purposeful Facebook video… dismissing the loss of life and victims.

    Some might want to ask if this was a significant mass shooting or not, as I learned those who cancel or not cancel gun auctions classify which deaths are worth reflection.

    I hope to see ads, in the suburbs, soon, where Bailey says, unasked or unprovoked, to say we should “move on”


  4. - Nick - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:30 pm:

    It’s gonna be hard to walk back to comments for Bailey

    It’s not even a gaffe. It’s that his first instinct was that such a comment was a appropriate at all.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:32 pm:

    For me…

    It seems as Bailey is apologizing for him showing exactly who he is as a person and candidate… and is struggling as not to walk back that too far… as Bailey needs the worst elements to stay with him as others will flee such a person with his first blush remarks.

    Bailey has yet to change from who he told us he was.


  6. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:34 pm:

    Sincere is a matter of opinion. Odd they would report that as fact.


  7. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:34 pm:

    Did BlueRoom Stream get hacked?
    Sheesh.


  8. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:39 pm:

    Bozo, Cooke, and Wizzo have better material and timing than candidate Bailey.


  9. - ChicagoVinny - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:39 pm:

    Anecdotally, Pritzker is getting national attention from his remarks highlighted in WaPo - friends in other states who have not asked me about an IL pol since Obama asking for my take on Pritzker.


  10. - Ashland Adam - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:42 pm:

    Paul Vallas was CPS CEO, Mayor Daley’s appointee, when Jim Edgar, Pate Phillip and Lee Hamilton diverted a dedicated funding stream from the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, directly into the CPS operating fund. This was the annual real cost of the pension. There was no unfunded liability. Thus began over a decade of CPS defaulting on pensions, which resulted in a 100% funded retirement system, dropping to about 50% today. Vallas bears responsibility, as do Daley, Edgar, et al.

    Vallas has been touted a budget guy. Daley’s budget guy.


  11. - Just Sayin - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:44 pm:

    ==Paul Vallas was CPS CEO, Mayor Daley’s appointee, when Jim Edgar, Pate Phillip and Lee Hamilton diverted a dedicated funding stream from the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, directly into the CPS operating fund. This was the annual real cost of the pension. There was no unfunded liability. Thus began over a decade of CPS defaulting on pensions, which resulted in a 100% funded retirement system, dropping to about 50% today. Vallas bears responsibility, as do Daley, Edgar, et al.==

    And likely because of that Governor “I was Put on this Earth to Fix Pensions” Pat “Squeezy” Quinn likely picked Vallas as his new LG running mate in his unsuccessful 2014 reelection.


  12. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:48 pm:

    Daily prayer: “O Lord, make speed to save us from fools like Darren Bailey.”


  13. - cermak_rd - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:50 pm:

    Vallas is weird. He has come out against traffic ticket cameras even these are about the only thing keeping the traffic in the city from becoming sheer chaos.


  14. - Publius - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:51 pm:

    Mr Bailey must have received a stern talking to by Mr Uihlein.


  15. - SIUEalum - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:54 pm:

    Interesting that Bailey isn’t posting his press conference on his FB page (unless I totally overlooked it). Usually his campaign is pretty quick to get any videos of him right out.


  16. - Stan - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 1:57 pm:

    So much for blueroomstream remaining an unbiased carrier of Illinois news. How embarrassing.


  17. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:00 pm:

    Bailey’s appeal, such as it is, lies in his authenticity. It’s also his Achilles heel. He energizes his base while incurring the scorn of others. And on Monday he was simply being his authentic self. The guy that 57% of Republicans voted for the week prior.

    Bailey can’t pivot. The die has been cast and he’ll lose more supporters than he’ll gain. He is who he is.


  18. - City Guy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:14 pm:

    I didn’t think police were allowed to campaign in uniform. I assume Bailey was speaking at a campaign event and he has uniformed police behind him.


  19. - The Velvet Frog - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:14 pm:

    “Because of his promotion of all sorts of evil…”

    Really? Wow.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:16 pm:

    As a Kendall County resident, I am ashamed.

    I am not a Kendall County Republican. Nope.


  21. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:16 pm:

    ===I didn’t think police were allowed===

    Sheriffs are because they’re elected.


  22. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:17 pm:

    I think it would be best if Darren Bailey didn’t speak anymore. It would probably be the best thing for his campaign.


  23. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:21 pm:

    The same people who think land votes or county wins matter in a statewide race… they think Edgefield Park is a place?

    Bailey hopes do.


  24. - Mr. Morris - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:26 pm:

    ==As a Kendall County resident, I am ashamed.==

    As a Republican in Kendall County, I am ashamed as well.


  25. - Amalia - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:28 pm:

    if I had the time I would create a radio drama called Edgefield Park. Darren wouldn’t like what I’d have to say.


  26. - Yahoo - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:30 pm:

    Usually candidates get a “bounce” after coming out of a primary etc. This is awful. He is getting buried in the first week and a half. He thinks downstate doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, but then makes up towns?


  27. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:31 pm:

    == That Smith & Wesson 5.56/.223 being auctioned by the Kendall County Republicans is very similar to and the same caliber as the Smith & Wesson M&P15 that was used in the Highland Park shooting==

    It’s too bad you can’t ban stupidity.


  28. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:36 pm:

    Ok, so there is no Edgefield Park. But does that make their pain any less real?

    I for one am glad that Bailey is standing up for the mythical Edgefield Park. JB Pritzker continues to show why he’s failed Illinois by acting as if Edgefield Park doesn’t exist.


  29. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:40 pm:

    ==Vallas is weird=

    He also won’t travel by plane.


  30. - Roadrager - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:51 pm:

    == but the bible verse he quoted today was not Psalm 112. It was Colossians 3:12.==

    You’ll have to forgive him. Bailey’s students at Full Armor Christian Academy accidentally shot up all the Bibles last semester.


  31. - Thomas Paine - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:52 pm:

    Darren Bailey today, at a press conference:

    “ Before I begin, I’d like to apologize, again, for my comments on Monday. Look, you guys know me. I’m a father, I’m a grandfather, I’m heartbroken for these families.”

    Me, yesterday, on Capitolfax:

    “The problem with Bailey isn’t guns, abortion or COVID.

    It is his self-righteousness.

    He is so sure that he is right and everyone else is wrong who disagrees with him, on every issue.

    He cannot learn. he cannot grow, he cannot evolve, and he sure as heck cannot empathize.

    Ask him as a grandfather or a father what he thinks Kevin McCarthy was feeling as he used his own body to shield his 2 1/2 year old son from bullets.”

    https://capitolfax.com/2022/07/06/darren-bailey-and-his-enthusiasm-for-guns/#comment-13543542

    I am not sure if Darren Bailey understands what the Turing Test is, but he just failed it. You cannot pass yourself off as a caring human being by simply copying and pasting what actual humane people do. Plagiarism is not empathy.

    T/Y Hannah Meisel for sharing link to the full press release.


  32. - Norseman - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:53 pm:

    === Did BlueRoom Stream get hacked? ===

    The thought crossed my mind as well Michelle.


  33. - Skeptic - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:54 pm:

    “He also pointed out that Pres. Biden last week briefly mixed up Sweden and Switzerland” That may be true, but it’s also true that both of those countries exist.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:55 pm:

    === but the bible verse he quoted today was not Psalm 112. It was Colossians 3:12.===

    We were warned to beware of the Pharisees and Hypocrites…

    We’ve been warned, were warned… this is a warning… so the next tent revival on Facebook, remember…


  35. - Politics Commenter - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:55 pm:

    Credit where it was due that is a fairly convincing apology and will take some blame and light off him. Pritzker I’m sure will do his best to remind everyone about what was said and I’m sure it will work to some extent.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    ===That may be true, but it’s also true that both of those countries exist.===

    So… Bailey’s mistake must be a fantasy of some sort, phony too?


  37. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    To be fair, Edgefield Park certainly sounds like a Chicago suburb. It’s right next to Hillsdale and River Heights.


  38. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 2:59 pm:

    ===Credit where it was due===

    You can tell Bailey that at the next gun auction fundraiser, I mean, after another mass shooting isn’t considered “significant” as was pointed out to me.

    The man, Bailey, wanted to “move on”… Bailey chose that, had it up on Facebook, people in that group, some that might be “related” to him nodded in concurrence…

    “Move on”

    But, credit where credit is do, amirite?


  39. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:00 pm:

    Edgefield park is a neighborhood in Charleston South Carolina.

    Bailey just forgot to update all the macro variables in the ALEC pre-packaged scripts.


  40. - low level - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:01 pm:

    Well, Paul Vallas will be well funded this go around…. Whatever you think of him, his campaign wont be broke like 2019

    As for Beetle Bailey, his newfound concern for African American communities is amazing isnt it?


  41. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:02 pm:

    =That may be true, but it’s also true that both of those countries exist.=

    And in the “New Illinois” that Bailey envisions Chicago (and Englewood) don’t exist. It remains to be seen if he will create an Edgefield Park but I imagine if he does it won’t have “Chicago Values.”


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:02 pm:

    ===and I’m sure it will work to some extent.===

    Likely the most vile and dark individuals will accept the apology… while attending that gun auction…

    You mean those folks won’t be swayed by Bailey’s own words that we all should “move on”

    Are you accepting his apology? Hmm.


  43. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:03 pm:

    ===well funded this go around===

    Only if he continues having quarters like this. $836,500 is barely a failed state Senate Democratic primary race these days.


  44. - Just Sayin - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:04 pm:

    ==Edgefield Park certainly sounds like a Chicago suburb==

    Or a possible name for a yet-to-be established Springfield donut hole community that’s actually in either unincorporated Springfield Township or Woodside Township. Not too far away from the village of North Chatham (aka Piper Glen and Panther Creek).

    Then again, I call anything in Springfield south of Stanford and north of I-72 along 6th Street “Southern View” regardless of whether the land is unincorporated or within the Springfield or Southern View actual village limits. Including the 6th Street Walmart, which I always refer to as “Walmart in Southern View.”


  45. - Amalia - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:07 pm:

    Liz Rochford is the most qualified candidate in the general for 2nd District Supreme Court and was in the primary. welcome new supporters.


  46. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:09 pm:

    ==He also pointed out that Pres. Biden last week briefly mixed up Sweden and Switzerland==

    And Republicans think Biden is a senile failed President, so that’s not really much of a defense.


  47. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:12 pm:

    == as I learned those who cancel or not cancel gun auctions classify which deaths are worth reflection.==

    I’m not sure you’ve learned that yet. It was specifically stated that some would use it as an “in your face moment” after the next inevitable shooting, and some would not. The point of both acts is for people who like those raffles as part of their culture, to get back to a point of pretending bad things never happened.

    Then, that’s exactly what happened. Bailey and his ilk shoved it in our faces, and DeVore did not.

    Perhaps I just communicated it to you poorly for you to only remember half of the point being made.

    In the future, quote my posts directly. I’ll be happy to stand by what I said and clear up any confusion.


  48. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:18 pm:

    Time and again, Bailey soils the bed. Time to change the sheets…er…message going forward.


  49. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:23 pm:

    ==He also pointed out that Pres. Biden last week briefly mixed up Sweden and Switzerland==

    Switzerland is an actual country. Edgefield Park doesn’t exist. So there’s that.


  50. - Just Me 2 - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    Yes, the Bailey campaign is a dumpster fire, but don’t forget J.B. lit the match.


  51. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:26 pm:

    ===I’m not sure you’ve learned that yet.===

    You told me different deaths matter differently.

    You typed it. I’ll show you.

    ===The point of both acts is for people who like those raffles as part of their culture, to get back to a point of pretending bad things never happened.===

    So you’re one of the “let’s move on” folks… wow

    === Perhaps I just communicated it to you poorly for you to only remember half of the point being made.===

    Let’s revisit, shall we?

    === - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Jul 1, 22 @ 3:14 pm

    == Are there days without mass shootings ==

    Which is why I added in the ‘of some significance’. If it’s in the public consciousness like a few dozen children being gunned down, yes those thankfully do not happen every day, and that’s why they are harder to ignore. If it’s nameless people the news never reports on consistently for weeks at a time, and are much easier to ignore, then no. How easy a situation is to ignore is the variable I see as what is changing behavior, not how many people are dying overall.===

    Look, if you think certain lives are more significant, or not more significant, that’s on you.

    That was your point.

    Are you saying if it was Highland Park, Missouri, versus Highland Park, Illinois, the significance level changes?

    I’m pretty sure you are.


  52. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:29 pm:

    The callous here…

    === If it’s in the public consciousness like a few dozen children being gunned down===

    It reads like ordering a pizza…

    Whew.

    “Like a few dozen”…

    A dozen? No, a few dozen?


  53. - Mayor of Edgefield Park - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:30 pm:

    Thank you Mr. Bailey for standing up for what is right. JB has been ignoring us for years and that is why he got 0% of our vote in 2018.


  54. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:35 pm:

    =don’t forget J.B. lit the match.=

    The match was lit long before JB got involved. Bailey got 57% of the vote. He is the face of the ILGOP today with or without JB’s help. Republican voters had their say and overwhelmingly chose Darren Bailey.


  55. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:41 pm:

    And Irvin told them what JB wanted so they weren’t exactly duped lol.


  56. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:45 pm:

    It’s tough to get the names of places right when you really don’t care about them.


  57. - ;) - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 3:56 pm:

    I wouldn’t be so quick to laugh Vallas off this time around.


  58. - Fivegreenleaves - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:08 pm:

    Darren Bailey reminds me of what Jesus described in Matthew 6:5. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”

    Darren Bailey goes around shouting “I’m a Christian, this is a fight between good and evil.” Sen. Bailey, I couldn’t agree more. This is a fight between good and evil. Jesus also said in Matthew 24:4 “Take heed, lest any man deceive you.”

    I’ve been a Christian for almost 29 years. I’m active in my church, and I’m pro-life for the most part. But I will NEVER vote for Darren Bailey. To put it bluntly, I would rather someone not tell me their faith, and prove to me they’re a Christian, then someone to tell me they’re a Christian, and prove themselves wrong.


  59. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:09 pm:

    ===I wouldn’t be so quick to laugh Vallas off this time around.===

    He’s said some pretty interesting things on conservative talk radio that may come back to haunt him. He also isn’t likely to win support from the teachers unions. He should be able to get Catanzara on board, which will help in certain areas. But let’s face it, neither the police nor the teachers are going with Lightfoot, so he still needs to expand his coalition somehow. This race should be a free for all, but it’s Lightfoot’s to lose at the moment.


  60. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:14 pm:

    -He should be able to get Catanzara on board-

    Isn’t Catanzara running himself?


  61. - Tony DeKalb - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:21 pm:

    As a former long-time Kendall resident, this auction doesn’t surprise me, although it does make me a bit sad. At one time, the Kendall GOP did have some good, moderate voices. But no longer.


  62. - Just Sayin - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:21 pm:

    ==He’s said some pretty interesting things on conservative talk radio that may come back to haunt him.==

    Still, it’s hard to believe that our state would have been much better off with a Governor Vallas almost 20 years ago. Same with a Governor Poshard four years prior.


  63. - Don't Bloc Me In - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:29 pm:

    ==So much for blueroomstream remaining an unbiased carrier of Illinois news. How embarrassing.==

    This isn’t the first time BlueRoomStream has been generous to Bailey. I remember seeing their reference to a ‘large crowd’ at his last rally at the Effingham County. That was quite the stretch.


  64. - Seph O'logy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:36 pm:

    Which of the statewide races suffered the highest percentage of undervotes? That could predict weakness in the general election.


  65. - SIUEalum - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 4:52 pm:

    == Which of the statewide races suffered the highest percentage of undervotes?==

    At a quick glance, looks like the AG race. I assumed it would be the senate race but it beat out AG by a couple hundred votes.


  66. - Huh? - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:00 pm:

    beetle starts quoting scripture …

    Me [checking for wallet, rings, watch, cell phone, car keys …]


  67. - Victor Reyes #2 - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:03 pm:

    Regarding the Workers Right Amendment that is on the ballot, can someone explain the reason it will pass this November. Will it be tied to any candidate?


  68. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:10 pm:

    The gosh-dang Democrats mapped Edgefield Park right outta Illinois, my friend.


  69. - Consider This - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:20 pm:

    Edgefield Park is the actual site of the Bowling Green Massacre. Every sincere Republican is aware of this.


  70. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:38 pm:

    == I remember seeing their reference to a ‘large crowd’ at his last rally==

    Maybe they meant physique.


  71. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:49 pm:

    Edgefield Park is another blunder by Darren Bailey. If Candidate Bailey spent time in the city of Chicago visiting the communities rather than denigrating the city, he might be more informed.


  72. - Politics Commentator - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:50 pm:

    “But, credit where credit is do, amirite?”

    The question was on his apology, not a gun sale, not what else he said before or after, the apology he made today. Stop with the partisan talking points and keep up with what I’m *actually* referencing to here.


  73. - danray - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:50 pm:

    When does Darren start handling the snakes?


  74. - Manchester - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 5:55 pm:

    When someone shows you they really are, believe them. Beetle Bailey has shown us his true self in oh so many ways and he is indeed a frightening creature; but even worse, he is dogmatic, callous and uncaring.


  75. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 6:01 pm:

    === The question was on his apology===

    Do you think in any way Bailey *not* apologizing was possible?

    If you think Bailey *not* apologizing was a rational choice… as much as apologizing… then giving credit is a warped way to look at any apology given.

    That’s the point.

    Otherwise, “yay, Bailey did what any sane, rational person would do that didn’t want to implode their chances, or any chance of being governor”

    I mean… yikes.


  76. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 6:05 pm:

    Alone…

    It’s now partisan to see a phony apology that is predicated on the truth that not apologizing will sink the campaign?

    It’s partisan to give one a pass that said the same day a mass shooting takes place we need to “move on”

    Not one person asked Bailey to do a Facebook video, let alone one where, speaking directly to the camera, that folks watching should “move on”

    Doing the right thing after the fact with no other option and calling one out for the obvious isn’t partisan.


  77. - Data Scrounge - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 6:09 pm:

    == Which of the statewide races suffered the highest percentage of undervotes?==

    I can find the final numbers only for the City of Chicago (in the link Rich cites).

    For Democrats, it’s Treasurer and for Republicans, it’s Comptroller. I was looking at over all, though — not at just contested races.


  78. - low level - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 7:35 pm:

    ==Only if he continues having quarters like this.==

    No question, Rich. Im just saying this is a decent start for Vallas and perhaps a good sign he can continue to raise money.

    ==when Jim Edgar, Pate Phillip and Lee Hamilton ==

    I think you mean Lee Daniels? Lee Hamilton was a Dem congressman from Indiana iirc.

    As for whether he has a shot or not, I’ll vote for whomever makes the runoff against Lightfoot.


  79. - XonXoff - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 7:36 pm:

    // that is a fairly convincing apology //

    Praise the wordsmiths. I think he’d still like to move on.


  80. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 9:29 pm:

    When I heard Bailey’s comments on Monday i got the distinct vibe that he was more concerned about bbq’s and fireworks being cancelled. I’m still getting that vibe.


  81. - Adroit Opiner - Thursday, Jul 7, 22 @ 11:05 pm:

    This tweet after that caption leads me to believe BlueRoom Stream was in fact hacked: https://twitter.com/blueroomstream/status/1545136632986275840?s=21&t=7Au1U1DiPnWe5xFvqNHmYw


  82. - The Abyss - Friday, Jul 8, 22 @ 12:14 am:

    Let me start by quoting my favorite Bible verse, Genesis 1:1. “Friends, in the beginning, God created the Second Amendment, mmkay.”


  83. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 8, 22 @ 5:11 am:

    ====Edgefield Park certainly sounds like a Chicago suburb==

    Or a possible name for a yet-to-be established Springfield donut hole community==

    Since it sounds like from his statements at most city council meetings that Springfield’s infamous Ward 7 alderman, Joe McMenamin, seems to hate Springfield, when he leaves the City Council next year he could move out to unincorporated Woodside near Harry’s Adult Day Care and start his own town. And call it Edgefield Park. He can serve as Mayor for life, a one-man city council, treasurer, dog catcher, legal counsel, and all other city duties simultaneously. And he can badmouth Springfield all he wants too.


  84. - Arsenal - Friday, Jul 8, 22 @ 8:39 am:

    ==Do you think in any way Bailey *not* apologizing was possible?==

    I do, actually. That MAGA crowd loves the bluster, and you certainly saw people online defending Bailey before he apologized.

    Shamelessness is a super power.


  85. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 8, 22 @ 9:03 am:

    Is Quinn still planning to run for Mayor?


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