Monday, Sep 19, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller
* Then again, he’s flip-flopped a lot since the primary…
* The IEA endorsed the Republican candidate for secretary of state…
The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Board of Directors recommended five candidates for the state’s constitutional offices.
The IEA board is made up of 93 IEA members from throughout the state of Illinois and the board made its decision at its monthly meeting Saturday in Springfield.
The candidates who have been recommended are:
• Governor: JB Pritzker, Democrat
• Secretary of State: Dan Brady, Republican
• Attorney General: Kwame Raoul, Democrat
• Treasurer: Mike Frerichs, Democrat
• Comptroller: Susana Mendoza, Democrat
“The decision to recommend candidates is one made by IEA members,” said Kathi Griffin, IEA president. “We are an organization that is run by its members and our recommendation process is indicative of this. We have always been proud to be a bipartisan organization that makes its decisions based on what is best for public education in Illinois. We believe this slate of candidates reflects those beliefs.”
Within an hour of becoming governor, Pritzker said [in a speech today to the Laborers’ Union] he issued an order mandating the use of PLAs. Now, Illinois has 800 of them, “more PLAs than the other 49 states combined.”
PLAs indeed raise wages but also raise costs on taxpayers who end up footing the bill, responded Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Todd Maisch. PLAs also can require workers to pay dues that end up going for political causes they may not support and drive up pension costs, Maisch said. “PLAs are not good for taxpayers.” […]
“The average Illinois family pays more than $2,000 in taxes and fees today than when Pritzker took office,” [Darren Bailey] said in a statement that did not break down that figure, but referenced in part gasoline and other hikes passed as part of the governor’s $45 billion Rebuild Illinois infrastructure program. […]
Bailey notably did not attack PLAs. They mostly cover workers in the building trades unions, many of whom traditionally vote Republican.
* Bailey is now giving exclusive statements to Breitbart…
Following Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s call to send Illinois Republican candidate Darren Bailey “back to the farm,” the Republican nominee fired back, calling on the Democrat mayor to get off her “elitist high horse” and “remember who puts food on your plate.”
In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News on Sunday, state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey, who is a third-generation farmer, stated his intention to “restore” the Prairie State in light of the “mess” created by Democrat leaders.
“Mayor Lightfoot, I’ll go back to my farm after I clean up the mess you and [Gov.] J. B. Pritzker made and restore Illinois,” he said.
“In the meantime, get off your elitist high horse and remember who puts food on your plate,” he added.
* Catalina Lauf is one of the Latina candidates here…
Sneed hears via a top source the likely site for the 2024 Democratic National Convention is becoming a battle between Chicago and New York.
And it’s looking more and more likely the event will come to Chicago, according to the Sneed source. […]
The Buckshot: The big problem overshadowing Chicago and New York: public safety and mayors who have been unable to tamp crime down!
“Crime may be increasing in New York; but Chicago’s crime has had the biggest national impact news-wise,” said the source with both feet in DNC doings in both cities. “It’s the proverbial fly in the ointment,” the source added.
Already, nearly 50,000 voters in DuPage–a one-time GOP stronghold that has turned purple–have registered to vote by mail every election, Kaczmarek said. That’s almost one in 10.
Meanwhile, a new round of election skepticism has hit the state board. According to Dietrich, callers and emailers “believe we are selling their (registration) information to Rock the Vote,” a left-leaning group that appeals to young people. The board has neither sold nor given any information to Rock the Vote, Dietrich says.