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Friday, Oct 7, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* This is absolutely ridiculous and if it was happening in the American South every Democrat in the country would be rightly freaking out

A little more than one month before Election Day, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said Wednesday that most Chicago voters who head to the polls on Nov. 8 will be casting their ballots at a different polling place from where they were assigned to vote in the primary and in previous years.

* Never heard of this clown, but he seems to have quite the opinion of himself…

* Pritzker campaign…

Bailey’s four most egregious claims of the night:

Bailey claimed he wouldn’t change existing abortion protections, but he has spent his entire political career saying he is going to “end” abortion in Illinois. Bailey’s anti-choice views are no secret, and despite his non-answers on stage, he won’t protect women’s rights as governor. Governor Pritzker has enshrined the right to choose into state law, and will continue to stand up to retrograde politicians who wish to take us backwards.

When asked about his comparison of abortion to the Holocaust, Bailey doubled down saying, “yes the facts are true when you compare the numbers,” and when pressed to name a Jewish leader who supported his offensive claim, he outright refused. Bailey’s lack of remorse for his harmful comparison is outright disqualifying.

When asked about his previous assertions that he would “repeal everything that J.B Pritzker has signed into law,” and whether that included increasing the minimum wage, he dodged his record of opposition, saying only “it was very obvious what [he] meant.” The truth is Bailey wants to repeal the state minimum wage entirely and voted against raising the state minimum wage to a living wage. It’s no surprise that a man who would tell hard working union members to “stay in [their] lane,” would oppose fair wages.

While Bailey once again failed to offer concrete solutions, he continued to make false assertions about his plan for “zero-based budgeting.” He claimed there is “$10 to $15 billion in that budget of waste,” but has yet to answer which human services he would cut first. His lack of plans to propose balanced budgets serve as a scary reminder of the Rauner years, who decimated Illinois’ finances and held the budget hostage for years. Under Governor Pritzker’s responsible fiscal management, Illinois has earned six credit rating upgrades, delivered $1.8 billion in tax relief to working families, and dedicated $1 billion to the depleted rainy day fund.


“Governor Pritzker’s defining legacy - the [un]SAFE-T Act has made our communities less safe, and unfortunately the worst is yet to come. On January 1st cash bail is set to be eliminated across Illinois, potentially releasing violent criminals back onto our streets.

100 of Illinois’ 102 State’s Attorneys oppose this law while numerous Democratic State’s Attorneys have sued the administration to stop it from taking effect. When pressed by moderators numerous times. Governor Pritzker failed tonight to provide specific changes that would support to reform his disastrous law to save lives before it’s too late.

Make no mistake, Darren Bailey won this debate. He outlined a positive vision for our state’s future - one that prioritizes public safety, law enforcement, and a strong & competitive business climate. Illinois voters are fed up with the culture of corruption and criminal coddling that has defined Pritzker’s tenure in office. It’s high time for a change.”

…Adding… Proft’s PAC…

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson had Illinois gubernatorial Republican candidate Darren Bailey on Chicago’s Morning Answer after his debate the previous night with Gov. Pritzker, a debate in which the overwhelming consensus –even among establishment Chicago media types– was that Bailey won handedly.

Some quotes from Darren Bailey:

“This man [Pritzker] has no clue. I was shocked and taken aback last night at his lack of knowledge on the issues…I was shocked at his inability to articulate and defend…all he could do was stand there and blame everything on Rauner or Trump, and calling me a liar.”

“’No but yes, no but yes,’ seemed to be [Pritzker’s] answer to everything. We cannot trust this man, and we found that out last night.”

“I’ll come to the table, and I’ll bring everyone. Everyone will have a voice, even that noisy Democrat, you will have a voice, because that’s not happening at all in these last four years.”

The whole interview can be heard on Rumble linked below and on the Facebook page of PBR PAC.

Dan Proft is president of PBR PAC.

…Adding… Rumors of problems with Budzinski’s numbers

While Illinois’ governor candidates sparred Thursday night in Normal, 13th Congressional District candidates Regan Deering, a Republican, and Nikki Budzinski, a Democrat, met on the debate stage at the Illinois Public Media studios in Urbana.

While differences were seen in the candidates’ positions on the issues, such as abortion and how to address gun violence, some common ground was noted regarding student loan forgiveness.

Both candidates were not in favor of President Joe Biden’s executive action to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt — a plan the Congressional Budget Office estimates would cost approximately $400 billion.

For Budzinski, a former chief of staff in Biden’s Office of Management, her concern was how taxpayers would cover those costs. The action by the president is not the best way to address college affordability, she said. College tuition and fee rates have increased by 130% since 1990, according to the Education Data Initiative.

* More stories, mostly gathered by Isabel…

* Illinois Supreme Court candidates 2022 battle for 2 open seats in November election: Rochford and O’Brien are both making abortion a key issue in their campaign ads, attacking their opponents for being supported by anti-abortion groups while touting their own pro-abortion credentials as an important qualification for the next justices.

* Sara Paretsky: State Supreme Court races could lead to a rollback of abortion rights in Illinois: Illinois has a so-called trigger law on the books — which would have made abortion illegal with the overturning of Roe. In 2017, the state enacted House Bill 40, blocking the trigger provision. But the Thomas More Society, a national legal group that often represents abortion rights opponents, has filed a lawsuit to overturn H.B. 40. Burke, who at one time professed an affiliation with the DuPage County Thomas More Society, and Curran claim they could be objective in hearing the lawsuit. We heard such promises of objectivity from Trump’s Supreme Court nominees.

* Hard-right PAC forms ‘battle plan’ to take on ‘radical left’ judges in 3 Kentucky races: A new conservative PAC formed in Kentucky this week with a goal of reshaping “radical left” courts plans to spend up to $1.6 million on three key nonpartisan judicial races this fall. It plans to spend the rest of about $21 milliion in judicial races in six other states: Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, and appeals to donors to fund the effort, urging people to give “at least $1,000.”

* Young women are trending liberal. Young men are not: Young women are more likely to identify as liberal now than at any time in the past two decades, a trend that puts them squarely at odds with young men. Forty-four percent of young women counted themselves liberal in 2021, compared to 25 percent of young men, according to Gallup Poll data analyzed by the Survey Center on American Life. The gender gap is the largest recorded in 24 years of polling. The finding culminates years of rising liberalism among women ages 18 to 29, without any increase among their male peers.

* Citadel’s billionaire CEO Ken Griffin becomes GOP $100 million midterm megadonor: Only Soros Fund Management founder George Soros and shipping magnate Richard Uihlein have given more to candidates running for the U.S. House or Senate. Soros has donated over $128 million to Democrats while Uihlein has given $53 million to Republicans, according to OpenSecrets. Griffin, however, has spent another $50 million during this election cycle — which runs from Jan. 1, 2021 through the end of this year — on the failed Illinois gubernatorial campaign of Aurora, Ill., Mayor Richard Irvin, who lost in the Republican primary, according to state campaign finance records.

* Illinois U.S. House seats in the upcoming midterm elections: Three empty U.S. House seats in the upcoming midterm elections will bring new faces in Illinois’ congressional delegation.

* Republican Kathy Salvi seeks unlikely upset over US Sen. Tammy Duckworth: Challenging a U.S. senator who has become a national icon to many Democrats, Republican Kathy Salvi balances her uphill bid against U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth with optimism. […] Salvi, an attorney from Mundelein, touts a conservative agenda that includes increasing domestic energy production, shrinking government spending, cutting taxes and increasing border security in taking on Duckworth, the first-term Democratic senator who is a combat veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq War.

* In their own words: Meet the candidates running to replace Cheri Bustos: For the first time in a decade, Rep. Cheri Bustos will not be on the ballot for Illinois’ 17th congressional district. Instead, either Esther Joy King (R) or Eric Sorensen (D) will be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. News 8 sat down with both candidates, to discuss their most important policy points and why they believe you should vote for them.

* Lake Villa trustee looks to unseat McHenry senator who says Illinois goes too far on abortion: A Lake Villa trustee looking to unseat a Republican in the state Senate said she was motivated to run after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Attorney Allena Barbato is running in the 32nd District against state Sen. Craig Wilcox, a former Air Force colonel and McHenry County Board member who was appointed to the Senate seat in 2018 and won election two years later.

* Swanson, Demink on the ballot for Illinois House District 71: Swanson has been in office since 2017. Currently a retired electrician, Demink is looking to extend past his 30 years of experience in local politics. Demink ran unopposed in the June 28 primary election. Demink most recently served as a precinct committeeman in Mercer County. Both candidates enter the final month of campaigning with concerns of jobs and law enforcement. Specifically, the SAFE-T Act, or the end of cash bail in Illinois.

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  1. - Big Dipper - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:02 pm:

    ==Forty-four percent of young women counted themselves liberal in 2021, compared to 25 percent of young men==

    Well they do say women mature earlier than men.

  2. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:08 pm:

    Hate to give this more guy attention but I had heard of this Alex Stein person before.

    Many years ago, he was a contestant on a Big Brother-type reality show called Glass House that ran for one season. Unsurprisingly, he relished playing the villain role in the cast, and talking in the third person about himself a lot, which is probably the only reason I remembered his name.

    Noticed him again a year or two ago in viral videos that popped up on social media feeds from when he would show up at his local town council’s public comment section to make silly raps or give silly speeches that he would then post online.

    In the last 6 months to a year he has figured out how to command even more attention videotaping himself being a troll of national political figures.

    Wonder how long it will be before he runs for office himself.

  3. - Bunga - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:21 pm:

    to anyone who hasn’t heard of Alex Stein, Alex Stein is a right-wing troll activist from Dallas who peddles conspiracy theories as well as holding notoriety for harassing AOC on the Capitol Hill steps and violently harassed Dan Crenshaw at the Texas GOP convention earlier this year for going after Tucker Carlson and the Proud Boys.

    He’s a real awful person to be around with

  4. - Amalia - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    so that guy got a link from the candidate, right? so how does the candidate get penalized for the stunt? I guess at the ballot box. Meanwhile, Stein with his sketchy father and sketchy Texas life is trying to make a name via the Fox/Trump world. idiot.

  5. - Back to the Future - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:25 pm:

    Special thanks to Isabel.
    That was a lot of interesting information particularly the Supreme Court update.

  6. - Hot Taeks - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:28 pm:

    To put it bluntly, Alex Stein is a failed standup comic who makes Tom Myers and his famous ‘Bong Hit Transplant’ bit look like George Carlin’s comedic genius.

  7. - MisterJayEm - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:33 pm:

    “Never heard of this clown, but he seems to have quite the opinion of himself…”

    Seems to be modeling himself on Dan Proft, i.e. own the libs, lose the elections.

    – MrJM

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:37 pm:

    Alex Stein.

    Never heard of him until today.

    I’m worse off now.

  9. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:40 pm:

    Looking good, Daily Herald. /s

  10. - Buford - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:55 pm:

    He really showed Jan…rambling like an idiot to try and bait a response from her and got nothing.

  11. - JohnHartford - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:55 pm:

    Rich, I am trying to understand your statement on the large change in Chicago polling places. Aren’t schools trying to remove polling places for security purposes? Doesn’t Chicago have a history of racism?

  12. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 3:56 pm:

    The Cook County Chicago voting thing is absolutely horrendous. And the hypocrisy outstanding. I am a conservative and think voting is a state right but seeing Republicans beat up on this issue while democrat states are more restrictive in many ways is not right. So being a conservative I think time for a National law is overdue and that includes people who served their time. However I am not a fan of ballot harvesting or same day registration. Ok with mail in but personally I vote day of. You never know who might quit,die or get indicted

  13. - ste_with a v_en - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 4:11 pm:

    Dan Proft is a big fan of Alex Stein. The kid’s mom died, and hid father said he has lost it after that, going down the rabbit hole. Noe he’s doing all these online right-wing shenanigans.

  14. - MisterJayEm - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 4:27 pm:

    “most Chicago voters who head to the polls on Nov. 8 will be casting their ballots at a different polling place from where they were assigned to vote in the primary and in previous years.”

    Chicago’s polling place upheaval makes DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek’s “Vote Anywhere” option — any DuPage voter can cast their ballot in any one of the county’s 263 polling places — look positively prescient.

    – MrJM

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