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Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* A quick roundup to start your day…

    * Statewide candidates make pitches across Illinois with two weeks before election: Incumbent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker has made several stops around the state in recent days in his reelection bid. At a church in Chicago Monday, he said his Republican opponent Darren Bailey is too extreme for Illinois. […] Bailey, who says Pritzker is the one who is too extreme, wrapped up a four-day southern Illinois bus tour this weekend.

    * Bos, Syed disagree on bill hiking penalties for fentanyl crimes: While some state lawmakers are backing legislation that would make possession of small amounts of fentanyl a misdemeanor, state Rep. Chris Bos is co-sponsoring a bill that instead would stiffen penalties for crimes involving the powerful synthetic opioid. But his opponent in the race for the 51st state House District seat says increasing punishment is not the solution to the fentanyl crisis.

    * Deering calls out Budzinski over money she made as a consultant: This came after the Better Government Association reported that Budzinski received more than $500,000 from a lobbyist and progressive organizations that don’t disclose where their money comes from, often referred to as “dark money.” “While there may not be any official laws broken yet, she always seems to be just outside the door of corruption,” Deering said during a news conference Monday.

    * Illinois secretary of state candidates tout their plans for improving services: CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov talked with both candidates – Republican Dan Brady and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias – about what they would do to improve services for Illinois drivers.

    * Who Does and Does Not Support the Workers’ Rights Amendment in the 2022 Illinois Election: Business groups, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, have voiced opposition to the measure, as has the Illinois Republican Party as a whole, though some GOP lawmakers have expressed support for the amendment.

    * Political newcomer vying to be the voice in Springfield for growing Latino population in northern Illinois: Campaign leaflets, cookies, and even a baby for Juan Reyes, 50, to pose with were at hand at a recent fundraising event in Rockford for his candidacy. He’s running for Illinois Senate in the 34th District as a Republican against Democrat Steve Stadelman. “When they asked me what is my platform, I say three things: God, family and country,” Reyes said.

* More to come!

[Links are all fixed now, sorry about that folks! -Isabel]


  1. - cermak_rd - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:19 am:

    You know, as much as it has become folklore that JB picked his competition, he also very early defined Darrin as too extreme for IL. Granted, Darrin helped that, too.

  2. - Vote Quimby - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:22 am:

    The links don’t work for me. Anyone else having this issue?

  3. - JoanP - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:24 am:

    = The links don’t work for me. Anyone else having this issue? =

    Yes, the links are all going to the “Hart uses Madigan . . .” post.

  4. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:24 am:

    ===The links don’t work for me===

    She’s on it. Give it a few. Thanks.

  5. - H-W - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:34 am:

    There are lots of new lawn signs and 4X* placards all over the place here, advising people to vote against Amendment 1, so as to not raise property taxes.

    How can people just blatantly lie like this? And how can people be so naive as to believe lies are true, if the people they vote for say them?

    Perhaps in a little way, Bailey is right. Our schools failed to educate many young adults and middle aged people.

  6. - H-W - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:35 am:

    That should be, “4 X 8 placards.

  7. - Vote Quimby - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:50 am:

    Thanks Isabel… just checking. You’re doing a great job and we truly appreciate your hard work (banned punctuation)

  8. - Back to the Future - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 9:54 am:

    Agree with Vote Quimby

  9. - AcademicUnionStateEmployee - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 10:26 am:

    Somewhere deep down I suspect that Jesse has to be a little saddened or bothered about Alexi’s characterization of poor customer service, backwards technology, and corruption at SOS.

  10. - Lulu in Lake - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 10:37 am:

    ===Our schools failed to educate many young adults and middle aged people===

    By design, IMO. Starving public schools and libraries and creating a culture that disrespects educators and subject matter experts (doctors, researchers, etc) is intended to create a populace that will swallow any lie.

  11. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 11:32 am:

    =Perhaps in a little way, Bailey is right. Our schools failed to educate many young adults and middle aged people.=

    I hear this far too often.Politicians, in particular, talk about how people do not know civics or basic history or math. And then blame schools. When is it the responsibility of the learner to actually learn.

    We spend huge amount of money on professional development, especially when it comes to instructional practices, teachers today are far far better at creating engaging lessons and varying modalities it isn’t even funny.

    The learner has to be responsible too, and that is going the opposite way. And bailey won’t help, he will hurt public schools.

  12. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 11:36 am:

    ===The learner has to be responsible too===

    Learners are children. I’d put it more on parents. Involved parenting is a big key to learning.

  13. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 12:20 pm:

    =Perhaps in a little way, Bailey is right. Our schools failed to educate many young adults and middle aged people.=

    To some degree, I agree with your child statement. But a 16 year old isn’t a child anymore, they are juveniles but not a child.

    And yes, parents for sure. That is my error in not having them in the mix.

    But, once a student reaches high school the burden shifts as the maturity shifts. Parents are always in the mix but older students need to own their learning. That is best practice.

  14. - Amalia - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 1:03 pm:

    the full text from former Chicago Ald. Smith is quite interesting re Chief Judge Evans and the stats. She represented a lakefront ward and is a former AUSA.

  15. - cermak_rd - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 1:10 pm:

    I actually don’t understand some of the ignorance. A lot of the things people are ignorant of I indeed remember learning in school, and I attended a small town school. I learned a great deal there from direct instruction. Enough to go to college without remedial courses.
    But I have a friend who went to through that same school system and she didn’t learn much from the experience. We were in different classes, she was in the functional courses, for those who could not manage basic English or math, and I was in the honor’s classes, for those who would get easily bored in the regular courses.
    I don’t know how any school system could have managed the skills and interests swing different at the time; and I wonder if the differentiated instruction model actually improves outcomes, but I suspect that some students because of aptitude or ability got a much worse education than other students.

  16. - H-W - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 1:54 pm:

    I hear you JS Mill. And I should have held my tongue until I found a better snark story.

    I trust teachers to almost always be doing the very best they can do. To suggest otherwise (as I did) dismissed the vast majority for a couple random anecdotes. I apologize.

    I suppose I should have said something to the effect, it is amazing how much time and effort some politicians put into undoing what our schools are charged with accomplishing.

    Teachers teach, and some politicians un-teach.

  17. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Oct 25, 22 @ 3:35 pm:

    =I apologize.=

    Thanks, all good here.

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