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Thursday, Oct 27, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Club For Growth pouring it on for Catalina Lauf, which is probably why Bill Foster has a new ad up…

…Adding… This is wild. Delia Ramirez? Really?…

* ABC 7’s Craig Wall

“If your daughter, at age 13, had become pregnant, would you not have wanted to be notified of it, so you could process it with her and work through this with her?” Craig Wall asked Pritzker.

“Sure, but my daughters’ going to come talk to me if that happens and most daughters will,” he answered. “It is those under threat by family; victims of incest are a perfect example of that.” […]

“I do make the exception, always, when the life of the mother is at stake,” Bailey admitted, but he wouldn’t say the same for cases of rape or incest. “Personally, in my heart, I don’t. But regardless of what I think, nothing is going to change in Illinois because of the makeup of the legislature.” […]

“Amendment One is a hostile, liberal, it’s a takeover by special interests, because now, teachers unions, instead of bargaining just for wages and benefits, see, that’s not under threat in Illinois, but teachers unions now can begin to bargain for curriculum,” Bailey said.

* I cannot believe they let Bailey get away with saying this without so much as a mention that he pledged to “roll out the red carpet” for Trump in 2024 earlier this year

Bailey, who appeared with Trump at a rally prior to the June primary, says he is proud of the endorsement, but does not know whom he’ll support in the 2024 election.

C’mon. Here’s what Bailey said the day he was endorsed by Trump

Friends, I’ve made a promise to President Trump that in 2024 Illinois will roll out the red carpet for him because Illinois will be ready for President Trump.

He locked himself in. But, down the memory hole it goes since the candidate doesn’t wanna talk about it.

* But NBC 5 did solve a mystery about those “Bailey Endorsed by Trump” signs that have been popping up

Recently, the Pritzker campaign has paid for yard signs noting former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Bailey in the primary.

“Are they embarrassed because Darren Bailey is supporting Donald Trump?,” [Pritzker] asked.

* Dan Proft-funded yard sign…

* Going strong in DuPage…

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek announces a record-breaking start to voter turnout for the Nov. 8th election, with 2022 nearly doubling 2018 so far. At the start of today, voter turnout was 49,177 voters out of 615,626 registered voters for a turnout percentage of 8.0 percent. At the same point in 2018, two weeks out from the General Election, total voter turnout stood at 27,915 voters out of 639,752 registered voters for a turnout percentage of 4.4 percent. Total voter turnout in 2018 ended up at nearly 58 percent; turnout in 2014 was 49 percent.

The expansion of mail voting has made a significant difference. So far, 82,060 voters have requested mail ballots.

Of those who have voted so far in the 2022 election, 12,370 voters have voted early in-person and 36,807 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned. At the same point in 2018, 15,986 voters had voted early in-person and 11,929 vote-by-mail ballots had been returned.

“I’m pleased with the numbers, but not surprised,” Kaczmarek says. “My top priority as county clerk was to increase voter turnout. To achieve this goal, I had to increase voter access. Promoting mail voting and doubling the number of Early Voting locations has us off to a strong start, and voters also will have the option to Vote Anywhere on Election Day.”

Voters who have applied for a mail ballot are urged to complete it and return it via mail or drop box as soon as possible.

“Voters who have not yet applied for a mail ballot can still do so, but should not wait until the last minute,” Kaczmarek says. “It takes times for a mail ballot to be processed, printed and delivered to a home. After this week, voters should instead consider voting in-person at one of our 22 Early Voting locations or any of our 269 polling locations on Election Day.”

* By comparison, Chicago’s vote totals are abysmal…

The most up-to-date Early Vote and Vote By Mail totals in Chicago, night of Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

The Early Vote total stands at 25,829 ballots cast.

Additionally, 44,142 Vote By Mail ballots have been returned to the Board – total VBM applications stands at 196,958.

The grand total is 69,971 ballots cast so far in Chicago for the November 8th General Election.

And then on election day, most Chicago voters are gonna have to deal with the fact that the board just recently moved their polling places.

…Adding… Statewide…

* Candidates will often go to train stops during busy times to show their faces to as many people as possible…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Anon324 - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 1:55 pm:

    Every time Bailey calls us “friends,” I just think of the Monty Burns campaign ad where he tries to pass of the 3-eyed fish as a work of nature and not a harbinger of disaster he has wrought. Well, that and the South Park “I’m not your friend, guy” bit.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 1:56 pm:

    First, the daily morning campaign *and* afternoon campaign notebook has been such a real treat to keep up to date on so much, thanks for all this hard work, the both of you. Wow.

    To the post,

    Foster is about 8-10 days behind where he shoulda been with air cover (ads), and while the Club for Growth is stepping up, Foster has been answering the bell with adS and this latest negative ad defining Lauf to the honesty of Lauf being a conspiracy theorist and insurrection apologist, as early voting is going on it’s imperative that the continued defining of Lauf will likely be the better avenue with Lauf ad(s) running too.

    Reminding voters that Lauf is a danger to American democracy is not throwing bad money after a closing voting window

  3. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:03 pm:

    “Illinois will roll out the red carpet for him”

    The ILGOP already rolled out the red carpet for TFG when it strongly opposed the insurrection impeachment. The reward the establishment received for cravenly defending an autocrat was getting crushed by its own voters in the primary.

  4. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:04 pm:

    So Bailey visits a farmer’s market in Lincoln Park and greets commuters at the CTA Fullerton stop.

    When will Bailey actually board the Red Line and ride south to 95th to meet and greet voters? Is Charles Thomas available as a tour guide?

  5. - MisterJayEm - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:08 pm:

    “By comparison, Chicago’s vote totals are abysmal…”

    And inexcusable.

    – MrJM

  6. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:14 pm:

    I am old enough to remember a turn out like that in DuPage would have had Republicans dancing in the street (except in Wheaton) now I not so sure it bodes well for the Republican Party. But they brought it on themselves

  7. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:15 pm:

    It’s hard to get motivated to vote for inept Cook County Democrats whose ranks are filled with indicted legislators.

    Beyond ethics, they are failing on rising violent crime and ignoring public safety concerns especially on the CTA, high property taxes, failing schools, national headwinds, the list goes on

  8. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:18 pm:

    I don’t know if they were waiting for court challenges to be resolved but it seemed like in Chicago they mailed out the ballots much later than usual. If that is the case, it might explain why fewer have been returned so far compared to the past.

  9. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:20 pm:

    Proft, your signs attack a person who is actually putting money behind doing something about the problem. as opposed to your candidates who mouth support and give none. what the actual what.

  10. - Needs Deleted - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:24 pm:

    this feels like a “republicans are gaining steam” post…but I know better.

  11. - JS Mill - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 2:37 pm:

    =“Sure, but my daughters’ going to come talk to me if that happens and most daughters will,”=

    I will be voting for Pritzker, but this statement is naive at best. In my role I am privy to a lot of information that I would rather not be aware of. Sometimes it is about students from strong families where students enjoy a great deal of positive parental support and even those kids do not want to share some things with mom and dad.

    =It’s hard to get motivated to vote for inept Cook County Democrats whose ranks are filled with indicted legislators.=

    How about getting excited about inept ilgop politicians that supported or even participated in an insurrection or were twice impeached? You excited about that? A lack of excitement there could explain the balance of power in Illinois, no?

  12. - Belden Ave. - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 4:28 pm:

    I’ve done too many CTA and Metra stop morning handshakes, but I have never taken a candidate on the platform to campaign/politic, I think that is bad taste, and possibly against ordinance.
    Fullerton has been my home stop since Rey Meyer’s days and I’ve never seen a candidate upstairs.

  13. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 6:32 pm:

    ==Fullerton has been my home stop since Rey Meyer’s days and I’ve never seen a candidate upstairs.==

    When Blago was running for Congress he worked the Brown Line platforms.

  14. - SIUEALUM - Thursday, Oct 27, 22 @ 7:33 pm:

    = ‘it seemed like in Chicago they mailed out the ballots much later than usual’=

    I was thinking the same thing. I requested my VBM ballot in August and just got it on Tuesday (even though CBOE said it was mailed 2 weeks ago).

  15. - Sign of the Times - Friday, Oct 28, 22 @ 8:40 am:

    @Amalia: “Proft, your signs attack a person who is actually putting money behind doing something about the problem.”

    Neither Florida man Dan Proft nor the furry kittens he pets while spending Uihlein’s millions really care about hypocrisy.

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