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Monday, Oct 31, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Pritzker dipping into the trust fund to get around the spending caps

You gotta figure Elizabeth Rochford will get that as well.

* Speaking of contribution caps, DeVore busted his with a loan to himself, then has bitterly and repeatedly complained about a large contribution to his opponent…

* Speaking of DeVore…

A little background on Mr. Christos

Prosecutors charged the suspected gunman in the shooting rampage at a Fourth of July parade in this Chicago suburb with seven counts of first-degree murder Tuesday, hoping to put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said that, if convicted, Robert E. “Bobby'’ Crimo III faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. […]

Crimo can be seen in a widely circulated Chicago Tribune photo of a Trump rally. The man standing to Crimo’s right in the photo is Peter Christos, 18, according to Deerfield resident Natalie Reed, 18, who attended school with Christos at Glenbrook North.

“He’s very anti-mask, anti-vaccine,” Reed said of Christos. “He would kind of harass other students for wearing masks. He rallied up a bunch of people and did a lot of Trump rallies. He’s the one who got people together for most of them in Northbrook.”

Democratic oppo file on Christos is here. He was close to the Bailey campaign for a while and Bailey’s running mate was reportedly at that Republican Women of Park Ridge event.

* Speaking of the far right, here’s Politico

Rep. Mary Miller (IL-15) is the only member of the state’s Republican congressional delegation not to condemn last week’s violent attack on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The silence from Miller shows how divided politics has become, especially since Jan. 6 when protesters stormed the Capitol calling out for Pelosi.

Others in the GOP spoke up: Congressmen Mike Bost (IL-12), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) all expressed outrage at the assault. They followed the lead of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence, who also condemned the attack.

* Illinois early vote totals…

* Chicago early vote totals…

The most up-to-date Early Vote and Vote By Mail totals in Chicago, night of Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The Early Vote total stands at 52,599 ballots cast.

Additionally, 61,643 Vote By Mail ballots have been returned to the Board – total VBM applications stands at 203,119.

The grand total is 114,242 ballots cast so far in Chicago for the November 8th General Election.

Chicago has about 21 percent of the state’s population, but turnout so far is only about 16 percent of the statewide total. That’s up from before, but not there yet.

…Adding… Ahead of 2018, but people are getting accustomed to the process…

* Isabel’s roundup…

    * Judge allows GOP AG candidate Thomas DeVore’s defamation lawsuit against girlfriend’s mom to proceed: In his decision, Christian County Associate Judge Kevin Parker wrote that he couldn’t properly evaluate whether DeVore’s lawsuit fell under the state law without first determining whether Craig wrote or helped publish the article in question. “At this pleading stage of the case, that material fact is in no way settled,” Parker wrote.

    * Vote no on the Workers’ Rights Amendment: As Crain’s business columnist Joe Cahill pointed out on Oct. 3, if the WRA passes, Illinois will stand out for giving broader constitutional protections to organized labor than any other state. The amendment bars any legislation that interferes with unions’ bargaining rights, and—going further than any of the handful of states that constitutionally protect collective bargaining—explicitly prohibits “right-to-work laws” like those recently adopted by neighboring states.

    * Tulsi Gabbard endorses Bailey for governor: “It’s time for new leadership, and I urge you to elect Darren Bailey as your next governor,” Gabbard said. “He is a farmer who knows what it means to put in an honest day’s work, puts people first and is not beholden to the political insiders who have corrupted the Illinois government.” Gabbard will speak at a Bailey campaign rally with Illinois GOP Chairman Don Tracy Monday night in Glen Ellyn. The downstate lawmaker said Gabbard understands that Illinois voters need to stand up to extremists, put people ahead of politics and do what’s right. Bailey said he can unite Illinoisans by focusing on tax relief, safer streets and improving schools.

    * RTMD offering free rides to the polls in southern Illinois: Rides Mass Transit District (RMTD) is offering free rides to the polls for the General Election on Tuesday, November 8. The transportation company says it is offering the free rides on their regular routes in southern Illinois.

    * Kifowit, West square off in Illinois House 84th District race: If re-elected, Kifowit said she hopes to continue serving as the chair of Veterans Affairs and serve as a voice for veterans as the only female veteran in the House. She also looks to focus on ensuring mental health is on par with physical health for residents, working toward more ethics reforms and balancing the state’s budget, she said.

…Adding… From Dan Proft’s PAC…

Former Democrat, congresswoman, and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard appeared on Chicago’s Morning Answer with Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson Monday morning before scheduled appearances with Illinois GOP candidate Darren Bailey later in the day in both Palatine and Glen Ellyn.

The whole interview can be listened to here:

Gabbard: “I just came from being with [GOP gubernatorial candidate] Tudor Dixon over the weekend in Michigan, and I know a lot of the same challenges that people are frustrated with and feeling in Michigan are the same things that Darren is telling me folks are frustrated with here in Illinois. Things obviously, like incredibly-rising crime rates…heavily restricted controls by the government throughout the COVID pandemic…parents being told ‘Hey you don’t have a right to have a say in what your child is being taught in school.’ These are all things that aren’t Democrat or Republican, they are issues that are affecting every person and every family in this state, and that this governor, Governor Pritzker, has failed on.”

She went on to say: “My message to voters here in the state of Illinois:…Do you feel like our economy is working for you? Do you feel like you are being honored and empowered as parents with policies that actually strengthen families, rather than trying to tear us apart? And if the answer to any of those is NO then I urge you to really take a hard look and consider casting your vote for [DARREN BAILEY] because he is a man of the people.”

Dan Proft is president of People Who Play By The Rules PAC.


  1. - twowaystreet - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 2:32 pm:

    I am very curious to see what eventually happens with voter turnout in Chicago.

    I still have not received my vote-by-mail ballot. I believe that is not the norm from talking with friends in Chicago, but I never had any issues in the past.

    At this point, I’ll make time to go in for early voting.

  2. - Franklin - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 2:38 pm:

    Oh to be a trust fund billionaire who can just drop a half mil on a judge at the drop of a hat. He’s just like us.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 2:45 pm:

    ===Oh to be a trust fund billionaire who can just drop a half mil on a judge at the drop of a hat. He’s just like us.===

    That’s grossly unfair to Uihlein.

  4. - H-W - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 2:46 pm:

    So DeVore will be allowed to provide more evidence to a judge as to why he should be allowed to sue his “would-be” mother-in-law.

    I am sure a lot of people would accuse their mother-in-law / father-in-law of defamation. Cousins too. And Siblings. Let’s not leave Mom and Dad by birth out of the formula too.

    I hope the judge also requires DeVore to prove irreparable harms were committed by his “would-be” mother-in-law, unlike any harms he has inflicted upon himself.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    ===* Judge allows GOP AG candidate Thomas DeVore’s defamation lawsuit against girlfriend’s mom to proceed===

    If Scott Lee Cohen met Jerry Springer and they needed someone where they can find common ground..

  6. - Stormsw7706 - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 2:57 pm:

    Tulsi Gabbard endorses Bailey. That does it. I’m voting for Bailey. I was an undecided and I kept telling my wife I’m waiting for Tulsi. Many of my friends and neighbors were in the same boat. I was at a brewery the other day and it was the top subject being discussed. Okay… maybe I had a little too much. Anyway now my political life has direction. Thank you Tulsi

  7. - low level - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 3:13 pm:

    Tulsi who?

  8. - Amalia - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 3:13 pm:

    the site of that Park Ridge brunch was the country club which I believe was the site of a mask controversy event some months ago. how precious, little far right students dressing up to visit with people who spout their garbage beliefs.

  9. - Blue Bayou - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 3:29 pm:

    “vote for [DARREN BAILEY] because he is a man of the people”


    –runs a private school

    –against unions, public education, a woman’s right to choose

  10. - low level - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 3:29 pm:

    Is “man of the people” Proft registered to vote from Illinois or Naples, Florida? Because so many average Joes relocate to Naples.

  11. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 3:48 pm:

    Will DeVore wear his Uncle Fester costume at the Maddog 2020 party tonight?

  12. - Anon221 - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 4:16 pm:

    I can only hope that voters in the new 15th will take a long hard look at Miller before casting a vote for her. It would be great to be rid of her this election cycle. Two more years of her vitriol and self-righteousness and do-nothingness in DC is a poor reflection on Illinois. She will only be a placeholder for MAGAism. Constituents, regardless of party or belief, will not get anything from her “service”.

  13. - Southern Dude - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 4:49 pm:

    ===Oh to be a trust fund billionaire who can just drop a half mil on a judge at the drop of a hat. He’s just like us.===

    That’s grossly unfair to Uihlein.===

    Narrator: Uihlein isn’t on the ballot

  14. - Pundent - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 4:54 pm:

    =Narrator: Uihlein isn’t on the ballot.=

    So what you’re saying is that you aren’t opposed to billionaires spending money on elections, just this particular billionaire. Well you’re beef is with the Supreme Court. They didn’t make distinctions with Citizens United and there are billionaires on both sides.

  15. - The Velvet Frog - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 4:56 pm:

    Isn’t Mrs. Uihlein the one who has trouble remembering what state she lives in?

  16. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 4:58 pm:

    ===Uihlein isn’t on the ballot===

    That’s even more pathetic.

    Proft cashing checks.

  17. - Amalia - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 6:16 pm:

    would love if the far right remembered that Tulsi was a Bernie supporter in 2016. of course they may just like the disruption factor not the lack of firm policies standard.

  18. - JS Mill - Monday, Oct 31, 22 @ 6:56 pm:

    Tulsi Gabbard- What did she get, 3% in a couple of primaries? Bailey loves him some loser endorsements.

    Has LP endorsed?

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