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Thursday, Nov 3, 2022 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* A roundup to start your day…

    * Republican candidate Darren Bailey to vote Thursday after death threat: Bailey is expected to be voting in downstate Clay County, but a Chicago man is behind bars after he was charged with making a violent threat toward the GOP candidate. Prosecutors said that the suspect was angry after seeing TV ads about the gubernatorial candidate and then bragged on social media that he was a “political terrorist.” Bailey told ABC7 Chicago in an exclusive interview that the suspect mentioned Pritzker’s ads in the voicemail, and for that reason, Bailey says this threat falls at the feet of Gov. JB Pritzker.

    * “There will be more security”: “There will be more security. I am concerned, because it’s happening too frequently,” Durbin said in Decatur this week, giving another example: “Rodney Davis, Republican congressman. At baseball practice several years ago, (he) was assaulted by a gunman from the other side of the political spectrum. It’s unacceptable. Violence is unacceptable, whatever the political motivation. Period.”

    * Man who threatened to kill GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey had been angered by political ad he saw at a bar, prosecutors say: Scott M. Lennox, 21, of the 3300 block of North Lake Shore Drive, was charged with threatening a public official, a felony, and two harassment offenses following his arrest earlier this week by Illinois State Police. A judge Wednesday afternoon ordered Lennox held on $75,000 bail.

    * Focusing on crime and economy, GOP seeks to chip away at Democratic dominance of General Assembly: While Democrats are almost sure to keep a majority in both chambers, Republicans are hoping to gain a greater voice in Springfield by cutting into the Democratic supermajority, which would require net gains of three seats in the House and six in the Senate. Second-term Senate President Don Harmon of Oak Park and rookie House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch of Hillside each backed at least one incumbent who was defeated by a challenger in the June primary, and the general election will be an early indication of whether the party can maintain its overwhelming edge without indicted former House Speaker Michael Madigan at the helm.

    * CVS and Walgreens announce opioid settlements totaling $10 billion: The deals call for most of the funds from Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based CVS and Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens to be used to fight the opioid crisis through such efforts as expanding treatment and support programs for people with addiction, along with providing overdose antidotes and launching prevention efforts. In a conference call with analysts Wednesday, CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch said the deal sprang from mediation discussions that started last month.

    * Lynn Sweet: Avalanche of mail hitting Illinois voters, but funding behind partisan ‘newspapers’ not disclosed: In 2016, the Illinois State Board of Elections admonished Proft for not disclosing that his PAC was paying for the papers. On Aug. 15, 2016, according to state records, Local Government Information Services Inc., was incorporated in Illinois. The president of LGIS is Brian Timpone; the secretary is John Tillman, whose IPI received millions of dollars from Uihlein’s foundation. Timpone’s been connected to Metric Media LLC, a network of companies, including Local Government Information Services and Pipeline Media, where he is listed as a manager on state records.

    * State senator whose district includes Arlington Park opposes possible Bears TIF: Gillespie, an Arlington Heights Democrat who is sponsor of legislation to reform the controversial TIF process, questioned the need for the local property tax help during conversations about the NFL franchise’s possible move to the shuttered racetrack, where the team has proposed a $5 billion mixed-use redevelopment.

    * Senate candidates explain their ads: Hamilton said her campaign’s ads are responding to Turner’s distortion of Hamilton’s voting record. “I didn’t want to go negative,” Hamilton said. “I’m not going to just sit there and take it.” Hamilton said she stands by the content of her ads.

    * Election Day forecast: Illinois statehouse reporter Brenden Moore’s predictions: Pritzker, I think, will win relatively comfortably, though perhaps not by as much as some polls suggest given the electoral climate. Illinois leans Democratic and, with a legislative record that includes a minimum wage increase, recreational marijuana legalization and a plan to achieve 100% clean energy production by 2050, Democratic base voters have little to complain about with Pritzker. His stewardship of the state’s finances should appeal to moderate voters.

    * State 24th District Senate candidates differ on how to improve the business climate in Illinois: Lewis, currently a state representative in the 45th House District, says promoting business growth in Illinois is one of his top issues. The 54-year-old Bartlett resident says Illinois must make better use of its strengths, including the quality of its labor force and universities. He also wants to see fewer restrictions on business.

    * Biden in Illinois Friday to rally Democrats ahead of Tuesday vote; Harris in city Sunday: Biden will lead a get-out-the-vote event for Democrats with a focus on boosting suburban Chicago congressional incumbents — Reps. Sean Casten, Lauren Underwood and Bill Foster — who are in races that may be tightening.

    * Illinois Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Officer During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach: An Illinois man, a member of the Proud Boys, pleaded guilty today to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election. James Robert Elliott, 25, of Aurora, Illinois, pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia to assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

    * Rep. La Shawn Ford weighs in on Illinois’ SAFE-T Act debuting next year: State Rep. La Shawn Ford joins Good Day Chicago to share his thoughts on the SAFE-T Act and detail what tweaks he would make to the new system beginning next year.

    * Editorial: For Illinois House: Pettorini, Dias, Reick, Weber, Robertson, Ness, West, Sosnowski, Swanson, Henry, Haskell, Hernandez, Haas, DeLuca, Stava-Murray, Wheeler: This is the fifth installment of the Tribune Editorial Board’s endorsements for Illinois House races in the Nov. 8 general election.

    * Pritzker, Durbin speak on ISU’s campus to endorse Chung, Koehler, encourage voting: Pritzker then endorsed Chung for state representative and emphasized her dedication to education. “She’s a mom, she’s a musician, she’s a member of the county board, she’s a teacher and someone who cares deeply about advancing this state,” Pritzker said.

    * Cristian Javier, Astros bullpen combine for second no-hitter in World Series history, beat Phillies 5-0: Javier and Houston’s bullpen combined on just the second no-hitter in World Series history, silencing a booming lineup and boisterous fans as the Astros blanked the Phillies 5-0 Wednesday night to even the matchup at two games each. The only previous no-hitter in the World Series was a perfect game by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956.

* More to come!


  1. - JoeMaddon - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:16 am:

    Small thing, but I like the bold links. Makes it a bit more readable.

  2. - JS Mill - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:29 am:

    =Bailey told ABC7 Chicago in an exclusive interview that the suspect mentioned Pritzker’s ads in the voicemail, and for that reason, Bailey says this threat falls at the feet of Gov. JB Pritzker.=

    So by his criteria, school shootings and gun violence falls on bailey.

    This statement from bailey is absolutely offensive to any thinking person. They guy who shoots stuff on camera, holds gun raffles, and has spent the better part of the last two years vilifying Pritzker and others is now blaming Pritzker for his words is a complete joke.

  3. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:29 am:

    What a baseball game that was last night, the combined no-hitter. Never saw that before. Good for Dusty Baker their manager. He was accused of overusing starting pitchers in the Cubs’ 2003 NLCS collapse.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:36 am:

    You go to the ball park, odds are… you’re going to witness history.

    Great baseball last night.

    Dr. Jill Biden in attendance, Stand Up To Cancer tribute during a half inning break.

    I was surprised at so few political ads, no snark. Intentional or not, I found it surprising.

  5. - Yahoo - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:41 am:

    I like this Isabel.

  6. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:43 am:

    ===Makes it a bit more readable. ===


  7. - Demoralized - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:53 am:

    ==Bailey says this threat falls at the feet of Gov. JB Pritzker==

    Way to condemn hate speech with more hate. That certainly will help the situation.

  8. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:55 am:

    CWB Chicago has a lengthy story about the guy who threatened Bailey. He really comes across as a total doofus, the whole thing originated in a bar when he got mad at a political ad (Homer Simpson: “Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”), got into an argument with his friends about Bailey, and made the call to Bailey’s office. He followed up with some Snapchat messages with friends, including one who apparently didn’t even know who Bailey was, before and during the police investigation. The first investigation by the SOS police determined he was not a credible threat, but ISP did make the arrest. The Democratic response has been appropriately correct in condemning this mope, unlike some Republicans response to the Paul Pelosi attack. Gun toting Bailey’s response is just hypocritical.

  9. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 8:57 am:

    The bigger side problem is first equating both sides, and both parties face folks with real dangerous thoughts to others, it’s the lack of condemnation by those claiming they want all violence stopped.

    I read here, yesterday, Comptroller Mendoza’s own comment. That was great to see, along with the universal condemnation of this vile voicemail.

    We all need to hold accountable the hate and hate speech, not selectively.

    As I said yesterday, I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no plea deal that lowers the felonious action or lessens the charge.

  10. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:02 am:

    Got the Sangamon Sun at home. It reminds me of Royko’s comment about Murdoch papers.

    Shows mugshots of 12 people who ” … would be released into Sangamon County.” 2 white males, 2 black females, 8 black males. Any further description, however accurate, risks “moderation.”

  11. - Dave C - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:07 am:

    **everything Willy said**

    Agree 100%. Summed up perfectly and there isn’t anything better to be said.

    Those piling up on Bailey, you aren’t helping…..

  12. - Dysfunction Junction - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:07 am:

    Also received my one and only copy of LGIS’ Sangamon Sun yesterday. Wow - way worse and less subtle than I imagined from other descriptions on this blog. Are there actually people who read this as legitimate news? And if so, do those people actually read other legitimate news sources?

  13. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:08 am:

    Finally some publicity fort the atrocious loopholes in Illinois TIF laws.

    –My particular problem with TIF support for this is there’s no ‘but if.’ They’re already here. They’ve already declared their intention to buy the property–

    Costco declared back in the late 00s, that they wanted to build at the intersection of rt30 and I55. It took them years to get all the land they needed. It wasn’t a secret to anyone who was paying even a little bit of attention. There was no need for a TIF, and yet around 2020 the village of plainfield created a TIF that included that parcel as well as some open farmland. It was obvious it was created to allow the village to capture ALL the increases in tax revenue on the property, and not for any specific build-out financing.

    TIF is horrendously broken in Illinois, and needs reform. Without reform every commercial strip of land in every small town will eventually become a TIF district. That’s not an exaggeration, and some towns are already well on that path right now.

  14. - Rabid - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:11 am:

    $7,500 let’s the threat out of jail, bailey still want to repeal ?

  15. - Amalia - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:15 am:

    wow I hate the Astros but boy was that some pitching performance. Bryce Harper gets no hit. wow.

  16. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:17 am:

    So if someone threatened JB based on Bailey’s negative ads would Bailey accept responsibility? I think we know the answer.

  17. - JS Mill - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 9:32 am:

    =Those piling up on Bailey, you aren’t helping…..=

    Pointing out his hypocrisy is not piling on.

    That should be obvious.

  18. - Demoralized - Thursday, Nov 3, 22 @ 10:12 am:

    ==Those piling up on Bailey, you aren’t helping==

    And Bailey was with his comments?

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