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Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* The Workers’ Rights Amendment is getting almost 90 percent support in Chicago’s Black-majority wards. Data compiled by Isabel…

As I told you earlier, it got abut 80 percent citywide.

* Tom DeVore apparently believes everybody is as gullible as his handful of followers…

But here’s what he said in September…


* Why would the GOP even try to run a comprehensive and expensive mail and chase program when its base thinks mail-in and early voting are evil and should be abolished?…

Mail and chase works, as do early voting pushes. Democrat Maggie Trevor was trailing Matt Padgorski for a Cook County Board seat by about a thousand votes last week. As of yesterday, she was ahead by 481 votes.

* Well, Gov. Pritzker did give Warnock his campaign manager

…Adding… Ugh

* Isabel’s roundup…

    * Pantagraph | GOP chooses new leadership in Illinois General Assembly as Dems retain control: House Republicans elected Tony McCombie of Savanna and Senate Republicans chose John Curran of Downers Grove. The change in leadership comes after Democrats maintained control of every statewide office and had strong gains in last week’s elections across the rest of state government, aside from in the state Senate.

    * Center Square | Some question rosy picture painted by Illinois’ five year budget projections: Gov. J.B. Pritzker claims the state is in great financial shape after the release of five-year budget projections. However, one economic analysis says the state still needs to address a particular problem. The state’s fiscal projections released this week show Illinois has been making strides in attempting to clear some of its long-term debts

    * Crain’s | Like it or not, the Illinois GOP is now grappling with Candidate Trump: Jeanne Ives, a strong social and economic conservative who almost unseated then-Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 GOP primary, welcomed the idea of a competitive GOP presidential primary. “I think it’s a great idea for Republicans across the country to have a debate over where the party should go,” she said. But, Ives continued, Trump overall is “a mixed bag.” Asked if his running would help the party, she replied: “Not in Illinois.”

    * Jim Schultz and Warren Ribley | A December rail strike would be another gut punch to Illinois farmers: Behind the recommendations of an independent panel of arbitrators assembled by the president at the request of labor, the White House brokered a compromise that appeared to appease both management and union leadership. Yet, despite seven of the 12 rail unions approving the Biden deal during the last two months, three have failed to ratify. Two other unions are set to announce the outcome of their ratification votes in the coming days, with the likelihood of approval anyone’s guess.

    * CBS Chicago | Chicago’s Native American community to host summit with Illinois officials Wednesday : For the first time ever, Chicago’s Native American community will hold a summit with Illinois lawmakers in Springfield. Among the issues planned for discussion include allowing Native Americans to wear regalia from their heritage at graduation ceremonies.

    * Great Lakes Echo | Green-backed candidates for governor fair well in Great Lakes states: Election Day has come and gone, and the results show that green-backed candidates for governor won in six Great Lakes states. They won in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New York, but lost in Ohio. All are Democrats. Environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters, backed them candidates in hopes of having their environmental priorities enacted.


  1. - vern - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:17 pm:

    The Warnock thing is funny, but what really grinds my gears is the small dollar fundraising that DPI started up after Hernandez got the chair. I thought the whole point of bringing her in was to make that sort of DC nonsense unnecessary. Some have even been signed by Pritzker, which is rich to say the least.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:30 pm:

    ‘Nember when Pat Brady gave Dan Proft the opportunity to be *seen* as an equal to a discussion to the ILGOP and it’s trajectory?

    Proft raised his voice, used derogatory language, and basically made the whole thing a farce and made himself seem unspectacular… except to the ugly, angry GOP?

    Yeah, Proft now got too big, too bright, and now actually winning and being spectacular by winning is expected … Proft 1,000% knows he (Proft) is a failure, and “now it’s all over”

    How do I know?

    Easy. It’s not a tweet. It’s a surrender of himself.

    ===@DanProft - To people who play by the rules in blue and even purple America, you should probably make your reservations for Florida sooner rather than later.

    5:12 AM · Nov 9, 2022===

    Proft is a loser. And everyone was watching

    The checks… they all cashed. Congratulations

  3. - Big Dipper - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:35 pm:

    I think we know which party has low-information voters.

  4. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:42 pm:

    Why are so many Republicans obsessed with sex…I wonder?

  5. - George Ryan Reynolds - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:42 pm:

    I’m pretty sure you can’t go around calling people what Prof(i)t called that Daily Herald reporter without fear of a libel suit. (Journalists tend not to sue for libel, of course.)

  6. - Pundent - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:42 pm:

    The ILGOP just got their clocked cleaned. And they can chalk quite a bit of that up to college educated suburban voters who used to vote for the GOP but aren’t buying what they’re currently selling. But instead of acknowledging that reality, they seem intent on doubling down on a losing strategy and insulting the intelligence of the voters they need to convert.

  7. - John Lopez - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:53 pm:

    The Monday afternoon tweets by Daily Herald reporter were deleted yesterday morning.

    Proft, and many others, screenshot the tweets.

  8. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:00 pm:


    Usually he sticks to opinions about people which can be derogatory, but not defamatory because they cannot be objective facts, so yeah, that’s actionable and I think the press needs to start to think about acting on such claims. It allows bullies to attack reporters and news organizations are letting their reporters be vulnerable only encouraging more of this.

  9. - James James - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:04 pm:

    The self sorting of America along political lines is not a good thing.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:14 pm:

    - John Lopez -

    What happened to your Twitter, is it still around?

    Why or why not?

  11. - MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:14 pm:

    When I first met Dan Proft, nearly 20 years ago, I thought he was a singularly loathsome human being.

    My assessment was much too generous.

    – MrJM

  12. - Amalia - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:16 pm:

    Reminding voters early and often of your opponent’s negatives(right wing Podgorski) and your positives and again and again gets the votes in however. the mail delivers.

  13. - MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:34 pm:

    Mr. Devore continues to behave like an amplified parody of a liberal’s fever-dream visions of an extremist, anti-intellectual clod.

    It’s “there” not “their,” Tom.

    – MrJM

  14. - Anon324 - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:40 pm:

    @OW — his Twitter is still there and active.

  15. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:46 pm:

    ===his Twitter is still there and active.===

    That might be news to John Lopez, as John Lopez said his Twitter is no longer active.

  16. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:11 pm:

    The GOP is chasing a ghost if they think they can make up lost ground with GOTV and avoid the long overdue reconning on their policy and candidate recruitment.

    Democrats have an 8 year head start on their early voting program. Each year the GOP gets better, Democrats are gonna get more better.

    The ground Dems used to lose in the midterms, they will not have to make up in Presidential years anymore. Yes, Roe made it easier. But turnout is about creating habits, and people who get in the habit of voting every two years are much likelier to vote by mail in 2026.

    You’ve handed us majorities of your collar county voters, the college educated voters, who do not need to be asked twice to vote by mail.

    Our Democratic precincts are dense and walkable. Your rural precincts are sparse and barely driveable.

    And most importantly: Republicans have fought every effort to make voting easier going back to Motor Voter. 30 years.

    For 30 years the GOP has said that Voting on Election Day is the American Way! Voting before election day is for lazy, unamerican people.

    GOP voters heard their leaders. Loud and clear. Changing their behavior is hard. That’s part of being a Conservative.

    You chide Proft for his losing strategy, but you offer up another not winning strategy.

  17. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:23 pm:

    =Republicans don’t have the wrong message=

    All evidence to the contrary.

    I am guessing Tommy was not in advanced math as a kid.

  18. - jackmac - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:24 pm:

    Seems to me that Proft’s ugly comment calling a DH reporter a “pedarast” would be grounds for removal from Twitter. But it appears that anything now goes under Elon Musk’s new, improved Twitter.

  19. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:27 pm:

    ==what really grinds my gears is the small dollar fundraising that DPI started up after Hernandez got the chair. I thought the whole point of bringing her in was to make that sort of DC nonsense unnecessary.==

    That’s her job. Small dollar fundraising is a key component of every campaign (with a few notable exceptions like JB). It gives the folks a stake in the game; they are more likely to vote and more likely to share the message. Also, JB won’t be around forever and cannot/will not support everyone; the donor list needs to be up-to-date and active for future efforts. Furthermore, that pool of money represents a certain level of independence both internally and to the folks looking in.

  20. - DTownResident - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:29 pm:

    We have a partnership in our schools here with a center that deals with battered spouses and sexual assault. The center has really good age appropriate materials. They also send a form to parents that tells by lesson exactly what they will teach and every lesson can be opted out if the parent so wishes. Why are people like Caulkins and Proft opposed to kids being better protected from predators? Dan and others have made claims similar to Proft.

  21. - Anon324 - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:33 pm:

    ==That might be news to John Lopez, as John Lopez said his Twitter is no longer active.==

    It’s linked on the posts he writes for IFA. I be wouldn’t mention it here except he’s pointed to his posts there in the past.

  22. - Big Dipper - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 6:18 pm:

    Maybe Proft was confused and thought he was tweeting about Hastert.

  23. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 6:34 pm:

    To Proft, and so I’m clear to my sickness to his words.

    Dan Proft is an ugly and crass man, using language and that word, sneering, and in a disgusting way.

    A sad, small man. Dan Proft.

  24. - Betty Draper’s cigarette - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 5:22 am:

    Can Russell Lissau sue Proft for publicly calling him a pederast? God I hope so.

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