Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Afternoon roundup
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Afternoon roundup

Friday, Dec 2, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* US Rep. Underwood turned 36 a couple of months ago. Here’s Lynn Sweet

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., poised to start a third term after a big November win, was elected to a spot in House Democratic leadership Thursday, the first Black female to win an elected position on the team since Rep. Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., back in the 1970s.

Underwood snared one of three co-chair positions on the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, known as the DPCC. Other winners in the field of seven who sought the posts were Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas., and Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn.

Underwood is now on a path paved by Chisholm, who in 1969 became the first Black woman in Congress, embracing a motto that became famous — “unbought and unbossed.” Underwood often cites Chisholm, who ran for president in 1972, as a role model. From 1977 to 1981, Chisholm was secretary of the Democratic Caucus — and that’s the last time, Underwood noted, that a Black woman was in an elected position — not appointed — at the House leadership table.

More from Lynn’s story

The centrist New Democrat Coalition in the House on Thursday elected Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., of Highland Park, to be a vice chair and freshman Rep.-elect Nikki Budzinski, D-Ill., from Springfield, to be the representative of the freshmen members who joined the group.

* Bummer…


She did better than Rep. Jackson, though

There are 74 members of this year’s freshman class, but Rep.-elect Jonathan Jackson of Illinois was a no-show, meaning he defaulted to the last pick. (Members could send aides in their stead, but no one piped up for Jackson during the roll call.) The real work began later Friday morning, with each member-elect choosing an office space from whatever options were left. That happened during designated 5-minute slots, like a slower, less exciting version of the NBA draft being held immediately after the draft pick lottery.

* News…


* Fran Spielman

United Working Families is launching a fundraising campaign to prevent what it calls “Chicago’s corporate donor class” from becoming an outsized influence in next year’s aldermanic elections.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week that Mike Ruemmler, who managed former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 reelection campaign, is chairing an independent expenditure committee bankrolled by business leaders to elect alderpersons who want to “be part of the solution and not lob bombs from the sideline.”

Ruemmler said he hopes to raise “into the seven figures” — enough money to “play in … somewhere between 17 and 23” wards. Former Sun-Times investor Michael Sacks, CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management, has agreed to be one of the donors. During Emanuel’s eight years in office, Sacks was his chief fundraiser and all-purpose adviser.

* Tim Novak and Frank Main

More than a decade ago, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order that prohibited him and future mayors from taking any campaign money from lobbyists.

This year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has accepted more than $53,000 in 39 individual campaign contributions from 14 companies owned by Carmen A. Rossi, a registered city lobbyist.

Rossi — who is also a city contractor and restaurateur and nightclub owner and who holds the liquor license for the Lollapalooza music festival — didn’t make any of the contributions to Lightfoot in his own name.

It isn’t clear whether Lightfoot’s taking the contributions from his companies would violate the ban Emanuel imposed on mayors taking political money from lobbyists.

…Adding… From Gary LaPaille’s widow

Hello friends. Gary passed away today from complications due to ALS. He was at peace and surrounded by his family. I want everyone who took the time to post a note to him to know that he really enjoyed hearing from all of you. We read every message to him, some of them multiple times. We were astounded by the heartfelt voices from his past; so many of you wanted to reach out to share your memories of him from years ago. We tend to get caught up in the day-to-day of our lives and forget that we are shaped from the people, places and experiences of our past. I know Gary treasured his time in Illinois politics and government. Your names were not unfamiliar to my kids, who heard the stories many times over the years.

Gary was the ultimate people person. His friends in Maryland and DC who visited with him these past few days said things about him that will sound very familiar to those of you who knew him back in another life: He was the most generous guy I ever met; he was the life of the party; he took care of everyone on the block; I owe my career to him. That is the Gary we all knew. I am blessed beyond measure that through him I also experienced the joy of knowing all of you.

On behalf of Joe, Sam and Grace and my daughters-in-law Ally and Irina, thank you for sharing your remembrances of your time with Gary. Thank you for your prayers. We are forever grateful.

Love,

Chris LaPaille

LaPaille was Speaker Madigan’s chief of staff, chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois and a state Senator.

* Isabel’s roundup…

       

18 Comments
  1. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:04 pm:

    Good for Rep Underwood. I have been impressed with her work ethics and her seriousness. She should have that seat a long time. And only 36. Heck she has at least 50 more years to get into leadership. Not so much a snark but glad to see younger generation for a change


  2. - CT Guy - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:08 pm:

    Regarding the EO’s - couldn’t MLL just as easily rescind Rahm’s EO - I am assuming this was never an Ord. passed by the Council.


  3. - MisterJayEm - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:09 pm:

    “Mike Ruemmler, who managed former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 reelection campaign, is chairing an independent expenditure committee bankrolled by business leaders *** Michael Sacks, CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management, has agreed to be one of the donors. During Emanuel’s eight years in office, Sacks was his chief fundraiser and all-purpose adviser.”

    Getting Chicago’s worst band back together.

    – MrJM


  4. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:09 pm:

    500 bucks for The Chicago Vasoclog Tour seems excessive.


  5. - NIU Grad - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:17 pm:

    “Rep.-elect Jonathan Jackson of Illinois was a no-show…(Members could send aides in their stead, but no one piped up for Jackson during the roll call.)”

    For those of us who have been hoping for a more active Congressman from the 1st District after decades of Bobby Rush phoning it in…not a good sign.


  6. - Norseman - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:27 pm:

    RIP Gary. He was not on my list of positive players at the Capitol, but for a short time he was a powerful one.


  7. - Anon221 - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:30 pm:

    Maybe that “Foodie” tour should end at Drumbar- “In Chicago, one bartender actually made a cocktail out of the medicine: Gary Matthews of Drumbar mixed fruit-flavored Tums with a rogue’s gallery of gut-­boilers including cream, egg whites, red pepper, and some spicy sausage oil. ‘I wanted to make something that could potentially give someone heartburn and at the same time cure their heartburn,’ he said.”

    https://www.rd.com/article/tums/

    https://chicagoreader.com/blogs/a-tums-cocktail-that-gives-you-heartburn-and-relieves-it/


  8. - Stuck in Celliniland - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:37 pm:

    ==500 bucks for The Chicago Vasoclog Tour==

    Vasoclog. I like that name. Maybe it could be used for a new antacid medicine, or perhaps that liquid you have to drink before a colonoscopy.


  9. - Steve Brown - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:43 pm:

    Gary was my boss,colleague and friend. The last 2 years have been hard for him and the family. RIP. Reach out and put a guiding hand on our shoulders when you can.


  10. - Rudy’s teeth - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 2:57 pm:

    What a ripoff foodie tour for 500 bucks. Here are some much better spots —- Billy Goat Tavern, Miller’s Pub, Pizano’s, Al’s Beef on Taylor Street, and for dessert Eli’s Cheesecake at the local Jewels.


  11. - cermak_rd - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:06 pm:

    As much as I know the fines will bite those who don’t earn much, I am very tired of people who feel that consequences don’t apply to them. This has become a problem on mass transit (smokers among others) and in traffic (speeders, rampant light & stop sign runners).


  12. - Amalia - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:13 pm:

    RIP Gary. so tremendously sad for his family and friends and former colleagues. Peace.


  13. - John Lopez - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:15 pm:

    === She [Lauren Underwood] should have that seat a long time. And only 36. Heck she has at least 50 more years to get into leadership. Not so much a snark but glad to see younger generation for a change ===

    I thought Underwood was being prepared to run for U.S. Senate in 2026 when Senator Durbin calls it a career?

    While Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and his over $11 million war chest may have something to say about that in the 2026 primary, I didn’t think Underwood planned to stay in House for decades.


  14. - JoanP - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:24 pm:

    Whether or not those contributions to Lightfoot violate the EO, they’re clearly trying to get around it, and it looks bad.

    Maybe not as bad as charging $500 for lousy food, though.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:28 pm:

    ===I thought Underwood was being prepared to run for U.S. Senate in 2026 when Senator Durbin calls it a career?===

    The Raja machine will be the tough hurdle.

    Placating Underwood in the House, with leadership, is a strong signal (divine in its origin) to stay in the House


  16. - Amalia - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:39 pm:

    Very happy for Lauren Underwood. She’s a smart ray of sunshine.


  17. - Keyrock - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:45 pm:

    Congrats to Rep. Underwood. She’s been very impressive.


  18. - Henry - Friday, Dec 2, 22 @ 3:45 pm:

    RIP GJL thank you for all you did for me.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Afternoon roundup
* Pritzker's office, IDOT say consulting bills, lack of new paperwork holding up funding for Cairo Port project
* How states are scrambling to address teacher shortages
* Not as great as it sounds, but whatevs
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Morning briefing
* Open thread
* Live coverage
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller