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Monday, Oct 23, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I told subscribers about this on Friday. Politico

State Rep. Kelly Burke (36th) isn’t seeking reelection in 2024. Burke, who’s also the mayor of Evergreen Park, says she decided to step away from state government after recovering from colon cancer. “I finished chemotherapy at the end of June and was focused on restoring my strength and thinking about prioritizing,” she told Playbook. Burke said she’ll be able to put her focused energy on being mayor. “I will continue to do that as long as they’ll have me.” Burke has been in the General Assembly since 2011 and currently chairs the Revenue and Finance Committee.

She’s also an Assistant Majority Leader and a mentor to several legislators. From Speaker Welch…

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside Leader Kelly Burke. For as long as I’ve known Leader Burke, she has always been a straightforward, honest, hardworking legislator who has earned the respect and trust of her colleagues on both sides of the aisle. She’s remained a passionate advocate for her community and has been a pillar of strength in our Democratic Caucus.

“She has championed important pieces of legislation that will positively impact our state for years to come. Namely, the AIM High Scholarship program, which expands needs-based financial aid for students who may not have the means to go to college and the Scott Bennet ABLE Savings Program, which helps families of special needs children save for their future.

“She’s been a calming voice on my leadership team, someone I can always count on to approach situations pragmatically and fairly, and earned herself the well-respected position of Revenue Chair for the 103rd General Assembly. Selfishly, I would love to keep Leader Burke on my team for as long as I am blessed to serve, but if there is anyone who deserves to spend more quality time with her loved ones, it’s Leader Burke. We will certainly miss her and her institutional knowledge, but I’m grateful Leader Burke will be serving out the remainder of her term and we don’t have to say goodbye to her quite yet.”

* Candidates can often do really well in the first reporting quarter, but then they stall out once they’ve exhausted their contact list. We’ll see

A Naperville human rights lawyer who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in the 2024 Democratic primary for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District seat narrowly outraised the veteran lawmaker last quarter, federal records show.

Qasim Rashid, who twice ran for political office while living in Virginia a few years ago, reported receiving about $305,571 in total campaign receipts between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to a quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission last week.

Foster reported about $300,887 in total receipts for the same quarter. The congressman’s campaign had much more money saved than his rival’s at the end of the period, however, thanks to years of fundraising.

Foster ended the quarter with $1.3 million in the bank. Rashim ended with a bit more than $114K, but can only spend $85K because he accepted general election money.

* Almost nobody ever frames this as a revolving-door issue

The Justice Department official who oversaw market-rigging cases against traders from global banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Deutsche Bank AG has left to join a private law firm.

Avi Perry, 40, joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner co-chairing securities litigation as well as a new practice group focused on commodities and derivatives. […]

At Quinn, Perry will join his former Justice Department supervisor, Robert Zink, who now specializes in corporate and white-collar defense.

“Avi’s trial experience and his deep knowledge of financial markets are a perfect fit for the high stakes matters we specialize in,” William Burck, global co-managing partner of the firm, said in a statement.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Unionman - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 2:52 pm:

    Re: Avi Perry
    Although it might not be revolving door. As a lawyer, he will still have to create some firewalls to separate his new clients from his prior cases.

  2. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 2:57 pm:

    ===Although it might not be revolving door===

    It is, regardless of individual firewalls. He’s using the deep knowledge he gained to defend accused white collar criminals.

  3. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    Still getting those “Quinn” and “Emanuel” Google notifications I see.

  4. - Hannibal Lecter - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 3:29 pm:

    Kelly Burke will be missed. Another moderate voice set to leave.

  5. - 47th Ward - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 3:53 pm:

    Agreed Hannibal.

    Kelly Burke is everything a good state legislator should be: accessible, engaged, responsive, represents her district, and a good listener. Glad she is remaining for the rest of her term and wish her well in the future. She will be greatly missed and I can only hope more legislators model themselves on her example.

  6. - RNUG - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 3:56 pm:

    Twisted Fork is worth a visit.

  7. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 4:37 pm:

    The headline, that the Illinois recreational pot industry is in peril, is misleading. Not even in the article to which the headline belongs is this the case. Total clickbait. The Illinois recreational pot market is doing well.

  8. - bob - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 5:19 pm:

    Kelly Burk was my state rep for the last few years.While I did not like her voting record it is with profound hope for her recovery.I always tell people who have come down that that affiliation that this is not 1950. Something like this shows what is important adt that which is not.Best of luck lady.

  9. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Oct 23, 23 @ 5:58 pm:

    ===‘If you don’t sit down, I’ll put you down.’===

    Like a puppy? You going to put Matt Gaetz down like a puppy, Representative Bost?

  10. - WestBurbs - Tuesday, Oct 24, 23 @ 8:04 am:

    The positive of the “revolving door” is that it incentives the “best and brightest” to put some years in public service. I don’t know Perry but he is a Yale/Yale, double clerkship guy - meaning he could have spent the past decade making big money in BigLaw. Instead he served the public at DOJ for a huge pay cut. Now he is leaving to make money (likely at the age he has kids and college tuition looming). I’m grateful he gave up the early money to serve the public. If we discourage the “revolving door” then we may lose the benefit of having guys like him in public service. Bottom line, you want women/men serving the public who, at least temporarily, put service over dollars. Otherwise I worry that - at least to some extent - we’ll “get what we pay for”

  11. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 24, 23 @ 8:52 am:

    ===Instead he served the public at DOJ for a huge pay cut===

    Maybe, but he also set himself up for bigger money.

    Literally every other government employee/elected official is under this sort of scrutiny except for them. That’s all I’m saying. Not saying it’s bad. Not saying it’s good. It just is.

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