04/19/2017 07:35 AM EDT
By Natasha Korecki (firstname.lastname@example.org; @natashakorecki) with Kristen East (email@example.com; @kristenicoleast)
Good Wednesday morning, Illinois.
THE BUZZ - Personal PAC claims to have the goods on Gov. Bruce Rauner's previous position on abortion and President and CEO Terry Cosgrove said it will be unveiled at a news conference this afternoon. "RAUNER DECEPTION ON REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS TO BE REVEALED," screamed the headline of a Personal PAC news release. It's routine for Personal PAC to ask candidates to fill out questionnaires with their specific views on abortion, including public funding, something that is a central tenet of HB40 . During the general election, Rauner ran numerous campaign ads in 2014 with wife Diana, where she either vowed he had no social agenda or that he was a pro-choice Republican. Then last week, his office announced he would veto the bill. As we reported on Monday, Rauner's veto announcement came after a group of conservative lawmakers told him he'd lose their support if he didn't veto it.
"They're continuing this pattern of purposely trying to mislead people and not be honest about their position on this issue," Cosgrove, speaking of the Rauners, told POLITICO Tuesday. "I think the response they gave to you this morning is another example of their lack of ability to be honest about their position. And they probably think they can get away with it again, well I have news for them."
Among those attending the news conference: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and City of Chicago Clerk Anna Valencia. Why? HB40 calls for public funding of abortion for the poor and for state employees -- an option already available to Cook County and Chicago employees, Cosgrove said, arguing expanding availability under the bill is a "matter of equity." He also noted that students at the University of Illinois are covered under student insurance but university employees aren't. Rauner's campaign did not respond to an email inquiry about Rauner's 2014 pledge on abortion.
- "Rauner and his wife give big to Planned Parenthood as Rauner threatens abortion bill veto," by Capitol Fax: The Rauners donate $50,000 to Planned Parenthood gala. Story here
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz's response to the above: "Oh pleeze. Rauner lied thru his teeth when he ran for Governor. He's pro choice my a**. Let's pass HB 40."
- "5 things to know about Illinois abortion bill HB40," by Crain's Chicago Business' Kristen Schorsch: "Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn't think taxpayers should foot the tab for abortions, so he's pledged to veto a bill that would protect these services in Illinois. It's a dicey issue made even more so under President Donald Trump, who earlier this month signed a bill allowing states to strip money from organizations that provide the controversial procedure. Plus, his conservative pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, could be a crucial vote on issues like abortion. Here's a look at the proposed legislation in Illinois." Story here
HULTGREN'S TOWN HALL - The Daily Herald's Jim Fuller (@TheJamesFuller) live Tweeted U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren's town hall last night where Fuller reported about 700 people in attendance, including a noisy anti-Trump contingent. Catch Fuller's Tweets here.
Story: "Liberal audience jeers, cheers Hultgren at St. Charles forum," by Daily Herald's James Fuller: "On a night where a decidedly liberal audience was primed more for a pro wrestling match than a constituent forum, Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren still won a smattering of applause ... A crowd in excess of 700 people came brandishing a set of red and green cards. The idea was to hold up a green card whenever Hultgren said something they agreed with. The red card would signify disagreement. The visuals were not needed. The crowd rained down boos and shouted out, 'Sellout' and 'You're a crook' throughout the night. League of Women Voter officials threatened to cancel the remainder of the forum several times if the audience didn't settle down. When they did, Hultgren provided answers to a few dozen questions during a session that lasted about 90 minutes." Story here.
- "Kapos: Mike Madigan shells out big money for Cubs tickets," by Shia Kapos for the Sun-Times: "Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan represents a Southwest Side district, not far from where the White Sox play ball. But he's spent way more money in recent months for tickets to games on the North Side. The "Friends of Michael J. Madigan" fund spent $122,869 on Cubs tickets and $46,245 on Sox tickets in the first quarter of the year, according to new campaign disclosure reports. Madigan aide Steve Brown said the Chicago Democrat likes both teams, 'but he's probably more of a Sox fan.' Madigan doesn't use the tickets himself. 'They're used by volunteers and supporters as a thank you,' Brown said. When Madigan or his family attend a game, 'they use personal funds.'" Story here.
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RAUNER ON THE MOVE - Gov. Rauner, wearing a simple white t-shirt and jeans, talks on a front stoop with Stella the dog behind him in this ABC/7 piece: "Rauners move out of Ill. Executive Mansion during renovations," by ABC7's Judy Hsu: "Tuesday was moving day for Governor and Mrs. Rauner down in Springfield. They will be relocating while the executive mansion is undergoing major renovations. ABC7 got a one-on-one with the governor and details of the plan. For the next 12 months, the governor and his wife will be living in a house on the Illinois State Fair grounds, just steps from the goat building, where a payphone is still on the wall ... 'Diana and I and dog Stella are going to be living here as our primary residence now,' Gov. Bruce Rauner said. Illinois' executive mansion will undergo a $15 million renovation. Nine months ago, Mrs. Rauner first revealed the plans and showed the condition of the mansion, built in 1855, has been in decline for years - the last major work was done around 1970. 'It's very important to make Springfield a proud place, a beautiful place,' Mrs. Rauner said." Story here.
- "U of I credit now at risk in state budget war," by Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz: "In a nasty bit of collateral damage from the state's budget war, one of the major bond rating agencies warns it soon may downgrade its view of the creditworthiness of every Illinois public university it covers. Ominously, that includes the flagship University of Illinois system. And for one school, Moody's Investors Service did more than issue a warning. The New York firm kicked Northeastern Illinois University further into junk territory, dropping its rating two notches, to B1 from Ba2, citing 'severe liquidity declines and weakening cash flow.'" Story here
- "Students at Northeastern pay the price for Illinois's budget failures," by Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky: "By chance, Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled his hokey duct-tape commercials around the same time students and faculty from Northeastern Illinois University took to the streets to protest cuts that threaten to put their school out of existence. The protests highlight the holy mess Rauner's made out of higher education by refusing to pass a budget unless the Democrats cave and support his antiunion legislation. And the commercials highlight his well-funded efforts to bamboozle voters into believing the crisis is someone else's fault--as if he's just an innocent bystander in this train wreck." Story here
- "JB Pritzker meets with U of I Democrats," by Illinois Public Radio and Jim Meadows: "J.B. Pritzker brought his campaign for governor to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Monday. The billionaire venture capitalist is trying to establish himself as the progressive choice for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Pritzker told about 40 students gathered by the Illini Democrats at a local pizza restaurant that he knew some had doubts about supporting another billionaire for governor, given their dislike for the current billionaire governor, Republican Bruce Rauner. Pritzker argues not all billionaires are alike." Story here
- "Ald. Pawar gives comedy a try in unorthodox gubernatorial campaign," by Chicago Tribune's Kim Janssen: ""Hi, I'm Bobby Jindal and I'm running for governor." With those words, Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced himself Tuesday night to comedy fans and potential voters at Chicago's iO Theatre. "I didn't know how that would go," he admitted moments later of his ethnic joke, as the laughter from the audience of around 100 died down. At the tender age of 36, the 47th ward alderman knows he has to take risks if he's going to stand out in an Illinois Democratic gubernatorial primary that most observers expect to be dominated by billionaire J.B. Pritzker and another wealthy contender with strong name recognition, Chris Kennedy." Story here
- "For Chris Kennedy, losing RFK makes Chicago violence personal, cousin says," by Tribune's Kim Janssen: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy's tragic childhood loss of his father, Robert F. Kennedy, to murder means he understands the gun violence problems plaguing Chicago 'better than most,' says his cousin, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy. And the former congressman says he has spoken about the issue with his cousin Chris. 'It's not just a policy decision for him - he's personally invested in this issue,' he says. Patrick Kennedy was speaking to Chicago Inc. on Tuesday between two events to promote the work of the Kennedy Forum in tackling mental health and addiction issues, both of which he has had public personal battles with and has written about in a best-selling book." Story here.
TRUMP IN WISCONSIN
- "President Donald Trump touts manufacturing, promises help for Wisconsin dairy farmers at Snap-on in Kenosha," by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bill Glauber, Jacob Carpenter and Meg Jones: "President Donald Trump came to Wisconsin's tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. Tuesday to tout manufacturing and sign an executive order as part of his "Buy American, Hire American" agenda. Trump's executive order was designed to clamp down on guest worker visas and require agencies to buy more goods and services from U.S. companies and workers." Story here
- "Cubs are handing out World Series rings--but there's a catch," by Chicago Sun-Times' Stefano Esposito and Mitchell Armentrout: "The Cubs organization is handing out World Series Championship rings to players and other employees, describing the bling as a 'priceless memento of the greatest championship quest in all of sports.' In fact, each ring does have a price -- $1, to be precise -- even though appraisers say they could fetch anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 on the open market. That's because the rings come with strings attached." Story here
- "Forgotten Chicago has become one of city's most popular Facebook pages," by DNAinfo's Justin Breen: "When Jacob Kaplan founded Forgotten Chicago 10 years ago with a few friends from Whitney Young High School, he never thought it would become one of the city's most popular Facebook pages. The page, which posts reader-submitted photos of Chicago's past, has nearly 75,000 followers, and most of its content receives hundreds of likes, shares and comments." Story here
- "Turning sexual assault awareness into sexual assault prevention," by Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens: "April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but awareness is only half the battle. "The next step is prevention," said Corielle Heath, founder and president of Chicago-based nonprofit liftUPlift Worldwide. "People need to know what they can do and what they can say to stop sexual violence." To that end, liftUPlift has partnered with YWCA Chicago to launch Sexual Assault Prevention Week." Story here
- "Mayor steps out with police recruits to promote violence reduction," by WGN web desk and Nancy Loo: "On the heels of a violent Easter weekend, and more street violence Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel began his morning by running a few miles with Chicago's newest class of police recruits. He did it to showcase Chicago's effort to reduce gun violence by putting more patrol officers on the city's streets. Emanuel expects to add about 1,000 new officers to the rolls within the next couple of years. He believes a more visible police presence will put a damper on violent crime." Story here
- "Panic buttons could protect hotel workers from assault, Ald. Harris says," by DNAinfo's Heather Cherone: "A proposed law would require Chicago hotels to give their workers a panic button in an effort to protect them from being sexually assaulted or harrassed by guests. Introduced by 8th Ward Ald. Michelle Harris (8th), the measure has the support of the Chicago Federation of Labor, whose representatives said at a City Hall news conference Tuesday that they frequently receive complaints from hotel workers who say they have been forced to endure sexual misconduct at work." Story here
- "Rahm Emanuel cracks down yet again on party buses," by Chicago Sun-Times' Fran Spielman: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel is following through on his threat to "push the envelope" to prohibit passengers from carrying concealed weapons aboard party buses after three semi-automatic weapons were discovered on an overcrowded party bus in the South Loop last weekend. Only the Illinois General Assembly can stop the toxic and potentially deadly mix of party buses and guests carrying concealed weapons--by amending the concealed carry law by adding party buses to the no-guns category that includes restaurants and bars." Story here
IN THE COURTS
- "Blagojevich's lawyers: 'Government wants him to apologize for crimes he didn't commit,'" by Chicago Tribune's Jason Meisner: "Blagojevich's lawyers said once again that federal prosecutors are clearly wrong when it comes to the ex-governor's alleged crimes. 'The government wants him to apologize for crimes that he didn't commit,' attorney Leonard Goodman ... 'The government's position that there is no difference between a request for a campaign donation and a bribe is simply wrong. Every single court that has looked at that issue has found otherwise, and I think that this court will too.' Blagojevich, 60, who has now served more than five years in prison, was unable to attend the argument. But his wife, Patti, speaking to reporters later in the lobby of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, said her husband's 'hopes are high' that the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will rule in his favor this time and either order a new trial or reduce his 14-year prison sentence." Story here
- "Valukas steps down at Jenner & Block," by Crain's Chicago Business' Claire Bushey: "Anton 'Tony' Valukas, the former U.S. attorney and one of Chicago's most well-known trial attorneys, will step down as chairman of Jenner & Block at the end of the month. Valukas, 72, has served in the honorary position since 2007. The law firm is not planning to name a successor, said spokeswoman Anne Gallagher. At Jenner, unlike at some other law firms, the chairman title is reserved for an elder statesman while the firm is run by the managing partner, a role currently held by intellectual property litigator Terry Truax." Story here
- "Brown: Ex-CBOT chair Arbor still dodging arrest, divorce payout," by Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Brown: "In the four years since commodities trader Patrick Arbor fled the country and moved his assets overseas to avoid a big divorce payout, the former Chicago Board of Trade chairman has waged a mostly losing battle in court. But Arbor arguably is still winning the war against ex-wife Antoinette Vigilante. Vigilante so far has recovered only a fraction of her $18.2 million divorce judgment against Arbor, which is how people in these types of disputes tend to keep score." Story here
AROUND THE COLLARS
- "Suburban voter turnout down, hot races or not," by The Daily Herald's Kerry Lester: "Just months after a presidential election that brought political passions to a boil, suburban turnout in the April 4 local elections declined -- even in places with some of the hottest races. The percentage of registered voters who cast ballots in this month's election of municipal, school and other local leaders was lower than it was in the similar election four years ago in suburban Cook, DuPage, Lake McHenry and Will counties. Only in Kane County did turnout increase." Story here
- "Rockford forum on immigrant detention center spurs debate," by Rockford Register-Star's Chris Green: "The goal of a public forum tonight was to address and possibly alleviate concerns over the Winnebago County Sheriff's interest in contracting with the federal government to house an immigrant detention center in the county jail. Many in attendance entered and left the forum skeptical. Some left with more questions than what they did when when they arrived, and a few applauded the initiative as a means to generate income for the cash-strapped county." Story here
- "McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks says life threatened on blog post comments," by Northwest Herald: "County law enforcement is looking into whether several comments made on a local political blog amount to death threats against McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, he said Friday. Franks said that he and his family are being protected by McHenry County Sheriff's deputies while the office and the McHenry County State's Attorney's office investigate whether two comments on a March 23 post on McHenry County Blog constitute a threat." Story here
- "Trump's unreleased taxes threaten yet another campaign promise," by The New York Times' Alan Rappeport: "President Trump's promise to enact a sweeping overhaul of the tax code is in serious jeopardy nearly 100 days into his tenure, and his refusal to release his own tax returns is emerging as a central hurdle to another faltering campaign promise. As procrastinators rushed to file their tax returns by Tuesday, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, emphasized again on Monday that Mr. Trump had no intention of making his public." Story here
- "United CEO says no one will be fired for dragging incident," by AP: "United Airlines executives said Tuesday that it's too soon to know if last week's dragging of a man off a plane is hurting ticket sales. The chief executive said no one will be fired over the incident. CEO Oscar Munoz and other executives apologized again on Tuesday before discussing the airline's latest financial results with analysts and reporters. Munoz said he takes full responsibility "for making this right" after the April 9 incident aboard a United Express plane at Chicago's O'Hare airport." Story here
- "Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O'Reilly," by Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint: "Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, according to people close to the situation. A final decision on Mr. O'Reilly's fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O'Reilly, host of 'The O'Reilly Factor,' has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program. Since an April 1 article in the New York Times detailing $13 million in settlements paid to five women, pressure has been growing on Fox News, both internally and from activists, to remove Mr. O'Reilly. Initially, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox FOX -0.36% stood by their highly rated host. Mr. O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying he paid settlements to "put to rest any controversies to spare my children." Story here.
TONIGHT - State Rep. Ann Williams is among those attending a "postcard writing party" to support SJR CA4, the Illinois Senate's Joint Resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. 6 p.m. Gideon Welles, Chicago.
TODAY - Hon. Michael Frerichs, Treasurer State of Illinois - City Club of Chicago.
Trump's First 100 Days: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly - Institute of Politics - A discussion with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), former Congressman and current IOP fellow Bob Dold (R-IL), and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) in conversation with IOP Director Steve Edwards, for a look ahead to what can be expected from the administration and Congress during the months to come.
WHERE'S RAHM? Presides over City Council, which takes up a vote on mayor's proposal to cut red tape for businesses attempting to obtain licenses.
WHERE'S RAUNER? Discusses "changes to move Illinois forward with the Growth Opportunity Alliance" at Belvedere Banquets, Elk Grove Village.
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