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Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia still hasn’t made an announcement as to whether he’ll run for Chicago mayor in 2023. Garcia is known for his deliberate decision-making, but some folks don’t want to wait.
The Latino Leadership Council issued a statement after a meeting Tuesday that said it’s mounting a “draft Chuy campaign,” and it added the message: ”Corre Chuy Corre!” or “Run, Chuy, run!
The council said Garcia’s leadership is needed in wake of the recent citywide remap that hindered Latino wards from gaining power.
The dynamics of the race would be upended if Garcia were to run. He would be a strong challenge to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and would force others in the race to rethink whether to stay in the race.
Familiar territory: Garcia ran in 2015, forcing then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff and ultimately losing with 44 percent of the vote to Emanuel’s 56 percent.
Last month, Garcia declined to say when he’d announce his intentions on the mayor’s race. “I don’t want to pressure myself. I want to be as deliberate and as understanding of all of the issues that are facing the city of Chicago,” he said.
The Chicago congressman, who got his start in politics working for Harold Washington, may decide to follow the script of the city’s first Black mayor. Washington announced his run for mayor Nov. 10, 1982.
BETTING ON EQUITY: In her budget address this week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared the upcoming Chicago casino as “one of the most equitable casino projects in the country.”
Here are the numbers on Bally’s Chicago’s goals for diversity and inclusion:
Investment owners of Bally’s Chicago: 25 percent minority and/or women ownership, which the company says, “has never been done before for a major city development.”
Service vendors who contract with the casino: 41 percent will be owned by minorities, women, veterans or people with disabilities, according to the Bally’s Chicago team.
Construction and design companies: They will comprise 36 percent Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and 10 percent Women Business Enterprises (WBE).
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— SAFE-T Act likely to see tweaks this year: “There’s a lot of agreement on changes that need to be made. Conversations that are happening are ones that I would deem as being incredibly productive and I think that have the ability to get us to a really good place in a couple of weeks. I’m confident of that,” state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth said. “We can’t go into December and not have it done. Has to happen in November,” WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky reports.
— SPOTTED: The American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association hosted a party celebrating House Bill 4715 at Marshall’s Landing at the Merchandise Mart on Tuesday. The legislation allows interior designers to stamp and seal their own work — it previously required an architect’s approval.
State Rep. Margaret Croke, the bill’s sponsor, was keynote speaker. “She talked about the importance of cutting the red tape to allow a 72 percent woman-based profession to continue to expand,” according to a person in the room. Also spotted: state Rep. Nick Smith, state Rep. Lakesia Collins and the lobbyist for the legislation, Liz Brown-Reeves.
— Former TV political reporter Charles Thomas stars in an ad for Republican governor candidate Darren Bailey. The ad, titled, “I Can Trust This Guy,” is sponsored by the People Who Play By the Rules PAC and will run on “statewide media this week.”
— In IL-08 | Krishnamoorthi, Dargis discuss causes, solutions for nation’s skyrocketing inflation: “Dargis said he puts a significant amount of blame on the Covid-19 relief stimulus and other spending that accompanied the start of the Biden administration in early 2021. Krishnamoorthi [blames] government spending on things such as prescription drugs and other items vital to the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, the Ukraine war and profiteering by corporations,” by Daily Herald’s Eric Peterson.
— IL-09 candidate forum: Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky faced Republican challenger Max Rice, who announced “The first thing I want to do when I’m in office is get rid of that Republican label and be an independent. It’s messed up. We are really polarized right now.” Video of the forum here
— In IL-13, Democrat Nikki Budzinski has a new ad. “Walk the Walk” to run in the St. Louis, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign media markets.
— In IL-14 | GOP contender Scott Gryder says local experience could help him unseat Rep. Lauren Underwood in congressional race: “I’ve worked at the local level, and I’m used to working very closely with the people I’m going to represent,” Gryder said. Underwood said she has a ‘strong track record’ of working with some of the smallest towns, such as Lisbon in Kendall County with a population under 300, and Aurora, Aurora Beacon-News’ Suzanne Baker and Megan Jones report.
— Pritzker makes major push for Workers’ Rights Amendment, via Southern Illinois Labor Tribune’s Elizabeth Donald
— Judge Elizabeth Rochford, who’s running for the Illinois Supreme Court, is out with an ad that not-so-subtly attacks her Republican opponent, Mark Curran. It’s titled “Interview.”
— Stacey Abrams’ organization donates $500K to All for Justice, which is backing Dems running for IL Supreme Court, via Madison-St. Clair Record
— Attorney General Kwame Raoul is out with a new spot titled “Standing Up for Choice.” In the ad, Raoul says he’s “fighting like hell” for reproductive rights. The Illinois AG also has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign PAC in his run for reelection.
— Comptroller’s Race: Mendoza touts state’s fiscal progress; Teresi focuses on recent corruption, by Capitol News’ Peter Hancock
— GOP leaders raise income tax issue in 91st House campaign: “During a news conference at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Scott Preston was joined by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, and state Reps. Dan Brady of Bloomington and Tom Demmer of Dixon, who are running for secretary of state and treasurer, respectively,” by The Pantagraph’s Drew Zimmerman.
— BIENVENIDAS: Chicago saw 98 new migrants arrive Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. The city has now seen 2,078 asylum-seekers bused from the Texas border since Aug. 31.
— Gov. JB Pritzker announces disaster declaration to help those affected by Austin apartment building collapse: “The declaration will allow those affected to apply for loans not covered by insurance,” by Tribune’s Shanzeh Ahmad.
— Trees meant to be planted by city are found in vacant lot: “With the first frost quickly approaching, 1,000 trees that were part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s program to increase the city’s urban canopy have been sitting in a vacant lot,” by NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern.
— Chicago is voted Best Big City in the U.S. by Conde Naste readers for the sixth consecutive year. The announcement prompted Gov. JB Pritzker to take a poke at Republican rival state Sen. Darren Bailey. “Huh, some “hellhole,” tweeted Pritzker.
— Chicago judge who was overseeing police consent decree and the Ald. Burke case is leaving for SCOTUS job, by Jason Meisner
— Coffee roaster that employs veterans plans Pullman restaurant, by Sun-Times’ David Roeder
— Volunteers archive key burial records — preserving the histories of tens of thousands of Black Chicagoans, by Sun-Times’ Michael Loria
— As Chicago aims to revive the Loop, a new 34th Ward alderman will play a key role: “Whoever is elected in the newly created ward will have an enormous say in the direction of downtown—for better and for worse,” by Crain’s Justin Laurence.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been endorsed by American Postal Workers Union Chicago Local 1 in her reelection bid, she tweeted.
— The CTA is on a campaign to win back riders. Who’s listening? Lots of voices in this WBEZ story. “Ridership is in slow motion recovery from the pandemic, but delays, ‘mayhem’ and safety concerns are still keeping some commuters away,” by Rebecca Holland.
— Durbin, Krishnamoorthi call on federal board to delay merger of Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern: “Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the merger would mean more freight trains moving through the Chicago area that could be harmful to the environment, trigger traffic jams on streets and make it more difficult for first responders to get to places in times of emergencies,” by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.
“I don’t believe what they produced is accurate, and it’s certainly not complete,” Durbin says of a draft environmental statement on the merger, reports Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke.
— Waukegan City Council meeting features protest signs, chants, calls for resignations — and arrest of local Black Lives Matter founder, by Lake County News-Sun’s Steve Sadin
— Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald on new Ryan Field plans: ‘More than just a football stadium,’ by WTTW’s Paris Schutz and Andrea Flores
— Caretaker for Heather Mack’s daughter says she signed deal for her life story, tried to take it back: “Mack’s daughter is at the center of an ongoing bench trial. A bitter custody dispute has swirled around the girl ever since she arrived here with her mother last fall,” by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel.
We asked what you like, or not, about Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget proposal:
Rev. Dr. William E. Crowder Jr.: “I like that the mayor’s budget doesn’t raise property taxes.”
Ed Epstein: “Pre-paying pension obligations could mean other benefits down the road, like boosting the city’s credit rating and cutting borrowing costs. It’s a virtuous cycle, if the city sticks to it.”
Gail Morse: “It’s bold and sets priorities befitting a world class city like Chicago.”
Kalpana (“Kali”) Plomin (Chicago’s COO and general counsel): “I love that she’s prepaying the pension payments.”
John Straus likes: “Millions [of dollars] for low income housing and services for those experiencing homelessness is just as it should be.”
Timothy Thomas Jr.: “There’s no commitment to scrapping CPI-based increases for taxes and legislator’s salaries.”
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— Republicans gain ground in Senate races in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, by POLITICO’s Holly Otterbein and Natalie Allison
— Biden passes the empathy test. Puerto Rico needs more, by POLITICO’s Gloria Gonzalez
— Maggie Haberman’s new Trump book: How Rod Blagojevich got really lucky, by Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet
— Herschel Walker’s team knew of an abortion allegation months before it surfaced, by POLITICO’s Meridith McGraw, Natalie Allison and Sam Stein
— The case of the vanishing deposit: Barrington woman defrauded in catfishing check scam that reveals vulnerability of bank accounts, by Tribune’s John Keilman
— Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris has been presented the “Outstanding Leadership Award” by the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. Harris, who is not seeking reelection, was recognized for “unwavering commitment to advance healthcare in Illinois.”
— Thursday at 7 p.m.: An IL-13 debate between Republican Regan Deering and Democrat Nikki Budzinski. Sponsored by Illinois Public Media, WAND News and the League of Women Voters of Champaign County. The debate will be broadcast live on WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580, WILL-FM 90.9, WSIU-TV, WSUI-FM out of Carbondale, the 9 Network, KSDK (online only), STLPR NPR out of St. Louis, WAND out of Decatur and NPR Illinois out of Springfield. It will also stream on Illinois Public Media’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
— Thursday: Elizabeth Hinton, a professor of law and African-American studies at Yale University, will discuss “Cairo’s turbulent past and use the southern Illinois town as a case study to explore race, poverty and policing challenges in the United States.” Sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. Admission is free. Details here
— Oct. 10: Congresswoman Robin Kelly will speak at the Black Women Who Lead forum “on empowering, engaging and supporting Black women in Illinois, while expanding their networks.” The event is free. Register here
— Oct. 22: Valerie Jarrett headlines an event with April Ryan for a Humanities Festival Event titled “Black Women Will Save the World.” Details here
— Oct. 29: Republican attorney general candidate Tom DeVore and Republican lieutenant governor candidate Stephanie Trussell headline the Republican Women of Park Ridge’s Red, White & Blue Brunch. Details here
TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Mahalia Jackson was the Chicago gospel singer who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and helped inspire his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Trial and trivia error: Your Playbook host got it wrong Tuesday. The reason no one guessed Orville Hodge as the former governor who became a car salesman is because he was actually state auditor. (Though he did have his eye on the governor’s job.)
TODAY’s QUESTION: Who was the first Lithuanian American to serve in the Illinois General Assembly? Email [email protected]
Former state Rep. Dennis Reboletti, Illinois Secretary of State liaison Bob Juliano Jr., Illinois Policy Institute’s Amy Korte, immigration aide Alicia De La Cruz, McDonald’s Jon Banner, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Katy Broom and Protiviti’s Sloane Potter (previously with POLITICO).
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