(Chicago) – Illinois' biggest business advocate group has jumped
into the effort to help Chicago Democrat State Rep. Ken Dunkin hold
his seat against a tough primary challenge.
Chamber of Commerce, which last month formed an Independent Expenditure
PAC, has disclosed an $960,842 TV
ad buy on Dunkin's behalf.
Dunkin, who has
allied himself with Governor Bruce Rauner,
faces a fierce challenge from a former aide to Cook County Board
President Toni Preckwinkle, Juliana
Stratton. Stratton's campaign is being heavily financed by organized
labor groups opposed to Rauner, including
AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU Healthcare IL IN.
spending by the Illinois Chamber pushes the Dunkin-Stratton contest over
source tells The Illinois Observer that Stratton's
allies are seeking to raise more money to counter the business group's
new TV ad onslaught
On Monday, February 22, over 30 representatives of Chicago
ADAPT and friends from at least 7 concerned organizations protested at
Representative Ken Dunkin’s office at 2059 East 75th St.
Chicago ADAPT demanded Representative Dunkin support a fair
contract for child care and in-home service providers as well as other
public employees, support full funding of services and progressive
revenue, vote in favor of Illinois House Bill 4351 (a bill protecting
in-home services for people with disabilities and seniors), and to meet
with Chicago ADAPT Wednesday, March 16 to continue dialogue.
Shelly Berry, a constituent in Dunkin's district, remarked:
"Representative Dunkin has turned his backs on us and we demand an
apology for his recent remarks insulting the disabled community and
betraying the public trust."
Chants of betrayal and demands for representing the people
and not corporate interests were apparently unheard by Representative
Dunkin, as he refused to acknowledge the crowd assembled at his office
Chicago ADAPT is a grassroots disability rights group
dedicated to the civil rights, independence, and integration of people
e; Budget Impasse
by IO News
(Chicago) – A
conservative Super PAC allied and partially funded by Governor Bruce
Rauner disclosed on Tuesday more
than $500,000 in TV ad spending to bolster the GOP primary opponent to
State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview).
Liberty Principles PAC, which received $1.8 million in
January from Rauner’s Turnaround Illinois PAC, reported on Tuesday that
it had purchased $522,859 in TV advertising on March 7 to support McCann
foe Illinois state trooper Bryce Benton.
The PAC, directed by radio personality Dan Proft, disclosed on Friday, March 4,
that it had purchased $570,452 in TV ads on February 26.
has so far spent $2,479,025.26 in behalf of Benton,
primarily TV ads.
Despite a tsunami of money being spent against the incumbent
and the wave of negative attack ads launched by Proft,
McCann has still kept his head above water, a poll shows.
A February 23 survey commissioned by The Illinois
Observer and provided on February 26 to subscribers of our e-newsletter, The
Insider, (subscribe here) of
523 likely Republican voters shows that McCann leads Benton by 14-points,
43.8%-29.8%. Meanwhile, 26.4% were undecided.
The automated poll, conducted by Chicago-based Ogden &
Fry, had a +/- 4.37% margin of error.
The survey also shows that McCann's job approval rating
matches his head-to-head support, 43.8%, while his disapproval stands at
33.3%. 22.9% were undecided.
McCann's support against Benton, who has been endorsed by Rauner, is nearly identical to the backing he drew from
voters over the summer when another political unknown, Sangamon County
assistant state's attorney Steve McClure, 31, was mulling a
A July 25 Ogden & Fry survey commissioned by The
Insider of 737 likely Republican primary voters found that McCann,
46, who was first elected in 2010, led McClure 45.3-5.8%. 48.8% were
While McCann's support since July has remained relatively
steady, Rauner's has not.
In the July 25 poll, 60% of GOP voters in McCann's
conservative district approved of Rauner's job
performance; 18.9% disapproved. And 21.1% were undecided. But in our new
survey, only 53.2% of GOP voters approve of the governor's job performance,
a seven-point drop, and 29.3% disapprove, a 10-point jump. Undecided voters
have shrunk to 17.6%.
In 2014, Rauner beat Governor Pat
Quinn in McCann's district, 61.6%-32.5%.
The heavy spending against McCann hints that he is proving
to be a more resilient candidate than either Proft
or Rauner had considered possible.
A1: $34,500.00 in 6 contribs to Sam McCann for Senate.https://t.co/bQspL08PbO
IL CampaignCash (@ILCampaignCash) March 9, 2016
BUDGET IMPASSE HURTS HOSPITALS... "Sixteen
million dollars. That’s how much the state owes four southern Illinois
hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville, according to hospital
executive James Dover. He estimates
that figure represents 10 to 15 percent of his operating budget over a six
“It’s huge,” said Dover, president and CEO of the Southern Illinois
Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which is headquartered in
Springfield. “We’ll never turn away a patient, but what other business
would continue to take care of people while the state says ‘Sorry, we’re
not going to pay you because we failed to pass a budget?’”
Dover said the hospitals he oversees haven’t been paid by the state in
six months. About $9 million of what they’re owed are reimbursements from
the state for the care of Medicaid patients. Another $7 million is for the care
of state workers and retirees." ... Read more here...
SUN-TIMES HITS RAUNER OVER DUNKIN... "State
Rep. Ken Dunkin’s South Side
district votes overwhelmingly Democratic every
two years, which is why it should vote overwhelmingly against him on
On the line for Democrats in Illinois is the ability to counter an
ideologically-driven Republican governor, Bruce Rauner,
who is holding state government hostage to an anti-union agenda at odds
with political reality. On the line for everybody in Illinois, regardless
of party affiliation, is the ability to move beyond a kind of ineffectually
coercive style of politics, relentlessly practiced by Rauner,
that is doing permanent damage to Chicago and the state.
A vote for Dunkin in the Democratic primary is a vote for Rauner at his most divisive, as he continues to pursue
a failed strategy to win a war he can’t win. It is a vote for continued
paralysis in Springfield." ... Read more here...
Bravo, Sun-Times, bravo! Editorial: Saving Ken Dunkin, Governor, won't
save Illinois | Chicago Sun-Times https://t.co/umh9K3N2HX
— Brendan Reilly (@AldReilly) March 9, 2016
RAUNER: MADIGAN "NOT DOING HIS JOB"... "Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesdayblasted House Democrats for
leaving town during the budget impasse and said House Speaker Mike Madigan needs to do his job.
“Speaker Madigan right now is not doing his job,” Rauner
said at a news conference. “He’s not here in town.”
“This is the time for the regular session. This is not the time for
House Democrats resume their session April 4. The Illinois
Senate was meeting Tuesday.
“A month? A month? That’s wrong,” Rauner
said of the House schedule.
Rauner has come under increasing
criticism for the budget impasse which has gutted many social service
programs and put the pinch on public universities across the state, as well
as many of their students dependent upon MAP grants." ... Read more here...
CULLERTON TO RAUNER: NOT SO FAST ON SCHOOL FUNDING... "Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared before reporters Tuesday to criticize House
Speaker Michael Madiganfor putting his
chamber in recess until April 4, but he spared some words for Senate
President John Cullerton, accusing him of holding up education funding over a bailout of
Chicago Public Schools.
“We cannot let Illinois schools be held hostage for a Chicago school
bailout,” Rauner said during a news conference in
his Capitol office.
The governor repeated his call for the General Assembly to send him a
“clean” school funding bill with “no games.”
Not so fast, Cullerton’s office replied.
Before moving ahead on Rauner’s proposal, Cullerton wants a district-by-district breakdown of
what it would mean for state funding levels. Education officials are
putting that together, and it should be ready in a couple weeks, according
to Cullerton’s office." ...Read more here...
OFFICIALS: BUDGET IMPASSE HITS CHAMPAIGN-URBANA... "Friday night, during The Round Table: Illinois State
Budget Impasse event, a very clear narrative emerged: a narrative of
vulnerability, power and civic engagement here in Champaign-Urbana.
The Round Table was hosted by The Accord, in collaboration with the
Campus Faculty Association (CFA). Speakers included State Representative Carol
Ammons, State Senator Scott Bennett,
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UIUC Edward Feser, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, Non-Tenure
Faculty Coalition (NTFC) Local #6546 President Shawn Gilmore, and Champaign
Councilmember Will Kyles. The speakers discussed
before a packed room how the budget impasse has affected education and
To date, Governor Bruce Rauner has
delayed or blocked funding for disabilities, the elderly, community
colleges, universities, and students. While the budget has been mishandled
for decades by both Republicans and Democrats, the budget crisis is not the
fault of these civil programs or of taxpayers.
“You’re still paying taxes. Money is still coming in. Let’s talk
about how to distribute it,” said Bennett." ... Read more here...
SHELDON: DCFS HAS SUFFERED FROM "REVOLVING DOOR OF
DIRECTORS"..."When I came to Illinois one
year ago to lead the Department of Children and Family Services, I began a
deep-dive to identify some of the department’s biggest, most-pressing
issues, as it clearly was an agency under intense media and public
A revolving door of directors left the agency without clear direction
or priorities. Intense media scrutiny put a real-life face on our failures
and spotlighted some of the biggest challenges facing Illinois’ child
welfare system. Eroding credibility created an atmosphere of doubt and
mistrust among the public, our private agency partners, elected officials,
public guardians, the courts and law enforcement.
Yet, I also observed an experienced and dedicated workforce
passionate about children and families and a private sector willing to
embrace change." ..
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