Chicago News Roundup: Anti-Pritzker PAC tries to suppress black voting in Chicago, President Biden plans visit to Illinois and more


Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. This is a roughly five minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.

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How the anti-Pritzker PAC is trying to suppress black voting in Chicago

It’s an old-fashioned political technique – in the days before a vote, place campaign flyers under the windshield wipers of cars. They are likely to be read because they are difficult for a driver to ignore.

In a Bronzeville parking lot last week outside Lake Meadows apartments, a slew of yellow flyers — designed to look like road warning signs — sat on cars in this heavily black, predominantly Democratic community.

“Pritzker failed black families. He must be punished,” the headline shouted about Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker.

The flyer continues to slam Pritzker on crime, schools, jobs, taxes and cannabis licensing in black communities — an amalgamation of city and state issues that includes distortions of the governor’s overall record. Other yellow signs planted around the city’s other major black communities on the south and west sides hit Pritzker on crime, saying, “Black children are dying.”

Although all of the posts are anti-Pritzker, there is no mention of his opponent in next week’s race, Republican candidate Darren Bailey.

The flyers and signs are funded by the People Who Play By the Rules political action committee, launched last March and headed by longtime GOP political operative Dan Proft, who is also an AM560 talk show host. . Proft’s PAC – an independent spending committee – is funded by Lake Forest mega-donor Richard Uihlein, one of the country’s top contributors to Conservative candidates and causes. On Sunday, Uihlein donated $24.8 million to Proft’s PAC. The PAC, under the rules governing independent spending, is not supposed to communicate and coordinate with a campaign.

One interpretation could be that this is just an attempt to persuade black voters to support Bailey.

However, since the scare flyers and signs are not pushing Bailey’s candidacy, the strategy appears to be to reduce the turnout of black voters in Pritzker, political operatives said.

Lynn Sweet and Mariah Rush have more on panels and PAC here.

More news you need

  1. Community leaders gathered near the scene of a mass shooting on Halloween night in East Garfield Park today, offering messages of perseverance while calling for additional funding to address violence and divestment in the West Side. “As a community, we are pressed on all sides by problems. We are not crushed,” said Yolanda Fields, executive director of Breakthrough Urban Ministries.
  2. Newly released videos appear to show a Chicago police officer refusing to administer aid to a man he shot during a foot chase in which the two sides exchanged gunfire last month in the old Town. Our Kade Heather has more on video here.
  3. A Chicago man has been accused of allegedly sending Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey a voicemail message threatening to “mutilate and kill him”. The 21-year-old was charged with one count each of threatening a public official, telephone harassment and electronic communications harassment, officials said.
  4. Court records show the Illinois state senator’s ex-wife Michael Hastings accused him last year of elbowing her in the face in the presence of their children and husband. harassed, intimidated and threatened during their divorce. The charges surfaced publicly last week in unsealed Will County divorce court filings at the request of WBEZ.
  5. Showing the high-stakes nature of state Supreme Court races, Governor JB Pritzker tapped into a trust fund to help two Democratic judicial candidates in races that could reshape the Illinois Supreme Court. . It’s a move Republicans say circumvents contribution limits the governor has set for himself.
  6. Employees of Chicago’s Newberry Library voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said today. The union said library workers voted 35 to 11 to join AFSCME Council 31.
  7. Democrat Karen Yarbrough is seeking re-election after becoming the first African-American woman and the first woman to serve as Cook County Clerk. Challenger Tony Peraica hopes to defeat Yarbrough next week and become Cook County’s first elected Republican clerk in over a century. Our Mohammad Samra takes a look at the controversial campaign here.
  8. Tucked away in a package of amendments to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $16.4 billion budget is a proposal to bolster the Office of Climate and Environmental Equity and place those employees under a council-verified director. municipal. The proposal brings Lightfoot closer to honoring his 2019 campaign pledge to resurrect the Department of the Environment that was abolished by former mayor Rahm Emanuel – but not close enough to satisfy those demanding more urgent action.
  9. Chicago’s experiment of allowing additional housing units, such as post houses or in-law apartments, could be expanded citywide under an ordinance that won the support of 15 aldermen. Currently, additional housing units are limited to five Chicago pilot areas after being banned since 1957.
  10. President Joe Biden will travel to Illinois on Friday ahead of Tuesday’s midterm poll – likely to the Chicago area – while Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to hit Chicago on Sunday, the White House has confirmed. Our Lynn Sweet has tour details here.

A bright

Englewood CAM artist talks about building community and spreading positivity

Whether the Chicago CAM host writes about politics, injustices in the community, real-life experiences, or love, he hopes his music inspires his listeners to be the best version of themselves.

“I always want people to believe in themselves and always want my listeners to feel motivated to do what they think,” he said.

CAM’s new single “More Than Enough,” added to Vocalo’s on-air rotation for October, is a feel-good song embracing togetherness in love. “More Than Enough” began as a collaboration between CAM and producer Sage, whom he connected with through his Add-2 mentor’s organization, Haven Studios. To give the song a more soulful sound, CAM and Add-2 also decided to reach out to fellow Chicago artist, Sam Thousand, formerly known as Sam Trump.

“I always want people to believe in themselves and always want my listeners to feel motivated to do what they think,” says Englewood-based artist CAM.

Photo courtesy of the artist, by @kbevphoto.

“I felt like I needed someone to really bring the chorus to life with a soulful vocal,” CAM said.[Add-2] said Sam Thousand and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s exactly who I need for this song.’

CAM’s passion for community, uplifting listeners and spreading positivity is reflected in its music and performances, whether at local festivals or back-to-school parades.

“I want all of us to succeed in one way or another,” he said.

Our Vocalo colleagues caught up with CAM for a full interview here.

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Your daily question☕

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Yesterday we asked you: what can you find only in Chicago?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Really good food, best steaks, Italian beef, pizza. I firmly believe that we have the tastiest food in the country. — Diane Demille

“A city with an attitude. We are the city of big shoulders for a reason. We let stupid stuff go but never question our integrity. We know how to raise our families. —T. Thomas

“A river flowing in the opposite direction to its natural direction, all made by engineers. Towns down the Mississippi absolutely loved it! — Angela Pun

“The world’s largest beer garden, Wrigley Field.” —David Wiegers

“Beef sandwiches. Never had these sandwiches until I moved to Chicago! Delicious.” — Rebecca Kuntaras

“Construcción in each freeway at the same time.” — Maria Barraza-Ortiz

“Sweet sauce. Malört. Pork chop sandwiches. — Steve Brumfield

“Real deep pizza.” — Donald McIntyreStrout

“Theatres. I saw Sweeney Todd at the Chopin Theater last week. The talented voices in this show are outstanding. — Linda JenaFisher

“Original house music!” —Emmanuel McKinstry

“A beautiful lakeside used by all.” —Florence Feeley Mauro

“The one and only Chicago Transit Authority—one of a kind! Never a dull moment! It’s always a wild ride and you’ll get what you pay for! Let it be said with LOVE!” — Richard T. French

“Old fashioned beer.” —Maurice Snell

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