Chicago news roundup: Pritzker’s Bailey bet, Lightfoot’s choice words for Thomas, My Morning Jacket’s love for Chicago and more

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Pritzker helped Bailey win – but now the governor prefers all credit to Trump

Darren Bailey was clearly Governor JB Pritzker’s chosen Republican nominee for governor, but yesterday the Democratic governor emphasized his new emphasis that the downstate farmer is “the Donald Trump’s candidate for governor.

In an interview with the Sun-Times the morning after the primary, the Chicago Democrat appeared to have no regrets about promoting a far-right GOP candidate for governor or qualms about widespread expectations that Pritzker will again self-fund his own campaign at record highs. .

As his re-election battle heats up, Pritzker will go from urging Republican primary voters to vote for Bailey to the southern Illinois state senator’s attachment to the former president, who was very popular with GOP primary voters, but, according to Pritzker, not so much with those who will vote in November.

The Chicago Democrat also hopes to tout his accomplishments as governor and attract voters unhappy with the Roe v. Wade.

The governor — and Democrats across the country — in turn helped Republican primary candidates they would rather face in the general election by calling them “too conservative” in ads and direct mail. In Illinois, that strategy partly helped Bailey claim the win on Tuesday — more than 42 percentage points ahead of his closest major rival.

As for Pritzker, with 99.3% of the constituency reports, the governor garnered more than 753,795 votes against top nominal Democratic rival Beverly Miles. That’s just 31,883 less than the votes of all GOP primary candidates combined, suggesting Bailey will face an uphill battle to the top.

Four years ago, he broke records by spending $171.5 million of his personal fortune to beat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

And so far, the billionaire governor has already invested $90 million in his re-election campaign, even though he has faced a primary opponent he has never bothered to campaign against. Miles finished with just 8.2% of the Democratic primary vote to Pritzker’s 91.8%.

Tina Sfondeles says more about Pritzker’s bet here.

More news you need

  1. Dakotah Earley, who was shot three times at close range in an attack in Lincoln Park nearly two months ago, can now talk and eat on her own. The 24-year-old has started physical therapy and is expected to return home in two or three weeks, his mother said.
  2. Mayor Lori Lightfoot today refused to apologize for her “F- – – [U.S. Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas” remarked during his Pride in the Park speech last weekend. Instead, she doubles down on fundraising, arguing that Thomas is such a “disgrace” to the nation’s highest court that he should step down.
  3. The mayor is also locking in endorsements ahead of his bid for a second term – with support today from Democratic Representatives Robin Kelly, Bobby Rush and Danny Davis. As Lightfoot’s list of challengers grows, to date she is the only woman in the field – and the only candidate with substantial political funds.
  4. Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court today, making her the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, reports The Associated Press. Our Lynn Sweet has compiled a timeline of stories, chronicles and transcripts – coverage leading up to today’s swearing in of Jackson as the 116th judge.

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Jim James Embraces New Positivity With My Morning Jacket Returning to the Road

When Jim James of My Morning Jacket wrote “One Big Holiday” 20 years ago about his dream of breaking free from a boring professional life and getting out and playing music, he never understood the fragility of this feeling. After being sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, My Morning Jacket returned to the road last year with renewed energy and appreciation for the dream of performing live music.

“It’s been really beautiful. There’s this renewed sense of gratitude after winning with COVID,” James said during a recent interview with Joshua M. Miller for the Sun-Times. “We’re trying to embrace every moment, every minute of every show, really trying to be there. There is a very good feeling in the group at the moment. Just better communication and just all around, just a renewed sense of clarity for everyone.

It’s especially cute, because it coincided with their return to the studio. After a short hiatus, the band reunited to record their self-titled album, released last year. The album presents a fiery journey of psychedelic and roots rock, always anchored by the stimulating and always hopeful lyrics of James.

2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Day 3

Jim James of My Morning Jacket performs during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2015. The band will headline Northerly Island on Saturday.

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It helps that the album comes from a positive place, with James noting that the band tries “as much as possible to be a source of positivity for people or an outlet for people to move energy”.

James says he’s thrilled to be returning to Chicago, describing the city as “this big, amazing place filled with so many possibilities.” Some of the band’s early touring gigs included Chicago.

“It’s a really special feeling for us because it brings us back to where we started and makes us feel like someone cares,” James says. “It’s so special to see the people there really reacting to the music.”

You can catch James and co. at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Northerly Island on Saturday. Joshua Miller has more with James here.

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Your daily question ☕

What is the best park in Chicago? Tell us why.

Email us at [email protected] and we might feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: what makes a restaurant a typical Chicago restaurant?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Must be closed at least once by the health board.” — Mya Seals

“A tablecloth.” — jerry anderson

“Good food, known to locals, loyal customers, no music, carpet and woodwork. robust but not overwhelming beer selection, waitress who converses with guests and vice-versa; open even when it’s 500 degrees [below] zero.” –Craig Barner

“Homemade Italian beef.” —Scott Fricke

“Old style on tap.” —Bill Slayton

“The basket of bread and crackers on the table, and/or a platter of relish.” — Julie Delorenzo

“How long has it been open, what locals are saying, how good the food is, and whether foreigners (not ‘tourists’) go there to eat. If he was up before the Stockyards closed, he’s bordering on legend! —Lynette Miller

“The line of people waiting their turn to enter.” —Flores David

“Simple and authentic. Like eating in your grandmother’s kitchen. — Abbie Oliver

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