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Morning Spin for Friday, August 11, 2017

Chicago Tribune

Friday, August 11, 2017  |  Editorial  |  Editorial Board

Rauner, Bruce , State Fair, Fairs

Gov. Bruce Rauner opened the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, an annual tradition that he said has taken on more meaning now that he's staying in a home on the fairgrounds while the Executive Mansion is undergoing renovations.

Rauner once again joked that his windows overlook the goat pen, but said things are more "dynamic" now that the goats have arrived as farm families from across the state bring livestock to be judged.

After the ribbon cutting, Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe appeared to trip on some wires and fell. He left in a golf cart instead of an ambulance after a precautionary examination by paramedics.

Rauner briefly sat with Poe before greeting fairgoers, and both later participated in the evening's parade.

Rauner's tent featured several displays from state agencies. It also included a box for people to submit stories of their experiences with state government and a large cardboard cutout of Rauner at a mock news conference. The real governor did not take questions from reporters Thursday. (Monique Garcia)

 

What's on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will participate in a United States Conference of Mayors event in New Orleans.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner will be at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield for a Google & 4-H announcement.

*Cook County Democrats are set to hear from statewide candidates and announce endorsement decisions.

*A group of Democratic officeholders will have a morning event at the Olive-Harvey Transportation Distribution and Logistics Center to ask Rauner to release money to finish building it.

 

From the notebook 

*Hacks and attacks: U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley will talk about national security threats during a panel discussion at an Aug. 16 invitation-only event at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, will appear with Michael Morrell, the former acting director of the CIA who is now a CBS News senior national security contributor, and Austin Wright, an assistant professor at U. of C.’s Harris School of Public Policy.

The five-term House lawmaker is the only Illinoisan on one of the congressional intelligence committees. He’s also an alum of the Harris School. The discussion is titled “Confronting Today's National Security Threats: Russian Hacking, Terrorism, Rogue States and Beyond.”

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive. The Harris School is co-hosting the event with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Quigley may livestream the event on his Facebook page, said spokeswoman Tara Vales. (Katherine Skiba)

*"Woke at all ages": U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly will be joined Tuesday by state Rep. Juliana Stratton at a South Side event aimed at spurring intergenerational leadership and advocacy on issues affecting black women.

Kelly, a three-term Democrat from Matteson, is spearheading the event, called “Woke at all Ages.” She is co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.

Stratton was announced Thursday as Democratic governor hopeful J.B. Pritzker’s running mate.

Three others will join Kelly and Stratton in a panel discussion: Dr. Jifunza Wright Carter, a physician; Sophia Byrd, an activist; and Karli Butler, who survived a 2006 acid attack and is with Restorative Justice Evanston.

The event, which will feature breakout sessions, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5235 S. Harper Court, Room 1121, Chicago.

More than 100 people have registered for the free event, so there is a wait list, said Mary Paleologos, a Kelly spokeswoman. People can get on the wait list here(Katherine Skiba)

*That didn’t take long: State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, announced he would retire from the legislature Monday. On Thursday, a candidate surfaced to replace him.

DuPage County businessman Nic Zito, a Wayne Township trustee, has announced his candidacy for the 49th District House seat, promising to hold the line on taxes.

“It's abundantly clear to me that voters in Illinois are tired of political gridlock and empty promises,” Zito said in a statement. “If chosen to be the public's voice in Springfield, I will use my experience in the public and private sectors to bring serious financial reform to how Illinois spends taxpayer money.”

If the “Zito” name sounds familiar, it should. Zito’s father, Greg, served in the Illinois General Assembly as a Democrat from Melrose Park.

But there’s no Democrat in Zito the younger. Nic Zito is running for the west suburban House seat as a Republican. (Rick Pearson)

*On the "Sunday Spin": Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are author Michael Golden, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, and Tribune reporter Monique Garcia. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.

 

What we're writing

*Democrats worry about political fallout from county soda pop tax.

*Feds say Cook County soda tax collection violates food stamp rules.

*Mendoza sends schools long-overdue cash as state misses first scheduled payment.

*Emanuel says latest CPS test scores show improvement.

*Stratton brings diversity to Pritzker campaign.

*More community meetings planned for park changes tied to Obama center.

 

What we're reading

*Oxford University worker to make first court appearance in Near North Side stabbing case.

*Wisconsin Senate leader wants timeline for Foxconn jobs before OK of incentives.

*Bud Billiken Parade 2017: What to know if you're going.

 

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here

 

Beyond Chicago

*Trump on previous North Korea threat: 'Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.'

*How does a president launch a nuclear attack?

*McCain presents Afghanistan plan.

*2016 confirmed as Earth's hottest year on record.