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Fuchs appears in Pritzker ad

State Journal Register

Thursday, December 7, 2017  |  Article  |  Bernard Schoenburg

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A Sangamon County Democratic precinct committeeman has a brief part in a J.B. PRITZKER TV ad.

 

DAVE FUCHS, 59, of Cantrall, says “for all of Illinois” in the ad, which has the theme that Chicagoan Pritzker would pay attention to the whole state.

 

Fuchs — shown with a graying beard and a hat — told me he’s known Pritzker since they worked together in then-U.S. Sen. ALAN DIXON’s office in Washington, D.C.

Pritzker started in 1988 as a legislative aide there, and went to law school in 1990. Fuchs, who now works for the secretary of state, says Pritzker was “a real smart guy” who “worked really hard.” He said they’d sometimes have lunch on the steps of the Capitol or go out for beers after Capitol Hill league staff softball games.

 

Fuchs said the footage of him was shot in Mount Pulaski.

 

Watch in 2018

 

Illinois Comptroller SUSANA MENDOZA and NICK AYERS, who ran Gov. BRUCE RAUNER’s 2014 campaign and is now chief of staff to Vice President MIKE PENCE, are among “18 to watch in 2018.”

 

That’s a “power list” published in the national Politico Playbook of “politicians, activists and operatives” from across the country.

 

Mendoza, the publication says, “transformed the comptroller’s office into a fully engaged, fearless financial counterforce,” and says Democrats in the state “see Mendoza as the future and her name is already floated for various higher offices,” but she is focusing on re-election and hoping for budget stability to allow a move from “emergency triage to deeper policy changes.”

 

Ayers formerly ran the Republican Governors Association, and Politico says he was the mastermind behind Pence’s political operation, Great America Committee.

 

After President DONALD TRUMP took office, Rauner listed Ayers among his White House connections, calling him a “good friend” and “a very talented guy.”

 

Kustra retiring

 

BOB KUSTRA, who was a state legislator before serving as GOP Gov. JIM EDGAR’s lieutenant governor from 1991 to mid-1998, announced recently that he’s retiring June 30 after 15 years as president of Boise State University.

 

Kustra, 74, said it was the “privilege of a lifetime” to lead the school.

 

“Needless to say, KATHY and I will be Broncos for life,” Kustra said of he and his wife — a former director of what was then called the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

 

Kustra, a Republican who had lived in Park Ridge, announced in 1994 he would leave office to take a Chicago radio job, but decided to stay when Edgar underwent heart surgery weeks later. Kustra also ran in the 1996 GOP primary for U.S. Senate, losing to then-state Rep. AL SALVI of Wauconda, who in turn lost that November to U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, D-Ill., of Springfield.

 

Kustra left office July 1, 1998, to become president of Eastern Kentucky University, a job he had until the summer of 2001.