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Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, March 13, 2018  |  Editorial  |  Editorial Board

Candidates--Statewide (12)

Democratic governor candidate Daniel Biss is exploring ways to help insurgent candidates for the state party's leadership committee and challenge House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chairmanship.

A Biss aide said the state senator from Evanston has talked with campaign attorneys about what fundraising mechanism could be used to assist challengers to about a dozen members the Democratic State Central Committee.

The 36-member panel elects the party chairman. It's made up of one man and one woman from each of Illinois' 18 congressional districts, and the seats are on the primary ballot.

There were no details yet on whether any arrangement had been made. Madigan has been actively backing current committee members seeking re-election.

Such a move would be a furtherance of Biss’ effort to support progressive causes in his bid to gain support for governor from the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, he is expected to add endorsements from Indivisible groups in the Lakeview neighborhood and Oak Park. The Indivisible groups were formed in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election.

Over the weekend, rival candidate Chris Kennedy said he believed the Democratic Party establishment should welcome such groups into the party fold but said they had been rebuffed.

“It's great to see Chris Kennedy wants progressive groups involved in the state party, especially since those progressive groups have overwhelmingly endorsed Daniel Biss for governor,” said Biss spokesman Tom Elliott. (Rick Pearson)

What's on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce Chicago Public Schools test scores. 

*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public events scheduled.

*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will preside over approval of the board's consent calendar.

*The Illinois Senate is in session, even as several of its members are locked in tough primary battles.

*Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson will be at the City Club

 From the notebook

*Contributions caps off in County Board race: Limits on campaign contributions were lifted on Monday in the 1st District County Board race, after a business-aligned political action committee topped $100,000 in spending to help Commissioner Richard Boykin defeat challenger Brandon Johnson.

JOBS PAC is heavily funded by the Illinois Manufacturers Association. It has spent nearly $108,000 on mailers and radio ads supporting Boykin and $78,000 on mailers opposing Johnson, according to state campaign disclosure records.

The committee was formed in 2012 to “support policies creating a vibrant manufacturing sector and strong economic climate in Illinois," and it has spent nearly $448,000 this year to back candidates like Boykin who opposed the county’s now-repealed pop tax, boost others who ended up voting against it and oppose their challengers.

Johnson, however, is getting strong support from unions, many of which backed the tax to prevent county job cuts. So far, he’s raised more than $363,000, with most of the money coming from organized labor. (Hal Dardick)

*Ives to have WTTW to herself tonight: With a week to go before the primary election, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's primary opponent state Rep. Jeanne Ives is scheduled to get as much as 30 minutes on TV this evening.

WTTW-Ch. 11's "Chicago Tonight" has a forum for the GOP governor candidates scheduled for 7 p.m. A Rauner campaign spokesman confirms the governor isn't attending, and a spokeswoman for the station says Ives will be interviewed alone if he doesn't show.

That likely leaves the January Rauner vs. Ives matchup before the Tribune Editorial Board as their only joint appearance of the campaign, when she voiced the frustrations of conservative Republicans disappointed in Rauner on abortion and taxes.

The governor, meanwhile, has used clips of Ives from that meeting in a campaign ad that calls her House Speaker Michael Madigan's “favorite Republican, and Illinois' worst nightmare."

The Democratic governor candidates are set to debate on "Chicago Tonight" on Wednesday. 

What we're writing

*Biss profile: Evanston state senator runs in progressive lane while trying to outpace voting record.

*Newman trying to turn progressive energy into votes against the Lipinski brand.

*AG debate

*Rauner wants to ban bump stocks, doesn't commit on gun retailer licensing.

*Emanuel doesn't say if he supports civilian police board with power to fire city's top cop.

*Chicago Defender fires an editor amid questions about publicity work for candidate.

*Shomari Legghette, a 4-time felon, pleads not guilty in killing of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

*Questions about spending of taxpayer money fuel movement to abolish township government.

What we're reading

*Federal judge finds ATF drug stash house stings distasteful but not racially biased.

*Study: A voodoo doll of the boss will make your employees happier.

*How to stream all 67 games in the NCAA tournament.

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*House Republicans say no collusion between Trump campaign and Russians.

*Trump backs off gun control stance.

*Late push in Pennsylvania special election.

*Britain says it's "highly likely" Russia to blame for poisoning spy.