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Wednesday, May 11, 2022  |  Article  |  Shia Kapos

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President Joe Biden will blame the “Putin price hike” for high food and gas costs during his visit to a Kankakee farm today. He’ll tell union members in Chicago that he stands with them. And he’ll press on his concerns about “ultra-MAGA Republicans and their agenda,” according to the White House.

 

What he might not talk about is inflation. And that’s no coincidence given he’ll be landing in Illinois just a few hours after the April inflation numbers are released, reports Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, adding, “the White House is braced for grim news.”

 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will greet Biden this morning at O’Hare.

 

Gov. JB Pritzker will be in southern Illinois in the morning but will meet up with Biden later in the day. And Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is already on her way to a pre-planned five-day trip to Texas. Her team says it's part business and part political fundraising. The mayor will headline a fundraiser in Houston for the LGBTQ Victory Fund, reports Crain’s.

 

Biden will fly to OC Farm in Kankakee, where he’ll be welcomed by Rep. Robin Kelly, who represents the area. OC describes itself as “a sixth-generation traditional Midwest farm built on a Christian foundation,” according to its Facebook page.

 

Farm out: Biden will use the setting to address the impact the Russian invasion on Ukraine is having on the world’s food supply — and prices at home and abroad. He’ll also address his administration’s efforts “to give farmers the tools and resources they need to boost domestic food production,” according to the White House. Biden is also expected to announce an increase in the number of counties eligible for double cropping insurance, an increase in tech-driven methods to improve soil, and funding for domestic fertilizer production.

 

State of the union: Biden will return to Chicago, where he’ll address the 40th International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' International Convention at McCormick Place. Pritzker will be in there, too.

 

Smile pretty: Then Biden and the governor will head to a downtown hotel for a half hour meet-and-greet with high-profile donors for a fundraiser benefiting the Democratic National Committee before the president is whisked back to O’Hare and his return to D.C.

 

THE BUZZ

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Results of the GOP primary in West Virginia have caught the attention of some Illinois Republicans who see some similarities to the IL-15 contest coming up between Reps. Rodney Davis and Mary Miller.

 

The Trump boost. West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney defeated fellow Republican Rep. David McKinley, “demonstrating former President Donald Trump’s kingmaking power in a rare race featuring two incumbents,” according to POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick and Zach Montellaro.

 

Sounds familiar: “Mooney and McKinley were thrown into the same district in 2022 after West Virginia lost a congressional seat following the 2020 census. McKinley tagged Mooney, a former Maryland state senator and party chair there, as a carpetbagger… while Mooney highlighted his Trump endorsement and cast McKinley as insufficiently conservative, including for supporting the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure package.”

 

Uncanny parallels: In Illinois, Davis and Miller were thrown together when Illinois lost a congressional seat after the census. Davis has tagged Miller as a carpetbagger because she lives just steps outside of the district. And Miller has highlighted her Trump endorsement and claimed Davis isn’t conservative enough.

 

The similarities aren’t lost on Miller. "With President Trump's endorsement and the backing of grassroots conservatives, Alex Mooney was able to defeat the DC establishment in a stunning victory that all of the ‘experts’ said would be impossible," she said in a statement last night.

 

RELATED: Here are the Trump-backed candidates who won the Nebraska and West Virginia primaries, by POLITICO’s Marissa Martinez

 

Miller shouldn’t get too relaxed: Trump gets knocked down in Nebraska, by POLITICO’s David Siders

 

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WHERE'S JB

In southern Illinois at 9:30 a.m. for an announcement in Fairview about expanding efforts to help people from out of state who come to Illinois seeking abortions. … He’ll be in Chicago later in the day with President Biden at the IBEW Convention and a DNC fundraiser.

 

WHERE'S LORI

In Texas, y’all.

 

WHERE'S TONI

At O’Hare International Airport at 10 a.m. to greet President Joe Biden on the tarmac.

 

CAMPAIGN MODE

 

— FIRST AD: Gilbert Villegas is out with the first TV ad in the competitive Democratic primary to represent the newly formed 3rd Congressional District. The 30-second, six-figure spot highlights Villegas being “raised by strong Latina women,” his service in the Marines, and careers as a union truck driver and Chicago alderman.

 

Villegas is in a heated race with state Rep. Delia Ramirez for the seat that was created after the 2020 census showed the Latino population had grown in Illinois. While Villegas and Ramirez are notable names in political circles and Chicago’s Northwest Side, they are little-known in the broader part of the district that includes the northern suburbs — so going up on TV will go far with the June 28 primary less than two months away. Villegas had nearly $800,000 cash on hand at the end of March, outpacing Ramirez who had just over $400,000.

 

— NO ENDORSEMENT YET: Samantha Steele’s team jumped the gun in telling Playbook that she was endorsed by Iris Martinez, the clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Martinez has not endorsed Steele, who is competing against incumbent Michael Cabonargi. In fact, Martinez hasn’t made a decision in the Board of Review race.

 

— State rep candidates square off at forum: Rep. Michael Zalewski defends his record on abortion rights, and Abdelnasser Rashid slams Zalewski for his ties to Michael Madigan, reports Landmark’s Bob Skolnik.

 

— SCORE! Rory McHale, former rugby player who’s running for Cook County commissioner, has an ad worth watching titled 50 Days.

 

THE FIFTY

Blue states like Illinois want to become abortion safe havens. It will cost them: “Groups that operate clinics and run abortion access funds warn that they’ll need more money, more providers and more space to help care for the influx of people who will cross state lines to seek abortion.

 

“If Roe is overturned, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which is surrounded by states that would restrict access to the procedure, expects abortions in its clinics to triple from what was 10,000 to 12,000 a year to as many as 30,000 a year,” your Playbook host reports in this piece with POLITICO’s Lisa Kashinsky and Victoria Colliver.

 

RELATED: Senate to vote on a bill that codifies abortion protections, but it will likely fail, via NPR

 

THE STATEWIDES

— Downstate Republican judge will become first Black woman on Illinois Supreme Court: “Firsts are nothing new” for jurist Lisa Holder White, “who was both the first Black judge in central Illinois’ 6th Judicial Circuit and the state’s 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield,” by Tribune’s Clare Spaulding

 

— Pritzker signs bill for ‘co-responder’ policing in cities, including Waukegan: “The initiatives come as Pritzker tries to fend off Republicans, including potential opponents in the November election, who’ve accused him and other Democrats of being soft on crime,” by Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner.

 

— Springfield council members will ponder new ward maps ahead of 2023 election, by State Journal-Register’s Steven Spearie

 

— State leaders hold annual firefighter’s memorial ceremony, by WJBC’s Dave Dahl

 

CHICAGO

— A new U. of C. academy seeks to build better police leaders: “The well-funded initiative aims to reduce crime and reform departments by improving police supervision,” by WBEZ’s Patrick Smith.

 

— Next week’s CTU election could shape schools, city for years to come: “CPS educators will choose between competing visions for the union: Should the group continue fighting for social issues inside and outside the classroom, or should it instead focus on classic teacher concerns like pay preparation time and pensions?” Sun-Times’ Nader Issa and WBEZ’s Sarah Karp

 

— Plea from families of gun violence victims: ‘Please do more’ to solve killings, by Sun-Times’ Mary Norkol

 

— A garden is planned for the Obama Presidential Center: “Slated to open in Chicago in 2025, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fruit and Vegetable Garden will honor the legacies of two first ladies,” via the New York Times. VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT

 

— Ordinance to end water shutoffs fails in committee, by Sun-Times’ Manny Ramos.

 

— CPS launches mental health and suicide prevention campaign: ‘Covid has only presented an additional challenge,’ Tribune’s Tracy Swartz reports

 

— Another casino take: Lightfoot is trying to move Bally's plan forward at a notable pace, by US Bets’ Chris Altruda

 

— School of the Art Institute nontenure faculty rally in support of joining a union, Tribune’s Talia Soglin reports

 

COOK COUNTY AND COLLARS

— POT-POURI | 'Egregious error' costs DuPage millions in marijuana tax revenue, and two officials trade blame: “DuPage County has missed out on 18 months of marijuana tax revenue — a potential loss of up to $4 million — from a failure to properly notify the state to collect the money on the county's behalf,” by Daily Herald’s Katlyn Smith.

 

— Ace Hardware moving to old McDonald’s site in Oak Brook, by Sun-Times’ David Roeder.

 

— 411-unit apartment building replacing four Schaumburg office buildings, by Daily Herald’s Eric Peterson

 

DAY IN COURT

— Former immigrant detainees sue McHenry County sheriff, claiming they were illegally forced into labor while housed in jail, by Tribune’s Robert McCoppin

 

— R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago will kick off Aug. 1 after judge denies 3-month delay, by Tribune’s Jason Meisner and Megan Crepeau

 

READER DIGEST

We asked about your summer festival plans: Political consultant Omari Prince plans to attend the Chosen Few Picnic and the Summer Brew Festival in Hyde Park. Attorney Warren Silver is looking forward to a June 28 victory party or two. And Paul Colgan is looking forward to his granddaughter's first birthday party. A festival indeed.

 

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IN MEMORIAM

Former Congressman and state Rep. Tim Johnson dies: “Johnson never lost an election,” by WCIA’s Scarlett O'Hara.

 

THE NATIONAL TAKE

— Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe is still the only one circulated inside Supreme Court, by POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein, Alexander Ward and Ryan Lizza

 

— Inflation's biting. Roe's fraying. Dems are still trying to connect with voters, by POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris

 

— First Black woman confirmed for Fed as central bank enters Biden era, by POLITICO’s Victoria Guida

 

TRANSITIONS

— DePaul University names Robert Manuel new president: “Manuel will leave University of Indianapolis to replace outgoing President A. Gabriel Esteban,” by Sun-Times’ Andy Grimm.

 

— Jim Lundy has joined Foley & Lardner LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in its litigation department and securities enforcement and litigation practice group. Lundy brings over two decades of SEC enforcement experience, including over a decade at the SEC’s Chicago Regional Office.

 

EVENTS

— Today at 9 a.m.: A hearing will be held for Nancy Maldonado’s nomination as U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

 

— Thursday at 5:30 p.m.: Former Cubs star Ryan Dempster will lead a toast to Harry Caray, the legendary Hall of Fame baseball announcer, at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier. Proceeds from all Budweiser and Bud Light sales at all Harry Caray’s locations that day will be donated to the World Central Kitchen to help provide fresh meals to displaced Ukrainians. “Harry himself grew up as an orphan and throughout his life raised money to support children in need,” says restaurateur Grant DePorter.

 

  May 24: Jeanne Ives and Richard Uihlein are among cohosts of a Rosemont fundraiser to benefit Nevada Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt, grandson of the late Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt. Details here

 

TRIVIA

TUESDAY’s ANSWER: Congrats to entrepreneur Mike Cashion for correctly answering that William Hale “Big Bill” Thompson was a realtor who would also serve as mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1923 and again from 1927 to 1931.

 

TODAY’s QUESTION:What Chicago neighborhood boasts a former first lady and a Today Show host among its one-time residents? Email skapos@politico.com

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Trade policy adviser Sam Mulopulos, and belated greetings to Elevate Illinois President & CEO Janet Mathis, who celebrated Monday.