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THE BUZZ: Former White House Chief of Staff Red PU Amyannie Wide Bag Pink Messenger Simple Strap Leisure Shoulder Bucket Color Reince Priebus demurred when asked if he was a source in Bob Woodward’s "Fear" blockbuster about the inner workings of Donald Trump’s White House. “I’m not a real big player in the book,” he told POLITICO last night after speaking to a crowd of Illinois Republicans.
That’s funny because Priebus pops up numerous times, often with delicious anecdotes — describing Trump’s bedroom as “the devil’s workshop” where he does his tweeting. And there's that reference of Trump calling Priebus “a little rat.”
Wide Red Strap Bucket Pink Messenger Shoulder Leisure Color Amyannie Simple PU Bag Despite that back-biting, Priebus had only praise for the president during a Chicago fundraiser for GOP state Rep. Jim Durkin. “I had the honor of serving our president, and while all the books are written and all of the issues that people want to talk about on 24/7 cable, I just gotta say, you look at the results of this president, you look at the economy, you look at jobs, at wage growth, ISIS, regulation, the courts... if you’re a Republican or even an Independent, you’ve got to love the results of what President Trump is doing,” Priebus said. It was a soliloquy that drew applause from the 200-plus guests in attendance.
Priebus wasn’t all poetry. He took a swipe at the media, saying, “It’s about time that the press gives the president his due and look at the results and quit reporting on the daily gossip and minutiae and really look at what’s happening in this country.”
Among the notable GOP guests at Peninsula Hotel event: former Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy, now a candidate for mayor and a self-described conservative Democrat.
MORE BUZZ: If there was a question about Gov. Bruce Rauner matching J.B. Pritzker dollar for dollar in the gubernatorial campaign, he answered it last night. “We’re not going to outspend them, but we don’t need to,” Rauner told the crowd at Durkin’s fundraiser. “We have a better message: lower taxes, more, jobs, term limits on our officials. But we need the resources to get the message out. We need your support.” This sounds like Rauner won’t be spending more but he’s encouraging donors to step up.
— Priebus urged Republicans not to be distracted by criticism of the White House or the president’s style and instead concentrate on results, reports the Tribune’s Rick Pearson. Story here
— Priebus spoke briefly at a closed-door event before his main remarks, where he discussed his close relationship with Trump, saying he still speaks with the president frequently, writes the Sun-Times Tina Sfondeles. Story here
— The Republican State Leadership Committee has launched of a six-figure digital ad campaign in the 82nd District for Republican House Leader Durkin. Six-figures means the cap on spending is popped, so expect bigger donations from both Durkin, of Western Springs, and his challenger, Democrat Tom Chlystek of Darien.
— U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez just sent out this advisory: “After fielding numerous calls urging him to run for Chicago mayor, Rep. Gutiérrez will announce his decision at a news conference today.” The announcement is at noon. Gutierrez would be a significant addition to the already crowded field and potential names joining the race as he has broad support in the Latino community. If he decides not to run, that might signify there’s been some deal-making with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who’s expected to announce her candidacy soon — she’s gathering signatures now.
— J.B. Pritzker talked taxes and addressed the mayor’s race during an interview on WBUR radio. “I'm excited about the prospect that if we have a new mayor, and we will, that I'll get to work with them on the challenges that face the state,” he said. Story here
— Maria Pappas mulling mayoral run: ‘I get what the city needs,’ by Sun-Times’ Rachel Hinton: The veteran county politician said she is setting up an exploratory committee for a potential mayoral run and will begin polling in the next four or five days. Story here
— GOP lawmakers rally against Pritzker tax plan, by WSIL/3’s Andrew Feather: “As families, we do what we have to do, which is live within our means," said Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, who was among the group. Story here
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— It’s a wrap. A U.S. District judge has ruled in favor former Illinois Film Office Director Betsy Steinberg. The decision ends a years long lawsuit in which two Chicago film companies — known collectively as Chicago Studio City — had accused Steinberg of giving preferential treatment to Cinespace Chicago, which films “Chicago Fire” and other Dick Wolf productions at its West Side studio. Judge Sara Ellis said, “Because Steinberg’s efforts to promote Cinespace to film producers had a rational relationship to the state’s interest in growing its film production industry, even if Steinberg had some animus towards CSC or actively steered business to Cinespace and away from CSC, CSC’s class-of-one claim still fails.” The court granted Steinberg’s motion for summary judgment and terminated her as a defendant in the case. Steinberg left the film office job after Bruce Rauner’s 2014 election. She now heads Kartemquin Films in Chicago.
Shoulder Leisure Strap Amyannie Pink Color Simple PU Wide Messenger Bucket Red Bag — Will Chicago riot? Hoping to move trial, Van Dyke’s lawyer raises possibility,by Sun-Times’ Jon Seidel and Andy Grimm: "'It is abundantly clear that the community will riot if Van Dyke is not found guilty,’ defense attorney Dan Herbert wrote in a court filing this week. Van Dyke’s defense on Tuesday added even more details to their argument that the trial needs to be moved. In yet another motion, they note they received an email from a woman saying her husband reported for jury duty Monday, complaining about Van Dyke protesters outside the courthouse. It was not clear if the man was a prospective juror in Van Dyke’s case, but the email said he was handed a leaflet titled ‘The Murderer of Laquan McDonald Must Not Walk Free’ that said a not-guilty verdict for Van Dyke would be a ‘green light for genocide.’” Story here
Pink Strap Simple Bag Color Messenger Red Shoulder Bucket Wide PU Leisure Amyannie — Task force will study whether Chicago should impose a universal basic income plan to help struggling families,by Tribune’s John Byrne: “With Emanuel not seeking a third term, it’s tempting to think the task force is a way to take some credit for considering universal basic income only to push the decision of whether to implement the program to his successor when he steps down in May. But [North Side Ald. Ameya] Pawar said he doesn’t think that’s the case. ‘Chicago would be the largest city in the country to take this step,’ Pawar said. ‘I think the mayor sees this as a chance to lead the way as cities try to grapple with poverty and income inequality at a time the federal government is not addressing those things. This would be a legacy issue (for Emanuel).’” Story here
— Strike expands to 26 Chicago hotels: Cambria workers walk off the job, by Tribune’s Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz: “When we walked out we saw the other co-workers at other hotels waiting for us,” said Javier de La Rosa, a houseman at the Cambria for 10 years. “It is a very good experience when people are out there supporting you. This is one of the days I will never forget.” Thousands of hotel housekeepers, doormen, cooks and bartenders have been striking since Friday to demand year-round health insurance as they negotiate new contracts. Story here
— Hotel guests getting an earful from striking workers, by Sun-Times’ Stefano Esposito: Story here
— Hebru Brantley’s new Wicker Park mural replaces the one city crews painted over, by BlockClub’s Alisa Hauser. Story (and photos) here
Jason Erkes, a former TV producer and behind-the-scenes political operative, has been named chief communications officer for Cresco Labs, a Chicago-based cannabis company. “Jason has been a big part of driving Cresco’s growth and the evolution of the cannabis industry in our markets,” said Cresco Labs CEO Charlie Bachtell. Erkes got his start working behind the scenes in television before going on to advise politicos. He led the media effort to get Roland Burris appointed to the seat vacated by Barack Obama after he won the White House. Erkes went on to rebuild the once-defunct Chicago Sport and Social Club. That organization organizes volleyball on the beach and sports across the city.
COOK COUNTY AND AROUND THE COLLARS
— Foxconn vs. Lake County, by Robert Reed for Chicago magazine: A massive factory under construction near Racine, Wisconsin, could have huge environmental repercussions for northern Illinois. Story here
— Takeda's U.S. headquarters in Deerfield, where 1,000 people work, to close, by Tribune’s Lisa Schencker: “Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. will close its U.S. headquarters in Deerfield, a three-building complex employing 1,000 people, and move the work to the Boston area. … In a statement, Takeda spokeswoman Julia Ellwanger said a number of Deerfield employees will be offered jobs elsewhere, but she didn’t specify how many. The decision comes as Takeda works to complete its acquisition of Irish drugmaker Shire for $62.4 billion in cash and stock.” Story here
— Instead of removing toxic waste seeping into Illinois' only scenic river, power company wants to wall it off with rocks, by Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne: “While environmental groups agree that steps need to be taken to prevent the Middle Fork’s banks from collapsing, they contend the company’s proposed solution is too extreme and temporary at best. Emboldened by a string of legal victories involving coal ash dumps in other states, river advocates are urging a federal court to step in and order Vistra to move its waste away from the Middle Fork. ‘This is a wild and scenic river that is going to naturally change its course and can’t be stopped,’ said Andrew Rehn, water resources engineer for the nonprofit Prairie Rivers Network, the chief plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against Vistra.” Story here
— $40 million worth of school improvements follow in wake of Obama Center project, by Steve Hendershot for Chalkbeat: Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson returned to her alma mater, Hyde Park Academy High School, on Tuesday to tout a $40 million investment into the historic school — a South Side neighborhood slated for a transformation that will be headlined by the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Story here
— Attendance was down, but revenues were up for the State Fair this year. And Democrats’ Day at the fair had more attendees than in the past two years, according to OneIllinois’ Ted Cox. Story here
— Trivia question: What was the first capital of Illinois? State Comptroller Susana Mendoza gives the answer in the first in a series of videos commemorating the state’s bicentennial. The Southern Illinoisan has the video here
Amyannie Messenger Bag PU Color Leisure Bucket Shoulder Pink Red Strap Wide Simple — Trump struggles to embrace consoler-in-chief role, by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago:Story here
— Trump claims his Hurricane Maria response was an 'incredible unsung success,' by POLITICO’s Matthew Choi: Story here
PU Pink Red Leisure Bucket Wide Strap Simple Messenger Color Amyannie Bag Shoulder — The last-ditch effort to stop Kavanaugh, by POLITICO’s Elana Schor and Burgess Everett:Story here
— What the 2020 contenders learned from this year’s primaries, by POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki: Story here
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WHERE’S RAHM: breaking ground on the Lakefront Trail from Roosevelt to 31st Street.
WHERE’S BRUCE: delivering remarks at the Illinois Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place.
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