Peter Pan, Cash Disclosure & Cole Hall - The Morning Trough

Peter Pan, Cash Disclosure & Cole Hall - The Morning Trough

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 09:15

Up Today:

The Republicans debated on WTTW Ch. 11 debate last night.
But let's first clear one thing up.
Chicago conservative commentator Dan Proft claimed during the debate that he was the first one to disclose Andy McKenna's poll that has got him in such hot fire.
"I'm the guy who brought the poll forward," Proft said. "That is why the party investigated."
In fact, the Daily Herald was the first one to report the poll's existence on Oct. 22. Proft starting talking about it on Dec. 14.
While former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna spends millions of his own dollars on TV ads, he didn't attend the debate. He was contacted back in early November about it, but still had a "schedule conflict" a week before primary. He was downstate according to his campaign.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard is still riding the Jim Edgar train -- he got his connection to Edgar into his first line in the Ch. 11 debate yesterday -- and his holding an event with the former governor tonight in Oak Brook. This morning he is releasing a new ad.

Dillard took his in the debate last night about sitting in ad for Barack Obama during the primary campaign. The question was raised and the crew pounced. Dillard tried to turn it into a positive, saying "people are sick and tired of politicized partisan politics."

Adam Andrzejewski chimed in "That answer should loose the election... He has had his chance. He rebuilt the other party rather than our party."

Under attack, Dillard said last night, "I clearly didn't endorse Barack Obama." He did support John McCain, aggressively. But he also said in the primary ad that Obama's skills "would serve the country well."

For refresher, here is that Obama ad:

Andrzejewski, a Hinsdale businessman, won support in a straw poll conducted by the 'Illinois Tea Party.' This comes after an event in which the former President of the Republican of Poland, Lech Walesa, backed Andrzejewski.

Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan said cracked at Andrzejewski last night, "you're in never-never land."

As for the Democrats:

President Barack Obama is delivering his State of the Union speech today. There was some talk earlier this year that he was thinking about holding it on Feb. 2 - the same day as Illinois' primary. We can all be thankful for that.

Gov. Pat Quinn continues to have no qualms about using his office to bolster his primary campaign. Today he is announcing funding for Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley isn't going to be there. Then he zips over to DeKalb to bestow some state dollars on Northern Illinois University for a rebuild of Cole Hall, the site of the Valentine's Day shooting.

Challenger Dan Hynes is heading downstate to rally the troops, particularly unions, with stops today in Collinsville and Springfield. The low key campaigner's theme is "fighting for you."

Senate candidate Cheryle Jackson has an ad on the vine. We are still waiting to see how much money she has raised since Oct. 1. Here report is the only one not accounted for with the Federal Elections Commission.

Speaking of campaign finance records, Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias decided Tuesday to post donors from the last quarter of 2009. Those donors would have stayed under wraps until after the primary because Giannoulias decided to file his final quarter report at the last possible date, Jan. 31, as opposed to competitors who filed it on Thursday. Chicago Attorney Jacob Meister did the same thing, but has not made a list of his donors otherwise public. Read the Daily Herald's story here.
You can see Giannoulias' list of donors here.

Meanwhile, Giannoulias is going after Hoffman for a "non-existent Daily Herald story" referenced in his latest TV ad linking the one-term treasurer to convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko. The ad relates to an article in early May of 2008, but gets the exact day wrong. It is about Rezko's bounced checks on Las Vegas.

News You Should Know:

House Republican Leader Tom Cross is pressing for limits on how much leaders can give to a candidate to fight off a primary challenger. This comes as Cross' political organization has been active this season in selecting primary candidates, fighting to kick those candidate's opponents off the ballot and backing their own incumbents in primary challenges.

State Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills and her challengers lay out plans for campaign finance limits.

Ryan Higgins and Anita Forte Scott bemoan the power of legislative leaders in the northwest suburban 56th District Forte Scott's campaign was largely run by Cross' organization when she lost to state Rep. Paul Froehlich in 2008. Now Cross' organization is backing Ryan Higgins and tried to kick Forte Scott off the ballot. Higgins, too, believes leaders like Cross are too powerful and he wants term limits.

State Rep. Carol Sente's challenger, Elliott Hartstein, is defending himself against primary attack mailers by in part targeting House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Vetting campaign mailers in the 50th District primary of state Rep. Kay Hatcher.

Pension reform on Barrington's primary ballot.

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