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TGIF, Illinois. Ill be putting in the work

for Justin Fields this weekend.

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Dan Proft, a failed political candidate turned conservative broadcaster, lives in Florida these days, but hes still trying to make inroads in Illinois politics. But to no avail. On Thursday, he was trounced by Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker.

Profts deal with Paddock Publishing, the parent company of the Daily Herald, was quashed after Pritzker complained to Paddocks top brass.

Pritzkers beef: Paddock was publishing faux newspapers produced by Profts company Local Government Information Services (LGIS). These mailers are specifically designed to mislead readers into thinking they are legitimate journalism when in reality they are unlabeled ads attacking political candidates, Pritzker Campaign Manager Mike Ollen said in a letter

to Paddock. The criticism comes on the heels of several reporters and other independent folks calling the publications inappropriate.

Ollen said Pritzker wouldnt join the Daily Heralds political forum as a result. We simply cannot participate in a forum organized by the same organization that seems to have willingly shared a postage permit with a partisan political entity dedicated to slandering the governor and his policies, Ollen wrote.

Paddock ended the contract with Proft post haste.Heres its explanation.

A spokeswoman for Pritzker said the governor is reconsidering joining the forum.

Profits pithy response: He said his (faux) papers will continue to be printed and distributed even if we have to return to the Gutenberg press.

And he described the Daily Herald as just another staffer in Pritzker’s comm shop which masquerades as the Chicago press corps.

Proft suffered another blow: Also Thursday, WGN and NBC news stations pulled a political ad by the conservative People Who Play By The Rules PAC, which also is run by Proft.

The ad featured Beverly Miles, a little-known candidate in the Democratic primary for governor, claiming Pritzker fired her from a government job.

Pritzkers legal team wrote the stations saying the ad was false and defamatory and demanded the stations remove it immediately. Failing to do is actionable under Illinois defamation law, according to a letter

from the Elias Law Group.

Its familiar territory for Proft, whose Play By The Rules PAC saw another ad pulled earlier this month. That one featured a woman being mugged in broad daylight. The ad was criticized by victims advocates for using a crime victims trauma for political gain.

Profts written statement Thursday took a jab at Pritzker: Little Lord Fauntleroy threw a tantrum and got his way.

THE BUZZ

UGLY IN THE SENATE: The Illinois state Senate is in upheaval after the governorcalled for two senators to resign one because hes been charged by the feds with bribery and the other because hes been accused of abuse by his estranged wife.

State Sen. Emil Jones III is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges he accepted a $5,000 bribe from a red-light camera company and lied to the FBI.

State Sen, Michael Hastings is not charged with anything but is involved in an ugly divorce thats gone public, including a claim that he put his wife in a headlock. Separately, an environmental lobbyist has described Hastings as a bully.

Both men have stepped down from their Senate leadership posts at the request of state Senate President Don Harmon. And theyre both on the ballot in November.

Pritzkers statement: Sen. Jones is accused of accepting bribes, and Sen. Hastings is accused of abusing women. They should answer the charges and have their day in court. But in the best interests of their constituents, these men must resign from their offices, Pritzker said in his statement. Resigning only their leadership roles falls short of what the public should expect. I want to send a clear message to the people of Illinois: Corruption and abuse have no place here.

Harmon spokesman John Patterson said: The gravity of the accusations required immediate action and consequences, which is why the Senate president demanded and received resignations from their leadership posts. Now it is up to these individuals and their constituents to determine their futures.

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WHERE’S JB

At Discovery Partners Institute Chicago headquarters at noon to unveil

the research centers new design plans. At 55 W. Monroe to announce

an agricultural trade deal with Taiwan.

WHERE’S LORI

Joining the governor at noon at Discovery Partners Institute

Where’s Toni

At Malcolm X College at 3:30 p.m. for the Chicagoland Workforce Development Symposium.

THE STATEWIDES

Former state lawmakers fail in fight to claw back pay they voted to cut:

If the court had ruled the other way, the state could have had to dole out $10 million or more in back pay to former legislators, according to the state comptrollers office. The state Supreme Court, in a 17-page opinion, ruled that the former legislators waited too long to challenge the pay cuts, by Route Fiftys Daniel C. Vock.

A church in Urbana-Champaign reverses on promises to address abuse allegations,

by WBEZs Esther Yoon-Ji Kang and Susie An.

IDOC officials criticized over audit findings, future of Pontiac prison,

by WGEMs Mike Miletich

Forgoing the funds: Most Illinois nursing homes passing up subsidies for CNA pay raises despite backing law that set up the subsidies,

writes Illinois Times Dean Olsen

SPOTTED

Anne Caprara, chief of staff to Gov. JB Pritzker, said Democrats need to take back the abortion rights debate in November. | POLITICO’s Shia Kapos

Anne Caprara, the governor’s chief of staff is accusing Democrats of becoming complacent about the laws surrounding reproductive rights and hopes voters show up in November to get back on course.

Its the biggest fight thats on the horizon, Caprara told a high-profile crowd gathered at Gibsons Italia for a fundraising luncheon for the Women PAC, which supports women candidates.

Weve gotten complacent about our laws and let our narrative be written by people who have no skin in the game, she said referring to the mostly male Republican lawmakers over the years who have challenged abortion rights at every turn, from defining late-term abortions and legal heartbeats to restricting abortion centers.

Illinois was the exception, she noted: She pointed to women legislators who pushed for passage of the Reproductive Health Act in 2019.

Caprara’s address touched on how she got into politics Emilys List and her dedication to Pritzkers reelection efforts. But she focused mostly on abortion rights and how the country got to where it is today on the issue.

We need to reframe the way we think about the last 50 years. Because heres the thing, when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, there already was an effort under way to go through state legislatures a bipartisan effort to legalize abortion at the state level, Caprara said. When Roe was decided, we abandoned that effort. We stopped doing what we needed to do to continue the fight.

Caprara was speaking to the choir. In the room were Illinois House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch, Senate President Don Harmon, Assistant House Majority Leader Robyn Gabel, Democratic Party Chair Lisa Hernandez, state Reps. Kelly Burke, Deb Conroy, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Lindsey LaPointe, state Sen. Melinda Bush, C-Strategies Becky Carroll and PAC leader Tiffany Elking and lobbyist and political insider Liz Brown.

CAMPAIGN MODE

IL-17 POLL: 314 Action Fund is out with toplines from a new poll of likely voters in the IL-17 congressional race showing Democrat Eric Sorensen leading Republican Esther Joy King. An initial horserace finds Sorensen with nearly a majority of voters behind him with 47 percent of the vote to Esther Joy Kings 38 percent. The poll found 15 percent of voters not sure of who they would vote for in November, according to 314 Action Fund. Toplines here

TAKING NAMES

Republican governor candidate in Rhode Island got a tax break on Illinois home:

Ashley Kalus acknowledged Wednesday her family continued to receive a homestead exemption on a house in Illinois even after she bought a home in Newport last year, saying her husband continued to live out of state until recently, via WPRI TV.

CHICAGO

Mobilizing in Mexico: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will lead a delegation of city officials and business leaders on a five-day trip to Mexico City from Wednesday through Oct. 2. According to her office

, Lightfoot will meet with city and business leaders to discuss Chicagos economic recovery, inclusive economic development and continued growth and expansion. World Business Chicago is covering those who work for the city, and others are paying their own way. Not in the mix are the four City Council members who are of Mexican descent.

Lightfoot accused of scrapping CFD promotion list to punish controversial City Council member:

Ald. Jim Gardiner a Chicago firefighter on a leave of absence is accusing the mayor, with whom he has clashed repeatedly, of scrapping a CFD promotion list because he was second in line to be promoted to lieutenant, by Sun-Times Fran Spielman.

The robots are coming. Chicago OKs pilot program of food delivery via machine,

by WTTWs Patty Wetli

Invest South/West program remains mostly a vision, without a single project under construction after three years:

The mayor’s signature economic development initiative has promised unprecedented public funds for blighted corridors. But without a project under construction, it has yet to prove it’s the cure for disinvestment, by Crains Danny Ecker.

Migrant moves: The city is working with organizations across Illinois, including the New American Welcome Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to help care for some migrants sent to the state. As many 1,000 migrants a week come to Chicago not Urbana-Champaign as a downstate TV station suggested this week.

St. Regis Tower condo sells for $20M, one of the highest recorded home sales in Chicago history,

by Tribunes Bob Goldsborough

COOK COUNTY AND COLLARS

Cook County repeals its wheel tax, following moves by some suburbs to end vehicle sticker fees,

by Tribunes A.D. Quig

Naperville commission recommends residential subdivision for polo club,

by Daily Heralds Kevin Schmit

Volunteers sought to help outline Good Neighbor Agreement for Evanston homeless hotel,

by Pioneer Press Alex Hulvalchick

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Movement in the Tylenol murders | Law enforcement seeks to persuade prosecutors to act on chargeable case,

by Tribunes Christy Gutowski and Stacy St. Clair.

PODCAST | The Tylenol murders, part 2: Cyanide-laced Tylenol was the murder weapon. But who was the killer?

By Stacy St. Clair and Christy Gutowski

DAY IN COURT

Chicago to pay $25M to settle 3 police misconduct cases,

by WTTWs Heather Cherone

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Reader Digest

We asked what issue you think will resonate most with voters in November:

Eileen Dordek, former state rep candidate: I canvassed last week for Supreme Court candidate, Judge Liz Rochford in Kane County. Protecting abortion access in Illinois really resonated.

Steve Smith, John Straus, Mary Kay Minaghan and Steve Sheffey: Reproductive rights.

Justen Glover, paralegal at Cooney & Conway: Attacks on our democracy.”

Nick Kalm, Reputation Partners founder; Laura Kotelman, Cook County Board candidate; and Rey Nonato say crime, punishment and the SAFE-T Act are at the top of voters minds.

Joseph Monack: The top issue for Republicans will be either crime or inflation, the top issue for Democrats will be abortion, and the top issue for independents will be inflation.

What does the Elks National Memorial at 2750 N. Lakeview Avenue honor? Email [email protected]

THE NATIONAL TAKE

Trump to unleash millions in the midterms in possible prelude to 2024,

by POLITICOs Alex Isenstadt

New lawsuit accuses DeSantis of flouting state law by flying migrants,

by POLITICOs Gary Fineout

McConnell poised to embrace post-Jan. 6 reform even as House counterparts resist it,

by POLITICOs Marianne LeVine and Burgess Everett

IN MEMORIAM

Carlos Guillermo Rizowy,

who served as Uruguay’s honorary consul in Chicago, died this week. He was 73.

TRIVIA

THURSDAYs ANSWER: Congrats to Abdon Pallasch for correctly answering that on April 15, 1995, the Chicago City Council voted on a compact

to establish an airport authority to govern O’Hare, Midway and Gary regional airports.

H/t to Warren Silver who got it right because he was the mayor’s policy aide on aviation issues at the time and remembers it well.

TODAYs QUESTION: Who are the two famous folks from Park Ridge who were rejected by the City Council to be honored with statues and when were they rejected? Email [email protected]

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Today: Cubs co-owner and RNC finance chairman Todd Ricketts, district director for Congressman Darin LaHood Brad Stotler, deputy assistant secretary in U.S. Treasurys Office of Legislative Affairs Corey Tellez, National Urban League economic policy director Julius Niyonsaba and Rotary International executive comms specialist Dan Conley.

Saturday: Will County Board member Jackie Traynere, NDigo publisher Hermene Hartman, attorney Michael Kreloff, former Cook County Recorder of Deeds Ed Moody and political insider Fred Moody (They’re twins.), attorney John Munger, JD candidate and former speechwriter Darby Hopper, Peoples Gas engineer and former aldermanic candidate Tanya Patino.

Sunday: former Congressman Jerry Costello, former state Sen. Rick Winkel, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Han Nguyen, Cornerstone Government Affairs  Kirsten West, Culloton Bauer Luce’s Natalie Bauer Luce, journalist Paul Meincke, AFL-CIO’s Alyssa Goodstein, sportswriter Ed Sherman and journalist Jack Zahora.

And belated greetings to state Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback, who celebrated Thursday.

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