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Pritzker, Quinn win big in primary lottery

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The Democrats are running an impressive number of candidates in the 2018 primary: seven for governor, and another eight for attorney general. Being first on the ballot is an important advantage. In a heavily contested primary, that advantage could prove critical.

Ballot position in normally on a first come, first served basis. Candidates who file first are placed higher than candidates who wait. But when two or more candidates file at 8:00 AM on the first day, there is a lottery to determine ballot position. Three candidates for governor (Biss, Kennedy, and Pritzker) and five candidates for attorney general (Drury, Mariotti, Quinn, Raoul, and Rotering) all filed at the same time.

To resolve the tie, the State Board of Elections holds a lottery based on alphabetical order. There is only one lottery drawing for all races in the state that need a tiebreaker. This year the order was 3-6-2-1-5-4. They needed six places to accommodate the six Democrats who filed simultaneously in the 25th Representative district in Chicago. Based on the lottery, Pat Quinn and JB Pritzker will be the first candidate in their respective races.

To learn more about the lottery process, check out the board of elections’ website.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

Crime

Report: Gov. J.B. Pritzker under federal criminal investigation

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker, his wife First Lady M.K. Pritzker, and others are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that critics highlighted in last year’s gubernatorial race.

WBEZ first reported the federal probe, citing information from a law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation.

Pritzker’s attorney denied any wrongdoing.

“Neither the Governor nor the First Lady have been contacted by law enforcement regarding the property tax appeal,” Attorney Marc Elias said in an email to Illinois News Network. “We are confident that any further review of the matter will show that the appropriate rules were followed.”

Pritzker, whose net worth is estimated at $3.2 billion, paid back the more than $330,000 he got in tax breaks for removing the toilets to have a mansion he bought deemed uninhabitable. He paid back the money in October, days after a leaked report from a Cook County watchdog surfaced. A Cook County inspector general report about the 2015 tax break called it a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers.

Political opponents pounced on news of the federal probe.

“Gov. Pritzker should immediately abandon his push for this massive jobs tax on middle-class families because he can’t expect people to pay more when he is reportedly under criminal investigation for gaming the system to pay less,” Ideas Illinois Chairman Greg Baise said.

Ideas Illinois has been opposing the governor’s proposed progressive income tax.

“The governor likes to call his push for more taxes ‘fair’ but it’s clear he knows nothing about fairness or equity – he needs to drop his push for this Jobs Tax that will only hurt middle-class families even further,” Baise said.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider compared Pritzker’s decision to pay back the $331,000 to a bank robber returning stolen money after getting caught.

“Just because he gave the money back means nothing to me,” Schneider said in an interview. “He schemed to defraud the taxpayers of the county. He technically took money out the school system, to pay for our cops, to further burden other taxpayers because he didn’t pay his fair share.”

Schneider also said he was glad the investigation was being looked at by federal officials.

“I’ve seen silence on the part of the Cook County State’s Attorney,” Schneider said of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “I think she botched the Jussie Smollett case and we don’t even know if she’s investigating this on the Cook County level and I’m grateful that the feds have picked up the batton on this case.”

Pritzker could be asked to comment on the story when he is in front of reporters later this morning.

WBEZ reported that it wasn’t clear if any criminal charges were imminent; it also reported that “the scope and intensity of the federal investigation is not entirely clear.”

 

Article by Greg Bishop with Illinois News Network. For more INN News visit ILnews.org

 

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2018 Election

Bourne, Manar, Murphy, and Scherer are going to the statehouse

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With the final votes being tallied, we can announce the state representatives and senators for the Springfield area. State Senator Andy Manar (D-48) will hold onto his seat. Manar will be joined by Steve McClure (R-50) who will be taking over Sam McCann’s old district. Republican Bill Brady (44) ran unopposed.

In the House, Representatives Avery Bourne (R-95) and Sue Scherer (D-96) were both reelected. Mike Murphy (R) was elected in the 99th to replace outgoing Republican Sara Wojcicki Jimenez. Tim Butler (R-87) and C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-100) ran unopposed in the general election.

Many precincts still need to report, but it appears the Democrats have pulled off a clean sweep of the executive offices. But it remains to be seen if any of the third party candidates will break the five-percent threshold.

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2018 Election

Illinois House candidate Herman Senor w/ Thomas Clatterbuck

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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we had Illinois House candidate Herman Senor. Senor is the Republican candidate in the 96th House district.

Senor currently serves as the Ward 2 Alderman in Springfield. He explained some of the state issues he has encountered on the city council. Regulations and new taxes from the state often make things difficult for municipalities. Over regulation also poses a problem for schools. Senor proposed making it easier for substitute teachers to gain teaching credentials or allowing retired teachers to come back could help alleviate the teacher shortage.

When it came to guns, Senor said that punishing law-abiding citizens was not the right way to curb gun violence. While bad actors should be punished, innocent people should not have their rights infringed. Similarly, he expressed an openness to both medical and recreational marijuana, but wanted strong oversight to ensure bad actors were not taking advantage of the system.

We touched on a number of other issues as well, including new taxes, shell bills, and fighting sexual harassment in the statehouse. You can watch our full interview in the player.

To learn more about Herman Senor, and the other candidates in the 96th, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Shows page.

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