Illinois Election Updates

Eileen Dordek, a Chicago social worker and former candidate for Chicago alderman, announced on Twitter she is running for the Democratic nomination in the 13th House District. The district is currently represented by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), who is not running for reelection. 

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    Illinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole (left) and Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn speak in a House Cities and Villages Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 about the impact of Amazon fulfillment centers on local sales tax revenue.

    Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn asked state lawmakers Wednesday to reevaluate how sales tax revenue from Amazon orders is distributed around Illinois, saying a new state law could be siphoning money from towns like his.

    Einhorn appeared before the House Cities and Villages Committee to argue Amazon sales tax revenues are being unfairly distributed away from towns like his that lack distribution warehouses run by companies like Amazon. Several other leaders joined him to provide their own thoughts on whether the state’s sales tax system creates winners and losers from online orders.

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    The Illinois Housing Development Authority presented lawmakers with the results of the latest round of aid for tenants and landlords. Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), who is running for treasurer, filed a bill to combine the treasurer’s office with the comptroller’s office. And Gov. JB Pritzker announced state leaders have released new funding from the Rebuild Illinois capital plan for projects in the Metro East area.

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    Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin released his first campaign commercial of the 2022 Republican primary for governor Tuesday. He touted his efforts to stop rights in Aurora during civil unrest in 2020 as an example of how he would fight crime as governor. [Facebook/Irvin/Bourne For Illinois] 

    Republican candidates for governor Richard Irvin and Jesse Sullivan released new TV advertisements Tuesday, pushing a message they will be governors who tackle the state’s crime problems.

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    From left: Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Michael Frerichs maintain considerable cash advantages over their Republican challengers. [Facebook]

    Democrats running for statewide office in Illinois are so far enjoying steep financial advantages over their Republican challengers. However, most candidates expected to be backed by Chicago billionaire Ken Griffin have not yet received funds for their races.

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    Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, pictured in September 2021, announced he came to an agreement with union leaders Monday to give paid leave to fully vaccinated employees at public education institutions in Illinois.  

    Gov. JB Pritzker vetoed a bill Monday that sought to give unlimited time off to educators who miss work for reasons related to COVID-19, but he simultaneously announced a deal to give time off to vaccinated employees.

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    Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks during a virtual event in March 2021.

    Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza wants by the end of next year to “become a major player in helping craft policy” for the General Assembly through a technological overhaul that could make her office “the most trusted source of financial government data in the country,” she said on The Daily Line’s CloutCast podcast.

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    Small Business Advocacy Council president Elliot Richardson (left) and South Shore Chamber of Commerce executive director Tonya Trice speak during a House committee meeting on Thursday. 

    Updated 9:35 a.m. Jan. 21: Small business groups are back in Springfield with a new effort to reverse an incentive for property owners to leave their storefronts vacant, a phenomenon they say has long plagued commercial corridors across the state. But a spirited hearing on Thursday signaled a rocky path ahead for the bill.

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    A House committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance a bill that would extend the life on a program legislators say has helped the state lighten its pension debt. House Republican leaders touted a bill they’ve introduced to repeal the controversial SAFE-T Act, which they blamed for exacerbating crime since it was passed one year ago. And state officials touted more than $100 million in federally backed small business grants distributed since last fall. 

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    Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) speaks during a House committee meeting on Wednesday.

    During a two-hour, often contentious meeting of the House Committee on Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools, representatives agreed to support a bill from Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-Riverside) and two from Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur). But another bill, also sponsored by Scherer, failed to pass the committee. 

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    Attorneys Adolfo Mondargon (left) and Michael Dorf sparred before the Illinois Supreme Court over campaign finance law on Wednesday.

    The Illinois Supreme Court met on Wednesday to hear an appeal from Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25) challenging the legality of the $220,000 in campaign contributions spent by his predecessor  Ald. Danny Solis on legal fees during the ongoing corruption investigation around Ald. Ed Burke (14). If the high court sides with Sigcho-Lopez, it will mark a sea change in the rules surrounding how campaign dollars are used statewide.

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