Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what’s going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield.
A new ad on behalf of former U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider highlights his commitment to working with Democrats and features photos of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
“Brad Schneider and the Democrats are working to get big money out of politics, so we can keep America’s promise to our seniors, to protect our kids from gun violence, preserve a woman’s right to choose, and most importantly, reject the politics of hate and fear,” a narrator in the ad says.
But amid the flashing photos, there’s no picture of Schneider and the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
A campaign adviser said the ad was paid for by Schneider and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and that due to legal restrictions involving campaign funds, no one else running for office this year could appear in the ad.
Schneider, of Deerfield, is seeking to regain the North Shore 10th District seat he once held from Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s public schedule was not available.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Rep. Roskam will be at the College of DuPage talking about economic development efforts. Rauner also will sign an executive order to “cut red tape.”
*The Cook County Board kicks off budget hearings at 9 a.m. Among those up: the chief financial officer and auditor.
*Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth will campaign in East St. Louis.
What we’re writing
*Illinois unions, road builders pushing transportation lockbox amendment.
*Aldermen question fine print of Emanuel budget, but lift isn’t as heavy this time.
*Rauner to shutter “terrible,” outdated part of Stateville.
*Former President Clinton raises money in Chinatown.
*Metra proposing 5.8 percent fare hike.
What we’re reading
*Two Chicago cops still on desk duty decade after scandal.
*The white flight of a former heir to the racial nationalist movement
From the notebook:
*Let police protesters eat cake?: Mayor Emanuel’s City Council floor leader thinks the still-theoretical civilian police oversight board that’s key to the mayor’s bid to show he’s overhauling the way claims of police misconduct are investigated is “going to be the toughest part of this” package of reforms.
Speaking with reporter Bill Cameron on WLS-890 AM’s “Connected to Chicago,” North Side Ald. Patrick O’Connor, 40th, said Emanuel already has taken significant steps to change Police Department oversight by creating the new Civilian Office of Police Accountability and an inspector general for the department.
“Now that you’ve done that, where does the community fit in, in these instances?” O’Connor asked. “It’s not like you can have a citizen’s committee that’s going to be like, you know, it’s not like the French Revolution. I mean, it’s not, they’re not going to be able to have the ultimate say in what happens to a policeman in a particular situation. But you want to find a way that they can affect policy, and affect general orders, and affect the way the Police Department interacts with the community.”
When the first part of Emanuel’s package of reforms passed the City Council this month, the handful of no votes came mainly from aldermen representing neighborhoods with lots of police officers. The aldermen said police in their wards were worried the civilian oversight body – which won’t be created until next year – will lack officers’ voices and not take their perspectives into account.
O’Connor also weighed in on the likelihood Emanuel will seek a third term in 2019, saying, “I think he gets high marks at continuing to chip away at Chicago’s financial problems” and avoiding a teachers union strike. “I think that his focus is not re-election,” O’Connor said.
“Clearly, I think his focus is to have a series of accomplishments that, if he decides in a personal way that he wants to run for re-election, I think he wants to have it available to him. But whether he was running or not, he’s not the type of guy that’s going to basically quit working and quit trying to do what he considers to be the right thing for the city.”
O’Connor’s appearance is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. (John Byrne)
*’The Sunday Spin’: On this week’s show, Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests were Tribune City Hall reporter Hal Dardick on the county soda tax, Trump supporter and Trump-pledged Republican National Convention delegate Mark Fratella on where the party goes from here, and former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady talking about the Trump factor for Republican candidates. “The Sunday Spin” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN 720-AM. Listen to the full show here.
Follow the money
*Liberty Principles PAC reported spending more than $600,000 on TV ads in targeted legislative races, most of them in the Illinois House. The PAC is run by Dan Proft, a conservative radio talk show host, and is heavily funded Gov. Rauner, billionaire Ken Griffin and businessman Richard Uihlein.
*Democratic comptroller challenger Susana Mendoza reported more than $400,000 in contributions, nearly all of it in the form of six-figure donations from labor unions. Campaign contribution limits in the contest were lifted with a big contribution from the husband of Republican Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger, a Rauner appointee.
*Hillary Clinton’s past leaves her muted in furor over Trump.
*Pence breaks with Trump, softens “rigged election” rhetoric.
*Somali strategy reveals a new face of U.S. warfare.
*Rise of Saudi Prince rattles the kingdom.