Madison County regional superintendent of schools Bob Daiber (D) “filed petitions Wednesday to run for the Democratic nomination for governor in the March 20 primary. Daiber said he filed 9,500 signatures, while 5,000 valid signatures are needed.” (State Journal-Register)
BAD PRESS. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) promoted “kudos from a group led by a self-styled taxpayer watchdog who contends Abraham Lincoln fought the Civil War to keep collecting taxes from Southern states, not over the issue of slavery.” (Chicago Tribune)
The National Review‘s cover depicts Rauner as “The Worst Republican Governor in America,” citing his “betrayal” for legalizing taxpayer-funded abortions, which “capped a season of defeats for conservatives, including an income-tax hike, a big bailout of Chicago’s public schools, and turning Illinois into what critics of illegal immigration are calling a ‘sanctuary state.’” (National Review)
Meanwhile, venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) and philanthropist Chris Kennedy’s (D) disclosures show a number of notable investments. “Kennedy … listed companies linked to defense, tobacco and oil interests among the hundreds he named in the economic interest statement he filed Monday with the Illinois secretary of state. … Kennedy also lists stocks in Amazon. Chicago is one of several cities vying for the company’s second headquarters.”
“Pritzker’s extensive filing … shows a partnership interest in Energy Transfer Partners LP, a pipeline operator that constructed and is a part-owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. State Assistant House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D) endorsed Pritzker on Wednesday. (release)
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"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."
President Trump "heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, calling him 'a very worthy, very smart negotiator' and vowing to meet with him 'many times.' Speaking to reporters in Singapore after his landmark summit with Kim, Trump said that he found the North Korean premier to be a 'very talented man' who 'loves his country very much.'"