“Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) campaign launched its first TV ad Tuesday against” state Rep. Jeanne Ives “(R). “The statewide spot ahead of the March primary attacks Ives’s record in the legislature and calls her Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan’s ‘favorite Republican and Illinois’s worst nightmare.’” (National Journal)
MEA CULPA. Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) flanked by African-American politicians “issued a public apology Tuesday, saying he regretted remarks he made about African-American politicians with then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) during a 2008 discussion about filling Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.
Pritzker: “I regret some of the things that I didn’t say and some of the things that I did, but my heart is in the right place — that I’ve tried really hard through the course of my life to do the right things for the African-American community and for communities across Illinois. … On that call, I was not my best self. I can be better. I have been better and I can do better and I have.”
Chicago Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Carrie Austin and Dowell said “they were ‘disheartened’ by Pritkzer’s comments to Blagojevich.” They “said they ‘will maintain our support for his candidacy. But we will also look for clear assurances that his thoughts around matters of race and equity have evolved substantially since those calls were recorded in 2008.’”
Pritzker accused Rauner of “colluding” with the Chicago Tribune to leak the wiretaps. (Chicago Tribune)
“Pritzker can NOT say if there are more damaging FBI tape recordings with Blago.” (NBC 5 Chicago)
Former state Senate President Emil Jones (D), who is supporting philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D), “not only doesn’t accept … Pritzker’s apology, he says the billionaire has shown ‘what he really thinks about black folks’ and should withdraw from the governor’s race.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
Kina Collins, a Pritzker campaign worker, posted on Facebook that she had “resigned on Tuesday … over his comments.” Collins: “I will not stand by a candidate who feels that way about Black folks.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
AND THE REST. All of the candidates except Madison County regional schools superintendent Bob Daiber (D) are raising most of their money from the Chicago area. More of Kennedy’s donations are coming from out of state. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Equality Illinois endorsed Pritzker. (Capitol Fax)
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Stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday morning "as disappointing forecasts from industrial bellwethers Caterpillar and 3M piled on to concerns over Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic isolation, Italy’s finances and trade-war fears. All the three major Wall Street indexes were trading below their 200-day moving averages, a key technical indicator of long-term momentum and all 11 major S&P sectors were in the red, continuing what has been a punishing month for U.S. stocks. ...Growth is expected to slow further in the fourth quarter, as the effects of U.S tax cuts fade and the impact of tariffs and rising costs rise."
"Saudi Arabia said Saturday that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared more than two weeks ago, had died after an argument and fistfight with unidentified men inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Eighteen men have been arrested and are being investigated in the case, Saudi state-run media reported without identifying any of them. State media also reported that Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the deputy director of Saudi intelligence, and other high-ranking intelligence officials had been dismissed."
"Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is scrutinizing how a collection of activists and pundits intersected with WikiLeaks, the website that U.S. officials say was the primary conduit for publishing materials stolen by Russia, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Mueller’s team has recently questioned witnesses about the activities of longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, including his contacts with WikiLeaks, and has obtained telephone records, according to the people familiar with the matter."