Pritzker, Ives Buy More TV Time

A poll showed Biss doing better against Rauner than Pritzker.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 9, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) released another TV ad attacking state Sen. Daniel Biss (D), accusing him of voting “with Republicans in Springfield … to let the state garnish wages when people fall behind on student loans.” (Capitol Fax)

Another Pritzker TV ad features endorsements from Sens. Dick Durbin (D) and Tammy Duckworth (D) as well as unions and pro-abortion rights groups. (Advertising Analytics)

“Pritzker placed another broadcast buy today to Feb. 19, including about $30,000 with Chicago’s Telemundo affiliate. Pritzker’s total TV ad spending for the election: $25.4 million.”

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) “placed just shy of $500,000 on broadcast ads in Chicago from Feb. 10-18. Ives has already spent $1.54 million on TV ads. ([Gov. Bruce] Rauner (R) has spent $13 million on TV, mostly on anti-Pritzker ads).” (Politico)

MORE NUMBERS. According to a Public Policy Polling (D) (IVR + Internet) survey (Feb. 5-6; 866 voters; +/-3.3%) released by Biss’ campaign, he “leads Rauner by 17 points (47% Biss / 30% Rauner / 23% not sure), while the race is narrower between the two billionaires (48% Pritzker / 35% Rauner / 17% not sure).”

Pritzker’s favorability was “nine points underwater at 33% favorable / 42% unfavorable, Donald Trump down 21 points (37% favorable / 58% unfavorable) and Bruce Rauner down a whopping 37 points, with 26% favorable / 63% unfavorable.” (Capitol Fax)

COMING TO A TV AD NEAR YOU. Rauner in an interview with the Crain’s Chicago Business editorial board, when asked about the outbreak of Legionnaires’ at a veterans home said: “We handled it exceptionally well and we would not do anything different.” (Capitol Fax)

“Rauner, whose family foundation donated $625,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute between 2009 and 2013, said Thursday he was ‘very troubled’ by a published [ProPublica/Chicago Sun-Times] report that John Tillman, CEO of the group, was involved with several organizations.” (State Journal-Register)


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