Philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) “is touting his family history and endorsements from four major Illinois newspapers in a new 30-second TV ad.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) placed $12,400 in radio buys in March for a total of $15.75 million. Kennedy placed $8,620 on radio from Monday through Sunday for a total of $2.04 million. State Sen. Daniel Biss (D) placed $338,000 on broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday for a total of $3.64 million. Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) placed $1.75 million on broadcast Tuesday through March 13, cable from Tuesday-March 12, and radio from Feb. 26-March 18 for a total of $31.53 million. State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) placed $333,000 on broadcast from Tuesday through March 12 and radio from Tuesday through March 19 for a total of $2.42 million.
WILL NDRC BACK PRITZKER? Pritzker, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), regional schools superintendent Bob Daiber (D), and activist Tio Hardiman (D) pledged to veto “any state legislative redistricting map proposal that is in any way drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders and/or their staffs or allies.” Biss and Kennedy wouldn’t make a similar pledge while state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) said she was “willing” to do so. (Capitol Fax)
“In the Monday conversation with [Fox & Friends] co-host Brian Kilmeade, the governor said it was ‘so essential’ for him to win re-election to counter Democratic control of drawing new legislative district boundaries after the 2020 federal census.”
Rauner: “[State House Speaker Mike Madigan (D)] has gerrymandered the districts in Illinois. He’s been in power for so long, after every census, he gets to draw the districts so they look like spaghetti noodles to protect his incumbents. And as a result, we don’t have competitive general elections.”
“Pritzker announced endorsements from state Reps. Arthur Turner of Chicago and Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria.” (Chicago Tribune)
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN AN ELECTION. Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot and Biss “will share a stage on Tuesday night during the first stop of the anti-Putin, anti-Trump group’s first-ever ‘live music performance art tour’ through North America that makes three stops in Chicago—including two consecutive nights at the Subterranean. But sadly, no, Biss will not be performing live. … Biss and activists from Reclaim Chicago are scheduled to appear on stage … just before Pussy Riot’s set begins.” (Chicago Reader)