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.
Objections were filed this month against perennial candidate Chad Koppie of Gilberts and Eric Conklin of Le Roy. Koppie is running under the Constitution Party banner while Conklin filed as an independent.
The objections were filed by Michael Bigger, the Republican state central committeeman for the 18th Congressional District and Stark County Republican chairman. He was appointed last fall by Gov. Bruce Rauner to be a member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
Kirk faces an intense re-election challenge from two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates and has been working to tarnish her candidacy by trying to link her with imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. After losing a 2006 bid for Congress, Duckworth was appointed by Blagojevich to serve as state director of Veterans Affairs.
The Kirk campaign’s latest linkage is through a Snapchat filter that shows an animated Blagojevich and Duckworth, holding a banner saying “Blagojevich + Tammy, costing taxpayers since 2006,” which can be layered over a photo. (Rick Pearson)
What's on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public schedule. He's headed to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He's got a late Wednesday party and a Thursday speech to the Illinois delegation planned.
*Gov. Rauner will continue his statewide tour suggesting that Democrats who control the legislature put a term limits constitutional amendment question on the November 2018 ballot. He'll start at the Quincy veterans home for an update on water treatment following cases of Legionnaire's disease.
*The Rev. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to make a speech at the Democratic convention. Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who's challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, is supposed to talk to the Illinois delegation.
What we're writing
*Union leader calls Rauner "jackass," vows to "take him out" in 2018 election.
*Chris Kennedy, once called a "serial political tease," ducks reporters asking him about run for governor.
*Video recap of Day 2 of Illinois delegation at Democratic National Convention.
*Emanuel accepts Rauner CPS apology, suggests governor become "champion" for city kids.
*Heavily blacked out police report offers few details on Sandack resignation.
*Pair of Chicago mothers who lost children part of pitch for gun control, police reforms at convention.
*Illinois Democratic delegation votes for Clinton for presidential nomination.
*Blagojevich prosecutors say ex-governor isn't remorseful as re-sentencing looms.
What we're reading
*Following political heat amid Chicago violence spike, U.S. Attorney Fardon charges dozens of gang members.
*Chicago police union asks cops not to volunteer for Labor Day weekend OT.
*Chicago PR firm got slice of Lincoln Way school district scandal pie.
From the notebook
*Sesame Street in Chicago?: Mayor Emanuel moved further through the alphabet Tuesday when he referenced “What I call the four Ts, all coordinated: talent, transportation, technology and transparency.”
The mayor was speaking at a ceremonial ground breaking for a Whole Foods distribution center, mentioning the ingredients he says have lured development to the Pullman neighborhood during his time in office. The area also has a new Method cleaning products factory and new retail development.
The four Ts description came less than two months after he talked about the “five Ps: police officers, parents, principals, pastors and public officeholders” that go into public safety.
Developer David Doig, of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, and 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale were even more bullish on Pullman than the mayor, saying recent development there, and the jobs it has brought, have led to declining crime.
Doig said during the last five years, $130 million has been invested in the area, which in turn has created 750 permanent jobs. “Incomes are up by 16 percent,” he said. “Property values are up by 20 percent. And violent crime, as the alderman noted, is down by almost 50 percent. That’s pretty amazing.” (Hal Dardick)
*New pension worries: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that long-term investment returns for public pension plans are poised to drop to the lowest rate of return since measuring began 16 years ago —something that could cause additional heartburn in Illinois, which has the largest unfunded state worker pension program in the nation.
The Journal reported the 20-year annualized return on investment of public pensions are expected to be 7.47 percent — a far cry from the 12.3 percent annualized return in 2001, when Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service began tracking pension returns.
Illinois has an $111 billion unfunded pension liability as of June 2015, based on the latest state reports available. But the lower investment returns have been factored in slightly.
The largest pension fund, the Teachers Retirement System, acted two years ago to reduce its expected investment rate of return from 8 percent to 7.5 percent. The State Employees Retirement System and the State University Retirement System acted to reduce the rate of investment returns for its funds from 7.75 percent to 7.25 percent.
The Journal report noted long-term investment returns have dropped in large part due to two recessions over the past 15 years and a continued period of low interest rates. (Rick Pearson)
*Rahm’s onetime coms chief departs City Hall: After more than a decade as the messenger for various Democratic pols during times of controversy, Kelley Quinn is leaving Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.
She’s been hired as vice president of public affairs for a communications firm run by a woman who did her own time in the City Hall trenches. Quinn, now deputy chief of staff for Emanuel, is leaving to take a job at Grisko, the firm of Carolyn Grisko, a onetime press aide and campaign manager for former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
In May, Quinn moved to the deputy chief of staff post after about two years as Emanuel’s communications director, much of it during a time of difficult budget decisions and the controversy surrounding the release of the videotape showing white police Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting African-American teen Laquan McDonald.
Before that, Quinn was spokeswoman for the city budget and management office and for Chicago Public Schools. She came to the Emanuel administration after working for other local pols, including Cook County Clerk David Orr, Govs. Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn, and Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.
When she worked for Orr, he was grappling with difficulties in switching to new, higher-tech election equipment. Her stint with Blagojevich came as he was impeached before being convicted in federal court for public corruption. Under Berrios, she responded to allegations of nepotism in his office.
Grisko, too, has taken on some tough issues, like the rollout of the Ventra fare card that initially was plagued by difficulties. Grisko also handled the community outreach plan for the Police Accountability Task Force that Emanuel appointed in the wake of the McDonald shooting.
Quinn will be banned from lobbying City Hall for two years after her departure, per ethics rules enacted by Emanuel. (Hal Dardick)
*Out: chicken soup. In: Toltec wisdom: A Washington Post profile of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the dethroned chair of the Democratic National Committee, quotes a friend, Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois. During a troubling time, Bustos gave the Florida Democrat a book, “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” and singled out a passage she thought might be helpful:
“Agreement 2: Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.”
That got us wondering about the book. We learned author Don Miguel Ruiz’s best-seller is based on “ancient Toltec wisdom,” and Oprah is also a fan. The other agreements? Be impeccable with your word. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
The Toltecs were a Nahuatl-speaking tribe that held sway over what is now central Mexico from the 10th to the 12th century, Encyclopedia Britannica says.
Bustos, of East Moline, was first elected in 2012. She’s now the co-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program that seeks to plant Democratic lawmakers in districts held by the GOP. Last week, she traveled to Nevada, Colorado and Montana on behalf of congressional candidates, spokesman Jared Smith said. (Katherine Skiba)
Follow the money
*Track campaign contribution reports in real time with this Tribune Twitter account: http://www.chicagotribuneem.com/ILCampaignCash
*Bill Clinton speech: Hillary is the "real one."
*Despite divisions, Clinton becomes first woman to win major-party presidential nomination.
*Michelle Obama's "apolitical image" big part of her draw, says AP.
*Guyana to deport 14 Venezuelans who crossed border for food.