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Don Rose 8 March 2018 One Comment

With apologies to non-Illinoisans, here are my thoughts for certain key offices and two special judicial races.

–Governor: State Sen. DANIEL BISS, on the basis of experience and a generally progressive (but imperfect) record is the candidate of conscience, fighting uphill against billionaire JB Pritzker–who fears Biss and is running viciously negative commercials against him. I initially favored Chris Kennedy, but he has not fought the smart, aggressive campaign expected of a Kennedy.

–Congress: There is one open seat (4th Dist.)and JESUS “CHUY” GARCIA has clearly earned it with years of experience and a solidly progressive record as an alderman, state senator and county commissioner. He’ll hit the DC ground running.

All Illinois incumbents except one merit renomination. Stick with JAN SCHAKOWSKY (9th), MIKE QUIGLEY (5th), DANNY DAVIS (7th), ROBIN KELLY(2nd), BRAD SCHNEIDER (10th), RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI (8th), BILL FOSTER (11th), BOBBY RUSH (1st) and CHERI BUSTOS (17th). However, MARIE NEWMAN is strongly endorsed over incumbent Neocon Democrat Daniel Lipinski in the 3rd district, southwest Chicago and suburbs.


–Attorney General: Here’s the puzzler–a strong, well qualified field is led by former governor Pat Quinn, while the party endorsements went to the somewhat disappointing State Senator Kwame Raoul. They are trailed badly at the moment by SCOTT DRURY, the conscience candidate, who was the only Democratic state rep to vote against Mike Madigan for speaker of the house. Consideration must also be given to SHARON FAIRLEY, who has done fine work in police-community relations. She will be helped by strong Tribune and Sun-Times endorsements.

–Cook County Board President TONI PRECKWINKLE, who walks with one foot on the reform side, the other in Machine muck, is the lesser-of-two-evils choice against the unreliable Bob Fioretti. Once an independent alderman, he sold his mayoral endorsement to Rahm Emanuel who picked up his campaign debt.

–County Assessor: FRITZ KAEGI is strongly endorsed over unethical insider incumbent Joe Berrios as I explained last week in detail.


There are dozens running, both countywide and in subcircuits. My personal endorsements go to two special judges appointed by the IL Supreme Court to fill vacancies, who are now running for full terms.

–Countywide: Judge ORAN F. WHITING, who has done fine work in health care as a lawyer in private practice, for the “Brewer” vacancy.

–8th Subcircuit: I am working professionally to help elect Judge MYRON “MIKE” MACKOFF to fill the “Pethers” vacancy in this subcircuit, which runs across the lakefront from Devon Ave. on the north to 31st St., bounded on the west mostly by Ashland Ave. or the Chicago River south of Fullerton. Mike is a former environmental lawyer and active law professor at Northwestern. He’s backed by all the bar associations, the Democratic Party, Congresspersons Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley plus Chuy Garcia, Newton Minow, three former US Attorneys and the National Organization for Women among many others. This one is important because a couple of Machine committee broke ranks to support one of his opponents. Punch 162.

For all other judicial evaluations I recommend the Chicago Council of Lawyers evaluations. Get their sample ballot here.

Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer

The endorsements given are the personal endorsements of Don Rose and do not represent the endorsement of the Chicago Daily Observer

One Comment »

  • Jim Ridings said:

    What a surprise.

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