Gov. Bruce Rauner, seen here at an Amazon order center in Romeoville last week, will be part of an Illinois Republican Party fundraiser. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)
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The Illinois Republican Party is holding a Monday night fundraiser featuring all seven members of the state’s GOP delegation to the U.S. House plus what organizers are calling a “special guest” in Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The event is called “Cocktails with the Congressmen” and tickets start at $100 per person, with $10,000 required to play “host” at the Rosemont outpost of Gene & Georgetti.
Those paying $2,500 or more per person will gain access to a special hourlong reception prior to the general reception cattle call. Along with Rauner, scheduled to attend are Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Randy Hultgren of Plano, Adam Kinzinger of Channahon, Rodney Davis of Taylorville, John Shimkus of Collinsville, Darin LaHood of Peoria and Mike Bost of Murphysboro.
Rauner has almost singlehandedly revived the Illinois Republican Party as a political force, largely through his own wallet. Rauner and his campaign fund have given the state GOP at least 72 percent of the $42.5 million it has raised since he took office as governor. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will make a schools announcement in the morning and introduce Procurement Commissioner Jamie Rhee before a City Club of Chicago lunch speech.
*Gov. Rauner’s public schedule was not available.
*Could this be the latest chess move in the budget stalemate ahead of the June 30 end of the fiscal year? House Republican leader Jim Durkin and Republican state Sen. Karen McConnaughay will hold a morning news conference at the Thompson Center to "establish a path forward on the state budget," according to an advisory sent out Tuesday night. Other GOP lawmakers are expected to attend.
*The House Democrats will hold another hearing in Chicago to discuss the impact of the lack of a state budget. This time it’s the House Appropriations-General Services Committee.
*There’s a Downstate court hearing on the Pay Now Illinois lawsuit on unpaid state service provider bills. (The St. Clair County version of the suit, not the Cook County one.)
From the notebook
*Trump tweets: A couple of quick updates to Monday’s story on U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley’s bill to add “social media” to the Presidential Records Act that codifies what must be kept. (Quigley dubbed it the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, a play on the apparent COVFEFE typo President Donald Trump tweeted and deleted in late May.)
— One lingering question was whether Twitter posts were being preserved from both the official @POTUS account and the personal account, @realDonaldTrump. On Tuesday, the National Archives and Records Administration said the White House has told the agency that staffers are preserving tweets from both. That’s per Miriam Kleiman, a National Archives spokeswoman. Earlier this year, the Archives advised the White House that it should “capture all tweets that the President posts in the course of his official duties, including those subsequently deleted.”
— Quigley, a North Side Democrat, took to the House floor to tout his COVFEFE bill and claimed Trump has deleted 18 tweets since taking office. “It is equivalent to him destroying a record,” the congressman said.
— Some other tidbits: Under the Presidential Records Act, White House records management authority is vested in the president, and the National Archives says it doesn’t make “determinations” with respect to whether something is or isn’t a presidential record. But it does give advice when the White House asks.
The law also says the president must obtain the views in writing of the nation’s archivist before disposing of any presidential records. The archivist, David Ferriero, said in March that employees of federal agencies who use a personal email account to conduct agency business must copy or forward it to their official email account within 20 days. The archives, he stated, advises using personal devices or accounts to conduct official business only in “exigent circumstances.” (Katherine Skiba)
*Potential Soto successor in Illinois House: Iris Millan of Humboldt Park, a longtime worker for Ald. Joe Moreno, 1st, has announced she’s running for the Democratic nomination for the Illinois House seat now held by Rep. Cynthia Soto, D-Chicago.
Soto has filed papers with the State Board of Elections in advance of an expected bid for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. If Soto runs for that office, she has to give up her House seat.
Millan currently works as community affairs liaison for City Colleges of Chicago and has been active in the 1st and 26th Ward communities that make up the overwhelming portion of the 4th House District. (Rick Pearson)
What we’re writing
*Chicago property tax bills going up 10 percent this year to pay for police, fire, teacher pensions.
*Chicago Board of Ethics finds two more individuals violated city lobbying rules.
*Emanuel ducks on AG Madigan’s call for federal court oversight of Chicago police reforms.
*Emanuel’s police home-buying plan advances despite aldermen’s misgivings.
*Sears cuts 400 jobs, no longer qualifies for state tax breaks.
What we’re reading (Mostly CPD Edition)
*Rookie Chicago cop rescues dog from Lake Michigan.
*CPD asks officers to design look of new patrol vehicles. (How about a return to the old-school design?)
*But can they see Russia from their houses?
Follow the money
*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.
*Sessions denies collusion with Russians as "detestable lie."
*WaPo: How Trump could fire the special counsel.
*Mattis: "We are not winning in Afghanistan," new strategy is weeks away.
*North Korea frees American student said to be in coma.