Here's a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter's political radar this week:
- In recent polls, the Chicago Tribune and WGN asked registered voters to weigh in on Gov. Pat Quinn's performance, proposed gambling expansion and statewide pension reforms. Fortunately for Quinn he's not up for re-election because his approval ratings are at an all-time low, the pollsters found. Only three in 10 registered voters approve of the job he's doing. What's more, half of the respondents said they support gambling expansion as a way to bolster much-needed state revenue. And just as many people think that public employees should contribute more to state-funded pension funds as a way to begin overhauling the system, which is currently $85 billion underfunded.
- Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown told the Tribuen'seditorial board Thursday that she will continue to accept contributions from employees and companies that do business with the clerk’s office. She maintained this position despite a challenge from from Alderman Ricardo Munoz to refrain from doing so. Munoz said he won’t take money from employees or contracted companies. The Tribune reported that, during one six-month span, circuit court employees stuffed Brown’s campaign coffers with more than $20,000.
- Five will compete for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court that is currently vacant following the 2010 retirement of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Thomas Fitzgerald. This week, though, Crains' political blogger Greg Hinz pointed out that "the real competition is among three well-connected women." The candidates include Mary Jane Theis, who was appointed interim justice after Fitzgerald retired, and Appellate Court Justices Joy Cunningham and Aurelia Pucinski. Theis, who joined a unanimous decision to reject a challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's residency last year, has the support of Chicago's top pol. Pucinski is the daughter of former Chicago Alderman and U.S. Rep. Roman Pucinski, which means strong name recognition. And, Cunningham, who hopes to become the first African-American woman on the state's high court has the backing of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
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