WBEZ | Ilya Sheyman http://www.wbez.org/tags/ilya-sheyman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Election Analysis: Romney's delegates, Jackson's blowout, Manzullo's bow out http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 <p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney grabbed an easy victory in Illinois&rsquo; primary. The former Massachusetts governor took 47 percent of the vote and at least 41 of Illinois&rsquo; 54 elected delegate spots.</p><p>Elsewhere, veteran U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., had a great day, veteran U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo had bad one and appointed Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis is one step closer to winning a full term on the bench.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik joined host Lisa Labuz to chat about these and other hot primary races in the state.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 Howard Dean's second act: Campaigning and more campaigning http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-12/howard-deans-second-act-campaigning-and-more-campaigning-97208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-12/5886941495_90a1b29e62.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-12/howard dean.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="(WBEZ/Kate Dries)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Howard Dean on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120312 Howard Dean.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-127544" player="null">120312 Howard Dean.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>Howard Dean is most famous for two things: His ill-fated run for president in 2004 (which some think was stymied by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5FzCeV0ZFc">a bad microphone</a>) and paving the way for Barack Obama's 2008 victory by <a href="http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.01/dean.html">using the internet for fundraising</a>. "As every alert citizen knows, Dean has used the Net to raise more money than any other Democratic candidate," Gary Wolf of <em>Wired </em>magazine wrote in January of 2004. "He's also used it to organize thousands of volunteers who go door-to-door, write personal letters to likely voters, host meetings, and distribute flyers."</p><p>But these days, the former Vermont governor and head of the Democratic National Committee has a job besides campaigning for himself or holding office: He's campaigning for his fellow Democrats. He's campaigning in Illinois on behalf of Ilya Sheyman, who is running against Brad Schneider in the the March 20th primary for the 10th Congressional District.</p><p>It's a tightly contested race. “This is really about whether Democrats are going to be Democrats,” Dean<a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73830.html"> told <em>Politico </em>last week</a>. “I don’t think there’s a future for the Democratic Party if Democrats don’t act like Democrats. Schneider’s basically a Blue Dog, a Republican.”&nbsp;</p><p>Dean will talk with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> more Monday about campaigning and the state of campaign finance.</p></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-12/howard-deans-second-act-campaigning-and-more-campaigning-97208 Resumes, partisanship get spotlight as Dems fight over 10th Congressional District http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112 <p><p>The Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's Northern suburbs are making their case about who's more qualified for the job and who's more of a Democrat.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Friday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"><em>Eight Forty-Eight with Tony Sarabia</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332748081-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-09/120309-sam-hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/08/10th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>At a 10th District debate Thursday night on WTTW public television, 50-year-old <a href="http://www.cadence-strategy.com/Bradley-S--Schneider.html">business consultant</a> Brad Schneider compared his resume to that of a 25-year-old competitor, Ilya Sheyman.</p><p>"Ilya was the online organizer for MoveOn, which is sending out 5 million emails. And that's good work, but it's not the experience of running a business, hiring people," Schneider said.</p><p>Sheyman wouldn't let that comment sit.</p><p>"I appreciate Brad pulling a Sarah Palin and insulting community organizers for their experience," Schneider said. "My job was to figure out: How do you channel the voices of 5-million ordinary Americans into the political process?"</p><p>Sheyman's <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ilyasheyman">online resume</a> also lists an internship in then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's office. That four-month gig gets played up on Sheyman's <a href="http://www.ilyasheyman.com/about/">campaign website</a>.</p><p>"Ilya’s passion for public service led him to work for then Senator Barack Obama," the site reads. "In his role in Constituent Services he helped Illinoisans with questions about Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Military Affairs navigate the bureaucracy of the federal government."</p><p>(The 2010 Republican nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, Jason Plummer, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/gop-lt-gov-candidate-gets-clever-listing-government-experience">took heat</a> over a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-02-12/news/ct-met-lt-gov-jason-plummer-20100212_1_lieutenant-governor-gop-office-touts">similarly vague</a> description of internships.)</p><p>John Tree, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said after the debate he hopes to be an alternative to that back-and-forth.</p><p>"They sit there and beat each other up all day long and then I can sit there and come in and win the vote on March 20th," Tree said.</p><p>Along with attorney Vivek Bavda, who stresses his work for the federal reserve and as a teacher, these candidates are running for the chance to face freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold in November.</p><p>The primary has grown increasingly negative recently, as Sheyman and groups that support him went after Schneider for political donations he made to Republican candidates, including now-U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the North Shore's former congressman.</p><p>Two websites, <a href="http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50385/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6366&amp;tag=truthaboutbrad">one funded by Sheyman's campaign</a>, <a href="http://www.schneidertherepublican.com/">another by MoveOn.org</a>, question Schneider's party affiliation.</p><p>"When we talk about you, Brad, you supported and helped elect people like [U.S. Sen.] Mike Johanns, from Nebraska, who just last week led the fight against women's contraception coverage in the U.S. Senate," Sheyman said.</p><p>For his part, Schneider said most of his contributions went to Democrats.</p><p>"A handful of them were to Republicans, all of them in the context of their support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship," Schneider said.</p><p>Bavda declined to enter the fray, instead focusing on his own qualifications and a jobs plan he said could win bipartisan support.</p></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112 Election 2012: Congressional money race http://www.wbez.org/story/election-2012-congressional-money-race-93125 <p><p><em>Updated at 2:46 a.m. on Oct. 17&nbsp;</em></p><p>Campaign finance reports from the third quarter (July – September) were due this weekend to federal election officials. Candidates had to report how much cash they raised (and from whom), how much they spent (and to whom) and how much they have left.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-13/fec.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 151px;" title=""></p><p>Illinois looks to have some super competitive U.S. House races in the March primaries. This is, in part, the result of new district boundaries formed during this year’s redistricting. The once-a-decade process was controlled by Illinois Democrats, as they hold the governor's office and majorities in both chambers of the legislature. Keep in mind, Republicans filed a lawsuit against the new map, and the boundaries could change.</p><p>But, for now, the map is what the map is. So here’s a look at the top-line money situation in a few of the expected primary races in Northern Illinois congressional districts. And if you just can’t get enough of campaign finance data, listen to WBEZ's <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> on Monday morning.</p><p><strong>SOUTH CITY, SUBURBS AND EX-URBS: Illinois’ Second Congressional District</strong></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson is running against 16-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. The two have battled for years over control of the non-existent Peotone Airport. Now they’ll battle in a Democratic primary as Jackson’s district absorbs area much farther south. Halvorson announced her campaign about ten days ago. She told me at the time she had some cash left in her account from her 2010 loss, but had not started fundraising for this race.</p><p>“Because I did not want to raise money until I knew I was going to do this, because it wouldn’t be fair to anybody to take their money and then me decide not to do this,” Halvorson said. However, she did claim to have nearly $100,000 in pledged donations, “all in very small amounts.” Those pledges, of course, are not reflected in the totals below.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>DEM primary IL 2</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Debbie Halvorson</td><td style="text-align: right;">$221,772.39</td><td style="text-align: right;">$83.66 (interest)</td><td style="text-align: right;">$11,544.86</td><td style="text-align: right;">$210,311.19</td></tr><tr><td>Jesse Jackson, Jr.</td><td style="text-align: right;">$305,818.10</td><td style="text-align: right;">$85,725.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$132,327.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$259,215.47</td></tr></tbody></table><p>This is a solidly Democratic seat. The only Republican with paperwork on file with the Federal Election Commission is the Rev. Isaac Hayes. He ran in 2010 against Jackson, but told me last week, “Right now it doesn’t look like I’m running” in 2012. He said he’s focusing on helping Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination for president. (Romney was one of the only established politicians to help Hayes in 2010; his PAC gave Hayes $2,500.)</p><p><strong>NORTHWEST SUBURBS: Illinois’ Eighth Congressional District</strong></p><p>The new 8<sup>th </sup>District is quite a bit more Democratic than it was a year ago, when Tea Partier Joe Walsh upset incumbent U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean. Walsh is likely to run in the new 14<sup>th</sup>, so this is an open seat.</p><p>The Democratic primary is a showdown between two candidates who’ve run big races before and impressed a lot of people, but failed to take home a win. Tammy Duckworth is a Purple Heart-awarded Iraq War veteran and former veterans affairs official at the state and federal levels. She lost a 2006 bid for Congress in the 6<sup>th</sup> District to Republican Peter Roskam.</p><p>Raja Krishnamoorthi is a former campaign advisor to now-President Barack Obama, and a former deputy state treasurer under Alexi Giannoulias. Krishnamoorthi lost the Democratic primary last year for state comptroller to state Rep. David Miller (who ended up getting crushed by Republican Judy Baar Topinka in November).</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>DEM primary IL 8</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Tammy Duckworth</td><td style="text-align: right;">$0.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$478,354.47</td><td style="text-align: right;">$113,016.43</td><td style="text-align: right;">$365,338.04</td></tr><tr><td>Raja Krishnamoorthi</td><td style="text-align: right;">$403,335.51</td><td style="text-align: right;">$313,535.74</td><td style="text-align: right;">$80,874.53</td><td style="text-align: right;">$635,996.72</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Duckworth got into this race a few weeks after Krishnamoorthi, so the cash-on-hand total is a bit misleading. But that's still a considerable advantage for Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>While a number of Republican names have popped up in press reports considering runs for the district, none have filed recently with the FEC.</p><p><strong>NORTH SHORE: Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District</strong></p><p>The 10<sup>th</sup> has become more Democratic under the new map, but freshman U.S. Rep. Robert Dold is still going for re-election. Right now he has a huge cash advantage over the Democrats eying the seat, with just shy of a million dollars on-hand, having raised $376,534 in the quarter. (As is common with sitting members of Congress, he got more than half of those recent donations from political action committees.)</p><p>The Democrats include Ilya Sheyman, a former MoveOn.org organizer and staffer to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, and business consultant Bradley Schneider.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>DEM primary IL 10</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Bradley Schneider</td><td style="text-align: right;">$306,150.46</td><td style="text-align: right;">$179,045.34</td><td style="text-align: right;">$68,178.87</td><td style="text-align: right;">$417,016.93</td></tr><tr><td>Ilya Sheyman</td><td style="text-align: right;">$60,255.30</td><td style="text-align: right;">$151,169.35</td><td style="text-align: right;">$69,911.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$141,513.65</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Schneider's total raised this quarter includes a $100,000 loan from himself - on the final day of the reporting period. Take that away and his fundraising appears to be stalling.</p><p><strong>NORTH AND WEST EX-URBS: Illinois’ Fourteenth Congressional District</strong></p><p>U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, currently of the old 8<sup>th </sup>District, announced last month that – unless the Democrats’ map is changed – he’ll be running in the new 14<sup>th</sup>. That pits him against the district’s current occupant, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. Both are Republican, both freshmen who beat Democratic incumbents in the 2010 wave and both are on the more conservative end of the GOP House caucus.</p><p>Where they differ is style. Walsh is a cable TV regular, a flame-thrower, a “fighter” in his words. And he’s already casting Hultgren as a career politician and a go-along-get-along type. Hultgren, a former state legislator, is soft-spoken, and – he argues – more focused on local issues than Walsh is. He’s painting Walsh as erratic and sound-bite driven.</p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>GOP primary IL 14</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Randy Hultgren</td><td style="text-align: right;">$244,780.47</td><td style="text-align: right;">$186,945.00</td><td style="text-align: right;">$155,915.90</td><td style="text-align: right;">$275,809.57</td></tr><tr><td>Joe Walsh</td><td style="text-align: right;">$472,894.53</td><td style="text-align: right;">$156,099.72</td><td style="text-align: right;">$162,936.47</td><td style="text-align: right;">$466,057.78</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The candidates' cash totals look much like they did at the beginning of the quarter, with both spending roughly what they raised. But Walsh has a definite cash advantage going into the final months.</p><p>No Democrats have recently notified the FEC that they intend to run in this district, which is considered solidly Republican under the new boundaries.</p><p><strong>NORTH CENTRAL STATE: Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District</strong></p><p>Youth vs. experience. Energy vs. stability. Freshman vs. ten-termer.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, elected just last year to the 11<sup>th </sup>District, would face fellow Republican Donald Manzullo if the new map holds. Kinzinger will be just 34 when voters go to the polls in March, when the primary rolls around. Manzullo, who’s represented much of the district since 1993, will be just shy of his 68<sup>th</sup> birthday. And there’s going to be a lot of money around to buy up Rockford airtime.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>GOP primary IL 16</th><th>Cash as of July 1</th><th>Third quarter raised</th><th>Third quarter spent</th><th>Cash as of September 30</th></tr><tr><td>Adam Kinzinger</td><td style="text-align: right;">$431,511.86</td><td style="text-align: right;">$212,258.19</td><td style="text-align: right;">$76,757.82</td><td style="text-align: right;">$567,012.23</td></tr><tr><td>Don Manzullo</td><td style="text-align: right;">$222,994.33</td><td style="text-align: right;">$320,392.15</td><td style="text-align: right;">$59,392.07</td><td style="text-align: right;">$483,994.41</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Manzullo really stepped up his game this quarter, but trails Kinzinger due to the freshman's aggressive fundraising earlier in the term.</p><p>No Democrats have recently filed with the FEC to run in this solidly Republican district.</p><p><strong>OTHERS</strong></p><p>Keep an eye on the 11<sup>th </sup>District - though for the general election, not the primary. Former Congressman Bill Foster, a Democrat defeated last year by Hultgren, is looking for a comeback as the party's presumed nominee. He raised nearly $300k these past few months, and has $552,588.36 on hand. And he'll need it, as his likely GOP competition is flush.</p><p>If the map holds, he'll probably face Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, whose 13<sup>th </sup>District was relocated to the southern half of the state, and whose Hinsdale home got swallowed up in Congressman Mike Quigley’s 5<sup>th </sup>District, which extends all the way to Chicago’s North Side. Biggert took in nearly as much as Foster did in the third quarter, but started with a bulging bank account. She now has $886,412.29 at the ready.</p></p> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 17:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-2012-congressional-money-race-93125