WBEZ | Dan Hynes http://www.wbez.org/tags/dan-hynes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel hires Tom Hynes' son as top lobbyist http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-hires-tom-hynes-son-top-lobbyist-86418 <p><p>Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has hired the son of a longtime Democratic official to be the city's top lobbyist.</p><p>Matthew Hynes worked for the Emanuel campaign as a consultant, and will now direct the new mayor's "Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs."</p><p>A lawyer for the past 14 years, Hynes is the brother of ex-Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, and the son of Thomas Hynes, the former state Senate president and Cook County assessor. He's worked with his dad in recent years in a law office that lobbies city and state officials. Their clients include DePaul University and CME group, the parent of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.</p><p>Matthew Hynes himself was registered with the city as a lobbyist as recently as last fall, though he's not listed on the most recent registry.</p><p>Emanuel on Wednesday also announced other top staff members, including Teresa Mintle from the Chicago Transit Authority, as his chief of staff.</p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 10:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-hires-tom-hynes-son-top-lobbyist-86418 Unwanted publicity: Emanuel's Blagojevich trial headache http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/unwanted-publicity-emanuels-blagojevich-trial-headache-85357 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-18/51183398.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's second corruption trial begins Wednesday. And it's likely to once again put a lot of attention on Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago's mayor-elect.</p><p>Emanuel was never called to testify last summer and has not been accused of wrongdoing. But his name came up repeatedly at trial, including in some secretly-recorded phone calls.</p><p>Jurors heard Emanuel's name an awful lot during the first trial. They heard about a scheme in which Blagojevich allegedly tried to shake down then-Congressman Emanuel for fundraising help.</p><p>And Emanuel popped up again in testimony about the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Emanuel, who was then the soon-to-be White House chief of staff, got in the debate about who Blagojevich should appoint. In a taped phone call from November 2008, Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris told the governor he got a call from lobbyist John Wyma, on behalf of Emanuel.</p><p>HARRIS: Rahm asked him to deliver the message that [the] president-elect would be very pleased if you appointed Valerie...</p><p>Valerie is Valerie Jarrett, an Obama confidante.</p><p>HARRIS: ...and he would be thankful and appreciate. Those are the operative words.<br> BLAGOJEVICH: Uh huh.<br> HARRIS: And I said, 'Okay. I will deliver the message.'</p><p>Harris and Blagojevich then chat about what the governor can redeem for that "appreciation."</p><p>BLAGOJEVICH: Okay, so we know he wants her. They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [BLEEP] them. You know what I mean?</p><p>In a phone call one day later, Harris tells Blagojevich he got another call, from Emanuel himself this time.</p><p>HARRIS: Yeah, I just got a call from Rahm.</p><p>Things had changed. Valerie Jarrett no longer wanted to be considered for the Senate, and Emanuel was talking about new candidates.</p><p>HARRIS: He gave us four names that the president would find acceptable.<br> BLAGOJEVICH: Who are they?<br> HARRIS: Not in any rank order.<br> BLAGOJEVICH: Who are they?<br> HARRIS: Jesse Jackson, Jr.<br> BLAGOJEVICH: Go ahead.<br> HARRIS:Jan Schakowsky.<br> BLAGOJEVICH: Yeah.<br> HARRIS: Tammy Duckworth.<br> BLAGOJEVICH:Yeah.<br> HARRIS: Dan Hynes.</p><p>The discussions between Emanuel and Blagojevich and his staff were briefly outlined in <a href="http://change.gov/page/-/hem5zet3nalm2/2008%2012%2023%20PTT%20Contacts%20Memo.pdf">a report</a> prepared for the Obama transition office in December 2008. The report says Emanuel talked by phone personally to Blagojevich "one or two" times about the Senate seat, and to John Harris "about four" times.</p><p>The report says no one in the transition was aware Blagojevich was trying to get anything "personal" in exchange for the appointment. Speaking to reporters in late 2008, Greg Craig, the attorney who wrote the report, said Emanuel was not aware of Blagojevich's alleged efforts until after the ex-governor was arrested.</p><p>CRAIG: There was no reason for Rahm to suspect there was any effort going on - at least with him, and he knew of no other effort with anybody else - to negotiate some <em>quid pro quo</em> in exchange for the Senate appointment.</p><p>But Emanuel himself has said he was aware Blagojevich was looking for something in return for appointing a candidate preferred by the president-elect. At a press conference during the mayoral campaign, in February, he recounted a conversation with a Blagojevich "representative."</p><p>EMANUEL: The governor's representative said, 'What's in it for us?' And I responded that 'You'll get thanks and appreciation.' And I think you also know how the governor responded to the word 'appreciation.' That's been detailed over two years ago, in the report. (<em>audio courtesy of <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Blagojevich-Wants-Phone-Calls--115552979.html">NBC-5 Chicago</a>)</em></p><p>But that is not in the Obama transition report. There's not a word in the report about a Blagojevich representative asking "What's in it for us," and not a word about Emanuel answering "you'll get thanks and appreciation." A similar conversation, though, was described at the trial.</p><p>An Emanuel spokesperson declined to comment on the apparent misstatement.</p><p>But specifics like that may matter in court. Sheldon Sorosky is an attorney for Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>SOROSKY: Let me say this clearly: There has never been any allegation that Mayor Emanuel - or Mayor-elect Emanuel - has ever done anything wrong.</p><p>Blagojevich has said that Emanuel offered to negotiate a deal between the governor and House Speaker Mike Madigan. Madigan's daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, would get the Senate seat. And Blagojevich would get legislative concessions from the speaker.</p><p>Sorosky could call Emanuel to testify about that in the upcoming trial. And the mayoral election results, he says, will have no impact on his decision.</p><p>SOROSKY: Absolutely not. Abso...<br> REPORTER: Do you plan to?<br> SOROSKY: Oh, we don't know yet.<br> REPORTER: Well, surely...<br> SOROSKY: But I want you to know our legal team was evenly divided on voting for and against the new mayor.</p><p>Unlike during the first trial when he was working in the White House, away from the Chicago press corps, these proceedings come at a time when Emanuel will likely hold regular press conferences. So whether or not he's asked questions about Blagojevich in court, he will face them from reporters.</p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/unwanted-publicity-emanuels-blagojevich-trial-headache-85357 The Election File Voting Guide: Down-ballot Illinois races http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-down-ballot-illinois-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/topinka web.png" alt="" /><p><div style="text-align: center;"><img width="280" height="195" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-28/topinka web.png" alt="" title="" /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">By now you are no doubt well aware of the policy and stylistic differences between Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Bill Brady. And let&rsquo;s just go out on a limb and say you&rsquo;ve heard all you need to hear about state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias&rsquo; &ldquo;mob loans&rdquo; and Congressman Mark Kirk&rsquo;s military record &ldquo;lies.&rdquo; But next Tuesday you&rsquo;ll be asked to weigh-in on a bunch of other races, as well &ndash; ones you may have heard little &ndash; or nothing, perhaps &ndash; about. Our bad. We only have so much air time to cover so many contested offices. But let&rsquo;s try to make up for it now, with this quick guide to some down-ballot races on the state level.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We&rsquo;ve listed the candidates in alphabetical order, and included links to their campaign websites, money filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections and any endorsements they received from the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> or <i>Daily Herald</i>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><b>Attorney General</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>Two-term incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/madigan-explains-decision-stay-put">opted last summer not to run</a> for the U.S. Senate, or for governor. The daughter of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan cited family concerns and a love for her current office. Republican Joe Birkett, the state&rsquo;s attorney of DuPage County, originally planned to challenge her, but <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/birkett-explains-decision-leave-ag-race">then thought better of it</a>. Madigan destroyed her challengers in a recent <i>Chicago Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a>, and has swept the Chicago-area newspaper endorsements.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>David Black of Belvidere, Green: <a href="http://www.blackforattorneygeneral.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Steve Kim of Northbrook, Republican: <a href="http://www.stevekimforag.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24175">money</a></li><li>Lisa Madigan of Chicago, Democrat: <a href="http://www.lisamadigan.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=12953">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2810968,CST-EDT-edit18a.article"><i>Sun-Times</i> endorsement</a>, <i><a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199933/">Daily Herald<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, interview</li><li>Bill Malan of Chicago, Libertarian: <a href="http://www.bill4ag.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=25107">money</a></li></ul></blockquote> <div><b>Secretary of State</b></div><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="280" height="195" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-28/white web.png" alt="" title="" /></p><div>Democrat Jesse White has been Secretary of State since 1999, when then-incumbent George Ryan ascended to the governor&rsquo;s mansion. He&rsquo;s running this year for a fourth term, and <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/jesse-white-running-re-election">has said it would likely to be his last one</a>. A recent <i>Chicago Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a> found White more than 50 percentage points ahead of his closest challenger.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>Robert Enriquez of Aurora, Republican: <a href="http://www.ilstatesec.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24002">money</a></li><li>Josh Hanson of Wheaton, Libertarian: <a href="http://joshhanson2010.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Jesse White of Chicago, Democrat: <a href="http://www.jessewhite2010.com/home">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=13211">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2810968,CST-EDT-edit18a.article"><i>Sun-Times</i> endorsement</a>, <i><a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199931/">Daily Herald<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i></li></ul></blockquote> <div><i>Note:</i> The Green Party&rsquo;s slated candidate, Adrian Frost, withdrew from the race.</div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div><b>Comptroller</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>When Dan Hynes challenged Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for governor, he created a vacancy in the office that cuts the checks for the state of Illinois. This is an <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/illinois-billions-unpaid-bills-who-gets-paid-and-when">especially difficult job right now</a>, what with the state&rsquo;s checking account approaching dangerously low balances. The race to succeed Hynes is marked by the political return of Republican Judy Baar Topinka, who is a former state treasurer and 2006 Blagojevich casualty. She leads in the recent <i>Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a> by more than 30 points.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>Julie Fox of Dundee, Libertarian: <a href="http://www.foxforcomptroller.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24093">money</a></li><li>David Miller of Lynwood, Democrat: <a href="http://www.davidmillerforillinois.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24177">money</a></li><li>R. Erika Schafer of Chicago, Green: <a href="http://www.electerika2010.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Judy Baar Topinka of Riverside, Republican: <a href="http://www.judybaartopinka.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24176">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, <i><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2787528,CST-EDT-edit10a.article">Sun-Times<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a>, <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199935/">Daily Herald <span style="font-style: normal;">endorsement</span></a></i></li></ul></blockquote> <div><b>Treasurer</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>In 2006, Judy Baar Topinka left the treasurer&rsquo;s office in favor of a campaign for governor. Four years later, her successor, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias picked a campaign for the U.S. Senate over another four years as treasurer. With the office again up for grabs, Republican state Sen. Dan Rutherford is locked in a tight race against Democrat Robin Kelly, according to the recent <i>Chicago Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a>. Kelly is the de-facto incumbent in this election, since she&rsquo;s served as Giannoulias&rsquo; chief of staff.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>Robin Kelly of Matteson, Democrat: <a href="http://www.robinfortreasurer.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=23457">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2787530,CST-EDT-edit10b.article">Sun-Times<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i></li><li>James Pauly of Chicago, Libertarian: <a href="http://pauly4illinois.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, Republican: <a href="http://www.danrutherford.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24178">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a>, <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199929/">Daily Herald <span style="font-style: normal;">endorsement</span></a></i></li><li>Scott Summers of Harvard, Green: <a href="http://www.summersfortreasurer.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=25028">money</a></li></ul></blockquote> <div><b>Illinois General Assembly</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 287px; height: 287px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-28/general assembly.png" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Democrats currently hold a 37 to 22 majority in the Illinois Senate. Republicans expect to narrow that gap, but even in their wildest dreams don&rsquo;t imagine taking control of the chamber. GOP leaders are dreaming, though, of grabbing the Speaker&rsquo;s gavel from Mike Madigan in the Illinois House. It won&rsquo;t be easy; they would need to pick up a net of 12 seats.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you don&rsquo;t know who represents you in the legislature, plug your address into the state board of elections&rsquo; <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx">website</a>. Most candidates for the legislature will have a website. You can also see who&rsquo;s funding their campaigns <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateSearch.aspx">here</a>, and read who the newspapers are endorsing (<i><a href="http://elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/">Chicago Tribune</a>, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2814930,sun-times-endorsements-101910.article">Chicago Sun-Times</a>, <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101027/discuss/710289957/">Daily Herald</a></i>).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Still to come</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is the third installment of our general election voting guides. Here are the others:</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li><b>Tuesday:</b> <a href="../../../../../../blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-should-i-%E2%80%98retain%E2%80%99-these-judges-or-boot-them">judicial elections</a></li><li><b>Wednesday: </b><a href="../../../../../../blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-blagojevich-inspired-constitutional-amendment">proposed constitutional amendment on recall</a></li><li><b>Today:</b> down-ballot Illinois races</li><li><b>Friday:</b> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-cook-county%E2%80%99s-down-ballot-races">down-ballot Cook County races</a></li><li><b>Next Monday:</b> what to do if you don&rsquo;t like any of the candidates</li></ul></blockquote></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-down-ballot-illinois-races Dan Hynes has his head in the game http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2008/08/dan-hynes-has-his-head-in-the-game/404 <p>IL Comptroller Daniel Hynes is speaking tonight at the Pepsi Center as part of a number of Illinois featured speakers. We'll have all the speeches on our site. I caught up with him after the IL delegation breakfast meeting to ask if he had his head in the game for tonight's speech and if he could spill the beans on what his kick-off joke might be... <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="425" height="344" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mlXLF36iMsI&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mlXLF36iMsI&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> Here's audio of Hynes' speech to the DNC: <a href="http://audio.wbez.org/cityroom/2008/08/cityroom_20080825_jkaufmann_1921338_DNC_.mp3">cityroom_20080825_jkaufmann_1921338_DNC_.mp3</a></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2008/08/dan-hynes-has-his-head-in-the-game/404