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Back in August, Gov. Bruce Rauner used social media to tout receiving the endorsement of the political arm of the motorcycle-advocacy group ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) and was lauded by the group’s chairman for “including the motorcycle community in relevant discussions.”
But on Monday, the group posted on its Facebook site that it had yanked its backing for the motorcycle-riding GOP governor who most recently sported his cycle vest at President Donald Trump’s rally in Murphysboro last weekend.
In a statement, Mike Fisher, the PAC’s chairman, said the group was disappointed in Rauner’s recent approval of an executive order “opening Illinois roads to autonomous vehicles with no safeguards.”
“It has been our policy when working with elected officials on issues to hear what they say but see what they do,” Fisher said.
“We believe that the governor’s actions are a serious departure from discussions and intentions communicated to our committee and represent a danger to the lives of motorcyclists on Illinois roadways,” he said.
ABATE’s legislative coordinator, Josh Witkowski, accused Rauner and the state Department of Transportation of putting “motorcyclists’ lives at risk by turning Illinois roads into a field experiment for an unproven technology still in its infancy while providing very few safeguards to the public.”
ABATE has influence among its members, who tend to be more conservative Downstate — the same constituency Rauner has sought to rally after his near-upset in the March GOP primary for governor. (Rick Pearson)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to announce a new scientific initiative. Later, he’s scheduled to speak at the Chicago-Israel Health Tech Innovation Summit.
*Gov. Rauner is scheduled to get his flu shot in the morning in Chicago. He has campaign stops scheduled in Markham, Wood Dale and Palatine.
From the notebook
*Rauner, Sanguinetti appear in new ad: Gov. Rauner and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti are in a new campaign ad in which they list what they consider to be their first term accomplishments and ask for another four years.
The list includes the governor touting, “Rauner: Restored freedom of speech for public employees.” That’s a reference to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in an Illinois case that determined nonmembers no longer had to pay so-called fair share costs for collective bargaining to public employee unions.
Sanguinetti also touts that Rauner “vetoed sanctuary laws.” This is a touchy subject for the governor as he has taken a harder line on immigration as he seeks to woo conservative Republicans.
Rauner did veto bills aimed at giving broader protections to people who are in the country illegally, but he also signed the “Trust Act,” which prevents people from being detained solely on the basis of their immigration status without a judicial court order. Rauner’s critics have labeled it “sanctuary” legislation. (Rick Pearson)
*Raoul touts endorsements: Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul, the party’s nominee for attorney general, is up with a new ad touting his newspaper endorsements as well as backing from former President Barack Obama.
Raoul succeeded Obama in the state Senate. He is facing Republican Erika Harold of Urbana to replace retiring Attorney General Lisa Madigan. (Rick Pearson)
What we’re writing
*In final attorney general forum, Kwame Raoul says he’ll fight President Trump; Erika Harold says she’ll pursue corruption.
*U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida stumps for Rep. Peter Roskam in bellwether suburban House race.
*Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico backs legalized marijuana, casino to address city finances.
*Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar announces run for city treasurer.
*City Council panel rejects plan to create civilian police oversight board that could fire Chicago police.
*Judge allows cameras for trial of three Chicago cops charged with covering up for Van Dyke.
*Election 2018: A bigger role for the Lake County treasurer?
*Will County District 11 voters to elect 2 new board members; District 9 candidates want road improvements in Will County.
What we’re reading
*Member of Lombard synagogue lost 2 brothers in Pittsburgh mass shooting.
*Where will Bryce Harper play in 2019? The Cubs are leading contenders.