Kanye West files pe­ti­tions in Illi­nois to run for pres­i­dent

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY RACHEL HINTON, STAFF RE­PORTER rhin­ton@sun­times.com | @rrhin­ton Con­tribut­ing: Lynn Sweet

Rap­per Kanye West, jump­ing in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign very late, filed pe­ti­tions to ap­pear on the Illi­nois 2020 bal­lot Mon­day min­utes be­fore the dead­line.

West, who was raised in Chicago, is not run­ning a na­tional cam­paign and is scram­bling to qual­ify for bal­lot sta­tus in states with dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments.

West, who had been a sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, said this month he broke with the pres­i­dent.

West filed in Illi­nois as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date just four min­utes be­fore the 5 p.m. dead­line Mon­day.

The rap­per filed a state­ment of can­di­dacy with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on July 16. That fil­ing, as well as his Illi­nois pe­ti­tions, lists an ad­dress in Cody, Wy­oming, that West bought last year, ac­cord­ing to the Cody En­ter­prise.

West filed 412 tra­di­tional pa­per sheets with orig­i­nal sig­na­tures, said Matt Di­et­rich, spokesman for the Illi­nois State Board of Elec­tions. Since West filed as an in­de­pen­dent, he was re­quired to turn in at least 2,500 sig­na­tures, 10% of the 25,000 sig­na­tures nor­mally needed to ap­pear on the bal­lot be­cause of the pan­demic.

A re­view of the pe­ti­tions shows some pages have one or two sig­na­tures and sign­ers come from coun­ties around the state like down­state Eff­in­g­ham County and Lee County, which is due west of Chicago.

At a cam­paign rally Sun­day, West said mar­i­juana should be free and said every­one who has a baby should get a mil­lion dol­lars, in an ef­fort to slow abor­tion.

He also ranted against his­tor­i­cal fig­ure Har­riet Tub­man dur­ing the rally, say­ing the Un­der­ground Rail­road con­duc­tor “never ac­tu­ally freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white peo­ple,” com­ments that drew shouts of op­po­si­tion from some in the crowd.

West also posted, then deleted, a se­ries of tweets claim­ing his wife, Kim Kar­dashian West, was try­ing to “bring a doc­tor to lock me up with a doc­tor,” ac­cord­ing to NPR.

West must sur­vive any ob­jec­tions to his pe­ti­tions. Ob­jec­tions must be filed by 5 p.m. July 27; the state’s board of elec­tions will cer­tify the Nov. 3 bal­lot at its meet­ing Aug. 21.

United Air­lines, re­port­ing on what it called “the most dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial quar­ter in its 94year his­tory,” said Tues­day it lost $1.6 bil­lion for the three months end­ing June 30 and is grad­u­ally re­duc­ing a cash burn of around $40 mil­lion per day.

Ad­justed to ex­clude spe­cial items, the sec­ond-quar­ter loss to­taled $2.6 bil­lion.

The Chicago-based air­line, which has said it will cut about 45% of its do­mes­tic work­force, in­sisted it is man­ag­ing its busi­ness bet­ter than other ma­jor car­ri­ers in the wake of the travel in­dus­try’s col­lapse due to COVID-19. United said rev­enue dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter fell 87% from the same pe­riod last year to $1.48 bil­lion.

It said that by the end of the cur­rent quar­ter, it ex­pects to re­duce its daily cash burn rate to about $25 mil­lion.

CEO Scott Kirby said the re­sults are dire but will beat those of com­peti­tors. “We ac­com­plished this by quickly and ac­cu­rately fore­cast­ing the im­pact that COVID would have on pas­sen­ger and cargo de­mand, ac­cu­rately match­ing our sched­ule to that re­duced de­mand, com­plet­ing the largest debt fi­nanc­ing deal in avi­a­tion his­tory, and cut­ting ex­penses across our busi­ness,” he said.

“We be­lieve this quick and ag­gres­sive ac­tion has po­si­tioned United to both sur­vive the COVID cri­sis and cap­i­tal­ize on con­sumer de­mand when it sus­tain­ably re­turns.”

United warned July 8 that it may fur­lough up to 36,000 of its front-line work­ers in the U.S. on Oct. 1. While it is of­fer­ing buy­outs to work­ers who want to leave vol­un­tar­ily, the com­pany said Tues­day only 6,000 have taken the deal. It has a ten­ta­tive fur­lough agree­ment with its pi­lots union.

The net loss amounted to $5.79 a share and com­pares with a sec­ond-quar­ter profit of $1.47 bil­lion, $4.02 a share, a year ago. The ad­justed net loss was $9.31 a share and was slightly ahead of ex­pec­ta­tions of an­a­lysts polled by Zacks In­vest­ment Re­search. The air­line’s rev­enues also were slightly higher than ex­pec­ta­tions.

Ex­ec­u­tives are due to dis­cuss the re­sults in a con­fer­ence call with an­a­lysts Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

United said the com­pany’s liq­uid­ity to­tals about $15 bil­lion, bol­stered by more than $16 bil­lion in debt of­fer­ings, stock is­suances and grants and loans un­der the fed­eral CARES Act.

The com­pany said its oper­at­ing ca­pac­ity was down 88% from the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019.

It said it ex­pects to op­er­ate at 35% of ca­pac­ity dur­ing the cur­rent quar­ter and will con­tinue to eval­u­ate and can­cel flights on a rolling 60-day ba­sis un­til it sees de­mand perk up. But the com­pany said it ex­pects pas­sen­ger loads to be re­duced un­til there is a widely avail­able treat­ment or vac­cine for COVID-19.

Last week, Delta Air Lines re­ported a $5.7 bil­lion loss for its sec­ond quar­ter. Amer­i­can and Southwest air­lines are due to re­port re­sults Thursday.

In Tues­day’s trad­ing, United shares fin­ished at $33.07, up 2.3% for the day, and its share rose slightly in af­ter-mar­ket busi­ness. United an­nounced its earn­ings af­ter the mar­ket’s close.

LAUREN PETRACCA IPETRACCA/THE POST AND COURIER VIA AP

Kanye West cam­paigns Sun­day in North Charleston, South Carolina.

DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP

United Air­lines said it is re­duc­ing its cash burn of around $40 mil­lion a day. The com­pany said 6,000 work­ers have taken buy­out offers.

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