[ • 4 May 2016 • No Comment]
The family financing the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago has effectively pulled the plug on the $700 million facility. In a statement released late today, Mellody Hobson, wife of famed movie director and museum patron George Lucas, talked in the past tense about the museum’s prospects here, and cast bitter blame on Friends of the Parks, the civic group which earlier in the day said it would oppose any plan to locate the project on the lakefront, as Lucas wants. “My...

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[ • 3 May 2016 • No Comment]
The last time I saw Paris was the spring of 2014. I didn’t get there in 2015–the first year I missed in more than two decades. My absence, however, had nothing to do with the Charlie Hebdo and subsequent terrorist attacks. I returned  two weeks ago  mainly because I missed the city’s beauty, its art and food–I’ve been in love with them since 1954–but  also  to see what imprint  the terrorist attacks had left on the city and its people. Tourism dropped significantly...

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[ • 29 Apr 2016 • No Comment]
From the Tribune Letters in support of Dennis Hastert Forty-one of the 60 letters submitted in support of Dennis Hastert in advance of his sentencing on hush money charges were released on April 22, 2016. Jean Hastert p. 2 Joshua Hastert p. 4 Ethan Hastert p. 7 Dale Hastert p. 11 Chris Hastert p. 14 Dale Anderson p. 16 Gregory Busch p. 19 Mike Chapman p. 21 James Coulas p. 23 Tom Delay p. 25 Theodore DeRousse Jr. p. 27 Therese DesCoteaux p. 29 John DeWolfe p. 32 John Doolittle p. 34 David Dreier...

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[ • 29 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
Problem and Solution—II “Swedish Govt Spends Millions Telling Citizens to Eat Insects to End Global Warming”—headline, Breitbart.com, April 28 “Whistleblower: Cockroaches Served for Dinner at Chicago-Area VA Hospital”—headline, ConservativeReview.com, April 27 Read more in the WSJ image Edward Hines Sr.
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[ • 28 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
From Reuters Illinois stripped former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert of his teacher’s pension on Wednesday, but his sentencing for a federal financial crime linked to past sex abuse will not cost him a second, more lucrative state pension. The state Teachers’ Retirement System moved swiftly after Hastert’s sentencing by ending his $16,622-a-year annuity from 16 years of teaching in a far western suburb of Chicago, where the sexual abuse to which he admitted occurred. But...


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[ • 27 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
Almost twenty-five years ago, President Reagan went to the British House of Commons and said “freedom and democracy will leave Marxism and Leninism on the ash heap of history.” Reagan chose his words carefully, using a phrase – the ash heap of history – very similar to the one used by the Russian Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky against his political enemies. Within a decade, the Berlin Wall was no more and neither was the Soviet Union. Now it appears OPEC, another nemesis of the US from...


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[ • 26 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
PARIS–Enjoying a respite here before the final run of primaries and caucuses confirm Hillary Clinton as most likely Democratic nominee and Donald Trump as the GOP choice–though it is still possible he will not gather enough votes to make it on the first ballot. If he fails, all goes up for grabs and the convention gets chaotic–anything from riots to walkouts. But no matter which party you favor or which candidate within that party, you have to admit that the process of selecting...


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[ • 21 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
From the Daily Signal Democratic lawmakers appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood received more than $81,000 in campaign contributions from the organization since 1990, according to a study by the Media Research Center. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., was appointed as the committee’s ranking member.Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Jackie Speier, D-Calif.; Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; and Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., were...


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[ • 21 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
An employee of the City of Chicago’s Inspector General’s office, which investigates if city workers improperly live outside the city’s boundaries, resigned after being caught living in suburban Naperville. Inspector General Joe Ferguson admitted in his quarterly report released Monday that one of his own employees had violated the city’s residency requirement by living in Naperville, which is more than 30 miles from Chicago. Read more in DNAinfo image Field training session...


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