[ • 29 Sep 2014 • No Comment]
Regardless of what top U.S. military officials might advise, Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday he does not expect any American troops to conduct ground combat to take on the Islamic State as long as Barack Obama is president. “I think the president’s premise on this is right. We cannot, should not, will not do this alone. We are not going to send in combat troops, but we will coordinate and work with a multinational group that includes Arab and Muslim states that are trying to bring peace and order...

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[ • 27 Sep 2014 • No Comment]
As the Chicago Tribune ponders Eric Holder’s legacy as a “reformer” here is the great reformer himself, Eric Holder, making his legacy in Rosemont.From the 20 OCTOBER 2011 Chicago Daily Observer The Sun Times may have forgotten who was negotiating with Cellini, Rezko, and Rosenberg for the Rosemont Casino license With the jury present, Rosenberg told Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner of a longtime, close business friendship with Cellini, a Springfield power broker accused...

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[ • 26 Sep 2014 • No Comment]
What about our waterways? We hear less concern about the state of our aquatic transportation infrastructure. Many forget that Chicago’s status as the nation’s transportation hub is rooted in the era when most goods moved by water. Its rise from remote trading post to mid-continent metropolis began when immigrant laborers arrived to dig the Illinois & Michigan Canal, which connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Fewer still appreciate the continuing...

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[ • 25 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Every coin, like every historical (or even not so historical) event, has two sides. You can choose which side to focus on – the positive or the negative. For example, some choose to view the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Alibaba – a Chinese company described as eBay, Amazon and PayPal, combined, which serves more than a quarter billion customers – as a negative. Yes, it’s a Chinese company, which means that foreigners are not allowed direct ownership. Shareholders in the IPO own a Cayman...


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[ • 23 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Here is some revisionist history. Illinois is not necessarily the “Land of Lincoln.” It could just as plausibly be known as the “Land of the Stupid Voter” – about 1,736,731 of them. * That is the number of votes secured by Rod Blagojevich (D) for governor in 2006, after he relentlessly and mercilessly bashed his Republican opponent, Judy Baar Topinka. “What is she thinking?” his TV ads blared, as he spent $25 million in “pay-to-play”-raised funds to define Topinka as some kind of...


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[ • 22 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
From Points and Figures Why all the class warfare? When I was growing up, I never dreamed of living on government assistance. I used to ride my bike and run through Oak Brook and dream of owning one of those houses. I didn’t dream about creating a political machine. I dreamed about creating the next McDonald’s ($MCD). Many people I know are one issue voters. They vote on abortion, or social issues. I have news for them. When you can’t get a job, and you can’t support your family, no one...


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[ • 19 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Let’s imagine a college basketball team had a 13-1 record in conference play and was 26-4, overall, going into the NCAA tournament. You might assume it gets a top seed in the tourney and is favored to go deep, maybe even reach the Final Four. But what if we told you the team was Harvard? They got a 12th seed in the tourney. No one is, or was, knocking Harvard. The Crimson had an awesome team last year, bumping off Cincinnati (a 5th seed) and then holding their own, until finally succumbing, to...


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[ • 17 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Pat Quinn is a totally and completely undisciplined individual who thinks this government is nothing but a large easel on which to do his PR work. He almost created a shambles in that department” Harold Washington, 1987
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[ • 17 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Like Captain Renault in “Casablanca,” reporters and advocates of Illinois’ medical marijuana program are shocked…shocked that Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner thinks the state should actually make some money off the licensing of growers and sellers. “I have to say that I am deeply troubled that he would treat this program as a money maker for the state,” Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m not sure he understands what the...


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