[ • 6 Jul 2019 • No Comment]
The first set of Democratic debates may realign the top five candidates but gives no sign that any bottom tier player will burst out of that pack to threaten leaders Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris or Pete Buttigieg. Conventional wisdom is that Harris was the breakout winner of the two-day panderfest because she wounded front-runner Biden while Warren glided though her less contentious evening and Sanders treaded water. I am not yet ready to say that Biden was fatally...

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[ • 6 Jul 2019 • No Comment]
Two men who allegedly tagged “The Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park early on July 2nd were each ordered held on $10,000 bail after Cook County Judge David Navarro said he “[takes] offense at these offenses, these crimes that were alleged.” Neither Rey Ortega nor Tino Guzman, both 20, has a criminal record. And Guzman isn’t even charged with painting the sculpture. He’s accused of spray painting a nearby bench. But, because Navarro was “offended,” they sat in jail needing much more...

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[ • 19 Jun 2019 • No Comment]
As we approach next week’s Democratic debates, recent polling shows that despite Joe Biden’s consistent double-digit lead, a majority of Democratic voters prefers a clear-cut progressive rather than a mainstream, institutional liberal candidate as personified by the former veep.    Virtually all the national and state polls show that when you add the numbers for the three outspoken progressives–Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris–they top Biden’s...

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[ • 19 Jun 2019 • No Comment ]
James Thompson, governor of Illinois from 1977 to 1991, and his wife, Jayne, last week sold a condo not only for less than they paid for it in 2008, but for less than the prior owners paid for it in May 2000. “It’s a different market now,” the former governor told Crain’s. He added that the finishes in the condo have not been updated since the building was new, in 2000. Together, the slow current real estate market and the need for updating “account for the price,” he said. Read more...


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[ • 11 Jun 2019 • No Comment ]
From the Evanston Patch The former mansion of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and First Lady MK Pritzker returned to the market Sunday in north Evanston with an asking price of $2.7 million amid ongoing foreclosure proceedings on the property. The governor and his wife purchased the property for $1.025 million in 1993, selling it for $4.1 million in 2007 — the same year they bought the second of their two contiguous mansions on Astor Place in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. That home’s...


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[ • 31 May 2019 • No Comment ]
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Keynote FireEye Cyber Defense Summit World’s leading cyber security experts, government officials and executives collaborate to solve for tomorrow’s risks, today.
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[ • 30 May 2019 • No Comment ]
Chicago’s longest serving alderman, Ed Burke, was indicted Thursday in a federal bribery case. Alderman Burke was charged in a criminal complaint four months ago in connection with his alleged shakedowns at a Burger King in his ward. Now, he’s been indicted by a federal grand jury — a 19 count indictment — that alleges corruption in that Burger King deal and two other projects outside his ward. The racketeering and bribery charges against Burke say that in addition to trying...


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[ • 30 May 2019 • No Comment ]
   The producers of its Sunday morning talk show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” are set to inflict us regularly with the “insights” of a pair of the most obnoxious former office-holders in a nation filled with obnoxious former office-holders.    I speak here of the recently departed neoliberal Democrat mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and the loud-mouthed, conservative Republican ex-governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie–both of whom left office with their ratings...


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[ • 24 May 2019 • No Comment ]
Barack Obama and Donald Trump were unelectable until they got elected. In past decades, Catholics and divorced men were considered unelectable until they were. Now, some folks question the electability of women and LGBTQ candidates.   “Electable” and “electability” are the most savored words in this 23-candidate circus of a Democratic primary election. As noted almost everywhere, Democrats value a candidate who can defeat Trump above all else–whoever is the most...


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