[ • 10 Oct 2018 • 2 Comments]
“What goes around comes around!” So goes the commonplace unveiled threat of reprisal from an uncommonplace individual in a very uncommonplace situation. I speak, of course, of Brett Kavanaugh’s tirade against Democrats and assorted other evil-doers who had the temerity to pose hard questions and actually (gasp) oppose his nomination to the highest court in the land. Even cynical old me was somewhat shocked to find a federal judge making threats against opponents. I haven’t...

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[ • 26 Sep 2018 • No Comment]
Apart from nail-biting over whether the damaged Cubs can maintain their slim lead in National League Central, Chicagoans seem to be getting more excited about the  Feb. 26 mayoral than the national midterms. Since Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run, some big names have been added to the dozen originals who thought they would be challenging the incumbent. The most consequential to join the fray is Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board and chair of the county Democratic party,...

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[ • 26 Sep 2018 • No Comment]
Top 5 Obama Foundation salaries The filing lists the group’s highest paid officers and their compensation: $862,055 for Executive Director Robbin Cohen. That includes a $300,000 bonus in 2017. She was not paid by the foundation in 2014, its first year. Her base salary is $662,055. $614,636 for CEO David Simas $378,519 for Chief Digital Officer Glenn Brown $292,044 for Civic Engagement Vice President Michael Strautmanis $256,903 for Chief Development (fundraising) Officer Jordan Kaplan The payroll...

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[ • 20 Sep 2018 • One Comment ]
They’re flipping faster than lightning.  One friend suggests that if Robert Mueller lands one more flipper the Republicans should change their symbol from an elephant to a dolphin. Indeed, the latest flipper, Paul Manafort, onetime chair of Donald Trump’s campaign, is likely to be the most devastating in what Trump still calls a “witch hunt.” If in fact there was a conspiracy or collusion with Russia, as much current evidence suggests, Manafort was almost certainly a part...


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[ • 20 Sep 2018 • 2 Comments ]
More more more on this story, here at The Hill, in addition to Sun-Times. From Sun-Times, in story headlined above: [The pastor, Fr] Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag was burned inside a portable fire pit placed the schoolyard next to the church. The ashes of the flag now rest in a church compost heap. “That banner and what it stood for doesn’t belong to the Archdiocese or Cardinal Cupich. It belongs to the people of this parish who paid for it,”...


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[ • 20 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
He’s 37. He has “Conservative Vice Lord” tattooed to his arm. He pleaded guilty to shooting a man in 1997. And he’s been sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison over the past 21 years. Yet, somehow, prosecutors say he was on the streets of Chicago, pulling a gun on an Uber driver near Rush & Division early Monday. His name is Percy Hicks. Police said the Uber driver had just dropped off a passenger and was sitting inside his car in the 100 block of West Elm around 2 a.m. when Hicks...


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[ • 19 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
The scope of an already massive Russia-linked money laundering case swelled Wednesday when Denmark’s largest bank said more than $230 billion in transactions flowed through its tiny Estonian branch, a larger amount than previously reported. Danske Bank Chief Executive Thomas Borgen resigned as the bank published results of a yearlong investigation into how its operation in the Baltic former Soviet Republic turned into a hub for illicit flows out of Russia and other ex-Soviet states into the West....


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[ • 18 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Pam Pursell, president of the Du Quoin Education Association of Illinois, told teachers in an email that if they want out, “You MUST write a personal letter of why you do not want to belong to our union.” She added that there “is NOT a form to fill out online,” and if the opt-out letter wasn’t received within a week, “you will become a [union] member.” State politicians are abetting this blatant political resistance to the Supreme Court. In anticipation of Janus, New Jersey Gov. Phil...


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[ • 17 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Two fresh hires at City Hall will help steer Chicago through the most momentous legal issue the city has faced in decades: reforming the Chicago Police Department. Tyeesha Dixon and Katie Hill this summer joined Chicago’s 280-attorney Law Department. Hill, 39, who most recently was policy director for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, will hold the department’s No. 2 job and report directly to Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel. Hill, who oversees all 15 of the department’s...


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