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[31 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

John Tillman, Chairman & CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, a group that makes frequent editorial contributions to the Chicago Daily Observer, will be a guest on WLS-890 tomorrow Wednesday, November 1 at 9AM.
Tillman will speak about the CTA and Illinois Budget with radio host, Jerry Agar.

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[31 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

When you open your door for “Trick-or-Treat” tonight, be afraid – be very afraid.
The little vixens may be there to haunt you.
Seriously. Newsweek magazine reports that this year, the sale of sexually provocative costumes to girls as young as 7 or 8 has skyrocketed. Think I’m kidding? Try “Miss-Behaved” the “Scar-let Pirate” and the “Child’s Chamber maid” costume.
Need the visual? Check this out.
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But you’ll probably get some of these little goblins at your house tonight anyway. They’ll be looking less like they want …

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[31 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Given the lousy search functions for the Tribune and SunTimes, it is hard to tell whether our major local print newspapers have neglected to cover an issue, or just have another bug.
However, after an hour searching, I can find no mention of Title 10, Chapter 8 of the Municipal Code banning distribution of free “newspapers, periodicals and directories” in any Chicago daily newspaper, which is an ordinance that passsed the City Council 50-0. Sponsored by great American Manny Flores, no less.
So, here is a short list of banned …

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[30 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

John Powers, President of The Chicago Daily Observer will be the guest on Bruno Behrend’s Extreme Wisdom Radio Show Wednesday at 11 in the morning.
Be sure to catch the Chicago Daily Observer on the air at 1220AM on your radio, Wednesday October 31.
Topics will include Immigration, Education, and Local Media Coverage.

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[30 Oct 2007 | 5 Comments | ]

Keep Your Hands Where They Belong—Off our Propagandizing for
Gay Rights No Matter What the Church Says.
But Understand We Intend to Keep Mis-Advertising that We’re a Catholic University, Caveat Empteor!
DePaul President Reverend Dennis Holtschneider, C. M. responded last week to The Catholic New World column written by Francis Cardinal George critical of the university for promoting the “Out There” conference for teachers and students to make them “sensitive” to homosexual behavior. While the archbishop stressed the obligations of all Christians not to be hateful to others on grounds of sexual orientation, …

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[30 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

The first thing you need to know about Mayor Daley’s budget, released on October 10, is that it’s nothing more than a projection. The mayor’s bean counters calculate how much money the city can expect to take in through fees, fines, and taxes over the next year and balance that against the amount they plan to spend. If, one year later, the city brings in more or spends less than anticipated, there’s a surplus and taxpayers would theoretically get a refund (ha ha ha). If it brings in less or …

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[30 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

As the Oct. 29 filing deadline approaches, area political circles are awash with rumor, bluff, duplicity, deceit, and creeping paranoia – all the usual political nonsense.
Here’s an early summary:
In Chicago’s 50th Ward, which encompasses West Rogers Park, basic instincts are unsheathed and unrestrained.
From the perspective of 79-year old Bernie (who spells his name Berny) Stone, a fading political icon who has been alderman since 1973, the 2008 Democratic committeeman race is all about self-perpetuation. If he loses his committeeman’s post, he’ll be a political eunuch, unable to either plausibly run …

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[30 Oct 2007 | No Comment | ]

Even though all the Founding Fathers pretended that they hated the media (which then meant newspapers and tract publishing) each of them had their very own newspaper supporters and nearly all paid for tracts that supported their viewpoints and policies to be published. These tracts and newspapers were usually subscription supported, but sometimes they were freely distributed. Flash forward to today in Chicago. Today, thanks to a law ushered in the back door right under everyone’s noses, it is illegal to distribute free newspapers. Were the Founders alive today, Richard …

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[29 Oct 2007 | One Comment | ]

They serve and protect—each other.
Chicago has its share of brutal cops, racist cops, crooked cops and corrupt cops—maybe more, maybe fewer than a lot of other towns—but they certainly don’t represent the police force as a whole.
That’s a given—but we do have a systemic corruption problem.
That problem is the way the city and the department protect wrongdoers through a conspiracy of silence. The Mob has a word for it—“omerta”—the blood oath of silence, meaning you don’t rat out your fellow Mafiosi. Unfortunately, that’s also the CPD watchword. They claim the …

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[29 Oct 2007 | One Comment | ]

Yesterday, The Chicago Tribune made the courageous and controversial decision to back a recall of Governor Blagojevich.
Great thoughts coming out of the tower at Michigan and Wacker: perhaps someone there read our editorial three days earlier suggesting the same thing.
Here is our column
http://cdobs.com/our-columns/recall-readcan-blagojevich-stroger-and-daley/
Much like the 1990’s TV Show Early Edition, you can read the original ideas behind Tribune editorials three days before they think of it, right here at the Chicago Daily Observer.