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[31 Dec 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

In the midst of its epic mismanagement of
Cook County government, the Todd Stroger
administration was caught in an embarrassing lie last
week when one of his political hires attempted to get
cute with a radio talk show host.
But Andre Garner’s feeble effort at deceit isn’t close
to being the biggest lie by the Stroger camp. The
biggest fallacy Stroger is trying to foist on the
public is that county commissioners Forrest Claypool
and Tony Peraica want to trim ten percent from the
2008 county budget.
What the two commissioners actually have proposed is a
modest two percent cut of the …

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[31 Dec 2007 | 314 Comments | ]

The Tribune published a not very well thought out Op-Ed by Tracey Barnett, pumping “Republic 2.0″, a not very well thought out book by University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein.
Sunstein’s claim is that people filter information they want to read using technical tools on the internet, blocking out opposing opinion.
Of course this isn’t even close to a novel thought (or true for that matter, read a comments section sometime and tell me you can’t find differences of opinion), but the Trib did something to make it all the more …

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[30 Dec 2007 | One Comment | ]

A Cook County judge is allowing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to intervene as a third party in a lawsuit that challenges Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s authority to expand a government health-care program without lawmakers’ approval.
Opposing Blagojevich in the lawsuit are Riverside attorney Richard Caro, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ronald Gidwitz and Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. They say the Democratic governor overstepped his authority by expanding a program the General Assembly did not fund.

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[28 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

DePaul University should be stripped of its designation as a “Catholic” university.
And not just for the reason that makes it no different from all other.
Sure, as with many other venerable Catholic schools, it waters down the teachings of the Church into a one-of-many options-an amalgam of views-without singling out any one objective truth. That goes for most of the colleges called “Catholic.” But with DePaul there are decidedly other factors, as this long study engaged by me-a former DePaul graduate student and an adjunct professor there and at a host …

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[27 Dec 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan formally intervened Thursday in a lawsuit that effectively pits allies of her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, against Gov. Rod Blagojevich in a political and legal dispute over health care spending.

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[27 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion intervene on December 26, 2007 as a plantiff in Richard Caro and Ron Gidwitz constitutional case agains Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Read the Lisa Madigan motion here.
The Shriver Poverty Law Center has also filed a motion to intervene, as a defendent in this case.
Read the Poverty Law Center Motion Here.
Here is the link for all Chicago Daily Observer Coverage of the Richard Caro vs. Rod Blagojevich Case.
Stay tuned to the Chicago Daily Observer for more on the Caro Lawsuit.

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[27 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

I’m wrapping up my proctoscopic series on all the presidential candidates with this four-fer-one column on the remaining Republicans who—though in some cases not without interest—are totally hopeless and do not merit much more attention. (See, I can do political-editorial triage just like the mainstream media.)
In many ways the most successful of the also-rans just dropped out of the race. He is U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, now completing his 5th House term. Of course, that’s two terms more than he pledged to serve: He was Colorado’s champion …

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[27 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

I’m wrapping up my proctoscopic series on all the presidential candidates with this four-fer-one column on the remaining Republicans who—though in some cases not without interest—are totally hopeless and do not merit much more attention. (See, I can do political-editorial triage just like the mainstream media.)
In many ways the most successful of the also-rans just dropped out of the race. He is U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, now completing his 5th House term. Of course, that’s two terms more than he pledged to serve: He was Colorado’s champion …

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[25 Dec 2007 | One Comment | ]

I have a few Christmas traditions that are strictly followed. A live tree; I “hide” candy in plain site, say on the roof of the gingerbread house, and see how long it takes for my kids to find it; and from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, we only watch Christmas movies, and we watch lots of them. That’s probably our most significant tradition of all.
A brief point of disclaimer: though I’m an evangelical, and while I think the move from calling “Christmas” to “the …

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[24 Dec 2007 | 5 Comments | ]

Newspapers are dead. They didn’t have to be, but their window of opportunity closed long ago. — Steve Rhodes, Beachwood Reporter, a blog.
“I’m sick and tired of listening to everybody talk about and commiserate over the end of newspapers. They ain’t ended, they’re not going to end and I think they have a great future.” – Sam Zell, new Tribune Co. boss.
My money is on Sam. And my apologies to Zell for mentioning Rhodes in the same breathe.
Rhodes apparently doesn’t catch the irony of pronouncing newspapers DOA, while he …