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[23 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

He didn’t call them racists this time.
But this week Mayor Daley chastised Gold Coast opponents of a helipad Children’s Memorial Hospital wants to build as part of a new facility on Chicago Avenue east of Michigan. Some area residents have raised concerns about the safety of helicopters taking off and landing from the area, which is packed with residential and commercial high-rises. The mayor, though, insinuated that their questions were petty next to the possibility that kids could be saved, according to the Sun-Times. “So, once in a while, we …

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[21 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

Sen. Tom Coburn has emerged as a one-man gridlock machine. The Oklahoma Republican single-handedly blocked or slowed more than 90 bills in 2007, driving lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to distraction

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[21 Dec 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

If Illinois state government had a nickel for every time an elected official claimed he or she was “willing to make the tough choices” needed to move the state forward, it probably wouldn’t be facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit today. Heck, in all likelihood, the state would have a huge surplus. Too frequently, however, this tough rhetoric is not followed up with action—especially when it comes to politically charged issues, like fiscal policy. This is problematic because, while the “tough decision” rhetoric is rarely translated to …

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[21 Dec 2007 | 4 Comments | ]

Can you remember when a Governor Moonbeam held office in California rather than Illinois? Our zany adolescent masquerading as a fifty-one year old has hit upon a new scheme to bolster his sagging popularity with the electorate: Blagojevich is reported to be considering purchasing venerable Wrigley field and assigning its operations to the habitually inept Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.
Since the State of Illinois cannot attend to its most basic responsibilities, Blagojevich feels that an afternoon at the ballpark is just the cure for what ails us. Moreover, …

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[20 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

Filing as independent taxpayers of Illinois, businessman Ron Gidwitz, Illinois Manufacturers Association President Greg Baise, and Riverside lawyer Richard Caro have joined in a single lawsuit vs. the Blagojevich Administration.
In court action Tuesday, Caro, joined by lawyers from the firm of Ungaretti & Harris presented a complaint and request for a temporary restraining order to restrict State of Illinois spending to legislatively approved purposes.
The position of the Illinois Attorney Generals office was questioned, as the office is representing the defendant (Comptroller Dan Hynes) as well as intervening as a plaintiff.

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[19 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

Especially as the CTA is scraping around for big money
If it’s a good idea, it shouldn’t take all that long to get it going.
By many accounts, Chicago took only four years to rebuild and obliterate just about all signs of the 1871 fire that destroyed downtown and most of the city.
Reversing the flow of the Chicago River—an engineering marvel of its time—took 13 years from conception until its 1900 finish. Literally raising the city a half dozen feet out its swampy bottom took six years in the mid-1850s, a mere …

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[18 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

The American Tort Reform Assn. on Tuesday identified Cook County as one of six jurisdictions most unfair for those who are sued.
It was the sixth year the group put out the report; Cook County also was on it in 2005 and 2006. The report, which identified six so-called “judicial …

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[18 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

Four out of five Illinoisans would opt out of traditional Illinois public schools if they had the ability to send their children elsewhere.
The irony is that by empowering parents with more flexibility to opt out, the public schools themselves will improve and can become world class performers. Today they are laggards.

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[18 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

The condo slump has put developer Liviu Mihulet in a tight spot.
His lender, Northside Community Bank, filed a lawsuit in August to foreclose on a 32-unit condominium conversion the developer launched in January in West Rogers Park. The bank asserted that the property, at 6500 N. Claremont Ave., …

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[17 Dec 2007 | One Comment | ]

Sometimes important news eludes us because it all sounds so technical. Take the fight over BP’s plans to allegedly pollute Lake Michigan. The news that we missed from an independent analysis is that the company’s plan for a $3.6 billion upgrade of its northwest Indiana refinery will not muck up the lake, as the plan’s critics assert and as the public has been led to believe.