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[29 Jan 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

It will be remembered as Black Tuesday. Or the Big Black Blowout. In the Feb. 5, 2008 Democratic primary, black candidates will be nominated for three Cook county offices (state’s attorney, recorder, and clerk of circuit court), two appellate court vacancies, and Barack Obama will win the state’s presidential primary.
Here’s an analysis of the Obama-Clinton race and the Board of Review (2nd District), plus predictions by Chicago Daily Observer editorial board chairman Tom Roeser and political analyst Russ Stewart on Roeser’s WLS show concerning a multitude of Chicago, Cook …

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[25 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Wanna have some fun? Let’s speculate that none of the presidential candidates in either party wins enough primaries to wrap up the nomination before the conventions in August and September.
Those too young to remember the last time the conventions were wide open would be entertained, enlightened and appalled at the sight of party leaders and state delegations horse-trading behind closed doors to select their candidates. As scandalous as this might be for some, I don’t think it’s necessarily cataclysmic because the smoke-filled rooms have produced some good candidates and presidents.

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[24 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

This just in: an alderman decides not to cave.
Forty-second Ward alderman Brendan Reilly has helped forge an agreement that allows Children’s Memorial Hospital to proceed with its plans for a new facility in Streeterville while requiring it to conduct additional studies on the safety of a proposed heliport, a demand made by neighborhood residents.

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[24 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Wall Street Journal ran a blurb from a Harvard economist at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) yesterday projecting
“As the country braces for a possible recession in 2008, there will likely be an easing in demand for design services”
Yet, the actual press release from the AIA stated
“After a fall rebound from a summer slowdown, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another healthy score in December”
and
“The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI rating was 55.4, up a fraction from the 55.3 mark in November (any score above …

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[24 Jan 2008 | One Comment | ]

Gordon Brown has not come up a great deal in the American primary campaign, but he did during last week’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Senator Hillary Clinton brought him up.
It was the second time she’d mentioned our prime minister, actually. The first was on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. And here’s how she put it: “I don’t think it was by accident that Al-Qaeda decided to test the new prime minister Gordon Brown immediately. They watch our elections as closely as we do, maybe more than …

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[24 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

There are few better ways to spend a winter evening in Chicago than nestled in the upper tiers of the Symphony Centre. This season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a rich array of offerings, from Shostakovich and Stravinsky to Debussy and Bartok. Those seeking something other than Western classical music will find rich pickings too. “Rhythm, Ragas and Roots” will feature flamenco and Indian classical music. The programme follows Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar”, a one-act opera inspired by the life of Federico García Lorca, a Spanish poet.

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[23 Jan 2008 | One Comment | ]

“What’s happening in my neighborhood?”
For a long time, that’s been a tough question to answer. In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering. Every day, a wealth of local information is created — officials inspect restaurants, journalists cover fires and Web users post photographs — but who has time to sort through all of that?
Our mission at EveryBlock is to solve that problem. We aim to collect all of the news and civic …

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[23 Jan 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

In case you missed the Daily Herald story about an independent board being set up to manage Cook County Hospitals, or if you are not a Crain’s subscriber (the story, while on the front page of the print edition, is not freely available online, nor via syndication), you might have missed one of the biggest developments in Cook County.
Cook County Hospitals are the biggest line item on the county budget. The Tribune and Sun Times have mercilessly (and perhaps justifiably) pounded away at the Stroger administration’s mis-manangement. One …

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[23 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Cook County’s hospitals and clinics would be turned over to a seven-member board of health professionals who would have taxing authority but whose budgets would still be ultimately approved by the Cook County board, under a proposal made public this week.

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[23 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

To ensure that 2008 gets off to a good start, here’s two, short-term to do lists, one for Illinois state government and the other for the feds. The to do list for the state is simple. First, the Illinois Senate has to pass the mass transit bill that just made it through the House―ASAP. That has happened. The legislation, introduced by State Representative Julie Hamos (D-18), finally creates a sustainable framework for transit funding.
Hamos’ bill contains concessions from public employee unions, and raises all the money …