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[22 Jan 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

John Stroger
The newspaper and electronic obits said it as eloquently as they could for John Stroger without being struck by a lightning bolt generated by an angry God who desires some reportorial honesty. They decorously omitted the imperfections. He was a symbol of equality of opportunity in the Democratic machine. Before he came along, the big jobs…save only Bill Dawson’s (and his congressional seat was dependent on the black South Side)…were for pink-cheeked and pinky-ring fingered venal Irishmen and some eastern European hacks. John Stroger paid his …

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[21 Jan 2008 | One Comment | ]

The state treasurer’s office cleared another hurdle Friday in its efforts to sell the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center at auction.
Sangamon County Circuit Judge Patrick Londrigan entered a new foreclosure order that not only includes the hotel owners, but also the city of Springfield and the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority. Both entities have a financial stake in the downtown hotel.

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[21 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Jack Davis has a nice piece in the Chicago Tribune about the mass transit funding bill that saved the Chicago area from a transit doomsday. And he rightfully says it didn’t go far enough, but disagree with him on where the fixes need to be centered.
Jack, and the non-profit group he works for Chicago Metropolis 2020, like many in Springfield believe that the only way Illinois as a state can be great is to make Chicago better, and have the greatness spread. I say they are all blind, and ignore …

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[21 Jan 2008 | 5 Comments | ]

“The Three Stooges” have been resurrected in the Democratic
primary for state senator in the Northwest Side 20th District.
But instead of Moe, Larry and Curly, the three alleged buffoons are
Rich, Iris and Rod. State Representative Rich Bradley (D-40) is
challenging State Senator Iris Martinez (D-20), and the antics of
Governor Rod Blagojevich have emerged as the central issue.
A “stooge” is defined as an underling to another, and is a term
of contempt. Martinez holds Bradley in contempt, deeming him a Madigan
Monkey, stooge of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, and do-nothing
legislator. Bradley holds Martinez in …

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[20 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

In something of a surprise, the Chicago Plan Commission had a rare show of independence last Thursday when it rejected a Chicago Department of Planning Development-backed proposal, that would have seen the embattled Congress Hotel add five stories above the Harrison Street side of the structure, and one story above the part along the landmarked Michigan Avenue street wall.

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[20 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

It was one step forward and two steps back at the January 8 meeting of the Community Development Commission, the mayorally appointed board that oversees the city’s tax increment financing districts. The good news is that a bigger crowd than usual—several dozen residents—showed up to protest the latest boondoggles. The bad news is that the CDC approved them anyway, including the second-largest TIF handout in the history of the program: $75 million to help Rush University Medical Center rebuild and expand its hospital campus.

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[19 Jan 2008 | One Comment | ]

For Illinois Republicans used to coalescing early around an easy presidential winner, 2008 is turning out to be a different kind of year.
Even before Mitt Romney’s win in Tuesday’s Michigan primary, Illinois’ business and GOP establishment was dividing its money and support among no fewer than four candidates, with a fifth, Mike Huckabee, appealing to social conservatives, if not LaSalle Street lawyers and bankers.

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[19 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Sun-Times Media Group has let go four newsroom staff at the Naperville Sun, plans to cut eight editorial positions from the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind., and has sacked the co-editors at its newly merged SouthtownStar as it presses forward on a plan to chop $50 million in expenses in the .

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[19 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

For the first time, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has surfaced in the federal corrupton case against his longtime campaign fund-raiser, Tony Rezko, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
The Illinois senator isn’t accused of any wrongdoing. And there’s no evidence Obama knew contributions to his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign came from schemes Rezko is accused of orchestrating.

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[18 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Early last month, I was asked to write a story about Barack Obama for a newspaper in my native Ireland.
I was surprised at the readiness with which the paper’s editors were prepared to grant prominence to a candidate who, I knew, was then barely on the radar of the general public. The article was to be the cover story of the newspaper’s magazine.
Shortly after it was published, I was visiting Ireland and met socially with the magazine’s editor. After making a few positive noises about Mr. Obama, she got to …