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[25 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Since its inception, the proposed Ogden-Pulaski TIF has stirred commotion among residents in North Lawndale.
Those who support the plan argue it provides a much needed strategy for catalyzing development in the community. Those who oppose the plan argue the community has not had a voice in its creation. Although the consensus appears to be that community development is needed in North Lawndale, many believe the current proposal is not sufficient and requires more resident input before implementation.
Last Tuesday, a public hearing was held at City Hall in front of members …

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[25 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Gov. Rod Blagojevich did it again last week. The roof is leaking, the electricity has been shut off, they’re coming to repossess the car, and he’s talking about adding a swimming pool and taking a Caribbean cruise.
Illinois is perhaps in the worst financial shape in memory and has the largest budget deficit of any U.S. state. But he’s proposing new programs and bigger giveaways. Blagojevich’s state of the state speech should have been delivered by Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman. What, me worry?

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[25 Feb 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Times story just what the GOP ordered
A couple of weeks ago, John McCain was straining to ingratiate himself with the activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference. It was an uphill climb: By that point, some movement icons had publicly renounced the presumptive Republican nominee, and attendees were urged not to boo him. Some did anyway, and McCain was left to ponder the possibility of being abandoned by much of his party’s base.
He shouldn’t have worried. All it took to rally conservatives behind him was the intervention of The …

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[25 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Edward Hopper
Until March 10th 2008
Isolation, introspection and the empty spaces of modern life; these are the hallmarks of Edward Hopper’s instantly recognisable paintings. This exhibition centres on his most productive years, from the mid-1920s to the 1950s, with famous works such as “Chop Suey” and “Nighthawks”. But it also includes a handful of lesser-known early pieces, such as “Night on the El Train”, a 1918 etching that hints at many of his later themes. A man and a woman sit in a railway carriage, their relationship ambiguous, their distance from …

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[24 Feb 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post have articles today about the official handover of power in Cuba from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul (Raul Castro actually took the helm on a “temporary” basis in 2006).
Ah, it all sounds so peaceful and democratic, doesn’t it? Reading this, you’d almost think there was a choice.

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[24 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Be sure to tune in tonight, Sunday February 24 to AM-890 at 8PM for Tom Roeser’s shootout.
Tonight’s guests are Sandi Jackson, alderman for the 7th ward in Chicago and wife of US-Rep Jesse Jackson Jr; and our own John Powers, President of the Chicago Daily Observer. Topics include economic development, taxation, zoning, and city politics.
You call-in’s to 1-312-591-8900 are welcome.

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[23 Feb 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

Earl Bush, press secretary to Mayor Malaprop, the late Richard J. Daley, once famously criticized reporters for printing what Da Mare said, not what he meant.
Apparently, the same rule applies to Michelle Obama, who was so moved by the success of her husband’s presidential campaign that she enthused that for the first time in her life she’s proud of her country. Nice.
She and her husband Barack Obama quickly backfilled, to make us think that we didn’t hear the words she spoke, or that she spoke words she didn’t mean. Barack …

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[22 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district’s influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
While Ayers and Dohrn may be thought of in Hyde Park as local activists, they’re better known nationally as two of the most notorious — and unrepentant — figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s anti-war movement.

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[22 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Too soft to withstand a Republican assault. Too vague to know how he’d govern. Those two big raps on Barack Obama can now be shelved. The Illinois senator this week provided his first, highly illuminating, example of how he’d operate in the Oval Office. It’s clear he’s as crafty as Hillary Clinton.
This case study has to do with that great love of good-government types, campaign finance. Last year, Mr. Obama sparked his campaign by pressuring Republicans to join him in a pledge to use only public money in a general …

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[22 Feb 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Recently the Illinois Attorney General determined that the DuPage County Election Commission has been in non-compliance with the Illinois Local Records Act for
decades. Specifically, the election commission destroyed records without the required transparency to state officials. Election commission officials will
not disclose what records were destroyed and when they were destroyed. DuPage election commission officials continue to maintain that record destruction transparency is “unnecessary paperwork.”
Since the Illinois Attorney General issued an official
opinion about the election record destruction and published the opinion at the Attorney General website, there really would not be …