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[22 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Feds say governor’s adviser sought jobs for friends, family
In the weeks and months after Gov. Rod Blagojevich took office, close adviser and fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko gave the administration the names of people he wanted to see get state jobs.
And in the grand tradition of Illinois politics, those names ended up on a list. Call it a clout list, or a favors list.
But federal prosecutors call such lists evidence, and they are starting their own tradition of using them in political corruption cases.

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[21 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

Jeff Berkowitz interviews Sen. Steve Rauschenberger about Sen. Obama’s performance as an Illinois Legislator.
Excerpt:
Former State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger[Watch here]: [Barack Obama] didn’t work on building that bill—any more than he worked to write the ethics legislation. He was a show pony. He was [Democratic Senate President, Chicago machine pol and Obama mentor]Emil Jones’ —
Jeff Berkowitz: Well, then, who did it? Because Emil Jones didn’t do it.
Senator Steve Rauschenberger (R-Elgin): He was Emil Jones’ show pony.
More from Jeff Berkowitz Blog Here
Video of Senator Steve Rauschenberger

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[21 Feb 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Just when the presidential campaign had degenerated into arcane bickering over who stole whose words…whether Hillary pilfered Obama’s “I’m fired up!” rhetoric or how Obama appropriated the catchwords of the Massachusetts governor to defend his (Obama’s) reliance on vague, misty poetic allusions, the campaign has turned exciting with the prospect of a real sex scandal. Huzzza!
The “New York Times” uncovers the a supposedly good looking female lobbyist, a partner at Alkcade & Fay, Vicki Iseman, had spent a good deal of time hanging around McCain’s office eight years ago. And …

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[21 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Remember Tony Peraica?
He’s the Republican nominee for state’s attorney who waited about four seconds after first-time candidate Anita Alvarez won the Democratic primary before he began attacking her, charging that she’s a product of the Machine and a big reason the county’s criminal justice system has been “turning a blind eye to corruption and putting politics over public safety.”

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[21 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

In 2005 a proposal for a new condo tower in the landmarked Jewelers Row District on Wabash came before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. The plan for the Legacy allowed the developers to demolish everything but the facades of three 19th-century buildings, one of which had once housed the flagship store of booksellers Kroch’s & Brentano’s. I wrote in the Reader in favor of the project, rejecting preservationists’ “slippery slope” arguments that it would set a dangerous precedent.
I was wrong. Three years later, even as the commission is celebrating the …

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[20 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Frequent contributor to the Chicago Daily Observer, John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, will be on WLS 890 AM with Jerry Agar tomorrow morning at 9:35 a.m. Thursday February 21 to discuss Governor Blagojevich’s state of the state address. You can also listen online live.

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[20 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

You couldn’t ask for a bigger task. Turn around a newspaper giant when the newspaper business is sinking fast, perhaps irretrievably. There are few institutions more stodgy and resistant to innovation than a newspaper, and especially a large one like the Chicago Tribune.
Sam Zell and his band of unconventional managers are trying anyway. I like their style. This presentation is instructive and entertaining. If anybody can break the mindset and possibly reinvent the product, it might be Zell.
Do you remember watching previous Tribune management talks to employees on the Internet? …

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[20 Feb 2008 | 9 Comments | ]

For several times in this presidential campaign, the Obamas have been caught seeming rather embarrassed about their country and old-fashioned patriotism.
And it’s not by happenstance or accident. Barack Obama, the rock-star who sets crowds of young philistines swaying who are too young and too ignorant to know who Che Guevara was but who thrill to the coolness of revolution, purposely disdained wearing the American flag symbol on his lapel because purportedly patriotism is too intrinsic to be worn as an ornament. He has been photographed many times during playing …

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[20 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Avidly seeking the blue-collar vote–in Wisconsin today and Texas and Ohio on March 4th–Obama continues to pump up the anti-trade populism, and to tack even further to the left. Ed Luce reports in the FT:
Barack Obama on Monday made an aggressive pitch at Ohio’s blue-collar workers by proposing a “Patriot Employers” plan that would lower corporate taxes for companies that did not ship jobs overseas.
The proposal, which came two weeks before the critical Ohio primary and just before on Tuesday’s nominating contest in Wisconsin, is the most radical any presidential …

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[20 Feb 2008 | 109 Comments | ]

At first it seemed like a few random cases of lassitude among Mary Chapin Carpenter devotees in Berkeley, Cambridge and Chapel Hill. But then psychotherapists began to realize patients across the country were complaining of the same distress. They were experiencing the first hints of what’s bound to be a national phenomenon: Obama Comedown Syndrome.
The afflicted had already been through the phases of Obama-mania — fainting at rallies, weeping over their touch screens while watching Obama videos, spending hours making folk crafts featuring Michelle Obama’s face. These patients had experienced …