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[28 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

Did you, for example, ever know a single fact about Joe Biden’s health care plan? Anything at all? But let me guess, you know Barack Obama’s bowling score. We are choosing a president, the next leader of the free world. We are not buying soap, and we are not choosing a court clerk with primarily administrative duties.
What’s more, the news media cut candidates like Joe Biden out of the process even before they got started. Just to be clear: I’m not talking about my husband. I’m referring to other worthy …

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[28 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

In a rebuke to the Chicago Park District, a judge Friday afternoon handed a partial victory to a citizens’ group that has been fighting the district’s deal with Latin School of Chicago to build a soccer field in Lincoln Park.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird ruled that construction of the $2-million field, which is mostly complete, will be allowed to finish by the scheduled May 26 opening. But the judge put at lest a temporary halt to work on the field’s lighting, bleachers and scoreboard, and said that …

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[28 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

My guess is that the American Catholic Church would see a resurgence beyond imagining if it welcomed women and the married into the priesthood. No one expected that Pope Benedict XVI on his recent visit to the United States would announce that he was overturning the centuries-long church tradition that closed the Catholic priesthood to women and married men. But some of the faithful can’t be blamed for hoping that the change will come in their lifetimes.
I hope that the pope has returned to the Vatican with some lasting impressions …

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[28 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

In the last several days in the “Illinois Review,” Chris Robling, a friend of mine for many years, has given an invaluable insight into the historical background of the institution that John Kass has aptly named “the Combine.” I urge you to read its two-parts. I quarrel with nothing he has written but would supply this addendum.
The “Combine” had its start in baby steps with the Richard B. Ogilvie administrations both as Cook county president and as governor of Illinois. Prior to that time, young people particularly worked in politics …

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[28 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

PARIS–There is nothing like the view from abroad to spot all the nonsense and bulljive coursing through the presidential campaign. Nonsense such as trying to project a general election winner from the results of a primary.
Does anyone really believe that the Democrat, Barack Obama in particular, would lose states such as New York, Massachusetts or California because Hillary Clinton carried them substantially—or conversely that Clinton would lose Illinois because Obama wiped her out there?
Does anyone expect a Democrat to win Alabama, even though Obama carried it handily? Conversely, Clinton carried …

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[28 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

For decades, the Cook County hospital system has been crippled by politics — doctors, administrators, funding and programs have long needed the approval of political overseers before becoming part of the structure.
But in a matter of weeks, the troubled health care operation will be taken over by a group of nine outsiders, described by many as independent and non-political.
Campaign finance records show that the 20 candidates to fill those nine slots have contributed more than $200,000 to various Illinois politicians in the last nine years. Of that, they’ve delivered more …

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[28 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Another setback for the sport of kings as labor and management quarrel in Cicero
A sit down strike delayed the start of live thoroughbred racing at Hawthorne
Park Race Course earlier this afternoon (Friday, April 25th). Jockeys staged
the work stoppage in order to dramatize their demand to receive a higher
percentage of racing purses from the track owners.
The scheduled 3:00 p.m. start of the first race was delayed for almost
ninety minutes. Racetrack spectators observed that the temporary shutdown seemed
to be timed to coincide with the closing weekend of the Spring …

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[27 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

‘The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.’
Actually, what doesn’t make much sense is how an intelligent man such as Barack Obama might not see how a relationship with Bill Ayers does in fact reflect on him and his values. Especially when Ayers’ response to his “detestable acts” is simply, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Oh, really?
Of course, one can’t blame Obama …

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[27 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

Earlier this morning, I saw Barack Obama speak on television in Indianapolis on the need to have lower gasoline prices.
Well, who could be against that? Obama, for one.
Senator John McCain has proposed a summer federal gasoline “tax holiday,” which Obama opposes. Hillary Clinton supports it.
In 2000, Illinois had a summer gas tax holiday, which then-State Senator Barack Obama voted for, as State Senator Matt Murphy (R-Mount Prospect), points out in this Illinois Republican Party press release:
The gas tax moratorium passed in 2000 with Barack Obama’s help lowered gas prices and …

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[26 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

From Manya Brachear:
“The Tribune’s April 21 edition described the church as “built over the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is said to be buried.”
“I told him I might open it up to readers.”