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[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Studs Terkel, the Pulitzer Prize- winning author and enduring radio-show host whose oral histories chronicled the travails and triumphs of America’s working class, has died. He was 96.
Terkel died today at his home in Chicago, his son, Dan Terkel, said in an interview. “He just went very quickly and was in no pain at all,” Dan Terkel said. “He lived a very long, full, satisfying though sometimes impetuous life.”
Born in New York, Terkel became synonymous with Chicago, the city where he moved at age 10 and rarely left. His parents …

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[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

October ended with 7 deaths from hostile fire in Iraq, the lowest number on record during Operation Iraqi Freedom. There were also 6 non-hositle deaths due to illness and accidents.
With 10 days to report, Chicago is at 30 homicides this month, more than 400% of the number of casualties in Iraq.

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[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

A Chicago alderman wants police Supt. Jody Weis to be disciplined for making a statement in a TV interview earlier this month that seemed to support Barack Obama’s candidacy.
On Oct. 15, Weis was interviewed as part of a WLS-Channel 7 story on security at Obama’s South Side home. “He’s our senator and he’s hopefully going to be our next president, so it’s an honor to serve and protect his home,” said Weis, who was wearing his dark blue police uniform.
After Weis was notified that he may have violated a police …

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[31 Oct 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Richard Durbin deserves another term as U.S. senator from Illinois.
Mr. Durbin works hard to advance our state’s interests in the Senate. He has risen to an influential post as majority whip, where he can get things done for the state, whether it’s expanding Amtrak service Downstate or getting money for a control tower at O’Hare International Airport.
For these reasons, Crain’s endorses Mr. Durbin for re-election to the Senate.
His opponent, Steve Saurberg, share some of our belief on small government and the need for political reform. But he’s a political novice …

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[31 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Top Donors to Legislative Incumbents and Candidates, 7/1/08-10/26/08:
1. Illinois Education Association: $877,000
2. Illinois State Medical Society: $565,000
3. Illinois Federation of Teachers and affiliates: $558,000
4. AFSCME: $410,000
5. Illinois Health Care Council: $398,000
6. Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois: $389,000
7. Illinois Hospital Association: $305,000
8. Personal PAC: $267,000
9. Fred Eychaner, founder of Newsweb: $253,000
10. Illinois Association of Realtors: $251,000

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[30 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

Sure. It’s just a matter of time until they pressure Cellini to tell everything he knows about the Planning Board legislation. Obama made absolutely sure that turned out the way Tony wanted it to turn out.
During the trial, Stuart Levine testified that when he sought reappointment to the Planning Board, he told Republican co-schemer, Bill Cellini, to tell the Blagojevich administration he would vote however they wanted when approving projects. He told the jury he had the same understanding with the two prior Republican governors, Jim Edgar, and George Ryan, …

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[30 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

The political scene, both nationally and locally, is abysmally grim for the Republicans.
For those Republicans averse to pain, read no further. For all others, here are the Nov. 4 prognostications of conservative radio talk show host Tom Roeser and longtime Nadig Newspapers political analyst Russ Stewart: The 2008 election will elicit the highest voter turnout in history. Voters are angry, anxious, fearful, wrathful and mournful.
They want a “way out” of the mess. They want to eradicate all memory of the Bush Administration. They want to bring back the happy days …

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[30 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Political insider William F. Cellini Sr. was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring with convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko to shake down an investment firm for campaign contributions to a public official believed to be Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Cellini, 73, for decades a major behind-the-scenes Republican player in Illinois politics, was accused of taking part in an extortion plot to raise money for an unnamed Public Official A, which is how Blagojevich had been identified in Rezko’s indictment and trial.
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero did not immediately comment on Cellini’s indictment. The …

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[30 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

The U.S. economy, weakened by the worst consumer spending in 28 years, contracted last summer, beginning a slump that some fear could turn into a deep recession.
Gross domestic product fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3% annual rate July through September, the Commerce Department said Thursday in the first estimate of third-quarter GDP.
The number marked the weakest GDP figure since a 1.4% decline in third-quarter 2001.
The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for state unemployment benefits was unchanged last week but remained near the half million mark and above the average …

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[30 Oct 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

“By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Senator Barack Obama
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/10/29/politics/fromtheroad/entry4556317.shtml
No Senator, that is called charity – the act of giving. It is an individual thing. You give your peanut butter sandwich to someone else.
Giving is what America’s Veterans are all about. When they were 17 or 18 years old, like Senator John McCain was when he entered Annapolis, these kids gave themselves body and soul to their …