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[31 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

A Letter Written to Sen. Durbin and Sen. Burris and Rep. Schakowsky
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Dear Sirs and Madam,
We am writing in reference to a recent submission by the City of Evanston to your offices listing a number of ‘shovel ready’ projects that could be considered for funding under the stimulus package currently making its way through Congress. I am not sure how this list of projects was developed since there was no public discussion, but one of the suggested projects deserves your reconsideration.
One of the 13 projects in the request is …

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[31 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Progress Illinois, SEIU’s Junior Commissar Mikey Mouse Club, is huffing and puffing about more grassroots reform now that Blago has been 86-ed by the State of Illinois.
In our latest feature article, Adam notes that Rod Blagojevich’s removal from office could clear the way for some far-reaching — and much-needed — campaign finance restrictions in Illinois. On WTTW’s Chicago Tonight yesterday, former state comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch echoed that sentiment. She highlighted the “window of opportunity” created by Blagojevich’s departure and cited caps on campaign contributions as “essential.” Watch it: Netsch’s …

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[30 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Yesterday, to the exhilaration of Illinois, the nation, the Democratic and Republican parties, liberals and conservatives, men and women, and a massive majority of citizens (but evidently substantially more whites than blacks), this state’s 40th governor, Rod Blagojevich was kicked out of office, ending a road show of low comedy that tickled much of the nation and provided divergence from serious economic downturn.
Now we return to standard liberal governance-and a strong possibility that a fusion of Democrats and Republicans will use the episode to do what they always have done …

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[30 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

Shameful.  That’s the word President Obama used when dressing down bankers for the bonuses they awarded recently.  Mr. Obama called them to his office and told them that now is the time to show restraint, not a time to issue bonuses.   But did the President go far enough in his criticism?  The answer is: no.
Others should be called to task by the President – and paraded before Congress for grilling – they are the very people whose actions gave birth to our present economic dilemma.  They are the men who …

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[30 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

It is often said that those who make predictions invite the opportunity to be made a fool. For decades, the Northwest side political class has dismissed this columnist as demented, deluded, and/or just full of (expletive), and scoffed at my periodic predictions – even though my accuracy has been over 70 percent.
Now, for all you wise guys and girls, here’s your chance to be “Smarter than Stewart.” I predict; you predict; and, a year from now, we find out who’s the dummy. It works like this: Following are 13 …

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[29 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office Thursday, marking the first time in the state’s long history of political corruption that a chief executive has been impeached and convicted.
The 59-0 vote followed several hours of public deliberation in which senator after senator stood up to blast Blagojevich, whose tenure lasted six years. And it came after a four-day impeachment trial on allegations that Blagojevich abused his power and sold his office for personal and political benefit.
Read More at the Chicago Tribune

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[29 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman will appear live on the Blagojevich Impeachment Special
with Jerry Agar & Bruce DuMont tonight from 7-10 PM on WLS radio. He will discuss
what the day’s political events mean for implementing a Reform Agenda for Illinois
WHAT: Blagojevich Impeachment Special with Jerry Agar & Bruce DuMont
WHO: John Tillman
WHEN: January 29, 2009, 7-10 PM
WHERE: WLS 890-AM radio
Listen Here

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[29 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

We should not overlook the possibility that President Obama means what he says. Twice now on major occasions he has declared that he will eliminate wasteful government spending.
Erase it. Zero it out. Exterminate it.
Right, Mr. President. Keep us posted on how that’s going.
In a line from his inaugural address that failed to set any of the commentariat hounds to baying, Obama said, “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works . . . Where the answer is yes, …

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[29 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

So…it just so happens the gay mayor of Portland, Oregon who became a West Coast media poster boy for tolerance by announcing his sexual orientation and his monogamous life with his partner, has now been forced to admit that he conducted an affair on the side with a young man and steadfastly denied it in his campaign so as not to turn voters…including gay ones…off. His name: Sam Adams. Try as you might to get Adams’ party ID from wire service stories, until very recently it was not when he …

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[28 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

What’s needed is getting prospective buyers back into the market. A direct subsidy could do that. Those who remember the seemingly forgotten Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 might be saying, “We tried that and it didn’t work.” The act did sound good–it provided a First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit of up to $7,500. But, according to surveys conducted by NAR, the credit isn’t working as well as hoped because homebuyers have to pay the tax credit back within 15 years. When first-time homebuyers hear about the repayment requirement, they …