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[26 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

For more than 20 years as a columnist, I’ve kept my mouth shut whenever a judge or a jury makes a decision that I don’t believe is right. Even when every opinionizer in the country was fuming over the jury’s acquittal of O.J. Simpson of murder charges, I didn’t write in disagreement, although I was mightily shocked.
The reason is that I wasn’t in the courtroom, hearing all the facts and law. I wasn’t in the jury room, listening to peers shift through the evidence. Second guessing the justice system is …

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[25 Jun 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

John Callaway who died unexpectedly Tuesday at 72 was by all odds one of the greatest radio-TV broadcaster in Chicago history…and in fact one of the greatest journalists in this city. It’s vital to list him with the towering talents of Chicago (and I place them in no alphabetical or chronological order on purpose to have you discern from their stature how great Callaway was). You should read this list to say where I place him:
He deserves to be equated with (this is my personal list):
Finley Peter Dunne, creator of …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

We are not confident you will get an honest evaluation of the facts from the Sun-Times or Ms. Marin.
As you can tell from her use of such loaded terms as “henchmen” and “acid-tongued” in her column today, and her previous use of insults against public officials based on weight and other physical characteristics, she does not come to this issue objectively.
While there have been lively exchanges between Carol and Dan in the past, and as much as we may enjoy trading barbs with Ms. Marin, Dan’s candidacy demands a full …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

A lawsuit that challenged the former Illinois governor’s unilateral expansion of state-subsidized health care ended Monday when Gov. Pat Quinn gave up his predecessor’s fight.
Court documents indicate Blagojevich’s successor, Quinn, settled the lawsuit, and the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed it.
The lawsuit was filed by a lawyer and two prominent businessmen in December 2007, after Rod Blagojevich’s “FamilyCare” plan began, even though the Legislature had repeatedly rejected it.
Read more of this article in Forbes
Read more about the unilateral expansion of State Spending on Healthcare at the Chicago Daily Observer

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[24 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Imperial Russia is still history, but there’s yet another new czar: Cameron Davis of Evanston, Ill. The Chicago Sun-Times reports President Obama has tapped Davis “to serve as special adviser on the Great Lakes, acting in effect as the new administration’s first-ever ‘Great Lakes Czar’ “:
Davis isn’t sure yet how much of his time will be split between this area and Washington, D.C., but believes it’s important “to keep one foot in Washington and one foot in the eco-system.”
You’d think Obama would pick someone with the sensitivity to keep his feet …

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[24 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Here the ubiquitous Carol Marin beginning the media campaign against Dan Proft in the Sun Times, with the ever-independent Jeff Berkowitz giving her a bit of a bloody nose:
Suntimes columnist and NBC-5 News/WTTW Chicago Tonight media personality Carol Marin has been throwing mud at Dan Proft, probable Republican Primary candidate for Governor, for a while now. Dan threw some mud back on May 24, 2009.
Yesterday, Marin threw some more mud at Proft:
In contrast, after Kirk, the Republicans have lesser-knowns like state Senators Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and Matt Murphy (R-Palatine). Not …

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[24 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

1. Spielman & Higgins.

The Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman and cartoonist Jack Higgins are worth the whole paper. I know I’ve criticized the tabloid…justifiably, I feel…for trashiness but its indomitable city hall reporter and the brilliant artist with the acid pen make it all worthwhile. Her story last Tuesday is a good case in point. “Daley’s tale hard to take,” is the headline with the subhead “Mayor says he was uninformed, ignored on the Vanecko deal-that seems unlikely.” Higgins’ drawing of Daley as a giant sow being suckled by piglets labeled …

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[24 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Under the self-styled reform governor:
—A relative of the tailor who made Blagojevich’s suits worth $2,000 or more sought a state job. She got it.
—Dozens of people Blagojevich met, as well as political contributors, friends and even his dentist, were invited to lodge at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.
—A taxpayer-paid travel aide appears to have been dispatched on personal errands, picking up the governor’s suits or delivering Scotch on a Saturday for another aide’s Christmas party.
—Blagojevich’s staff balked at allowing a Cook County commissioner to meet with him because an aide …

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[24 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

A protester who helped organize the anti-war demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic National Convention spoke out Tuesday morning against the planned reunion Friday for Chicago police officers who were at the riots.
Don Rose, a former spokesman for the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, condemned the reunion at a City Hall press conference held by Chicago Copwatch, a community group that is organizing a march to the Fraternal Order of Police hall — where the event is being held — on the night of the reunion.
Rose took …

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[23 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

Education secretary Arne Duncan told the New York Times that he will tell the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools “to become more active in weeding out bad apples.”
This is foolish top-down government-think.    National Alliance bureaucrats weeding out bad schools will fail as government bureaucrats failed.  Real accountability comes from customers.  If we attached the money to the kids (government spend big: $10,000 per student is the American average–$200,000 per classroom), and let them take it to ANY school, we’d have a real market.  That would bring us better schools …