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[31 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel wanted his help in arranging to leave the Obama administration after two years to reclaim his seat in Congress.
Blagojevich writes in “The Governor” that Emanuel spoke with him about whether it was possible to appoint a “placeholder” to the congressional seat Emanuel was giving up so that he could win back the seat in 2010 and continue his efforts to become speaker some day.
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[31 Aug 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

The race for President Obama’s former senate seat suddenly got interesting.
Chris, the low-profile Kennedy, decided not to enter the Democratic primary. That made it look like a cinch for State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose only serious opposition would then be Cheryle Jackson, head of the Chicago Urban League, who—as former spokesperson for former governor Rod Blagojevich—wears the Scarlet B on her forehead.
All of a sudden, in jumps David Hoffman, Chicago’s inspector general, who spent the past four years shining lights on rats’ nests of corruption in city government—much to the …

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[31 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

When you get right down to it, there is nobody in Chicago journalism more appalling than the one-woman monopoly (Sun-Times, WTTW-TV, Channel 5) Carol Marin, the far-Left creation who is back from vacation having slurred the National Rifle Association with a false charge.
Yesterday her Sun-Times column discussed her WTTW-TV interview with Scott Fawell, the convicted aide to the jailed ex-Gov. George Ryan-and she described Fawell, who spent three years in jail having been convicted for racketeering and mail-fraud charges, as Ryan’s Karl Rove. She could have said Obama’s Rahm Emanuel …

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[30 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

Join the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer this evening as he welcomes Gene Mullins, spokesman for Cook County Board Chairman Todd Roeser and veteran poltical analyst and Chicago Daily Observer columnist, Russ Stewart as they discuss issues critical to the future of Cook County.  AM 890 WLS 8PM this evening Sunday August 30, 2009
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[30 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Following the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy last week, Liturgical Training Publications, an agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, sent out an updated version of their Prayers of the Faithful for August 30, the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Liturgical Training Publications send these prayers to subscribing Pastors and parishes.
This updated prayers of the faithful include this: “For those who have given their lives to service to their country, promoting values of peace, justice, equality, and liberty; especially, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, that he may find his eternal …

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[29 Aug 2009 | 10 Comments | ]

There is a pillow fight going on for Governor of Illinois between Democratic rivals Governor Pat Quinn, a gentleman of the first water and Comptroller Dan Hynes.  They are engaged in a pummeling unmatched and unseen by the public since the Dating Game pitted gentlemen callers for the hand of a Big Haired Damsel, back in the late 1970’s.  On August 26th,  Dan Hynes broadsided Pat Quinn with a down filled head-rester about his veto of the Campaign Finance Boondoggle set-piece crafted by the guy who put Governor Ryan in …

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[28 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

Whenever a politician or public figure enjoys a spectacularly meteoric rise, I remind myself that meteors have the curious habit of crashing and burning rapidly when they fall to Earth. Nevertheless, as hundreds of angry town hall meetings across the country have demonstrated, I never fully expected Barack Obama to squander his inexplicable popularity so quickly. His fall has been comparable to that of Icarus who flew too close to the sun and singed his wings. Hubris will do that.
Unemployment is up, the debt is up, taxes are up and …

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[28 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

It’s often said that it ain’t over until it’s over. The 2010 contest to replace retiring Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan is over. His successor will be Democrat Joe Berrios, a Board of Review commissioner known fondly as “Mr. Moneybags.”
Already a political powerhouse, Berrios, age 57, is poised to become a superstar. He’s the Cook County Democratic chairman, 31st Ward Democratic committeeman, and has been on the Board of Review since 1988, where the assessor’s assessed valuations can be sliced. He has $846,883 in his campaign account, and has raised …

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[27 Aug 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

Eric Zorn is steamed that Tom Roeser has asked Dick Durbin to behave like he is in a Democracy.  Roeser also had the audacity to call for the Chicago media to occasionally question our politicians, which really gets Eric’s goat.
Tsk Tsk Tom…you know no one at the Tribune has time to question our elected betters.  Now can you do that again for the hapless cheerleaders at the Sun-Times?

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[27 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

As a parting salute to Old Ted, I’ll relate my own dealing with him-in 1977 when I had been spectacularly unsuccessful landing a Kennedy fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics. I was 47 and a veep of Quaker Oats and wanted to get the fellowship which would be the first time a business lobbyist ever got a fellowship in that prestigious institute. Having come off a stint as a liberal with the Commerce Department, I thought I could sew up the appointment by getting several liberal sponsors: so I …