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[30 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

Maybe I missed it all, but this story sure didn’t seem to make Chicago’s legacy media at all. Via Politico,
A senior policy fellow for Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) has pleaded guilty to defrauding the government and private lenders of nearly $822,000 by using aliases to obtain student loans and more than 90 credit cards.
Ernest B. Moore, who went by Bernard Moore and Bernard Glenn-Moore on Capitol Hill, had a penchant for putting together events with marquee names — and a special legislative interest in sentencing issues and measures like the “Second Chance …

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[30 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Senator George Mitchell, the Middle East peacemaker, both reportedly invoked the unmentionable year 1967 in negotiations with Israel and, to their credit, entered third-rail territory. This could be genuinely significant in the endless search for peace—or maybe just another false start.
It’s a convoluted story but worth examining, so bear with me for some instant history.
Social Security has long been known as the “third rail” of American politics—touch it and you’ll be politically electrocuted. Just ask our most recent ex-president, whose ratings dropped like …

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[30 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

I plead guilty to have done nothing to save the Gropius and related buildings on the old Michael Reese Hospital complex. In fact I remember having been there not more than two or three times to visit a patient. But sometime last week the publicity about the destruction of the buildings somehow grabbed my attention to the degree that I sought out the young man leading the effort to save the buildings.
Last Thursday, he drove me to the campus and I saw first hand what was going on, …

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[29 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

A state legislator wants to fast-track hearings on the possible sale of a northwestern Illinois prison to the U.S. government so federal authorities could eventually use the complex to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.
State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, who co-chairs a panel that reviews state facility closings before any sale, said he’ll act “with all deliberate speed” and try to launch hearings on the Thomson Correctional Center by the end of December.
“The area’s desperate for jobs, and this would appear to be a responsible way to boost the local economy,” said the …

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[27 Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

“The Chicago Way”-a method of bamboozling and backstabbing-is leading to disillusionment by significant portions of the Left with Barack Obama, the man it hailed as supposedly the most inspiring Democrat since Bobby Kennedy. Here how The Chicago Way works.
Hiding the Truth.

Hiding true facts from voters is a hallmark of how Mayor Richard M. Daley runs this city supposedly “The City that Works” and which has been adapted by the Rahm Emanuel-David Axelrod-Valerie Jarrett team for Obama.
This from an outstanding reporter who has done great work uncovering the story of …

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[26 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest. But few understand how the Pilgrims actually solved their chronic food shortages.
Many people believe that after suffering through a severe winter, the Pilgrims’ food shortages were resolved the following spring when the Native Americans taught them to plant corn and a Thanksgiving celebration resulted. In fact, the pilgrims continued to face chronic food shortages for three years until the harvest of 1623. Bad weather …

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[26 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Madison WI, a Big Ten city, is diverting contribs to ACORN-besmirched Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) :
As he did last year, Bishop [Robert C.] Morlino chose to allocate the national campaign’s portion of the collection to a different cause.
Last year, the funds were sent to the Hurricane Ike recovery fund, and this year he allocated the contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have an international outreach to the elderly.
Millions for the Little Sisters, not one cent for community organizing!  (Thousands?)
He’s one …

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[25 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

Barack Obama, the unapologetic pro-choice presidential candidate, needs to find his strong voice again on the issue now that he is president.
And he needs to stand up to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a tax-exempt religious organization, declaring that reproductive rights of women will not be sacrificed in the fight over a universal health-care bill.
Time is running out.
The acrimonious debate that surrounded this legislation on the floor of the House, coupled with shortsighted acceptance of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, set the stage for the further erosion of a woman’s access …

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[25 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Children in Illinois finally could have the champion they have needed. Illinois public schools, particularly inner-city schools, often are failing, which devastates children in working-class and minority communities.  Young black men, for example, are less likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than drop out of high school and land in jail.
Too many students are forced to attend schools that will not provide a decent education, despite earnest efforts to turn those schools around. Southland pastor and state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) seeks to change that fact. He proposes that families …