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[31 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

There are tolerable part-time jobs. There are superlative part-time jobs.
And there is the crème de la crème: Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), where the nine incumbents get paid $70,000 per year for a minimum of 66 hours’ work, 22 days a year – or $1,060 per hour.

Most unemployed people probably missed the MWRD job posting at www.monster.com:
“Available: Democrats only. Part-time post. Guaranteed 6 years. $70,000 salary, plus full family health benefits, pension, free auto, gas credit card. Office on North Michigan; indoor parking, 2.5 staffers. Attend two …

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[31 Dec 2009 | 12 Comments | ]

The Other Mr. Roeser
To those who think I was the Roeser who mentioned that “hard rumors” (whatever that is) are circulating that a certain political candidate is gay, let me aver that it’s the other Roeser who said it: Jack, of Barrington. Not me of Park Ridge. We often get confused but we shouldn’t. Jack is the multi-millionaire engineer of proven genius; I’m the Quaker Oats retiree of modest worth who cannot for the life of me learn how to run the video tape on my recorder.
He’s the lean, wiry …

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[30 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

CDOBS Syndicate

Don Rose: Alexis Giannoulias and the Bright Start Cover-Up
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: New Illinois Law Targets Distressed Condo Buildings
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: ACLU Doubts O’Hare Body Scanner Plan
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: WTTW discards broadcast treasure Rich Samuels
Steve Bartin: State, Local Tax Revenues Decline 7%
IR: Berkowitz with Adam Andrzejewski
IR: Burris and Jackson on “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list
Bruno Behrend: Obama missing huge opportunity in Iran
Chicago Current Main News Feed: “L” union accuses CTA of scare tactics
Bruno Behrend: It wasn’t worse than the 70’s, but…

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[29 Dec 2009 | 14 Comments | ]

The first job of government…everything else being secondary…is to provide for the security and protection of the American people.

When George W. Bush was informed about the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11/01 he was reading aloud with a second grade class at Emma E. Booker elementary school in Sarasota, Florida…having arrived at 9:04 a.m. and left at 9:12… as part of a program to heighten awareness of education. He was severely criticized later because, having been informed of the attack by Andrew Card, his chief of staff, he looked …

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[29 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Now that Minnesota has joined Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania in a war on the Illinois shipping industry, I am reminded of the perils of the round goby.
The what?
The round goby is a bug-eyed fish of prey that entered the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of ocean freighters two decades ago and now is multiplying in great numbers in Lake Michigan. Their population explosion has raised alarms that they may endanger native fish and beneficial invasive species, such as salmon. (Read a report of the perils and benefits of the round …

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[28 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]


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[28 Dec 2009 | 43 Comments | ]

What may possibly be a major financial blunder followed by what is clearly a cover-up is likely to affect the 2010 race to fill President Barack Obama’s senate seat—and perhaps other seats down the ballot.
Riding high in the Democratic primary polls at present is Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the president’s youthful basketball-buddy banker. Millionaire Giannoulias waltzed into the treasurer’s office in 2006 by investing several of his millions in a television spot featuring then-Senator Obama.

Having served nearly a full term in that relatively low-profile office, he decided to leapfrog into …

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[28 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: Billy Goat Tavern celebrates 75th anniversary
IR: AFP exposes proposed financial regulations
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: Hyper local CHIRP set to challenge Big Radio template
Sam Pierce: Loony Lib Lawsuit: Bad Soy for Bad Boys
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: Skilled Trades in Progressive Cross-hairs: Plumber Mike Hanley Sets Things Straight
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia’s Summer Samba Sweetens St. Stephen’s Day
Bruno Behrend: G.K. Chesterton on Conservatism
IR: The delightful Sherlock Holmes
Bruno Behrend: They were weeks away from execution…
Latest Chicago Uncategorized Stories: Terry O’Brien for County Board President – He Can Tell You What the Hell the Job Is …

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[27 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

Tonight Gene Mullins, Cook Country Board Spokesman, and Arie Friedman, Republican candidate in the 10th join Tom Roeser on Political Shootout.
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[26 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]

One of they many joys of having small children is staying up all hours reading, while a two year old decides if it is appropriate to return to sleep at 2AM or just doze off while his father finishes a chapter. Earlier this month, my interruptible choice of topics was a travelogue of trips to see “treasured objects or talismans of great antiquity”, including a chapter on visiting the Holy Crown of St. Stephen of Hungary.

Says the author “Probably no other single national symbol is so passionately regarded as the …