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[31 Jan 2010 | 11 Comments | ]

First of all, I commend each and all of you for your hard work. Most of you are honest and hardworking serving as party leaders in an era where television commercials have greater weight than you.

I have been privileged to have been active in politics since 1948 when I was seven years old. I can still remember standing on the corner of Pine Grove and Sheridan Road (more than 100 feet from the polling place which was the now defunct Essex Theater where the Saturday matinée consisted of …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Before the White House commits any more money to Fannie and Freddie, the Justice Department should begin an investigationinto the cause Fannie and Freddie’s conservatorship, into Rahm Emanuel’s activities on the board of Freddie Mac (including any violations of his fiduciary duties to shareholders), into the decision making behind the vacancy of Fannie and Freddie’s Inspector General, and into potential public corruption by Rahm Emanuel in connection with his time in Congress, in the White House and on the board of Freddie Mac.  We also call for the immediate appointment …

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[31 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Edward Dillard, the father of Sen. Kirk Dillard, has died at the age of  82.    Our condolences to the Dillard family.

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[31 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

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[30 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

Just days before the state’s primary elections, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski received the endorsement of former Polish President, Solidarity co-founder, and Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa. Speaking through a translator at a gathering of approximately two hundred people at Chicago’s Union League Club on Friday, Walesa compared Poland’s struggle against Soviet Communism to the current economic and political climate in the United States, calling on Illinois to pave the way for values-based leadership in the federal government.

Stressing values, faith, and transparency in government—all themes of Andrzejewski’s campaign—Walesa called on the …

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[29 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

GPDI, Gross Private Domestic Investment is up 8.2% for Q4 of 2009
Zacks does an excellent breakdown of GDP components.

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[29 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

Direct e-mail solicitations on behalf of the McKenna/Murphy candidates began several months ago from a Notre Dame classmate of McKenna. Last fall, I mysteriously received “McKenna for Illinois” solicitations as part of their e-mail list server. To my astonishment, the campaign was using an e-mail address listed only with the Notre Dame Alumni Association … and only temporarily for two weeks while moving.
The campaign began with an innocent “fellow classmate” endorsement announcing that McKenna had become a candidate and noted reasons why classmates should provide support to him. For months …

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[29 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

Just as polls show that Americans are increasingly worried about government living beyond its means, President Barack Obama goes and announces he’s shoveling out another $8 billion for high-speed rail that is neither high-speed nor smart.

Blood-sucking politicians from Illinois wanted $4.5 billion of that, but had to settle for only $1.23 billion, for a ridiculous plan to shuttle a few hundred passengers each day between Chicago and St. Louis, at only 30 m.p.h. faster than now.
Oh yes, starry-eyed train fans will point out that eventually the trains will reach speeds …

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[29 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

In a letter to the editor of “The Chicago Tribune,” published on February 23, 2000, a partner at Winston & Strawn found fault with a Republican judicial candidate seeking the nomination to fill a vacancy on the Appellate Court for the Third District. The candidate, Karen Kendall, had responded to a questionnaire from the Illinois Civil Justice League, an advocacy group which has promoted tort reform legislation. The letter entirely failed to mention that the author, Raymond W. Mitchell, and several of his friends were allies of a competing candidate, …