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[28 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

On a dark winter’s night so snowy
Who wouldn’t go to a poetry showy?
Hosted by McHenry County College
Showcasing terrorist’s emotions and knowledge
Be prepared  to be charmed when you go
to hear Marc Falkoff present “Poems from Guantanamo”
And hear the tales and lore
at 7 p.m. Feb. 4
If it is a mullah’s wisdom that you seek
Come hear the former detainees speak

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[28 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

My prediction: 20 percent, Hynes, Hoffman, Preckwinkle and Seals.
Say what?

My customary pre-election column consists of “analysis and predictions.” However, a sprinkling of readers profess that they don’t relish plowing through 1,500 words to discover the winners. Hence, a “prediction and analysis”: Eight words of prediction, and 1,475 of analysis. If you don’t like the prediction, skip this analysis of the Democratic primary.
Democrats in Illinois comprehend the distinction between disaster and tragedy. The former occurred in Haiti. The latter will occur if the party nominates Pat Quinn, Alexi Giannoulias, Terry O’Brien …

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[28 Jan 2010 | 8 Comments | ]

Its Algebra vs. Civics at New Trier High School in a report obtained via the Freedom of Information Act from the New Trier Township High School District.  In a bond referendum before New Trier voters next week, the School Board is asking for a tax hike to finance a $174 Million capital project at the Winnetka campus.  Per the campaign (financed by the School Board) the costs to a property taxpayer currently spending $10,000 per year will increase by $248 per year over each of the next 20 years.

However, an …

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[28 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

In his State of the Union last night President Obama moved rhetorically, not practically, oh-so-slightly toward the political center—but missed by a country mile to accommodate the views of a nation which by polls and election returns has shown it has moved to the farthest reaches of center-right.

In an 80-minute speech which was well delivered but far too long, Obama ceded very few points to the Right when analyzed cogently…but here were some faint inducements:
o He endorsed nuclear energy. Long a bugaboo with the frenetic Left, he made a …

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[28 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Broadway Bank, the troubled Chicago lender owned by the family of Illinois Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, has entered into a consent order with banking regulators requiring it to raise tens of millions in capital, stop paying dividends to the family without regulatory approval, and hire an outside party to evaluate the bank’s senior management.
The Jan. 26 consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Illinois Division of Banking comes less than a week before Mr. Giannoulias — Broadway’s chief lender and then vice-president from 2002 …

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[27 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

President Obama states his personal feelings about how he is influenced by the economy and how his feelings are reflected on others.
image Narcissus by Caravaggio

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[27 Jan 2010 | 15 Comments | ]

“Junior,” the Republican candidate for governor, Andy McKenna, Jr. didn’t show up to debate with the other contenders on WTTW last night week because…well…he didn’thave to. Invitations had gone out on the debate last November 3 but Andy Jr. couldn’t fit it in to his schedule although the others did. Andy Jr. skipped a downstate TV debate too.

The reason he doesn’t do debates is he doesn’t do well in them. This is because of a congenital condition. He was born terminally bland. So bland, in fact, that if …

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[26 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Republican governor candidate Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale reported raising nearly $1.4 million over the time period — nearly half from loans — and began the year with nearly $370,000 in the bank.
Dillard reported more than $600,000 in loans, including $250,000 each from Thomas Patrick, a board member of an insurance and brokerage firm, and controversial conservative activist Jack Roeser. Dillard also reported $134,000 in loans from unsuccessful 2006 GOP governor candidate Ron Gidwitz, who also pumped in at least another $131,000 in cash and a paid mailing. Donating $150,000 …

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[26 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

Driving into Leo High School this Friday morning, having delivered three young ladies to Mother McAuley High School, I listened to Cindy Canary, Director of Illinois Campaign for Political Reform offer her very measured and thoughtful concerns about yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Campaign Contributions. Ms. Canary took a bat at political organization and the size of their financial support for Illinois candidates and is determined to further restrict such support.

I believe that any candidate should be able to accept any amount of money from any source. …

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[26 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

To the People of the Great State of Illinois:
It is with great pleasure that I wholeheartedly endorse Adam Andrzejewski for the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. In writing these words I feel particularly touched because, sadly, it is so seldom in the United States that a Polish son becomes involved in politics. But I do not endorse Adam only because of his Polish roots.
I applaud Mr. Andrzejewski’s commendable effort to bring real reform to politics. His insistence on transparency in public life are badly needed not only …