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[31 May 2010 | One Comment | ]

Now a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Edgar, 63, is seemingly a voice of a Republicanism from another era, touting the virtues of bipartisanship and middle-of-the-road solutions.
He has lately ruffled some feathers in his party by breaking with Bill Brady, the Republican nominee for governor, and calling for an income tax increase favored by Governor Patrick J. Quinn, the Democratic incumbent, to help close a budget deficit of $13 billion in the coming year.

Mr. Edgar cringes at Tea Party bombast and …

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[30 May 2010 | One Comment | ]

Please join Tom Roeser tonight at 8PM on WLS-AM 890 as he hosts, Phil O’Connor longtime formerly Gov. Edgar’s campaign manager and a member of the Edgar administration and Rosanna Pulido, the head of the Illinois Minute-Men.

Listen live here
Call in here +1-312-591-8900

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[28 May 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

The well traveled road to hell is said to be paved with good intentions.
My personal inclination is to qualify that opinion and to suggest that it may be more correct to say that it is just as likely to be paved with inefficient and wasteful government programs enacted by politicians who claimed that their legislation was intended to benefit the children. Whenever a preening politico begins posturing about caring for the children, watch out and hold on to your wallet for dear life!

Janet Reno, the inept Attorney General of …

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[27 May 2010 | One Comment | ]

Is There No Decency Left?
I’ve never been a fan of Mark Kirk but even I…even I…wouldn’t pull the trick played on him yesterday by Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.

The biggest political question today is this: why would Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. think of endorsing Mark Kirk for the Senate over Alexi Giannoulias?
And the second is this: what can Mark Kirk do to avoid Rep. Jesse Jackson’s endorsement given Jackson’s precarious position as federal probers investigate connections he may have had with Blago to get appointed to the Senate?
Only one answer …

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[27 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

CDOBS Syndicate

Illinois Review:
Video: Adam Robinson for State Senate
Chris Christie Tells Teacher to Work Another Profession if You Don’t Like the Pay
GOP plays back Dem trash talk on budget
Some devastating polls for Democrats
Illinois Review:
Quinn vetoes McPier plan
. . . With Both Hands:
Time Magazine Kicks Catholics -Again. Jesuit America Gave Them Feed
US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus
Things fall apart
We knew we could trust Barack after all

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[26 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

A Public Relations Move—That’s All.
Where’s the president’s shrink—if he has one? Barack Obama meets with Republicans on the Arizona immigration mess…holds forth as he has in public that the law is possibly unconstitutional…gets huffy with the lawmakers—and after they go back to the Capitol they’re told via e-mail that he’s sending 1,200 troops along with $500 million to serve as a stopgap in Arizona, something he neglected to tell them a few hours earlier in their meeting.

Not that the sending troops there for a short time will do all that …

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[26 May 2010 | 14 Comments | ]

The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools announced today the results of standardized achievement tests administered in 2010 to third, fifth, and seventh grade students. The test scores demonstrate that, in every major grouping of schools, the students achieved scores above the national average for all subtests.

The average total score (combined performance of Reading, Language, Math) for the 215 elementary schools across Lake and Cook Counties are at the 72nd percentile for third graders, 72nd percentile for fifth graders, and 80th percentile for seventh graders.
Performance on science and social studies tests …

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[26 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

From Joel Pollak at Big Governmet
I have found evidence that may explain the intense interest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in bailing out ShoreBank, the “community development” bank that has received extraordinary assistance from her and several other “friends in high places.”

The New York Times confirms that Rep. Schakowsky played a leading role in the ShoreBank bailout. Yet ShoreBank is not based in Rep. Schakowsky’s congressional district, and she did not help the Bank of Lincolnwood–which is in her district, and failed in 2009–or Park National Bank, which was also active in community development …

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[25 May 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

The New York U. S. Senate Race
I’m here at the Hilton Ryebrook Inn on the tony Metro North Line at the Democratic State Convention being run by the incomparable state chair, Jay Jacobs, and have decided not to have my name placed in nomination, though I have been accorded a more than apporpriate share of credentials, floor passes, VIP passes. I have reserved the right to circulate petitions but after fifty years in this business I do know how to count. Nonetheless, one of my principal reasons for …