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[30 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

All this stentorian rhetoric about “the soul of the Senate has died” causes any objective student of that body to wretch. U. S. Senator Robert Byrd had only one accomplishment: one. He knew the arcane Senate procedure well enough to bring so many federal installations paid for by taxpayers that the whole state is in danger of sinking into the ground. Everything else…his legendary astuteness, his encyclopedic knowledge of Senate procedure which antedates to Rome, is baloney. He postured as a constitutionalist and always carried in …

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[30 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

I had the privilege of knowing Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, though he did not come to the Senate until two years after I served as a Page. But in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s I had many communications with him relating especially to Illinois. He had a great friend, Bill Perkins, one of the most effective, intelligent and honest lobbyists who divided much of his time between Washington and a few state capitols, Illinois being first and foremost.

From sometime in the 1980s until June or …

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[30 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

Whatever you might think of the Supreme Court striking down Chicago’s handgun ban, it’s hard to argue that you don’t have a right to defend yourself in your own home.

If you agree, but think that government can forbid you from defending yourself with a handgun, then you have to say what weapon you can have. Sounds simple enough, but let’s try it as an exercise:
Landmines (or improvised explosive devices). Okay, a little extreme, but it meets the objections of anti-gun activists. Landmines are not portable. You can’t carry concealed landmines …

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[30 Jun 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

In case you had any doubts if our stimulus dollars were being spent wisely, here’s a cameo from Wilmette Avenue, the portal to Kenilworth, Illinois of just how important the stimulus is to economic growth.   Given that Wilmette is one of the wealthiest villages in Illinois, and Kenilworth is the wealthiest village in Illinois (and #11 in the USA), can’t these anointed areas afford their own street maintenance?
And yes, that is the Methodist Church from Home Alone in the east half of the shot.

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John Powers is the President of the …

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[29 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Union leader Tom Balanoff just testified that right after the Presidential election, he met with both Valerie Jarrett and Alexi Giannoulias about Jarrett’s possible appointment to the Senate by Rod Blagojevich.
There’s more:
Balanoff said he planned to tell Blagojevich that if he didn’t appoint Jarrett then the governor couldn’t expect future help from the union, a major Democratic contributor.
“I was going to use our union’s influence to make a good decision,” Balanoff said.

Blago, Obama,  Giannoulias,and SEIU: nice people to do business with.
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[29 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Reading my University of Illinois news yesterday, I came upon an advocacy interview (the lead story, in fact) with Professor Leslie Reagan promoting abortion for minors without parental notification.  With the U of I in dire financial trouble, and under attack for admissions preferences, I sincerely question the wisdom of releasing an abortion promo as an official news piece from the University of Illinois.
The interview is presented as a matter of fact, not opinion.  What business does a University have advocating in this area?  Why are our tax dollars (and …

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[29 Jun 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

Wearing crisp white shirts, black slacks and determination on their baby smooth faces, Leo freshman arrive at the venerable Catholic High School before 7 A.M. for an immersion course that prepares the entering class for their career at Leo.

At 7:15 A.M. Executive Secretary Natasha Adams, asked, “Mr. Hickey, did you see the student run past your office?” I had not paid much attention as kids are always running past my office on their way up to the second floor. “He was being chased by three men into the building.”
We …

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[29 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

As the nation worried last week about oil spill, Iran, immigration and deficits, leaders of The Squid who control Chicago, Illinois and now national government, were engrossed in something else that has first priority.
It has to do with 2011. That’s the year the senior partner of The Squid, Mayor Richard M. Daley, is to run for reelection. This takes precedence over anything and everything else.

How Defeating a Local Prosecutor Elected Kennedy.
Those who believe The Squid thinks of national elections before its own Chicago ones are sadly mistaken. …

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[28 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

CDOBS Syndicate

Illinois Review:
Illinois employment program cuts off new applicants as demand outstrips supply
Newsalert:
David Weigel Responds to Journolist Scandal in Breitbart’s Big Government
The Capitol Fax Blog:
Does Illinois need a wage cut?
Newsalert:
Man who challenged gun ban: ‘I am so happy, I am so happy’
The Capitol Fax Blog:
How things are done here
Illinois Review:
Simon targets women voters
Chicago Reader: The Blog: Clout City:
City Council to Consider New Gun Regulations Tuesday
Illinois Review:
Schock comments on Supreme Court Decision McDonald v. City of Chicago
Illinois Review:
State Treasurer Giannoulias opens satellite office in Collinsville

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[26 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Please join Chicago Daily Observer Editorial Board Chairman Tom Roeser as he welcomes Gene Mullins, spokesman for Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, and Lee Daniels, former Speaker of the Illinois House, on Political Shootout on WLS AM 890 at 8PM on Sunday evening.

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