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[31 Jul 2010 | 11 Comments | ]

In a circle of lame journalism only challenged by the Tribune’s breathless expose of Mark Kirk’s boating skills,  Edward McLelland at The Channel 5 Ward Room stokes up trivial story about *gasp* a date that didn’t go very well for a low level Young Republican in town.  Big Stuff (as Rich Miller says)?  Or a story that bores most everyone (as Tom Roeser says)?
McLelland did type in one interesting part of the story, a group of the usual suspects Sara Feigenholtz, Karen Yarborough and Iris Martinez in this case, are trying …

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[31 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Parks officials in the northern suburb say it was a good use of taxpayer dollars, even though the off-the-charts spending spree included giving the three executives nearly $700,000 in bonuses while paying one of them $185,120 for no work and signing over an SUV to him as he left town.

The Park District acknowledges it did so, in part, to pad the executives’ pensions, a practice pension officials say is wrong. The district’s 58-year-old former executive director is now paid more in retirement — $166,000 a year — than he was …

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[30 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

Governments all over the world have hit the wall. It doesn’t matter where we look: national, state and local government budgets are in crisis. This cannot continue. Major policy shifts are underway. The time for austerity has come.

There are three types of austerity. Good, bad, and ugly. Good austerity is the kind that puts the pain on the government sector. Bad austerity is the kind that tries to spread the pain across the public and private sectors. Ugly austerity is the …

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[30 Jul 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

U of I-Champaign adjunct professor Kenneth Howell will return to the university classroom to teach “Catholicism” in next Fall’s semester. Attorneys representing the university contacted the Alliance Defense Fund that he can teach once more in the Fall semester after having been fired for explaining the Church’s position on homosexuality which prompted one anonymous letter-writer (who didn’t take the class) to object on behalf of an anonymous class-member that Howell was homophobic. Howell’s email to the class demonstrated that he was not but merely was describing …

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[30 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Maybe voters shouldn’t have listened to Barack Obama, who claimed Rezko as his “political godfather.” Obama assured voters in a re-election endorsement that “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.”
Party leaders knew that wasn’t true.

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And when the media did begin reporting on the allegations swirling around the governor’s office, even alleged party reformers were there to defend Blagojevich.
“I don’t like government being used as a tool to reward political favors and I never have. I don’t like …

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[30 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

An instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — dismissed after a student called his explanation of Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality “hate speech” — is being offered his teaching job back, the university said today.
In making the move, the university also announced it will now pay those teaching Catholic-related courses rather than have them paid by a church group. (Chicago breaking news)
Kenneth Howell was barred last month from teaching two courses in the university’s Religion Department after explaining during class and in an e-mail why the church believes …

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[29 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

I was coming out of a polling place in East Rogers Park, where I had served as a precinct judge of election, when I found that my Pontiac would not start. I placed a telephone call to a police officer assigned to the 24th District and he helped me get a tow truck. While we were waiting for the truck, we began talking about local politics and he told me that Alderman Dick Mell (33rd) was going to begin pushing hard for a young lawyer by the name of Rod …

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[29 Jul 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

Just when Republicans have a chance to win, Capitol Fax blog sighed yesterday, hiding its inward grin, this happens! What is it? Big scandal…tremendous. Ranks right up there with Mark Kirk’s 1976 boat accident. The Cook county Republican party’s executive director resigns! Great God of mercy! Can the republic stand this earthquake which shakes the very timbers of western civilization?

After weeks of trying to sell the story, a newsletter formed to promote the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton finally hit pay-dirt when The Huffington …

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[28 Jul 2010 | 9 Comments | ]

Did Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration intervene in the road builders strike to help the public — or to help two labor unions which gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations just days before?

That question Tuesday moved to the front of the race for governor as Illinois Republicans suggested — but stopped short of charging — that Mr. Quinn may have been caught in a Rod Blagojevich-style pay-to-play scheme.
Team Quinn denied any impropriety.
Specifically at issue is $475,000 Mr. Quinn’s campaign has reported receiving in May and June from …

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[28 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]

If Arizona is not allowed to have its own “immigration policy,” as the Obama Department of Justice insists, then why is Chicago and other local or state governments allowed to have their own immigration policies by creating sanctuaries for illegal immigrants?
Chicago, Evanston, Cicero and scores, if not hundreds, of other state and local governments have established themselves as “sanctuary cities” in which they have prescribed their own rules prohibiting the reporting by their law enforcement officers of illegal immigrants to federal authorities.
Is a clear violation of federal law and court …