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[23 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

What a week! Blago poisons the jury pool and “Dr. Laura” poisons the airwaves. Couldn’t let either pass without comment, so here you get two (brief) columns for the price of one. First, there is already enough commentary on the Rod Blagojevich decision to fill an encyclopedia: guilty on only one count, lying to federal agents; and a hung jury on 23 more substantive counts, with a retrial promised by the U.S. attorney. Volumes have been written about the quality of the prosecution and the defense …

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[23 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

The plot thickens…
The first of Stermer’s alleged missteps came last Oct. 11 in a response to an e-mail sent a day earlier from the Quinn campaign’s media consultant, John Kupper. He wanted to formulate a response to an expected argument from Democratic gubernatorial rival Dan Hynes about Quinn being a “tax and spender,” the Wright report said.
That ain’t much, and neither are the other two e-mails. If that’s really all Stermer did, and if Stermer really did report his own behavior way back in January, then why, all of a …

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[23 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

Gov. Pat Quinn’s chief of staff resigned Sunday after the Chicago Sun-Times posed questions about a probe of three politically oriented correspondences sent from his government e-mail account in possible violation of a state ethics law.

In tendering his resignation, Jerry Stermer, 67, said he did not want to have findings against him by former Executive Inspector General James A. Wright overshadow the work of the governor, who is in a difficult election battle against Republican Bill Brady.
Read more at the Chicago Sun Times

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[23 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

From the BBC
If Rod Blagojevich serves jail time, he will be the fourth Illinois governor since 1960 to be sent to prison on corruption charges. Why are officials from Illinois and its largest city, Chicago, so often shady?

Political corruption and Chicago go together like fashion and Milan or surfers and Sydney: the association is deep, and it has shaped the city.
Most Illinois historians date the corruption back to 1869, when three county commissioners were convicted of fraudulently awarding a contract to paint City Hall with expensive long-lasting paint.
The contractor instead …

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[22 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Pollak campaign welcomes Schakowsky supporters to “Women For Pollak” event on Sunday, August 22

NILES, IL – August 20, 2010 – A political action committee from outside the 9th District that supports incumbent Democrat Jan Schakowsky has told its members to “show up” and disrupt Joel Pollak’s “Women for Pollak” campaign event in Skokie this Sunday.
The Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JAC PAC), which is based in the 10th District suburb of Highland Park, sent an email to supporters accusing Pollak of running a “smear campaign” …

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[22 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Please join Tom Roeser, the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer on Political Shootout as he welcomes Phil O’Connor, veteran Republican strategist and cabinet officer for both Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar and Don Rose, veteran liberal journalist, currently writing for the Chicago Daily Observer who has worked on countless campaigns…including Bernard Carey Republican states attorney of Cook, Jane Byrne for mayor (the time she won), and who was press secretary for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he took up residence in Chicago.
Listen to WLS …

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[21 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Chicago-based ShoreBank, which for more than three decades made loans to South and West siders who might not have gotten financing elsewhere to buy homes, apartment buildings and start businesses, failed Friday. It had struggled for months to raise sufficient funds to stay afloat.
Its deposits and most of its assets were acquired by a consortium of major U.S. financial institutions and philanthropic groups and will reopen under the name Urban Partnership Bank.

ShoreBank was the 15th Illinois bank to fail this year and the 118th to be seized by federal and …

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[20 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

Axelrod PR firm splits with Quinn
Chicago Sun-Times – Abdon M. Pallasch – ‎17 minutes ago‎

The public relations firm started by President Obama’s senior advisor David Axelrod, AKPD Media, has split with Gov. …

Illinois governor, Axelrod firm part on bad terms
Politico (blog) – ‎3 hours ago‎

David Axelrod’s old firm AKPD media (he’s no longer a partner) was reportedly just fired by the campaign of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and left with this acid …

National Journal (blog) – Reid Wilson – ‎2 hours ago‎
Quinn In Trouble
IL Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has been on the job for about 18 months, but …

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[19 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Suspending Bea Reyna-Hickey over an e-mail that suggested more police ticket writing gave Chicago Mayor Daley an opportunity to do what he does best – not answer a question. I think that this might be Mayor Daley’s Mosque Moment – kind of like President Obama’s embrace and subsequent walk back from the Cordoba Initiative at Ground Zero in New York. Mayor Daley said this when he was questioned about the e-mail, “It’s just stupid. Some bureaucrat sent that out, This is a stupid e-mail. There will be appropriate discipline.”
Some …

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[19 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

The story I did a few days ago about the Gangland Bus cruising around with goggle-eyed tourists hearing crime and corruption stories this town savors—and advertises—almost came true yesterday in every respect when a jury of Blago’s peers found him guilty of only one of the 24 criminal corruption charges he faced.
The reason the former governor didn’t get convicted on all 24 was not due to ineptitude of the prosecution—or the ineffable brilliance of the defense (although I will grant the defense better understood Chicagoans) —but because of three …