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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by the devastating storms in Southern Illinois last night.

The Chicago Daily Observer encourages our readers to consider donating to the Southern Illinois Red Cross chapter at this link
Red Cross Little Egypt Network
image St. Joseph’s Church, Ridgeway Illinois

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[29 Feb 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

No one more deserves sympathy in these troubled times than the nonprofit charities struggling to survive.
In this recession, government subsidies are tight and in Illinois, the state is stiffing them. Contributions are off. Their staffs are shrinking …

Wait, let me start again. No one more deserves sympathy in these troubled times than the clients these charities serve — the starving, sick, homeless, addicted, despairing and destitute.
I rephrased that because I’m not so sure that the various charities, nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations should escape scrutiny for how well or poorly they …

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

* My photojournalist brother Devin is on his way to Harrisburg as I write this, so we may have more pics soon. But it looks bad…
A hospital administrator in the southern Illinois city of Harrisburg says at least three people were killed in a sev…

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

Elected officials in other places are talking openly about pot.
Last week Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn called for legalizing marijuana, saying prohibition finances a violent criminal trade and “fuels a biased incarceration p…

Chicago, Syndicated »

[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

* The Senate is in at 11:45 and the House convenes at 12:30.
I’ve been meaning to thank LIS for finally abandoning those ancient Windows Media video streams and switching over to a much more modernized and embeddable streaming system. I’…

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

This is in response to columnist Dennis Byrne’s article, “Cashing in on charities” (Opinion, Feb. 28).

I’m a big fan of Dennis Byrne, but we have to be very careful about making sweeping assumptions regarding the pay of non-profit executives.

Non-…

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[29 Feb 2012 | 4 Comments | ]

On February 27, a Chicagoland website, Illinois PayToPlay, cited the star witness in the Operation Gambit trials of the early ’90s, Robert Cooley, as a primary source for the information from Daniel Frawley claiming he gave $400,000 in cash to Tony Rezko, who then passed it on to Barack Obama.

In case you missed Cooley’s story, James Peterson, writing for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism, noted that “[i]n the mid-1980’s, Chicago Outfit Lawyer Robert Cooley voluntarily went undercover for the FBI as part of an investigation called Operation Gambat. Cooley wore …

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[28 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

* This was bound to get some publicity, but it means absolutely nothing…
In an action late Monday, Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, who narrowly lost to Democrat Pat Quinn in the 2010 gubernatorial election, filed a resolution calling on Congress …