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Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Assocation Updated information here

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I first met George Ryan, in 1975 when I was a baby teacher/coach at Bishop McNamara in Kankakee – a Chicago 18th Ward Democrat in Republican Land. In Fact Mimi Shapiro asked me to run for City Clerk as a Democrat – I figured what the hell -good way to learn the town. George’s brother Tom was the Mayor. The GOP slated Gene Glenzinski for City Clerk and the Dad of one my wrestlers and a better man never pulled on socks.

 
The Race was a blast and we had frequent …

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[31 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

From the July 3, 2010 Chicago Daily Observer
The Supreme Court ruling that limits enforcement of the “honest services” statute has renewed talk of releasing George Ryan from prison.

Efforts to spring Ryan from prison have been made on several occasions, and seem to come around as regular as clockwork. Only the circumstances of the pleas change. Sometimes it is because Ryan is ill. Or his wife is ill. Or because Ryan feels bad about what happened.
This time, Ryan will use the court ruling as his angle. But the ruling didn’t strike …

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In a pushback of sorts from the Democratic left, the heads of the Illinois and Chicago federations of labor were joined by U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Bill Foster in saying the solution to the federal budget deficit is to be found not in hurting the …

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Ryan’s release means Rod Blagojevich is now the lone former Illinois governor behind bars. The Democrat is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published …

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Rod Blagojevich’s ill-fated Gross Receipts Tax despite not liking it at all: I quickly piped up and said that it was a terrible idea and it wouldn’t work. I was told otherwise and to watch it move through the legislature. Under my breath I was mouthing …

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His departure from prison follows a rich, if ignominious, history in Illinois of ex-governors arriving in and departing from prison. Of Illinois’ last seven governors, four have ended up going to prison. They are: Rod Blagojevich, 2002-2009, convicted …

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Confronted with a rising body count that exceeded 500 in 2012, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, not letting this crisis go to waste, has sent letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America …

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Charlie and the Old Lady on the . . .Tube.Let me tell you the story Of a man named Charlie On a tragic and fateful day He put ten cents in his pocket, Kissed his wife and family Went to ride on the . . .(MTA ) Public Trans…

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[30 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]

For those who think that suburban Cook County politics is a boring, somewhat soporific enterprise, think again. On April 9, when 120 municipalities and 30 townships hold elections, there’s an abundance of comedy, duplicity, mendacity and audacity.

 
 
In the past, the operative descriptive word has been “trickle up,” meaning that ambitious would-be politicians seek suburban municipal or township office as a steppingstone to greater glory – like legislative, congressional or county office. They rarely succeed. Other than former Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan (D), elected state representative in 2012, and outgoing …