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[26 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Wait, are you serious? The prosecutor is on their board? You can not make this up. @daviddaleiden @PPact pic.twitter.com/1olkSOPoTW

— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 26, 2016

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[26 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

My question is, Does Vatican have centrifuges? (To go with its subterfuges, its enemies would say) At one level, the close ties between Rome and Tehran reflect the often under-appreciated fact that both the Vatican and post-revolutionary Iran are basically theocracies, representing spiritual traditions — Catholicism and Shia Islam — that have a surprising amount … Continue reading What next from liberal source about Vatican as Iran buddy?

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[26 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Seaway Bank & Trust, Chicago’s largest black-owned bank, sued Urban Partnership Bank last week in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging bad-faith dealings over the mortgage portfolio, originally held by failed South Side community lender ShoreBank. The loans have a face value of $154 million and were held on UPB’s books at $82 million as of Sept. 30.
UPB, formed in 2010 to succeed ShoreBank after its high-profile failure, assumed more than $1 billion in loans and has endured tens of millions in losses on that portfolio ever since. Since then, it’s …

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[26 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

As the summer of Trump gave way to the autumn of Trump, then the winter of Trump/Cruz, in only a few days we will get the first actual result of actual people in the actual state of Iowa  actually casting ballots in their own arcane way.
The very idea unleashes a blizzard of bizarre, “who’da thunk” items swirling through what’s left of my brain. Prime among them is who’da thunk it would come down to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz? The Republican nomination has boiled down to a battle of Frankenstein …

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[25 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

Rich Miller is upset that Governor Rauner might do something about the rampant corruption at Chicago State Univesrity.  Whew!

Read more at Capital Fax

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[25 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

* With more than 200 Chicago shootings since the year began, this is very bad news, indeed…
The mounting toll from the Illinois budget impasse is now reaching vital programs that effectively keep youth out of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. On Feb. 15, Children’s Home + Aid will suspend crisis intervention services […]

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[24 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Perfect sequence of stories about the CTA on Google News.  The Solution to various assaults and ears getting bit off?
More Electric Buses!

CTA News from Google News

CTA to buy more electric buses – Chicago Tribune
1/22/2016
Chicago Tribune CTA to buy more electric buses Chicago Tribune The Chicago Transit Authority announced plans Friday to spend…

CTA worker injured in Red Line subway near North and Clybourn – Chicago Tribune
1/21/2016
Chicago Tribune CTA worker injured in Red Line subway near North and Clybourn Chicago Tribune Commuters who rely on…

South Side man charged with sexually assaulting minor …

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[23 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

After Illinois Auditor General William Holland retired last fall, three years into his third ten-year term, the General Assembly appointed state representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) as his replacement. Mautino, the former Deputy Leader in the general assembly, was the anointed pick of powerful House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago).
But for one state senator and 10 mostly freshman state representatives, the Mautino appointment vote exposed the bipartisan corruption that is Illinois politics. Republican leadership in both chambers pressured their own caucuses to nearly unanimously approve Mike Madigan’s deputy as auditor.
Now, Frank Mautino …

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[22 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

In Illinois, the right political connections command a premium.
John Bills – the former Chicago transportation official indicted on corruption charges in August 2014 – knows this as well as anyone.

Federal prosecutors allege Bills received hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and perks from Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. in exchange for bringing the company’s red-light cameras to Chicago.
Now, the admitted bagman for Bills’ scheme with Redflex, Martin O’Malley, said Bills ordered him to cut checks totaling $5,500 to Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Mike Madigan’s 13th Ward Democratic Organization, according …