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[23 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Chicago-area hospitals are trading opioids for Tylenol and other less potent medications to treat pain in the face of the addiction epidemic.

“We were probably too liberal when we were responding to all this pressure (to prescribe the drugs)” https://t.co/NqES6dXNQ7 pic.twitter.com/XPnmIOEHW0

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) January 23, 2018

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[19 Jan 2018 | One Comment | ]

Mike Houlihan, the long time chronicler of all-things Chicago, Irish and Political (and the mix of all the above) has written “Nothin’s on the Square” a short account of the last mayoral election in Chicago, pitting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia against Rahm Emanuel in a contest between two very different (while both being left wing) Democrats for control of Chicago’s executive office.

Mike as “Houli” is one of those Chicago guys who can get away with referring to himself in the third person, while keeping a sane outlook to the reality of …

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[18 Jan 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

Several times during 2017 Donald Trump was asked if he would agree to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the investigation into Russian meddling–and each time he answered affirmatively. Yes, “100 percent” said he.
     Last week, arguably the worst of his presidency, he flipped, giving  the weirdest excuse: “There was no collusion. Nobody’s found any collusion,” so an interview would be “unlikely.”

    Imagine some criminal suspect exonerating himself by pronouncing “I’m innocent. I’m innocent–therefore I don’t have to be questioned by the authorities.”
    Be reminded: none of the three congressional committees investigating …

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[18 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

The last printer on Chicago’s Printers Row is preparing to turn out the lights. https://t.co/rOwSKMIUK5

— Crain’s Chicago (@CrainsChicago) January 18, 2018

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[18 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta calls for less occupational licensing https://t.co/gBkAn090mG via @dcexaminer— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) January 18, 2018

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[18 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Obama struggling to build his library amid obstruction from obstinate activists and a sea of red tape makes me wonder if maybe he now appreciates what his administration did to the folks trying to build pipelines. 🤔https://t.co/Xx1bS3CGv3

— Rob Port (@robport) January 18, 2018

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[18 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Majority Of Americans Don’t Think Trump’s ‘Sh**hole’ Remark Was Racist https://t.co/LglG72WLD7 pic.twitter.com/4wcAuQVboB

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 17, 2018

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[18 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South https://t.co/PxVYoUYpQn pic.twitter.com/FfjkiUOnql— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 18, 2018

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[17 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have finally picked up an A-list re-election foe, one who’s as well known in local politics as him: former gubernatorial hopeful and Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas.

In a phone interview, Vallas said he’s “seriously considering” running for mayor in 2019.

No decision has been made, and he has not yet taken preliminary steps such as initial fundraising or forming an exploratory committee, Vallas said. But he said: “Am I considering it, yes.” Later in our conversation, he upgraded that to “seriously.”

He added: “I’m talking to friends and family about whether this is something we want to do and can do. . . .I was born in Chicago. Two of my three children were born in Chicago.”

I called Vallas after he told Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass yesterday that he could not comment now on rumors that he’s getting ready to run. Initially, Vallas would not elaborate. But in our chat tonight, he went much further.

Vallas confirmed he and his wife have leased a condominium at the east end of the Lincoln Park neighborhood—–”We’re empty-nesters now”—and may soon be in the market for larger place. He wouldn’t talk about timing or other details, but he did say his decision would “absolutely not” depend on the decisions of others considering a race, such as ex-police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

Nor would Vallas, 64, talk about what kind of job he thinks Emanuel is doing.

But he underlined that in recent years he has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice to come up with programs to help ex-convicts re-enter society, and said he’s dedicated his professional career to “offering solutions.”

In a later text, Vallas added: “I’ve always sought public service challenges. And there’s no greater challenge, I believe, than those that Chicago faces today with jobs, schools, public safety. That said, there’s a lot to think about before making the decision.”

Asked for a response to the news, Emanuel campaign spokesman Pete Giangreco said, “We already have one Republican exploring a mayoral run, do we really need another one?”

Though he’s made some enemies through the years and has a sometimes overpowering personality, Vallas has a very deep resume. He served as city revenue director and budget director, then became schools CEO under then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Vallas moved on to head public schools in Philadelphia, New Orleans after Katrina, and Bridgeport, Conn. After a stint in Haiti following that nation’s earthquake, he moved back to the state and ran for lieutenant governor with then-Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014. The ticket lost to a Republican, current Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Vallas most recently has been working an exec at Chicago State University, which has suffered enrollment and funding woes in the past several years.

Vallas would bring a household name to the table. He can cite years of work on behalf of mostly minority schools and has a reputation as a competent and capable official who has honed his political skills since the days when Daley and others provided him cover.

But Vallas is somewhat more conservative than Emanuel, something that could hurt in a city that has moved to the political left in recent decades. He never has been a particularly strong fundraiser, and he’s been away from city politics long enough that someone with a deep war chest such as Emanuel could define him to younger voters.

Still, a Vallas candidacy could open up wide the next mayoral election.

The only candidate who has all but declared, so far, is former CPS principal Troy LaRaviere.