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[26 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

Carol Marin notices that whistleblower Annabel Melongo has been jailed for informing on corrupt politicians in Illinois
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a Monday news conference, didn’t like questions about whether his press office had recorded reporters’ conversations without first seeking their consent.

That’s a big no-no under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, one of the toughest two-party consent laws in the country.
One woman, Annabel Melongo, spent 20 months in Cook County Jail before a judge finally freed her.
Her crime: She had recorded a couple of phone calls with a court clerk. We’re talking …

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[29 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Jack Roeser, the crusty Illinois conservative who has devoted his time and treasure to right-wing causes and candidates, seems a bit amused at his new popularity.

“I’m getting so many people calling and coming out to visit,” he told me.
I called Roeser on Tuesday to talk about the Tea Party and the big TEACON event this weekend in Schaumburg headlined by Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck. Roeser will be their presenter.
“The Republican Party needs the Tea Party,” he said forcefully. “I’m the oldest member, 88 years, their longest member.”
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[25 May 2011 | One Comment | ]

What about Rahm Emanuel?
As White House chief of staff, he was facilitating the appointment of one of President Obama’s preferred candidates for U.S. Senate with Blagojevich.

Though Emanuel practically wrote the book on hardball campaign fund-raising, he has said it was made clear to Blagojevich that the most the then-governor would get in return for his help was “thanks” and “appreciation” from the president.
The big question mark in Emanuel’s testimony will be whether the defense is allowed to play tapes that haven’t been heard before.
Read more from Carol Marin in the …

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[4 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

It’s way past time for Catholic bishops to stop lecturing elected public officials about whom they serve.

As you know, the Illinois House and Senate made history this past week by legalizing civil unions. Senators and state representatives did so despite heavy lobbying by the Catholic Conference of Bishops and by Cardinal Francis George himself.
The president of the Illinois Senate, John Cullerton, is Catholic. The speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan is Catholic.
Both supported the measure. As does Gov. Quinn, also Catholic, who promises to sign the bill and make …

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[18 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]

I couldn’t stay away. Neither could dozens of my news colleagues.

The resentencing of one of Chicago’s legendary political wheeler-dealers filled a courtroom on the 21st floor of the
At issue: Would Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak finally see the inside of a prison cell?
Read more at the Chicago Sun Times

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[6 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Why, I asked, are we not seeing your tax returns, given that Quinn, Simon and Brady have voluntarily provided their own?

Plummer is vice president of R.P. Lumber, his family’s business. It is involved in property development, real estate.
The argument he makes for not disclosing his tax returns, ironically, seems to beg for disclosure: “When you have national publications claiming we have elected officials in Springfield that shape public policy, spend taxpayer money, making millions upon millions of dollars in the private sector, and we don’t see their tax returns, I just find …

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[25 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

Barack Obama, the unapologetic pro-choice presidential candidate, needs to find his strong voice again on the issue now that he is president.
And he needs to stand up to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a tax-exempt religious organization, declaring that reproductive rights of women will not be sacrificed in the fight over a universal health-care bill.
Time is running out.
The acrimonious debate that surrounded this legislation on the floor of the House, coupled with shortsighted acceptance of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, set the stage for the further erosion of a woman’s access …

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[11 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

The church does not endorse candidates for office,” said Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George in a letter read at all masses last Sunday.
Yes, it does.
Not directly but, yes, it does.
Though John F. Kennedy, our first and only Catholic president, promised in 1960 to not impose his faith on public policy, George has said directly that Kennedy was “wrong.”

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[11 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Oak Street Beach needs to be retested for asbestos because previous tests for the cancer-causing substance weren’t done properly, a scientist on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s asbestos advisory board is urging.
“They should go back and retest,” said the scientist, James Webber, who teaches at the State University of New York in Albany.
In 2004, University of Illinois at Chicago scientists found asbestos fibers in 11 of 12 samples taken at Oak Street, the city’s signature beach. It was a surprising and troubling finding. Inhaled asbestos fibers can cause a cancer …

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[10 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

Anita Alvarez, I learned at a 7 a.m. breakfast a couple of months ago, isn’t much of a morning person. Nor does she drink coffee, preferring hot chocolate. Neither fact should lull her November opponent into the belief that she is either soft or unready for the battle ahead.
Alvarez is the 48-year-old career county prosecutor who made history Feb. 5 by becoming the first woman and the first Hispanic to win a primary for Cook County state’s attorney. She beat five guys who were seasoned veterans of past political races. …