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[18 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

From Edgar County Watchdogs
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit was filed today in the 5th Judicial Circuit Court, Edgar County, against the Office of the Auditor General.  Also named in the suit is Frank Mautino, the current Auditor General.

According to the complaint, Mautino failed to comply with certain requirements of the FOI Act to include production or certain records in his possession.  The complaint was filed by Kirk Allen, pro se.  Allen is the Co-Founder of the Edgar County Watchdogs.  Allen prevailed in hispro se FOIA case against past Health …

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[13 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

From Rolling Stone
Billy Corgan had strong words for social justice movements and liberals in a new interview. “When I watch some of the clips … of some of these protests, I have no respect for what these people are doing,” he said in an interview on InfoWars, a website run by libertarian radio host Alex Jones. “They’re shutting down free speech. … I just don’t get it. To me it’s antithetical to the society that I believe in. But I try to listen to their argument.”

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[12 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

From CBS 2
The former top fundraiser for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (and Barack Obama ed.) has left a halfway house a free man, after spending nearly a decade in federal custody.
An attorney for Antoin “Tony” Rezko confirmed his client was released Thursday and was looking forward to being reunited with his family.

In another convenient story
Related Midwest has taken part ownership of 62 acres southwest of Clark Street and Roosevelt Road, and will be the lead developer of a multibillion-dollar joint venture that promises to reshape Chicago’s skyline and …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

From the Daily Herald
A plan approved in the Illinois Senate Tuesday to redistribute education funding would eventually cost many suburban schools, leading one lawmaker to warn, “If you’re a suburbanite, they’re coming after you.”

The plan from state Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, is intended to send more money to less-wealthy districts. The Senate approved it by a 31-21 vote after Republicans and Democrats sparred for a week about disputed sets of numbers showing how districts would fare in future years under the plan.

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[28 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

From Reuters
Illinois stripped former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert of his teacher’s pension on Wednesday, but his sentencing for a federal financial crime linked to past sex abuse will not cost him a second, more lucrative state pension.
The state Teachers’ Retirement System moved swiftly after Hastert’s sentencing by ending his $16,622-a-year annuity from 16 years of teaching in a far western suburb of Chicago, where the sexual abuse to which he admitted occurred.
But Hastert will not lose his $28,025 annual pension from his six years as a member …

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[21 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

From the Daily Signal
Democratic lawmakers appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood received more than $81,000 in campaign contributions from the organization since 1990, according to a study by the Media Research Center.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., was appointed as the committee’s ranking member.Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Jackie Speier, D-Calif.; Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; and Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., were also appointed to the panel.

Using data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Yoder calculated that since 1998, the six Democrat appointees to the panel have …

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[18 Apr 2016 | One Comment | ]

From Left to Left, Todd Stroger, Dick Durbin, Jan Schakowsky

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[14 Apr 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

From the Daily Herald 
As his final move as Cook County GOP chairman, Aaron Del Mar of Palatine fired more than a dozen committeemen who have voted in a Democratic primary during the previous eight years.

Del Mar, who did not seek re-election at Wednesday’s county party convention in Chicago, told the Daily Herald he considered a number of the party’s 80 committeemen — 50 from the city of Chicago and 30 from the suburbs — to be Democratic “plants” after examining their voting records and lack of attendance at party meetings and …

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[18 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

From International Business Times
May 15, 2015, was an important day in the world of Chicago’s city finances. On that day the city reached a deal with Barclays to take over a $100 million soured bet on an interest rate swap. Inked mostly in the early 2000s, these specialty financial products backfired after the 2008 financial crisis, saddling Chicago taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in fees.

But the Barclays swap deal wasn’t the only piece of financial news for Chicago that day. The city also announced that a new chief …