From the Pantagraph
President Barack Obama is returning to Chicago in an effort to help Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn survive a tough re-election challenge.
Obama is scheduled to headline a pro-Quinn rally Sunday night at Chicago State University.
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Some CDOBs coverage of Chicago State
Pat Quinn Named in Chicago State Lawsuit
The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn Meeks alleges his firing occurred because he brought a number of, unseemly at best and possibly illegal at …
Fourteen Illinois counties face higher sales taxes if referendums pass at the ballot box this fall.
The tax is called the Illinois County School Facility Occupation Tax, or County School Facility Tax (CSFT) for short. The law authorizing the tax, which passed in 2007, allows school boards representing 51 percent of a county’s student population to place a sales tax hike referendum of up to 1 percent on the ballot.
Since 2007, the CSFT referendums have appeared on the ballot 59 times and they’ve passed 24 times, a 41 percent pass rate.
Voters in these …
On the heels of exposing graft and corruption in Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative comes a Chicago Sun-Times story that his Urban Weatherization Initiative has fallen short of its stated goals.
Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train an army of workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes.
The initiative would put people to work in economically struggling neighborhoods statewide and help homeowners cut their utility bills, supporters said.
But five years later, the …
A forgetful Dick Durbin is called out by the Oberweis Campaign
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was caught lying today at the Chicago Tribune editorial board session when asked about his role in the IRS scandal.
Durbin was asked unequivocally whether he or his U.S. Senate staff had ANY contact with the IRS during the IRS scandal other than the well-publicized letter he wrote asking the IRS to target Crossroads GPS on Oct. 10, 2010.
Durbin responded that there was no other correspondence upon questioning by opponent Jim Oberweis, a Republican state senator from …
Senator Richard Durbin, July 30th, 2009.
“Many people say: I like my health insurance right now. I don’t want to change. I don’t want to go into Medicare or Medicaid. I like what I have. Would you please leave people alone. The answer is yes. In fact, we guarantee it. We are going to put in any legislation considered by the House and Senate the protection of you, as an individual, to keep the health insurance you have, if that is what you want. What we are trying to create are …
As the Chicago Tribune ponders Eric Holder’s legacy as a “reformer” here is the great reformer himself, Eric Holder, making his legacy in Rosemont.From the 20 OCTOBER 2011 Chicago Daily Observer
The Sun Times may have forgotten who was negotiating with Cellini, Rezko, and Rosenberg for the Rosemont Casino license
With the jury present, Rosenberg told Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner of a longtime, close business friendship with Cellini, a Springfield power broker accused of conspiring with Kelly, Rezko and pension board member Stuart Levine to get Rosenberg to ante up to Blagojevich’s campaign fund …
From Points and Figures
Why all the class warfare? When I was growing up, I never dreamed of living on government assistance. I used to ride my bike and run through Oak Brook and dream of owning one of those houses. I didn’t dream about creating a political machine. I dreamed about creating the next McDonald’s ($MCD). Many people I know are one issue voters. They vote on abortion, or social issues. I have news for them. When you can’t get a job, and you can’t support your family, no …
Pat Quinn is a totally and completely undisciplined individual who thinks this government is nothing but a large easel on which to do his PR work. He almost created a shambles in that department” Harold Washington, 1987
Mayor Hubert Hermanek, Jr. of west suburban North Riverside, after yesterday announcing an impasse after six “good faith” negotiating sessions with Firefighters Union Local 2714, instructed the village’s attorneys to file suit today in Cook County Circuit Court asking that court to affirm North Riverside’s right to legally terminate the firefighters’ contract, which expired on April 30, 2014.
North Riverside, with a population of 6,672 in 2,827 households, derives most of its revenue from sales tax, thanks in large part to North Riverside Park Mall. However, the village is facing a …