From Pat Hickey
The leading voice of The Mumia 47 is Dick Durbin
“Mr. Adegbile’s representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal does not mean he lacks respect for the rule of the law,” said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat. “And it certainly should not disqualify him for this important Civil Rights job. In fact, his willingness to represent an unpopular defendant in an emotionally-charged case demonstrates his appreciation for the rule of law.” (emphases my own)
I took an early voting opportunity. I took a Republican ballot to vote for Doug Truax in the …
A Chicago violence prevention program ordered by Gov. Pat Quinn was so hastily organized and sloppily executed that auditors questioned 40 percent of the expenditures claimed by service providers, an audit released Tuesday found.
From CDOBs (via CNN, and our invaluable commenters)
On a chilly afternoon this fall, teenagers across Chicago’s South Side were busy at work, earning $8.75 an hour to hand out fliers with a message of non-violence.
“Our message that we’re giving out today is about being healthy,” said 18-year-old Lucia Eloisa. “One of the key pointers is about …
To save you the pain, Pat Hickey reads the Sun Times and notices a pretty good sized edit
Here is January 20,2014 report from the Federal Court at 1:27PM
Mandell said he did “a little bit” of the spying he was being paid for, but was conning Michael by claiming to be doing more work than he was being paid for.
He said he used the computer databases and other tools at the civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy, where he was working as an unpaid process server, to research half a dozen …
Via CSU Faculty Voice
Remember James Crowley? Our tough-guy president, Wayne Watson, fired him in 2010 for complying with Freedom of Information Act requests.
According to Crowley, Watson “pushed him to withhold [documents] from faculty and the Chicago Tribune about Watson’s employment at the school.” In a conversation with Crowley about the documents, Watson grabbed his wrist and said: “If you read this my way you are my friend. If you read it the other way, you are my enemy.”
So, in this instance, the man his attorney called “genteel” in March 2013, …
While Crain’s uses Census Data to note
As the Great Recession churned job prospects for many, Cook County lost about 13,000 residents with six-figure household incomes to other places, despite the widely hyped revival of downtown housing and jobs.
Between 2007 and 2011, Chicago and its immediate suburbs also ended up with about 10,000 fewer residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, even after accounting for new arrivals, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s first attempt to track population shifts by income and education at the county level.
The Financial Times uses Rahm Emanuel’s PR …
From the Zimbabwe Herald
Former United States Congressman for Chicago Melvin Jay Reynolds, who came into Zimbabwe last year purporting to be a middleman for foreign investors in the tourism industry, was yesterday arrested for violating immigration laws and possessing pornographic material. He had also accumulated bills worth US$24 500 at two hotels which he was yet to pay.
Reynolds, who was convicted on 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography before he resigned from his seat in the USA was picked up by police detectives and …
From Alderman Joe Moore
Please join Barbara and me in our home this Valentine’s Day weekend for champagne, chocolate and “Romanek” conversation as we welcome two very dear friends: candidate for judge Abbey Fishman Romanek and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. The reception takes place this Sunday, February 16th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at our home at 1431 W. Fargo (just west of Sheridan).
We’re asking for a $150 donation for Abbey’s campaign for judge, but any amount you can give, large or small, would be much appreciated.
To reserve your spot, CLICK HERE.
Abbey is running for judge in the 9th Judicial Subcircuit and we’re supporting her …
From Heritage Foundry
Like aspiring American entrepreneurs throughout our country’s history, 11-year-old Chloe Stirling wanted to help herself by helping others. Determined to save money for a car when she comes of age, Chloe baked, sold, and donated cupcakes for two years. She ran her business, called, “Hey, Cupcake!” out of her parents’ kitchen in Troy, Illinois.Ironically, it was Chloe’s success that got her in trouble. After a local paper lauded her creative cupcaking, the Madison County Health Department took notice and told her to close up shop.
What were they thinking? …
From PJ Media
President Obama enacted part of his promised Climate Action Plan today with the creation of regional “Climate Hubs” to coordinate a global warming response with farmers, ranchers and owners of forest land.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change “are going to do a risk analysis of crop production and of forestry, in terms of changing climates.”
“It will establish the vulnerabilities that we have in each region of the country. We’ll determine from those vulnerabilities strategies and technologies and …
From the Journal Online
The first steps to tearing down the Des Plaines Oasis on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) will begin this spring.
The tollway recently announced a $4.1 million contract with F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC of Chicago for the oasis demolition. The project is among $81.6 million worth of work approved for 2014 as part of the tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program.
The tollway agency will pay oasis operator SFI Chicago Tollway LLC $9.3 million to terminate a 25-year-lease on the site.
Let’s see, who was rennovating those …