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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[27 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[22 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[17 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

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

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[12 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[12 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

From the Thomas Moore Society
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision to dismiss the appeal brought by Satkar Hospitality Inc. against Illinois Review, a conservative news blog. In 2011, Satkar sued Illinois Review for defamation. The U.S. District Court dismissed the lawsuit, but Satkar appealed the decision, and in May, 2013, Thomas More Society brought oral arguments in defense of Illinois Review before the Seventh Circuit.

“We’re very pleased that this blatant attempt to silence aggressive political reporting has been finally rejected by the …

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[2 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

A former Cook County employee who managed a $10.3 million federal grant to assist county residents who were impacted by floods in 2008 was arrested today on federal charges for allegedly engaging in a fraud scheme with several contractors and swindling at least $330,000 from the program. A vendor who allegedly kicked-back more than $100,000 was indicted together with the former county official.

BARRY CROALL, 45, of Montgomery, Ill., was a county program manager who oversaw disbursement of the grant funds for Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. …

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[22 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

NIU is blocking Wikipedia
Northern Illinois University is restricting students’ access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. The internet is a dangerous place, and we wouldn’t want students inadvertently coming across something controversial, now would we?
Students who attempt to visit an unauthorized site through the campus network are redirected to a creepy “Web Page Access Warning.” The “warning” is that the students are about to go somewhere that probably violates NIU internet policy. One student reported the policy to Reddit after he received a warning for trying to …

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[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

First it was Walgreen’s.  From National Review
Our elected officials in Congress now feel they have the political power to carry out these threats with impunity.
Now Mr. Durbin is celebrating the Walgreens shakedown. The big losers here were the shareholders — including thousands and thousands of middle class Americans — whose retirement funds include Walgreens stock. The stock fell in the 24 hours after the announcement by more than 10 percent and so shareholders lost at least $6 billion on the announcement. That’s a lot of financial wreckage from one single …