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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 …

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[8 Mar 2016 | One Comment | ]

From DNAinfo
President Barack Obama has a lot on his plate, but he’s still managed to speak up when it comes to Chicago politics over the years. On Monday, he jumped into a contentious Illinois House race, endorsing Juliana Stratton for the state’s 5th District.
The endorsement comes as that district’s Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) faces accusations of vote-buying. Dunkin has been in powerful Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan’s crosshairs since breaking with Democrats to support Gov. Bruce Rauner last year.
From NTRO

What are Obama’s most recent local endorsements?
John Stroger (pre-stroke)
John Stroger (post-stroke)
Todd Stroger
Rod Blagojevich
He …

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[7 Mar 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

Flint has voted for Dems for 84 straight yrs. What did it get us? For 18 months Dems remained silent &ignored pleas while Flint was poisoned
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2016

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[1 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Battle for Mosul has begun, complete with U.S. Air, Ground, and Special Forces.
The battle for Mosul ultimately will be the biggest U.S. operation in Iraq since the end of the last war.
That was Monday’s message from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who said multinational forces have begun to cut off the city’s supply and communications lines, and to encircle and isolate Islamic State fighters with cyber and air and ground attacks. Some coalition forces are already going afterISIS inside Mosul, and the final …