Just before the Obama endorsement in the Dunkin-Stratton race, another unproven allegation was made, that Dunkin was buying votes.
A Democrat buying votes in Chicago?
Have you ever hearda sucha ting?
If not, then you’ve never heard of precinct money or walking-around money. And if it wasn’t cash, it was turkeys and hams.
“It’s a tradition,” a wise Democratic consultant told me. “It keeps Election Day going smooth. A sawbuck here, a half a lung there.”
Half a lung?
“That’s real old school for ’50 bucks,’” he said.
After the cash and the turkeys and hams, the …
You can see the truth of it by watching the other politicians scrambling for cover in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video release.
They don’t like questions about how they helped Rahm win. That puts the jacket on them. And they don’t want to wear the jacket.
So they’re stitching one up for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who charged Van Dyke with murder the other day.
They want Alvarez to wear the jacket for it all.
Rahm seems to be throwing her under his bus, but he doesn’t want his fingerprints …
Here are two more names Rauner should consider:
Madigan & Getzendanner.
That’s the name of Madigan’s law firm, where I’m told he makes a fortune as the most respected (or is that most feared?) property tax reduction attorney in Cook County.
He controls politics and politicians, and they vote on taxes in his public life. In his entirely separate private life, Madigan reduces taxes and makes millions representing powerful people.
That’s simply an amazing coincidence, right? I’m flabbergasted when I think of how it works out, as if by magic.
You might call it the …
John Kass here on Political Grandstanding at the Jackie Robinson West celebration
John Lennon here had had enough as well
I’ve had enough of watching scenes
Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth
Moutza of the Month goes to Senator Dick Durbin
Read more in the Chicago Tribune
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Durbin expressed his outrage on Facebook early this week, saying a Republican congressman meeting with Obama about the shutdown told the president: “I cannot even stand to look at you.”
Unfortunately for Durbin, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he looked into Durbin’s story, even spoke to someone at the meeting, and told reporters the presidential face was not dishonored.
“It did not happen,” Carney said.
That seems clear enough.
And it would have started to fade away, except we learned Thursday that Durbin had sent out a fundraising letter. The senior senator …
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire bull in the quaint Illinois Republican china shop, sat down with me Wednesday morning at a diner on LaSalle Street to talk about politics.
Are you running for governor?
“I am thinking about it,” said Rauner, 57, a Republican who has spent decades working for school reform, has been an adviser to Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and is a target of the Chicago Teachers Union and labor bosses.
“I’m doing some serious evaluation, meeting with people, getting ideas on how to do this. But I make decisions. And I’m …
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is butting his way into Chicago politics like some Mayor Buttinski.
Bloomberg, the billionaire, news mogul and despiser of large soda drinks, is spending at least $2.1 million here to determine which Democrat in the 2nd Congressional District gets to replace the troubled and criminally charged former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Bud Light.
Because had Bloomberg bothered to actually speak with the African-American residents he’s seeking to re-educate — in communities where young men with gang ties or teenagers walking home from school aren’t safe — …
Benghazi is the place where four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were killed last month, on Sept. 11. And for days afterward, Obama and his political team avoided use of the word “terrorism” and blamed it instead on mob action that they insisted was sparked by an anti-Muslim video that had been on the Internet for months.
But Americans now know there was no impromptu mob protest at the American Consulate at Benghazi. It was a planned terrorist attack. Yet why did it take Obama’s administration so …
When Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis led her members out on strike this week, she said real school would be closed.
“Negotiations have been intense but productive,” she said. “However, we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. Real school will not be open (Monday).”
Real school? You mean that public system where four of 10 students don’t graduate?
Since real school wasn’t open, I was compelled to visit an unreal school.
A South Side school where 100 percent of the students graduate, and 100 percent are accepted …