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 …
I thought about what Rezko must have been like years ago, at 19, coming out of Syria hungry and broke, with nothing but ambition. It didn’t take him long in Chicago to see how things were done, how crooked politics are here, played as politics are played in the Middle East and everywhere else.
Everywhere, that is, but in those embarrassing Obama creation myths spun by myth masters from Chicago’s City Hall, all about hope and change and Barack transcending the broken politics of the past.
Rezko was of the old broken …
Tom Rosenberg, the alleged shakedown victim in the federal corruption case of Springfield political boss William Cellini, is often referred to as a Hollywood movie producer.
And it is true that he is a producer. He’s made dozens of films in the last two decades, including the haunting “Million Dollar Baby” directed by Clint Eastwood.
But here’s the thing about Rosenberg. He might eat in Hollywood. He might do business in Hollywood. But he’s not some Hollywood guy.
He’s a Chicago guy.
This notion that if you’re not from here you can’t really understand …
The Tribune Washington Bureau has reported that the U.S. Department of Energy employee who helped monitor the Solyndra loan guarantee was one of Obama’s top fundraisers. Fundraising? Contracts? Imagine that. Steve Spinner was the Obama administration official in charge of handing out billions and billions of tax dollars to “green” energy deals.
According to the Tribune story, Spinner the other day invited Obama’s national political finance committee to a meeting in Chicago. The name of the Obama fundraising initiative? “Technology for Obama.” The idea of …
I ask you to imagine reading the following online:
“With all the records being released from Obama’s time as a state senator from Chicago — and all of his connections to the convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko — we need help.
“So we’re looking for some help from readers to analyze, contextualize and research it all right alongside our reporters over the next several days. … We’re limiting this to just 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the emails. … …
Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel was twice purged from the city voter rolls in the last 13 months but was reinstated by election officials, who allowed him to vote absentee in the February primary even though he did not live at his North Side address.
“We have the evidence from the Chicago Board of Elections. It’s all documented, and we’ll prove the case,”
Read more at the Chicago Tribune
I’m guessing that Tony Rezko, the president’s benefactor, friend and personal real estate fairy, would love to attend.
He was the star of a Sun-Times report published Monday about a $22 million development loan from the Giannoulias family’s now-defunct Broadway Bank to a Rezko company.
It would be nice for Rezko to show up. That way, Obama could point, then shout for all to hear: “That’s not the Tony Rezko I know!”
Sadly, Tony has no time for fundraisers these days.
He’s in federal custody, awaiting sentencing on his convictions for political influence peddling.