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[23 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

The 2016 contest for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk is one of mind over matter. In short, for the great bulk of voters, it’s out of mind and doesn’t matter.
For any politician or political candidate, a quick indictment is good to have…as long as the indictee is your opponent. For Diane Shapiro, the 2016 Republican candidate for the office, an indictment of 16-year incumbent Dorothy Brown before Nov. 8 is potentially the difference between victory and defeat. Or maybe not.

Brown manages – or, as many suggest, mismanages – the county’s …

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[21 Jul 2016 | One Comment | ]

Here’s a multiple-choice question: If you are one of 110 elected Democratic legislators in Springfield, 71 in the House and 39 in the Senate, to whom are you subservient and from whom do you take your orders?

(a) House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
(b) Legislative staff.
(c) Political campaign staff.
(d) The Democratic Party of Illinois.
(e) Your constituents.
(f) None of the Above.

If you answered (a), (c) or (d), you are a shrewd observer of the Illinois political scene, and you probably suspect that (a) is a bit more blameworthy than …

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[15 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

In the past, at least through the mid-1990s, judicial aspirants in Cook County lusted after some magical letters, such as HQ, Q and R. Those letters indicated qualification ratings from various bar associations, signifying highly qualified, qualified and recommended. An NR – “not recommended” – usually was the kiss of death.

Not any more. The only letters which currently matter in getting elected judge are XX, as in the female chromosome. XY, the male chromosome, is now the kiss of death. Twenty of the 29 countywide or subcircuit judges nominated in …

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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

There comes a “tipping point” in every politician’s career. It’s when the end is nearer than the beginning. It’s when one’s career has become indelibly, irreparably, irretrievably tarnished. In short, you’re unelectable.
For Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s beleaguered mayor, March 15 was his “tipping point.” Two candidates with whom Emanuel is politically and personally joined at the hip – Anita Alvarez and Hillary Clinton – fared poorly, if not disastrously, in the Democratic primary.
It will be remembered that Emanuel won an unimpressive 329,701-257,101 April 2015 runoff, after spending upwards of $25 million. …

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[15 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

Chicago doesn’t need a new police superintendent. It already has one: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). They are “Superintendent ACLU,” and the “ACLU Rule” governs all on-street activity and monitors all police conduct.
Did you know that every time a police officer makes a traffic stop, questions a “suspect,” or talks to anybody on the street, a 7-page “stop card” must later be prepared and filed – and that a copy is forwarded to the ACLU? Did you know that every “contact” must be given a written receipt, with an RD number, which goes …

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[3 Mar 2016 | 3 Comments | ]

To be dumped or not to be dumped, that is the Shakespearian question. In a year where political insiders are increasingly reviled, the fates of Dorothy Brown and Anita Alvarez in the March 15 primary will answer that question.
If the Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court race were to be scripted, the screenwriter would be nominated for an Oscar for the best off-the-wall documentary. “Brown Is Not Down” would be an apt title. Or “Risen From The Dead.”

The county Democrats’ 2015 carnival of slating, non-slating, unslating, re-slating and dumping has …

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[4 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Who would have thought it? Eight years of George Bush begat Barack Obama — remember “change we need”? — and eight years of Barack Obama has begat — what?

Voters in 2016 are even surlier, angrier, more disconsolate and more disenchanted with the U.S. political system than they were in 2008.

The choices are stark: It’s Clinton Inc. versus Trump Inc. versus Bloomberg Inc. versus none of the above. The first three will each spend a billion dollars or more to win the presidency, but the last, if the Feb. 1 Iowa …

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[17 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]

It is correct, quite literally, that many Cook County judges are conceived, not made or elected. The path to the bench begins in the womb, when the XX chromosomes prevail over the XY chromosomes, and a female baby is born.

The journey continues, provided the mother (or the parental unit) have an Irish-surname, with a Mc or an O’ attaching to the girl, but a Burke, Kelly or Daley will suffice.  Being named Maureen, Colleen, Eileen, Bridget, Shawn, Maura, Nora, Erin or Shannon helps. Then comes the easy part: Graduate from …

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[9 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]

The “Lacquan McDonald Monster” has surfaced, and, unlike the Loch Ness Monster, it is tangible, palpable and deadly. Those 16 bullets will be remembered by black voters in 2016, and a torrent of rage – and votes – will be directed in the March 15, 2016 Democratic primary against both Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and any non-black candidates closely associated with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who was just fired..
Over the past 50 years, there have been periodic “galvanizing” moments among local blacks, precipitating …

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[30 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Among Democratic ward and township committeemen, there is a dirty four-letter word: It’s W-O-R-K. And having dumped Dorothy Brown as their slated candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court, that’s what they will have to do to.
Otherwise, there will be another obnoxious four-letter word: L-O-S-E.
The Democrats’ fear is that Brown and/or her husband may get indicted before the March 15, 2016 primary, or thereafter. A myriad of allegations have surfaced in the FBI’s ongoing investigation, ranging from questionable loans to the Browns to pay-to-play donations by employees in exchange …