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[23 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked school team was so concerned about the structural integrity of a Pilsen school fieldhouse – and in such a rush to tear it down – they didn’t even wait to get a demolition permit, City Hall disclosed Monday,” Fran Spielman and Maudlyne Ihejirika “report” forSun-Times.

Yes, they were so concerned they waited until a Friday night in August to interrupt a dance class taking place in the fieldhouse to begin its demolition.
Read more in the Beachwood Reporter
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[9 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

“Fresh from a narrow election night victory, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Brim was in court early Wednesday – on the other side of the bench as her misdemeanor battery case plays out in court,” the Sun-Times reports.

“Brim won a little more the 60 percent of yes votes to win re-election despite a highly publicized tussle in March with a sheriff’s deputy at the downtown Daley Center court complex.”
“In that case she allegedly shoved an officer, threw a set of keys near a security checkpoint and was subsequently arrested. Nearly a dozen bar …

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[31 Aug 2012 | 4 Comments | ]

From the Sun-Times
“We can only wish Obama had that control over the nation’s do-nothing, divided Congress. That, indeed, would be the Chicago Way.”

From Steve Rhodes
So the Sun-Times is arguing that the Chicago Way of an iron hand at the tiller with patronage jobs to dispense is a caricature even as it wishes Obama ruled over a one-party Congress in just such a manner because that, indeed, would be the Chicago Way. The one that doesn’t exist.
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[15 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]

From Beachwood Reporter, drawing heavily on the Chicago Tribune
“Rising from the rubble of an old industrial site, the 20,000-seat Toyota Park was supposed to put a small suburb on the map,” the Tribune reported over the weekend.

“Yet the soccer stadium also has become a model of what can go wrong when a little town takes massive development gambles in a state with loose borrowing and ethics laws: Politicians and insiders benefit, while taxpayers are stuck covering budget-busting losses.
“The blue-collar suburb of Bridgeview now suffers under the highest rate of …

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[11 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]

One media pal of Cellini’s may account for the failures of Kass’s own paper to look closely not only at Cellini but at, just to name two in their day, Dan Rostenkowski and Don Stephens.

That pal is Dick Ciccone, who served as the Tribune’smanaging editor from 1982 to 1995. Ciccone, you see, is now Cellini’s spokesman. How’s that for instantly casting doubt on the Tribune’s coverage when Ciccone was at the paper?
Ciccone was also paid at least $50,000 in campaign funds to produce a biography of Don Stephens, the allegedly mobbed-up mayor of Rosemont …

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[7 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Steve Rhodes has a full digest of insider-trading, round-tripping and other financial cronyism between TIF Districts, the City of Chicago, and City related charities.
Three non-profits with close ties to former Mayor Daley were on the clout list, and some aren’t exactly community-based charities.
The U.S Conference of Mayors, of which Daley was the chairman, got $125,000. And $50,000 went to UIC for the Richard J. Daley Library.

In the case of After School Matters, such appearances are only exacerbated by After School Matters’ close ties to the City and utilization of a …

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[30 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Maybe voters shouldn’t have listened to Barack Obama, who claimed Rezko as his “political godfather.” Obama assured voters in a re-election endorsement that “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.”
Party leaders knew that wasn’t true.

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And when the media did begin reporting on the allegations swirling around the governor’s office, even alleged party reformers were there to defend Blagojevich.
“I don’t like government being used as a tool to reward political favors and I never have. I don’t like …

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[19 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

Chicago famously taught the late Tribune editorial writer Leanita McClain, the first African American to serve in that function at the paper, to hate white people, as she told the nation in the pages of the Washington Post in 1983.
McClain, who had suffered from depression through much of her life, committed suicide a year later.
The 25th anniversary of her death just passed us on May 30th. Here are a few links and comments that appeared around town, followed by excerpts from Gary Rivlin’s indispensable Fire On The Prairie about …

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[12 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]
Dick Durbin: My Ever Changing Moods about Roland Burris

January 12, 2009: “U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday it was likely that former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris would be seated as the state’s newest senator this week after a legal review of new paperwork regarding the Senate appointment,” the Tribune reports. “Durbin said on Face the Nation that it was ‘point-blank’ wrong to think the Senate would await Blagojevich’s removal to keep Burris from being seated.”
January 10, 2009: “I think it’s best to suspend activities in the filling of that vacancy until that impeachment trial in the …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Chicago has made many unchallenged public relations claims about Mayor Daley’s much ballyhooed “O’Hare Modernization Program” or “OMP”. But when one looks at the details it is quickly apparent that the public relations claims are mostly “hot air”.
The Aviation Benefit Claims are Bogus!
* The infamous “Western Access” – a one hour bus ride around the airport. Chicago admits that passengers with baggage, who use American Airlines and who park in the western parking lot, will face a one hour bus ride around the airport to get to the American terminal. …