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[11 Oct 2010 | 8 Comments | ]

Peter Fitzgerald (R) is gone and forgotten. But in 1998, when he won his first and only term as U.S. Senator, he accomplished a daunting feat: He carried Downstate by 328,264 votes (62.4 percent) and the five the collar counties by 164,442 votes (62.4 percent), while losing Cook County by 394,161 votes (35.3 percent).
That’s the historic prescription for a Republican victory: Win Downstate and the collar counties by enough to offset Cook County’s habitual Democratic margin.

It helps to have a flawed Democratic opponent. A fiscal and social conservative, the bland …

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[22 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

From 2006 to 2008, Illinois Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias received $23,000 in political contributions from companies owned by Nayak:
Rogers Park One Day Surgi-Center, $5,000.00 on 4/10/2006
Lakeshore Surgery Center LLC, $5,000.00 on 8/5/2007
Rogers Park One Day Surgi-Center, $2,000.00 on 11/8/2007
Hind General Hospital LLC, $5,000.00 on 2/23/2008
Rogers Park One Day Surgi-Center, $5,000.00 on 2/23/2008
Lakeshore Surgery Center LLC, $1,000.00 on 6/5/2008
Total: $23,000.00

The fundraising help isn’t all. TA hears that Alexi Giannoulias attended a reception held by Raghuveer Nayak in May of 2008.
Read more at Team America Blog

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[8 Aug 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

First Lady Michelle Obama’s latest overseas jaunt is getting all the headlines. But President Obama’s money-grubbing junket to Chicago may cost taxpayers far more in the long run. With his Gaultier-clad wife sashaying around the Spanish seaside, the lonely fundraiser-in-chief returned to Illinois to take care of some birthday-week business. Job One: Filling the Senate campaign coffers of his corruption-tainted political protege Alexi Giannoulias.

Mission accomplished. Obama’s Thursday afternoon campaign event for Giannoulias, the beleaguered state treasurer of Illinois, reportedly raked in $1 million. Lagging behind his GOP opponent, liberal Republican …

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[24 Jun 2010 | 11 Comments | ]

A friend of mine, who is involved in grassroots politics, called to tell me a close friend was being asked to be the Chairman of Catholic outreach for the Illinois Republican party. She said she was going to write a column about how GOD has chosen this as a test for him; would he do the right thing or would he allow himself to be used to get Catholics to support Mark Kirk?

I asked her who she would choose between Kirk and Ginnoulias. Her answer seems to be what …

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[23 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

Right now the State of Illinois and the nation at large are watching the brazen corruption of former Governor Rod Blagojevich on full display as his federal trial winds on. It’s a case that implicates several high-level officials in both parties and scores of connected contractors, lobbyists and insiders.

Blagojevich was indicted for selling almost everything that wasn’t nailed down. Want a board appointment to a posh state commission? That’ll be $25,000 in campaign cash. Want a lucrative state contract? Give us some money.
The one thing that stands out as the …

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[6 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

My strongly favorite TV news channel, Channel 2, CBS in Chicago veered a bit off the mark the other day when a political news producer, Ed Marshall, gave a Dutch uncle talk to GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk…telling him that it may stop covering him or the Senate race if Kirk continues to harp on the failure of Alexi Giannoulias’ family bank and Giannoulias’ responsibility for it.

Marshall…whoever he is…said that CBS upstairs had decided to black out news about the Senate race if Kirk stressed that issue. Frankly, it’s …

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[5 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

Enough about the bank already. After hearing for months about Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ failed family bank, it seems time to look at other issues in the upcoming race. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov tried to find out what those issues are. But she had to run for the answers.

Seconds after speaking at a lunch hour Wall Street reform rally outside the Federal Building Wednesday, Illinois Treasurer and Democratic Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias slipped off the makeshift stage and away from a crowd of reporters.
They ended up chasing him through a …

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[25 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]

From Bill Baar

Giannoulias’s facebook page focusing on Kirk’s opposition to Obama Care with things like this,
A divide over the nation’s health care overhaul is heating up the race for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (jeh-NOO’-lee-ehs) is criticizing his Republican opponent for opposing the national health care overhaul.
The Illinois treasurer made a stop Wednesday in Congressman Mark Kirk’s district.
So since it was a bipartisan vote against the Health Care Takeover, is Giannoulias going to support Rep. Lipinski’s …

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[15 Mar 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

As it stands now the Democrats stand to lose at least a half dozen senate seats in November and could even lose their wobbly nine-seat majority if the wobbly independent Joe Lieberman wobbles more to the right.

Losing Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts seat—granted because of a miserable candidate—showed that everything is up for grabs in this anti-incumbent, anti-politician, anti-everything year. The bluest states could turn blood-red—New York with an ill-chosen appointee to replace Hillary Clinton, Delaware with no Biden of any generation to shore up the faithful and, yes, Illinois with a …

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[11 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

After the Chicago Sun-Times gossip columnist Mike Sneed reported a cute item last week that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was at the White House and had taken home to her daughters “two boxes of presidential M&M candy,” I wondered if Obama aides Rahm Emanuel and/or David Alexrod had attempted to persuade Madigan that she should replace Alexi Giannoulias, the deeply flawed Democratic candidate for Barack Obama’s Senate seat–assuming that they could somehow elbow Alexi out for the good of his basketball buddy Obama and the party.

Read more at the Huffington …