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[5 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Teri O’Brien – Given all the earth-shattering stories occupying everyone’s attention over the last couple of weeks, including the mystery of deflated footballs and Bruce Jenner’s gender-bending drama, I think I can be forgiven for not noting an importance…

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[29 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

One Blagojevich trial juror from southwest Tinley Park expressed what most Illinoisans were feeling Monday afternoon in the Tinley Park Patch: Asked if she’s angry about Blagojevich’s actions, [Karen] Wojcieszak sighed and shook her head in dismay. "It just makes…

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[14 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Teri O’Brien I took the title of this post from the late Milton Rakove, political science professor and chronicler of what has come to be known as “The Chicago Way.” It was the title of one of his books,…

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[20 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

Rod Blagojevich’s retrial begins today with jury selection. Chicago Mag’s Carol Felsenthal spoke with a legal insider that predicted this time Blagojevich will be found guilty on all counts. Here’s a part of Felsenthal’s interview: You told me last summer…

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[26 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

As they say in Illinois politics … "You can’t make this stuff up." House Speaker Mike Madigan’s son-in-law joins the RTA as its lobbying hired gun. Guess the family law firm business of property tax appealing has no openings. Greg…

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[24 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union were crucial in Obama’s 2008 campaign

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[10 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

In 2006, the Chicago Sun Time heartily endorsed Democrat Rod Blagojevich, despite widespread corruption
There’s no denying the cloud of scandal over his administration. One of his chief fund-raisers, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, was indicted last week for alleged shakedowns for campaign contributions. More revelations likely will come right before the election when power broker Stuart Levine is expected to plead guilty. The governor said the charges against Rezko, if true, represent a personal betrayal by Rezko, and that he himself has never been involved in any unethical or illegal fund-raising. Our …

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[24 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

When the news broke that the Blago jury was hung up on 23 counts and could only get agreement for conviction on one, I was talking on the phone with an old Harvard buddy who was on the faculty the same time I was a Kennedy Fellow in 1977 (he’s since retired). Since Kennedy Fellows are treated the same as faculty, we’d chow down frequently at a not too shabby place: the Harvard Faculty Club during January to June of that year.

What brought us together was this: …

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[23 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

What a week! Blago poisons the jury pool and “Dr. Laura” poisons the airwaves. Couldn’t let either pass without comment, so here you get two (brief) columns for the price of one. First, there is already enough commentary on the Rod Blagojevich decision to fill an encyclopedia: guilty on only one count, lying to federal agents; and a hung jury on 23 more substantive counts, with a retrial promised by the U.S. attorney. Volumes have been written about the quality of the prosecution and the defense …

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[19 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

The story I did a few days ago about the Gangland Bus cruising around with goggle-eyed tourists hearing crime and corruption stories this town savors—and advertises—almost came true yesterday in every respect when a jury of Blago’s peers found him guilty of only one of the 24 criminal corruption charges he faced.
The reason the former governor didn’t get convicted on all 24 was not due to ineptitude of the prosecution—or the ineffable brilliance of the defense (although I will grant the defense better understood Chicagoans) —but because of three …