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[17 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

What Did Rahm Emanuel Know About Freddie Mac Irregularities?, and why isn’t the media asking him about the biggest financial mess of our time.
From Big Government
I walked to the door camera rolling, gave it a knock, and Emanuel’s staffer opened the door. Rahm was right behind the door so I asked him the question I came to ask: “When did you know about the accounting irregularities at Freddie Mac?” Rahm heard the question but turned his back without answering it. I am sure his lawyer is probably happy to read …

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[29 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]

Chicago Democrat State Sen. Rickey “Hollywood” Hendon was most recently in the news in the company of Dem Governor Quinn making particularly inflammatory remarks aimed at Quinn’s GOP challenger Bill Brady. Dem Governor Pat Quinn stood by while Illinois state Sen. Rickey Hollywood Hendon made the most sickening slurs against Republican candidate for governor Bill Brady, then shook Hendon’s hand. Knowingly despicable. Theseremarks:
Several local politicians attended the rally, led by U.S. Rep.Danny Davis, at the New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, which was filled with union workers when Hendon launched into his attack …

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[13 Oct 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

We’ve often said that the media “protects” President Obama but this video from WIND radio host and Big Blogs contributor William Kelly shows this allegation literally.
Kelly, a Chicagoan, was there when Rahm Emmanuel was pressing the flesh, kissing babies, and greeting reporters. Emmanuel didn’t account for unassuming Kelly to fire off serious journalistic questions more pressing than the requisite “how’s it feel to be back?”
Kelly didn’t account for was the manner in which Chicago reporters behaved. Are these reporters or palace guards? In the video you see them physically move …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

In case you missed it, Medill Reports that the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority(McPier) is taking taxpayer money to invest in enterprise which benefits McPier
The $1.1 billion bond offering will include $921 million to pay off existing debt as well as $200 million for hotel expansion plans. The new money will help build a new 450-room tower onto the 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel, which is owned by McCormick Place authority and run by Hyatt management.
Retiring old bonds sounds sensible enough, but what in the name of Hades is …

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[5 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

From For The Good of Illinois
Today, Cedra Crenshaw debated incumbent State Senator AJ Wilhelmi on the Scott Slocum Show on WJOL 1340AM. Click here to listen to the audio.

During the debate, Wilhelmi confessed to giving politically connected scholarships to Will County Executive Larry Walsh’s nephew, Kevin Walsh.
Wilhelmi also defended his pay-to-play politics regarding the Chicagoland Speedway: $20,000 in Wilhelmi campaign cash in return for $200,000 in state grants to the Speedway. All while Wilhelmi and the racetrack President were partners in a private LLC that had an ownership stake in the …

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[3 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

From the Illinois Green Party questions to Ald. Toni Preckwinkle
How did you justify slating the junior Stroger for Cook County Board President in 2006? Do sons and daughters of politicians automatically inherit their parents’ position? Will you go along with Joe Berrios on other obvious conflicts of interest?
– You took $200,000 from the Service Employees Union that represents 5,500 Cook County employees. How can you possibly fight for the taxpayers in upcoming union negotiations?

– In 2009 the four Tax Increment Finance districts in your ward sucked up almost $8 million in property …

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[1 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

Ms. Schakowsky, D-Chicago, in September held two town-hall meetings with aggrieved business customers of failed Mutual Bank of Harvey—at the behest of Balvinder Singh, one of the borrowers and a contributor to Democratic politicians, including Ms. Schakowsky. The borrowers complained that Garland, Texas-based United Central Bank, which bought Mutual’s assets and deposits from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last year, was heavy-handed and aggressive in foreclosing on them.

At the second meeting, on Sept. 19, United CEO Luke Lively pledged to halt all foreclosures, giving hope to stressed borrowers in the largely …

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[28 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.

The two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and his role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who allegedly performed no work.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive …

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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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[22 Sep 2010 | 8 Comments | ]

Rahm Emanuel is nothing if not ambitious. Chicagoans need to ask themselves if that is reason enough to support Emanuel’s projected mayoral candidacy? Does the fact that Emanuel has never served in an executive capacity as an elected official warrant any voter scrutiny?

Inside the Beltway, disgruntled politicians from both parties are looking forward to Emanuel’s departure. The foul mouthed Rahm has critics and enemies within the White House and on Capitol Hill who are eager to see him return to Illinois. Progressives see Emanuel as playing the role of a …