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[23 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

Chuck Percy was a guy not unlike Mark Kirk. Both were North Shore…Percy the decided disadvantaged one, was born in Florida to an unsuccessful car salesman and was reared in Rogers Park and lived near the El tracks. Had an abounding interest to stand well with the gentry just a few miles north…Evanston, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth. And so he adopted the trademarks that were then fashionable in the `40s.
Including a tony phony eastern accent. He became a self-made multimillionaire by conning a Christian Scientist owner of a small factory named Bell …

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[20 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The Chicago Daily Observer is proud to report that the Chairman of our Editorial Board, Tom Roeser has received the Jozsef Mindszenty Award from the The Mindszenty Foundation of St. Louis.  The aware is named for Hungarian Primate Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty, the steadfast supporter of freedom and opponent of both Nazism and Communism.

Tom Roeser reflects here on the award
For those too young to remember , Jozsef Mindszenty [1892-1975] was the cardinal primate of Hungary. He became known as a steadfast supporter of Church freedom as well as an opponent …

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[19 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

The plane crash on April 10 at Smolensk, Russia that decimated most of the leadership of Poland including the president, the country’s First Lady and 86 other notables has struck Chicago’s big Polish community as a personal tragedy and almost irreparable loss.

Poles comprise the largest single white ethnic group here: 7.3% of the population.
The dignitaries were en-route to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn (pronounced “ka-teen) forest massacre in the USSR of more than 20,000 Polish soldiers and intellectuals by the Soviet army.
Chicago politics played a major …

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[18 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

The sudden death in a plane crash of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria along with many other Polish government officials, military officers, and cultural and business leaders has been a very sad time for Chicago, the second city (in some regards) for people of Polish descent. For the last week throughout Chicago, the Polish flag has been decorated with black ribbons, respectfully mourning the tragedy while going on with daily life.

One only has to take a drive down the Edens (or better, Milwaukee Avenue) to see the vast …

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[23 Mar 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

At long last, Chicago has extended its arm twisting ways to the U. S. House of Representatives. President Barack Obama, his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, and advisor and strategist, David Axelrod, have reduced the people’s house to the status of the Chicago City Council. The only key difference is the vast scope of the swindle perpetrated in the name of the public welfare. Michigan Representative Bart Stupak has sold his vote for a scrap of paper as enduring as that waved by Neville Chamberlain upon his return from Munich.

The …

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[17 Feb 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

Republican Bill Brady, the obscure Bloomington state senator who has apparently won the 2010 Republican nomination for Illinois governor, looms as the first total non-entity likely to win since 1948.

In that year, Democrat Adlai Stevenson, a Chicago lawyer whose only claim to fame was that his namesake grandfather was elected vice-president in 1892 and defeated for governor in 1908, beat scandal-stained incumbent Dwight Green (R). The contest was a referendum on Green’s eight-year reign, and Stevenson won by 527,067 votes, far more than Harry Truman’s (D) 33,612-vote presidential win.
The prevailing …

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[6 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

The election of Scott Lee Cohen has shown us many things and confirmed other things we thought to be fact. Among these:

1. Party organization and responsibility is near dead. Both candidates for Lt. Governor dipped into family funds and in effect bought the nominations.
2. Our Media is inattentive. The Lt. Governor’s race does not interest the media, despite the recent history with Pat Quinn and Rod Blagojevich.
3. When Party organization was strong, I picked my running mates, indeed I helped pick all the candidates, did so in 1982 and …

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[26 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]

One of they many joys of having small children is staying up all hours reading, while a two year old decides if it is appropriate to return to sleep at 2AM or just doze off while his father finishes a chapter. Earlier this month, my interruptible choice of topics was a travelogue of trips to see “treasured objects or talismans of great antiquity”, including a chapter on visiting the Holy Crown of St. Stephen of Hungary.

Says the author “Probably no other single national symbol is so passionately regarded as the …

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[30 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Senator George Mitchell, the Middle East peacemaker, both reportedly invoked the unmentionable year 1967 in negotiations with Israel and, to their credit, entered third-rail territory. This could be genuinely significant in the endless search for peace—or maybe just another false start.
It’s a convoluted story but worth examining, so bear with me for some instant history.
Social Security has long been known as the “third rail” of American politics—touch it and you’ll be politically electrocuted. Just ask our most recent ex-president, whose ratings dropped like …

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[26 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest. But few understand how the Pilgrims actually solved their chronic food shortages.
Many people believe that after suffering through a severe winter, the Pilgrims’ food shortages were resolved the following spring when the Native Americans taught them to plant corn and a Thanksgiving celebration resulted. In fact, the pilgrims continued to face chronic food shortages for three years until the harvest of 1623. Bad weather …