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[26 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Philip S. Krone, 1941-2010, has died.  Phil was a regular correspondent for the Chicago Daily Observer, among other publications.  He recently began a series of columns titled “Tuesdays with Phil” for the Chicago Daily Observer, and was a candidate for US Senate in New York.

Tribune Obituary Here
Phil’s Chicago Daily Observer columns here
Our condolences to the Krone and Powell family.  Full obituary to follow.

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[30 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

I had the privilege of knowing Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, though he did not come to the Senate until two years after I served as a Page. But in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s I had many communications with him relating especially to Illinois. He had a great friend, Bill Perkins, one of the most effective, intelligent and honest lobbyists who divided much of his time between Washington and a few state capitols, Illinois being first and foremost.

From sometime in the 1980s until June or …

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[29 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

The Chicago Daily Observer, its contributors, staff, and editorial board are saddened by the loss of Patrick Eugene Hickey.
Retired Marine Veteran of WWII. Beloved husband of Virginia “Ginny” (nee Donahue), loving father of Patrick (the late Mary), Kevin Hickey and Joan (Lawrence) DeMatteo, cherished grandfather of Nora, Conor and Clare Hickey, Kevin and Jack DeMatteo, dearest brother of Helen (the late Daniel) Brennan, the late Mary (the late Jerry) Sullivan, Laurence (the late Alice) Hickey, Michael (the late Mona) Hickey, Nora (the late Edward) Burke, Jack Hickey, Marguerite (the late William) …

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[31 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Edward Dillard, the father of Sen. Kirk Dillard, has died at the age of  82.    Our condolences to the Dillard family.

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[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Political reporter Carlos Hernandez Gomez has died at the age of 36.  Mr. Gomez was well respected and admired as one of thetop political reporters working in Chicago.  Our condolences to his family and friends.

Tribune obituary here

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[18 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

I knew and liked Michael Scott intensely…knew him from the City Club and found his gregariousness catching. So, along with everyone else I am disturbed by the strange earmarks of his suicide-if it WAS suicide as my good friend Phil Krone speculated in The Chicago Daily Observer. The only other person I knew reasonably well who committed suicide was Steve Neal of the Sun-Times. But all the while, the symptoms were there: Neal was a very-very heavy drinker, an indication that he turned to it to fight depression. In addition …

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[16 Nov 2009 | 11 Comments | ]

I was devastated this morning to hear of the death of Michael Scott, one of my very favorite people, and a friend of more than 27 years. I last saw him in Copenhagen just over a month ago.
He was dedicated, bright, honest, brash and well grounded and there is no ready explanation for this tragedy. While the news reports indicate that it was a suicide I do hope that an appropriate investigation is done to make sure that it was not a murder masked to look like …

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[16 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

I never met Christopher Kelly, or anyone close to the Blagojevich Administration.  I read the fine and sober account of this young man’s death by Mark Konkol, Natasha Korecki and Art Golab in the Chicago Sun Times only Sunday morning before 8:30 Mass. This was a very respectful and considerate report of the sad death of this once powerful man by three professionals. I offered that morning’s Mass to the Kelly Family.   The theme of Sunday’s gospel from Mark and the reading – especially the Epistle of James was Faith …

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[27 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

As a parting salute to Old Ted, I’ll relate my own dealing with him-in 1977 when I had been spectacularly unsuccessful landing a Kennedy fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics. I was 47 and a veep of Quaker Oats and wanted to get the fellowship which would be the first time a business lobbyist ever got a fellowship in that prestigious institute. Having come off a stint as a liberal with the Commerce Department, I thought I could sew up the appointment by getting several liberal sponsors: so I …

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[19 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

I first met Robert Novak when I was in deep trouble with the Nixon administration (where I was the newly-named assistant commerce secretary in charge of minority business development).  None of my ideas (liberal then: you must remember that I was at the time an urban lefty liberal)  were going through but I had sneaked through an historic one which has plagued the nation ever since—section 8(a) which guaranteed that government contracts go to a portion of minorities who qualified with the end-date of 10 years hah!  I had in …