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[25 Jun 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

John Callaway who died unexpectedly Tuesday at 72 was by all odds one of the greatest radio-TV broadcaster in Chicago history…and in fact one of the greatest journalists in this city. It’s vital to list him with the towering talents of Chicago (and I place them in no alphabetical or chronological order on purpose to have you discern from their stature how great Callaway was). You should read this list to say where I place him:
He deserves to be equated with (this is my personal list):
Finley Peter Dunne, creator of …

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[17 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Hanrahan was not one to back off of an argument.
“He raised a lot of dust where he walked,” said Bolan, who recalled conducting a test on his boss. “With most people, they talk about different subjects until they find one they agree on, sports or something. Ed, he’d talk until he found the subject you disagreed on, then focus on that,” Bolan said with a bemused look. “I tested him maybe three times, and he always chose the disagreement.”
But he’d listen to people, said Hanrahan’s neighbor, Beverly Carraher. “He was …

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[16 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

The funeral of former States Attornery Ed Hanrahan at St. Giles in Oak Park was disrupted by protesters appearing to be members of the Black Panther movement.   The Cook County Sheriff was called to remove the protesters.
This from Jim Bowman at Blithe Spirit
Just before 7 p.m. mass time at Ed Hanrahan’s wake last Thursday, June 11, five or six black people entered crowded St. Giles Church in Oak Park, two of them carrying video cameras, and pushed their way to the front, where the coffin lay, making quite a stir.
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[16 Jun 2009 | 11 Comments | ]

Last week the world bid farewell to the corporeal Ed Hanrahan, nearly 27 years after I proudly helped kill him politically.
In his own bizarre way—he may have understood this later in life—he was a pivotal figure in Chicago politics, unwittingly igniting a change that resonates to this very day with the elevation of a black Chicagoan to a very high place in the nation.
All the obituaries of former Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Vincent Hanrahan rehearsed the same basic information: Here was this smart, tough prosecutor with a great future—possibly …

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[2 Jun 2009 | One Comment | ]

Earlier I reported on the tragic death of Terry Barnich in Iraq who was the highest State Department officer to lose his life over there, a loss that is enormous from the country’s standpoint, Illinois’ and our own.
Here are the details of the visitation and funeral Mass.
Visitation scheduled by his family will be held this Tuesday, June 2nd at the University Club of Chicago in Cathedral Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Mass and pre-Mass visitation will be held Wednesday, June 3rd, visitation at 10, Mass at 11 a.m. …

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[29 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Jay Bennett, the guitarist for the Chicago band Wilco, has died at age 45. Bennett a native of Rolling Meadows, Illinois had a long career in the music business, and could easily be dismissed as just another job related fatality in his chosen industry. Years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, some serious cigarette smoking, and the erratic nature of royalty checks do not figure well on actuarial tables.
Reading through the Chicago Tribune reader comments, within some heartfelt eulogizing, there are some vile put downs of Benett (and musicians in general). A …

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[26 May 2009 | 13 Comments | ]

Those who have listened to my radio show through the years remember Terry Barnich. He was a superbly equipped conservative with great knowledge of business, government, the law and politics who appeared on it many times. He was lawyer, former general counsel to Jim Thompson, former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission and president of New Paradigm Resources, a firm specializing in strategic planning in the energy field.
I am deeply sorry to report that Terry, whom I guess was about 55, was killed yesterday…Memorial Day… in Iraq where he had …

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[11 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

PARIS—I was in the south of France last week when word came of the passing of Leon M. Despres, that giant of Chicago politics and culture, at age 101—his mind sharp and incisive to the end, even as his body was betraying him.
My thoughts darted back 20-some years ago when my friend Judy and I were visiting here in Paris with Len and his late wife Marian, both in their eighties. I was approaching 60 and Judy much younger than that, but the two of us were puffing away trying …

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[6 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Jack Kemp who died Saturday at age 73 was one of three U. S. congressmen whom I personally knew who should rank with the immortals of the House-Henry Hyde who first brought the issue of unborn children to the fore…and, for all his faults, the brilliant Newt Gingrich who captured control of the House in 1994. Because I convinced Quaker Oats executives to get involved, as individuals, in Kemp’s presidential run, I was drafted to serve as liaison between them and the Kemp organization-particularly in the all-important Iowa caucuses, a …