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[ • 16 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
Over the 41 years that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve been periodically asked, either in-person or on the Internet, who were the “most powerful” politicians on Chicago’s Northwest Side and adjacent suburbs.   I would reply that “power” is relative. It can be used to satisfy one’s ego or one’s agenda. Being Chicago’s mayor, CookCounty’s board president, or Illinois’ governor is perceived as the apex of “power,” a lifetime quest of every ambitious politician....


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[ • 16 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
A cabal of state tax and local collectors is lobbying the Senate to hold the Internet Tax Freedom Act hostage. Their plan is to tie an extension of the longstanding ban on email taxes to their controversial plan to give states and municipalities new powers to collect sales taxes on transactions far outside their borders. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat, is mulling whether to lead the hostage-taking for these taxing interests.   Since this sales-tax scheme has been going...


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[ • 15 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
Chicago’s toll of 82 shootings over the July 4 weekend, resulting in at least 17 deaths, made international news, reinforcing our reputation as the nation’s murder capital. It is even possible, as a Chicago Magazine investigation found recently, that the number of killings has been under-reported by reclassifying and even ignoring certain killings not due to gunfire. Police Chief Garry McCarthy vigorously denies the charge and both he and Mayor Rahm Emanuel constantly point to the fact that...


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[ • 15 Jul 2014 • One Comment ]
From Vote Vince, votevince.com Vince Kolber has called the 5th congressional district home for his entire adult life. Vince Kolber’s personal story matches the hopes, dreams and aspirations of his future constituents. Born of Polish immigrant stock, Vince learned the values of hard work and family that immigrants bring with them to America, home of the American Dream. The youngest of three brothers, Vince learned honesty and integrity at an early age. Vince was raised to be a good listener, to...


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[ • 14 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
Four Chicago police officers were injured and a squad car was damaged when a fight broke out among a large crowd that had gathered for a concert near Montrose Beach, officials said.   At least 10 people were arrested as police worked for 90 minutes Sunday night to bring the crowd under control and close the park, which was strewn with broken glass, officials said. Read more at the Chicago Tribune  
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[ • 10 Jul 2014 • No Comment ]
From at The Blaze A long-delayed computer tampering trial could dredge up the connections two of President Barack Obama’s top political allies (ed. Sen Durbin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) have to a now-defunct Chicago nonprofit investigated for potential fraud.   Save-a-Life’s stated mission was to provide first aid training to Chicago Public Schools students and personnel, but the organization allegedly did not follow through on administering the training it received the...


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