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[ • 19 Mar 2015 • One Comment ]
A week before the February city election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood alongside Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his billionaire business partner to announce their $10 million donation for a summer jobs program in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. But that’s not all Johnson and his partner did to help Emanuel. Four days after the news conference, the week-old company Johnson formed with partner Mark Walter to fund the jobs program donated $100,000 to Emanuel’s campaign. Last...


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[ • 17 Mar 2015 • No Comment ]
The New York Post, always conservative, always sensational, published a front-page story this weekend accusing Barack Obama’s muse-in-chief Valerie Jarrett of leaking the story of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system while secretary of state–along with other supposedly White House-generated nastiness about Clinton.     The e-mail story itself has legs and will haunt Clinton until she comes fully clean, which she is reluctant to do. I doubt if it can prevent...


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[ • 16 Mar 2015 • No Comment ]
From Greg Hinz Since he took office, Emanuel has approved $1.3 billion in TIF projects.  The biggest discrete chunk, $303.8 million, went for local street resurfacing, reconstruction and streetscaping in every ward in the city. Just over $155 million went for new or rebuilt Chicago Transit Authority stations, $54 million for school projects, $39 million for bridge reconstruction and $76 million for residential projects, mostly low-income and senior housing that otherwise would not be built. Smaller...


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[ • 14 Mar 2015 • No Comment ]
t’s reality check time in the Chicago mayoral race. Chuy Garcia is not Harold Washington. This is not 1983. The Hispanic base vote is nowhere near the black base vote, then and now. The result of the Feb. 24 municipal election, which set up an April 7 runoff between Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, may or may not be a “consciousness-raising” event. “They are energized,” Frank Avila, a longtime political activist, said of Hispanic voters. Will Hispanic turnout on April 7 be anemic as usual...


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[ • 13 Mar 2015 • No Comment ]
Wilmette voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of the village’s parks and recreation facilities, including a costly and somewhat controversial lakefront redevelopment plan, when they cast their ballots on April 7th. Thus far, the incumbent park district board of commissioners has already spent one million dollars in consulting fees on the lakefront plan without any construction being initiated. Plans are also in place to raise additional funds for the park district through referenda...


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[ • 11 Mar 2015 • No Comment ]
Barack Obama’s supporters and detractors don’t agree on much, but as the president enters his final two years in office, they have voiced a common complaint: the president lacks competence. They cite multiple management breakdowns, such as the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare health-insurance website, which have eroded public support; his lack of engagement with Congress, which has impeded his legislative agenda; and his chronic inability to address serious problems before they become full-blown...


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