Taxpayers on the Hook for Olympics Starting this Week
This morning’s Chicago Tribune features a story on the city of Chicago’s acquisition of the proposed 2016 Olympic Village site — assuming tomorrow’s “closing on the $86 million purchase of the Michael Reese hospital site” goes as planned. But the story also carries some stark reminders of the financial problems that other major Olympic cities are facing — namely Vancouver and London, both of which | Read More »
Is it Chicagoland Politics or Creatures From the Third World Lagoon?
One must wonder these days if the Democrats are wrapping themselves around Chicagoland rough and tumble politics, or are they wrapping themselves around the politics of hyper-inflation experiencing third world thugocracies. In Chicagoland politics, like third world thugocracies, opponents of government get gunned down, thrown in jail, threatened by the powers of government, etc. We saw this happen a few months ago when a bank | Read More »
Chi-Town Daily News Story on our Live Tweets
This past week, the Chi-Town Daily News’ Alex Parker had a great story about our efforts to use Twitter and social media to communicate with our constituents and open up County Government. Here’s a snippet: When Cook County Board President Todd Stroger shut off Commissioner Tony Peraica’s microphone at an April board meeting, the Riverside Republican was silenced for just a few moments. Peraica turned | Read More »
Surprise! More corruption found in Chicago
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago held a press conference just moments ago and announced an 11-count indictment against Windy City Alderman Ike Carothers, who chairs the City Council’s police and fire committee. Carothers and a real estate developer are facing federal fraud and bribery charges. Fitzgerald’s indictment alleges that the alderman received $40,000 worth of home improvements from the developer, | Read More »
Meet an Illinois Congresswoman this Saturday!
Good Morning! I want to present an Invitation to any Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Republicans who would like to meet and speak with Congresswoman Judy Biggert. Below you will find a copy of our invitation, and we hope to see you there! Sincerely, Tony Peraica PS Don’t worry there will be an additional post on Cook County later today! Mark your calendar! Together let’s take | Read More »
Chris Geovanis, Unplugged
All we can say is: wow. Chris Geovanis — the always outspoken, many times rude spokesperson (one of an endless array of PR flaks paid by Todd Stroger — is featured in the recent edition of Chicago Reader. And, much like her loud defenses of Todd Stroger’s inept administration, this interview is strange. Aside from pleding her loyalty to the Stroger family (John and Todd), | Read More »
Another Taxpayer Smackdown
How many times can Todd Stroger smack down the taxpayers? After his allies on the county board ensured there weren’t enough votes to override his veto of the 1% sales tax increase repeal — the county board passed an ordinance calling for a smaller, three-quarters of a cent rollback. And once again, Todd Stroger wielded his veto pen to block tax relief. Predictable? Yes. But | Read More »
Present and Unaccounted For
Steve Rhodes brings us this classic post on NBC 5 Chicago’s Blog: When it came time to be counted in the Great Sales Tax Repeal Wars of 2009, history will record that Cook County commissioners Earlean Collins and Robert Steele took their oaths of office and responsibilities to the taxpayers so seriously that they voted “present” while the rest of the board loafed with typical “yes” and “no” | Read More »
An Affront to the Taxpayer
Todd Stroger’s allies on the Cook County Board today voted to uphold his veto of the tax repeal ordinance passed by the County Board. This is a direct slap in the face to the County taxpayers — especially low income families — who are suffering in this down economy. The tax increase is threatening employers and jobs. Please click here to read Commissioner Peraica’s statement | Read More »
Banned from working for the city? No problem — the county will hire you
The Sun-Times has a story this morning that, unfortunately, is not surprising at all to those of us who long ago grew tired of the waste, patronage and mismanagement of Cook County: As long as she lives, Patricia Fasula can never work for the City of Chicago. That was her punishment for filing bogus documents to convince city officials that she — and not her | Read More »
Dial For Your Dollars, Cook County
Tomorrow morning’s Chicago Tribune editorial addresses the importance — even the historic nature — of the County Board’s vote on whether or not to override Todd Stroger’s veto of our vote to repeal his sales tax increase. I think we all know the importance, so we will simply share the most important excerpt of this editorial: Taxpayers, start dialing if you want to offer last-minute | Read More »
The Chicago Way
Tony Peraica is one of the few outspoken Republicans in the Chicago area – and we see here that the “Chicago Way” is still alive and well… <A HREF=”http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1563364,tony-peraica-shooting-home-riverside-050709.article”>Tony Peraica was target of Riverside shots fired at home</A>.
“The typical American is not a good citizen…”
(Via Glenn Reynolds) I’d submit this without comment: …except where’s the fun in that? Not that I have much to add: when you have members of your group saying things like “The typical American is not a good citizen” further commentary may seem a touch unfair. I will note that if this group is typical then the NWF people are building up quite the conspiracy | Read More »
Gov Pat Quinn calls for Burris to resign.
[UPDATE] Well, well, well: I may be happy to be proven wrong in this case: “Illinois governor says Burris should resign Quinn says a new senator should be chosen by special election.” Via Hot Air. Reported by Jim Geraghty: given the drumbeat of articles cropping up (“Black Ministers May Rethink Backing Sen. Burris,” and “Blagojevich aide tells of Burris call in fall,” and “What people | Read More »