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 »
Chicago Suburban Democrats Throw Homeless Man off Ballot
Savor that headline, will you? The Democratic stronghold of Oak Park, home of trendy downtown shops and many Obama signs, is working with its lawyers to keep a homeless man off the ballot for the next village election. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Oak Park’s village board voted 2-1 to prevent Daniel Fore from running for village trustee on the April 7 ballot because | Read More »
Gregg Withdraws From Commerce Nomination
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) has just withdrawn his name from consideration to be the next Secretary of Commerce. Via Hot Air, Michelle Malkin has Gregg’s statement [emphasis mine]:“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to | Read More »
This Guy for Secretary of Commerce
I had half-jokingly thought this guy would be the best pick. More on this later. President Barack Obama’s idea to put Republican New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg to be the new Secretary of Commerce is nothing more than a blatantly obvious political ploy. Apparently, Obama doesn’t want someone to manage all of the agencies of the Commerce Department; he just wants a face to be | Read More »
Senators: Roland Burris & Dick Durbin Representative: Jesse Jackson, Jr. Illinois Governor: Rod Blogojevich (arrested) Illinois House leader: Mike Madigan Illinois Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) Chicago Mayor: Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley) The leadership in Illinois? All Democrats. Body count in the last six months: 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago 221 killed in Iraq (Maybe we should pull out of | Read More »
BREAKING: Blago Gone!!!
Rod Blagojevich was just convicted in his impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate. A 2/3 vote was needed. It was unanimous, 59-0. Congratulations to new Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
He must have found a buyer
Rahm Emanuel will leave his seat on Friday, according to Roll Call. If you’ll remember, it seems Emanuel’s conversations with Blago involved finding a suitable seat warmer for Rahm. He wanted to have his cake and eat it too — go to the White House a couple of years, help Obama, then return to Congress. “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people | Read More »
THE JACKSON DUO AND PRESIDENT BIDEN
THE JESSE JACKSON DUO AND PRESIDENT BIDEN I guess I shouldn’t talk since I live in a liberal cesspool, Nueva York, but I’ve at least been blessed not to live in Illinois or, God forbid, in the murder capital of the nation, Chicago. I admit that until recently I knew next to jacksquat about the son of the “Reverend” Jesse Jackson. Mostly I knew he was the | Read More »
Charges Against Blago Imply Obama Camp Link
The Chicago Tribune has posted the text of the federal complaint against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. It’s a fascinating read. And one of the specific charges seems to strongly imply that the Governor or his representatives contacted someone in the Obama campaign seeking to trade the designation of Barack Obama’s successor in the Senate for the job as Secretary of HHS. Did Obama or someone | Read More »