Hope for the Hopeless in Illinois
Illinois is hopeless. When John Tillman hears people say that about government in the Land of Lincoln, he gets pretty peeved. Tillman, head of the Illinois Policy Institute — a think tank offering what it calls “liberty-based public policy initiatives” — doesn’t think battling big government is hopeless at all. For instance, the Institute helped generate support for transparency legislation that passed. And last week, | 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 »
Dick Durbin knew all along that Blagojevich was selling off the seat.
This would only be a bombshell if it had been unexpected. AP Exclusive: Blago talked to Durbin about Senate CHICAGO (AP) – Just two weeks before his arrest on corruption charges, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich floated a plan to nominate to the U.S. Senate the daughter of his biggest political rival in return for concessions on his pet projects, people familiar with the plan told The | Read More »
Illinois state tax increases killed.
Amazing what a little fiscal intransigence can do: The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected a temporary income tax increase Sunday, moving the state closer to massive spending cuts that critics called a “doomsday” budget. The House’s Democratic leaders didn’t even try to pass a larger, permanent increase that was approved by the state Senate a day earlier. Lawmakers said there was little support for that plan | Read More »
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BREAKING: Fitzmas Watch: Fitzgerald about to indict sitting politician.
Looks like it’s Alderman Isaac Carothers, a close ally of Mayor Daley. And isn’t that interestingly close to the center of a lot of power structures Press conference starts at 2 PM CST.
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 »
Burris did in fact make an offer for the Senate seat.
I am perilously close to being gobsmacked by this transcript of the Burris/Blagojevich conversation (via Hot Air). I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that there’s enough there to indicate that Roland Burris flat-out lied about not trading favors and money for the Senate seat. I am not, however, so stunned as to be unable to remind people about this, this, this, this, | Read More »
The Truth on Cook County Taxes, Health Care
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has based his vetoes of the county board’s sales tax repeal ordinances upon the false rhetoric that the choice is between higher taxes or doomsday for the county’s public health and safety services. We know this is false. We already have about $1 billion budgeted for health care — and when we start eliminating the hundreds of millions of | Read More »
Burris promised a campaign contribution to Blagojevich.
Ace of Spades (H/T, by the way) has kindly given me permission to use the Flaming Blagojevich Skull for this, so I shall: Sun-Times exclusive: Burris promised Blago campaign a check by mid-December In a November conversation caught on an FBI wiretap, Roland Burris promised Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother that he’d write the governor a campaign check by mid-December, Burris’ lawyer said today. That was | Read More »
Blagojevich/Burris wiretap to be released.
It’s been a while since we visited the Matter of Blagojevich, but one thing that you can always count on: there’s always going to be something new coming out from that glorious trainwreck. Judge OKs release of wiretap of Burris CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he would allow the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee to have a federal wiretap of former Gov. Rod | 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 »
Rep. Jesse Jackson’s campaign payments to wife.
Rep Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL) – already under a federal probe for his possible connections with former Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich – is now dealing with questions about payments from his campaign to his wife Sandra Jackson: Jesse Jackson Jr. Pays Campaign Funds to Chicago Alderman Wife May 21 (Bloomberg) — Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional campaign organization has paid his wife at least | Read More »