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 »
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 »
Illinois: New Gov. Same Old Garbage
Did you know that unless we pass Replacement Governor Pat Quinn’s union appeasing, pension stuffing budget, Illinois prison doors will be opened for a flood of dangerous criminals to walk free? Did you know that the old and infirm will be left to die in the streets? Did you know that all our teachers will be sent home never to teach again? The busses will | 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 »
Adam Kinzinger for Congress IL-11
It’s time to start supporting our candidates for the 2010 congressional races. One great bright young Republican face on the scene for 2010 is Adam Kinzinger. He’s announced a run for congress in the Illinois 11th congressional district against the Democrat incumbent Debbie Halvorson. You’ve all heard of him before. Adam Kinzinger is the man who saved a young woman from a knife wielding attacker. | Read More »
Corruption: State Police Bureaucrat Gets Confiscated Luxury Car Assigned Him
A 2006 Illinois State law allowing state police to seize the personal property of repeat drunk driving offenders resulted in the seizure of a high performance car early this year. The result of this tale is a perfect example of the sort of corruption of principles that working for the state, any state, leads to. Taken from it’s rightful owner was a 2006 Dodge Charger | Read More »
Chgo Sun-Times Columnist: Tea Party Goers Hate Our Soldiers?
In an outrageous calumny, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg has decided that the nearly one million Americans that attended the tax day tea party protests all across the country must not care about our military veterans. Considering a large number of these very same protesters were military vets, I’d bet that Steinberg’s blinkered figuring would come as quite a surprise to them. In his April | Read More »
Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-09) loves her tax fraud.
I agree with Glenn Reynolds that Rep Schakowsky’s comments about the Tea Parties (‘despicable’ and ‘shameful’) were ‘pathetic.’ I also agree that the fact that she’s married to a convicted tax fraud (not to mention, Huffington Post writer) to be ‘ironic.’ But I’d like to add one: Utterly Typical: “The husband of an Illinois congresswoman was sentenced to five months in prison Wednesday. Robert Creamer | Read More »
My Coverage of the Chicago Tea Party
I attended the Chicago tea party protest yesterday and have produced some video highlights and a bunch of still photos of the event. This is the one organized by Eric Odom of taxdayteaparty.com.
Appeals to the grassroots: NY-20, IL-05.
NY-20: The recount for this race – which is actually at plus 25 right now, not plus 57 – is going to be expensive. There’s a new pledge drive up to pay for that recount, in the same style as the one that gathered over 120K for Jim Tedisco: I encourage people to help out there, or where they can. It’s already at 9K (the | Read More »