Posts tagged "Machine Politics"

Politics: One Draft After Another

Politics: One Draft After Another
Politics: One Draft After Another I must have one Political draft after another that are pretty much ready to go, yet, been unable to pull the trigger of late. And for that I must apologize to my regular readers and feel I must offer an explanation. Politics, by its very nature, is contentious. And while... Read more »

Toni Preckwinkle The Queen of Non-Reform Reformers

Toni Preckwinkle The Queen of Non-Reform Reformers
When Toni Preckwinkle ousted Todd Stroger as Cook County Board President she immediately declared “this victory belongs to the people of Cook County.” and that the hopes of county residents have often been tempered by cynicism, “but not this time!” “Their message is clear. Now is the time to repeal the Stroger sales tax, now... Read more »

Scrap Public Pensions

Scrap Public Pensions
There has been one budget deficit after another – in one state after another due to runaway Pension Debt. And as much as I would like to say that the main problem is abuse, it isn’t. Yes it is true that pension abuse is rife in some places including Illinois. But the real issue with... Read more »
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Mell Fait Accompli Is Complete As Jaime Andrade Is Sworn In

Mell Fait Accompli Is Complete As Jaime Andrade Is Sworn In
The infamous Mell fait accompli is complete as Jaime Andrade is sworn in as successor to Deb Mell’s state representative seat in the Illinois Legislature. Of course everyone and their mothers (dead or alive) were keenly aware that this was nothing more than a foregone conclusion in a state that has elevated “in your face”... Read more »

Preckwinkle and Emanuel Sabotaged METRA

Preckwinkle and Emanuel Sabotaged METRA
The details behind the METRA Scandal just keep coming out. And those details illustrate how the Chicago Democratic Machine continues to operate under the radar and how past assertions by political observers that machine politics were dead has been (to borrow a phrase) “greatly exaggerated” by them. The fact is the Democratic Machine is not... Read more »

Bill Daley's Use of a Situation Room Photo Is Questionable

Bill Daley's Use of a Situation Room Photo Is Questionable
First let me make this perfectly clear, the thought of a “Daley” occupying the Illinois Governor’s Mansion is the last thing I would want to see. And there are plenty of reasons too as I am probably one of the few who believe that the Daley Family Legacy is more smoke and mirrors than substance.... Read more »
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Madigan Cullerton Pension Reform Conspiracy Theory Spot On

Madigan Cullerton Pension Reform Conspiracy Theory Spot On
Illinois House of Representative Minority Leader Tom Cross has said that he believes the Illinois Pension Reform dust-up between Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton is nothing more than a ruse to diminish the chances of a Governor Quinn re-election while affording Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan a leg up... Read more »

Illinois Pension Fund Reform: System Gaming Rife

Illinois Pension Fund Reform: System Gaming Rife
After decades of under-funding and inaction by the Michael Madigan controlled Legislature, the Illinois Speaker of the House has finally decided that the right time had come to propose Reform of the Illinois Public Pension System. And while that is absolutely imperative, years of inaction coupled with a legislative body that was all too willing... Read more »

Cicero The Time Has Come To Throw The Bums Out

Cicero The Time Has Come To Throw The Bums Out
One of the most watched elections will soon be upon us and it involves a town that has had a very cozy relationship with not only the Chicago Democratic Machine but the Illinois Combine and the Mob. Now some would think that these three entities are separate from one another but in reality they are... Read more »
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2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame: A Bakers Dozen

#1 Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. gets #1 for being (at least in my mind) one of the classic sleazeball politicians of Illinois and his total disregard for constituents while failing to fess up like a real man.
This Bakers Dozen are my picks for the 2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame even though there were many, many more candidates available. But hey, we can do this as an annual event and like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can add those missed as lifetime achievement winners if necessary. Naturally these selections... Read more »