Archive for July 2009

Obama: This is not a 'beer summit,' just a talk

Then why, pray tell, even mention having your little chat? Because Obama wants to use these two men as props. What better way to gin up the impression that you’re the Chief Conciliator, after you blew it by saying the police department acted “stupidly.” I would have wished that the two men would not have... Read more »

Daley backs business set-asides for gay-owned firms

Here’s the Tribune’s story: Mayor Richard Daley said today he would support an effort to give preferential treatment in city contracting to businesses owned by gays and lesbians. The city already sets aside a portion of contracts for businesses owned by blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women. Now Ald. Thomas Tunney (44th), the City Council’s openly... Read more »

Sam Zell: The Tribune and Cubs merely assets?

“I don’t have any emotional attachment to assets.“–Sam Zell, owner of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Cubs in a CNBC interview about the paper’s and team’s future, as reported in the Tribune.Maybe that’s why he’s worth–what?–billions, and why those of us who love the newspapers and baseball teams we grew up with aren’t worth billions.... Read more »
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Wal-Mart decision entombed in a different City Council committee

Without explanation, the decision to allow a second Wal-Mart into Chicago has been sent to molder in Ald. Ed Burke’s Finance Committee, a Tribune story reported. Leon Finney: “What happened?” Rev. Leon Finney, head of the Woodlawn Organization and a revered Chicago activist, appeared to be stumped by the move. After the decision was lateraled... Read more »

Mark Buehrle was doing it again!

Call your husband. Call your wife. Call your kids. Call your old man. Mark Buehrle pitched almost six perfect innings for the White Sox at Minnesota until walking a man with two out in the sixth. On the way he has broken a Major League record for innings pitched without a base runner–45 something. Oops,... Read more »

Most Chicagoans want a new Wal-Mart

Talk about kowtowing to special interests. The Chicago City Council already has once killed a proposed Wal-Mart in Catham, and if the unions get their way, they’ll kill it again. That’s even though only 17 percent of Chicagoans opposed the new store in a survey. Conducted June 8-12, the survey revealed that 73 percent of... Read more »
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Obama gets a taste of what he gave to Bush

President Barack Obama’s effort to sell Americans on his economic So, Rahm, how does it taste? policies isn’t working because his own campaign strategy has returned to haunt him. That strategy was designed to cajole voters into believing that former President George W. Bush wasn’t blowing away the recession fast enough. Many Americans bought the... Read more »

Home sellers, it's safe to come out; sales rocket higher

The Census Bureau reports that new home sales rose 11 percent in June over July. The good news is that new home sales in the Midwest rose 43.1 percent. That’s not a typo; here’s the bureau’s statement: Sales of new one-family houses in June 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, according... Read more »

Common sense on high-speed rail

John McCarron, an urban affairs writer, consultant and educator, nails it in this Tribune op-ed column. McCarron asks why we are spending billions of dollars (yet to be borrowed, I assume) on studying and building high-speed rail service when so much more needs to be done for local mass transit. Compare the needs of CTA,... Read more »
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So, taxpayers, what would you do?

A  Citigroup  trader that made the company billions of dollars is pressing the financial giant to honor a 2009 pay package that could total $100 million, setting the stage for a potential showdown between Citi and the government’s new pay czar, according to the Wall Street Journal Your initial reaction might be: “Outrageous!” Especially for... Read more »
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