Archive for February 2010

Live blog on health care summit

President Barack Obama hosting a bipartisan meeting on healthcare legislation at Blair House, across the street from the White House, with a few dozen members of Congress. {Photo by Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)  My thoughts: Where was the call to action? Where are specific ideas for follow-up? Is someone going to draft... Read more »

Hockey final: USA 2, Switzerland 0

UPDATE: USA scores on a great wrap-around in front of the Swiss goal ORIGINAL POST: Is no one on ChicagoNow live blogging the game between Switzerland and TeamUSA? It’s the end of the second period and it’s a tieless score. Wait. Wait! It’s seconds to go. No, fractions of a second. An American shot hits... Read more »

Corruption in Chicago

The story only got a few inches, and hardly any note. But needs to be noted. The Tribune reported that a former deputy clerk in the Cook County Criminal Courts Building got hung with a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to bribery. His crime? He solicited $15,000 from a woman, falsely promising to get... Read more »
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Who's worse, government or private insurers?

The government is worse, hands down, according to a new Rasmussen poll. It’s national telephone survey finds that 51% fear the federal government most when it comes to such decisions. Thirty-nine percent (39%) fear private insurance companies more. These views are unchanged from early August when many congressmen went home to town hall meetings filled with... Read more »

Illinois budget goes on line

Dare you look? Beginning Wednesday, you can see the bad news up close. Illinois Statehouse News provides the details.

School vouchers (2)

Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) and the Illinois Policy Institute get national attention in this fine piece published in the Wall Street Journal.
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Why continue the search?

Tammy Duckworth has turned down Gov. Pat Quinn’s offer to be his running mate He’s available in the November election, sending him and the rest of the Democratic Party Leadership scrambling to find a second choice. Again, the voters have nothing to say about it. They already have made their second choice for slating as... Read more »

Public: Obama's health plan no better than others

With great fanfare, President Barack Obama unveiled his health plan on Monday. In an overnight sampling, Rasmussen reports that Americans don’t like it any more than the last batch served up by Democrats.  Voters still strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats and think Congress should focus instead on... Read more »

Are the Dems really that clueless about health care?

WASHINGTON– The last time I heard Newt Gingrich predict that Republicanswould take over Congress was 16 years ago when he was pushing his “Contract with America.” I said he was crazy then, but he turned out to be right. Now, he’s predicting that Republicans this year will take over Congress again–the House and the Senate — and not... Read more »
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So much for union solidarity

To preserve their pay raise, two locals of the Amalgamated Transit Union representing CTA bus and train personnel were willing to throw hundreds of their brothers and sisters overboard to preserve the kind of raises for the survivors that few people in the private sector have seen during the recession. Here’s a look at how those... Read more »
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