Archive for April 2010

Arizona illegal immigration law: Boycott or buycott?

San Fransisco, among others, wants to build a figurative fence, blocking off Arizona from other states’ money for having the audacity to pass a law that would enforce existing federal law. Because the feds are doing such a bang-up job of enforcing the law. The shame of it. But, I suspect, that a boycott of... Read more »

Illinois Senate: Kirk 46%, Giannoulias 38%

Rep. Mark Kirk’s lead in the race for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat has increased moderately as the damage done to Alexi Giannoulias’ campaign by his family’s Broadway Bank failure seems to be hitting home with voters.The latest Rasmussen poll reported: Kirk now attracts 46% support in Illinois’ race for the U.S. Senate, up from... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel for Illinois' U.S. Senator?

Just weeks after White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was rumored to be Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s replacement, a Wall Street Journal piece now is suggesting that Democrats and the Obama White House might want to replace Alexi Giannoulias as their candidate for U.S. senator from Illinois with Emanuel. Said the Journal: One... Read more »
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Democrats' Illinois redistricting plan falls short

Democrats in the Illinois House failed to pass their own redistricting plan, which might be a blessing. But they’re unwilling to back a better one backed Republicans. Reports the Tribune: Status quo won again at the Capitol as Democrats on Thursday failed to muster enough support Thursday to give Illinois voters a chance this fall to change... Read more »

Bad habits can age you by 12 years

They can kill you too. As if we didn’t already know. But here come a study concluding that when you combine four bad habits–smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — they can age you by 12 years. Reported the Associated Press in a dispatch from Chicago: The risky behaviors were: smoking tobacco; downing... Read more »

I ain't paying

As politically correct it has become to “do something” about global warming, most voters don’t want to pay for it. As if it comes as a surprise. A new Rasmussen poll finds: Most U.S. voters think it is at least somewhat important for Congress to pass major energy legislation aimed at reducing global warming this... Read more »
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Preposterous demands for Illinois tax increase

Tribune photo by Abel Uribe / April 21, 2010 Thousands of people march around the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. during a pro-tax rally on Wednesday. The headline read “Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol — for a tax increase.” A subhead could have read, “Millions more stay at home, fuming at the very idea.” Last... Read more »

Big news; some home prices rising

Reports Crain’s Chicago Business: Home prices are rising again in some Chicago-area neighborhoods, in a sign that the local housing market is nearing the end of a devastating three-year slide. Single-family home prices rose in 56 of 253 Chicago-area ZIP codes last year, according to Fiserv Inc., which calculates the widely followed Case-Shiller Home Price Index.... Read more »

Chicago: Baghdad on the Lake

That two Chicago lawmakers have asked Gov. Pat Quinn to activate the Illinois National Guard to stem violence in the city is making national and international news.  Some officials are appalled at the idea of military troops doing police work, saying that they’re not trained for it. Mayor Richard M. Daley reacted “cooly,” the Tribune reports, throwing... Read more »
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Giannoulias tv ad blames Kirk for bank failure

You got to hand it to Giannoulias for his chutzpah. Knowing that his family’s Broadway Bank was about to fail, he and his handlers prepared a TV ad that blames the failure on…Mark Kirk, his GOP opponent in the race to fill the seat no occupied by the discredited appointee, Roland Burris
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