Category: Chicago politics

If it's got anything to do with O'Hare Airport, it's hinky

Is Chicago Tribune architect critic Blair Kamin the only newsman in Chicago who is sniffing around the latest O’Hare Airport expansion project and suspects that something doesn’t smell right? Kamin raises the issue in today’s revealing column, “A peek inside Chicago’s hush-hush competition to pick an O’Hare expansion architect: ‘This whole process has been pretty weird.'” It’s... Read more »

The rapacious Ed Burke

Thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times for revealing the depth of Ed Burke’s greed, and by extension the petty venality of corrupt Chicago politicians. Two articles worth reading: Burke’s breaks: Embattled alderman got tax cuts on home, office just by asking Ald. Edward Burke built ‘special police’ force after Rahm cut bodyguard detail For most of us,... Read more »

Paul Vallas for Chicago mayor

Chicago cries out for a new mayor who  is independent, smart, honest and experienced, Someone who knows his way around the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine but is not a part of it. Someone whose entire career has been devoted to fixing broken systems. Or managing ones in crisis. And what city is, at once, broken and... Read more »

“She basically said she’s our tribe.”

Tribe? Perfect. What better way for the Chicago Teachers Union to describe itself? Stacy Davis Gates, CTU vice president, was referring to Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle’s TV ad touting her teaching career. “You saw the commercial. She’s basically said she’s our tribe.” Exactly. Preckwinkle gladly is the beneficiary of organized labor’s resources, including the CTU, American Federation of Teachers... Read more »

Hey, Chicago taxpayer, you owe $36,000

Here’s a number that you won’t hear much of in the run-up to the election of the next mayor of Chicago: $36,000. That’s your share of Chicago’s $32.5 billion debt burden, based on an analysis of the city’s latest available audited financial reports Truth in Accounting.  The $36,000 figure comes from a  new analysis of the latest available audited financial reports... Read more »

No surprise: O'Hare Airport project "smells of backroom deals"

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin smells  “backroom deals” and “smoke-filled rooms” in the latest multi-billion plan to yank the 1950s-style O’Hare International Airport into the 21st Century. Kamin was referring to the selection of five firms that are finalists for the the $8.5 billion airport expansion that include a new global “super terminal.” He complained... Read more »

Dems in control; same old, same old

Well, it didn’t take long. Before echoes of a New-Day-is-Coming died down, Democrats in Chicago and Illinois were back to pulling the same old stunts. In Springfield, J.B. Pritzker rambled on and on in his inauguration speech about, gee, “better roads, better schools, better wages” and “fearless ideas.” But he ignored the biggest issue–pensions. Not a word. ... Read more »

Chicago makes Detroit look good

Everyone who has credit cards or a mortgage is acutely aware of just how burdensome interest alone can be on personal debt. When you have excessive debts, just the interest on those loans can gobble up money for other things that you want or need. So it is with government. Pain-in-the-necks like me always are... Read more »

Ald. Ed Burke charged with extortion

Imagine that. A Chicago alderman getting indicted. Unheard of. Reports the Chicago Sun-Times: Ald. Ed Burke has been charged with one count of attempted extortion for allegedly trying to use his powerful position on the City Council to solicit business for his private law firm, according to a newly unsealed criminal complaint. The charges revolve around... Read more »

Dan Ryan: Gone, but forgotten

Who is Dan Ryan to have a Chicago expressway named after him? Does anyone younger than 70 have a clue about who this jamoke is? That’s basically the question that Chicago mayoral candidate Billy Daley was asking when, in a brazenly transparent grab for black votes, he suggested that the Interstate highway on the South Side... Read more »
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