Posts in category "Chicago politics"

Chicago's only salvation: A Detroit-like bankruptcy

Wait, I thought only the Republican Party was being torn asunder by a rift between the establishment middle and the fringe. That impression was nailed down, again, last week by the embarrassing fracture among House Republicans over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. But don’t forget last Tuesday’s Chicago primary in which incumbent Rahm... Read more »

Chicago election eve wisdom

You can always count on authentic Chicago observer Patrick Hickey to nail it. In this piece, he joins the astute Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass in calling on Chicagoans to vote in the Chicago election for someone other than incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel. They both reason that Emanuel needs a reminder that his re-election is... Read more »

Will 'community activist' Barack Obama allow his library to trash a South Side community?

Barack Obama began as a “community activist” on Chicago’s Far South Side, protecting regular folk from the plundering of the rich and powerful. Now the rich and powerful–Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the University of Chicago, to name a couple–are trying to grab parkland from a South Side neighborhood. For Obama’s presidential library. (Story is... Read more »
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Chicago and Rosemarie Andolino to O'Hare Airport noise complainers: Nuts to you

So, okay, suffering voters in communities hit hard by increased noise at O’Hare International Airport sent a loud message to Chicago and Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino. But will Chicago and Andolino hear it? Will they do anything? Do they care? No, no and no. As the Chicago Tribune’s transportation writer Jon Hilkevitch reported: Chicago and suburban... Read more »

Can We the People govern ourselves?

We take for granted that the democratic or republican forms of government are inevitable and natural, that they are the best way to govern, and certainly far ahead of whatever comes in second. If so, then, how do you explain: Illinois? Chicago? The federal government? All challenge the everyday assumption that We the People can... Read more »

Democracy sucks

How else, other than democracy sucks, to explain the horrendous state of Chicago and Illinois. How else to explain the seemingly ho-hum attitude (see John Kass’ eloquent column) toward former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing two (yes, two!) years of emails and the oh-so coincidental hard drive crash to some of the people who received... Read more »
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I didn't notice that Al Sharpton wasn't in Chicago

But ace Chicago writer Carol Felsenthal did. She noted his absence in a recent post, “Where Have You Gone, Al Sharpton? Chicago Turns Its Frightened Eyes to You. Late last year, Rev. Sharpton announced a bold plan to set up shop in Chicago. What happened?” Turns out that Sharpton, himself, finally returned her call and gave this... Read more »

Chicago's approaching doomsday

You thought bankrupt Detroit was bad? Read this informative analysis by Reboot Illinois and come to more fully understand why Chicago’s situation is possibly worse. It took many years of warnings before Illinois state lawmakers and most taxpayers finally grasped the danger of the debt the state had accumulated with its five public employee pension systems. Now... Read more »

Durbin also promised that you could keep your health insurance under Obamacare

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What, Chicago is so short of accused grafters that we have to import them?

Now comes the news that the guy that was supposed to be watching the city of Chicago’s money has been indicted in an alleged $500,000 kickback scheme while he was overseeing the state of Ohio’s state investments. On top of that comes even more news that the official, Amer Ahmad, was working as Chicago’s comptroller... Read more »
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