Posts tagged "corruption"

FBI won't recommend Hillary Clinton indictment; no surprise there

UPDATED: To no one’s surprise, the FBI won’t seek the indictment of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. And to no one’s surprise, the announcement came just a few days after husband Bill had a private meeting with the FBI’s boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Just days after Lynch said she would accept the FBI’s recommendation,... Read more »

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will end the Chicago Way, maybe

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will end the Chicago Way, maybe
Does Emanuel represent a new beginning, or just more of the same?   Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s recipe for “change” is so unlike The Chicago Way it’s hard for this native to believe in it as much as I would like to. I hope he pulls it off. What he’s promising is nothing less than toppling... Read more »

"Chicago Code" Fakery

  An alderman running Chicago? That’s what we’re supposed to believe when we’re watching Fox’s new cop show, “Chicago Code.” That might sound plausible to Hollywood, but it makes it hard for us to watch. Especially when how Chicago really operates is a lot more entertaining.  Chicago Code, which I assume is its take on the... Read more »

Hold the tears for George Ryan

Before we get all weepy about U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer’s decision not to release former George Ryan early from his prison sentence, it’s advisable to read it. Other than a few fleeting references in news stories, its argumentation and logic have been largely ignored. You can find the entire decision on the court’s... Read more »

Lobbyist paid $15K to congresswoman's husband

The Washington Times reports: A lobbyist known as one of California’s most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters’ husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring legislation that would help save the real-estate finance business of one of the lobbyist’s best-paying clients,... Read more »

And Illinois Democrats think they deserve to be re-elected.

The Republican Party has a new campaign commercial out and it’s a good one. It harkens back to when top state Democrats–including now Gov. Pat Quinn, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, Treasurer and senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, and House Speaker Mike Madigan were arm and arm in support of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  In November, Illinois voters... Read more »

The only issues in Illinois that matter

  Forget about gun control, energy, abortion, public safety and all the other issues that are cluttering up the Illinois gubernatorial race. The only things that matter in the race between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Sen. Bill Brady are how to dig the state out of the biggest financial hole it has... Read more »

In praise of the Blago jury "holdout"

Juror JoAnn Chiakulas has taken a lot more than her share of lumps for being the “holdout” in the 11-to-1 verdict on the most serious charge against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial–the selling of Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. In her first interview, she described what it felt like as being the... Read more »

Jan Schakowsky, answer these earmark questions

Tribune photo by Zbigniew Bzdak / March 5, 2009 This is to support demands by the Big Government blog to answer questions about her mysterious earmark. It noted: Recently, Big Government told of a proposed fiscal year 2009 federal budget earmark intended for the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), a Chicago-area nonprofit that went belly-up late last year. The article questioned... Read more »

Blago buys himself some suits--200 grand worth

ABC photo by Heidi Gutman / January 26, 2009 ABC’s Barbara Walters interviews Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in one of his zippy suits. How did we ever elect this duffus? Now we have an explanation for why Blagojevich was in so much money trouble and, ergo, he tried to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat or squeeze others... Read more »
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