Posts in category "politics"

Dennis Hastert: Former Speaker of the House, Coach, Teacher....Child Abuser?

Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House, has been indicted for trying to cover up cash withdrawals from the Feds, allegedly to pay blackmail for misconduct with a male over 30 years ago. Before he became a politician, Dennis Hastert worked for 17 years as a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School. He was,... Read more »

All politics is local, and in the 81st, local politics is nasty

In politics, nothing is sacred, not even- not especially- your voting record. True, only you know who you vote for in the privacy of the voting booth, but your voting history is public record. Which election you voted in and whether you pulled a Republican or Democrat ballot in a primary election is all recorded... Read more »

Attorney General to investigate Village of Downers Grove for alleged FOIA, OMA violations

The Attorney General’s office has notified the Village of Downers Grove that it has “determined that further inquiry is warranted” on three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and one Open Meetings Act (OMA) requests for review made by this blogger on August 19.  Assistant Attorney General Shari West will be leading the investigation to determine... Read more »
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Did Downers Grove Village Council Members violate the Open Meetings Act?

Illinois’ Open Meetings Act (OMA) is neither difficult to find online nor understand. It’s straightforward: With few exceptions, elected officials can’t deliberate public business in private. “In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public... Read more »

NSA gains access to all phone, internet records. What does that mean?

In the past two days, we’ve learned that the government is reading our emails, checking our credit card statements, viewing our internet browsing history and making a record of every phone call we make. The spymasters at the National Security Agency (NSA) are trolling our Facebook pages, reading our tweets, watching our videos and Skype... Read more »

Medical marijuana bill passes Illinois Senate, Women thrown under bus during debate

The Illinois Senate voted today to pass a bill allowing the sale of medical marijuana. Already passed by the House, it now heads to Governor Quinn for signing. I’m in favor of of this bill. It sets tight controls but allows for a drug that has been proven to help many chronic and terminally ill... Read more »
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Rachel Shteir to Chicago: You blow. Windy City to Shteir: You suck

By now, most Chicagoans have heard (if not read) of DePaul professor Rachel Shteir‘s recent scathing criticism of Chicago in a book review she wrote for the New York Times. You can read the entire review here, but her ivory tower complaints about Chicago can be reduced to the more basic phrase: Chicago sucks. And... Read more »

Stacking the deck of the DuPage County Regional Board of Trustees: The DuPage Brief

In the movie The Pelican Brief, an oil tycoon has two Supreme Court Justices murdered in the hope that new justices will be appointed who are more friendly to his court case, which is currently winding its way through the appellate courts. While no one is getting bumped off here in DuPage County, the DuPage... Read more »

Violence Against Women Act Expires, Republicans Refuse to Reauthorize

Violence Against Women Act Expires, Republicans Refuse to Reauthorize
As the 112th Congress came to a close, wrapped up in the drama of the so-called fiscal cliff, it failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. It was the first time Congress has failed to do so. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted by Congress in 1994.  Among its many provisions were... Read more »
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All Politics Are Local, So Pay Attention

All Politics Are Local, So Pay Attention
Now that the national elections are over, it’s time to turn our attention to the races that really matter. Washington and Springfield can do their respective damnedest to screw up our checkbooks, but the decisions made in our local government bodies and school boards affect us far more than anything the major leaguers can dream... Read more »
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