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(Asian) Carpe Diem

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shymen

I've lived all over the country and world, my background is in International Affairs, Political Science, and Economics, and I'm a Chicago boy born and bred.

The Asian carp are all the buzz in Chicago these days.  Everyone, including myself, is paranoid that these massive fish will destroy the ecosystem of Lake Michigan, and possibly even the entire Great Lakes region.  To put things into perspective, the destruction of this ecosystem could destroy our drinking supply and kill the many multi-million dollar industries of the Great Lakes.  These fish are a dreadfully invasive species that eat everything in their sight, from other fish to plants, and are coming into Lake Michigan via the Mississippi River.  As I've discussed before, one potential fix for this problem, which is a big debate during the Illinois Senatorial race, is the re-reversal of the Chicago River, thus cutting off all Great Lake ties with the Mississippi.  Because our waterways (and water in general) are very essential to livability in Chicago, I want to talk about the debate over the Chicago River and the Asian carp.

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Kirk, do you have any real ideas?

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shymen

I've lived all over the country and world, my background is in International Affairs, Political Science, and Economics, and I'm a Chicago boy born and bred.

With midterm elections a mere 4.5 months away, the race to re-fill Obama's Senate seat is vamping up.  On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Planning Commission sponsored an event, which hosted a non-debate style discussion between the three main candidates: Giannoulias (Democrat), Kirk (Republican), and Jones (Green).  Lynn Sweet of the Sun Times asked each candidate the same 4 questions, and gave them all time to answer.  Today I want to respond to the candidates' responses.  To read what they had to say, go here.

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Question 1: Would you direct federal funds consistent with adopted priorities of regional planning organizations, such as the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning?

This round was a wash.  Giannoulias made a point so as not to seem as if he'll raise government spending too much.  Besides that, no candidate in his right mind would claim not to support Chicago-based planning agencies, especially while in Chicago.


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