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  • 'Rooftop pastor' endorses Oberweis for Senate

    05/22/2014 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 2 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/22/2014 | Mitch Smith
    A South Side pastor who is highly visible in Chicago’s black community endorsed Republican candidate Jim Oberweis on Thursday in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, said some Democrats had taken the African-American vote for granted and that black voters shouldn’t rule out candidates simply because of their party affiliation. Brooks, who is known as the “rooftop pastor” because he once slept for three months atop a shuttered motel to protest violence, cited Oberweis’ views on education and job creation as well the state senator’s visits to...
  • Pawnshop that sold gun used to kill cop agrees to report more on sales

    04/23/2014 3:50:23 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 23 apr 2014 | Annie Sweeney
    Four years after a Smith & Wesson .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun was used to kill an off-duty Chicago police officer, the Mississippi pawnshop owner who sold the gun in a straw purchase has agreed to concessions that authorities hope will curb similar illegal gun deals. The concession to alert authorities about customers who buy multiple handguns, beyond what is required by law, was reached in a federal lawsuit in Mississippi over the slaying of Officer Thomas Wortham IV, attorneys for the Wortham family said. He was an Army National Guard member who had served in Iraq and who — just days...
  • Dem. lawmaker, co-sponsor of child porn laws, resigns; state office, home raided for child porn

    03/24/2014 8:00:07 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 30 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | March 23, 2014 | by Joe Saunders
    e day after a Democrat Illinois lawmaker cruised to victory in his party’s primary Tuesday, he gave up his seat in the wake of a child pornography raid. State Rep. Keith Farnham stepped down from representing Elgin, a city about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided his home and his state office in Springfield. Items that were seized included the laptop computer Farnham used on the House floor, The Associated Press reported. The search warrant sought material that “in any format and medium concerning minors visually depicted while engaged in sexually explicit conduct,”...
  • Chicago Tribune Columnist: Wendy Davis Getting 'Swift-Boated' for Lying

    01/25/2014 9:50:22 AM PST · by gooblah · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jan 2014, 9:32 | Frances Martel
    Democrats have given up arguing that Wendy Davis is being honest about her history and are now simply demanding we all accept her narrative and her lies simultaneously. In a column suggesting Davis is being "swift-boated" for fabricating parts of her biography, Margaret Carlson in the Chicago Tribune implores readers to be generous with Davis's biography.
  • White House imposes secrecy rules on first lady's lavish, celebrity-filled birthday party

    01/20/2014 1:06:16 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | ANUARY 20, 2014 | BYRON YORK
    It's not easy to enforce discipline on successful, wealthy, and famous people used to having their own way. But the White House apparently did not want to see photos of the first lady's glittery gala circulating around the Internet. So it imposed a strict rule: No cellphones. "Guests were told not to bring cellphones with them, and there was a cellphone check-in area for those who did," reported the Chicago Tribune
  • The Buffoon at the Chicago Tribune

    01/15/2014 10:31:45 AM PST · by Noremac · 9 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    If they can make Velveeta disappear - why can they not make pithy columnists and imperial presidents disappear? Hmmmmmm???? You'll forgive me if I just take a break from the ordinary format of buttressing my perspectives with documentation, quotes and data points and just vent. Perhaps I should do so more often and likely I will, because progressives don't know what to do with the truth when they see it and you rely on your native common sense to sort things out anyway.A buddy of mine who is part of my email band of gypsies, sent me a thing...
  • Editorial: Why Obamacare is a mess

    10/16/2013 6:15:25 AM PDT · by libstripper · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Oct. 15, 2013 | Chicago Tribune
    If you've tried to sign up online for health coverage under the problem-plagued Obamacare exchange, our sympathies. Many people have tried to create accounts and shop for insurance under the new law. Few have succeeded. Those that have enrolled have found that the system is prone to mistakes. Some applications have been sent to the wrong insurance company. Wait. It gets worse. Those who have managed to browse the marketplace have often been hit by sticker shock. Take Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner and single father from Carpentersville. He sought the same level of coverage on the exchange as he...
  • More Cuts Planned at Tribune Papers

    09/27/2013 11:13:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 27 Sep 2013 02:25 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The ax is about to drop at newspapers owned by the Tribune Company, according to a report by the firm’s own Los Angeles Times. The Times says the company, which also owns The Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, “is reviewing operations in an effort that will likely result in staff reductions.” …
  • Kass: As Obama stumbles on Syria, his allies doggedly spin

    09/08/2013 9:44:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/8/2013 | John Kass
    ...[W]atching President Barack Obama stumble through his news conference from the G-20 summit last week and trying to talk us into war with Syria, I couldn't help thinking about dogs. It was a stupid thought, yes, but I didn't put it there. One of the president's men put it there. A guy named David Axelrod, who brought it up on Twitter. Axelrod, the Democratic mouthpiece of Chicago mayors, is the guy who aligned himself with an inexperienced Illinois legislative back-bencher and ended up installing him in the White House. And after the president announced he would seek congressional approval for...
  • Chicago Tribune calls for a delay in implementating #obamacare.

    08/20/2013 6:26:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    Redstate ^ | August 19th, 2013 | Moe Lane
    The Chicago Tribune has finally reverted away from home-town boosterism of the President and is now telling him to, essentially, admit that his signature ‘achievement’ is toast: "[President Barack Obama] crusaded for [obamacare] and has embraced its nickname. But he did not write the law. Congress did. Major changes are necessary — he has stipulated by his actions that this law as constituted cannot work — and Congress should legislate them for his review." "Bottom line: Let’s delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law. Congress need not start from scratch. Lawmakers can build on what all of us have learned from...
  • Obama to Martha's Vineyard as Chicago Crime Burns

    08/12/2013 4:25:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2013 | John Ransom
    It wouldn’t be summer really if America didn’t get to witness another lavish Martha’s Vineyard vacation by Barack Obama and his posse. Maybe we should just be thankful that he didn’t first ruin American credit like he did in 2011 before departing for the island off of the Massachusetts’ Horn of Plenty. Hotel rates in the summertime on the island range from $250 to $2100 per night. That’s more even than good seats at an NFL football game cost. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against a president going on vacation. But when Americans face one of the worst job...
  • Obama Uses 1917 Espionage Act to Go After Reporters

    05/27/2013 3:27:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2013 | Michael Barone
    There is one problem with the entirely justified if self-interested media squawking about the Justice Department snooping into the phone records of multiple Associated Press reporters and Fox News's James Rosen. The problem is that what the AP reporters and Rosen did arguably violates the letter of the law. The search warrant in the Rosen case cites Section 793(d) of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Section 793(d) says that a person lawfully in possession of information that the government has classified as secret who turns it over to someone not lawfully entitled to posses it has committed a crime....
  • Ruh Roh! Daughter Of Rev. Jeremiah Wright Charged With Money Laundering!

    04/10/2013 7:36:07 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 45 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | April 10, 2013 | Andrew Marcus
    The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Jeremiah Wright’s daughter has allegedly been a naughty little money launderer, and if true, it would appear as though her chickens are coming home to roost. Jeri Wright, 47, faces two counts of money laundering, two counts of making false statements to officers and seven counts of giving false grand jury testimony. She couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
  • Conservatives Shouldn't Own Newspapers?

    04/03/2013 11:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The Los Angeles Times is up for sale, and there are super-wealthy conservative bidders. Get the popcorn out and watch the liberals squeal. The hilarious kickoff came when two leftist collectives -- the Daily Kos website and the California-based Courage Campaign Institute -- set out to buy an ad in the LA Times to protest the Koch brothers pondering a bid. I kid you not, the ad began: "WE NEED NEWS, NOT MORE SPIN." This would assume that today's Los Angeles Times -- which just endorsed Obama's re-election -- is an oasis of objectivity in a desert of media bias....
  • Chicago Tribune, 6 Other Newspapers to Drop AP

    12/27/2012 2:15:13 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 26, 2012 | Todd Beaman
    The Chicago Tribune and six other newspapers owned by Tribune Co. are dropping the Associated Press starting early next month. Besides the Tribune, the other newspapers include the Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., and the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. The Los Angeles Times is expected to retain its AP membership under a separate agreement, Time Out Chicago reports. [Snip] The move, though historic for Tribune, was not unexpected. As early as 2008, not long after Sam Zell became CEO, Tribune Co. signaled intentions to end its ties with AP....
  • Brother: Jesse Jackson resigning from Congress

    11/21/2012 12:00:37 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/21/2012 | Katherine Skiba
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is resigning from Congress, his brother Jonathan Jackson tells the Chicago Tribune. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner confirmed Wednesday that his office has received a letter of resignation from Jackson but did not comment further, according to the Associated Press. The congressman could not be reached. Jackson, 47, a South Side Democrat, has been treated for bipolar depression and has been on a medical leave from Congress since June. He has been under investigation by federal authorities for alleged misuse of campaign dollars and also has faced a congressional ethics probe. Although he did...
  • A tax on politicians? It's an offer they can't refuse

    10/22/2012 7:25:26 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/19/2012 | John Kass
    American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the national, state and local levels. They tax our gas, our houses, our sodas. They tax our smokes, they tax our roads, they tax our health care and our paychecks, and after we've paid, they even tax our deaths. Cutting government is painful for them. Their mantra? "Government can't afford a tax cut." So they tax us instead,...
  • Rupert Murdoch, other potential buyers eye L.A. Times

    10/20/2012 11:30:21 AM PDT · by Amish · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 19, 2012 | Meg James
    It would be so nice to have the LA Times and the Chicago Trib back as conservative mainstays again like they were in the 60s!!! ------------ With Tribune Co. expected to emerge from bankruptcy soon, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is looking to acquire two of its trophy properties — the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Tribune Co.'s debt holders — two investment firms and a bank — will become majority owners of the company after it exits bankruptcy, which could happen by year's end. News Corp. executives have had preliminary talks with these debt...
  • Walsh says U.S. Government was too politically correct to prevent Fort Hood massacre

    08/10/2012 4:16:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-10-12 | Katherine Skiba
    U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh asserted this week that a "politically correct" U.S. government was so fearful of offending Islam that it failed to prevent the Fort Hood massacre. Walsh, a first-term Republican congressman with tea party support, told an audience Wednesday in Elk Grove Village: "Your government was so afraid of doing its job, so afraid of offending Islam that right in front of our noses, we saw what was happening at Fort Hood, and because your government was politically correct, Americans died." A U.S.-born Muslim who was an Army psychiatrist is awaiting trial in the November 2009 shootings at...
  • Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection

    02/18/2012 5:18:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/12 | Jordy Yager
    Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelectionBy Jordy Yager - 02/18/12 12:24 PM ET Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation. Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month. Though Halvorson has raised only one-fifth the amount of money that Jackson has, she has waged a relentless campaign against the incumbent lawmaker, frequently pointing to the House Ethics Committee’s ongoing...
  • Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/17/2012 4:15:58 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 16, 2012 | Robert Channick
    Looking to reduce costs as it continues to grapple with a changing media landscape and challenging economy, the Chicago Tribune told employees Monday it will offer an undisclosed number of voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. Gerry Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Tribune, issued a memo outlining the voluntary separation program, which will be open to all editorial staff except top departmental management. "We begin the year with a need to reduce costs as we face the continued financial pressures from a weak economy and structural changes in our industry," Kern said. "We are committed to taking action...
  • The Republican crack-up(Robert Reich weighs in on the Tea Party;)

    12/27/2011 1:59:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 27, 2011 | Robert Reich
    With the Iowa caucuses just days away, the Republican crack-up threatens the future of the Grand Old Party more profoundly than at any time since the GOP's eclipse in 1932. That's bad for America. The crack-up isn't just Romney-the-smooth versus Gingrich-the-bomb-thrower. Not just House Speaker John Boehner, who keeps making agreements he can't keep, versus House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who keeps making trouble he can't control. And not just the GOP establishment versus the Tea Partiers.The underlying conflict lies deep in the nature and structure of the Republican Party. And its roots are very old. As political analyst Michael...
  • Court sets release of Ryan's divorce file; Judge admits son will be harmed (Flashback)

    07/17/2009 10:24:14 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 40 replies · 2,211+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 18, 2004 | Michael Martinez and Rick Pearson
    LOS ANGELES - Dealing a blow to the U.S. Senate candidacy of Republican Jack Ryan, a California judge ruled that several sealed divorce records likely to embarrass the candidate and his ex-wife should be opened to the public. Ruling on a request brought by attorneys for the Tribune and WLS-TV, Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider acknowledged that the resulting publicity from the disclosure would be harmful to the couple's son, a key argument Ryan had raised in seeking to keep the documents from public view. But Schnider said he had weighed the public interest of disclosure against the private interests...
  • Chicago Tribune Suspends 'Doonesbury' Comic Strip Over Sarah Palin Jokes

    09/12/2011 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Borges · 73 replies
    The Chicago Tribune has decided to pull the daily comic strip "Doonesbury" for the entire week from its newspapers and website. The controversy is over a week-long series of satirical material that makes fun of Sarah Palin, the failed Vice-Presidential candidate and the Alaskan Governor who quit her job after just over two years to become a conservative pundit & Tea Party icon. Facing hefty amounts of criticism and charges of censorship, Chicago Tribune's Senior Vice-president and Editor Gerould W. Kern released a statement, which will be printed inside of tomorrow's newspaper. The statement reads: "This week we are not...
  • Veteran Chicago Tribune Reporter Bob Wiedrich Releases Memoir "Windy City Watchdog"

    07/04/2011 9:39:14 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/03/11 | Friends of Ours
    Bob Wiedrich was born to investigate wise guys and dirty cops. The veteran reporter from The Chicago Tribune recently published his memoir Windy City Watchdog, and his nose for news was evident even as a boy growing up during the depression on the Near North Side when Al Capone still ruled the town. He recounts as a kid watching a steady parade of men using a back staircase to an office over a neighborhood restaurant, and no longer able to contain his curiosity one day endeavored to get to the bottom of the mystery: [A] couple of us kids snuck...
  • Lottery commercial redefines joy in spirit of Chicago Way

    12/10/2009 2:18:47 PM PST · by mlizzy · 3 replies · 463+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-10-09 | John Kass
    When it comes to greetings during the Winter Shopping Spree vaguely associated with the 25th of December, I guess I'm hopelessly old-fashioned. I say "Merry Christmas." Some will think me too retro. Too bad. I'm like Linus from the "Peanuts" cartoons. The birth of Christ is the reason for the season. But if someone offers a "Happy Hanukkah" or "Merry Kwanzaa" -- even those timid souls with their safely corporate "Happy holidays" -- I thank them. They're being kind. Yet the other day I was watching TV, and saw something astounding: a commercial for the Illinois Lottery, aimed at getting...
  • Chicago Tribune On Sara & Todd Palin: New Fondness & Respect For Both Of Them

    12/08/2009 9:07:27 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 21 replies · 1,518+ views
    Clarence Page, of The Chicago Tribune, attended Washington’s Gridiron Club and met Tood and Sarah Palin: Palinpalooza goads media into laughter Palin not only interrupted her book tour, dubbed Palinpalooza by headline writers, to speak to a roomful of those darned media representatives Saturday all gussied up in gowns and tuxedos, but she held her own against this year's Democratic speaker, the liberal master of pithy one-liners, Rep. Barney Frank of MA. If Palin won the evening -- and even my own Hyde Park-raised, liberal wife believes she did -- it is largely because everyone expected Frank to be funny,...
  • Sexed-up Halloween has gone to the dogs and lawyers

    10/30/2009 9:46:37 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 31 replies · 2,757+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10_30_09 | John Kass
    The horrifying evolution of Halloween continues. Recently it became Slutoween, but we're long past that. Now it's Skanky Doggyween. You may have seen the stories about sexy pet costumes, the miniature schnauzer in the tiny plaid skirt, the rat terrier in the lascivious Bo Peep outfit, the French Maid Chihuahua with the fishnet stockings, and so on. Now that America has sexified its dogs, is it any wonder that al-Qaida wants us dead?
  • Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Steve Chapman Newest Resident in ‘State of Denial’

    10/08/2009 8:38:42 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 8 replies · 704+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 10-08-09 | Bob McCarty
    Steve Chapman, a member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, has established residency in the "State of Denial", one of the seven mystery states then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said he had visited while on the campaign trail May 9, 2008.
  • Chicago Suffers Unusually Cold Weather; Chicago Tribune Warns of Global Warming

    09/10/2009 8:13:22 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies · 1,426+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 10, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    If...could...would. That pretty much sums up the "scientific" analysis in a Chicago Tribune story warning of the terrible warming the Windy City will be enduring in the not too distant future. Never mind that Chicago has been experiencing much colder than normal weather this year as your humble correspondent noted last June when quoting the WGN Weather Center blog: The cloudy, chilly and rainy open to June here has been the talk of the town. So far this June is running more than 12 degrees cooler than last year, and the clouds, rain and chilly lake winds have been persistent....
  • Chicago Tribune Writer Likens Palin's Endorsement of Beck TV Show to 'Palin’ Around with Terrorists'

    08/26/2009 10:51:59 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 14 replies · 1,005+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | August 27, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been out of office over a month and there are still those working at major media outlets that just can't get over their obsessions with dissecting everything the former GOP vice-presidential nominee does. Case and point - Mark Silva, a blogger for the Chicago Tribune's "The Swamp," in an Aug. 26 post took it upon himself to try to rationalize why Palin would possibly suggest to her friends and followers on social media networks to tune in to Glenn Beck's Aug. 26 program, as NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard alluded to earlier. ...more...
  • Take a look! Cartoon from 1934!

    08/03/2009 4:44:16 AM PDT · by freemike · 8 replies · 1,451+ views
    Libertas ^ | 8/3/09 | freemike
    “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” It speaks for itself!Libertas
  • Tribune may have Cubs file bankruptcy: sources

    07/13/2009 9:19:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 689+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 13, 2009 | by Ben Klayman
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs baseball team may file for Chapter 11 in order to speed its sale by bankrupt media company Tribune Co (TRBCQ.PK), two sources familiar with the process said on Monday. "It's pretty certain that they will do it," said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified because the sales process is continuing. Such an approach would likely be taken to ensure the storied baseball team and related assets are free of liabilities so as to speed a sale, said the other source, who also asked not to be identified. Tribune filed for...
  • ChiTrib: Limbaugh, Cheney 'Far Right'; Maddow, Obama 'Left Leaning'

    05/27/2009 6:48:23 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 14 replies · 656+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 5/26/09 | Mike Bates
    Monday's Chicago Tribune featured the article "Powell 'still a Republican': Rebutting critics, he criticizes party's far right voices." The article starts: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Sunday that ideological conservatives, particularly radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, have gained a hold over the Republican Party that risks driving the GOP into an extended exile from power. Powell cast his warnings in unusually personal terms as he answered recent charges from two champions of the Republican right -- Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney -- that he was no longer a Republican. "Rush will not get his wish, and Mr....
  • Planned Economy or Planned Destruction

    05/18/2009 1:03:33 PM PDT · by fightin bronco · 4 replies · 540+ views
    Little Green footballs ^ | 1934 | Chicago Tribune
    How history repeats itself. I was sent this cartoon from the Chicago Trib from 1934 http://www.littlegreenfootballs2.com/wp-content/uploads/1934cartoon-519x640.jpg
  • 1934 Chicago Tribune Cartoon Asks–Planned Economy Or Planned Destruction?

    04/18/2009 11:15:16 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 50 replies · 7,143+ views
    just a regular guy ^ | 4/4/2009 | jarg
    Seventy five years ago is going to seem like yesterday here in just a second. Take a look at this cartoon published in the Chicago Tribune on April 21, 1934 titled, “PLANNED ECONOMY OR PLANNED DESTRUCTION?” It’s true for most that their sense of history usually extends into the past only about as far as the day they decided to start paying attention to what was going on around them. An old saying goes something like this: “History, it is said, repeats itself. Few but are reminded almost every day of something that has gone before.” Every “crisis” seems brand...
  • Chicago Tribune: Burris is scurrilous, must go as quickly as he arrived

    02/21/2009 8:16:50 AM PST · by slomark · 21 replies · 505+ views
    The Chicago Tribune has risen up in righteous indignation and demanded the resignation of recently-appointed Senator Roland Burris. Seems the Trib is shocked to find out that there are crooked politicians in Illinois, despite a hundred year history of crooked politicians in Illinois. “Disgraceful,” the Tribune said. “Disgraceful all around.
There’s only one honorable action for Burris: resign. Strip this whole wretched process out of the hands of the politicians and give it back to the people.” But the best part is ...
  • Zuckman to Obama Administration

    02/16/2009 5:48:28 AM PST · by autumnraine · 11 replies · 520+ views
    Media Bistro ^ | 02/15/2009 | Media Bistro
    Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman joins President Obama's administration as the Department of Transportation's director of public affairs and assistant to Secretary Ray LaHood. Zuckman was a Washington-based correspondent at the Tribune and also made frequent appearances on MSNBC and Fox News. She is the second Tribune reporter to take a job in the administration. Peter Gosselin is now the chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. This move is somewhat of a trend- Jay Carney, formerly of Time Magazine, is now Vice President Biden's communications director and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta is supposedly among the top picks to become...
  • Tough times for newspapers

    01/17/2009 8:27:08 AM PST · by lainie · 46 replies · 825+ views
    ST ^ | 1-17-2009 | Bhagyashree Garekar
    WASHINGTON - AMERICA'S newspaper industry, including some of its biggest and most trusted names, is fighting for survival. Troubles at The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Seattle Post-Intelligencer pre-date the current financial crisis, but their precarious state has added urgency to the industry's frantic search for sustainable new business models. The Atlantic magazine reports in this month's edition that The New York Times will find itself facing debts of US$400 million (S$600 million) by May, with only US$46 million cash in hand, and no access to more funds because its debt carries junk status. In one obvious sign of...
  • Chicago Tribune Stopped Working With Prosecutors, Forced Arrest of Ill. Gov. Too Early

    12/15/2008 5:07:46 AM PST · by Jay777 · 41 replies · 2,044+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 15 Dec 08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Looks like we can possibly thank our meddling media for another possibly bungled investigation, this time over the selling of Barack Obama's Senate seat by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojavich. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune was working with Fitzgerald's office on the investigation but decided to stop doing so in favor of printing the sensational story they were sitting on. This forced the arrest early so that the paper wouldn't blow the whole investigation. The story everyone thought they knew was that Fitzgerald moved when he did to stop a crime about to be committed. But, the...
  • The Real Story Behind the Rushed Blagojevich Bust . . . .

    12/14/2008 5:53:36 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 147 replies · 12,247+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/14/08 | Cam Simpson
    Conventional wisdom holds that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ordered the FBI to arrest Rod Blagojevich before sunrise Tuesday in order to stop a crime from being committed. That would have been the sale of the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. But the opposite is true: Members of Fitzgerald’s team are livid the scheme didn’t advance, at least for a little longer, according to some people close to Fitzgerald’s office. Why? Because had the plot unfolded, they might have had an opportunity most feds can only dream of: A chance to catch the sale of a Senate seat on...
  • Report: Jackson backers sought cash for Ill. gov.

    12/12/2008 6:25:53 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 58 replies · 3,397+ views
    Yahoo.News ^ | December 12, 2008 | YahooNews
    ABC News CHICAGO – Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment. "Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse...
  • Scheme vs. Red-Ink Paper's Poison Pens

    12/10/2008 6:44:35 AM PST · by shoptalk · 2 replies · 330+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 10, 2008 | Carl Campanile
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich bragged that the owner of the now-bankrupt Chicago Tribune agreed to fire top editorial writers in exchange for $100 million in state aid, according to an indictment released yesterday. The alleged quid pro quo was laid out in the 78-page corruption indictment of Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris. Blagojevich was thrilled when Harris reported that the financial adviser to the Tribune Company, owned by Sam Zell, suggested that the ax would fall on his editorial critics.
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Feds: Governor tried to get Tribune writers fired

    12/09/2008 5:59:53 PM PST · by dfwddr · 17 replies · 611+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 12/09/2008 | DAVE CARPENTER
    CHICAGO – Trying to squelch criticism from the state's largest newspaper, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich allegedly tried to strong-arm the Chicago Tribune into firing editorial writers who were discussing his possible impeachment. The Tribune charges were overshadowed Tuesday by Blagojevich's arrest on allegations that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. But federal prosecutors said he also sought to pressure the newspaper to dismiss some writers who had suggested the governor should be removed after a three-year investigation of alleged hiring fraud
  • FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To "Sell" Obama's Senate Seat

    12/09/2008 5:41:19 PM PST · by XR7 · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/2008 | Brian Ross
    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted President-elect Barack Obama "to put something together&something big" in exchange for going along with Obama's choice to fill his vacant U.S. Senate seat, according to a FBI affidavit unsealed following the governor's stunning arrest. "I've got this thing and it's f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f***in' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there," Blagojevich said in a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI on Nov. 5, the day after the election, according to the affidavit. Click here...
  • Source: Feds take [Illinois] Gov. Blagojevich into custody

    12/09/2008 6:14:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 974 replies · 25,721+ views
    <p>A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S. attorney's office would not confirm the information, and a spokesman for the governor did not immediately return a phone call for comment.</p>
  • 'The New York Times Isn't Going Anywhere'

    12/09/2008 7:39:58 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies · 1,023+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Promise, or threat? John Harwood declares "the New York Times isn't going anywhere." The Times correspondent, who also toils for CNBC, made his unconditional avowal on today's Morning Joe in response to Joe Scarborough's imagining of a future in which major news organizations, including the Times, might disappear. Scarborough was concerned that the public would be deprived of the media's investigative function. JOE SCARBOROUGH: The problem is, though, that these people are all being fired. So what are we going to do without a New York Times or a Washington Post or an NBC News? The investigators that hold government...
  • Tribune Co. ponders bankruptcy

    12/07/2008 9:33:12 PM PST · by BAW · 7 replies · 431+ views
    Newsday via the Washington Post ^ | 11:54 PM EST, December 7, 2008
    Media giant Tribune Co., saddled with billions in debt since it became a privately-held company last year, has hired bankruptcy advisers, according to its flagship newspaper, the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago-based company owns a coast-to-coast empire with television stations and newspapers in most of the nation's largest cities. Its holdings include the Los Angeles Times; cable television superstation WGN in Chicago; the Baltimore Sun; and WDCW-50 in Washington, the CW affiliate. The company even owns the Chicago Cubs. Tribune assumed some $13 billion in debt when real estate mogul Sam Zell engineered an employee-owned transition to private ownership one year...
  • Tribune Co. Could Be Flirting With Bankruptcy

    12/07/2008 9:32:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 334+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | December 7, 2008 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
    The Tribune Company, the newspaper chain that owns The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times, is trying to negotiate new terms with its creditors and has hired advisers for a possible bankruptcy filing, according to people briefed on the matter. Tribune is in danger of falling below the cash flow required under its agreement with its bondholders, but it is not clear how seriously Tribune is thinking about seeking bankruptcy protection. Analysts and bankruptcy experts say that the hiring of advisers, including Lazard and Sidley Austin, one of the company’s longtime law firms, could be a just-in-case move, or...