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  • Ex-teachers union boss gets $242,000 state pension

    10/22/2011 11:04:19 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2011 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD —— Reg Weaver receives a state pension of $242,657 a year, not because it's based on his last salary as a teacher, but because he gets to count the $300,000-plus check he made as president of the National Education Association.It's one of the highest pensions paid by the heavily indebted Illinois Teachers' Retirement System.Weaver, whose last salary as a south suburban teacher was $60,000, is one of 116 active and inactive members of the Teachers' Retirement System who can base their retirement income on their salaries and service in the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois...
  • Ethics Committee re-launches probe into whether Jackson attempted to buy Obama’s Senate seat

    10/18/2011 5:28:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10-18-11 | Steven Nelson
    The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday afternoon that it would resume its inquest into Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s role in possibly attempting to purchase the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. A statement on the committee’s website notes that the chairman of the committee, Alabama Republican Rep. Jo Bonner, and the ranking member, California Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez, “have jointly decided to extend the matter.” The probe into Jackson’s involvement was initially deferred due to a request by the Justice Department. That request was withdrawn after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of corruption in June....
  • E-Mail Shows Senior Energy Official Pushed Solyndra Loan

    10/07/2011 3:18:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2011 | ERIC LIPTON and JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — A senior Energy Department official pushed hard for the government’s $535 million loan to the California solar energy company Solyndra even after he had disclosed that his wife’s law firm represented the company and promised to recuse himself from matters related to its loan application, according to e-mails released by federal officials on Friday. The official, Steven J. Spinner, a senior member of the Energy Department’s loan guarantee oversight office and a 2008 Obama fund-raiser, inquired frequently about the progress of the Solyndra loan, urging the White House Office of Management and Budget to move more quickly on...
  • Property tax bills anger Cook County homeowners (Rahmland)

    10/07/2011 10:24:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | October 5, 2011 9:59 PM | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s sticker shock in the mail. Tax bills went out to Cook County homeowners this week and the big jump in the amount due to many homeowners has some wondering if they can keep their house. CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov takes a look at how the dramatic jump in property tax bills is affecting people and what you can do about it. According to the Cook County Clerk’s office, tax rates are up for schools, park districts, municipalities and other government bodies. Some of those tax levies have made double-digit increases in tax rates. The property tax...
  • Feds to Gibson: Hand over more wood

    09/30/2011 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    http://www.bizjournals.com ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | Annie Johnson
    Federal authorities are pressuring Nashville-based Gibson Guitar to hand over an additional 25 bundles of Indian wood that the company allegedly planned to use in its famous guitars. The complaint was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and mirrors a 2010 action that sought official forfeiture of wood obtained in a 2009 raid of Gibson facilities. The latter of those cases has been stayed, pending the outcome of the most recent suit. As has been the case in previous allegations, at issue is the classification of certain wood imported to the United States from...
  • Feds award $55M to fund security planning for Chicago summits

    09/30/2011 4:40:44 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9.30.11 | David Heinzmann
    Chicago has won a $54.6 million federal grant to fund security and emergency planning and cooperation among the city, Cook County and the state as preparations begin to ramp up for the G-8 and NATO summits being held here next May. While the money is to be shared among city, county and state emergency management agencies, Chicago's top emergency planner said the grant will be most useful in planning training exercises to handle security at the simultaneous economic and defense summits, which are likely to attract thousands of demonstrators. Gary Schenkel, director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and...
  • Report: Ford pulls bailout ad after criticism from press, questions from White House

    09/27/2011 9:58:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies
    MLive ^ | September 27, 2011 | Jonathan Oosting
    Ford Motor Company has shelved a television commercial indirectly criticizing its competitors for accepting government bailouts to avoid bankruptcy in the wake of media criticism and, reportedly, a call from the White House. The ad, first uploaded to YouTube months ago, was part of a series featuring real-life customers who were thrust into press conferences where actor/reporters asked them to explain their decisions to buy a Ford. "I wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government," the customer, Chris, said in the ad. "I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their...
  • Worse and Worse: Obama Was Personally Briefed on Risks of Solyndra Loan Program

    I wonder how the big thinkers at the New York Times will spin this devastating report from their paper's prominent West Coast namesake:   Long before the politically connected California solar firm Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama was warned by his top economic advisors about the financial and political risks of the Energy Department loan guarantee program that boosted the company's rapid ascent.  At a White House meeting in late October, Lawrence H. Summers, then director of the National Economic Council, and Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, expressed concerns that the selection process for federal loan guarantees wasn't rigorous...
  • Wind Power's Political Payoff

    09/26/2011 4:54:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 26, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: Our ever-campaigning president heads off to a fundraiser held by a politically connected businessman whose company took a $100 million stimulus tax credit. Solyndra didn't stop pay-for-play the "Chicago Way." Tone-deaf somehow does not seem adequate to describe President Obama's silent indifference to the Solyndra scandal of his making as he rushes off to another fundraiser, a $25,000 per person affair in Missouri on Oct. 4 organized by another beneficiary of our stimulus tax dollars. Tom Carnahan, of the Missouri Carnahans, arguably that state's most prominent political family, is listed on President Obama's campaign website as a host of...
  • Solyndra Takes The Fifth

    09/21/2011 4:02:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 21, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: Two top executives of the bankrupt solar panel firm will refuse to answer questions about possible fraud and the waste of taxpayer dollars. Unlike oil execs, they and the administration have much to hide. There's a delicious irony in the news that Solyndra's two top executives, Chief Executive Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer W.G. "Bill" Stover, plan to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions when they testify Friday before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel investigating their failed company, which got more than $500 million in federally backed loans. It was only a...
  • The Administration's Tangled Web

    09/20/2011 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 20, 2011 | Staff
    Scandals: A gun dealer's tape shows a possible coverup of a third gun found at the scene of a murdered border patrol agent. Meanwhile, a second congressional witness reports coaching of testimony on a donor's project. That giant sucking sound you hear is the Obama administration imploding under the weight of incompetent policies based on long-discredited progressive ideology and now a wave of scandals that involve gun-running, witness-tampering and political payoffs — and cover-ups of all of the above. The infamous Watergate tape may have its rival in tapes obtained by CBS News between an agent for the Bureau of...
  • Corruption Squared

    09/19/2011 4:30:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 19, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: The Air Force's Space Command chief was pressured to alter testimony about the danger of a wireless project developed by a Democratic donor's company. Are lives as well as money being put at risk? Crony capitalism, which has been rampant in President Obama's push for green energy, is one thing. Rewarding donors with stimulus dollars is merely the "Chicago Way" brought to Washington, D.C. But when ideology combines with cronyism to place American lives and the nation's security at risk, it's quite another thing. At issue is a plan by Reston, Va.-based satellite broadcast communications company LightSquared to build...
  • The Chicago Way: Union Boss Collects Pension After One Day on Job

    09/24/2011 9:27:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    If you need evidence on how corrupt self-serving unions and union officials can be, then please consider Ex-labor chief's 1-day rehire nets $158,000 city pension A retired Chicago labor leader secured a $158,000 public pension — roughly five times greater than what a typical retired public-service worker in the Windy City receives — after being rehired for just one day of active duty on the city payroll, local news reports said. According to The Chicago Tribune, Dennis Gannon stands to collect approximately $5 million in city pension funds during his lifetime. He now draws the pension while working for a...
  • One-day rehiring nets former Chicago labor leader $158,000 pension

    09/22/2011 7:27:57 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/21/2011 | Jason Grotto
    Most city workers spend decades in public service to build up modest pensions. But for former labor leader Dennis Gannon, the keys to securing a public pension were one day on the city payroll and some help from the Daley administration. And his city pension is more than modest. It's the highest of any retired union leader: $158,000. That's roughly five times greater than what the typical retired city worker receives. In fact, his pension is so high that it exceeds federal limits and required the city pension fund to file special paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service to give...
  • We Are Heroes, Who Need to Create a Crisis (VIDEO)

    09/22/2011 6:13:02 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 20th | Naked Emperor News
    We Are Heroes, Who Need to Create a Crisis: SEIU’s Stephen Lerner at Progressive Summit Tells Unions, Community Organizers and Students They Need to Escalate Protests, Break Laws, Occupy Abandoned Houses and Spread the Crisis All Over U.S.
  • Obama's Chicago pals get rich off of his fraud-ridden weatherization programs

    09/21/2011 8:48:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/21/11 | Ed Lasky
    The rest of America is just beginning to learn how Cook County politics works. Barack Obama learned his lessons well. He said as much when he let slip his real views: that politics is about "rewarding friends" and "punishing enemies." As president, Obama seems to be busy "rewarding" his home town pals at taxpayer expense. The giant slush fund known as the "stimulus" has been a rich source of payoffs that extend far beyond mega donors such as George Kaiser and his Solyndra investment. The stimulus fund has also been a honey pot to send money to personal pals of...
  • Law gives huge pension perks to union leaders (The Chicago way...)

    09/21/2011 8:19:52 AM PDT · by Kozel89 · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sept 21, 2011 | Jason Grotto
    All it took to give nearly two dozen labor leaders from Chicago a windfall worth millions was a few tweaks to a handful of sentences in the state's lengthy pension code. The changes became law with no public debate among state legislators and, more importantly, no cost analysis. Twenty years later, 23 retired union officials from Chicago stand to collect about $56 million from two ailing city pension funds thanks to the changes...
  • Feds Still Mum on Reason for Gibson Raids

    09/21/2011 7:09:53 AM PDT · by indthkr · 31 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | 09/20/11 | Andy Meek
    Federal officials have shed a little light on last month’s raid of Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Memphis and Nashville – without really revealing much at all. In a letter dated Monday, Sept. 19, Christopher Mansour, the director of congressional and legislative affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, wrote to congressional leaders in broad terms about the federal Lacey Act. That’s the legislation that provided the backdrop of the Gibson raids. Their letter was in response to a letter sent by congressional leaders, including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.,...
  • Not-for-profit group used state funds to buy decked-out Hummer

    09/20/2011 9:11:26 AM PDT · by Freedumb · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 09/20/2011 | DAVE McKINNEY & CHRIS FUSCO
    With its custom red paint job, on-board TV, public-address system, game consoles and sparkling chrome tire rims, the 2003 Hummer was no ordinary vehicle. The $45,196 SUV was designed to deliver an eye-catching, AIDS-awareness message to people in poor African-American neighborhoods on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health, then headed by Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends.Soon, though, other AIDS activists began to question how the Chicago not-for-profit organization that used the decked-out Hummer to spread its message could afford to spend money on such a vehicle. After first insisting otherwise, Whitaker aides...
  • Obama's Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way

    09/17/2011 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18, 2011 | by John Kass
    The Solyndra scandal cost at least a half-billion public dollars. It is plaguing President Barack Obama. And it's being billed as a Washington story. But back in Obama's political hometown, those of us familiar with the Chicago Way can see something else in Solyndra — something that the Washington crowd calls "optics." In fact, it's not just a Washington saga — it has all the elements of a Chicago City Hall story, except with more zeros. So forget optics. What about smell? It smells bad, and it's going to smell worse. Or, did you really believe it when the White...