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  • The election race you didn't hear about: Voters just ran a top Chicago-area prosecutor out of office

    03/15/2016 7:48:29 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 26 replies
    CHICAGO (AP) ^ | 03.15.2016 | Sophia Tareen
    Voters ousted the Chicago area's top prosecutor Tuesday, backing Democratic primary challenger Kim Foxx in a campaign dominated by questions about Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's handling of the shooting death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer.
  • After boosting the sales tax, Preckwinkle now wants $130 million in pay hikes (Crook County IL)

    07/31/2015 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/30/2015 | GREG HINZ
    Cook County Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle Government and Politics Infrastructure More + Photo by Manuel Martinez Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers. Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Only those who make more than $200,000 in annual salary would be excluded. The proposal, sent to a Cook County Board committee for review, extends to other unionized employees...
  • More people moved away from Illinois last year than any other state

    03/27/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    WBEZ 91.5 ^ | 3/26/2015 | Susie An
    Illinois had the biggest decrease in population according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Between July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the state lost 9,972 people. On the other end, Texas saw the largest population increase adding more than 450,000 people during that time. Cook County saw a very slight decrease in population. It’s one of four counties with a population of more than 1 million to experience a decrease. Others include industrial counties like Wayne County, Michigan; Cuyahoga, Ohio; and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The rate of people leaving Cook County for other counties has been increasing since...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

    03/02/2015 4:01:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...
  • The IL General Assembly: terrorist aides

    01/01/2004 4:25:35 PM PST · by Kuksool · 10 replies · 1,984+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | December 31, 2003 | JILL STANEK
    Revelations in the Peoria Journal Star earlier this week that the Peoria/Champaign area is one of seven in the United States on a terrorist “circuit” were frightening. “Terrorists enter the United States in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then move to Phoenix, then Denver," reported Phil Luciano of the PJS. "From there some head to Peoria and Champaign. Some terrorists remain in those communities, while others head on to New York City" (emphasis added). Luciano was provided this information by Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, who received it at a recent FBI conference held in Springfield. Names of larger cities...
  • GOP candidate in Cook County, IL discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat

    10/21/2014 7:00:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said...
  • List of Sheriffs Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

    01/21/2013 1:52:09 PM PST · by AuntB · 34 replies
    CSPOA ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | CSPOA
    Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken. The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations from all over our great nation who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures. I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction. I would encourage other Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom. List of State Sheriff’s Associations 1. Utah Sheriff’s Association List of County Sheriffs 1. Sheriff...
  • 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,...
  • Shock poll: Obama could lose Illinois, Romney leads in Chicago suburbs

    08/20/2012 7:46:31 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows. A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely. Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous. Those numbers do not bode well for the president. “He has to come out of Cook County with a...
  • CNN And Fox Project Romney Wins Illinois

    03/20/2012 5:51:54 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 276 replies
    CNN and Fox | March 20, 2012
    No link yet. I'm just seeing it on CNN. Reuters said Fox called it as well.
  • ShoreBank Scandal Fallout: Fines, Suspension, Supervision for College Illinois Fund Adviser

    01/24/2012 5:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    B G ^ | Jan 13th 2012
    Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Alvin Boutte, Jr., the adviser who encouraged the state to invest in Democrats’ beloved ShoreBank as it was failing, has agreed to pay a fine, to have his securities license suspended, and to work under “heightened supervision” in the securities industry for the next year. The ShoreBank scandal erupted in 2010 as Chicago Democrats, particularly Rep. Jan Schakowsky, tried to bail out the bank using any means necessary–whether federal, state, or private money. The bank’s closure was delayed several times–evidence, critics charged, of preferential treatment from the Obama administration. Eventually, under pressure from the Tea...
  • Former State Senator Says ‘Goodbye, Illinois’A scathing article on Illinois politics

    12/22/2011 5:19:29 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 73 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | December 22, 2011 | Former State Sen. Roger Keats
    Former State Senator and Republican Cook County Board President candidate Roger Keats and his wife Tina left Illinois to live in Texas. They bid farewell to their Illinois friends in a Wilmette Beacon article, and with this letter, saying they’re “voting with their feet and their wallets.” GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well. I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it. After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. BUT enough is enough! The leaders...
  • Time to fight to abolish unfair property taxes

    10/09/2011 11:37:54 AM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/9/11 | Phil Kadner
    Property taxes are unfair. Taxpayers don’t understand their bills. And that’s not likely to change. It is amazing to me, in this era of Tea Party rebellions, that no organized campaign has been launched to abolish property taxes in Illinois. The idea would certainly be popular with voters. Last week, thousands could be found standing in lines at the assessor’s offices in Cook County as second installment tax bills arrived in the mail. Most were seniors wondering how they had lost their senior citizen exemption, a property tax break that can be worth hundreds of dollars. Others just couldn’t understand...
  • 20% of Cook County Sheriff's Department on Medical Leave

    02/01/2011 3:38:17 PM PST · by Tom Rounder · 5 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | January 28,2011 | Steve Bartin
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle threw down a challenge to Sheriff Tom Dart Thursday, accusing him of abandoning budget negotiations and saying he can meet her 16 percent cutback by reining in medical leave cases. Preckwinkle derided Dart's previous comments that he would have to “patrol the county on his bicycle” to meet her budget goals and said he could start cutting by taking a close look at the 20 percent of sheriff's department employees who are on medical leave.
  • Weatherization Went Awry, Audit Shows

    10/19/2010 12:12:17 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Money provided in the stimulus bill for making buildings more energy-efficient is finally starting to flow, the Department of Energy’s inspector general says. But in a report released Tuesday, his office says that in some cases it has been badly spent. An audit by the inspector general focused on some work done by the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, one of 35 agencies in Illinois that are expected to share $91 million over three years. The audit looked at 15 homes and found that 12 failed final inspection “because of substandard workmanship.” In some cases, technicians who...

    12/19/2008 12:25:19 AM PST · by hoosiermama · 807 replies · 12,657+ views
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    <p>The 1890s Chicago City Council was notorious for corrupt political practices orchestrated by a faction of its aldermen known as the Gray Wolves. So named because they were viewed as preying upon the defenseless public, the Gray Wolves were led by First Ward aldermen “Bathhouse” John Coughlin and “Hinky Dink” Mike Kenna, and Johnny Powers of the Nineteenth Ward. These elected officials were not only skilled at trading votes for favors, but once in office they excelled in making municipal decisions to profit themselves financially.</p>
  • OBAMA WAS PROJECT VOTE!! Must read article from 1993 Chicago Magazine

    09/26/2009 1:50:20 AM PDT · by neverbluffer · 33 replies · 1,950+ views
    Chicago Magazine 1993 Article | 09-26-2009 | neverbluffer
    Vote of Confidence A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape—and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. By Gretchen Reynolds A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape-and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. In the final, climactic buildup to November's general election, with George Bush gaining ground on Bill Clinton in Illinois and the once-unstoppable campaign of senatorial candidate Carol Moseley Braun embroiled in allegations about her mother's Medicare liability, one of the most important local stories managed to go virtually unreported: The...
  • Report: Patronage problems persist in Cook County (Chicago way-surprise, surprise, surprise)

    09/14/2009 5:03:46 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 682+ views
    The federal monitor over Cook County government hiring issued a progress report on patronage problems today -- *snip* Some workers for the county are actively undermining efforts to take politics out of personnel practices. Read the report here.
  • Burris Will Step Aside With Tarnished Legacy

    07/12/2009 7:02:20 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 7 replies · 700+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 12, 2009 | Staff
    At last, Roland Burris has made a decision as senator that we can endorse wholeheartedly.He will not run next year for his Senate seat.Thank goodness.At least one chapter in the sad show that is Illinois politics can soon come to an end.You'll remember, of course, that Burris began shredding his own credibility and the legacy of his decades of state service when he accepted the Senate appointment from our radioactive governor, Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich anointed Burris, just as the governor was getting tossed from office for allegedly trying to sell that very Senate appointment. Recall, too, that we have state...
  • Bye-Bye Burris

    07/10/2009 6:21:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009
    Politics: The career of Roland Burris, a political cipher from Illinois who became a U.S. senator and the lamest of ducks, is over. He can now retire into the obscurity he so richly deserves.Having obtained the seat under a cloud of typical Illinois corruption, Burris announced Friday he won't run for a full term in 2010. He was appointed by the former and recently impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich who, among his other accomplishments, tried to auction off the seat formerly held by Barack Obama. Blagojevich was forced out of office and may soon join other Illinois governors who went on...
  • Top Democratic consultant on FBI Blagojevich tapes

    01/22/2009 7:31:15 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 26 replies · 1,018+ views
    01/22/09 | BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and ADAM GOLDMAN rules:link only
  • Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemency (Eric Holder - Thursday) Hussein & terrorists?

    01/14/2009 9:20:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,091+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | PETE YOST
    Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemencyBy PETE YOST Associated Press Writer Originally published Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM WASHINGTON — New York police detective Anthony S. Senft's life changed forever when a bomb set by Puerto Rican separatists exploded, blowing him 15 feet in the air and blinding him in one eye. Now, he's angry that Eric Holder, who played a key role in awarding clemency to the bombers, is in line to be attorney general. Holder, as President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, worked closely with the Justice Department's pardon attorney to raise the possibility of...
  • Ill. Gov. Blagojevich pledges to fight, won't quit

    12/19/2008 12:28:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 2,441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/08 | Jim Suhr - ap
    CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and plans to stay on the job. In his first official statement since his arrest on corruption charges last week, Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-Uh-vich) says he will fight until he takes his "last breath." ... The Democratic governor says he intends to "answer every allegation in a court of law."
  • Michelle Malkin: The Real Housewives of Crook County

    12/16/2008 11:21:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 1,828+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 17, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Cable television introduced us to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" -- an estrogen-infused reality show featuring a coven of conniving and ambitious women living pampered lives in Southern California. Blago-gate has brought us something even juicier: The Real Housewives of Crook County, Illinois. The public may be wearying of indicted Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Chicago boys' club, but the conniving and ambitious women behind the scenes of the corruption scandal are a must-see political drama all their own. Mrs. Blago, the former Patti Mell, won the hearts of old-school thugs everywhere with her f-word-filled rants captured on...
  • VIDEO: Blagojevich refuses to budge

    12/13/2008 1:58:48 PM PST · by XR7 · 33 replies · 1,823+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/13/08
    Blagojevich refuses to budge NBC Nightly News VIDEO:
  • The Change We've Been Looking For- Union Bribes and Indictments for Selling U.S. Senate Seats?

    12/12/2008 11:47:58 AM PST · by Bokababe · 20 replies · 1,505+ views
    Wayne Alyn Root's Blog ^ | December 10, 2008 | Wayne Allyn Root
    America wanted change and we sure got it. We elected a politician who looked and sounded fresh and new and different (and don't forget "clean" as Senator Biden once remarked), and promised that magic word "change." Aren't we lucky? It appears that the change we got is that we've moved Chicago machine-style politics into the White House. We found out on Tuesday what that business model consists of- the good Governor of Illinois was arrested for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's United States Senate seat. Yes, I said sell Obama's seat to the highest bidder. It's nice to know...
  • Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters' questions - Refuses to answer

    12/11/2008 6:35:21 PM PST · by XR7 · 73 replies · 4,600+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/11/2007 | FRAN SPIELMAN AND ABDON M. PALLASCH
    <p>President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama “advisor” named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p> <p>The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment or some other reward for Blagojevich in exchange for Blagojevich naming Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the U.S. Senate.</p>
  • Missing Pages of History Restored: The Obama-Blago Story That Disappeared

    12/10/2008 4:25:12 PM PST · by RKV · 200 replies · 13,127+ views
    American Digest ^ | 10 Dec 2008 | Venderleun
    The story that put the lie to the No-O & Blogo Meeting was found yesterday and disappeared down the memory hole at News : KHQA.
  • 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...
  • Cook County Sheriff Suspends all home foreclosures

    10/08/2008 10:30:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 66 replies · 2,268+ views
    Fox News | 10/8/08
    Breaking... Sheriff says banks are to blame...
  • Chicago: "Cook County sales tax increase proposed hike from 9 to 11 percent"

    09/19/2007 1:08:07 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 37 replies · 1,248+ views ^ | September 18, 2007 | Leah Hope
    Cook County sales tax increase proposedHike from 9 to 11 percent By Leah Hope September 18, 2007 - One Cook County commissioner wants to increase the county's portion of the sales tax, and if approved, the sales tax in Cook County would go up to 11 percent. That tax increase would also apply to restaurant and hotel bills. Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy said the additional tax revenue would be used to avoid another crisis when it is time to come up with next year's budget. It appears everything is on the table as Cook County commissioners prepare for...
  • Kid steals show at (Crook) county swear-in - Republican's son pokes fun at Dems' nepotism

    12/06/2006 4:14:41 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 4 replies · 1,425+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 5, 2006 | MAUREEN O'DONNELL Staff Reporter
    It was Todd Stroger's turn in the spotlight Monday. But a 12-year-old stole the show. Stroger took office in a ceremony wreathed in flowery tributes to him and his father, John, his predecessor as Cook County Board president. Then a seventh-grader punctured the pomp of the swearing-in of Stroger and county commissioners. When it was Republican Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman's turn to speak, she said her son asked her about Stroger's ascension to his father's post, saying: "Mom, if the Democrats can give their seats to their kids, why don't you?'' At that, she turned her desk over to her son,...
  • Do you think corruption is a big problem in Cook County politics? [POLL]

    09/21/2006 8:39:24 PM PDT · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 66 replies · 1,347+ views
    NBC Chicago website ^ | Thurs. Sept. 21, 2006 | NBC5 Chicago
    Dumbest poll question ever.... Go to: Scroll down to lower right. Do you think corruption is a big problem in Cook County politics? Yes No
  • FBI raids Cook County office

    09/21/2006 11:43:19 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 23 replies · 1,344+ views
    FBI agents descended on Cook County government offices this morning, serving a search warrant in an investigation that apparently centers on county hiring practices. FBI agents could be seen carrying boxes of documents out of the Cook County Human Resources Department at 118 N. Clark St., as county human resources director Mark Kilgallon and county general counsel Laura Lechowicz Felicione looked on. “We are fully cooperating” with the investigation, Felicione said. While the seizure of documents proceeded downtown, federal agents served the search warrant at other county offices, too — including Provident Hospital, Cermak Hospital and the forest preserve district....
  • Guard: Jailbreak an inside job

    02/14/2006 11:34:43 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 895+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 14, 2006 | FRANK MAIN, STEFANO ESPOSITO ...
    A Cook County Jail guard has admitted to investigators that he helped six inmates escape over the weekend to give a political advantage to a former jail supervisor running for sheriff... The 36-year-old guard confessed that he allowed a convicted killer, two accused robbers and two others charged with aggravated kidnapping and battery to bust out of the jail to cast a shadow on Sheriff Michael Sheahan's management of the complex at 26th and California. The guard knew the negative publicity would hurt Sheahan's chief of staff, Tom Dart, who is running for sheriff... And the guard admitted he helped...
  • GOP offers $10K for Daley conviction (Cook County Republican Party offering 'bounty' on mayor)

    07/26/2005 11:54:50 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 529+ views
    Chicago Business ^ | July 27, 2005 | Greg Hinz
    The Cook County Republican Party is offering a $10,000 bounty — on the political head of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Saying the mayor’s credibility has vanished, county GOP Chairman Gary Skoien Tuesday announced that the Republicans will pay a $10,000 reward to anyone who offers information “leading to the indictment and conviction of Mayor Richard M. Daley for violations of the Shakman Decrees or other forms of corruption.” The Shakman Decree bans the use of political factors in hiring, firing and promotion for most city workers. Mr. Skoien said the bounty is being offered “to assist” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald,...