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  • Rahm Emanuel: Union-Buster?

    07/27/2011 6:10:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2011 | Staff
    Public Employees: The mayor of Chicago and former White house chief of staff asks for union concessions and work rule changes to balance city coffers. Funny, but when Republicans try that, it's a bad thing. No, we have not entered one of those parallel universes, but it's more than passing strange to see President Obama's former chief of staff seeing the writing on the fiscal wall in the Chicago mayor's office and recognizing the fiscal problems unions can cause when entwined with government. Now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking ways to balance the city budget. Faced with the same...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Turn Eyesores Into Urban Farms (food deserts & the food justice community)

    07/27/2011 6:10:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    Emanuel: Turn Eyesores Into Urban FarmsJuly 26, 2011 1:55 PM CHICAGO (CBS) – Green acres could be sprouting up all over the city of Chicago if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way. As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Mayor Emanuel on Tuesday stood in an urban farm, in what was once an abandoned truck depot at 33rd and Iron streets in the Bridgeport neighborhood. He says he wants city ordinances updated so abandoned land all over the city can generate new jobs, and food for those in and around neighborhoods that are called food deserts. “Our ordinance will deal...
  • Chicago Mayor creates support center for Immigrants (Rhambo Illegal pandering)

    07/21/2011 9:36:53 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 7 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | July 19, 2011 | Fox News Latino
    CHICAGO –  Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the creation of the Office of New Americans to provide support for Chicago's immigrant communities and strengthen their contributions to the city's economic, civic and cultural life. "Chicago's vitality has been built on the strength of immigrant populations that have come to enjoy new freedoms and access new opportunities," Emanuel said in a statement. "I want to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the world," the mayor said. According to the mayor, who is thus fulfilling one of his campaign promises, the Office of New Americans will ensure that each immigrant...
  • Chicago Mayor creates support center for Immigrants (Rhambo Illegal pandering)

    07/21/2011 9:36:49 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 5 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | July 19, 2011 | Fox News Latino
    CHICAGO –  Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the creation of the Office of New Americans to provide support for Chicago's immigrant communities and strengthen their contributions to the city's economic, civic and cultural life. "Chicago's vitality has been built on the strength of immigrant populations that have come to enjoy new freedoms and access new opportunities," Emanuel said in a statement. "I want to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the world," the mayor said. According to the mayor, who is thus fulfilling one of his campaign promises, the Office of New Americans will ensure that each immigrant...
  • Chicago woman sues city over fire department test

    07/19/2011 3:12:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    AP ^ | July 19, 2011
    A 27-year-old woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Chicago, alleging that the fire department's physical fitness test discriminates against female applicants. In a complaint filed today, Samantha Vasich says she was rejected from the fire department after being told she'd failed the "physical abilities test" in 2010. Vasich maintains she was and is physically capable of serving as a firefighter.
  • Emanuel to send out layoff notices today

    07/15/2011 10:41:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 15 July 2011 | By Kristen Mack
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will send layoff notices to up to 625 city employees today as he tries to close a $30 million budget hole. Custodians, call center operators at the city's water department and seasonal workers at the Department of Transportation will be among those affected. Emanuel said he will close an entire $30 million budget hole left by the expiration of a deal with City Hall labor unions for unpaid days off. The mayor previously had turned up the pressure on unions for concessions or cost-cutting ideas at a series of news conferences. "It has been two...
  • 4 dead, at least 9 wounded in shootings overnight

    06/11/2011 8:27:59 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2011 | Caroline Kyungae Smith
    Four people were killed and at least 9 wounded in overnight shootings on Chicago's South and West Sides. The violence began about 9:24 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood when a 19-year-old was fatally shot in the 1400 block of South Trumbull Avenue. A minute later at 9:25 p.m. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed in the 300 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue.
  • McCarthy, Emanuel outline police response and criticize media (Chicago wilding)

    06/09/2011 5:08:41 AM PDT · by abb · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 9, 2011 | Kristen Mack and Jeremy Gorner
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and newly confirmed police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Wednesday that they're adding a "marginal" number of officers to the Near North Side to combat a spate of violence, even as they questioned the media's coverage of the attacks. McCarthy cautioned reporters about characterizing crimes correctly, pointing to the differences between shoplifting, robbery and criminal mischief. And the mayor suggested journalists be more judicious in using the term "flash mob." "We have to be sensitive to what it conjures up," Emanuel said. But the administration has played a role in creating the ongoing frenzy. Authorities slapped a mob...
  • Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, The Sweet Irony Of It All

    06/08/2011 8:06:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | June 8, 2011 | annem040359
    It is so very IRONIC, that the man famous for the nickname “dead fish”, a nickname that I have always though was a thug term, now that he is Mayor of the City of Chicago, IL, USA, is now pleased with the very quick arrest of a group of suspects in a series of mob attacks over the course of the recent past weekend. From CBS in Chicago:”CHICAGO (CBS) — While he is pleased with the quick arrest of suspects in a series of mob attacks over the weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday made no secret that he wants...
  • Emanuel Vows ‘Full Force’ Of Law Will Bring Street Thugs To Justice

    06/07/2011 8:15:01 PM PDT · by mcenedo · 30 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | June 7, 2011 | CBS Chicago
    While he is pleased with the quick arrest of suspects in a series of mob attacks over the weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday made no secret that he wants everybody involved “brought to justice.”
  • Emanuel: Police Made Right Call In Closing Beach

    06/01/2011 3:56:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | June 1, 2011 | Sun-Times Media, LLC
    CHICAGO (STMW) - Police did the right thing in closing a crowded North Avenue beach on Memorial Day after receiving a “tremendous amount” of calls about beach patrons suffering from heat exhaustion, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. Emanuel said he was not consulted before the Chicago Police Department’s unprecedented decision to clear the beach and send patrons back to, in some cases, homes without air-conditioning. In fact, the mayor said he didn’t find out about it until the morning after.
  • Blagojevich Was Not Alone in Illinois Political Corruption

    05/27/2011 8:22:03 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 11 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | May 27, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    [M]any of Blagojevich’s former friends and playmates deny knowing him or they are keeping their distance. Erstwhile friends such De Leo, Saviano, Quinn and others have vanished or suffered political amnesia. [F]ormer Illinois State Senator Barack H. Obama used to count Blagojevich and the wheeler dealer Antonin “Tony” Rezko as his friends. President Obama, US Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) and the newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used to actively court Blagojevich when they were climbing the political ladder or seeking favors. Emanuel and his family contributed to Blagojevich’s campaign fund on a reliable basis. Schakowsky, herself, sought to be...
  • The Long Goodbye

    05/12/2011 9:40:22 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | May 12, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    The rope line stretched from the Washington Street entrance to City Hall, wound its way past the City Clerk’s office and continued to the bank of elevators servicing the fifth floor. Surprisingly, the expected overflow crowd never fully materialized. There was a modestly respectable afternoon turnout that inched forward at a leisurely pace, but not much more. A private reception for invited guests had occurred earlier in the day. Mayor Richard M. Daley welcomed visitors to his office, shaking hands and posing for photographs one last time yesterday. Some of the mayor’s morning guests were even entertained by the Shannon...
  • Trump Gave Rahm Emanuel $50K

    04/25/2011 9:26:10 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 76 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 4/24/2011 | Zach Christman
    Billionaire Donald Trump, who's eyeing a run for the White House, gave a sizeable campaign contribution to President Barack Obama's chief of staff as he ran to become Chicago's mayor, a recent report highlighted. The Illinois Review, a coservative blog, reports that Trump gave Rahm Emanuel $50,000 in December 2010. Those numbers came out in January, 2011, but are being pointed out now because of Trump's possible presidential bid. This isn't the first time Trump has donated to candidates in Illinois, but it is the largest contribution. State election records show Trump also gave $5,000 to George Ryan, the Republican...
  • Synchronized Cronyism: Emanuel, Tomczak, Pfleger, Trotter, Come Together for Chicago's "Clean Break"

    03/11/2011 9:38:41 AM PST · by PBRCat · 14 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | March 12, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    During the challenges to his residency status and the campaign, Emanuel labored to behave himself. Now, that the election results have been certified, he has relaxed his guard and allowed his inner radical self to exhale. If selecting former State Representative Judy Erwin, who was guilty of various ethics violations, to serve on his transition team was not embarrassing enough, Emanuel compounded his errors by naming Father Michael Pfleger and former Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter to his team of advisors. Former Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter was criticized by the Department of Homeland Security for having one of the worst interagency...
  • Rod Blagojevich to judge: Sentence me now and cancel retrial

    03/09/2011 8:31:50 AM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 3-9-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Rod Blagojevich wants to cancel his retrial, asking to be sentenced immediately, however, prosecutors and the judge would have to approve of the request. His lawyers filed a five-page motion asking to proceed to sentencing right away and avoid a retrial that’s set to begin April 20. “A second prosecution of this case is an irresponsible use of taxpayer funds in light of the current economic crisis and Blagojevich’s imminent sentencing on the conviction from the first trial,” lawyers wrote in the motion. U.S. District Judge James Zagel and federal prosecutors would have to agree however, to dismiss the remaining...
  • Step down Harbinger to Chicago Mayoral Corruption?

    03/02/2011 6:15:48 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 3 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 3/2/11 | Alaphiah
    Remember Tim Geithner, Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer, and Hilda Solis they were Cabinet picks for president Barry Hussein Soetoro Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s former boss. All were found to have outstanding tax problems, which would be tax evasion if similar lapses in ethics were discovered in you or me. Then there was New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson’s pay-for-play federal grand jury investigation that stopped his would be cabinet appointment by president Soetoro. Remember Soetoro promised the most ethical administration in the history of the United States of America, quite an inauspicious start to an administration that made ethics its banner in...
  • Emanuel Administration Already Embroiled In Scandal

    02/28/2011 10:36:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 28, 2011
    President Obama’s former chief of staff hasn’t even been sworn in as Chicago mayor and already his administration has been tainted by a major scandal involving the illegal use of public resources to conduct political business. The co-chair of mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's campaign, also a top member of his transition team, quit abruptly after the local media revealed that she engaged in “prohibited political activity” as a high-level state employee to help none other than Obama get elected in 2008. As the director of Illinois’ Board of Higher Education, Judy Erwin used her state-issued cell phone, electronic mail account...
  • First blow to Emanuel team

    02/26/2011 8:21:38 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | February 26, 2011 | Rick Pearson and John Chase
    A veteran politician Rahm Emanuel named to his mayoral transition team resigned her high-level state job last summer and paid a fine for conducting political business on state time, according to a newly filed ethics report. Judy Erwin, a co-chair of Emanuel's mayoral campaign, said late Friday night that she would resign her new post on his transition team after the Tribune contacted her and the campaign. She said she hadn't informed Emanuel of the ethics violation.
  • Just as the World is Rejecting Despots Chicago Elects One

    02/25/2011 5:51:47 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 10 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/25/11 | Alaphiah
    Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak, Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz are Despots. Mubarak and Gaddafi are in the process of being disposed. King Abdullah has promised first $10.7 then $22 and now $37 billion dollars in benefits to the Saudi people attempting to ward off the uprisings that his fellow Strongmen or dictators Mubarak faced in Egypt and Gaddafi faces in Libya. John Kass of the Chicago describes the Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel as a Strongman in this article, “The city wanted a strongman — and it got one” But quite frankly reading the article one could...
  • The One-Man Political Machine (Trump backs Emanuel)

    02/20/2011 2:27:36 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/20/11
    Many of his biggest contributors live outside Chicago. He received large checks from New York (the financiers Roger Altman, Ronald Perelman and Donald Trump each gave $50,000); Silicon Valley ($50,000 from Steve Jobs); and especially Southern California, where Emanuel’s brother, Ari, a powerful Hollywood agent, raised money on his behalf. David Geffen gave $100,000, Steven Spielberg $75,000.
  • Mayor Emanuel

    02/18/2011 9:35:51 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    Yes, get used to that title. In just 72 hours, election day dawns in Chicago. And most likely, Rahm Emanuel will become mayor of the Windy City; the former White House chief of staff draws 58 percent of the votes
  • True to Form, Emanuel Waves the Bloody Shirt

    02/18/2011 9:11:43 AM PST · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | February 18, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    It took an almost incoherent and incomprehensible opinion from the Supreme Court of Illinois to restore Emanuel to the ballot. It was supremely ironic that Michael Kasper, one of Emanuel’s lead attorneys, had the audacity to argue that the same one year residential requirement for municipal candidates that was in controversy in the challenge to Emanuel’s mayoral candidacy ought to have barred an aldermanic candidate from the ballot in the 27th Ward. As the Irish cynic and scholar, Jonathan Swift, famously observed there are lawyers who can argue “White is Black and Black is White” according to how they are...
  • Chico Supporter Stirs Controversy, Calls Rahm Emanuel “(Wall Street) Judas”

    02/16/2011 7:14:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 2/16/11
    Chico Supporter Stirs Controversy, Calls Emanuel “Judas”UPDATED 2/16/11 7:32 p.m. CHICAGO (CBS) – A key supporter of mayoral candidate Gery Chico has raised some eyebrows by saying something about Rahm Emanuel that the Emanuel campaign called blatantly ugly. Jim Sweeney, head of of Operating Engineers Local 150, was endorsing Chico Tuesday night at a labor rally when he called Emanuel a “Wall Street Judas.” **SNIP** Emanuel’s campaign didn’t like any of it. In a statement Wednesday, Emanuel – who is Jewish – said “I have absolute confidence that the people of the city of Chicago will see this comment for...
  • A Victory for Democracy

    01/28/2011 12:53:43 PM PST · by PBRCat · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 28, 2011 | Editors
    To exclude Emanuel, to throw him off the ballot because he had the temerity to go to Washington to serve the president, would have been an outrage against this inclusive spirit of democracy. And, according to Thursday’s slap-down of the state Appellate Court’s Monday ruling, it would have tossed out 150 years of settled residency law. We have defended Emanuel’s right to be on the ballot in two earlier editorials, leading some to question whether we would have so forcefully run to the defense of a less prominent candidate. In truth, probably not, though the same legal and common-sense arguments...
  • Slip and Fall Supreme Opinions: What Just Happened?

    01/28/2011 10:13:58 AM PST · by PBRCat · 30 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | January 28, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    In a unanimous decision, which revealed divisions within the Supreme Court, released yesterday, the court ruled that Rahm Emanuel was eligible to run for mayor and that he was a resident of Chicago for one year next preceding the election. The Court held that the candidate’s intent to return after being absent from the city for twenty months and having leased his residence to tenants for approximately two years, through and including June 30, 2011, trumped the fact that he had no permanent abode in the city during the relevant time frame for determining candidate eligibility. The majority opinion written...
  • [Illinois] Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot

    01/27/2011 3:19:12 PM PST · by Chicago Lampoon · 227 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/27/11 | Liam Ford
    Did anyone really doubt that the Chicago fix was in all along? The Illinois Supreme Court just announced a 5-2 decision to allow Rahm Emanuel on the ballot for the February 22 Chicago mayoral election. Earlier today, former IL Republican Gov. Jim Thompson and other members of the state GOP establishment came out in favor of giving the former Obama ballot access.
  • Rahm's Resident Evil

    01/26/2011 4:07:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 25, 2011 | Staff
    Politics: Rahm Emanuel thought he was above the law, but an Illinois court says he can't run for mayor of a city he doesn't live in. At least he can vote for someone else. It's been said that through redistricting and gerrymandering we no longer live in an era where voters choose their leaders, but one in which leaders choose their voters. Sometimes you can even pick the state you want to be senator from, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did in New York. At least she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made an effort to meet...
  • Brown: In Illinois politics, you live where you say you live

    01/26/2011 4:56:54 AM PST · by csvset · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jan 26, 2011 | Mark Brown
    Former Southwest Side Alderman Frank Stemberk provided my first lesson on residency law as applied to Chicago politics, not that he did so by choice. Although he represented the 22nd Ward, which encompassed Little Village, Stemberk was living with his wife and children in a nice house they had purchased in suburban Riverside when I became aware of the arrangement in 1985. Stemberk’s Riverside home overlooking a quaint park was a short drive from a building in the city where the alderman maintained his legal voting address, but it was far removed from the urban problems faced by his constituents,...
  • Supreme Court will hear appeal of ruling knocking Emanuel off ballot

    01/25/2011 11:42:13 AM PST · by coaltrain · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 1/25/11 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a court decision that knocked Rahm Emanuel out of the mayoral race. Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to put Emanuel’s name back on the mayoral ballot while it considered Emanuel’s appeal of Monday’s Illinois Appellate Court ruling that tossed him out of the race to replace Mayor Daley. The Supreme Court said it will not accept any new legal briefs or even hear oral arguments on the case. Instead, the court will rely on the briefs already filed at the appellate court level.
  • Fox: Rahm back on Chicago ballot

    01/25/2011 11:28:51 AM PST · by pabianice · 50 replies
    Fox News Channel | 1/25/11
  • Rahm Back on Ballot

    01/25/2011 10:15:34 AM PST · by RightGeek · 110 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 1/25/2011 | Mary Ann Ahern
    The Illinois Supreme Court has granted Rahm Emanuel's stay. Which means he's back on the ballot. Earlier today Emanuel's spokesman Ben Labolt said he had plans to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court if Emanuel doesn't receive a favorable ruling from the state. Emanuel's lawyers filed an emergency appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court, asking to have him re-added to ballots. Today, ballots are being printed without Emanuel's name after an Illinois Appellate Court residency decision on Monday booted him. Some believe Emanuel will look at a First Amendment question for the U.S. court to weigh in if a state...
  • Will Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke recuse herself from Emanuel case?

    01/25/2011 9:50:25 AM PST · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 1-24-11 | Lynn Sweet
    As the Rahm Emanuel Chicago mayoral residency case heads to the Illinois Supreme Court--an Illinois Appellate panel knocked him off the Feb. 22 primary ballot on Monday-- the question folks are asking is: What is Anne Burke going to do? There are seven members of the Illinois Supreme Court and the one with the most political ties is Justice Anne Burke, married to Ald. Edward Burke (14th) the most powerful alderman in Chicago's City Council--and one of the biggest backers of Gery Chico's mayoral bid. She may want to argue that she is a judge in her own right, has...
  • Can't We Just Let the People Decide on Rahm Emanuel?

    01/25/2011 9:14:19 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 14 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 25, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As soon as Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his retirement, Washington D.C. resident Rahm Emanuel handed a resignation letter to his boss, packed his bags, and headed back to Chicago. Throughout the ensuing battle to enforce the Illinois election code, the Rahm Emanuel for Mayor campaign has been chanting the slogan “Let the People Decide!” They collected enough signatures; surely that should be enough. A pesky little thing like not being a Chicago resident for half of the statutory requirement of one year shouldn’t be a roadblock if a majority of the people of Chicago – living, dead, and fictional...
  • Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot

    01/25/2011 7:31:00 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | January 25, 2011 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama wants former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot, a top presidential confidante said Tuesday. “I think that [Obama] believes that [Emanuel] is eligible, and that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and fellow Chicagoan, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” As the president said when Emanuel left the White House last fall, Obama still “thinks Rahm will make a terrific mayor,” Jarrett said. An appellate court ordered Monday that Emanuel’s name be removed from the ballot because he did...
  • Rahm Fought the Law and the Law Won

    01/25/2011 7:25:20 AM PST · by PBRCat · 30 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | January 25, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    One of the most useful ruses used by skilled magicians is called misdirection. If the audience can be distracted momentarily, the prestidigitator can engage in some sleight hand maneuvering to make a trick appear real. Emanuel has been doing that for weeks and months until the appellate decision was released. Emanuel and his spin doctors have planted stories about his grumpy tenants and how Rahm the white knight nobly answered the call to serve President Obama as a matter of patriotic duty and chivalry. Rahm stressed how he paid property taxes and owned a building in Chicago without acknowledging that...
  • Judges who ruled against Emanuel once slated by pol backing Chico (another mayoral candidate)

    01/25/2011 5:31:49 AM PST · by coaltrain · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/25/11 | David Kidwell
    The two Appellate Court judges responsible for tossing Rahm Emanuel from the ballot in February's mayoral race both won their jobs after being anointed by a Chicago political power broker who openly supports an Emanuel opponent. Longtime Appellate Court Judges Thomas E. Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall — who on Monday ruled that Emanuel's stay in Washington precludes him from running for mayor this year — were both judicial candidates slated for election by the Cook County Democratic Party judicial slating committee chaired by Ald. Edward Burke, 14th. Burke, one of Chicago's most powerful politicians, holds huge sway in...
  • Booted Off

    01/24/2011 3:14:54 PM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | January 24, 2011 | annem040359
    Former President Barak Obama White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel who left that position to run for the Mayor’s political office in Chicago got the shock of his life when an Illinois Appeals Court ruled today (January 24, 2011) that because he did not live in the city full-time, and for one year his name cannot get on the ballot.
  • Caption Rahm Emanuel Denied!

    01/24/2011 11:47:00 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 30 replies
    The Fox News Channel ^ | January 24, 2011 | M. Spencer Green
  • Appellate Court Bounces Rahm [from Chicago mayoral ballot]

    01/24/2011 10:10:19 AM PST · by John W · 76 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | January 24, 2011 | Ward Room
    Rahm Emanuel's residency fight just took a turn for the worse. The Illinois Appellate Court ruled 2-1 to overturn a Chicago Board of Elections decision to allow Rahm Emanuel on the mayoral ballot. Rahm's Attorney Kevin Forde says "its a surprise." More to come. Check back for details.
  • Rahm Emanuel Kicked Off Ballot in Chicago

    01/24/2011 10:22:39 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 38 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/24/11 | Aurelius
    It has been decided by a court in Chicago that Rahm Emanuel does not meet the needed residency status, and therefore can not run for Mayor. Emanuel had won two lower rulings, but in a split decision today, Emanuel is no longer allowed on the ballot. With the election less than a month away, this is an odd time for the courts to decide this. The appellate court released this statement: “We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to...
  • Rahm Emanuel knocked off ballot by Appellate Court

    01/24/2011 10:09:04 AM PST · by Piranha · 132 replies
    WLS Radio | 1/24/2011 | self
    I just heard on WLS radio in Chicago that the Illinois Court of Appeals (the second-highest court in the state) overturned the recommendation of the electoral panel and ruled that Rahm Emanuel may NOT be on the ballot for Mayor. They ruled that he did not meet the statutory residence requirement nor did he meet any of the statutory exceptions. Wow.
  • Chico says Emanuel ‘looked the other way’ during financial scandal

    01/18/2011 2:05:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/18/11 | Fran Spielman
    Mayoral challenger Gery Chico charged Tuesday that Rahm Emanuel “sat on his hands, looked the other way and took the cash” when presented with an “Enron-style” scandal as a board member of home mortgage giant Freddie Mac. After leaving the administration of then President Bill Clinton and before running for Congress, Emanuel parlayed his political connections into an investment banking job in which he earned $16 million over three years. He also made at least $320,000 as a Freddie Mac director after he was given what Chico calls a “sweetheart appointment” by Clinton.
  • Debate strategy for mayoral rivals: Go after Rahm Emanuel (Braun - 'dead fish and Tampons')

    01/17/2011 7:11:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/15/11 | Fran Spielman and Abdon M. Pallasch
    Debate strategy for mayoral rivals: Go after Rahm EmanuelBy Fran Spielman and Abdon M. Pallasch Staff Reporters Jan 15, 2011 02:36AM The race to replace Mayor Daley entered a new phase on Friday. You might call it, “Gang up on Rahm.” **SNIP** They hammered him on his stint as a member of home mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which critics blame in part for the foreclosure crisis. Braun even accused Emanuel of throwing women “under the bus” by excluding abortion coverage from President Obama’s health care reform act. Given the opportunity to question her opponents directly, Braun jumped on Emanuel for...
  • What Budget Crisis? $98 Million for Organization Headed by Emanuel Co-Chair

    01/16/2011 11:39:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | 1/16/11 | staff
    There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of dirty little secrets in Springfield. But the one of which I know the most, is the Capital Bill. Did everyone already forget that we raised taxes and fees in ’09? It wasn’t income tax. It was sales taxes, license plate fees, and the fool’s gold of video poker. This is funding the Capital Bill. Did you know the Capital Bill is $31 Billion? Did you know that none of the money went to pay our overdue bills? Nope. The money went to new “projects”.
  • The Chicago, and Daley, Way [and the myth about Obama's "moving to the center"]

    01/09/2011 10:00:46 AM PST · by rhema · 6 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 1/8/11 | John Kass
    As President Barack Obama knighted Chicago's William Daley as his new chief of staff — and kept the Daley machine in control of the executive branch of our federal government — I couldn't help thinking of the good old days. Back when I would fondly recount the legend of Obama of Chicago. Not the political spin that Obama was some kind of reformer promising a different, cleaner kind of politics. But the true mythic history, Obama as a thin, silky creature of the Daleys, eagerly trotting behind them along the Chicago Way: And lo, the Daley women found the infant...
  • Poll: Rahm Emanuel holds lead in Chicago

    01/08/2011 5:33:06 AM PST · by speciallybland · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/07/2011 | Molly Ball
    Of the candidates for Chicago mayor, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun has benefited most from the recent shrinking of the field, but former Rep. Rahm Emanuel still leads by a healthy margin, according to the first poll released since state Sen. James Meeks and Rep. Danny Davis dropped out. Emanuel had 42 percent of likely city voters in the poll to Braun’s 26 percent second-place showing — a 16-point lead — according to the poll conducted for the city’s Teamsters union council and reported Friday by the Chicago Sun-Times. Former city schools chief Gery Chico took 10 percent of the...
  • Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations

    01/03/2011 5:14:08 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | January 02, 2011 | JAKE SHERMAN
    Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress. According to an outline of the committee’s hearing topics obtained by POLITICO, the House Oversight and Government Reform is also planning to investigate how regulation impacts job creation, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration and the failure of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to agree on the...
  • Rich Man, Poor Man: See How the Other Half Lives

    12/29/2010 11:38:29 AM PST · by PBRCat · 11 replies · 2+ views
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | December 29, 2010 | Daniel J. Kelley
    The residency challenge to Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral candidacy moved across Washington Street to the 17th Floor of the Richard J. Daley Center today. A hearing was held this afternoon in the County Division which handles all election cases. Judge Mark Ballard presided yesterday and the Court will hear legal arguments next Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Once the court enters its final order, the ruling is likely to be appealed. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has previously held that a mayoral candidate must satisfy the one year residency rule in order to run for office. Murphy v. Rosenburg, 88 EB-SMAY-6....
  • Bill Clinton Told to Stay Out of Chicago Politics

    12/29/2010 7:04:56 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 17 replies · 6+ views
    AP via ^ | Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | Karen Hawkins,
    Chicago (AP) - U.S. Rep. Danny Davis has a message for former President Bill Clinton: Don't take sides in the Chicago mayor's race -- or else. Davis, a longtime friend of Clinton, warned the ex-president on Tuesday that he could jeopardize his "long and fruitful relationship" with the black community if he campaigns for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel instead of one of the two leading black candidates running -- Davis or former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.