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  • Ex-Rezko partner bankrupt

    02/16/2009 10:09:35 AM PST · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 733+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 2-16-09 | Tim Novak
    Tony Rezko's former development partner is broke. ### Dan Mahru -- a lawyer who became an ice peddler and real estate developer -- has filed for bankruptcy, declaring that he and his business partners, including Rezko, owe as much as $95 million to creditors. Mahru estimates his personal debts could be as high as $50 million. Mahru and Rezko split a few years ago. But they're still fighting dozens of lawsuits filed over housing developments they built. "I couldn't handle all the multitude of lawsuits involving Mr. Rezko,'' Mahru says. Mahru lists $48,970.61 in assets in the bankruptcy case he...
  • Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house (Gutierrez, IL Dem Rep)

    11/14/2010 8:06:03 PM PST · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-8-10 | Natasha Korecki
    Congressman told FBI he asked for -- and got -- free home upgrades ### Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Gutierrez's comments to federal agents in a previously undisclosed 2008 interview contradict what the congressman told the Sun-Times in 2006 about the purchase. "I walked in with my wife -- as any other consumer could have -- and purchased the unit at the listed price, with no considerations," the Northwest Side congressman said then,...
  • The Ulsterman Report: " Broadway Barry " Obama

    11/23/2010 5:58:30 AM PST · by tutstar · 53 replies · 2+ views
    ulsterman report ^ | 11/23/2010 | ulsterman
    Barack Obama’s close and longtime relationship with failed Broadway Bank Vice President Alexi Giannoulias raises further questions of just how deeply Obama swims in the corrupted waters of Chicago politics… President Obama and fellow Democrat and former executive of now-failed Broadway Bank Alexi Giannoulias have known one another for well over a decade. Both men’s political careers were running similar arcs until Obama catapulted to national prominence following his speech at the 2004 Democratic Party National Convention. While Giannoulias remained in Illinois to serve as Treasurer, Obama won a position as a United States Senator, and shortly after, the White...
  • Even gay black men voting Republican in this election (pigs fly, Hell freezes over.....)!!!

    11/02/2010 9:43:59 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | 11-2-2-1- | Hillbuzz
    ~~~~snip~~~~ Then the topic of the Illinois Senate race came up and the guys just absolutely tore into Alexi Giannoulias. They called him a crook, said he was in the mob, talked about Broadway Bank funding organized crime in Illinois, then laughed about Alexi being — and I quote directly — “Obama’s butt buddy”. Peals of laughter followed, with much snorting and sqealing as various hand and arm gestures accompanied their commentary on the Obama-Giannoulias relationship. The men all said they were voting for Mark Kirk and Bill Brady…despite all the “Brady is a Bigot” ads around Boystown, prominently displayed...
  • Little Pavel Stretches the Truth

    11/01/2010 4:45:58 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 1, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Join us as Pavel learns how Democrats mislead the voters through direct mail, both statewide, and in neighborhoods like Illinois’ 54th state representative district… ... “What’s on your mind, Pavel?” Pavel handed him the flyer. It was a full size, full-color brochure with Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Mike Labno on both sides, slamming Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk for voting for “Cap and Trade.” Inside, it presented Kirk’s and Labno’s respective positions, then closed with a plug for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. The return address was that of the Lake County Democratic Party. The Boss chuckled. “Yup,...
  • Labno calls Kirk a 'Fiscal Pigeon'

    11/01/2010 1:25:34 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 26 replies ^ | Oct 31, 2010 | Charles Thomas
    Labno calls Kirk a 'Fiscal Pigeon'
  • GOA - 2010 Illinois Candidates Ratings

    10/30/2010 11:37:56 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 2 replies ^ | OCT 2010 | GOA
    2010 Illinois Candidates - Gun Owners Of America
  • Kirk Gets Mixed Support from Base

    10/30/2010 9:11:01 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 49 replies ^ | October 28, 2010 | By Bill McMorris Illinois Statehouse News
    CHICAGO– Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk is just one of several Republicans running in down-to-the-wire races, but unlike his compatriots is enjoying mixed support from his party's fundraising arms. The North Shore congressman has pulled into a narrow lead over Democratic Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the campaign's final week, according to the latest poll from the Chicago Tribune. But Kirk's three point lead falls within the poll's margin of error. Kirk has been left out in many fundraising conservative circles. The Senate Conservatives Fund has raised more than $5.4 million for candidates in the nation's most competitive senate races,...
  • Feds Protect Obama's Mob Banker Senate Candidate

    10/30/2010 6:03:31 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Oct. 25, 2010
    Obama has pulled strings to help his shady banker friend win a tight U.S. Senate race by delaying an overdue federal report on his mob-connected bank's failure until after the election. Illinois State Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias, helped operate the family bank before it was shut down for "unsafe banking practices" that have cost U.S. taxpayers $394 million. For years Broadway Bank did business with convicted felons and mobsters by providing them with tens of millions of dollars in "loans." Besides giving Russian mobsters cash, Broadway also gave JAILED Democratic fundraider and longtime Obama supporter and benefactor [Syrian] Tony Rezko millions....
  • Giannoulias admits to dirty trick with third-party campaign in IL

    10/28/2010 9:41:48 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 57 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct 28, 2010 | by Ed Morrissey
    Giannoulias admits to dirty trick with third-party campaign in IL « Hot Air
  • Illinois US Senate Candidate Comparison

    10/25/2010 7:25:40 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 139 replies ^ | Oct 25, 2010 |
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  • Kirk says he opposes Ariz. immigration law (Flashback)

    10/25/2010 5:11:35 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies ^ | 2010 | Charles Thomas
    ay 18, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Republican Illinois Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk said Tuesday he opposes Arizona's new immigration law, taking a stand contrary to the conservative wing of his party. Kirk's stand comes in the wake of the flap at Highland Park High School where the girls' basketball team was stopped from attending a tournament in Arizona. Even though Highland Park High School lies within his 10th Congressional District, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk held his first news conference Tuesday since the Arizona trip controversy erupted last week. Kirk believes student athletes should not be...
  • Democrats Tout Libertarian to Peel Votes From Kirk

    10/25/2010 2:25:15 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 62 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10-25-2010 | By Jonathan Weisman
    By Jonathan Weisman Illinois Democrats are using the long-shot candidacy of libertarian Mike Labno to peel off conservative voters in the southern end of the state from Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk. A flier obtained by Washington Wire appears to be a Labno promotion. The first page is a picture of Rep. Kirk, asking “Congressman Mark Kirk, not a conservative?” with a quote from Mr. Labno questioning Mr. Kirk’s political beliefs. The next panel touts “Conservative Mike Labno” as “the only pro-life, pro-gun candidate for U.S. Senate.” It then portrays Mr. Kirk as a tax hiker who voted for President...
  • Feds Protect Obama’s Mob Banker Senate Candidate (Obama stumps for Alexi Giannoulias)

    10/25/2010 9:13:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 25, 2010
    It appears that President Obama has pulled strings to help his shady banker friend win a tight U.S. Senate race by delaying an overdue federal report on his mob-connected bank’s failure until after the election. Federal regulators will conveniently postpone issuing a material loss report on Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ Chicago bank (Broadway Bank) because releasing it before the election could create "another political headache" for Giannoulias in a “close contest” with his Republican opponent, reports the state’s largest newspaper. Currently Illinois State Treasurer, Giannoulias helped operate the family bank before it was shut down in April for...
  • Illinois Senate: Kirk (R) [44%], Giannoulias (D) [40%] Still Running Close (Rasmussen)

    10/20/2010 11:07:23 AM PDT · by coaltrain · 7 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 10/20/10 | Rasmussen
    Republican Congressman Mark Kirk is now barely ahead of Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois’ up-and-down race for the U.S. Senate. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Kirk picking up 44% of the vote, while Giannoulias, the current state treasurer, draws 40% support. Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones earns the vote from four percent (4%) of voters, and eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate. Five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The race is still a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. The survey...
  • Michelle Obama: Giannoulias 'will be a phenomenal senator' (“I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.”)

    10/13/2010 6:37:55 PM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 13, 2010 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    First lady Michelle Obama was introduced in the University Club’s Cathedral Room Wednesday to a standing ovation from the approximately 200 donors in attendance. She hugged Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who stood behind her left shoulder as she delivered her speech. “I am thrilled to be back home in my home town, Chicago,” Obama said. “I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.”
  • Who do you support for the U.S. Senate race in Illinois? Giannoulias, Kirk, Jones, or Labno

    10/12/2010 9:09:42 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 11 replies ^ | October 12, 2010 | steelers6
    Alexander Giannoulias (D) 41 11% Mark Kirk (R) 229 63% LeAlan Jones (G) 4 1% Mike Labno (L) 90 25%
  • Mark Kirk, Alexi Giannoulias, Lib free or die; The Tea Drinker's Alternative

    10/09/2010 10:09:10 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | Sep 27, 2010 | BY Edward McClelland
    Mike Labno may be the Libertarian nominee for the U.S. Senate, but he’s not a libertarian. Real libertarians don’t think the government should spend money on anything but roads, police and the army. But Labno, a 39-year-old construction manager from Oak Brook, was unemployed for 16 months during the recession, so he’s unwilling to pull the safety net out from other people who were “screwed” by government decisions. Labno also opposes abortion and repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, two other positions that put him out of tune with classic libertarianism. He’s a right-wing populist, which actually makes him a better...
  • Illinois Voters, Unhappy With Candidates, Show Few Signs of Committing

    10/08/2010 8:50:52 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 7, 2010 | By NATE SILVER
    We haven’t written as much about Illinois as some other Senate contests — but it may be taking on an increasingly important role as some other races that had once looked to be competitive, like Connecticut and Missouri, now show a clearer advantage for one or another party. The race in Illinois has long been within the margin of error in most polls; our forecasting model last week characterized it as a near-tie, with the Republican Mark Kirk projected to win by 0.4 points over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. What’s unusual about Illinois is the number of voters committed to minor-party...
  • Mark Kirk for Senate (Chicago Tribune Endorsement)

    10/07/2010 8:49:15 PM PDT · by Inyokern · 271 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/7/2010 | Tribune Editorial Board
    In 2010, the citizens of Illinois should send to the Capitol a senator who will bring expertise and independence. The candidate who fits that bill is Mark Kirk. Today the Tribune endorses Kirk, a Republican, for the U.S. Senate seat that Roland Burris soon vacates. To understand our verdict, watch Giannoulias and Kirk's appearance before us this week. You'll find the video at Judge each man's depth and preparedness for the job. Judge knowledge and scope. Judge accomplishment. Judge which candidate has a proven record of thoughtful independence — of bucking his party when the good of this nation...
  • Obama works to keep old senate seat from Republicans

    10/06/2010 10:42:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | October 6, 2010 | Mira Oberman
    President Barack Obama flies to Chicago Thursday in a bid to keep his old Senate seat from falling into the hands of Republicans in what has become an ugly and bitterly-contested race. The seat should have been an easy win for Democrats, who have only lost one US Senate race in Illinois in the past four decades. But a series of scandals have undermined Democrats in the midwestern state, as has voter frustration embroiling the nation as a result of the deepest economic crisis a generation. Obama will appear at a Thursday evening fundraiser for one-time protege and basketball buddy...
  • Giannoulias embraces Obama: Senate hopeful not shunning fellow IL Dem (RINO vs Resko banker)

    10/03/2010 6:51:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 3, 2010 | Sean Lengell
    As Democrats nationwide shun campaign help from the White House, Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias plans to buck the trend and stand boldly with President Obama during a presidential stop this week in Illinois. Despite the president's waning popularity, Mr. Giannoulias has hitched his campaign to Mr. Obama, running television advertisements touting his close relationship with the former senator from the Land of Lincoln. Such a move would be politically risky in many states where "tea party" fervor and anti-Obama sentiment runs high. But the president still holds some cachet in his home state, which Mr. Giannoulias hopes will help push...
  • Did Did Giannoulias Lie To Voters Or The IRS?

    09/29/2010 9:17:31 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 09/29/10 | CaroleL
    Did Illinois US Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias lie to voters or to the IRS? Those would seem to be the only two possibilities considering the Democratic candidate for President Barack Obama's old seat took a $2.7 million tax deduction for working hundreds of hours at his family's failed Broadway Bank in 2006. But the candidate has been telling voters he left the bank by late 2005.
  • Obama Coming Home to Fundraise for Alexi (Again)

    09/26/2010 4:18:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | Sun, Sep 26, 2010
    The president will be back in Chicago next month to stump for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, reported. President Barack Obama will make an appearance at a Giannoulias fundraiser that will also raise money for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a White House official told the Tribune. This will be Mr. Obama's sixth trip home since his inauguration. His last trip in August also included a fundraising stop for Giannoulias, who is locked in a tight race against Republican Mark Kirk for the Senate seat once held by the president.
  • Love is not in the airwaves in Ill. Senate race

    09/25/2010 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 5 replies ^ | September 24, 201 | Charles Thomas
    ... The so-called major party Senate candidates and their supporters are slinging the televised campaign mud. One of the latest negative ads compares voting for Giannoulias to driving drunk, at the end of the ad saying, "friends don't let friends vote Alexi". The group American Crossroads is responsible for that ad. American Crossroads was founded by Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's political guru. The group is helping republican Congressman Mark Kirk against Giannoulias. "Of course, he's gonna put up characters and cartoons because he can't talk about his own record in Washington, D.C.," said Giannoulias. "He voted against...
  • Obama Stars In New Giannoulias Ad

    09/08/2010 10:18:41 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 5 replies ^ | 09/08/10 | CaroleL
    In the high stakes game for his political future, the Democratic candidate for US Senate from Illinois is going all in with his strong ties to President Barack Obama. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias' has released a new ad in which the president states, "Alexi's my friend. I know his character. You can trust him. You can count on him." But as Mr. Obama's popularity wanes even in his home state, the ad may do more harm than good in Mr. Giannoulias' neck-and-neck race against Congressman Mark Kirk (R-Illinois).
  • Kirk Links Giannoulias' Bank to Saddam Hussein - IL US Senate Race for Obama Seat

    08/10/2010 10:34:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 5 replies
    CQ Politics ^ | 081010 | Tricia Miller
    In Illinois, the Republican Senate nominee, Rep. Mark Kirk, is making a two-step connection between Saddam Hussein and Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias. Kirk accuses Broadway Bank (the shuttered institution run by Giannoulias' family) of giving a loan to an Iraqi businessman connected to Saddam Hussein, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Kirk said that in 2006, Broadway Bank loaned $22.75 million to Nadhmi Auchi and Tony Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer convicted of fraud and money laundering in 2008. Giannoulias' campaign responded that he left the bank a few months before the loan was approved. "Come on, again, that's political smokescreens,...
  • All in the Chicago Family

    08/09/2010 4:52:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontnpagemagazine ^ | 8-9-10 | Rich Trzupek
    Among the more appealing messages that Barack Obama campaigned on in 2008 was his promise to change the culture in Washington and usher in a new era of openness and honesty in government. It was the sort of message that still resonates with an increasingly cynical electorate that is, as Obama’s handlers recognized, fed up with the corruption, hidden agendas and back-room deals that characterize life within the beltway. Voters hoped that this fresh face, so full of earnest enthusiasm and idealistic vision, could be the one to usher in a new era.Almost two years after that historic election, more...
  • Obama on Giannoulias: "I know his character"

    08/06/2010 9:24:31 AM PDT · by toma29 · 23 replies
    Useful Info Nation Blog ^ | 8/06/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    "And he is just who I need to run this country into the ground." (I added that part.) It seems Obama knows lots of characters: Reverend Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Anita Dorn, etc. From Politico: Barack Obama's home-field disadvantage At a fundraiser here for Giannoulias’s campaign, Obama offered an endorsement that doubled as a defense of the candidate’s moral fiber. As Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, struggles to overcome questions about his tenure at his family’s failed bank, Obama declared: “Alexi is my friend. I know his character. I know how much he loves this country. I know how...
  • New NRSC Ad Hits Giannoulias as a “Great Banker for the Mob”; Uses Mobster-Voice Narration – Video

    08/05/2010 12:38:06 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 5, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of a new ad that hammers Illinois Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias for shady financial dealings related to his family’s bank. The ad is narrated by a mobster-sounding voice, and contends that Giannoulias “has been a great banker for the Mob.” The ad also ties President Obama to Giannoulias, showing headlines about Obama speaking at a fundraiser for Giannoulias. The ad was produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
  • Rezko’s pals reunite tomorrow at fundraiser

    08/05/2010 6:06:39 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 4 replies ^ | 08/04/10 1:00 PM EDT | David Freddoso
    Tomorrow, there will be a meeting between two guys who helped crooked developer Tony Rezko get his hands on millions of dollars. Democrats Barack Obama and Alexi Giannoulias probably won’t talk about their old pal, convicted and now in federal custody, when they meet for tomorrow’s fundraiser to support Giannoulias’ campaign for U.S. Senate. But people who know about Obama’s career in Illinois politics will probably make the connection for themselves. Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • Obama “All In” for Sen. Candidate/Mob Banker Who Loaned $20M to a Guy Named “Jaws”

    08/03/2010 3:19:30 PM PDT · by FredDardick · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | Fred Dardick
    President Obama has thrown his political weight behind Chicago mob banker and basketball buddy, Alexi Giannoulias, in a brazen attempt to help elect one of the sleaziest Democrat politicians around to his old Illinois Senate seat. Last week Obama man David Plouffe held a conference call with reporters to reinforce that Obama was “all in” with his support for Illinois State Treasurer Giannoulias over Republican challenger Rep. Mark Kirk. While Plouffe spent much of his time bashing Kirk, “Congressman Kirk has shown himself to be a fan of fiction’‘, there was no mention of Giannoulias’ approval of $20 million in...
  • Obama Cozies Up to Giannoulias

    08/02/2010 9:08:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/2/10 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama was believed to be avoiding Alexi Giannoulias. Why? Well, Giannoulias, who is vying for Obama's old Illinois Senate seat and is a former basketball buddy of the president, has become something of a political toxin. It became public that the former banker serviced loans to mobsters and crooks, and Giannoulias's own family bank collapsed, creating yet another political embarrassment for the candidate who is currently Illinois's state treasurer. But Obama seems to have had a change of heart, and later this week he will host a political fundraiser for Giannoulias in Chicago. Will, perhaps, this latest news story...
  • A new headache for Giannoulias? Another Rezko loan (just in time for -0's visit 8/5 ;)

    08/02/2010 1:19:50 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 12+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 8-2-10 | Abdon M. Pallasch, Chris Fusco, Tim Novak
    By February 2006, businessman and political fixer Tony Rezko was already politically radioactive, caught up in a federal investigation that would see him criminally charged by the end of that year. News reports had linked Rezko, a key adviser and campaign fund-raiser for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to shady deals involving state pension funds -- among the crimes that ultimately would send him to prison. In 2006, Tony Rezko (inset) sought a loan to develop a 62-acre parcel of land at Roosevelt and Clark. (Rezko, Auchi) This was the Tony Rezko who, looking for millions of dollars for a massive South...
  • Giannoulias Proposes Major Ethics Reforms

    07/20/2010 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 20, 2010 | Abdon Pallasch
    Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias on Tuesday proposed ethics reforms so sweeping as to appear dead-on-arrival in Washington, D.C. He wants a total ban on corporations and lobbyists donating to candidates and a lifetime ban on senators or congressmen ever becoming lobbyists. More modest laws passed by Congress have already been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has ruled that corporations have a First Amendment Right to free speech that includes donating to candidates. “I’m not going to pretend that as a freshman United States senator, in one day we’re going to change the world and move toward...
  • Illinois 'Mob Banker' Can't Raise Money?

    07/16/2010 9:52:15 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/16/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Hill is reporting that Democrat Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias is having trouble raising money, which is amusing because as a failed banker he gave away millions to a pair of mobsters that never paid back the "loan" The Hill reports that Giannoulias "struggled to raise money in the aftermath of his family bank’s collapse in April." Giannoulias has raised only some $900,000 since March 31 -- the bulk of it in June. His Republican opponent, Mark Kirk, collected close to $1 million that same month. And Kirk was dealing with his own scandal -- the fallout from inaccuracies in...
  • Alexi Giannoulias, Democratic Senate Nominee, Supports Homosexual Marriage

    07/08/2010 5:37:26 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 11 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 7/8/2010 | Fr. Johannes Jacobse
    Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois Democratic nominee for US Senator, [and member of the Greek Orthodox Church] supports homosexual marriage. Here’s the introduction from the Greek Star (a Chicago newspaper with Greek readership): Alexi Giannoulias, Democratic nominee for US Senator, shares why he supports the freedom to marry for all, including people of the same sex. This is something that many of his supporters, and especially Greek-Americans may be opposed to. ... He stated, “There may be many individuals that may not be happy with my particular stance”. The Greek Orthodox church does not allow, or support, same sex marriage. Giannoulias in...
  • Illinois Senate: Kirk 42%, Giannoulias 39%

    07/08/2010 8:32:48 AM PDT · by Dengar01 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 7/7/10 | Rasmussen Reports
    Wednesday, June 09, 2010 Illinois’ hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate between Republican Congressman Mark Kirk and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is once again a virtual toss-up. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Kirk barely ahead of Giannoulias 42% to 39%. Seven percent (7%) would prefer another candidate, and 12% more are undecided at this point. In late April, Kirk earned a modest pick-up in support in the first survey conducted after the government's seizure of the failed Broadway Bank, the institution owned by Giannoulias' family. Since then, Kirk has been forced to apologize...
  • Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D) did not pay taxes

    07/04/2010 8:55:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    The Chicago Examiner ^ | July 4, 2010 | Mary Egan
    Illinois State Treasurer and candidate for U.S. Senate Alexi Giannoulias did not have to pay his state and federal taxes this year due to losses incurred from the failure of his Broadway Bank. Giannoulias' campaign released his financial information on Friday. Giannoulias is set to receive $30,000 in tax refunds because of his bank's failure. The Treasurer has said that all of that money is going to be donated to charity. The Broadway Bank had been largely forgotten in the race for U.S. Senator, but the release of Giannoulias' financial records seems to have dredged it up once more. Giannoulias...
  • W.H. quiet on Obama-Blago link

    06/29/2010 5:06:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 1+ views
    W.H. quiet on Obama-Blago link By: Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Allen June 29, 2010 06:50 PM EDT The White House was mum Tuesday after a union leader testified that Barack Obama personally asked him to approach then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich about appointing confidant Valerie Jarrett to his Illinois Senate seat. In testimony at Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, Tom Balanoff said Obama — speaking a day before his Nov. 8, 2008 triumph in the presidential election — said that Jarrett wanted the job and was qualified, although he wanted her to join him in the White House. Balanoff, a close Obama ally...
  • Alexi Giannoulias subpoenaed for Blagojevich trial: the Valerie Jarrett backstory

    06/27/2010 2:23:14 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 6-27-10 | Lynn Sweet
    Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday he was subpoenaed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense lawyers to testify at his corruption trial. Giannoulias name surfaced last week during the trial, where prosecutors were focusing on the charges dealing with Blagojevich trying to sell the Senate seat Barack Obama was vacating after winning the presidential election. The jury heard a lot about Blagojevich mapping strategy to see what he could get in return for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate. Blagojevich learned, the jury heard on wiretaps, that all Blagojevich would get is "appreciation." Jarrett is now a...
  • ILL: Senate candidate subpoenaed for Blagojevich trial (Alexi Giannoulias)

    06/27/2010 11:36:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/27/10 | Deanna Bellandi - ap
    CHICAGO—U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday that he has been subpoenaed to testify at the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The first-term Illinois treasurer, a Democrat who's locked in a contentious race for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat with Republican Congressman Mark Kirk, told The Associated Press that he was subpoenaed by Blagojevich's defense team. Giannoulias' name was mentioned briefly last week during Blagojevich's trial. .. Giannoulias told the AP that he introduced a friend of Obama's to Tom Balanoff, an official with the Service Employees International Union. The friend, Valerie Jarrett, allegedly was Obama's...
  • Man Taking Video of IL Dem Giannoulias Fundraiser Given Bum’s Rush by Candidate’s Goons – Raw Video

    06/18/2010 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 532+ views
    Here is raw video of a man taking video from a Washington rooftop where Illinois Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias was having a fundraiser. says their source tells them the man was there at the invitiation of a friend who lived in the building, and the rooftop was considered a public space. Giannoulias’ goon squad did not think so. They give the man taking video of the event the bum’s rush.
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. to Back Kirk in IL Senate Race?

    05/24/2010 9:03:29 AM PDT · by reaganwasright1980 · 34 replies · 572+ views
    Alexi Giannoulias's road to replace Barack Obama in the Senate from Illinois has just gotten even rockier. Not only is popular GOP Congressman Mark Kirk running against him, but his family's bank was seized by the government on suspicions of corruption. And now Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. may actually back Kirk. Yes, the son of Jesse Jackson might back a Republican. Politico is reporting this as it becomes obvious that Giannoulias may actually lose in this very blue state.
  • (0bama wannabe) Giannoulias backtracks on war criticism (More fancy footwork from the "peaceniks")

    05/13/2010 10:32:16 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies · 650+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | May 13, 2010 | ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter
    Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias committed what he later called a misstatement in a Wednesday TV appearance. Giannoulias said that during GOP opponent Mark Kirk's time in Congress, "We went from record budget surpluses to doubling the national debt by going into two wars we didn't need." Kirk's campaign expressed disappointment in Giannoulias "calling Operation Enduring Freedom a war we didn't need." But Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said he has consistently said he opposed the Iraq war but supports the effort in Afghanistan. Giannoulias meant to criticize Kirk for not supporting adequate funding for the war in Afghanistan, she said....
  • Alexi Giannoulias: He'd Make Tony Soprano Proud

    05/06/2010 8:35:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 394+ views
    nrsc ^ | 5/6/10 | nrsc
    Blagojevich, Rezko, and The Mob. Alexi Giannoulias would make Tony Soprano Proud.
  • The Problem-Alexi Giannoulias (campaign video)

    05/06/2010 8:31:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 407+ views
    big government ^ | 5/6/10 | youtube
    Despite its deep blue hues, Illinois is poised for a Republican pick up this November as Democrat Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias is neck deep in scandal. This remarkable ad is running statewide in Illinois and in 30 seconds shows why the Democrat party has destroyed this great state over the past 30 years.
  • Chicago CBS Affiliate Demands That The GOP Candidate Stop Talking About Democrat Scandal

    05/05/2010 4:58:11 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies · 690+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-05-10 | Curt
    The Chicago way I politics and in the media. Check out some of the stories the CBS station in Chicago did on the Abramoff story and his connections to the GOP a few years back. DeLay Tried, Failed To Aid Abramoff ClientVanity Fair: Bush Joked With AbramoffGOP Politicians Dump Abramoff DonationsTop Lobbyist Abramoff Makes A DealIn one story they write: His ties to GOP congressional leaders and the White House pose a particular problem for Republicans. More here. All legitimate stories about a topic that should be covered by the media. But now a story about a Democrat candidate...
  • Obama's Salute to Nominee for His Senate Seat Tinged With Tension

    04/28/2010 9:43:45 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 11 replies · 911+ views ^ | April 28, 2010 | By Steve Centanni
    When President Obama on Wednesday acknowledged the presence of state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias during a visit to Illinois, the tension was palpable between the president and the Democratic nominee for Obama's old Senate seat. Although it's not unusual for elected state officials and candidates to be mentioned when they attend a presidential event, this shout out was made awkward by the recent failure of Giannoulias' family-owned bank that came as the president was pushing for new rules governing Wall Street. Giannoulias appeared at a rally in Chicago Wednesday, also calling for financial reform and downplaying any tension with Obama. "There...
  • Giannoulias donors appear in Blagojevich court documents

    04/27/2010 7:23:55 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 16 replies · 1,173+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 4-27-10 | David Freddoso
    Two political contributors to Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Illinois, appear in the government’s evidentiary documents against former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich. One of the two men, Myron Cherry, recently contributed $2,300 to Giannoulias’s Senate campaign. Cherry, an attorney, gave to Giannoulias in August. He has also donated $68,000 to a bevy of Democratic candidates during this cycle, including Sens. Al Franken, Minn. and Harry Reid, Nev., and Senate candidates Paul Hodes, N.H., and Jack Conway, Ky. The other man, Michael Winter, was the office-mate of convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko. In 2006, Illinois’ Capitol Fax blog reported...