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  • Feds Close Bank With Ties to Dem Candidate Running for Obama’s Senate Seat (video)

    04/24/2010 9:04:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 356+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | April 24, 2010
    NBC Chicago: Following the collapse of his family's bank, Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias said he has renewed vigor to win President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. The Democrat's voice cracked with emotion as he talked Friday about the collapse of Broadway Bank, which was heavy into real estate loans and lost $75 million last year. Giannoulias said nobody could have foreseen the real estate collapse.
  • Just what the US Senate needs

    04/25/2010 3:36:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 410+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2010 | Phil Boehmke
    Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, Roland Burris, Carol Moseley Braun, Paul Simon, Alan Dixon...Does Illinois really need to add Alexi Giannoulias to it's sad legacy of corruptocrat senators? On Friday at 5:00 p.m. Broadway Bank in Chicago was closed by federal regulators (do the F.D.I.C. computers have a "porn filter"?). The bank which was owned by the family of Illinois State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias was unable to raise the requisite $85M needed to re-capitalize the bank. A spokesperson for Mr. Giannoulias' Republican opponent for the U.S. Senate Mark Kirk stated. "While years of risky lending schemes, hot...
  • OBAMA'S 'MOB-TIE' $IDEKICK ( Giannoulias and )

    04/24/2010 11:23:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 841+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | September 5, 2007 | CHARLES HURT
    A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure will host a Windy City fund-raiser tonight for Sen. Barack Obama. Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator's Oval Office bid. Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael "Jaws" Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution. Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links ... Giannoulias was the bank's vice president and chief loan officer for most...
  • Bank Tied to Candidate Is Shuttered

    04/24/2010 4:24:10 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 6 replies · 798+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 24, 2010 | Victoria McGrane
    <p>Illinois regulators Friday shuttered a Chicago bank closely tied to the Democratic candidate running for President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.</p> <p>Broadway Bank is owned by the family of Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who is locked in a competitive race in this year's elections. His role at the institution has become a central issue in the race.</p>
  • FDIC shuts down 7 banks in Illinois ( and Democrat Giannoulias )

    04/24/2010 10:55:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 606+ views
    ap ^ | Apr. 23, 2010 | STEVENSON JACOBS
    Regulators on Friday shut down seven banks in Illinois, putting the number of U.S. bank failures this year at 57. The failure of Broadway Bank is expected to cost the FDIC's deposit insurance fund $394.3 million...Broadway Bank was owned by the family of Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat who is running for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. There were 140 bank failures in the U.S. last year, the highest annual tally since 1992 at the height of the savings and loan crisis. They cost the insurance fund more than $30 billion. Twenty-five banks failed in 2008 and only...
  • Illinois: Bank Owned by Candidate’s Family Is Shut (Alexi Giannoulias)

    04/23/2010 10:16:06 PM PDT · by FTJM · 2 replies · 421+ views
    AP ^ | April 24, 2010 | Staff
    Federal regulators on Friday shut down the bank owned by the family of State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, setting up an expected but daunting hurdle in his bid to keep the Senate seat once held by Barack Obama in Democratic hands. Broadway Bank, which was heavy into real estate loans and lost $75 million last year, had been given until Monday to raise about $85 million in new capital. But the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced at the close of business Friday that Broadway was among seven banks, all in Illinois, that had failed. Mr. Giannoulias, 34, worked at the bank...
  • Feds Shut Down Bank Owned By Family of Democratic Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias (Video)

    04/23/2010 8:37:05 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 5 replies · 344+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 4/23/10 | HAP
    Video Report + Reaction from Giannoulias...Federal regulators have shut down the bank owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic nominee in the race for President Obama's former Senate seat in Illinios. During an emotional news conference Friday night, Giannoulias reacted to the news.
  • Feds Enter Giannoulias' Family Bank (Obama buddy - it's closed)

    04/23/2010 4:09:03 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 59 replies · 1,365+ views
    Regulators prepare to seize Broadway Bank Updated: Friday, 23 Apr 2010, 5:53 PM CDT Federal regulators prepared to seize control of the bank run by the family of U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias late Friday after the bank could not raise enough money to remain afloat.
  • Even Illinois Is Looking Bad For Democrats

    04/09/2010 7:56:58 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 17 replies · 563+ views ^ | 04/09/10 | CaroleL
    The Chicago political machine may have to dig up every cemetary in town to find enough votes to keep the traditionally blue state of Illinois from turning red. According to a new poll, Congressman Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) has a 41% to 37% lead over State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in their race to fill the US Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Mr. Kirk's support has held steady over the past month while Mr. Giannoulias's has dropped 7 points (from 44%).
  • Illinois Senate: Giannoulias takes a hit (loses 16 pt advantage for Obama's seat)

    04/06/2010 2:42:39 PM PDT · by Liz · 94 replies · 1,426+ views ^ | 4/6/10 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Democrat Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias's polling numbers have taken a hard hit since he won his party's Senate nomination two months ago. Giannoulias now trails GOP Rep. Mark Kirk by 4 points, lagging 33% to 37% according to a survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. That's a 16-point reversal of fortune since the days before his state's February primary, when PPP showed Giannoulias leading Kirk, 42% to 34%. Excerpt.....more at site.
  • Barack Obama's old Senate seat in danger of turning Republican

    04/05/2010 2:18:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies · 784+ views
    Barack Obama's old Senate seat in danger of turning Republican President Barack Obama's old Senate seat is increasing danger of being taken by a Republican after it was reported that the family bank of the Democratic candidate had lent $20 million (£13 million) to Chicago criminals. By Toby Harnden in Washington Published: 10:00PM BST 05 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama's old Senate seat is increasing danger of being taken by a Republican after it was reported that the family bank of the Democratic candidate had lent $20 million (£13 million) to Chicago criminals. The loss of the Illinois seat would...
  • The Obama-Giannoulias-Mob Connection

    04/02/2010 11:47:16 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 4 replies · 438+ views ^ | 04/02/10 | CaroleL
    For years there have been under-reported connections between organized crime, Illinois Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias and President Barack Obama. But it has just gotten tougher for the president's main stream media accomplices to keep under reporting and Mr. Giannoulias may be the next Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers for the administration.
  • Ill. Senate Candidate’s Bank Made $20 Million in Loans to Felons

    04/02/2010 10:30:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 597+ views
    wsj ^ | 4/2/10 | Susan Davis
    It’s a rough way to start the weekend. Chicago Tribune Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat running for President Barack Obama’s Illinois Senate seat this fall, woke up this morning to see his face blazoned across the top of the Chicago Tribune with the headline: “$20 MILLION IN LOANS TO FELONS.” Broadway Bank, the Giannoulias family bank, has been under scrutiny as it struggles to avoid a federal takeover. Giannoulias’s role at the bank has become a key issue in the Senate race against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk.
  • Giannoulias family bank linked to fraud suspects (Rahm could get 0's seat after all)

    03/12/2010 4:40:52 PM PST · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 610+ views
    ABC7Chicago ^ | 3-12-10 | Charles Thomas
    Broadway Bank, owned by U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias' family, was defrauded in an alleged check-kiting scheme by the owners of a popular Chicago restaurant, Boston Blackies. Nick Giannis and his son, Chris, are charged with stealing nearly $2 million. Chris posted bond and was released Friday from Cook County Jail. His father Nick remains jailed in Detroit. Alexi Giannoulias said Friday in a statement he was "shocked and appalled" at the arrests Thursday of principals in the Boston Blackies restaurant chain. Thirty-eight year-old suspects Chris Giannis and Andy Bakopoulos were picked up in Chicago while Blackies founder 62-year-old Nick...
  • Boston Blackie's owners arrested in check-kiting scheme (Illinois Senate Race)

    03/12/2010 9:24:48 AM PST · by Thebaddog · 34 replies · 919+ views
    A father and son who operated the Boston Blackie's burger restaurants were charged Thursday with ripping off nearly $1.9 million from two banks in a check-cashing scheme, and authorities said they arrested the father on the U.S. border as he was trying to enter Canada. The allegations caused a new round of political embarrassment for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose family owns Broadway Bank and has long known the father and son. The Blackie's operators are accused of writing bad checks from their accounts at Broadway to other banks as part of their alleged scheme....
  • (Obama and Giannoulias) Banking on Corruption In The Windy City

    03/09/2010 4:34:10 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies · 571+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 9, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily staff
    Politics: Another bank failure is nothing new these days — except if the bank is run by the family of a U.S. Senate candidate who profited handsomely and lent millions to a convicted felon. But then, that's the Chicago way. 'I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat-cat bankers on Wall Street," President Obama said in a recent interview with "60 Minutes." Speaking to those bankers, he said: "You guys are drawing down 10, 20 million dollar bonuses after America went through the worst economic year that it's gone through in — in decades,...
  • Senate candidate (Alexi Giannoulias) faces bank seizure

    03/04/2010 12:44:58 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies · 495+ views
    HotAir ^ | March 4, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2004, the Republican nominee for the open Illinois Senate seat, Jack Ryan, had to withdraw after having his divorce records exposed over the summer, revealing some rather exotic lifestyle choices. That left the Illinois GOP with only Alan Keyes in a carpetbagging bid to beat a junior state Senator making his second run at Capitol Hill for the Democrats … and we all know how that turned out for Illinois, and the nation. Now the shoe may be on the other foot, as the Democratic nominee admits that the feds may have to seize his family bank due to...
  • Durbin takes the reins of Giannoulias' Senate bid

    02/07/2010 7:22:06 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 39 replies · 691+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 7, 2010 | Lynn Sweet
    Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias kicks off his general election contest today at the Springfield home of Sen. Dick Durbin, who will be the chairman of Giannoulias' campaign. The selection of Springfield is strategic, since central and southern Illinois will be battlegrounds in the race between Giannoulias, the state treasurer, and the GOP Senate nominee, Rep. Mark Steven Kirk. Giannoulias lives on Chicago's Near North Side and Kirk's home is in north suburban Highland Park. Durbin, the No. 2 Senate leader, is the only statewide Illinois officeholder who lives outside the Chicago area. Raised in East St. Louis, Durbin is...
  • Do you think Alexi Giannoulias attended the same "Speach School" as Obama? (Video)

    02/07/2010 9:05:35 AM PST · by carolinacrazy · 19 replies · 831+ views
    youtube ^ | 2/7/2010 | B Elliott
    Obama Impersonator
  • The race for Obama's Senate seat looks like a Massachusetts-type perfect storm

    02/05/2010 3:44:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1,029+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/05/2010 | Michael Barone
    Since my earlier blogpost on the results of the February 2 Illinois primary, I’ve had the chance to crunch some more numbers, with help from the websites of the election boards of Chicago, suburban Cook County and the other 101 counties of Illinois. Here are the results in tabular form, with the number of votes cast for senator in the Republican and Democratic primaries. I’ve listed separately the results in Chicago, suburban Cook County, the Collar Counties and Downstate. The Collar Counties are DuPage, Kane (including the city of Aurora), Kendall, Lake and Will; returns from McHenry were unavailable and...
  • Election 2010: Illinois Senate (Illinois Senate: Kirk 46%, Giannoulias 40%)

    02/04/2010 6:22:35 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 14 replies · 441+ views
    Thursday, February 04, 2010 ^ | Thursday, February 04, 2010 | Rasmussen
    Republican Mark Kirk holds a modest 46% to 40% lead over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in the race for the Illinois Senate following Tuesday’s party primaries. The first post-primary Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Kirk-Giannoulias race finds just four percent (4%) of likely voters in the state prefer some other candidate, while another 10% are undecided. Among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties, the Republican holds a sizable 59% to 22% lead. In December, Giannoulias was up by three points over Kirk. In October, the two men were tied at 41% each. In mid-August, Kirk...
  • At last! GOP plays hardball

    02/04/2010 4:32:46 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 03, 2010 | Thomas Lifson
    Illinois Democrats nominated Alex Giannoulias to run for the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. As Richard Baehr noted Monday on AT, Giannoulias has substantial weaknesses that could enable Congressman Mark Kirk, the Republican nominee, to take the seat in November. The GOP Senatorial Campaign Committee is wasting no time in focusing on Guannoulias's shady past, something that may resonate with Illinois voters, sick of Democrat machine corruption that has left the state arguably in worse fiscal shape than California.
  • Illinois Senate Race Worries Democrats Anew [Giannoulias Won Only 39% of Democratic Vote]

    02/03/2010 8:55:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 822+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 03, 2010 | Monica Davey
    Illinois Senate Race Worries Democrats Anew BY MONICA DAVEY February 3, 2010 CHICAGO — Alexi Giannoulias, the treasurer of Illinois and a basketball-playing friend of President Obama’s, won the Democratic primary here on Tuesday for the Senate seat once held by Mr. Obama. But his victory was hardly the free throw some had expected, setting off a new round of worrying among Democrats that the reliably Democratic seat might be picked off by Republicans in November. With four others on the ballot, Mr. Giannoulias won 39 percent of the Democratic vote, or, as Republicans preferred to describe it on Wednesday,...
  • Giannoulias and Kirk both pretty weak

    02/03/2010 11:26:14 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 33 replies · 664+ views
    I think one of the most striking things about last night's Illinois primary results for Senate is how poorly both Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk closed. In the December Chicago Tribune poll Giannoulias was at 31%, followed by Cheryle Jackson at 17%, and David Hoffman with 9%. There were 35% undecided. Giannoulias ended up with 39% to 34% for Hoffman and 20% for Jackson. That suggests that over the final seven weeks of the campaign Hoffman picked up more than 70% of those who had been undecided to 23% for Giannoulias and less than 10% for Jackson. Not too impressive...
  • GOP Moderate Kirk Wins Ill. Senate Primary

    02/02/2010 8:11:31 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 254 replies · 6,446+ views ^ | 2-2-2010 Updated 22 minutes ago | By Will McCahill
    Newser) – Moderate Mark Kirk has won Illinois’ Republican Senate primary, blowing away two conservative opponents backed by tea-party contingents. The congressman has 56% of the vote with more than 82% of precincts reporting—giving him a 37% lead over Patrick Hughes. Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement. On the Democratic side, the Chicago Tribune reports, state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias looks close to clinching the nomination, setting up a fight with Kirk for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.
  • Obama Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG

    01/28/2010 11:16:23 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 798+ views ^ | March 17 2009 | Dan Spencer
    Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American International Group in the form of political contributions according to The two biggest Congressional recipients of bonuses from the A.I.G. are - Senators Chris Dodd and Senator Barack Obama. The A.I.G. Financial Products affiliate of A.I.G. gave out $136,928, the most of any AIG affiliate, in the 2008 cycle. I would note that A.I.G.’s financial products division is the unit that wrote trillions of dollars’ worth of credit-default swaps and "misjudged" the risk. The Washington Post reports a "mob effect" at A.I.G financial products division: A tidal wave of public...
  • Alexi Giannoulias: He'd Make Tony Soprano Proud

    02/02/2010 9:45:56 PM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 594+ views
    You Tube ^ | 02/02/10 | Natl GOP Senatorial Committee
    Looks like NRSC decided to hit the ground running ...
  • Kirk, Giannoulias win party primaries

    02/02/2010 8:00:17 PM PST · by freespirited · 8 replies · 492+ views
    ABC ^ | 02/02/10
    Rep. Mark Kirk declared himself the winner of the GOP Senate primary. Alexi Giannoulias is expected to the same shortly for the Democrats. Kirk addressed his supporters at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. The North Shore congressman Kirk easily won the Republican primary. GOP voters nominated the five-term congressman Tuesday. With 64 percent of precincts reporting, Kirk had 58 percent. Alexi Giannoulias, who led the polls throughout the campaign, is ahead in the Democratic primary. The closest competitor in the race, David Hoffman, called to concede to Giannoulias around 9:50 p.m. Giannoulias is expected to talk soon. Republicans are eager to make...
  • Kirk, Giannoulias out to early lead for Senate (Illinois primary results)

    02/02/2010 6:34:39 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies · 1,109+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | February 2, 2010 | Joseph Ryan
    As votes started rolling in Tuesday night in the high-profile U.S. Senate race, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk of Highland Park and Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias of Chicago were taking an early lead. But with about a quarter of ballots being counted, it was too early to call the races in the packed primaries in this low turnout election
  • Illinois Primary Election Thread (polls close at 7:00 p.m. CST)

    02/02/2010 3:51:10 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 1,012 replies · 23,587+ views
    Vanity | 2-2-10 | TitansAFC
    Suggested focus thread for Illinois Primary Election talk and results. The polls close at 7:00 p.m. CST. LET'S GO CONSERVATIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • GOP focuses on Obama's old seat

    01/31/2010 12:58:06 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 25 replies · 653+ views
    Peoria Journal-Star via A.P. ^ | Jan 30, 2010 | Christopher Wills
    The Illinois race for an open Senate seat may be the biggest political battle of 2010, at least when it comes to bragging rights. This is the seat held by Barack Obama before he moved to the White House. It would be a major victory for Republicans to take the president's old seat out of the Democratic column in a state that, on paper, is strongly Democratic. To pull off that coup, Republican leaders are backing Mark Kirk, a commander in the Naval Reserve and five-term congressman with moderate views on issues like gun control and abortion. Kirk outrages some...
  • Republicans hope for another Senate victory, this time in Obama's Illinois

    01/31/2010 12:52:57 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies · 704+ views ^ | January 31, 2010 | lois Romano
    CHICAGO -- Not a good week for the Democrats here trying to hang on to President Obama's old Senate seat. The party's leading contender -- state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias -- has spent these last precious days before Tuesday's primary scrambling to explain why regulators have targeted his struggling family bank for greater oversight. Giannoulias, once a senior lending officer at Broadway Bank, is being pressed relentlessly by his Democratic rivals and the media about his role in the bank's woes. Republicans promise that it is not a topic that will go away.
  • Anita Dunn&#8217;s Husband Becomes White House Counsel (Front Page mag)

    11/24/2009 10:36:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 1,574+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11-20-09 | John Perrazzo
    By now, millions of Americans are familiar with Anita Dunn, who recently resigned her post as Barack Obama’s White House Communications Director after it was learned that she had previously cited Mao Zedong, the late Communist dictator and mass murderer, as one of her “favorite political philosophers.” By contrast, few people know anything substantive about Dunn’s husband, Robert Bauer, who has replaced Gregory Craig as President Obama’s White House Counsel. Craig resigned abruptly on November 13, after having repeatedly denied, for weeks, that he had any plans of stepping down. A 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia School of...
  • Dem. Senate Candidate Uses Palin Against Mark Kirk

    11/07/2009 10:47:42 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies · 496+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Democrat Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias is trying to use Mark Kirk's approach of Sarah Palin for an endorsement against him. Giannoulias is attempting to use the Kirk/Palin incident as a fund raising tool. A few days ago, we reported that Mark Kirk sent a letter to Governor Sarah Palin challenging her to support his candidacy for the GOP nomination for Barack Obama's old Illinois Senate seat. It seems unlikely that Kirk will receive Palin's endorsement, though. Being far, far too liberal Kirk is hardly Palin's sort of Republican. But Giannoulias thinks that even the...
  • Kirk slams Bright Start, but not Giannoulias [agrees with Democrat opponent]

    10/12/2009 1:17:26 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 25 replies · 678+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 12, 2009 | Rick Pearson
    Kirk slams Bright Start, but not Giannoulias For weeks, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias have tried to play over the heads of their opponents in the Feb. 2 primary election for the U.S. Senate, attacking each other rather than engaging the opponents within their own parties.But at a downtown Chicago news conference today, Kirk addressed a controversy involving Giannoulias’ stewardship as state treasurer of the Bright Start college savings program—and appeared to take Giannoulias’ side. [This is an excert from the original article. To see the article in its entirity, click the link the source page]
  • Obama Protege Tied to Organized Crime?

    08/05/2009 12:25:51 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies · 525+ views
    Fox News ^ | Aug 4, 2009 | Sean Hannity
    Video: Sean Hannity covers Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias who is running for his pal Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat
  • Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright: The Common Thread They Share

    08/05/2009 2:17:47 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 2 replies · 463+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 5, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    Last night, Fox News’ Sean Hannity ran a six-minute report on Alexis Giannoulias, the onetime state treasurer now running for Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. According to Hannity, “Alexis Giannoulias was at one time considered such a political libality, he was mentioned in the same breath as Bill Ayers” (Obama’s domestic-terrorist-turned-professor pal, who served with Obama on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago) and Jeremiah Wright” (Obama’s longtime racist pastor and spiritual advisor who embraces Marxism). Giannoulias, an heir to the Broadway Bank fortune, helped Obama get “seed money” for his first political campaign and provided him with...
  • Mountains of Muck Will Erupt in 2010 Senate Race [Chicago]

    05/15/2009 2:50:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies · 896+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | May 14, 2009 | Russ Stewart
    Here’s some unsolicited advice for Alexi Giannoulias, Jan Schakowsky, Roland Burris and Jesse Jackson Jr.: Just say no. Don’t run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator in 2010. Spare Illinois the mountain of muck that will surely erupt around your respective candidacies. But, in the heart of every politician, hope springs eternal. So does self-delusion. The Feb. 2, 2010 primary is slightly more than eight months away. And this much is certain: * Burris, the tainted, Blagojevich-appointed incumbent, is being investigated by both the U.S. Senate Ethics committee and Sangamon county state’s attorney on charges that he perjured himself...
  • Alexi Giannoulias: Not so transparent (Obama's IL buddy)

    03/31/2009 5:33:45 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 979+ views
    Just like that window from the Giannoulias family's Broadway Bank on Chicago's North Side, sometimes what you think is transparent is in fact not something you can easily see through. Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, 32, is strongly considering a run for the Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Roland Burris. Giannoulias, who prior to his election was a senior loan officer at the bank, had never voted in an election until his name was on the ballot, announced yesterday that he won't be accepting campaign donations from corporate political action committees or federal lobbyists. Big deal. Will Giannoulias...
  • Prosecutor Fitzgerald Could Send Obama to Jail

    11/19/2008 7:33:17 AM PST · by PBRCat · 48 replies · 2,496+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times (Blog Entries) ^ | November 19, 2008 (reprint) | Anonymous
    So, the Tony Rezko sweetheart deal was not the first magic home loan Obama ever received to buy a house he could not afford. There’s more to this that looks like it will break soon. We were STUNNED when we read Sneed’s column because we never in a million years believed Fitz would actually be able to take down Obama. We do not believe this will come out before the election, however, but we do believe Fitzgerald will continue his prosecution to the highest level, because that is what he does. Jean Valjean got off easy, compared to what it’s...
  • Feds and Rezko Piecing together Ayers, Giannoulias, Obama [Crossroads Fund]

    10/22/2008 7:48:41 PM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies · 1,562+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | October 13, 2008
    Boiling down a complex blog entry by P.U.M.A. pundit, Tony Rezko used Alexi Giannoulias bank to float $450,000 in bad checks, while campaigning for Alexi’s brother Demetris to be placed on the Illinois Finance Authority Board. Demetris Giannoulias was on the Board at the Crossroads Fund, a Chicago Based left wing organization supported by Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Barack Obama, which made grants to such stellar organizations as ACORN and other affordable housing swindlers. In 2002, Rezko borrowed $10.5 Million from Broadway Bank, the Giannoulias family bank, the same bank where Barack Obama kept his Senate campaign funds. In...
  • Another blog reporting on Resko/Giannoulias/Obama

    10/12/2008 11:36:06 AM PDT · by surfer · 1 replies · 354+ views
    The Great Debate 2008 ^ | 10/12/2008 | Great Debate
    Obama's Ties to Tony Rezko and Alexi Giannoulias Closing the Obama-Rezko gap. Who is Alexi Giannoulias? Could there really be yet another shady connection that will finally grow legs in the media. Obama helped Alexi Giannoulias (D) win a run for Illinois State Treasurer. Giannoulias has helped fund Barack Obama. From Giannoulias' website: "Prior to taking office, Giannoulias served as vice president and senior loan officer at Broadway Bank in Chicago’s Edgewater community. Crain’s Chicago Business rated Broadway the No. 1 Bank in Illinois for five years based on return on assets. Giannoulias grew up in Chicago, graduated cum laude...
  • Breaking Story: Prosecutor Fitzgerald Could Send Obama To Jail

    10/12/2008 1:47:35 PM PDT · by forYourChildrenVote4Bush · 178 replies · 8,504+ views
    The Sun Times today gave a major clue that Barack Obama will indeed go down with Tony Rezko, sooner rather than later. It looks as though Rezko is about to turn on Alexi Giannoulias, the 30-year old State Treasurer of Illinois (who was elected only because Obama backed him).
  • Ayers-Wright-Rezco-Odinga-Phleger-ACORN- Birth Cert. -Logan Act--and (drumroll) NOW Giannoulias!

    10/11/2008 4:40:26 PM PDT · by dascallie · 16 replies · 2,008+ views
    The Obama Buffet of Unsavory People and Acts has added another entree!
  • The Obama-Giannoulias connection, Chicago mob financier

    10/11/2008 4:34:21 PM PDT · by dascallie · 47 replies · 1,786+ views
    From HC Forum: Today, 06:43 PM writerchick Moderator Join Date: May 2008 Location: Los Angeles and NYC Posts: 3,524 Poster Rank: #20 WHOA - I just found this article from NY Post in 2007: Quote: OBAMA'S 'MOB-TIE' SIDEKICK September 5, 2007 WASHINGTON - A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure will host a Windy City fund-raiser tonight for Sen. Barack Obama. Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator's Oval Office bid....
  • Bigger Than Ayers

    10/11/2008 2:02:39 PM PDT · by flyfree · 9 replies · 1,468+ views
    nationalreview ^ | Mark Hemingway
    I've been screaming into the abyss for some time about Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer that Obama endorsed when he ran for office despite no previous political experience, who has been personally mixed up with organized crime via business dealings with his family's bank. Well, guess what — this little nugget turned up in a column in the Chicago Sun-Times: Sneed hears rumbles political fund-raiser/fixer Tony Rezko, who is now singing sweetly to the feds from his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, has been talking about his "dealings" with a Chicago bank, which has political connections. Now that's...

    10/11/2008 1:55:57 PM PDT · by flyfree · 38 replies · 1,978+ views
    rightwingnuthouse ^ | Rick Moran
    A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure will host a Windy City fund-raiser tonight for Sen. Barack Obama. Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator’s Oval Office bid. Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael “Jaws” Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution. ... (4) The Giannoulias family was involved with Obama as far back as his first state senate campaign in 1996. It...
  • Obama's 'Mob-Tie' $idekick (Bank ties to mob and Rezko)

    09/20/2008 7:18:53 PM PDT · by red flanker · 15 replies · 405+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 5, 2007 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON - A man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure will host a Windy City fund-raiser tonight for Sen. Barack Obama. Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator's Oval Office bid. Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael "Jaws" Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution. Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state's speaker of...
  • Is Alexi Giannoulias Obama's next "not the man I knew"?

    08/26/2008 9:00:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies · 58+ views
    Politics West ^ | August 26, 2008 | Ross Kaminsky
    Last night, Illinois’ State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias addressed the DNC, talking about his “friend and mentor”, Barack Obama, and calling for “a new type of leadership.” Giannoulias said that Obama has great integrity, yet the association between the two men raises questions along the lines of (and related to) convicted felon Tony Rezko. Obama and Giannoulias have been mutual supporters, politically and otherwise, for at least five years, with Giannoulias having contributed $7,000 to Obama’s campaign for the Illinois State Senate seat in 2003 and 2004, an interesting choice for a man who was simultaneously giving $17,000 to the National...
  • Giannoulias is elusive ... (Calls Republican Excellent Candidate)

    04/28/2006 9:02:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 403+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 28, 2006 | Editorial
    Illinois voters are blessed with an excellent candidate for state treasurer. No, not Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat on the ballot. He has some serious issues to explain. They first surfaced March 15 in a Tribune scoop with a striking headline: "Loans to crime figure haunt state treasurer hopeful." Six weeks later, Giannoulias has only made matters worse. The more he tries to wriggle out of fully discussing the millions of dollars in loans his family's Broadway Bank of Chicago gave to a convicted felon, the more questions he raises. Giannoulias, 30, is the senior loan officer and vice president of...