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  • Ga. Secretary of State Brian Kemp's Obama eligibility decision "greased" as crooks in Chicago say

    02/19/2012 9:34:33 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/19/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    ”That thing was greased,” as they say in Chicago, referring to a political phenomenon known as “being handled before table.” Well, bloggers are asking, Was it? Word now coming out reveals just two days after Secretary of State Brian Kemp gave Barack Obama the green light to appear on Georgia election ballots, the Department of Energy awarded Kemp’s state an eye popping $8.3 billion loan guarantee to begin construction on two nuclear plants. In the face of “a shocking dissent by Nuclear Regulatory Commission CHAIRMAN Director Gregory B. Jazcko,” four other commissioners approved awarding Southern Energy the first nuclear construction...
  • Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection

    02/18/2012 5:18:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/12 | Jordy Yager
    Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelectionBy Jordy Yager - 02/18/12 12:24 PM ET Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation. Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month. Though Halvorson has raised only one-fifth the amount of money that Jackson has, she has waged a relentless campaign against the incumbent lawmaker, frequently pointing to the House Ethics Committee’s ongoing...
  • Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work (Update: Georgia)

    02/18/2012 7:02:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    National Right To Work Committee ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | NRTW Committee Staff
    Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work February 17, 2012 Caterpillar digging into Indiana Caterpillar has been a mainstay Illinois-based company for generations but no longer. The power and influence of big labor has impacted the company for too long, damaging its bottom-line and hurting workers. Now that Illinois’ neighbor, Indiana, has become a Right to Work state, Caterpillar is exploring their options, according to The Detroit News’ Robert Laurie: Back in 2009, Barack Obama announced that Caterpillar had promised to rehire some of its laid-off workforce if his stimulus proposal passed. This week, the nation’s largest manufacturer of...
  • Wind power plug pulled in Illinois

    02/17/2012 9:47:21 AM PST · by Signalman · 30 replies
    WUWT ^ | 2/16/2012 | Anthony Watts
    The wind power industry is predicting massive layoffs and stalled or abandoned projects after a deal to renew a tax credit failed Thursday in Washington. The move is expected to have major ramifications in states such as Illinois, where 13,892 megawatts of planned wind projects — enough to power 3.3 million homes per year — are seeking to be connected to the electric grid. Many of those projects will be abandoned or significantly delayed without federal subsidies. The state is home to more than 150 companies that support the wind industry. At least 67 of those make turbines or components...
  • Chicago teachers asking for 30% raises over next 2 years (Not the Onion!)

    02/17/2012 7:00:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 17, 2012 | Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood
    The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for raises amounting to 30 percent over the next two years, the opening salvo in heated contract negotiations with school officials who are implementing a longer school day across Chicago Public Schools next school year. Documents obtained by the Tribune show that in the face of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's expansion of the school day, the union has led with an offer seeking a 24 percent raise in the 2012-13 school year and a 5 percent increase the following year, the net effect being 30 percent.
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Liberal Professor Makes it Official: Chicago Most Corrupt

    02/12/2012 7:42:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12. 2012 | John Ransom
    Lon wrote: The most striking thing about this column, and the comments that follow it, is the degree to which they highlight the lie that what differentiates the right and left is how much government they want. Ransom is outraged that a town is not telling a business where they can and cannot locate. (Oddly he is actually outraged at a nearby city that a town is not telling a business where it can locate, but he tends to have a special level of incoherence). Very few of the conservatives below even blink at the idea that government should interfere...
  • 'Illinois Board of Elections Illegally Excludes Ballot Challengers - New Hearing demanded'

    02/10/2012 12:23:46 PM PST · by ednoonan7 · 1 replies
    Obama Ballot Challenge ^ | 2-19-2012 | Pamela Barnett
    Obama State Ballot Challenge 2012 has posted a new item, 'Illinois Board of Elections Illegally Excludes Ballot Challengers Evidence That Proves Obama Not NATURAL Born, Asks For New Hearing' The Illinois Board of Elections has illegally excluded evidence from a hearing on Barack Obama's Constitutional eligibility. Evidence was timely submitted by Objector Michael Jackson to the board as required by their Rules of Procedure, but they excluded the evidence that proves Obama is NOT a Natural Born citizen. [...] You may view the latest post at http://obamaballotchallenge.com/illinois-board-of-elections-illegally-excludes-ballot-challengers-evidence-that-proves-obama-not-natural-born-asks-for-new-hearing
  • Caterpillar will build new plant outside Illinois due to negative business climate

    02/09/2012 4:07:40 PM PST · by ak267 · 7 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-9-2012 | David Mercer
    Caterpillar has ruled out building a planned new plant in Illinois due to the negative business climate, via AP: “Please understand that even if your community had the right logistics for this project, Caterpillar’s previously documented concerns about the business climate and overall fiscal health of the state of Illinois still would have made it unpractical for us to select your community for this project,” the email, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, says. Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman last year complained to Gov. Pat Quinn about the state’s business climate after Illinois raised income taxes. Oberhelman...
  • Wisconsin recall unprecedented for Chicago political consultancy

    02/04/2012 2:50:14 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 2, 2012 | Melissa Harris
    Ann Liston and Eric Adelstein are hardened Chicago Democratic consultants. Their behind-the-scenes role helping the Wisconsin Democratic Party collect more than 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker has put them in a campaign unlike any they've ever seen. The two 40-somethings said Facebook's power to reach voters, combined with a recentU.S. Supreme Court ruling that unfettered limits on corporate and union political spending, has rewritten their industry's game plan. "It's horrible for democracy but great for business," Adelstein said Tuesday, referring to the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision. Voters in Wisconsin, South Carolina and Florida have been...
  • Illinois citizenship elegibility hearing today .

    02/02/2012 3:59:26 PM PST · by Lionheartusa1 · 13 replies
    Past FR post | 2/2/12 | Lionheartusa1
    Has anyone heard anything regarding the 0bama citizenship elegibility hearing scheduled for today in Illinois . I wouldn't expext to hear anything on the MSM but I haven't seen anything posted on FR either .
  • Illinois: Illusions in Ballot Security

    01/18/2012 9:06:59 AM PST · by ednoonan7
    obamaballotchallenge ^ | 18 January 2012 | George Miller
    Illinois: Illusions in Ballot Security Posted by GeorgeM at 18 January 2012 Presidential Candidate Ed Noonan told us about this BlogTalk radio show tonight, which I caught the latter part of and wish I could have started earlier: Illusions in Ballot Security! Steve Boulton will join Sharon Meroni tonight to discuss The Objectors and the filings today of the Citizenship challenges. Other stuff was discussed first. It was pointed out that in IL, candidates only have to submit a statement that they are qualified. No proof is required. They also pointed out that challenges are often done to scare away...
  • Will Barack Obama be on the ballot in Illinois

    01/25/2012 8:14:30 AM PST · by faucetman · 11 replies
    Defend The Vote ^ | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 | Sharon Meroni
    Does Barack Obama have sufficient signatures on his petition to qualify for ballot placement in Illinois Primary election to be held on March 20th? This is the question that will be addressed in the next 10 days. While working on a voter fraud investigation, Defend the Vote, in conjunction with Jack Roeser, Publisher of Champion News, uncovered that Barack Obama’s petition application to get on the Illinois Primary Ballot was prepared contrary to Illinois election law. Overall Mr. Obama’s application was very sloppy and included petitions that were not signed and/or notarized by the circulator, 20 page gaps in page...
  • Magazine The Helped Launch OWS Calls On Occupiers To Come To Chicago During G8 Summit In “Tradition

    01/29/2012 11:38:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/29/12 | zip
    Nothing would make me happier than seeing Occupiers rampaging in the streets of Chicago only six months before the November elections. (CNS News) — Adbusters, the radical, Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine, credited by many media outlets for launching the Occupy Wall Street protests, has put out an ad calling for 50,000 protestors to “Occupy” the G8 summit in May. And they are not calling for peaceful protest. The Adbusters ad shows a picture of policemen beating up a defenseless protestor, and comes with the caption: “In the Tradition of the Chicago 8.” The Chicago 8 were radicals who incited riots in...
  • Illinois Democrats might be tempted to cross over in March

    01/26/2012 7:48:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jan 25, 2012 | By MARK BROWN nuary 25, 2012
    Illinois Democrats might be tempted to cross over in March By MARK BROWN mbrown@suntimes.com January 25, 2012 9:56PM Updated: January 26, 2012 2:15AM As someone who normally votes for Democrats, I’ve been following the battle for the Republican presidential nomination with a mixture of detachment and indifference. I figured I didn’t have any say in the matter, so until it’s over, why worry about whether Republicans pick Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul, Tweedledee or Tweedledeedee. We’d know soon enough, it seemed, and probably well before the campaign trail reached Illinois on March 20. In recent days, though, I’ve started having second...
  • Colorado Muslim Arrested on Islamic Terror Charges

    01/23/2012 1:52:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    The media will spend the next ten years with their heads up their sphincters trying to determine motive. Hmmm ..... what could it be now? For those of us in the media who have not surrendered to jihad (all three of us), we have noticed a decided uptick in this activity. Arrests in the US are weekly now, sometimes daily. Nothing to see here, folks, keep it moving until the next catastrophe. And then the enemedia and Hamas-CAIR operatives in DC will blame ...... counter jihadists. :) Colorado man arrested on terrorism AP (hat tip Ken) AURORA, Colo. (AP) —...
  • Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes surgery after suffering stroke

    01/23/2012 9:34:54 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | JAN 23, 2012
    Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes surgery after suffering stroke 9:31 a.m. CST, January 23, 2012 U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk underwent surgery today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke, his office said. "On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck," his office said in a statement.
  • Illinois Leftist Does a Facepalm,(shortened title)

    01/22/2012 9:22:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2011 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Two days ago, I explained that tax increases are bad policy.More specifically, I warned that giving more money to government exacerbates fiscal problems because politicians respond to the expectation of more revenue by spending more than otherwise would be the case. And since they usually over-estimate how much revenue a tax hike will generate, that creates an even bigger fiscal mess.Not surprisingly, I cited Europe to bolster my case. The tax burden has increased enormously in Europe over the past several decades, but that obviously hasn’t prevented a fiscal crisis in nations such as Greece and Portugal. And tax hikes...
  • Enormous solar outburst could dazzle your weekend [Alaska, Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Boston]

    01/21/2012 2:52:28 PM PST · by annie laurie · 35 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 21, 2012 | Pete Spotts
    Auroras may dazzle more people than usual this weekend as Earth receives a glancing blow from an enormous solar outburst that erupted on Jan. 19. The outburst, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), was detected by sun-watching satellites. Researchers at the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute predict that auroras should be visible from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, and Cleveland, to Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia Saturday and Sunday nights, weather permitting. ... Space Weather Center forecasters say they expect the encounter to generate a weak geomagnetic disturbance beginning around 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Sunday Jan. 22 and lasting...
  • Topinka: Illinois’ Unpaid Bill Crisis Just Keeps Getting Worse

    01/19/2012 6:04:05 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | January 19, 2012 | Regine Schlesinger
    Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt... around $8.5 billion. ... Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka ... says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67 percent) and corporate taxes. “After the largest tax hike in our history, the state continues to be in this precarious fiscal position with persistent payment delays, and frankly, the situation is unlikely to significantly improve in the near term,”
  • Illinois gets downgraded by Moody’s (Lower than similarly Democrat run California)

    01/20/2012 12:25:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/20/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Say, remember when the state of Illinois took the Democratic approach to fixing their budget woes by raising taxes? The debt problems of the Land of Lincoln would disappear, Governor Pat Quinn argued, if the state hiked corporate and personal income tax rates by as much as two-thirds. The extra revenue would stabilize the state’s fiscal footing and pull them from the brink of financial disaster.How well did that work out? As the Wall Street Journal reports today, Illinois debt has now been downgraded to the lowest rating of all 50 states by Moody’s: Though too few noticed, this month...
  • Topinka: Illinois’ Unpaid Bill Crisis Just Keeps Getting Worse

    01/20/2012 6:12:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 1-18-12 | Judy Baar Topinka
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt. As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, officially, the state has a backlog of more than $4.25 billion in unpaid bills. LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports (listen at link) But Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says when one factors in other bills, the figure is closer to around $8.5 billion. Those other outstanding bills include tax refunds, employee health insurance, and bills that have not yet reached her desk. Topinka says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67...
  • Emanuel heckled at inauguration of Axelrod’s U. of C. political institute

    01/19/2012 5:54:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 1/19/12 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    Occupy Chicago protestors interrupted Mayor Rahm Emanuel for about three minutes Thursday as the mayor shared a stage with pundits at the inauguration of former White House advisor David Axelrod’s Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. “He has fired 363 library employees and cut numerous CTA routes,” protestors shouted. “Do I take it that your election was not unanimous?” Republican pundit Alex Castellanos teased Emanuel. Emanuel smiled and conceded that his election as mayor was not unanimous
  • High-speed rail, the third-fastest way to Chicago!

    01/18/2012 7:48:57 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-18-12 | joe soucheray
    E.R. Companion, of Eagan, writing to the editor in Sunday's Pioneer Press, wondered why our elected officials would commit to spending billions of dollars for a so-called high-speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Chicago. (Well, because they're nuts.) Companion was referring to a story that appeared Jan. 12 featuring the idea that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun studying environmental impacts along the 400-mile route, which would take passengers to Chicago, through Milwaukee, in an advertised five hours and 30 minutes. Companion wondered what was high-speed about that, and I could not agree more with his sentiment....
  • Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/17/2012 4:15:58 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 16, 2012 | Robert Channick
    Looking to reduce costs as it continues to grapple with a changing media landscape and challenging economy, the Chicago Tribune told employees Monday it will offer an undisclosed number of voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. Gerry Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Tribune, issued a memo outlining the voluntary separation program, which will be open to all editorial staff except top departmental management. "We begin the year with a need to reduce costs as we face the continued financial pressures from a weak economy and structural changes in our industry," Kern said. "We are committed to taking action...
  • It's Official: Ballot Challenge To Mitt Romney's Eligibility To Be President Filed In Illinois

    01/16/2012 11:21:39 AM PST · by Obama Exposer · 113 replies · 6+ views
    I knew this would happen and in a way, it is a good thing because it will also bring focus to Barack Obama's eligibility. Reading the paperwork on this I found out some things I wasn't aware of pertaining to our citizenship statutes back in the 1940's such as the statute listed in this challenge, U.S. Nationality Act of 1940 Sect 201, 54 Stat. 1137 which provides provides the law by which a person born outside the U.S. is bound by in order to qualify legally as a U.S. citizen. For some that do not know, according to Mexican law...
  • The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]

    01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti
    If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor...
  • Obama faces three local challenges to his eligibility for the Illinois primary ballot

    01/15/2012 10:13:31 AM PST · by jdoug666 · 27 replies
    WLS News ^ | 1/13/2012 | Mary Frances Bragiel
    WLS Radio has learned that President Barack Obama faces three local challenges to his eligibility for the Illinois primary ballot. At least one involves a group that believes the fight will be worse than the one Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced with his residency challenge.
  • Paul, Santorum, Perry problems with Illinois petitions (may not be on ballots)

    01/12/2012 4:44:17 PM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies
    WASHINGTON--GOP White House hopefuls Rick Perry and Ron Paul did not file correctly for the March 20 Illinois presidential primary "beauty contest," leaving them open to a challenge that could knock them off the ballot. Illinois law requires candidates to file using their home addresses. Paul, a Texas congressman used an address in Virgnia and Perry, the Texas governor used a post office box in Austin, Texas for an address. Newt Gingrich, Paul, Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer all filed the required 3,000 signatures. Jon Huntsman skipped Illlinois.
  • Michelle Obama: "Distressed" about Daley, Madigan, Hynes clout

    01/09/2012 1:59:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/9/12 | Lynn Sweet
    Washington - When Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley's City Hall in the early 1990s, she was "distressed" by how a small group of "white Irish Catholic" families -- the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans -- "locked up" power in Illinois. And as she prepared to become first lady, Mrs. Obama naively wanted to delay a move into the White House for six months, so her daughters could finish the school year. Her initial thought was to "commute" to the White House from her South Side home. And Marty Nesbitt, one of President Obama's best friends, had been recruited...
  • Number of homeless students surges, putting strain on schools (Chicago)

    01/07/2012 3:41:19 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 65 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | Adeshina Emmanuel
    At 15, Jarvis Nelson should be in high school and even thinking about college. Yet Jarvis is in seventh grade, and doesn’t know where he’ll go to high school — or even where he will be living — when he graduates from junior high, hopefully next year. That’s because Jarvis has attended three different schools in the past four months. He’s lived in three different places on the North and South Sides of the city — including his most recent home, a temporary shelter in Lake View. Jarvis, like thousands of other students in Chicago Public Schools, is homeless. He...
  • New book: Michelle Obama clashed with W.H. advisers

    01/06/2012 8:28:02 PM PST · by mcenedo · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/16/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    So, Jennifer Epstein wites a breathless puff piece about a breathless puff piece written by Jodi Kanter about the magnificent Michelle and the God like Obamas. New York Times "reporter" gets 7 figure advance to write this drivel, after one interview with the Obamas, to come out just in time for the election season.
  • Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady

    01/06/2012 9:32:26 PM PST · by STARWISE · 81 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1-6-12 | Jodi Kantor
    *snip* “She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” Mr. Obama confided, according to aides. Rahm Emanuel, then chief of staff, repeated the first lady’s criticisms to colleagues with indignation, according to three of them. Mr. Emanuel, in a brief interview, denied that he had grown frustrated with Mrs. Obama, but other advisers described a grim situation: a president whose agenda had hit the rocks, a first lady who disapproved of the turn the White House had taken, and a chief of staff who chafed against her influence.
  • FLOTUS wanted to stay in Chicago

    01/06/2012 3:40:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 1/6/12 | BYRON TAU
    As Michelle Obama realized over the summer and fall of 2008 that she was likely to become first lady, she asked a question that probably would have surprised outsiders: could she and her children delay moving to the White House? Perhaps it was better, she told aides and friends, to remain in Chicago until the end of the school year, giving her children more time to adjust, rather than coming right at the inauguration. Her notion, though short-lived, was telling: she didn’t understand or care what sort of message it would send to a public enthralled by the new first...
  • Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady

    01/07/2012 7:53:16 AM PST · by LRoggy · 63 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/7/12 | Jodi Kantor
    Michelle Obama was privately fuming, not only at the president’s team, but also at her husband. In the days after the Democrats lost Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat in January 2010, Barack Obama was even-keeled as usual in meetings, refusing to dwell on the failure or lash out at his staff. The first lady, however, could not fathom how the White House had allowed the crucial seat, needed to help pass the president’s health care legislation and the rest of his agenda, to slip away, several current and former aides said.
  • Book depicts tensions between first lady, aides

    01/07/2012 7:54:03 AM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 88 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | January 7, 2012 | By JIM KUHNHENN
    New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, in a book to be published Tuesday, portrays a White House where tensions developed between Mrs. Obama and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary and presidential adviser Robert Gibbs. Among the book's most provocative anecdotes, Kantor recounts a scene in which Gibbs, frustrated after tamping down a potential public relations crisis involving the first lady, exploded when presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett told him the first lady had concerns about the White House response to the flap. The initial commotion had been over an alleged remark by Michelle Obama...
  • Michelle Obama 'raged against Rahm Emmanuel and White House advisors'

    01/07/2012 12:19:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-7-12 | Raf Sanchez
    The First Lady reportedly believed that Mr Emmanuel's willingness to cut backroom deals during the battle over health care reform was tainting Barack Obama's image as a new kind of American leader. The Obamas paints a picture of a presidential inner circle divided between Mrs Obama's idealistic belief in what the administration could achieve and the grittier pragmatism of Mr Emmanuel. The book, written by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, claims that the chief of staff refused to allow the president's wife into high-level morning meetings, leading a brooding Mrs Obama to berate other senior advisers by email. She...
  • New Law Requires "Photo ID" To Buy Drain Cleaner

    01/06/2012 10:40:21 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 68 replies · 1+ views
    A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.
  • Sen. Menendez blocking BHO federal judge's appointment to powerful court of appeals

    01/06/2012 2:32:34 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | January 6, 2012 | By Ted Sherman
    A federal magistrate judge nominated to the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals is being blocked by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), in a little-known use of senatorial courtesy that could kill the appointment. The move, which has effectively derailed the nomination of U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz to the Third Circuit, marks the first time a judicial appointee of President Obama has been held up by a senator from his own party.
  • Illinois Lottery Winners Get Stiffed When State Checks Don’t Cash

    01/06/2012 1:50:31 PM PST · by jakerobins · 22 replies
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Eighty-five Illinois Lottery winners last week probably thought they were lucky — until they tried to cash in their winnings, that is. Their checks, totaling $159,000 in lottery winnings, were no good. Two days after Christmas, Maureen Furio of Lake Zurich bought an instant scratch-off ticket and won $1000. The next day, she got a check from the lottery. “I deposited it the same day and went ahead and paid some extra Christmas bills,” Furio says. “And Jan. 3, it bounced.”
  • ID now needed for drain cleaner

    01/04/2012 10:16:29 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 74 replies
    qonline.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Anthony Watt
    One of Illinois' new laws requires consumers to reach for their identification as well as their cash when they have a clogged drain. 

The law that took effect Sunday requires a valid identification to buy products containing chemicals listed within the Federal Caustic Poison Act in concentrations that require the warning "causes severe burns" on the packaging. Targeted substances include hydrochloric and sulfuric acids. 

Purchasers also must sign a log with their name and address. 

"We're looking at Drano, Liquid-Plumr -- those are the big ones," Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, said. 

The law was proposed after acid was used as...
  • Romney's top donor: Goldman Sachs, Ron Paul's top donor: US Army

    01/02/2012 10:06:05 AM PST · by packback · 75 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 1.2.12 | Andy Booker
    Mitt Romney's top ten is made up of Goldman Sachs, followed by Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Morgan Stanley, Barclays (UK), Bank of America and JP Morgan. In contrast Romney's co-frontrunner in Iowa, Ron Paul, has a top three donor list made up of the US Army, US Navy and US Airforce.
  • Death of man struck by train leads to 'bizarre' civil case (Injury by flying body parts!)

    12/29/2011 11:28:30 AM PST · by CedarDave · 48 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 29, 2011 | Steve Schmadeke
    Ruling in what it called a "tragically bizarre" case, an appeals court found that the estate of a man killed by a train while crossing the Edgebrook [Illinois] Metra station tracks can be held liable after a part of his body sent airborne by the collision struck and injured a bystander. In 2008, Hiroyuki Joho, 18, was hurrying in pouring rain with an umbrella over his head, trying to catch an inbound Metra train due to arrive in about five minutes when he was struck by a southbound Amtrak train traveling more than 70 mph. A large portion of his...
  • The Republican crack-up(Robert Reich weighs in on the Tea Party;)

    12/27/2011 1:59:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 27, 2011 | Robert Reich
    With the Iowa caucuses just days away, the Republican crack-up threatens the future of the Grand Old Party more profoundly than at any time since the GOP's eclipse in 1932. That's bad for America. The crack-up isn't just Romney-the-smooth versus Gingrich-the-bomb-thrower. Not just House Speaker John Boehner, who keeps making agreements he can't keep, versus House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who keeps making trouble he can't control. And not just the GOP establishment versus the Tea Partiers.The underlying conflict lies deep in the nature and structure of the Republican Party. And its roots are very old. As political analyst Michael...
  • WAY-TO-GO Democratic Voters of Illinois !!!

    12/27/2011 7:22:17 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 27, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    With morally-warped exhibitionist 'Hot' Rod Blagojevich checking-into the Gray Bar Hotel for a spell, you're now looking at FOUR of the last six Illinois governors sent to federal penitentiary- if anyone's still keeping count. The equivalent of batting .666... isn't that special. Anyhoo, you people sure do know how to pick a winner... and what a swell president you sent us! As for the shockingly-corrupt Illinois Democratic 'machine', at least they're getting caught, I guess- tho it's hard to say the convictions have produced any sort of deterrent effect.Call it the Illinois Institute of Kleptocracy... just the way things 'work' in the world's biggest cow...
  • Businesses Exit California and Illinois

    12/26/2011 10:12:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/27/11 | Mike Shedlock
    Businesses have tad it with poor business conditions in two of the most dysfunctional states in the union, California and Illinois. In an editorial, the Orange County Register reports Even profitable firms fleeing California Democratic reaction to the news that Waste Connections, a $3.6-billion company and major Sacramento-area employer, is headed to Houston to seek a friendlier business climate tells other businesses all they need to know about the attitudes of those who run California's government. (Snip) The Chicago Tribune lists 10 companies with an eye in exiting the state in Illinois companies eyeing an exit
  • Green Bay Packers Football vs. Christmas (WI)

    12/21/2005 1:21:27 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 51 replies · 1,120+ views
    Madison.com via AP Wire ^ | December 21, 2005 | Robert Imrie
    (Demand for tickets down for Bears game Sunday...) With the Green Bay Packers coming off a woeful loss to Baltimore and about to play their first-ever Christmas Day game at Lambeau Field, some fans and brokers report declining demand for tickets - even though Sunday's opponent is the archrival Chicago Bears. Longtime season ticket-holder William Swetlik of Green Bay has two tickets for sale - at face value - for a Bears game he hates to miss. "Christmas Day is for Christ, not for football, and for my family," he said. "I want to be home with the kids. We...
  • Chicago conservative African Americans to support Newt Gingrich

    12/11/2011 7:22:28 PM PST · by jageorge72 · 17 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 12/10/11 | Lorenzo Jones
    The Illinois African American Libertarian Alliance (IAALA) is home to hundreds of Chicago African American conservatives and has decided to endorse Newt Gingrich for the upcoming 2012 election. “Newt Gingrich represents the values of many conservatives—White, Latino, or Black. He is honest about who he is and is the perfect person to turn a falling country around,” says IAALA President David Lemar.
  • Chicago Sun Times on Obama Rezko Payoff

    12/22/2011 12:38:23 PM PST · by TPOOH · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2011 | Lee Cary and Marty Watters
    Last July, two Chicago Sun-Times reporters noted an allegation of "payments made by Rezko to Obama" that surfaced in a deposition involving former Rezko business partner Daniel T. Frawley. Since then, the only follow-up coverage from the Sun-Times has been the sound of crickets. An article dated July 11, 2011, entitled "Ex-Rezko partner's sentencing delayed," announced that Daniel Frawley's sentencing for bank fraud had been postponed, yet again. He came up for sentencing again this week, and -- surprise! -- there's been another postponement. So, how were Frawley and Rezko business partners? It started when Ayham al-Samaraie, an Iraqi-American, college...
  • Rahm has deep financial ties to new Chicago Sun-Times owners

    12/22/2011 4:32:38 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Business.com ^ | Dec 22, 2011 | Greg Hinz
    Rahm has deep financial ties to new Sun-Times owners December 22, 2011 It's nice to have friends in the media. Mayor Rahm Emanuel sure will have a ton of buddies in one key local media outlet, because virtually every one of the Sun-Times' new owners has been a major contributor, business partner or civic ally of his. For instance, at least eight of the 12 board members of the new company, Wrapports LLC, have donated to Mr. Emanuel's campaign fund in the past year, collectively plunking down $241,000 that I found in a quick survey of Board of Elections disclosures....