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  • Chicago aldermen provide virtual immunity from prosecution for...Chicago aldermen!

    11/30/2011 11:17:18 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/30/2011 | Doug Book
    One thing can certainly be said for Barack Hussein Obama—he learned his conniving, criminal ways in a land which gave us some of the very best of connivers and criminals. In addition to the legendary vote rigging, power abusing, tax stealing, favor bartering ways of Chicago’s infamous Mayors Daley, 30 members of the city’s perpetually all-Democrat parade of aldermen have been convicted of federal crimes over the past 30 years. Three others were indicted but had one last laugh at the expense of fleeced constituents by dying before their trial could begin. Chicago’s 50 aldermen make up the City Council,...
  • (Mayor) Daley Family Gets Away with Murder—Yes, the Real Thing!!

    03/11/2011 7:22:11 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 17 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | MARCH 11TH, 2011 | Doug Book, staff writer
    The Daley’s of Chicago, always a family of ignorant, power hungry thugs, appear to have added murder to the list of their timeless contributions to the Windy City way of life. On April 25th, 2004, 21 year old David Koschman and four friends were drinking in Chicago’s downtown. Upon exiting a club, Koschman bumped into someone from another group which had been covering the bars. A moment later, a member of that party struck Koschman, driving his head into the street causing brain damage from which the young man never recovered. His mother buried him 20 days later, disconnecting life...
  • 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,...
  • My Scary Encounter With Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley

    02/01/2011 12:48:37 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Chicago-style politics is infamous for kickbacks, dead people voting, and thuggery. Alas, it is not just a relic of the past. In fact, witness recent stories of Chicago city workers being hired or promoted based on how well they got voters to the polls and not how well they did their official jobs, children getting admitted to prestigious city schools based on political connections, and the granting of city contracts. Unfortunately, I know first hand more than I would like about Chicago politics. A decade ago, I was working at the University of Chicago Law School as an Olin Fellow,...
  • Come One, Come All: 20 Candidates for Chicago Mayor

    11/24/2010 7:55:01 AM PST · by shibumi · 2 replies
    Publius' Forum ^ | November 24, 2010 | Warner Todd Huston
    It’s a veritable cornucopia of candidates for the 2011 race for Chicago Mayor. From the infamous, to the locally well known to the completely obscure (so obscure I can’t even find any info out about them), these are the 20 folks that filed to run for mayor. And where known I added their website. Carol Moseley Braun - Former U.S. Senator, Hyde Park resident http://carolforchicago.com Gery J. Chico - Former President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Public Schools, Downtown Chicago (Loop) www.gerychicoformayor.com Danny K. Davis - Current U.S. Representative 7th District, Austin Neighborhood http://dannykdavis.com/ Wilfredo De Jesus...
  • Daley Buddy Not Billed for Years of Water Use

    Apparently some of Daley's buddies never paid for their water use being fortunate enough to have City Hall pick up the tab. As the era of Daley winds down these sort of stories will continue to eek out, but it shows the illicit nature of the Daley Democrat machine in the crooked city of Chicago. The Sun Times reported that Daley pal and current guest with the prison system Fred Bruno Barbara went years without being billed for the water use at his block-long garage in the city's first ward. For nearly 20 years the city has been paying for...
  • BREAKING: Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Announces Retirement, Will Not Run Again

    09/07/2010 12:14:36 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 46 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/07/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    In a surprise announcement Chicago Democrat strongman Mayor Richard M. Daley has today said that after 21 years as Chicago's mayor he will not run for another term. "This is purely a personal decision, purely personal," he told reporters as his whole family looked on. Daley, the son of the famous Richard R. Daley, said that the reason he's leaving the big chair is to be with his family. Interestingly, his famous father also served 21 years as Chicago's mayor... Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • Housing Project Mob Ambushes Alton Firefighters With Bottle Rocket Attack (Video)

    07/07/2010 5:27:01 PM PDT · by blueyon · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | July 7, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Police and firefighters in Alton, Illinois were attacked three seperate times by a mob at the Oakwood Housing Complex with a barrage of bottle rockets and fireworks on the 4th of July. The firefighters were called out three seperate times and were ambushed by the mob each time. The Telegraph reported, via Jammie Wearing Fool: The confrontations began at 10:20 p.m. and within the 40 minutes it took to resolve the first incident, police were attacked three times. It started when a firetruck was dispatched to extinguish a Dumpster fire in the 700 block of Oakwood and was immediately attacked...
  • Another deal goes sour for Daley nephew-Court fight over city pension money used to buy union land

    06/28/2010 8:29:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 28, 2010 | TIM NOVAK
    For the last three years, Mayor Daley's nephew Robert G. Vanecko has been a frequent figure in the news. First, when the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that five city pension funds gave him $68 million to investment in risky real estate deals. Later, when a federal grand jury began investigating. Now, Vanecko's real estate deals are falling apart, records show, potentially jeopardizing the money he got from the pension funds representing Chicago's police officers, teachers, city employees and CTA workers. And it turns out that other Daley family members were involved in one of those soured deals -- a plan to...
  • Wal-Mart, unions reach deal on second Chicago store (Obama economy trumps unions-YAY!)

    06/24/2010 4:10:48 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 6-24-10 | Frank Speilman
    The six-year-long battle over Wal-Mart's $1 billion Chicago expansion plan ended Thursday when organized labor folded its tent, freeing its City Council allies to do the same. Minutes after the Chicago Federation of Labor declared an end to the long-runing Wal-Mart saga, the City Council's Zoning Committee unanimously approved Chicago's second Wal-Mart and first super-center that sells groceries. » Click to enlarge image The Wal-Mart store on North Avenue in Chicago. (Brian Jackson/Sun-Times file) “This is historic. This is the first time that the world's largest retailer has actually engaged in a dialogue with its opponents,” said Finance Committee Chairman...
  • Obama's 'Chicago Way' plunders the private sector

    06/02/2010 5:44:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies · 853+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/2/2010 | Michael Barrone
    An interesting thing about Barack Obama is that he chose, on two occasions, to live in Chicago -- even though he didn't grow up there, had no family ties there, never went to school there. It was a curious choice. Chicago has a civic culture all its own and one that is particularly insular. Family ties and personal connections are hugely important. Professionals who have lived and worked there for a quarter-century are brusquely reminded, "You're not from here." Nonetheless Obama moved upward in the Chicago civic firmament with apparent ease. The community organizer joined the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church...
  • Mayor Daley Must Want an 80-Year-Old to be Shot to Death?

    05/28/2010 12:34:56 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 12 replies · 464+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 5/28/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    It's no coincidence when Mayor Richard "King" Daley is all over the news sternly scolding 2nd Amendment supporters over their interest in upholding the U.S. Constitution after one of the gang thugs that lives in his city kills a kid or two (or 50 or more). He revels in these deaths like some grim reaper lawmaker. But when the story turns into an 80-year-old man saving his own life with a firearm, "King" Daley's morbid anti-gun rants suddenly go quiet. After Mr. Grant, an 80-year-old Korean War vet, heard the sounds of a break-in, he went to investigate the noise...
  • What's the stupidest thing Daley has ever said?

    05/22/2010 3:58:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies · 809+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 may 10 | John Kass
    One of the great debates in American politics can be summed up with this question: What's the stupidest thing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has ever said? One of my all-time favorites is when he threatened to take his pants off to prove his political loyalty to a Democrat he betrayed. But that's just my opinion. You've got your opinion. So why not put it to a vote? The other day, Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke dared ask the mayor why Daley felt the city's handgun ban was effective, what with so many shootings and murders in Chicago. Daley picked up...
  • Will the Supreme Court Recognize the Truth About Chicago's Handgun Ban?

    03/01/2010 10:14:29 AM PST · by ThomasHart · 9 replies · 791+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    In the 2008 “Heller” decision, the Supreme Court struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban and gunlock requirements. Unsurprisingly, gun control advocates predicted disaster. They were wrong. What actually happened in our nation’s capital after the Heller decision ought to be remembered tomorrow as the Supreme Court hears a similar constitutional challenge to the Chicago handgun ban. When the Heller case was decided, Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned: "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence." Knowing that Chicago's gun laws would soon face a similar legal challenge, Mayor Richard Daley was particularly vocal. The...
  • Patrick Daley redeployed by Army to undisclosed location

    02/09/2010 2:45:16 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 715+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 9, 2010 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Daley’s son Patrick has left his home and his job in Moscow after being summoned back to active duty in the U.S. Army, the mayor disclosed today. “My son had a responsibility. He served fours years in the military, and he’s re-deployed. He will serve his country just like every other son and daughter in this country does the same thing,” the mayor said. The mayor made it clear that his son did not re-enlist, but was summoned back to active duty. It was not known whether Patrick Daley was an Army reservist. The mayor refused to say where...
  • Unions and Corruption Plague Chicago's Convention Business

    01/12/2010 9:55:34 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 523+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/11/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Chicago's McCormick Place convention center is one of the largest convention halls in the world. With a total of 2,670,000 square feet of exhibition space and clocking in at a building cost of nearly one billion dollars it had better be one of the biggest, after all Chicago does do things big. Sadly that includes big corruption and unfortunately that corruption is turning "the city that works" into the city that lost its jobs. This week Chicago's Mayor Richard "King" Daley railed against the conditions that have made Chicago's convention business a wreck these days. Along with Governor Pat Quinn,...
  • Rahm Emanuel praises Daley, urges him to run in 2011

    01/10/2010 2:48:08 PM PST · by maggief · 24 replies · 675+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 10, 2010 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel praised Mayor Daley on Saturday and urged him to run for re-election in 2011 in a statement designed to quash gossip that Emanuel is considering a City Hall bid. "Mayor Daley is a great mayor for a great city. He has my full support and it is my hope that he will seek re-election," Emanuel said in a written statement.
  • Rahm Emanuel reported eyeing mayor's job (Chicago)

    01/06/2010 8:03:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 97 replies · 3,963+ views
    WBBM ^ | 1/6/2010 | Regine Schlesinger
    CHICAGO (WBBM) -- There's word this morning that President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, already is looking at life beyond the White House and that he might be eyeing the 5th floor at Chicago's City Hall. It was no secret that then-Chicago Congressman Rahm Emanuel was less than thrilled when the newly-elected president asked him to give up his seat in the House to become the White House chief of staff a year ago. Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn tells Newsradio 780 she's heard from people close to Emanuel that he's told them he's almost ready to leave....
  • Terror Financier, Unindicted Co-conspirator Becomes First Muslim Illinois State Police Chaplain

    01/05/2010 2:46:53 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies · 567+ views
    Jawa Report ^ | January 05, 2010 | Dr. Rusty Shackleford
    From the Investigative Project on Terrorism:Previously on the IPT blog we stressed the need for the Defense Department's Islamic Chaplaincy program to adopt a stricter vetting process, citing historically radical imams who have served in the program. Now the same can be said for the chaplaincy program for the Illinois State Police. The Mosque Foundation website reports that Sheikh Kifah Mustapha recently completed a four day training session in Springfield, Illinois to become the first certified Muslim chaplain for the Illinois State Police. Mustapha's name appears on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) Hamas financing...
  • Chgo's Mayor Daley: Guns, Not Islam, Caused Fort Hood Massacre

    11/11/2009 10:49:15 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 21 replies · 890+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/11/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    On November 5 on CNN, Florida Governor Charlie Crist told Wolf Blitzer that he didn't back the $787 billion Obama stimulus bill. Crist has since said that it isn't a flip flop when he says he supported the stimulus "in concept" but didn't support the specific bill. In essence he's trying to have it both ways. Claiming he wasn't a supporter of the actual bill, but hedging by saying he felt something was necessary. It seems to be Crist's way of straddling the line. Unfortunately, the facts seem to belie Crist's delicately balanced tightrope act because in February of 2009...
  • Pedaling back to simpler time for Daley and his schemes (Chicago Way)

    11/10/2009 5:50:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 566+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-8-09 | John Kass
    My favorite Chicago political photo of all time wasn't even shot in Chicago. It was shot in Paris in 2007. It depicts Mayor Richard Daley riding a bike outside Paris City Hall, wearing a suit and tie, squeezing the handlebars while steering a wobbly little circle, an impish grin on his face. Happy days. The bike was part of a unique program in which the mayor of Paris provided bikes to the people to make his city more "green." For a small fee, Parisians could pedal whimsically for hours through the city of light. And what did the bikes cost?...
  • Is Mayor Daley Looking To Lease Water System? (sell all possible -lost ObamaOlympic pork?)

    10/24/2009 7:39:59 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 1,035+ views
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | 10-24-09 | Roseanne Tellez
    Private Firm Would Jack Up Rates For Residents, Watchdogs Warn _________________________________________________________ If the parking meter deal put a bad taste in your mouth, try swallowing this: Chicago is considering leasing its water system to help fix the budget. The new boss could charge whatever they want for water, CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez reports. Could it happen here in Chicago? It already has nearby. Homer Glen in Will County relies on Lake Michigan water, but the supply comes from a German-owned firm. Locals say there's a lot more than water going down the drain. It's a vital resource you can't live...
  • Chicago finances: Mayor Richard Daley announces $44 million in cuts

    10/20/2009 7:04:46 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 713+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-20-09 | Dan Mihalopoulos, Hal Dardic
    Mayor Richard Daley continued his drumbeat of bad financial news Monday, outlining a wage freeze and an unpaid month off for nonunion city workers that fell short of explaining how he will balance the 2010 budget that he is to unveil Wednesday. With revenues coming in well below expectations, the city has projected a deficit of more than $500 million next year. The new moves announced Monday would save about $44 million: --Reducing such costs as travel and supplies by 5 percent: $20 million. --Declining to fill 220 vacant jobs: $18 million. --Denying a scheduled cost-of-living increase for nonunion workers:...
  • Errand Boy or President?

    10/08/2009 7:40:10 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 16 replies · 516+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 10/8/09 | Alaphiah
    It’s been days since president Barry Soetoro received the Olympic smack down. Plenty of time to think about this whole ugly sorted deal. Is it just me or did our president look like an errand boy for the Mayor of Chicago? Well think about it, who has the power to send the president of the United States of America the First Lady, all the top Soetoro advisers plus Oprah Winfrey to Copenhagen Denmark to shill for a certain U.S. City? (see story) Come on, they took two “Air Force One” jets like, “Honey I’m working late you take your car...
  • Chicago Olympics dreams dashed

    10/03/2009 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 28 replies · 1,361+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/4/09 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Mayor Richard Daley and his supporters hyped the 2016 Olympic bid as Chicago's best hope for a sorely needed economic boost, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to raise the city's global profile and even a way to help keep more kids from dropping out of school. "The next five years, six years, tell me one thing that is going to have economic opportunities for any city," Daley had said in July, when asked about criticism of his Olympic dream. "If you have something better, I'd love to see it." But Daley headed home from Denmark on Saturday without a trump card. He...
  • May the farce be with you, Obama and Daley (Kass-Chicago Olympic boondoggle)

    09/17/2009 9:00:10 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 751+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-17-09 | John Kass
    *snip* Chicago's president of the United States wants Chicago's political boss happy and hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. "Chicago is ready, the American people are ready," said the president, with about two weeks until the International Olympic Committee meets in Copenhagen to decide whether Chicago gets the Olympic payoff. "We want these Games." But a recent Tribune poll showed mixed feelings. People might not be crazy about the Games, but Daley sure is. He reaches for the Olympics the way a drowning man reaches for a floating chunk of wood. And if Daley doesn't get the Olympics -- if the...
  • Tough queries unleash a terrifying alter ego (Olympics - Mayor Daley)

    08/08/2009 6:52:24 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 1,066+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-8-09 | John Kass
    For most of last week, Mayor Richard Daley calmly made pronouncements, issued his sweeping edicts and decrees and commands, the usual thing. But then his alternate self, the terrifying Mayor Chucky persona, was revealed again, this time on Friday. *snip* But it was inevitable that Mayor Chucky would pop out. First came the aggravated facial expressions, then the hand waving, great circular motions from the shoulder, then the sneering, the finger pointing, the index finger jabbing at those who offended him, and finally, the angry lip curling. It sure was terrifying, worse even than that little killer doll in the...
  • Mayor Daley's personnel chief quits (accused of lying - Chicago Way)

    07/07/2009 8:58:12 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 512+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-7-09 | Dan Mihalopoulos, Todd Lighty
    Mayor Richard Daley's personnel chief resigned Tuesday, less than two weeks after the city's independent inspector general called for his removal. Homero Tristan, a member of Daley's Cabinet as the top human resources official, was accused of lying to investigators from Inspector General David Hoffman's office, which was looking into City Hall hiring abuses. Tristan called Hoffman's allegations "grossly erroneous and irresponsible." But Tristan said he could not fight the charges while representing the city in federal proceedings aimed at reforming its scandal-scarred hiring system. "I can't do both at this time," Tristan said. "I will continue to defend my...
  • Lease with Daley nephew sparks aldermanic crackdown (Chicago)

    06/24/2009 8:56:32 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Chicago SunTimes ^ | 6-24-09 | Fran Spielman, Chris Fusco, Tim Novak
    The Daley administration would be prohibited from signing a string of month-to-month leases — such as the one at a South Side industrial site co-owned by Mayor Daley’s nephew — under a crackdown in the works to restore “credibility” to the leasing process. As chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate, Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) says he should have signed off on the lease at 3348 S. Pulaski. Last week, Ald. Ray Suarez (31st) demanded to know why the city has paid nearly $500,000 to lease the space co-owned by mayoral nephew Robert Vanecko and his...
  • Convicted Oak Parker traveled in Obama, Daley circles

    06/17/2009 9:35:10 PM PDT · by Piranha · 17 replies · 818+ views
    Wednesday Journal (Oak Park, Illinois) ^ | June 16, 2009 | Anonymous
    William Moorehead, the Oak Park resident sent to prison in 2007 for stealing more than $1 million from various federally supported public housing concerns, apparently ran with a powerful inside crowd connected to both Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a then-state senator named Barack Obama. Published news reports show that Moorehead was once a "longtime business partner" and legal client of Allison Davis, who until recently was the business partner of Daley nephew Robert Vanecko. Davis is also often referred to as Obama's mentor, a role he reportedly fulfilled as the future president's first law firm boss. At one...
  • Daley is ill, but not over nephew's deal

    06/10/2009 6:13:41 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies · 637+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 june 09 | John Kass
    Let's give Mayor Richard Daley a big, gushy get-well wish, so he recovers quickly from the flu. Because I bet you can't wait to hear him tell you how shocked he is that his nephew Robert Vanecko, now under federal investigation, made a fortune after receiving almost $70 million in city pension-fund money to invest. And how Vanecko did it all without Daley's knowledge. He'll expect you to believe it, since he figures you're a bunch of chumbolones, and that, like so many times before, you'll take a slap in the mouth and then ask, "Please, sir, may I have...
  • Feds probe city pension deals with Daley's nephew (Chicago way)

    05/29/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 673+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5-29-09 | Tim Novak
    City pension officials have been hit with subpoenas from a federal grand jury trying to determine how they decided to invest $68 million with a start-up company co-owned by Mayor Daley’s nephew. The grand jury issued the subpoenas Wednesday, nearly two months after city pension officials refused to comply with similar subpoenas issued by the city of Chicago’s inspector general, David Hoffman. Hoffman said Friday that he and federal investigators are now jointly investigating the pension fund investments with DV Urban Realty Partners, co-owned by Daley’s nephew Robert Vanecko and one of the mayor’s top African-American allies, Allison S. Davis....
  • Mayor Daley urging President Obama to bail out airlines

    04/21/2009 4:26:35 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 575+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-21-09 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Daley is urging President Obama to bail out an airline industry that has “weathered one extraordinary challenge after another” since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In an April 10 letter to the president, Daley referred to the “precarious state of our nation’s airports and airlines” and argued that the airline industry is every bit as deserving of a federal bailout as the banking, insurance and auto industries. “In contrast to the hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars directed to the banking and insurance industries during the past few months and the tens of billions funneled into two...
  • Daley kin lawyer up - CONTRACT PROBE | Son, nephew hire criminal defense attorney

    03/29/2009 1:33:51 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 4 replies · 691+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 3-27-09 | Tim Novak, Fran Spielman
    Mayor Daley's son and nephew have hired a criminal defense attorney to represent them in the ongoing investigation of their investment in a sewer-cleaning company that won millions of dollars in no-bid contract extensions from City Hall. Charles Sklarsky, a former federal prosecutor now with the law firm of Jenner & Block, confirmed Thursday he is representing Patrick Daley and his cousin Robert Vanecko. Sklarsky wouldn't discuss the investigation, which the city's inspector general and federal authorities began in December 2007. That was days after the Chicago Sun-Times disclosed that Daley's son and nephew had held a hidden ownership stake...
  • Chicago to Replace Police Officers with Private Security Force?

    03/24/2009 6:11:23 AM PDT · by shoutingandpointing · 27 replies · 1,182+ views
    CBS2Chicago.com ^ | Mar 24, 2009 | Jay Levine / CBS 2
    Can Private Security Guards Act As Cops? That's Exactly What They May Soon Be Doing On The Far South Side . . . private security cars patrol Michigan Avenue between 100th and 116th streets, and a proposed city ordinance would give them many police powers. CBS They're private security guards, already on patrol, but they may soon have the powers of Chicago Police officers. As CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, the private security officers now on patrol on the city's Far South Side are expected to have their powers expanded as part of a citywide ordinance now being...
  • Former fed Blakey gets top Cook County corruption-fighting post (laugh of the year)

    02/19/2009 6:12:10 PM PST · by STARWISE · 392+ views
    Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez introduced Jack Blakey today as her office's new special prosecutions chief. The former assistant U.S. attorney will be in charge of pursuing corruption cases, as well as organized-crime and narcotics investigations. Blakey moves to Alvarez's staff from the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, where he was on the team that successfully prosecuted Tony Rezko on corruption charges involving state of Illinois deals under ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich. As Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported today, crime-busting is in Blakey's blood. His father, George Robert Blakey, was the principal author of the Racketeer Influenced...
  • The Chicago Way: The Mayor Daley Machine & Chicago Politics From The Inside

    02/09/2009 3:41:20 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 309+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | Carl Segvich
    Dan Zanoza, Executive Director of RFFM.org, interviews Carl Segvich, a Republican Committeeman in the 11th Ward--the ancestral home base of Mayor Richard M. Daley. Segvich discusses what it's like to be a member of the GOP in the city of Chicago, Chicago-style politics, the Chicago way and "pay to play". It is an insightful look into one-party, big city liberal politics which sould be an eye-opener for those wanting to learn more about President Barack Obama's political roots. Q. During the last election, it was reported there were some election irregularities in your Ward. Can you elaborate about this for...
  • Daley releases a few details about stimulus plans

    02/09/2009 3:13:29 PM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 916+ views
    Here is the list of projects that Mayor Richard Daley said today Chicago wants to pursue with new funding from the pending federal economic stimulus plan. Compare his less-than-detailed announcement with the lists compiled by other mayors, linked below. ### *Repair or reconstruct 15 miles of public transit lines *Retrofit and improve more than 200 schools for the 21st century *Resurface more than 150 miles of arterial city streets *Retrofit more than 200 miles of city street lights *Install or repair 75 miles of sewer and water mains *Install solar panels in more than 200 city facilities *Repair a substantial...
  • A comedy for some; for us, a horror show (Blago by John Kass)

    01/27/2009 7:36:34 AM PST · by STARWISE · 47 replies · 1,295+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-27-09 | John Kass
    Watching Illinois Gov. Nosferatu (the walking politically undead) continue his media blitz on ABC's "The View" on Monday was like watching an old cheesy horror flick—"The Brides of Dracula." (snip) As he sat with the women of "The View," the Illinois Senate began the final act of the impeachment. Democrats are certain he's become infected and deadly, and so they'll amputate in a matter of days.
  • Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    01/07/2009 3:13:45 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 32 replies · 1,563+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1-07-09 | BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter agolab@suntimes.com
    Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted public competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General. That was just one example of questionable CPS actions detailed in the inspector general's 2008 annual report. Others included high school staffers changing grades to pump up transcripts of student athletes and workers at a restricted-enrollment grade school falsifying addresses to get relatives admitted. In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators...
  • Daley plans to go directly to federal govt for economic stimulus dollars (Hey O - we need cash)

    01/06/2009 4:08:57 PM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1,137+ views
    Chicago SunTimes ^ | 1-6-09 | Fran Spielman
    With Gov. Blagojevich facing impeachment, Mayor Daley is trying to engineer a political end-run around Springfield when it comes to Chicago's share of the $800 billion economic stimulus plan being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama. "Mayors are going directly to the federal government. They have to. We can't wait. You can't allow Springfield to take your money, hold the interest, then eventually give it to you in the middle of winter. You'll never get the job done in the middle of winter," Daley told reporters. "You just go straight to the federal government and say, 'We have all the construction...
  • The Mob + the Daley Democratic Machine: It's the Chicago Way

    01/05/2009 12:19:11 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 5 replies · 393+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | January 5, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    The city of Chicago is one of the few major metropolitan areas which runs away from its past at every opportunity. Yet, indeed, the very construction of the city led to the term "underworld." And with rampant corruption controlled by infamous individuals like "Big Jim" Colosimo, Al Capone, Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, Murray "The Camel" Humphrey and Tony "Joe Batters" Accardo, Chicago can hardly bury its past--no pun intended. Since the turn of the 20th century, what Carl Sandburg referred to as the "City of Big Shoulders" was perhaps the center of organized crime in the United States. Though New...
  • Is Blagojevich Victim Of Witch Hunt? Illinois Conservative Leader Thinks So And So Do I

    12/31/2008 8:43:44 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 29 replies · 895+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | December 31, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    After a quarter century of following politics, there are some canards that will never let you down. For example, a good way to judge the character of an individual is to look at that individual's enemies. Also, if some unsavory individuals are all unified against one person, there's probably something rotten in Denmark and I'm not talking about eggs or cheese. Beleaguered Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has certainly fit the bill regarding some of these words of wisdom. For a moment, let us look at those who are most zealous in their criticism of Blagojevich. The leader of the pack...
  • Ill. Gov. Blagojevich pledges to fight, won't quit

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

    12/16/2008 9:15:57 AM PST · by Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster · 58 replies · 2,640+ views
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    See the title. Just appeared on TV.
  • Could the Blago Case Cause Trouble for [Mayor] Daley?

    12/13/2008 12:05:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1,522+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | December 13, 2008 | Eric Ferkenhoff
    It shouldn't come as any surprise that, in the wake of the shocking allegations against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, observers almost immediately evoked the Windy City's rich, colorful history of corruption. But after a couple of days Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the son of the man synonomous with cronyism and backroom Chicago politics, wasn't about to let the comparisons go unchallenged. At a Wednesday press conference, a subdued Daley, who is bidding to land the 2016 Summer Olympics, went out of his way to distance himself and his city from the stain of the burgeoning scandal. "We don't have...
  • Even Chicago's Crooks Are Appalled by Blagojevich

    12/12/2008 8:16:26 PM PST · by shoptalk · 9 replies · 1,040+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, December 12, 2008 | Scott Simon
    Extorting Children's Hospital is a new political low. Chicagoans and Illinoisans love political scandal the way that Milanese love opera. We trade recollections, like baseball cards, about the secretary of state (Paul Powell) who stashed money in shoeboxes, and the Chicago mayor (Harold Washington) whose birthday was April 15 but never filed his income tax return. Rod Blagojevich stands a chance to be the fourth Illinois governor in recent history, and the second in a row, to wind up in prison. This run suggests that Illinoisans are indifferent to political corruption, and it's hard to argue with such an impressive...
  • Blagojevich, Daley, Obama: Peas From The Same Rotten Pod

    12/10/2008 1:09:51 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies · 501+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | December 10, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    If anyone believes Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich dreamed up all of this corruption which may now put him behind bars of a federal prison for many years, I have a bridge I'd like to sell them for a very low price. The fact is Blagojevich was weaned in a political cesspool which is centered in the city of Chicago. Chicago politicians for the most part have been given a pass by many local journalists because if you didn't play along with the game and asked too many questions, your access to information would be cut off and the same could...
  • Source: Feds take [Illinois] Gov. Blagojevich into custody

    12/09/2008 6:14:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 974 replies · 25,721+ views
    <p>A source said today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S. attorney's office would not confirm the information, and a spokesman for the governor did not immediately return a phone call for comment.</p>
  • Report Links State Gun Laws To Rates of Slayings, Trafficking

    12/05/2008 9:43:53 AM PST · by sig226 · 14 replies · 780+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/5/08 | Cheryl W. Thompson
    States with lax gun laws had higher rates of handgun killings, fatal shootings of police officers, and sales of weapons that were used in crimes in other states, according to a study underwritten by a group of more than 300 U.S. mayors.