Sunday, April 13, 2014
James Meeks, a former State Senator and currently Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist megachurch has decided to support Rauner rather than Democrat Governor Pat Quinn. As well, attorney Manny Sanchez, who helped lead President Obama’s outreach campaign among Latinos is jumping ship to support Rauner.
Meanwhile, millions of Illinoisans have come to know this decade as among the most treacherous in two centuries of statehood. It's a time of paltry growth, of stubborn joblessness that ranks second nationwide — yet also a time of headlines about this or that politician, rushing pell mell to raise taxes. Those officials have cornered themselves: The imbalance between the spending they (or their predecessors) foolishly promised and their current revenue really is that huge.
We have arrived at what finally looks to be a pivotal juncture in the darkening arc of Illinois history. More politicians are coming to realize the truth that Madigan spoke three years ago. It is, as he partially admitted in a House debate last week, a truth he helped create: Illinois is overpromised, overspent, overborrowed. Present trajectories point to doom. So the race for luscious new revenue is quickening.Please follow Illinois Review in the meantime or Kerrry Lester. Two of the best on what's happening in this state.
Spring finally... sat on the porch this AM with my coffee. About time. It's been a very long winter.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Rauner's wife Diana in a very effective ad. I believe him. He has no social agenda. He's got an economic agenda to get Illinois's economy growing and putting people back to work. Whether that's right or left, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal it's the agenda Illinois needs at the moment.
Rauner keeps this up he's got a shot against Quinn's machine.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Somehow I think this guy knows what he's talking about too.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Just watched it and I give it too Dan Rutherford. He just seemed the most natural responding to the questions. I liked his answer to the Q on what TV character best described him (it was teenagers asking these questions). Rutherford said he didn't watch much TV but to be responsive he thought the old shows he had watched as a kid inspired him to travel the world. May sound off here in my description, but it was authentic. I guess Rutherford just came off as the most authentic here. Brady a second place, and Dillard just sounded like he wat trying too hard. Forget telling us all the neigborhoods you visit Sen. Dillard. Just tweet us the pics.
Good news via PSR below,
Lawyer Eugene Volokh reports that the ruling in Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) holds that, “all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment.”
The relevant section in the ruling is as follows: The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable: “With the advent of the Internet and the decline of print and broadcast media … the line between the media and others who wish to comment on political and social issues becomes far more blurred.” Citizens United, 558 U.S. at 352. In defamation cases, the public-figure status of a plaintiff and the public importance of the statement at issue–not the identity of the speaker–provide the First Amendment touchstones.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Lazare Ponticelli was France's last surviving WW1 Veteran. He passed in 2008.
Whenever the topic came up over the course of his biblically long life, Lazare Ponticelli always doggedly rejected the idea of being buried in a state funeral. But shortly before his death, under pressure from both the media and political leaders, he gave his consent for a solemn ceremony, "without much fuss and without a big parade, in the name of all those who died, men and women."Ponticelli was the last recognized veteran of in France, the last living survivor of the more than 8 million people who were called to arms by the French Republic. Of that number, some 1.4 million did not survive the massive slaughter. When Ponticelli passed away on March 12, 2008, in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre near Paris, at the age of 110, his death moved the entire nation.
From Der Spiegel's piece on the start of the WW1 Centennial year,
The survivors of World War I included Franz Warremann, a journeyman bricklayer from the northeastern German city of Rostock, whose grandson, Joachim Gauck, is Germany's president today. Warremann brought home a helmet from the front that had been dented when it was grazed by a bullet just above his left temple. He had apparently been extremely lucky.
The dented helmet has since been lost, says Gauck in his office at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, but the sight of it created such a strong impression on him that he could "still draw it" today.
When his grandfather got together with other veterans in the evening and they talked about the war, young Joachim was always surprised at how exuberant they seemed. How could they be so happy after those harrowing experiences?
Only much later did he understand that the men treasured spending time with fellow soldiers who had also looked death in the eye in the trenches. Only they could understand what it meant.
And that was why they were celebrating life.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Illinois Medicaid asks feds to approve 'sea change' in how it spends money
Illinois Medicaid has a bold plan to use federal matching dollars for everything from job training to repurposing nursing homes to help cut costs in the financially-strapped program. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which administers Medicaid, revealed the details last week as part of a proposal that would give the state more flexibility in how it uses federal matching...
DOJ needs to put the audio and transcripts of all the tapes up online. Way too much history here that needs to be aired and examined.