Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gingrich Is Now Beating Obama among Independents | The Weekly Standard

Weekly Standard looks behind those Rasmussen numbers on Gingrich v Obama, Gingrich Is Now Beating Obama among Independents | The Weekly Standard
....Gingrich has vaulted from an average of an 11-point deficit among independents (35 to 46 percent) in the three Rasmussen polls taken earlier this month, to a 22-point lead (50 to 32 percent) in this one. Could it be that this dramatic improvement among independents is partly (or even largely) a product of the principled, but also nuanced and reasonable, view on illegal immigration that he expressed in the last debate?
Well, he mixed up some good words (sort of) from Unitarian Universalist Association chief Rev.Peter Morales.

Who knows, Newt may prevail. I'm ok with that.

Illinois Review: Hultgren Introduces Legislation To Protect Main Street From Dodd-Frank Rule

Illinois Review: Hultgren Introduces Legislation To Protect Main Street From Dodd-Frank Rule

Randy at work.

Prosecutors ask 10 to 15 years for Blagojevich

Blagojevich, 54, was convicted at two trials of 18 counts, including lying to the FBI. His attorneys are expected to make their own sentencing recommendation later Wednesday, ahead of Blagojevich's sentencing by U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Dec. 6.

Prosecutors appeared to preemptively attack any argument that Blagojevich deserves leniency. They said he should not be seen as a family man and governor who helped the state, but as a common criminal. The former governor "appears to be committed to his wife and daughters," prosecutors said, noting that defendants in other cases also often have families that suffer when they go to prison. And any good work he did as governor shouldn't mitigate the charges against him, prosecutors argued.
"Many criminals are productive members of society, holding down jobs that they ably accomplish when they are not otherwise engaged in criminal activity," they said.

Prosecutors also enclosed a packet of news releases and articles about other convicted public officials who were sent to prison for 15 years or more.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/politics/congress/2011/11/prosecutors-blagojevich-should-get-15-20-years#ixzz1fE2NrpTo
Gosh, Fitz and the Feds ought to know. A look below at the common criminal.



Common indeed....

Raw Milk Rally to Taunt FDA in Independence Park: Chicagoist

Moo Juice Radicals via the Chicagoist, Raw Milk Rally to Taunt FDA in Independence Park: Chicagoist:
Got civil disobedience?

A group calling themselves the Raw Milk Freedom Riders will journey from the Wisconsin state line with 100 gallons of raw milk and cookies (those, we assume, are baked) to Independence Park next Thursday, hoping to ruffle some FDA feathers.
Not sure I'd drink it. But good for them.

Raw Milk Rally to Taunt FDA in Independence Park: Chicagoist

Moo Juice Radicals via the Chicagoist, Raw Milk Rally to Taunt FDA in Independence Park: Chicagoist:
Got civil disobedience?

A group calling themselves the Raw Milk Freedom Riders will journey from the Wisconsin state line with 100 gallons of raw milk and cookies (those, we assume, are baked) to Independence Park next Thursday, hoping to ruffle some FDA feathers.
Not sure I'd drink it. But good for them.

Taliban, artillery, and lies in Mohmand Agency - The Long War Journal

Taliban, artillery, and lies in Mohmand Agency - The Long War Journal

A ton of comments and analysis over at LWR on the ISAF firing on the Pak Military.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Illinois Review: Illinois House rejects Occupy Chicago resolution

Illinois Review: Illinois House rejects Occupy Chicago resolution

No idea what the vote was but Democrats run the place, and Speaker Mike Madigan runs the Democrats. He's a guy who remembers 1968 and what it did to the party and I'm guessing wants no part of #occupy for fear of what it will do to the party.

Link above to the story over at Illinois Review and a copy of the defeated resolution.

Senate defies Obama veto threat in terrorist custody vote - Washington Times

Senate defies Obama veto threat in terrorist custody vote - Washington Times:

Mark Kirk and Paul Rand join 16 Dems on the Terrorist Custody vote.
But 16 Democrats, one independent and 44 Republicans joined together to defy Mr. Obama’s threat. Two Republicans — Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois — voted to strip out the detainee language.
Two points: a nice bipartisan example here to toss at anyone saying Congress hopelessly deadlocked. Next, my guts to go with Carl Levin here, We are at war with al Qaeda and people determined to be part of al Qaeda should be treated as people who are at war with us, but I see the Libertarian case too.

Curious to see what my next Senator Kirk email will say.

Will Joe Walsh Make the “Right” Move into Illinois 8?

Will Joe Walsh Make the “Right” Move into Illinois 8?

Rebel Pundit running a Poll on whether Joe should make the move to the 8th. I voted Yes and some of the very good reasons why he should found over in the Comments at Illinois Review.

McHenry County Blog | Newt Gingrich Volunteer Effort Surfaces

McHenry County Blog | Newt Gingrich Volunteer Effort Surfaces

Cal Skinner's finding Newt volunteers popping up in Illinois.

Kane County Chronicle | Four looking to lead the county board

Kane County Chronicle | Four looking to lead the county board:

Two from the GOP, two Democrats; all setting out for Kane County Board chair. One of those Dems going to rely on Social Media to get the job done.
Klinkhammer said she intends to run a campaign that doesn’t involve traditional modern political strategies. She said she intended to use social media, print media and “her extensive network” of contacts in local governments and civic organizations – a network built while she was mayor and a top aide to former Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster – to help get her message out.
If Burns and Lauzen can't keep the mudslinging down they could well hand this to a competent Dem like Klinkhammer. The guys better keep a lid on their supporters. A proven female candidate could well rise above two boys scrapping if that's the way Burns and Lauzen end up playing it.

Marathon Pundit: Video: OccuFlop Chicago

Marathon Pundit: Video: OccuFlop Chicago

I don't think Unions and Progressives in Chicago are going to back a movement that threatens the status quo here.  Way too much at stake.

Video below via Marathon Pundit who has been doing yeomen service covering Occupy Chicago.

Illinois Review: Walsh hints he's headed away from 14th CD, towards 8th

Illinois Review: Walsh hints he's headed away from 14th CD, towards 8th

IR's take. Watch the comments over there. I think a switch will be well received by everyone in the conservative/tea party/libertarian movements.

Joe Walsh May Switch Districts to Avoid Primary : Roll Call Politics

Joe Walsh May Switch Districts to Avoid Primary : Roll Call Politics

Makes a lot of sense. No GOP blood bath in the 14th and a good go of it against two Democrats who've been itching for a fight with Walsh. This would make for a great race.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Illinois Review: Karen McConnaughay files for State Senate seat

Illinois Review: Karen McConnaughay files for State Senate seat

She's in the race for Springfield.

Illinois Review: Legislative scholarships flowed to top union lobbyist's kids

Illinois Review: Legislative scholarships flowed to top union lobbyist's kids

This one really stinks. Shows the arrogance and depth of corruption between Unions and Illinois. Also, Warner Todd Huston's take over at the Prairie State Report.
Steven Preckwinkle, the Director of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, not only got a free pension for life paid for by the taxpayers of Illinois after being a “teacher” for only one day, but the Chicago Tribune has discovered that Preckwinkle also got free college tuition for his kids and a nephew, also courtesy of the taxpayers.

Through a spokesman, Preckwinkle said that his undeserved pension and the freebie education for his kids was perfectly legitimate and that “political connections played no role” in his amazing good fortune. If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
What fools we look in Illinois Warner. Tolerating this garbage from those proporting to serve.

Judge: Blago’s request to play recordings ‘wrongful’ - Chicago Sun-Times

Judge: Blago’s request to play recordings ‘wrongful’ - Chicago Sun-Times

Judge Zagel, Please consider these tapes will be sealed and lost to the people of Illinois forever. We'll never have a full accounting of the misgovernment wrought upon us by Blagojevich and the rest. AG Fitzgerald's put the wider blame for corruption upon the voters of Illinois for electing over and over again these scoundrels. A first step towards correcting that ought to be putting ALL of the tapes up on the internet for all Illinoisans to hear. It's the only way voters will begin to learn the depths of corruption here.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Illinois needs $1 billion more for FY13 budget

Via Illinois State House news, Illinois needs $1 billion more for FY13 budget

The big sucking sound in Illinois of money going down the tubes.
But Collin Hitt, a senior policy adviser with the Illinois Policy Institute, a nonprofit free market think tank, said Kraft and the Quinn budget team need to find a lot more than $1 billion before June.

"Lawmakers are going to have to add $4 billion to the 2013 budget that was not included in the current spending plan," Hitt said.
Hitt is quick to point to the $1 billion in added pensions costs and the $490 million for Medicaid programs, further punctuated by the backlog of unpaid Medicaid bills.
"Illinois is going to need $3 billion next year to keep the backlog of unpaid bills from growing," said Hitt.

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office reports a current backlog of $3.5 billion. The Civic Foundation, a Chicago-based nonpartisan policy watchdog organization, said that backlog will grow to $8 billion by the end of the current budget in June 2012.

Newt: If you had to defend ObamaCare wouldn't you want a teleprompter?

Gingrich wins Winnebago County straw poll

Gingrich wins Winnebago County straw poll

The Winnebago GOP goes for Gingrich. His lobbying's going to be a tough one to overcome. Still, a Gingrich Obama debate would be a grand thing to see.

Newt ought to start early with some debates with this guy.  Those would be grand too.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Medicare Administrator Steps Down


Medicare Administrator Steps Down: It was pretty clear that controversial Medicare head Don Berwick wasn’t going to make it past the end of the year, after 42 Republican senators vowed to block his confirmation. On Wednesday, the Obama administration finally announced that Berwick will step down, a major scalp for Republicans in the health care battle, but one that will probably [...]

I couldn't think of a weirder choice to implement ObamaCare than Berwick. A pic of Don at the New Orleans IHI conference in 2003. I was there and heard him give the speech about his knee surgery.

 I could never quite figure out his hold on Docs (one next to me in New Orleans was brought to tears), but as one told me; You know Bill, we're never very good when it comes to money. Everytime there's a Florida land-deal scam, the victims were twelve Docs and a punch-drunk boxer.

Don'll head back to the lucrative job of Evangelist to the Docs and Health Systems Execs. Separating hospital funds from their boards while preaching to the leaders in warm places.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Special Editorial: A Flock of Hawks | The Weekly Standard

Special Editorial: A Flock of Hawks | The Weekly Standard

In case anyone fears the GOP's gone neo-isolationist. Doesn't see to be the case after last nights debates per Kristol above.

Douglas Brinkley's foolishness on the Hill

A Congressman may be a fool or worse, but when you sit before them your sitting before the American People. In fact your sitting before an institution that's the living accumulation of the American experience. You owe it respect. A Historian like Brinkley should be sensitive to that more than most. He looks very small here.

Rezko most likely not the only one troubled by his sentence - Chicago Sun-Times

Rezko most likely not the only one troubled by his sentence - Chicago Sun-Times

ST speculating Blago will get a lot of time too. Also, today's Daniel Frawley's sentencing too. Kinda the Feds way of celebrating Thanksgiving. Rezko, Blagojevich, Frawley ought to reconsider having been stand-up guys about all they knew. It hasn't made for very effective bargains. Time to talk guys.

Footnote: Took the sentencing poll down. No one picked over ten years.

Update: per a loyal reader: Daniel T. Frawley's sentencing is scheduled for December 20 and 21st...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tony Rezko

No more smiles. Plenty of time to ponder. Maybe it's time to talk Rezko. A long story to tell and Judge Zagel wouldn't hear it 'cause you were a toxic witness poison to all. Maybe it's time to throw it back at 'em.

Update: From John Kass today,
Obama will campaign for re-election, and with the media's help, he'll levitate above Chicago politics, unstained, as if his feet never got dirty here.

And Rezko? He'll sit in a federal cell, silenced, waiting, hoping for a presidential pardon, buried beneath The Chicago Way.

Hultgren and Walsh together at One Nation Under God Foundation's Faith Reception

Hope everyone stays cool. Say a prayer.

The Dump Obama Movement and "Don't Make No Waves...Don't Back No Losers"

Alex Pareene going a bit off the deep end responding to Caddell and Schoen's Dump Obama column.
As I said, printing their editorials is an implicit admission that you think your audience is credulous and moronic. The people in charge of the Wall Street Journal are savvy enough about politics to know that all of this is bilge and bullshit. They know both that this will never happen and that it’d be a stupid suggestion even if it were within the realm of possibility. They just don’t care. They don’t care that they’re printing garbage, because they figure garbage will get some traffic from those engaged in the same game.

If I were a conservative American I’d be less outraged at the specter of liberal elites hypothetically disrespecting me from their coastal enclaves and much more pissed off that the people on my side are constantly peddling this bullshit.
Tough talk Pareene unaware in a really tough Democratic city like Chicago you'll even make some waves if it means avoiding a loser. Obama looks a loser and the tough guys aren't going to sink with his ship. Obama threw Bill Daley overboard and you can bet Illinois Democrats aren't going to go an extra mile for Obama. They don't swear about it. They'll just do it.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Warner Todd Houston: Illinois Tea Parties Boiling Over?

Excellent piece by Warner Todd Huston that's must read for anyone trying to understand the Illinois Tea Party scene.

Via The Prairie State Report, Illinois Tea Parties Boiling Over? |:

But the fact that so many Tea Party groups have not, if you will, “gotten their hands dirty” in the slugfest that is politics is a result of one of the problems with the premise of Tea Party itself. Many Tea Partiers feel such pride in not being connected to the “establishment” that anything that smacks of coordination with others makes them recoil in horror. This makes it hard to have an effective political force, to be sure. Many Tea Partiers are so intent on being unconnected with “the establishment” they go out of their way to say they are “non-partisan.” The Chicago Tea Party itself says this on its about page.

Cattoni also had an answer to that point when I spoke to her recently for this article. The Tea Party early started with the non-partisan label because they felt — and still feel — that if they become too partisan they will cut themselves off from the independents that they feel they need to sway elections. This is something I’ve seen reflected nation wide in the desire to steer clear of social issues. Straying from the powerful message of taxes, big government, and obscene government spending would dilute the message and make the Tea Party fall into the trap of too many issues.

Still, when you are expending so much energy trying to stay on the outside looking in, it is only natural that any hint of bowing to “them” from folks that are supposed to be on your own side causes some heartburn in the movement. This is what we are seeing in Illinois.
The most remarkable thing to me about the Tea Parties has been their self-discipline to stay focused on fiscal issues and to avoid Foreign Affairs or Social Issues.

 Truth told, I'm guessing those on the inside per Warner, would just as soon avoid social issues too.  While the Foreign Affairs stuff just out of scope for all of us when focused locally. Libyan intervention should be no reason to work with a Paulista on Illinois issues.

The root's the simple aversion to being connected to the Establishment.  The case study is Joe Walsh.

Walsh won, against the odds and establishment. But once you're in, you've got to be effective. Ranting in taverns a poor start. That may help rake in out-of-state donations, but it's not being an effective Representative for Illinois, and just makes all wonder if a bolt or two's loose.

One-off mistake maybe by Walsh, but Walsh and Hultgren offer voters very different styles.  (And their only difference is styles.)

One of those styles is effective and lasts. The other's going to be transitory at best, and at worst it hurts the cause.

Illinois 14th is going to be a real test for the Illinois Tea Party. Who wins or losses might be less of a test, than how both candidates conduct themselves, before and after this campaign.

Marathon Pundit: Today's Occupy Occtrocities

John's been all over the Occupy stuff. Here's a list of the latest: Marathon Pundit: Today's Occupy Occtrocities

How much time will Tony Rezko serve? - Chicago Sun-Times

How much time will Tony Rezko serve? - Chicago Sun-Times

Looks like it will be Tony Rezko sentencing week. I'll start a poll for readers on the number of years.

Via the Sun Times Natasha Korecki at the above link,
After complaining about the conditions, Rezko was moved to a county jail in Wisconsin where he continued his cooperation. But its rules meant he hasn’t had any physical contact with family and isn’t allowed outdoors.

He’s lost more than 80 pounds, his lawyers say.

“He has not enjoyed a breath of fresh air or a ray of sunlight for nearly three and a half years, and he has not been allowed to hug his wife or daughter since he left the MCC nearly three years ago,” his lawyers wrote.

The government’s recommendation is significantly more steep than the roughly five and a half years that serial conman and drug abuser Stuart Levine faces. Levine is accused of conspiring with Rezko during Blagojevich’s administrations to win kickbacks from state deals.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Illinois Review: Obama may attend Blago sentencing

Illinois Review: Obama may attend Blago sentencing

Best comment of the weekend found on the above link from Race Bannon,
Kinda like the Senate committee scene in Godfather part II, wants to keep Frankie Pantangeli quiet!
You betcha this right out of the Godfather.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Illinois Review: Madigan's last chance to change his political legacy

Illinois Review: Madigan's last chance to change his political legacy

IR reviews Keith Koeneman in HuffPo on 28 years of Mike Madigan.

If there's one goal that should be unifying everyone on the right: Social Conservatives, Tea Partiers, Establishment, and Moderates; it's getting rid of Speaker Madigan and the network of hanger-oners that have brought Illinois to the point of Greece.

Don't count of Madigan overcome a lifetime of habit.  Concern for legacy can't overcome that.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Olney Daily Mail: Rate negotiation hangs up health-benefits exchange bill

Geez, I gotta read the Olney papers to get the low down on Illinois's planned Health Exchange under Obamacare.
A key issue in negotiations, Harris said, is whether the state-level exchange — an essential part of the federal Affordable Care Act — would have bargaining power under the “active purchaser model.”

Insurance industry officials oppose the exchange having bargaining power because they say the situation could prompt insurers to offer fewer products to consumers on the exchange.

But Harris said, “To have the bargaining power of the entire state, and people who really know what they’re doing making those deals, I think, would work better for consumers.”

An amendment proposed by Rep. JoAnn Osmond, R-Antioch, would change the bill to prohibit an exchange from exercising bargaining powers.
Whow, Illinois needs people who really know what they're doing making those deals. Players like Rezko and Stu Levine who did such a wonderful job for the People of Illinois with that Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.

What a nightmare the US is creating. It could take use decades to repair the damage experts could to do us.

Haven't we been here before? Isn't the word deal red meat in a State where far too many office holders live for the deal? We're going to let them deal our Health Insurance, then retire to some Purple Hotel to party away what they've stolen from us?

Chicago to be first U.S. host of Nobel Peace Laureates summit - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago to be first U.S. host of Nobel Peace Laureates summit - Chicago Sun-Times

This will drop some jaws. Wonder what the murder tally will be the weekend leading up to it?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AG Madigan ought to take a look at Rahm Emanuel's trades too

While AG Madigan looking at the Speaker, she might want to do a take on the Mayor.
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the latest lawmaker to get caught up in allegations of insider trading while a member of Congress.
Then-Rep. Emanuel reportedly sold up to $250,000 in Freddie Mac stock on February 21, 2003 days before it dropped by 10 percent — and weeks before it was publicly revealed that the entity was under criminal investigation for inflating earnings. The allegations are revealed in Peter Schwiezer's new book "Throw Them All Out," which will hit bookshelves tomorrow.

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-11-14/politics/30396571_1_insider-trading-freddie-mac-rahm-emanuel#ixzz1dnLd7vTa

Illinois Review: ILGOP Asks: Where's Lisa?

Via Illinois Review, Illinois Review: ILGOP Asks: Where's Lisa?

Pat Brady asks AG Madigan to investigate Speaker Madigan on blocking efforts restructure McCormick Place bonds as reported in Crain's Chicago Business a few days ago.

"These are very serious allegations about Speaker Madigan that require an investigation by Attorney General Madigan," said Brady. "Our state is broke and half a billion dollars went down the drain thanks to infighting and possibly insider profiting."

“Lisa Madigan has repeatedly assured voters in every political campaign that being the daughter of the Illinois House Speaker and State Democratic Party Chairman would not stop her from doing her job,” said Brady. “Now is the time for Lisa Madigan to do her job.”

"I know this may make Thanksgiving at the Madigan house a bit uncomfortable next week, but the Attorney General's oath of office as chief law enforcement officer trumps having a rough family dinner," said Brady.

Illinois Review: ILGOP Asks: Where's Lisa?

Via Illinois Review, Illinois Review: ILGOP Asks: Where's Lisa?

Pat Brady asks AG Madigan to investigate Speaker Madigan on blocking efforts restructure McCormick Place bonds as reported in Crain's Chicago Business a few days ago.

"These are very serious allegations about Speaker Madigan that require an investigation by Attorney General Madigan," said Brady. "Our state is broke and half a billion dollars went down the drain thanks to infighting and possibly insider profiting."

“Lisa Madigan has repeatedly assured voters in every political campaign that being the daughter of the Illinois House Speaker and State Democratic Party Chairman would not stop her from doing her job,” said Brady. “Now is the time for Lisa Madigan to do her job.”

"I know this may make Thanksgiving at the Madigan house a bit uncomfortable next week, but the Attorney General's oath of office as chief law enforcement officer trumps having a rough family dinner," said Brady.

CTU President Karen Lewis Uncensored

A modern day Union Boss as stand-up comic.
“People are impressed,” Lewis riffs. “Let me tell you, I spent those (college) years, smoking lots of weed, self-medicating, self-medicating. Thank you. Sounds like you all did, too. I’m, sorry — there are kids here. I wasn’t supposed to say that — right? Too late.”
H/T Chicago Sun Times

This was in Seattle. It wouldn't sell to parents in Chicago's West Side.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bones: Lazy American Business

Bones sends me his latest cartoon inspired by the President's Lazy American Business comment,
“But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades,’’ the president said. “We’ve kind of taken for granted -- well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America."

Illinois Review: Our Churchillian Moment

Illinois Review posting Paul Ryan's latest in full here: Illinois Review: Our Churchillian Moment This is the guy who should be our candidate. The only one with the vision, common sense, and poetry to inspire. Plus he's got the green eye shade stuff on the budget down flat and can explain it in simple English.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Obama drops Bill Daley the Pilot


Pat Hickey writing demoting Bill Daley's going to cost Obama Illinois.
President Obama was built by many hands, Bill Ayers and Bill Daley. The Bill Ayers part works with the lefty academic, bohemian journalist crowd and the Bill Daley part works.
Certainly seems to have left egg all over Bill's face. Never a good thing for a Chicago Democrat to do. Memories run very long here.

Cartoon at left from Punch long ago when another brash young lad: Kaiser Willie, dropped Bismark as Pilot from the German ship of state.

Update: Human Events take.

Hmmmm. You don’t suppose Obama suddenly became nervous about having a well-connected Wall Street banker as his chief of staff going into the 2012 elections, do you?

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Our Opinion: Inaction on pension reform not an option

Our Opinion: Inaction on pension reform not an option

SJR on the need for pension reform in Illinois. I'm not certain ....has tried to vilify public employees as intent on financing their pensions on the backs of the children of today’s taxpayers.... all that far off-base. Somebody in the future's gonna pay. Our kids and future immigrants about the only choices. Who else?

Illinois Review: Paul wins IL GOP straw poll, Romney wins in-person voting

Illinois Review: Paul wins IL GOP straw poll, Romney wins in-person voting

The Ronulan's won. At least now we know Illinois's GOP Establishment hadn't rigged the vote.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Illinois Review: Walsh Campaign Whines for the 3,758th Time

Illinois Review: Walsh Campaign Whines for the 3,758th Time

Almost feel like telling Walsh he needs to get out of the kitchen if the heat's getting to him, or if you want a friend in Washington, go buy a dog. He's starting to sound whiney per GJB in IR above.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

After 44 months, Tony Rezko asks to be sentenced to time served - Chicago Sun-Times

After 44 months, Tony Rezko asks to be sentenced to time served - Chicago Sun-Times

I'd give him time severed if he'd just give us all the details on this,
In making his case to get out, he claims he was a philanthropic businessman who spent 20 years in Chicago politics supporting politicians like Blagojevich and Obama because he was impressed they could have influence in the American political system.

“The underlying motivation for Mr. Rezko’s political activities was never ideology, greed, or the desire for power,” the filing says. “Rather, Mr. Rezko was genuinely fascinated by the notion that a poor young immigrant like himself could participate in the political process, influence politicians, and impact policy. To Mr. Rezko, the idea that a black man could be elected mayor of Chicago, or that a man named Blagojevich could be considered a presidential candidate, was proof of the greatness of America’s political system.”
Participated, influence, impact, yep, I want to hear the full story please. Let Tony speak. If giving him time served the way, go for it. He owes Americans the whole story.
Lawyers said Rezko’s own success in business led him to branch out and support numerous national, state and local politicians.

“And, of course, Mr. Rezko was a friend, advisor, and early supporter of a young politician named Barack Obama,” they wrote. “ ... Mr. Rezko viewed fundraising, like voting, as a way to have his voice heard, along with the voices of the many racial, ethnic, and religious minorities whom he encouraged to participate in the political process over the years.”
He sure did! So lets here the story.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Illinois Review: Vote this week in Illinois Republican straw poll

Illinois Review: Vote this week in Illinois Republican straw poll

Geez, give the Illinois GOP a break conservatives (follow the link back and read the comments). The straw poll's a good idea. Generates some interest, raises some money, uses a little technology to do some outreach, lets give Pat Brady some credit here folks.

Illinois' Budget: From Worst to 'Worster'

Illinois' Budget: From Worst to 'Worster'

Steve Malanga on Illinois's ugly financial trajectory. Too many voters thinking our whopper income tax solved this problem. They're not going to be happy.
Illinois' state budget, filled with gimmicks, constructed for years on promises for which there were no revenues, and sustained by borrowing of the type that would make even a loan shark blush, is in serious meltdown mode. Less than a year after the state raised taxes by some $7 billion in the face of a fiscal crisis, legislators in Springfield, whose government qualifies as the fiscal bad-boy of states, have done little to address Illinois' long-term spending and borrowing problems.
Good luck to Bill Daley if he runs for Guv trying to explain away Regular Democrats complicity in this mess.