Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Durbin to stay out of Democratic primary race - WJBC - The Voice of Central Illinois

Durbin bails on Jesse Jackson Jr.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has his nose in several Democratic primaries for Congress, but there’s one race that he doesn’t plan to get involved in.

Durbin has not chosen sides in the Second District, in Chicago and the South Suburbs, where U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, is being challenged by former Rep. Debbie Halvorson.

Durbin to stay out of Democratic primary race - WJBC - The Voice of Central Illinois

Congressman Joe Walsh: “Where Do the Democrat Candidates Stand on the President’s Budget?”

Via Walsh for Congress.  Might add where does Senator Durbin stand too.

Congressman Walsh: “Where Do the Democrat Candidates Stand on the President’s Budget?”

Recently, President Obama unveiled his budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  This reckless spending spree will never receive my support but I do not know where my Democrat opponents stand.

Over the past few months, instead of discussing where they stand on the issues that matter to the people of the 8th district, my two potential opponents have criticized every vote I’ve made and every word I’ve said.  While the candidates have done everything in their power to avoid talking about the issues, the media has allowed this lack of clarity to persist by their failure to push them on this question.  Stories about fundraising, Super PAC’s and endorsements abound, but what about the issues?  And there is no bigger issue facing our great nation than the economy.   My question to them is simple: where do you stand on the President’s budget?

Once I had the chance to review the President’s budget, I came out immediately and explained why I strongly oppose the measure.  I now challenge both of the Democrat candidates to come out and explain where they stand.  Do they support the President’s budget, or do they agree with me, that this budget is once again an example of failed leadership by this President.

Tammy and Raja, please tell the voters where you stand.   The people of the 8th district deserve no less.

Joe Walsh for Congress » Congressman Walsh: “Where Do the Democrat Candidates Stand on the President’s Budget?”

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sewer company boss: I was told to hide Daley son’s role - Chicago Sun-Times

Sewer company boss: I was told to hide Daley son’s role - Chicago Sun-Times

Beavers may have been telling the truth about that wire and John Daley. There's plenty a wire could pick up on Daleys.

The owner of a sewer-inspection and cleaning business admitted Friday that he lied to federal agents when they asked him why he failed to tell City Hall that his company’s investors included the son and a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.

At first, when he spoke with investigators on March 10, 2008, Tony Duffy blamed his own “carelessness and negligence” for omitting the names of Patrick R. Daley and Robert G. Vanecko from the ownership documents that Municipal Sewer Services was required to file with City Hall to get millions of dollars worth of city business.

But that was a lie, according to Duffy. He now says he didn’t know at first about Daley and Vanecko’s involvement. He says that, when he found out, he went to Joseph M. McInerney, a principal in Cardinal Growth, a Chicago venture capital firm that also invested in the sewer company, and that McInerney “directed” him not to change the ownership-disclosure filing, to “keep it the same,” according to court records and sources familiar with the case.

McInerney is a friend of Patrick Daley.

Gunfight at the OK Corral – or Is It Dan Patlak Taking on the Illinois Combine? « conservativeBrand

Conservative Brand’s take on the challenge to Dan Patlak,

There is one candidate in the primary this March 20th, Dan Patlak, who demonstrates the conservative qualities the Republican Party should always embody; as the sole GOP commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review, he’s conscientious, articulate and experienced. But unfortunately, he’s being challenged in an expensive, viciously personal, and divisive primary. And in addition, the campaign has become tangled in the weeds of the good old Illinois Republican/Combine swampland, a.k.a. North Cook Co. vs. South Cook Co. Never heard of that particular battleground? Well, it’s the Land of the Chicago Way – so plan on getting to know the Saul Alinsky model for political campaigning before you come to the end of this story, a few paragraphs down.

Gunfight at the OK Corral – or Is It Dan Patlak Taking on the Illinois Combine? « conservativeBrand

It’s one of those tell me it ain’t so kind of things.  Isn’t this the kind of infighting Republicans would expect a State Party chair to tamp down?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Schaumburg Area Democrats Endorse Raja Krishnamoorthi —

More grass roots turning to Raja,

The Board of Directors of the Schaumburg Area Democrats, in a unanimous vote, are pleased to announce the ENDORSEMENT of Raja Krishnamoorthi as the Democratic candidate for United States House of Representatives in Illinois' 8th Congressional District.
There are 2 strong candidates running in this year’s primary but we felt that Raja was a better candidate given that he has been a long time resident of the 8th Congressional District which gives him a strong working knowledge of the needs of the district. His background in Government, Small Business, and Law will make him a strong representative for his constituents. We believe that he gives the people of the 8th District a strong future and his experience and local knowledge will create jobs and steer resources back to the district.

Schaumburg Area Democrats Endorse Raja Krishnamoorthi — Schaumburg news, photos and events —

Way To Make A Voter Angry…Raja Krishnamoorthi Won’t Be Getting My Vote

A volunteer fumbles a phone call to potential Krishnamoorthi voter.  Some lessons for volunteers doing calls here.

Way To Make A Voter Angry…Raja Krishnamoorthi Won’t Be Getting My Vote

Candidates not pleased with Foster verbiage -

Bill Foster’s Democrat Primary opponents on Foster’s non-Union shop in Wisconsin,

“I’m appalled that a man who would build a company and brag about all the jobs he created is now admitting they’re not unionized,” Thomas said.

Hickey also took a jab at Foster.

“We need American companies to use companies that have union workers,” Hickey said. “Unlike Mr. Foster’s (company) where they are non-unionized, I would like to bring unionized manufacturing firms back to America.”

Hickey said he has four generations of union workers in his family, showing he has stronger union roots than either Foster or Thomas.

Candidates not pleased with Foster verbiage -

As I recall, Foster was one of the wealthiest members of Congress when he last served. A real one percenter!

Rowe tells Quinn: Follow Wisconsin's model

Rowe tells Quinn: Follow Wisconsin's model
While the Chicago Democrats' raised state taxes by 67%, Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch fought for revolutionary change and won," Rowe said. "Wisconsin didn't raise taxes. They cut spending, reformed and fully funded their public pension system, gave state employees more choice, more affordable healthcare and balanced their budget. The model is right there, all Governor Quinn needs to do is look up to Wisconsin."
Well said Danille!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

29th Ward alderman kicks off her committeeman campaign — AustinTalks

Deborah Grahm on Danny Davis,

“Tell me why you need to be committeeman when you are a U.S. congressman?” she said to a packed room of supporters at her campaign headquarters, 5753 W. Chicago Ave.

“…You have a congressional seat that gives you leverage to talk to mayors. You don’t need to be a committeeman. Do your job in Congress.”

Graham said as committeeman, she will be in the community every day “on the ground working with our constituents,” unlike Davis who spends time at the U.S. Capitol.

“You can’t run the committeeman seat from Washington,” she said. “You have to be on the ground here in the community.”

Graham said Davis should “take care” of Austin from his Washington, D.C., position.

“Go take care of the speaker of the House in Washington … bring us back some resources we need in the community for economic development, for jobs we need to put people back to work here,” she said.

29th Ward alderman kicks off her committeeman campaign — AustinTalks

Feds indict Cook County Commissioner Beavers - Blogs On Politics - Crain's Chicago Business

It gets to be ho-hum; another Cook County Politician going down.

Mr. Beavers long has been a staunch defender of Chicago-style patronage. A brassy sort who once termed himself “the hog with the big nuts,” he also was a big backer of the controversial sales-tax hike pushed through by former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, and he resisted efforts by the new president, Toni Preckwinkle, to replace it.

Feds indict Cook County Commissioner Beavers - Blogs On PHolitics - Crain's Chicago Business

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chicago's tradition of paid protest: Occupy Chicago in front of the Mayor's House

Rebel Pundit chats with some of the paid protesters at an Chicago Teachers Union/Occupy Rally,
Monday night Chicago Teachers Union and Occupy Chicago protesters, along with some local residents, showed up in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood to protest converting 18 public schools into charter schools. While none of the schools considered for conversion are in the north-side neighborhood, these community organizers chose this location specifically because it is where Mayor Rahm Emanuel resides.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

McHenry County Blog | Avoiding Veterans’ Preference

Cal Skinner writing back in 2009 on the Blagojevich Administrations blatant disregard for Veterans Hiring Preferences in the State of Illinois.

Would be worth asking Tammy Duckworth what she did as a leader at Illinois DVA to make good with some of the Vets passed over for these State jobs.

McHenry County Blog | Avoiding Veterans’ Preference

Is Kane County Board too big? Dist. 16 candidates disagree -

Mike Kenyon v Robert Sauceda in Kane County’s 16th District debate the size of the county board, and reducing it from 24 to 18.  (It was 26).  I don’t buy the saving money argument (won’t save much) but Sauceda’s right a smaller board might work better and be more effective.

Kenyon’s leave it along argument not convincing.   Just why’s the past be so great we should leave it as is?

Is Kane County Board too big? Dist. 16 candidates disagree -

McHenry County Blog | Dietitians Seek Monopoly to Give Health Food Advice in Illinois Senate Bill 2936

Cal Skinner writes,

Before I go into the details, let me speak from 16 years in the Illinois House and 8 more closely observing the process.

Licensing is never, never about anything but conveying special privilege upon some class of people. That was made most obvious by legislation requiring nail technicians and tree trimmers to be licensed. These are businesses that someone with nothing can start.

Now the privilege may be just upon those who provide the training, but, in all licensing bills, following the money is where to start.

McHenry County Blog | Dietitians Seek Monopoly to Give Health Food Advice in Illinois Senate Bill 2936

He’s right.  Illinois doesn’t need this. Call your rep and state sen.

Monday, February 20, 2012

CredoMobile reverses stance, sets up super PAC

Here comes the CREDO SuperPac targeting our Joe Walsh.  Let’s see who they hire for the dirty work.  It’ll be Tea Party Volunteers versus whomever a San Francisco Mobile Phone can pay off.

Plan to end 'Tea Party Ten'

Credo expects to raise $3 million to defeat what it calls "The Tea Party Ten" - 10 House members from across the nation, most of them freshmen who represent districts that Obama won in 2008.

Unlike other deep-pocketed super PACs, Credo won't use its donations on expensive TV advertising, spending the money instead on building a grassroots campaign, opening offices and hiring staffers in each of the targeted districts.

Since its creation on Dec. 8, Credo's committee had raised $567,690 through Friday, according to Federal Election Commission figures. By comparison, Restore Our Future, the super PAC that supports GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has raised $30 million.

CredoMobile reverses stance, sets up super PAC

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi push jobs plans from different vantage points -

via Kerry Lester,

Eighth District Democrats Raja Krishnamoorthi and Tammy Duckworth, both from Hoffman Estates, have different approaches to job creation and economic woes that stem from their own work experiences.

Krishnamoorthi, former Illinois deputy treasurer and currently a laboratory executive, says the government should increase research and development dollars to small businesses across the country such as his own.

Raja asking Where’s Mine?  Considering his Solyndra style tanking of Bright Star, voters ought to think hard about handing this guy a say on the budget.

Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi push jobs plans from different vantage points -

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kerry Lester on the clash of the Super Pacs in the 8th District

She writes

Both Democratic candidates for Congress in the 8th District threw down the gauntlet this week, challenging each other to reject support from so-called super PACs — political action committees that can raise and spend unlimited funds to influence elections.

But as Raja Krishnamoorthi and Tammy Duckworth try to lay claim to the high road, along comes a liberal super PAC that could lend a big hand to the eventual primary election victor by targeting 8th District Republican incumbent Joe Walsh of McHenry in the Nov. 6 general election.

Super PAC targets Walsh in 8th District -

While Duckworth and Krishnamoorthi challenge each other on accepting Pac funds, Joe Walsh is out there holding town halls, hearing constituents, and connecting with voters of all sorts of stripes and labels. The guys a tireless campaigner.  Pacs will make the primary and general noisey, but bring it on, the issues and quality of the candidate will decide.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

More Minneapolis ties to Shabaab - Threat Matrix

These stories never seem to make it into Chicago media.  If they do, they’re buried deep in the back some where.  Feel free to correct me with links in comments.

Today the Justice Department announced that Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, a 27-year-old man formerly from the Minneapolis area, has pled guilty to conspiring to provide money and recruiting personnel for Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked terror group in Somalia. Mahamud's conviction is the latest in an ongoing three-year investigation into links between Shabaab and the Somali-American community based in and around Minneapolis. From 2008 to February 2011, Mahamud, who was indicted on June 7, 2011, conspired to provide material support to Shabaab in aid of its fight against Somalia's Transitional Federal Government.

More Minneapolis ties to Shabaab - Threat Matrix

Consider Jim Durkin’s comments on a case that did make Chicago news a few days ago.  Durkin said of the choice of plea bargaining versus going to trial,

"I think it's impossible to get a fair trial on terrorism charges," said Durkin, a veteran criminal-defense lawyer who has defended several suspects charged with supporting terrorist groups in recent years.

Right, these guys belong in front of Military Tribunals, not civil courts.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Illinois Review: IR Interviews with 2012 candidates

Some must hear audios for us in the Fox Valley with Cliff Surges and Karen McConnaughay

Illinois Review: IR Interviews with 2012 candidates

Michele Piszczor: Mike Madigan Primary Opponent Graces Pro-Life Breakfast in Crystal Lake

One brave candidate here: “Madigan is the root of all evil here in our state. He is the weed in our garden.”

---Michele Piszczor

Cal’s got her story below.  Send her some bucks because the machine is doing the old tricks of smashing her car…more damage to come for sure.

McHenry County Blog | Mike Madigan Primary Opponent Graces Pro-Life Breakfast in Crystal Lake

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Joe Walsh responds to question on the Norquist Tax Pledge

Walsh explains why he signed Grover Norquist's tax pledge. Note Walsh is on a first name basis with the Progressives in the audience. They're really a part of Walsh's show. They make Town Hall work. Walsh does a lot of this give and take with the audience, and I told him afterwards I had never seen a politican do this before. Walsh said it was probably the school teacher in him. I told him he needed these #occupy folks to make it work, which got a laugh out of him.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Joe Walsh on Immigration at Elgin Town Hall

Walsh says about 30% of his Town Halls involve questions on immigration.

Q and A with Joe Walsh at Elgin Town Hall 2 Feb 2012

Walsh responds to a question about bad press. Leads into some nice defense of Conservative Economics. Stuff Romney should be listening too.

Joe Walsh Town Hall Elgin, Illinois 2 Feb 2012

The conclusion with Congressman Walsh responding to the question how he'll beat The Machine come the general election. More video to come. Was trying out the camera on my new adroid phone and bungled the first opening, but have this conclusion plus some nice responses to question.

Courthouse News Service

Courthouse News Service

Wonder where this trail leads? [h/t] Bessie...  deconstruct it for us please:  Such as a State of Illinois facilitiy....
A man claims his business partner, a key witness in the Antoin Rezko and Ron Blagojevich trials, owes him $4 million after lying about their joint real estate projects.

Faysal Mohamed sued lead defendant Ali Ata in Cook County Court. The 6-page complaint describes Ata as "a recently convicted felon associated with 'Tony' Rezko and corruption in the Blagojevich administration. He and the plaintiff were joint venturers in many matters until plaintiff disassociated himself from Mr. Ata."

Mohamed claims defendant Illinois residents Katherine Aglikin and Bassam Salman "aided and abetted Ata in the breach of fiduciary duties Ata owed plaintiff."
Ata testified at both Rezko's and Blagojevich's trials, as part of a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and cheating on his taxes.
Mohamed's complaint states: "In 1993 the plaintiff and Ata made an oral agreement that they would purchase property in Cook County and develop the same preferably with an anchor tenant such as Walgreens or a CVS drug store or a State of Illinois agency facility such as the Secretary of State or the State Police.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Duckworth gaining on Krishnamoorthi in 8th District fundraising -

Daily Herald’s Kerry Lester on the money race in the 8th’s Democratic Primary.

Her donor base includes a number of big names from across the country — including consultant/Democratic strategist David Axelrod of Chicago; real estate developer Neil Bluhm, owner of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines; and former tennis pro Billie Jean King.

Krishnamoorthi, on the other hand, saw $274,489 come from individuals and $14,900 from political action committees. His donor list is filled with South Asian community members from around the area and across the country, including Central Clinical Labs president Imtiaz Ahmad of Chicago, Key Management Group CEO Subhash Bhatia of New York and Baywood Hotels Developer Amit-Al Patel of Maryland.

Duckworth gaining on Krishnamoorthi in 8th District fundraising -

I fully expect to see Gov Bobby Jindal and Gov Nikki Haley at Walsh's sides pointing out to the 8ths Asian Community that Democrats have looked at Asians as deep pockets to purchase Senates seats while the Tea Party and GOP sees them as proud Americans with strong family and entrepreneurial values contributing to America and rightfully belonging in a party that respects that, and not as folks who,gosh, started speaking in Swarmi as Cong Jackson once put it.