Fighting Political Corruption Last on Sun-Times’ Priorities for New U.S. Attorney

Yesterday I had the audacity to suggest that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel may have been trying to divert resources in the U.S. Attorney’s Office away from political corruption. Why else would he emphasize that newly-sworn in U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon … Continue reading

Rahm Emmanuel Tries to Divert New U.S. Attorney From Political Corruption Fight

[I got my timeline mixed up when I said that Rahm Emmanuel had a role as President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff in assigning Patrick Fitzgerald the prosecution of Scooter Libby. [I have moved the incorrect assertion to the bottom … Continue reading

Killing Downtown Chicago with Reinstatement of Extra Parking Tax

Included in the 1974 Regional Transportation Authority legislation was a 15% parking tax. The logic advanced was that it would encourage people coming Downtown to use mass transportation. Social engineering at work. The problem, however, is that lots of people … Continue reading

Rahm Emanuel’s McHenry County Contributors

The Sunday Chicago Tribune last week had a data base of Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s contributors. Just for fun, I thought I’d look up those from zip codes covering parts of McHenry County. Here’s what I found.  They are in … Continue reading

Earmarks in the Health & Human Services and Labor Budgets – Part 3

Taxpayers for Common Sense made it relatively painless to find the projects that Illinois congressmen claimed credit for in this year’s budget. We have looked at Melissa Bean’s, Jerry Costello’s, Danny Davis’ and Dick Durbin’s previously. Today we see ex-Chicago … Continue reading

The Illinois Congressional Pork Report

Taxpayers for Common Sense have totaled up the congressional earmarks in the budget bill being voted on this week. I was reminded of that when I read an editorial cartoon sent to me by my Joplin, Missouri, brother-in-law. It was … Continue reading

Illinois Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Congressional Earmarks – Part 3

In our look at pork found in the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development part of this year’s budget, we have gotten through the letter “D” in the Illinois congressional delegation. The congress critters don’t make it easy. There is … Continue reading

Nancy Kaszak’s Political Ghost Haunts 5th District Democratic Primary

The Chicago Tribune’s memory is getting better. In yesterday’s article on the race to replace White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, Tribune reporters Don Mihalopoulos and John McCormick emphasize the fact that Emanuel won in 2002 only with the help of … Continue reading

Nancy Kaszak’s Political Ghost Haunts 5th District Democratic Primary

The Chicago Tribune’s memory is getting better. In yesterday’s article on the race to replace White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, Tribune reporters Don Mihalopoulos and John McCormick emphasize the fact that Emanuel won in 2002 only with the help of … Continue reading