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  • Official: Obama campaign refusing to pay bill from 2008 rally

    10/19/2012 4:57:36 PM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 10-19-12 | John Dempsey
    President Obama's campaign has raised millions of dollars, but officials in Springfield Illinois are still griping about an upaid bill from a 2008 campaign rally. When he was a candidate in August of 2008, Barack Obama used Springfield as a backdrop to introduce Joe Biden as his running mate. However Springfield Alderman Frank Edwards tells WLS that the Obama campaign has refused to pay $55,000 it owes in police overtime costs: "If you're going to go after your citizens for bills they owe you then everybody's in. And that's just kind of the way I look at it. I think...
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr., Might Be Heading Back to Mayo Clinic

    10/19/2012 8:48:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 33 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Michael Sneed
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is in a world of hurt ­— medically and legally — may be returning to Mayo Clinic for treatment. A source who claims to have visited Jackson said, “Jesse is finding it difficult to continue his treatment because the press is staking out his home and making access to his doctor, incredibly hard.” “His doctors are considering sending him back to Mayo Clinic for treatment.” The source added Jackson, who is being treated for bipolar disorder during his four-month absence from work, is trying “to stay focused and calm to enhance his treatment and...
  • Bad Reviews, Shaky Mental Health Not Expected to Keep Judge Off the Bench

    10/19/2012 7:55:31 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Lisa Donovan
    [A] Cook County judge deemed “legally insane” will likely be re-elected. Judge Cynthia Brim still collects her regular paycheck — seven months after her suspension from the bench for erratic behavior. Despite the bad publicity, voters will likely give her another six years on the bench. Brim was admitted to practice in 1983. From 1984 to 1991, she worked for Mayor Harold Washington and later under Mayor Richard M. Daley and Roland Burris. “Most [lawyers] indicated a lack of confidence in her legal abilities,” even though her cases are “generally non-complex . . . her rulings are unpredictable and delayed....
  • Bullet tax eyed in bid to curb Chicago crime

    10/18/2012 3:49:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 18, 2012
    As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm — an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will submit a budget proposal Thursday that calls for a tax of a nickel for each bullet and $25 for each firearm sold in the nation's second-largest county, which encompasses Chicago.
  • Obama plans election-night rally in Chicago convention center

    10/18/2012 3:24:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 17, 2012
    U.S. President Barack Obama plans to usher in what he hopes will be a second four-year term in the White House at an election-night rally at a huge convention center near downtown Chicago, campaign and city officials said on Wednesday. The event will likely draw thousands of supporters to the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Obama's hometown and the site of his re-election campaign headquarters. Supporters are expected to watch the voting results come in and then hear a speech by the incumbent Democrat who faces Republican Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and private equity executive, in the...
  • Obama picks McCormick Place for election night rally (Massive downsizing!)

    10/17/2012 6:28:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/12 | Rick Pearson
    President Barack Obama plans to hold his election-night rally at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, a move aimed at easing concerns over weather and security, sources with knowledge of the event said Wednesday. Given the indoor location, the event seems unlikely to match the electric atmosphere of Obama’s 2008 outdoor victory rally in Grant Park. That event drew an estimated 240,000 people downtown and created picturesque images of the city’s skyline that were seen worldwide. While the decision to use McCormick Place will tamp down the crowd size, it will provide the president with greater security. McCormick Place was the...
  • No need for Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign: Illinois governor

    10/17/2012 5:56:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/17/12
    Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn said on Wednesday he sees no need for Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., to resign his congressional seat or remove himself from the November election ballot, even though Jackson has been undergoing medical treatment for four months. "He was elected by the people to serve his term," said Quinn, in an interview with WBBM-780 Radio. "Obviously, he has had some health challenges." Jackson, the son of civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, has been treated for bipolar disorder. In an interview broadcast by NBC Chicago television, Quinn called his fellow Democrat "a friend" and...
  • Obama election night: McCormick Place in Chicago (Ambitious or Foolish?)

    10/17/2012 5:53:29 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 17, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's election night event in Chicago will be at McCormick Place, I've been told. The rally will be indoors and will not be designed to try to recreate the massive Grant Park gathering that marked Obama's 2008 election. I reported Oct. 3 Obama will be in Chicago election night. On Wednesday, the location was confirmed. The event will be indoors, with the Obama team not wanting to take a chance on the November weather--which was gorgeous on the evening of 2008 when Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. The 2012 Obama election night
  • (Obamaville) 4 girls charged after U. of C. students robbed, pistol-whipped

    10/17/2012 5:50:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/12 | Rosemary R. Sobol
    <p>A judge set bail today at $100,000 each for three teen-age girls charged as adults with the armed robbery of two University of Chicago students this week near the South Side campus, authorities said.</p> <p>A gun brandished by a fourth suspect, a 14-year-old girl facing juvenile charges, discharged while the girl was pistol-whipping a 28-year-old female student early Monday, but no one was shot, police said. The woman was accompanied by another student, a 22-year-old man.</p>
  • Tavis Smiley is out at WBEZ — and he’s not smiling [Chicago NPR station drops black man!]

    10/16/2012 2:39:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 10/15/12 | Laura Washington
    The nationally syndicated show “Smiley & West” has been dumped by WBEZ-FM (91.5), one of the nation’s largest carriers of the Public Radio International show. The news, first reported last week by Time Out Chicago blogger Rob Feder, is a blow to both Smiley and the cause of diversity. The move has triggered a wave of charges and countercharges and has resurrected a long-simmering controversy over the role of black voices in the era of Obama.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Is the Target of a Criminal Investigation for Home Decorating

    10/15/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/15/12 | John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire
    In what's shaping out to be a pretty dreadful year for Jesse Jackson's Jr., the Chicago congressman who has been on medical leave for bipolar disorder is now the subject of a criminal investigation for misusing campaign money to spruce up his house. The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett and Evan Perez report that a FBI probe of Jackson is in its "final stages ... according to people familiar with the matter," with the possibility of an indictment coming before the November election. The paper reports Jackson's attorneys tried to get assurances that an indictment wouldn't come before Nov. 6,...
  • Bad reviews, shaky mental health not expected to keep judge off bench (chicago)

    10/14/2012 5:14:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10-13-12 | LISA DONOVAN
    This month the Chicago Bar Association issued its judicial evaluations for the 50-plus judges running for retention, putting her and seven other judges under the “not recommended” category, as the association did in 2006 when she was up for re-election. ‘Not qualified’ The Chicago Council of Lawyers also recently found her “not qualified” — as the council did six years earlier. snip Court records obtained by the Sun-Times reveal she was examined by a court-appointed psychiatrist who believes she’s “presently mentally fit with medication” but opined she was “legally insane” at the time of the reported skirmish with the sheriff’s...
  • Why Joe Walsh Might Win the 8th (IL Congressional Dist)

    10/13/2012 7:54:55 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 42 replies
    5 NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Oct 12, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    Why Joe Walsh Might Win the 8th By Edward McClelland |  Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:07 PM CDT It ispossible that Rep. Joe Walsh, Tea Party-Ill., will hold on to his seat. A poll conducted this week by We Ask America has him leading challenger Tammy Duckworth, 47.8 percent to 45.1 percent. (The previous poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling in late September, had Duckworth ahead, 52-38.) This is not supposed to happen. House Speaker Michael Madigan drew this seat not just for a Democrat, but specifically for Duckworth. One of the reasons Duckworth lost to Peter Roskam...

    10/13/2012 4:13:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 13, 2012
    In 2010, GOP candidates for federal office had a banner year in Illinois. The GOP picked up 4 House seats and a U.S. Senate seat in President Obama's adopted home-state. State party GOP candidates, fared less well, however. The state party picked up a handful of legislative seats and lost the Governor's office to Democrat Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's former running-mate. As a result, Democrats controlled all levers for last year's redistricting process. They vowed to use it to reverse the GOP gains in the U.S. House. It isn't working out as planned. Years of Democrat control have taken a...
  • Taxing bullets criminal

    10/13/2012 3:04:24 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 oct 2012 | Steve Chapman
    For urban politicians, gun control is like the bar in "Cheers" — a place of refuge they can seek out whenever things aren't going well. Things aren't going well on the crime front in Chicago, with homicides up 25 percent this year. So what else can our elected leaders do but promise action against guns? Action against the possession and use of guns by violent felons would be a good idea, but the proposal offered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is something else: a penalty on nonviolent citizens who bear no blame for the carnage.
  • Despite federal probe, mental illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to be re-elected

    10/13/2012 2:57:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI AND ART GOLAB
    He’s being treated for bipolar disorder — a mental illness that can bring depression, mania, risky behavior and delusions. He’s had a highly publicized relationship with a “social acquaintance” that rocked his marriage. His name is repeatedly linked to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Now he’s the target of a federal investigation into “suspicious activity” into his congressional finances. What does all this mean for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s political future when the Nov. 6 election is a little more than three weeks away? “He’s going to be re-elected,” political consultant Thom Serafin said. “In this particular part of the...
  • Illinois Orphans (GOP winning in IL races)

    10/12/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    We Ask America ^ | Oct 12, 2012
    Illinois is one of those areas considered by some as an “orphan state.” Barack Obama will surely win here easily with Chicago leading the parade. Like the other orphan states (California & New York) candidates in key Illinois congressional races cannot count on millions of dollars being spent to by the campaigns of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney to persuade voters to put their state in the red or blue column on magic white board election night. The congressional races are in essence the campaigns leading the parade but they are on their own. It also means that in some...
  • Report: More trouble for Jackson Jr.

    10/12/2012 3:22:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Report: More trouble for Jackson Jr. By SEUNG MIN KIM | 10/12/12 5:12 PM EDT Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) – gone from Congress since June on a medical leave of absence – is now facing a new federal investigation into “suspicious activity” in his finances, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. According to the Sun-Times, federal investigators are looking into Jackson’s finances surrounding his House seat and the “possibility of inappropriate expenditures." This latest probe doesn’t involve the ethical troubles that had been surrounding Jackson in connection with allegations that he used official resources to try and win appointment to...
  • 1,100 Illinois inmates got unemployment while in jail last year

    10/11/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 11, 2012
    State officials say they have found more than 1,100 inmates who they believe improperly collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $2 million while jailed in Illinois sometime in about the last year. One Cook County inmate collected almost $43,000, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, though most were paid far less. Nearly all of the fraud occurred in mid-2012 from county jails across the state.
  • Would You Support a County-Wide 'Violence Tax'? (Poll) (tax on guns and ammo)

    10/10/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 10 October, 2012 | NA
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has floated the idea of a tax on guns and ammunition to offset a 2013 budget shortfall. Is this a good idea? Nicknamed a "violence tax," a proposed Cook County tariff would hike up the prices of firearms and ammo as a way to take care of a 2013 budget shortfall, according to an NBC 5 Chicago News report. READ: Check Out the Full NBC 5 Chicago News Story for More Details The tax is being considered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who said it wouldn't just be used to fill a...