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  • Chicago Police, members of Ex-Mayor Daley’s family sued for manslaughter cover up

    03/31/2014 9:03:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/31/14 | Doug Book
    Late on an April night in 2004, Richard Vanecko, the nephew of then Mayor Richard M. Daley, threw a single punch at David Koschman on a sidewalk in Downtown Chicago. Vanecko, Koschman and the small groups accompanying them had been drinking. An argument broke out and the blow from the 6’3″ 230lb Vanecko drove the 5’5″ 125lb Koschman to the pavement. Koschman’s head struck the cement with such force that he died 12 days later in a Chicago hospital. The police investigation didn’t begin until after David Koschman died. “[Police] didn’t conduct lineups to try to identify who threw the...
  • Cover Your Eyes for the Final Obamafication of America

    03/31/2014 5:13:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 31, 2014 | John Ransom
    Oh, the irony. There it was just above Democrat Illinois Gov. Quinn’s editorial pleading to make the state’s temporary income tax hike a permanent income tax hike, as if we could see that one coming. You might remember that Illinois kind of went the “other” way a few years ago, hiking taxes on personal income 66 percent as a way of trying to get out of the de facto bankruptcy that politicians like Illinois Senator Barack Obama (Present!) had given the state. Politicians and unions had combined in plan to grift taxpayers in a union pension scheme that was...
  • Congressman's $200,000 loan (amnesty cheerleader)

    03/22/2014 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Liz · 11 replies ^ | 10/29/08 | Robert Becker, Todd Lighty and Dan Mihalopoulos, w/
    CIRCA 2008 Democrat Cong Luis Gutierrez personally lobbied then-Democrat Mayor Richard Daley to back a controversial multimillion-dollar development for a campaign contributor who had just lent the congressman $200,000 in a real estate deal. Now Gutierrez's unusual gesture of support is under federal scrutiny.Gutierrez's July 7, 2004, letter to Daley -- written on U.S. House stationery -- is part of a federal grand juryi nvestigation. Gutierrez said there is no connection between the loan and his support for the Galewood Yards project, which is not in his district.....he said his involvement was "extremely minimal" and "entirely appropriate." Key events in...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel travels to meet Mexico City mayor, expand economic ties

    11/14/2013 7:31:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | November 14, 2013 | Charles Thomas
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in Mexico and signed a new trade agreement with Mexico City. Emanuel has company on this trip in former Mayor Richard Daley. Former Mayor Daley spent 22 years building Chicago's international reputation. In Mexico City Thursday he did his best to stay in the background as he passed the baton to his successor. When Emanuel joined Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera signing the new sister cities agreement, Chicago's mayor was less concerned with ceremony and more with the potential two of the continent's largest metro areas hold for each other. "We can grow together, create jobs,...
  • Who Failed Chicago?

    02/13/2013 5:40:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | February 13, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    On Tuesday, President Obama and the first lady used the State of the Union spotlight to pay tribute to an innocent teenage girl shot and killed by Chicago gang thugs. On Friday, Obama will travel to the Windy City to decry violence and crusade for more gun laws in the town with the strictest gun laws and bloodiest gun-related death tolls in America. Does the White House really want to open up a national conversation about the state of Chicago? OK, let's talk. Obama, his wife, his campaign strategists, his closest cronies and his biggest bundlers all hail from Chicago....
  • Just don't tell them you're from Chicago!

    01/10/2013 10:07:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/10/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    My heart is broken, deeply broken. Is there no one in Illinois who has the moral compunction to stand up to the corruption known as Chicago? Will any Illinois person of honor come forward to put a stop to what is going on? When I received an anonymous E-mail about the Land of Lincoln–where our governors make our license plates–I couldn’t laugh any more. You see, there always has been a perverse sort of gallows humor, perhaps even misplaced sense of pride associated with Chicago. When I tell people here in Florida that I’m from near Chicago, I sense that...
  • Grand Jury threatens to expose police/mayoral cover-up of manslaughter in Chicago

    01/03/2013 9:20:48 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/3/12 | Doug Book
    In March, Coach is Right published a story of official cover-up and falsification of witness testimony involved in the 2004 death of David Koschman at the hands of Richard Vanecko, nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. After 8 years, that story has finally come to a head. In the early morning hours of April 25th 2004, Koschman and three friends bumped into someone from a group which had been visiting the bars in downtown Chicago. A moment later, a member of that party struck Koschman, driving his head into the street causing brain damage from which the young man...
  • Former Chicago mayor's nephew charged with killing a man in a bar fight

    01/01/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    daily mail ^ | 12-3-12 | staff
    The nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was indicted Monday for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of a 21-year-old man outside a Chicago bar, and a grand jury is continuing its inquiry into whether authorities covered up or impeded an investigation of a relative of the city's most powerful man. Richard Vanecko, 38, was indicted by a Cook County special grand jury in the death of David Koschman of Mount Prospect. Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during a fight with Vanecko outside a bar in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.
  • Chicago parking meters will be USA’s most expensive

    12/27/2012 2:20:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 9:49 PM EST
    Chicago soon will have the nation’s most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year’s Day, meters in the city’s downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hour—up from $5.75. …
  • Justice? Not in Chicago

    12/06/2012 8:04:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 6, 2012 | John Ransom
    In 2004, a nephew of Chicago’s then-mayor Richie Daley got into an altercation off of Rush Street, the Windy City’s alcohol-fueled playground for revelers and romancers. Taunts were thrown, obscenities exchanged, and in an instant, a kid from the suburbs, David Koschman, who was just 21 years old at the time, fell backwards, his head making an audible thump as it contacted the street. A friend says that he was unconscious before he hit the ground According to witnesses R. J. Vanecko, a current Daley nephew and a former college lineman who weighed in a 230 pounds and stands 6-feet-3,...
  • Jesse Jackson, Wright 'arranged' Obama marriage

    10/04/2012 8:10:10 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 58 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Oct 3, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    As a young single woman, Michelle Robinson was a fixture in the home of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who along with Rev. Jeremiah Wright “arranged” her marriage to Barack Obama, according to sources in Chicago who know the couple. Jackson’s daughter, Santita, is still one of Michelle’s best friends. “It all relates back to Trinity and to the Jesse Jackson orbit of blacks here in Chicago who gave Obama legitimacy and helped him establish his identity as a black man,” Robyn explained. “The political left wanted to push a black to the presidency, and the key operatives in the...
  • Ex-Daley security officers sue over transfers [Chicago -- Suing Rahmbo]

    08/16/2012 8:27:54 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6:51 a.m. CDT, August 16, 2012 | Annie Sweeney
    Eleven Chicago police officers who were removed from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security detail when he took office have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were replaced by officers who had volunteered on the mayor's campaign. The officers, who are white or Hispanic, also alleged discrimination, saying African-American officers on the detail with less seniority were not demoted at the time. The lawsuit contended that police Cmdr. Brian Thompson, in charge of the security detail, and the city violated Chicago's decades-old Shakman decree, which prohibits political considerations in most city hiring decisions. Six of the 11 officers also filed a complaint...
  • Chicago: the cesspool that gave us Barack Obama

    02/17/2012 8:45:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/17/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Chicago, the city that launched the career of President Barack Obama, now has the dubious title of being the nation’s most corrupt city, according to a lengthy study done by University of Illinois Political Science Professor, Dick Simpson. He is pointing to the fact that “the Chicago area has logged more public corruption convictions by federal prosecutors than any other city.” The two worst crime zones, Simpson says, are “the governor’s mansion in Springfield and the city council chambers down the hall.” His research revealed a staggering 1,531 convictions since 1976! Additionally, Illinois is the only state which will have...
  • The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]

    01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti
    If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor...
  • Former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley dies at 68

    11/24/2011 7:06:30 PM PST · by Borges · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/11
    Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a gracious promoter of the city's cultural and educational programs, has died. She was 69. (born July 1943) Maggie Daley, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night, family spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard told The Associated Press. Daley had been a reserved and dignified presence at her husband's side during his 22 eventful years as mayor. When she first learned she had breast cancer in June 2002, Daley said she was shocked. "But you pick up and you move on. ... I'm not alone here....
  • Why was Sharon Bialek Fired?

    11/07/2011 6:58:37 PM PST · by Qbert · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/7/2011 | Dr. Helen Smith
    After reading the news and watching the videos of Sharon Bialek, the Herman Cain accuser, I noticed that many of the articles mentioned that Bialek was fired or let go ” from the NRA’s educational foundation.” However, none of them mentioned why. Being let go or fired is more serious than simply being laid off. I wonder why there is no mention of the reason she was fired? This might give more insight into her character and whether she is a trustworthy person or not. Why was she fired? Does anyone know or has anyone seen a report as to...
  • "Arm Yourselves Citizens", say cop to people of Chicago.

    09/11/2011 9:52:26 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/2011 | Doug Book
    “Arm yourselves citizens. You are about to become the most unusual social experiment in history.” (1) Such is the advice the owner of police blog “Second City Cop” gives to the residents of Rahm Emanuel’s crime ridden city of Chicago. Months after inheriting a demoralized and shrinking police force from outgoing mayor Richard Daley, Rahm Emanuel has charged newly appointed Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy with slashing $190 million from the Department budget. Yet during last year’s campaign, Emanuel promised voters he would, “…put 1000 more officers on the beat and erase a more than $635 million city of Chicago budget...
  • Former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski dead

    08/11/2010 1:03:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | 11 Aug 10
    UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep Dan Rostenkowski, who rose to be chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and went to prison in disgrace, died Wednesday. He was 82. Rostenkowski died at his summer home in Powers Lake, Wis., after a long battle with cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported. A onetime Washington political insider and power broker, Rostenkowski represented his Chicago 5th Congressional District in Congress for 36 years, rising to head the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee that rewrote the 1986 U.S. tax code. The son of 32nd Ward Democratic Alderman Joseph Rostenkowski, Daniel was first elected...
  • Daley can’t defend Obama’s ‘indefensible’ economic policies

    06/17/2011 11:12:53 AM PDT · by jmranchman · 68 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-17-11 | Matthew Boyle
    White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama administration’s regulatory expansions. Daley also said he didn’t have any good answers for some of what President Obama is doing and expressed frustration about the “bureaucratic stuff that’s hard to defend.” “Sometimes you can’t defend the indefensible,” Daley said at a National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting. Daley couldn’t answer basic questions and continually faced criticism from the executives in the room. The business leaders even applauded each other’s criticism of the administration. “At one point, the room erupted in applause when Massachusetts utility...
  • Obama CoS: Yeah, that bureaucratic expansion is really indefensible

    06/18/2011 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | June 18, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    I’ve written plenty about Barack Obama’s regulatory adventurism and his attempt to impose his political agenda by conducting end-arounds of Congress. The massive expansion of regulation has strangled business, I’ve argued, and stifled economic growth. You know who agrees with me? Barack Obama’s right-hand man in the White House. In a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers, William Daley didn’t mount a very impressive defense of his boss’ regulatory adventurism — and in fact conceded that no defense was possible (via Jim Treacher): White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama...
  • OBAMA SCREAMS AT STAFF: “What the F**k Was That?” After Netanyahu Meeting

    06/12/2011 11:34:19 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 329 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | 6/12/11 | Jim Hoft
    Body language expert Tanya Reiman told Bill O’Reilly recently that Obama lied – He was no friend of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Reiman said that Obama had “contempt in his eyes” and displayed it with his body language when he was with Benjamin Netanyahu. It was obvious. Narcissists don’t like being challenged. Now we know the rest of the story…Obama went into a rage after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him on his suicide plan for Israel. NewsFavor reported, via Doug Ross: Shortly after the photo-op meeting and “working lunch” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one that...
  • CHICAGOLAND: Daley can keep $1M in campaign cash, thanks to Obama-sponsored bill

    05/14/2011 6:57:39 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 9 replies ^ | Friday, May 13, 2011 at 01:40 CDT | Edward McClelland
    Daley Can Take $1.1 Million With Him Unlike his brothers, lawyer Michael and banker Bill, Mayor Richard M. Daley didn’t use the family name to amass wealth. He used it to amass power. But now, the mayor has a chance to convert his power into wealth. Which is what being a Chicago politician is all about, after all. Because he chose not to run for re-election, Daley still has $1.1 million in his campaign fund. In 1998, the General Assembly banned politicians from converting leftover campaign money for personal use. But, of course, the law included a grandfather clause, so...
  • (Mayor) Daley Family Gets Away with Murder—Yes, the Real Thing!!

    03/11/2011 7:22:11 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 17 replies ^ | MARCH 11TH, 2011 | Doug Book, staff writer
    The Daley’s of Chicago, always a family of ignorant, power hungry thugs, appear to have added murder to the list of their timeless contributions to the Windy City way of life. On April 25th, 2004, 21 year old David Koschman and four friends were drinking in Chicago’s downtown. Upon exiting a club, Koschman bumped into someone from another group which had been covering the bars. A moment later, a member of that party struck Koschman, driving his head into the street causing brain damage from which the young man never recovered. His mother buried him 20 days later, disconnecting life...
  • Chicago mayor’s comments wound gun-control advocacy

    06/09/2010 9:01:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 50+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | June 8, 2010 | Gregory Kane
    America’s gun-control proponents might want to consider shooting (pun intended) this memo to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “Dear Mayor Daley: Please shut up. You ain’t helping us.” Is there anyone doing more damage for advocates of gun control than Daley? The man is a walking billboard for right-to-carry laws. Anyone needing proof of that might want to read the statements he made in the wake of an 80-year-old Chicago man fatally shooting a career criminal who invaded his home. The background story goes like this: The elderly man is a Korean War veteran who bought a handgun after three...
  • Daley won't say if 80-year-old will be charged under gun ban

    05/28/2010 12:08:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 76 replies · 1,865+ views ^ | May 27, 2010 | John Byrne and Liam Ford
    Mayor Richard Daley refused to say today whether an 80-year-old Army veteran who shot and killed an intruder will be charged under the city's handgun ban. Asked about the possibility of charges, the mayor ended a news conference he had called about summer curfew in the city. "I don't know. Thank you very much," Daley said and stepped away from the microphone. Before walking away, Daley acknowledged people's frustration over the issue of gun control but insisted "I don't think the answer is guns." The homeowner was asleep with his 83-year-old wife and 12-year-old great-grandson when Anthony Nelson -- a...
  • Police officer slain as mayor embarrasses himself and city

    05/21/2010 5:23:02 AM PDT · by HospiceNurse · 13 replies · 1,069+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 21, 2010 | John Kass
    In anti-handgun Chicago, criminals aren't bothered by Mayor Richard Daley's handgun ban. They haven't been bothered for years. And so another Chicago police officer was shot to death. But it wasn't during a traffic stop or some hunt through an alley after a drug sting. Thomas Wortham IV, 30, was a victim of a robbery, shot down outside his boyhood home in the staunchly middle-class Chatham neighborhood, his body dragged 100 feet or so by the getaway car. The thugs were trying to steal his motorcycle, a gift to himself upon his return from a second tour of duty in...
  • What's the stupidest thing Daley has ever said?

    05/22/2010 3:58:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies · 809+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 may 10 | John Kass
    One of the great debates in American politics can be summed up with this question: What's the stupidest thing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has ever said? One of my all-time favorites is when he threatened to take his pants off to prove his political loyalty to a Democrat he betrayed. But that's just my opinion. You've got your opinion. So why not put it to a vote? The other day, Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke dared ask the mayor why Daley felt the city's handgun ban was effective, what with so many shootings and murders in Chicago. Daley picked up...
  • Chicago Mayor Offers to Put Gun in Reporter's 'Butt'

    05/21/2010 9:23:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 97 replies · 4,169+ views
    foxnews ^ | May 21, 2010
    Irate with a reporter's question on the effectiveness of the city's handgun ban, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley offered to give a first-hand lesson following the shooting of an off-duty police officer. Oh, it's been very effective," Daley said, according to "If I put this up your butt, you'll find out how effective it is. If I put a round up your … you'll know."
  • Chicago TV Reporter Clueless On Gun Buyback Program

    05/08/2010 11:34:35 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 18 replies · 499+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 05/08/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Some of my colleagues on the web are saying that Fox News Chicago reporter Tera Williams "revealed her bias" about the relative efficacy of Chicago's absurd gun buyback program. In yet another TV report on this meaningless program, reporter Williams was interviewing a Chicago resident on his thoughts about the whole thing. The resident told her, "it's a good way to start," to which Williams said "Something's better than nothing, right?" Well, no it's not, Ms Williams. This program has been a complete failure for making a dent in the violence and shootings in the City of Chicago. While other...
  • Daley: Send gun industry lawsuit to World Court (frightening)

    04/28/2010 9:12:06 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 106 replies · 2,548+ views ^ | 4/28/2010 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Six years after the state Supreme Court dismissed his $433 million lawsuit against the gun industry, Mayor Daley today called for a change of venue — to the World Court normally reserved for disputes between nations and crimes against humanity. Wrapping up the sixth annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, Daley convinced more than a dozen of his counterparts from around the world to approve a resolution urging "redress against the gun industry through the courts of the world" in The Hague. "This is coming from international mayors. They're saying, 'We’re tired of your guns, America. ... We don't...
  • Ford slammed by Chicago mayor

    01/18/2010 8:38:41 AM PST · by CarryaBigStick · 23 replies · 1,453+ views
    Harrison Ford has come under fire from the mayor of Chicago after wading into a debate about the city's former airport, with the politician calling the actor "elitist."...More at abc4
  • Gov. Crist DID Flip Flop on Stimulus Support

    11/11/2009 10:47:24 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 559+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/11/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Just like an unprincipled, self-interested, tin-eared politician, Mayor Richard Daley decided to use the massacre at Fort Hood to flog his prosaic anti-gun message in Chicago. When asked if Islam had anything at all to do with the Fort Hood massacre and if Muslims might expect some sort of backlash or anti-Islamic movement because of Nidal Hasan's evil act of terror, Daley replied: "Every day in society people are getting killed, unfortunately. America loves guns, we love guns to a point that we see the devastation on a daily basis. You don't blame a group, you don't blame a society......
  • Suddenly, Mayor Daley is Pandering Against Taxes? (Chicago Crook at it again)

    10/18/2009 12:12:34 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 1 replies · 340+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/18/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Olympics was going to save the day. Then President Obama and wife Michelle made fools of themselves telling the Olympic committee how the Olympics would make them happy because they love sports, and they sat on their daddy's laps watching sports, and they really, really, really love the Olympics. One vote and out was the president's reward for wasting millions of the taxpayer's money flying them to Copenhagen. This presented a major problem for Mayor Daley, soon to run for reelection. He was hoping against hope that the Olympics would sweep into Chicago and save his floundering budget. The...
  • If Obama gets 2016 Games, Daley will be king, not mayor (he already is)

    09/30/2009 4:22:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 1,009+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-30-09 | JOHN KASS
    The president of the United States shouldn't have to fly halfway around the world to humble himself before a posse of international sports influence peddlers and beg for a track meet. But that's exactly what he is doing. By going to Denmark with all the other City Hall politicos, including those from the White House, President Barack Obama is doing more than asking the International Olympic Committee to allow Chicago to host the 2016 Games. He's asking the IOC to make Mayor Richard Daley the king of Chicago for life. If Chicago gets the games, it will be Obama who...
  • Michelle O:It's a sacrifice to travel to Europe to pitch the Olympics-we're doing it for the kids.

    09/30/2009 3:11:57 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 301 replies · 12,974+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-30-09 | Byron York
    Michelle Obama: It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics. For Oprah and the president, too. But we're doing it for the kids. By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent09/30/09 5:12 PM EDT In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or...
  • President and First Lady Travel 4,000 Miles to Lobby for Olympics - in Separate Planes

    09/30/2009 3:02:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies · 4,501+ views
    CNS ^ | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | by Penny Starr
    SNIPPET: "( – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are both traveling to Copenhagen this week to promote Chicago's bid to host to the 2016 Olympic Games--and they will be making the 3,979-mile trip on separate airplanes." SNIPPET: "As reported earlier by, a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report cited two cost estimates for an hour of air travel by the president, vice president and first lady. One estimate comes from the White House Military Office, the other from the U.S. Air Force. Using the CRS cost estimates and the inflation adjuster from the Bureau of Labor Statisitcs,...
  • King Daley Apologizes for his Meter Mess

    08/28/2009 9:47:16 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 404+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/27/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Tuesday, Mayor “King” Daley apologized for the mess he and his buddies made of the sale of Chicago’s parking meters to a private company. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports: "I'll be the first to admit that we totally screwed up the way it was implemented. I want us to do better -- and we will," Daley plans to tell the crowd at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr., according to a copy of his speech obtained by the Sun-Times. No issue in recent memory -- not even the Hired Truck scandal or Daley's notorious midnight destruction of...
  • The Great Chicago Meter Debacle

    05/28/2009 12:43:08 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 481+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 05/28/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The city of Chicago has been dealing with a significant budget deficit since last summer. The deficit has been in the hundreds of millions since then. As such, the city has been scrambling to raise revenues since. Back in December, the city came up with an innovative idea, lease its parking meters to a private company. Chicago on Tuesday said it agreed to lease its parking meter system to a fund managed by Morgan Stanley in a 75-year, $1.16 billion deal, the latest privatization deal by the city as it struggles to close a yawning budget deficit. The deal with...
  • Daley kin lawyer up - CONTRACT PROBE | Son, nephew hire criminal defense attorney

    03/29/2009 1:33:51 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 4 replies · 691+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 3-27-09 | Tim Novak, Fran Spielman
    Mayor Daley's son and nephew have hired a criminal defense attorney to represent them in the ongoing investigation of their investment in a sewer-cleaning company that won millions of dollars in no-bid contract extensions from City Hall. Charles Sklarsky, a former federal prosecutor now with the law firm of Jenner & Block, confirmed Thursday he is representing Patrick Daley and his cousin Robert Vanecko. Sklarsky wouldn't discuss the investigation, which the city's inspector general and federal authorities began in December 2007. That was days after the Chicago Sun-Times disclosed that Daley's son and nephew had held a hidden ownership stake...
  • Chicago to Replace Police Officers with Private Security Force?

    03/24/2009 6:11:23 AM PDT · by shoutingandpointing · 27 replies · 1,182+ views ^ | Mar 24, 2009 | Jay Levine / CBS 2
    Can Private Security Guards Act As Cops? That's Exactly What They May Soon Be Doing On The Far South Side . . . private security cars patrol Michigan Avenue between 100th and 116th streets, and a proposed city ordinance would give them many police powers. CBS They're private security guards, already on patrol, but they may soon have the powers of Chicago Police officers. As CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, the private security officers now on patrol on the city's Far South Side are expected to have their powers expanded as part of a citywide ordinance now being...
  • Daley to hold gun conference, conduct search for Duncan successor

    12/18/2008 9:53:41 AM PST · by rellimpank · 26 replies · 1,008+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 dec 08
    Mayor Richard Daley said today that Chicago will host a "gun conference" next month to look for ways to beef up gun laws and get guns off the streets. The mayor said he would bring in leaders from across the country and people who have lost loved ones to gun violence. He said the attendees plan to review recent Supreme Court decisions that limited how cities can regulate guns.
  • Gov: Chicago may get troopers, National Guard

    07/16/2008 5:21:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies · 257+ views
    Gov: Chicago may get troopers, National Guard By DON BABWIN | Associated Press Writer 5:14 PM CDT, July 16, 2008 CHICAGO - Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday raised the possibility of bringing in state troopers or even the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago combat a recent increase in violent crime -- an offer that Mayor Richard Daley didn't know was coming. Appearing at signing ceremony for a bill that toughens the penalty for adults who provide guns to minors, Blagojevich said "violent crime in the city of Chicago is out of control." "I'm offering resources of the state to...
  • The New Yorker investigates Chicago influences on Obama

    07/13/2008 8:50:38 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 45 replies · 282+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2008 | Ed Lasky
    Ryan Lizza writes a New Yorker article entitled "Making it: How Chicago shaped Obama." If you ask me, Barack Obama does not come off well here. Calculating politicians, ready to find scapegoats and godfather to pull levers for him and shower money unto him. But more importantly, 15 pages later, I find no evidence that Obama accomplished anything other than helping out on Project Vote. My guess is that he allied himself with ACORN on that one, but we don't see any information on that. Lizza ignores his work on what he calls the two "liberal foundations" -- which is...
  • Dan Proft: Firing Back at King Richard (in Self-Defense)

    07/03/2008 10:06:00 AM PDT · by JulianaJohnson · 5 replies · 145+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | July 3, 2008 | Dan Proft
    Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has chosen to make the gun issue personal. Okay, I'll bite. Daley's reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling last week (D.C. v. Heller) overturning the Washington, D.C. ban on gun ownership was as predictable as it was incoherent. In one of his signature assaults on logic, Daley, a known enemy of modern contrivances like "facts", deftly managed to completely mischaracterize the Court's holding at the same time as embarrassing the faculty at DePaul University School of Law where he somehow obtained a law degree. "You can't carry a gun into the Supreme Court...and so why should...
  • McCain: Chicago Gun Ban Infringes On Rights

    06/26/2008 9:49:13 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 129+ views ^ | June 26, 2008
    Republican Presidential Candidate Singles Out Chicago In Statement Praising Supreme Court Ruling - Gun Rights Ruling May Change Chicago Law - ARLINGTON, Va. (CBS) ― U.S. Sen. John McCain said Thursday that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gun ownership showed that the Chicago handgun ban has "infringed on the constitutional rights of Americans." The presumptive Republican presidential nominee called the ruling a "landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States." "For the first time in the history of our Republic, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was...
  • Mayor Daley Calls Supreme Court's Gun-Ban Reversal 'A Very Frightening Decision'

    06/26/2008 10:06:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies · 232+ views ^ | June 26, 2008 | Jeff Coen and Melissa Patterson|
    High court strikes down Washington D.C. law in ruling that could have Chicago implications - An angry Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday called the Supreme Court's overturning of the Washington D.C. gun ban "a very frightening decision" and vowed to fight vigorously any challenges to Chicago's ban. The mayor, speaking at a Navy Pier event, said he was sure mayors nationwide, who carry the burden of keeping cities safe, will be outraged by the decision. Chicago's handgun ban, which has lasted for more than a quarter-century, came under threat earlier in the day when the Supreme Court decided that Washington...
  • CCRKBA Says Chicago Alderman Should Suffer Like Other Gun Owners

    05/23/2008 7:07:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies · 187+ views
    CCRKBA ^ | 22 May, 2008 | CCRKBA
    BELLEVUE, Wash., May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicago Alderman Richard Mell ought to be prosecuted like any other negligent gun owner for failing to re-register his firearms under an ordinance he helped pass, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. "I don't care if anti-gun Mayor Richard Daley supports giving Mell a break, and it doesn't matter that Mell is the father-in-law of Gov. Rod Blagojevich," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "For years, the draconian ordinance supported by Mell and enforced by Daley has terrorized Chicago gun owners. It's time for Mell to face his...
  • CCRKBA Blasts Daley for Giving Cops Machine Guns But Keeping Citizens Disarmed

    04/29/2008 11:17:30 AM PDT · by EdReform · 17 replies · 58+ views
    NEWS RELEASE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms 12500 N.E. Tenth Place Bellevue, WA  98005 CCRKBA BLASTS DALEY FOR GIVING COPS MACHINE GUNS BUT KEEPING CITIZENS DISARMED For Immediate Release: April 29, 2008 BELLEVUE, WA – Anti-gun Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has taken one more step toward turning his city into a police state by planning to give police fully automatic M4 carbines, while still fighting to block the gun rights of citizens not only in Chicago but throughout Illinois, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. “Here’s one...
  • Top aides urged not to forget the boss ( Chicago : Culture of Corruption )

    12/10/2006 6:07:01 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 720+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 7, 2006 | Todd Lighty and Laurie Cohen
    it's a Christmas tradition for the boss to give gifts to the workers. At Chicago's City Hall, the boss--Mayor Richard Daley--also gets a gift. A memorandum sent out last month on city stationery asks department heads and senior staffers to give a "$35 voluntary donation (no checks please)" toward a gift for the mayor and his wife, Maggie. The offering will be presented at the Daleys' annual holiday party for staffers to be held Friday at Kendall College. In past years, employees have given the Daleys gifts such as a saltwater aquarium and a piece of artwork from China. This...
  • 2 Dem. Congressmen Won't Challenge Daley ( downright giddy Jesse Jackson Jr )

    11/09/2006 10:49:32 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 607+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2006 | DEANNA BELLANDI
    Two Democratic congressmen who could have mounted formidable challenges to longtime Mayor Richard Daley announced Thursday that they will not run for mayor next year because of their party's new found power in Congress. The power shift on Capitol Hill bodes well for both Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Luis Gutierrez. "More than any time since I took my initial oath of office, I am excited, eager, and downright giddy about the prospects in Washington," said Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. "In short, Tuesday's election made for a big night, and a new day." Jackson said...