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  • Body found burned in River North identified as veteran real estate attorney

    01/19/2017 4:28:56 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A badly burned body found on the floor of a River North parking garage early Tuesday has been identified as a 60-year-old real estate attorney, officials said. Louis S. Cohen, 60, was of the 200 block of Ivy Lane in Highland Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Wednesday was pending and did not determine a cause and manner for Cohen’s death, the office said. Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, police and fire crews responded to a fire in the 11th floor of a parking garage in the 300 block of North LaSalle Drive and found...
  • How Rubio helped his ex-con brother-in-law acquire a real estate license

    12/30/2015 11:14:06 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/30/2015 | Scott Higham and Manuel Roig-Franzia
    When Marco Rubio was majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives, he used his official position to urge state regulators to grant a real estate license to his brother-in-law, a convicted cocaine trafficker who had been released from prison 20 months earlier, according to records obtained by The Washington Post. In July 2002, Rubio sent a letter on his official statehouse stationery to the Florida Division of Real Estate, recommending Orlando Cicilia "for licensure without reservation." The letter, obtained by The Washington Post under the Florida Public Records Act, offers a glimpse of Rubio using his growing political power...
  • No one, and I mean no one, has been a bigger supporter of the hardliners in Iran than Obama

    08/06/2015 11:21:55 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-06-15 | DrJohn
      The Barack Obama career tree is decorated with ornaments of failure. Most notable among the early disasters is Grove Parc. Grove Parc was a housing project in Obama's district in Chicago. Obama used it as a springboard for his political ambitions. He enmeshed himself with the slumlords Valerie Jarrett and Tony Rezko and subsequently Obama got campaign funding while Jarrett and Rezko got wealthy. The residents suffered for it. Back in 2012 I said this would be the blueprint for the Obama Presidency: Grove Parc was the blueprint for the Obama Presidency. It’s a shame that no one in...
  • Lehman Brothers: Obama’s Rezko-Auchi conflict of interest

    09/17/2008 11:34:21 AM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 13 replies · 325+ views
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 09-17-08 | Andrew Walden
    Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama was quick to blame the bankruptcy of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers on Republicans’ “failed philosophy”. Obama’s September 15 comments were repeated throughout the media--yet reporters have not noted Obama’s glaring conflict of interest—the Lehman debt owed to a bank owned by the financier who loaned millions of dollars to Tony Rezko.
  • Report: Obama Toasted Saddam's Frontman at Rezko Party who is the guy..far right?

    12/17/2008 7:40:19 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 5 replies · 839+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | april 6th 2008 | gateway pundit
    Mr. Nadhmi Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who has supported US Presidential candidate Barack Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
  • DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom

    09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Illinois PayToPlay ^ | 9/20/12 | Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief
    Illinoispaytoplay.com (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing. IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.) IP2P is also investigating...
  • Mob squeezed him; city squeezes widow (Kass: Chicago outfit, Daley machine)

    07/05/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 1,139+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-4-09 | John Kass
    Whether the name of Richie Urso ever makes it into the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich next June is anybody's guess. You've probably never heard of Richie Urso. But the FBI sure has heard of him. His is a classic Chicago story, about a beefy yet charming guy born on Grand Avenue, who got in trouble with the law as a kid, only to make political friends and become extremely wealthy. He was arrested once for jewelry theft in the '60s by the Outfit's top Chicago police detective, William Hanhardt. Urso's alleged partner in the theft was the...
  • City aims to jump-start Near South Side development

    07/11/2013 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 2 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    The city is trying to kick-start development of vacant 62-acre parcel near downtown controlled by a controversial Iraqi billionaire once linked to convicted Democratic influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
  • Thanks Sammie, and you can keep the shirt.

    12/27/2014 6:24:35 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-27-2014 | MOTUS
    Although he announced his plans earlier this month, we were hoping against HOPE that he would change his mind. So it is with a heavy heart that I must report that the rumors are true - we are losing chef Sammie Kass; he’s moving to New York. To be with his new wife, Ms.NBC news hostess, Alex Wagner. She’s a former political activist and music-magazine editor, so she’s probably got a great future at Ms.NBC. The foxy couple, in an unposed photo for Vogue Here’s how Vogue described the power couple:  “She’s a rising television-news star. He’s the consummate White...
  • NBC's Todd: Christie's Media 'Free Ride' is Over, 'Welcome to the Vetting Process' for 2016

    01/10/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 9, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    On Thursday's NBC Today, political director Chuck Todd reveled in the wall-to-wall media coverage of the bridge closing controversy surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: "Welcome to the NFL....he has gotten a lot of benefit by being sort of this Republican rising star in the New York City media markets, so he gets a lot of access to media attention, access to national media. And so he's had a free ride, if you will. Well now, welcome to the vetting process." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Todd's comments were prompted by co-host Matt Lauer...
  • Politically connected ex-Mutual Bank president barred from banking ( Obama mentioned )

    07/01/2013 6:59:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 01, 2013 | Steve Daniels
    Amrish Mahajan, former president of failed Mutual Bank of Harvey and a major fundraiser for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been barred from future participation in the banking industry under a newly released regulatory order. Mr. Mahajan consented, without admitting or denying unsafe or unsound banking practices, to a May 1 order by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. prohibiting him from participating “in any manner” in the conduct of the affairs of any federally insured institution. ... Mr. Mahajan was known for his political connections, particularly to Mr. Blagojevich. Mutual Bank briefly entered the realm of national politics after...
  • Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

    12/30/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | John A. Shaw
    In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States. The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains widely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent millions of dollars to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is...
  • Patrick Fitzgerald Joins Law Firm Of Obama's Former White House Counsel

    10/30/2012 8:22:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Advance Indiana ^ | 10/29/12 | Gary R. Welsh
    It's business as usual in Chicago. After protecting President Barack Obama from criminal liability for his corrupt relationship with convicted political fixer Tony Rezko, former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has been rewarded with a partnership in the Chicago office of New York-based law firm giant Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The firm counts among its partners, Greg Craig, Obama's first White House Counsel, who had to help navigate Obama through Fitzgerald's investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attempt to sell Obama's Senate seat, from which he resigned shortly after being elected President but before he was sworn...
  • Rezko Buddy Plans Iraqi Parliament Run (Chicago Way travels)

    12/13/2009 9:22:17 PM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 440+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12-13-09 | Steve Bryant
    How do you say "corruption" in Arabic? A college pal of Tony Rezko who was accused of embezzlement, jailed in Iraq's Green Zone, and then escaped from prison and fled to Jordan is now running for a seat in Iraq's parliament, reports USA Today. Aiham Alsammarae, a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who attended the Illinois Institute of Technology with Rezko -- and who helped raise part of Rezko's $8.5 million bail -- was appointed to run the electricity ministry in 2003 after Saddam Hussein's ouster. During his tenure, a Rezko-owned company won a $50 million contract from Alsammarae's ministry. The deal...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Your Guide to Sleazy Democratic Party-Backed Banks

    07/18/2012 4:03:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod and his hatchet people are still yammering about GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney's overseas investments. It's time for the Romney campaign to educate voters about all the shady financial institutions embraced by Democrats right here on American soil. The fat-cat narrative attacks on Republicans won't go away by making nice with the White House -- or by relying on Beltway journalists to drop their double standards and vet the president's own bad bank entanglements. Indeed, The New York Times admitted this week that their staff and other political journalists from every major media outlet submit...
  • Valerie Jarrett. The Real Power & Corruption Behind The Oval Office. Part 1, 2

    06/09/2012 4:18:14 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 51 replies
    Blogster ^ | 6-3-12 | JoAnne Mor
    We have often heard Valerie Jarrett is the de-facto President. That might not be far from the truth. Our team has been exhaustively researching this woman,...again. We went back over notes, articles and saved links, as well digging deeper into new documents that we've gotten a hold of. Valerie Jarret is very powerful. I am hoping to keep our article brief, but there is an awful lot to share. As you may know, Valerie Jarrett is Obama,'s closest cabinet member. That is no coincidence. She is one who helped get him where he is. Sure, he knew all the street...
  • Documents: Obama friend Whitaker had history with Jeremiah Wright

    05/16/2012 12:02:59 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 16, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller show that President Barack Obama’s close friend Eric Whitaker, who runs the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative, spoke at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago-area church in 2006. Whitaker was a speaker at Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ during a Sept. 17, 2006 “Health Care Justice Forum,” according to a church bulletin TheDC obtained. The bulletin is no longer on the church’s website. Whitaker made headline news Monday when New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein alleged during a radio interview with Sean Hannity that Whitaker offered Wright $150,000 to stay silent...
  • Tony Rezko sentenced to 10.5 years in prison (wow!)

    11/22/2011 9:17:22 AM PST · by STARWISE · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-22-11 | Natasha Korecki
    A federal judge sentenced Tony Rezko to 10 1/2 years in prison Tuesday, describing his actions under Rod Blagojevich’s tenure as “selfish and corrupt.” Rezko has already served about 44 months. His daughter burst into tears at hearing the sentence. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said she found it offensive that Rezko put at risk the Teachers’ Retirement System by scheming for kickbacks with a board member in 2004. “You put their retirements at risk for your own greed and your own thirst for power,” St. Eve said. A pale, thin Rezko gave a brief statement before he learned...
  • How much time will Tony Rezko serve? (sentencing today- will he stay mum forever?)

    11/22/2011 8:38:37 AM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-21-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Long known as the “political fixer,” who was friends with a politically young Barack Obama, Tony Rezko once grabbed headlines in a presidential campaign. At the same time in Illinois, Rezko’s name was synonymous with a federal investigation into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But since Rezko volunteered to go jail after his 2008 conviction, he’s settled in as not much more than a footnote in both politics and corruption. That’s partly because the investigation into Blagojevich exploded after Rezko’s trial, taking a new turn involving the sale of President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat — conduct that happened when Rezko was...