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Mike Quigley - Our Loss is the Nation's Gain

Mar
04

It says something about a public official when amid the euphoria of them winning election, there's a nagging tinge of regret for what they're leaving behind.

That's what I feel about Mike Quigley winning the Democratic nomination in IL-05. Finally a bit of good news coming out of Illinois! On the other hand, I think most people feel it's going to be a challenge at the local level to find someone to fill his shoes.

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Homage to Paul Harvey

Mar
01

My first reaction to hearing that Paul Harvey had died -- to be honest -- was surprise that he was still alive.

It's not like I followed his career all that much. In fact, while he may have broadcast in Chicago, the first time I heard of him was in the wild squatter scene of West Berlin in the 1980s when one of the few radio stations in English was Armed Forces Radio and he was on that.

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My Progressivism is Bigger than Your Progressivism

Feb
28

I'd be completely happy with Tom Geoghegan as congressman in IL-05 but I have no idea why his campaign is passing around the endorsement from this guy:

"Democratic primary voters face a choice ... between a brilliant independent progressive intellectual and a handful of legislators with strong organizational links, a veneer of independence, and little indication of profound progressive commitment or intellectual imagination."

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Chicago Tribune High on Drugs?

Feb
26

So according to the Chicago Tribune, reaction in the Chicago area to Obama's Address was "mixed". Here's their headline:

"Chicago Area Residents Give Barack Obama's Stimulus Bill Mixed Reviews"

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Recall is to Reform What Amputation is to Weight Loss

Feb
04

I'm sorry but Don Rose lost my vote in his attempt to show why Tom Geoghegan is the best candidate for IL-05 the moment he laid the following egg:

Feigenholtz disappears when key reform votes come up, such as the bill to permit recall of public officials. (Fritchey voted "no.")

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Privatization of Public Assets

Feb
01

From the account in the Sun-Times of today's 5th Congressional Candidates Debate:

"Privatization of public assets is like selling off your furniture in order to pay your mortgage," Fritchey said to loud applause from the 500 observers who turned out on Super Bowl Sunday.

Actually it's more like selling off one of your bedrooms in order to pay your mortgage. Once you do it, it's kind of hard to get that bedroom back.

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Tribune's Freedom Museum to Close Down?

Jan
30

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The article says the museum will "vacate its location in the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue and begin to operate a 'mobile museum' that will go to schools and Chicago neighborhoods".

It always seemed an unnatural mix.

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Putting an End to Chicago Tribune Moral Superiority Gloat Syndrome

Jan
29

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Reading the pathetic dribble from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board is a painful exercise even on a good day. But what can you say about a piece that begins with this:

We write human history in red blood and raw courage.

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Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of War And Poverty Is Finally Over'

Jan
17

Bush says bye-bye. America says don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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GOP Marching Orders on Jr. Senator from Illinois

Jan
13

The GOP Marching Orders have already come down:

"Every time voters see Roland Burris, they'll think of that other notorious RB, Rod Blagojevich. Burris wants this Senate seat so desperately that he'll even accept it from a guy who allegedly tried to sell it....

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