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|Chicago Ecoomic Royalists Eye Public School Money Pot
Why are so many of Chicago Financial elite so interested in public education? Like sleek predator birds circling a large wounded animal, Chicago's economic royalist are eyeing the Chicagol Public ...
|Cash-strapped Chicago has paid half a billion dollars in police brutality settlements since 2004
Rekia Boyd, shot and killed by Chicago Officer Dante Servin With 49 elementary schools closing this summer , with pensions being slashed, and with public services being cut all over Chicago, the ...
|Please Help a Kossack Increase His Online Access: Fundraiser for a Laptop for Chitown Kev
Many of you know Chitown Kev , a Kossack who is (among other distinctions) an administrator of Black Kos and Milk Men and Women. He is an astute observer, an effective analyst, and a fine writer ...
|Smoking gun: Prosecutor Anita Alvarez deliberately undercharged officer who killed Rekia Boyd
Rekia Boyd On Monday, Judge Dennis Porter made a decision that shocked lovers of justice across the nation. Presiding over the case against Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, who shot and killed ...
|The real possibility that Prosecutor Anita Alvarez deliberately tanked the Rekia Boyd murder case
Cook County Prosecutor Anita Alvarez This is the type of blog post that really won't make much sense unless you watch the video below the fold. It's the most important video I've shared in months ...
|The Chicago election: the electoral revolution that didn't happen
It was one helluva an election season on the shores of Lake Michigan. Last summer I was brimming with optimism. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) had people out canvassing the neighborhoods. CTU ...
|Chicago cop walks after State's Attorney only brings "reckless" charges
22 year-old, Rekia Boyd, RIP Another cop kills and walks.... Here's the back story In March 2012, ...
|$1.4 Billion Chicago Schools Spending Gone Wild: 122% Increase
Mayor Rahm Emanuel names Barbara Byrd-Bennett as the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools at a news conference in October 2012. In a page out of "...
|Hyde Park Johnny||04/20/2015||9||8||-||-|
|GOP Sen. Mark Kirk, confronted with huge gaffe, has the solution: He won't talk about race anymore
Sen. Mark Kirk At a time when ...
|Chicago is offering $5 million reparations package to victims tortured by police||Walter Einenkel||04/16/2015||7||12||-||-|
|The police shooting video Chicago has paid $5 million for us not to see
Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police On October 20, 2014, something so egregious, so awful, so unjust took place on the streets of Chicago that the city, already in a deep deficit,
|IL, CA & MD-Sen: Duckworth (D), Harris (D) & Edwards (D) Keep Up The Fight For Equal Pay
Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D. IL) U.S. Senate campaign on behalf of herself and California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D. CA) and Rep. Donna Edwards' (D. MD) U.S. ...
|Republican senator: Let's make 'the black community not the one we drive faster through'
Sen. Mark Kirk (at right)
|Bill Foster won't run, endorses Duckworth for Senate
I didn't see this posted anywhere, so I wanted to mention that Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) has decided against a senate run and will support Rep. Tammy Duckworth in her 2016 bid to unseat Illinois ...
|Illinois governor cuts autism funding on World Autism Day
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) Some ...
|Cartoon: The way to win
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|IL, MO & OH-Sen: Franken (D. MN) Helps Duckworth (D), Kander (D) & Strickland (D) Get Ready To Win
Wanted to pass this e-mail along from one of my favorite U.S. Senators in support of these three great candidates:
|I despise Rahm.
It is difficult for me to put into language the anger I feel at Rahm's reelection. For most of my adult life I have striven to remove hate from my life, but "democrats" like Rahm, and Andrew Cuomo, ...
|Rahm Emmanuel wins again?
So what's up with this? Why no diaries on Rahm DINO who had to run in a runoff because he couldn't get enough votes to win outright. Then Rahm runs against a progressive and slanders him as an ...
|BREAKING: Reports Of Pre-Marked Ballots For Rahm In Chicago
I've only seen this on one outlet, but it's hitting social media: It seems that voters in minority wards are receiving paper ballots with Rahm's name already marked. One Facebook status-- ...
|An open letter to my Chicago friends
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Most of you have known me since I was a small child. And while I moved to California 19 years ago, the Windy City will always be my hometown and I care ...
|This week in the war on workers: Judge blocks effort to shut workers up in Chicago mayoral election
Chicago Mayor Rahm ...
|Daily Kos Labor digest: Rahm tries to muzzle transit workers||Laura Clawson||04/03/2015||3||19||-||-|
|Does Dan Lipinski Support Spending Taxpayers' Funds on Elective Erections?
In response to a petition I signed I got this friendly form letter from my congresscritter, Dan Lipinski (bold mine). His B.S. pissed me off, so I wrote an open letter of reply. Was it too much? You ...
|Republican Mark Kirk remembers re-election campaign, blasts Pence on 'religious freedom' law
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), perhaps still feeling the sting from being stupid enough to sign on to Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-AR) ...
|Hey Chicago Kossacks . . .
. . . get yourselves one of these: http://images.dailykos.com/images/136680/thumb/voting_receipt.jpg?1427931186 I just returned from casting my vote for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. This was the easiest ...
|A Progressive Explores a Run for Congress
Greetings Kossacks – My name is Mike Noland and I am exploring a run for Congress in Illinois’ 8th District. While I explore this campaign I plan on having hundreds of conversations with voters,
|Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Tammy Duckworth will take on Mark Kirk
Democratic Senate candiate Tammy ...
|I'm running for Senate
Ten years ago, I nearly lost my life when an RPG tore through the cockpit of my Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq. The only reason I made it home was because of the heroism of my courageous buddies ...
|The Angst of the Rich and Powerful
There have been a couple of recent articles that relate to money and politics that, while infuriating on many levels, have also struck me as very funny. One of them came out yesterday, a broadside ...
|Are Winds of Change Blowing in Chicago?
Czar Rahm Emanuel, otherwise known as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is up for re-election for Mayor of Chicago in week, after being forced into a run-off, after failing to gain a majority of votes in order to ...
|Big News from Chicago: Tammy Duckworth!
U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is going to announce a 2016 Senate run on Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She'll be challenging the incumbent GOP Sen. Mark Kirk. Kirk is seen as ...
|Chicago Mayoral Race: Fundamental Question For Democrats
I've written a few diaries over the last six years. Most of them weren't that great or important. I feel like this one is different. I live Chicago. As you probably know, there's a mayoral ...
|New ad in Chicago: 'Rahm can't change his record. We need to change mayors.'
Chicago Mayor Rahm ...
|Marching on Chicago's far West Side for $15 an hour and a union
Yesterday March 22, several hundred people shut down a McDonalds at Laramie and North Ave on Chicago's Far West Side and then marched on and through a Food 4 Less store located further east. It was ...
|Commander of Chicago Police Unit at Homan Square Resigns. Plus Civil Rights Lawsuit To Be Filed.
Will the dominos continue to fall as happened recently in Ferguson? Or will Nicholas Roti, the chief of the bureau of organized crime, operating out of the now-infamous Homan Square police warehouse,
|Open thread for night owls: Cermak’s 1931 mayoral campaign should inspire 'Chuy' Garcia's effort
Anton Cermak in Miami in 1931 Peter Cole at In These Times writes Why Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Should Look to Anton Cermak’s Chicago ...
|IL-Sen: Kirk (R) Likens Dems' Refusal To Support Anti-Trafficking Bill To Refusal To Abolish Slavery
|America's Fracking Mayor: Rahm Emanuel
When Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the city of Chicago was making lists of top green cities in America. During the election he pledged support to a community movement aimed at closing the polluting ...
|The Illinois Governor's Assault on Unions
You would have to know the Illinois labor movement and the Chicago Federation of Labor to fully understand the seriousness of the new governor’s assault on organized labor. Gov. Bruce Rauner ...
|CNN: Bruce Rauner and When Republican Governors Attack
I have a new piece up on CNN today on the Bruce Rauner budget. It ruthlessly attacks programs that serve the most needy. It also saves money now by eliminating programs that would save the state ...
|Il-Sen; Il-Gov: Why do Rauner & Kirk fear Chuy?
Why aren't Illinois's Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and (2016-vulnerable) Republican Senator Mark Kirk happy at the prospect of a coalition of Latinos, Blacks and 'extreme un-electable Leftists' ...
|emorej a Hong Kong||03/17/2015||14||9||-||-|
|Chicago Fight for $15 joins striking BP oil workers on the picketline
(Note: As of this writing there are reports that Shell, the industry leader, has reached a settlement with the United Steel Workers union which is on strike. Picketlines at BP are still up as of ...
|Urgent: Time is Very Short for Veterans Day Event
I need your help again for this year's Veterans Day event. Each year I sponsor a Veterans Day celebration in my senior building. I don't have enough money at this moment to put it on. This weekend ...
|Chicago's Mayoral Race
Wow. Just wow. On the heels of news that Netanyahu's re-election campaign is hitting the skids, the story from Chicago just adds cream to the pie. As some here know, there is a run-off election in ...
|Two Campaigns that are Game Changers
I'm signing on to two exciting campaigns that would both build the diversity of the Democratic party's leadership and add to progressive strength in this country: Donna Edwards for US Senate in my ...
|Cartoon: A Real Dick
Support ye olde Gentleman Cartoonist here.
|Mark Kirk, Obamacare opponent, will run on his health issues
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) thinks he has a compelling personal story to run for re-election—his stroke in 2012. Unlike his fellow endangered Republicans, ...
|Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rahm softens his image by allegedly screaming his head off||Jeff Singer||03/06/2015||41||11||1||-|
|Rock the Vote: Chicago Mayoral Election Planning Calendar
On April 7, there's going to be a world-historical electoral showdown in Chicago between incumbent Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the insurgent challenger, former Harold Washington lieutenant Jesus "Chuy" ...
|Chicago: It's about more than just an election
For the past 6 months I worked on the electoral campaign of Zerlina Smith, a progressive candidate for Chicago City Council. She was part of a city-wide electoral revolt against austerity politics ...
|Did Former Chicago Cop Richard Zuley Participate in Renditions to Guantanamo?
If one did not know who Richard Zuley was from reporter Jess Bravin's account , or from my article linking Zuley, the ...
|A new poll finds Rahm struggling—but he did just pick up a big Republican endorsement!
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads only 43-39 in ...
|Chicago Mayor: DFA Helps Chuy Garcia (D) Get Ready To Defeat Rahm Emanuel
Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: Today's Chicago Sun-Times ...
|Right-wing union buster Bruce Rauner is actively supporting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who wants to drive down wages and bust unions in Illinois, is actively supporting Rahm Emanuel's re-
|Nope, I'm good.
This photo is starting to whirl around Chicago like a sheet of blowing snow and with similar chilling effect, one hopes, on Rahm Emanuel's reelection chances. H/T and thanks to a good friend on ...
|Rahm is TOO a progressive, because he barely won that one (white) ward
Winning one of the richest neighborhoods—...
|The execrable Rahm Emanuel hits re-election snag: the voters and Chuy Garcia||kos||02/25/2015||174||129||3||-|
|Daily Kos endorsed Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia forces Mayor Rahm Emanuel into runoff
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in a runoff election in April. Markos Moulitsas, the founder and editor of the Daily Kos,
|Reading on Walden Bookstore||02/25/2015||25||27||-||-|
|Chuycago! Gooserock's slogan, posterized (amateurishly)
I love Gooserock's proposed bumper sticker ( in this comment )! So I made a very amateurish version. At least it's bright and cheerful. Maybe someone with much more time and talent can make a better ...
|Laurel in CA||02/25/2015||5||11||-||-|
|Why Rahm Emanuel was forced into a runoff
The major question heading into the Feb. 24 primary wasn't whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel would finish first, it was whether he'd be able to take the majority he needed to avoid ...
|Did The Guardian get played over Homan Square?
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/393084/homan-square-site-chicago-police-deny-report-secret-interrogation-compound The Guardian newspaper published a story Tuesday saying the Chicago ...
|Torture does not stop at water's edge
Charles Pierce, as usual, gets it [herehttp://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33313/this-is-not-america-contd/]: But this is what can happen if you normalize torture in the public mind ...
|Daily Kos Elections Chicago mayor open thread
Chicago voters go to the polls today in the non-partisan mayoral primary. Incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping to win a majority of the vote: If he fails, he'll be forced into an April runoff. ...
|Chicago Police have a "Black Site" to abuse detainees too.
The closer you look at the American Police State, the worse it gets. A week after its (largely unnoticed) series on Chicago police torturer Richard Zuley , The Guardian has another story on Homan ...
|Investigation finds Chicago police has off-the-record interrogation site led by GITMO torturer
The loop has been fully closed on the militarization of American police. In an amazing multi-part investigative series for The Guardian , Spencer Ackerman ...
|More evidence of the U.S. Police State: Black site in Chicago
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' The Guardian The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable ...
|(MAJOR UPDATE) Chicago Police Have Their Own Black Site to Disappear People - Homan Square
UPDATE: Just read this story in Salon The Atlantic which gives further details regarding the Homan Square site in an interview of Tracy Siska, executive director of the Chicago Justice Project who ...
|13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce
The billionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, injected himself into ceremonies in Chicago last week presided over by the city’s Democratic mayor and the nation’s Democratic ...
|Leo W Gerard||02/24/2015||11||25||1||-|
|Chicago has its own Guantanamo
The Guardian is reporting today about a horrifying secret detention center in Chicago . It's not part of the unending war on foreign terror; it's part of a domestic war on our own citizens. The ...
|Daily Kos endorsed Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia condemns Gov. Rauner budget cuts: 'Scott Walker on steroids'
Jesus "Chuy" Garica is garnering wide support throughout Chicago, but has a very strong Latino base. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top challenger, did not like Illinois Governor Bruce ...
|Reading on Walden Bookstore||02/22/2015||17||14||-||-|
|This week in the war on workers: Nevada Republicans follow in Scott Walker's footsteps
Nevada Republicans have taken control, and attacking workers is at the top of their agenda : Republican legislators talked about wanting to ...
|Sports Stadiums Have No Impact on Municipal Economies--So Why is it We Still Subsidize the NFL?
Earlier this week, while driving to work as usual I had my radio tuned to KPCC, the public radio station out of Pasadena, and there was a feature on the moves being made to bring an NFL team to Los ...
|Joe Walsh attacks Sen. Mark Kirk over his stroke, because Joe Walsh is a classy guy
He's baaaaack. Apparently ex-Rep. Joe Walsh (R-NotADeadbeatDad(?)) is serious about wanting to take out not-good-enough Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. He's already talking about whether or not Kirk ...
|Rauner hires supply-side consultant to fleece Illinois
The new Republican governor of Illinois is following the Tea Party handbook to the letter. He just hired Donna Arduin, the business partner of Arthur Laffer, the "economist" whose ideas have ...
|Republican Rauner ready to introduce Illinois to austerity
Gov. Bruce Rauner probably won't be celebrating for long. Newly ...
|Meet Republican maybe-candidate Joe Walsh. Again, I mean.
Yep, that guy. The news that ex-Rep. Joe Walsh (R-NoLongerADeadbeatDad(?)) is "very seriously considering" mounting a ...
|Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrats grin as Joe Walsh threatens to primary Mark Kirk
Joe Walsh Leading Off : • IL-Sen : Awww yeah! Our cat fud brand just got upgraded from "
|Teachers unions take a hit
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been doing ...
|View from the Left—House policies already imperiling Senate Republicans in 2016
"Oh right, 2016. I forgot about that." The lunatic fringe of the Republican House caucus was bound to give the Senate majority migraines, but this week we got a glimpse of just how noxious its right-
|ILL Gov. Rauner's dentures kicked in
For several years, I have been looking norte of the border, and sighing at the whims, ways, and whines coming from Scotty Walker (R-TeaBuggerer). Although there were multiple efforts to slow down or ...
|On DHS funding, Sen. Kirk goes from 'Dems killing Americans' to 'I agree with Dems' at warp speed
Illinois Sen, Mark Kirk Crazy , soon-to-be-one-term Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois: “The Republicans — if there is a successful ...
|Mark Kirk's Over the Top Rhetoric: "Coffins Outside Democrats' Offices"
Senator Mark Kirk is supposed to be one of the "moderate" Republicans, and by comparison he is, showing it by some isolated votes, like his vote to confirm NRA target Surgeon General Murthy last ...
|Who wants to go toe-to-toe with Mark Kirk? The Daily Kos Great Mentioner finds out
Will Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth jump ...
|Rep. Robin Kelly 'thrilled' that Obama designates Pullman National Monument
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) has been a strong proponent of creating a Pullman National Historical Park in the historical district, an architecturally unique neighborhood ...
|Reading on Walden Bookstore||02/11/2015||7||12||-||-|
|House anti-immigrant bill to fund DHS puts four GOP senators in political peril
GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, one of four ...
|Bruce Rauner moves to unilaterally bust unions in Illinois
Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order that effectively makes Illinois a "right-to-work-for-less" state for public-sector workers by allowing non-union public ...
|Five mayoral races to watch in 2015
Former Democratic Rep. ...
|Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Another poll finds Rahm Emanuel up but still lacking a majority||Jeff Singer||01/30/2015||51||11||-||-|
|Chicago Mayor: DFA Fights Back Against Emanuel, Gets Behind The Chicago 7
Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America:
|Defeat Rahm in next 48 hours (by Tuesday midnight)
Due to the work of Chicago Votes , Illinois now has online voter registration . The deadline to register for the February 24, 2015 municipal election is midnight (Central Time) Tuesday, January 27, ...
|Hope Despite All||01/25/2015||11||27||1||-|
|Farewell Mr. Cub: A tribute to Ernie Banks
I know another diarist already wrote about the great Ernie Banks, who died last night at age 83. But Cubs fans everywhere will share some of my memories. Ernie Banks was just the best. All of the ...
|Ernie Banks, Mr Cub, has died.
Just found out a little while ago that Chicago Cubs legend, Ernie Banks has passed away at the age of 83. A part of my childhood has died tonight.
|Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Tammy Duckworth looks at unseating Mark Kirk||Jeff Singer||01/20/2015||43||16||-||-|
|Chicago 12th Ward FBI CoverUp - Alderman Cardenas Investigated and Sued
FULL TEXT OF LAWSUIT AGAINST CHICAGO 12th Ward ALDERMAN GEORGE CARDENAS WHO IS SUPPORTED BY RAHM EMANUEL. AND RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION FEBRUARY 2015. Since we are now in full swing of the ...
|Hyde Park Johnny||01/17/2015||2||3||-||-|
|Governor Rauner's Environment & Energy Adviser Represents Illinois' Worst Polluters
One of Bruce Rauner's first appointments as Governor is a troubling sign for citizens hoping he'll protect the public and environment from toxic pollutants. Rauner's new Policy Adviser for ...
|Daily Kos Labor digest: Karen Lewis returns to CTU!
Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union Big, wonderful news: Karen Lewis is coming back to the Chicago Teachers Union just months after ...
|IL-Sen: MoveOn.org Goes After Kirk (R) & Menendez (D. NJ) On Iran Sanctions Bill
Received this e-mail today from MoveOn.org: Last year Senators Menendez and Kirk tried to ...
|Gov. Bruce Rauner, GOP
This afternoon, Illinois swore a̶t̶ in Gov. Bruce Rauner, the first GOPer since the early 2000s. I don't envy him. Pensions, budget shortfalls, infrastructure, - these are a few of my favorite ...
|#ILComp: Special Election in November 2016 will now happen
Today, the Illinois State Senate and the House both passed a bill in special session that allows for a special election to be called in November 2016 (11.08.2016 to be exact) for the Illinois ...
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