“‘I don’t think we should preclude an attack on Iran if it’s necessary,’ Ald. Bernie Stone (50th) grumbled to John Mearsheimer, a University of Chicago political science professor,” the Tribune reports.
“‘When would it be necessary?’ asked Mearsheimer, an expert on international security policy.
“‘That I don’t know,’ said Stone, an expert on zoning policy.”
“We’ve always taken up issues besides collecting the garbage,” said Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th).
Like approving animal torture for entertainment purposes.
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If you mess with the bull, you get the horns.
Especially if the bull is U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
Carol Marin will lead a panel on today’s bombshell – and we’re still absorbing yesterday’s bombshell! – from the Tony Rezko trial on Chicago Tonight tonight.
Right now, he’s the governor’s worst nightmare.
Some quick background:
“Recently, Ali Ata, the former president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and a close associate of Othman, also came under scrutiny, this time by Chicago’s other newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times,” Ray Hanania wrote in 2005.
“Ata was a major contributor to the candidacy of Blagojevich, who served as a congressman before becoming governor. Ata reportedly donated more than $60,000 to Blagojevich. Ata has been active in supporting Arab American causes and was instrumental in helping to make ADC active in Chicago.
“But Ata’s ties to the state date back to Edgar and Ryan. He and three partners received more than $3.2 million when they convinced the state to lease a building they owned at 3500 W. Grand Avenue on Chicago’s poverty-stricken West Side in the early 1990s.”
New York Times: “A government witness testified on Monday at the trial of the Chicago businessman Antoin Rezko that Senator Barack Obama attended a party in 2004 that Mr. Rezko held to court a controversial Iraqi-born investor for a large real estate project.”
Chicago Tribune: “Just weeks after winning the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in 2004, Barack Obama was the guest of developer Antoin “Tony” Rezko at a party for a controversial British billionaire whom Rezko was trying to lure into an investment, a witness testified Monday at Rezko’s corruption trial.”
Sun-Times: “Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was again drawn into Tony Rezko’s corruption trial on Monday, when the prosecution’s star witness placed Obama at a party for an Iraqi-born billionaire who was later barred entry to the United States.”
Associated Press: “A mysterious billionaire with his hands on a major chunk of Chicago real estate and at least passing familiarity with some of Illinois’ top politicians has surfaced in the federal fraud trial of political fundraiser Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko.”
Beachwood Reporter: “Contrary to Obama’s persistent claims, he indeed did favors for Tony Rezko.”
So it turns out he was at that party! Looks like Barack Obama picked a bad week to try to quit smoking. Rezko Watch has a lot of the background and there’ll be plenty more to chew on as this develops . . .
Where will DNC Chairman Howard Dean be the day after the Pennsylvania primary?
Right here in Chicago at a cocktail reception hosted by Manny and Pat Pulido Sanchez in their home at The Heritage at Millennium Park.
And those cocktails better be good and strong – the entry fee is $500 per guest on the low end, $2,500 to be an Event Host, and $5,000 for entry into the Chairman’s Circle, which I’m guessing means drinking with Howard Dean himself in a spare bedroom.
Day: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Co-sponsors: the DNC Hispanic Leadership Council and Chicago Finance Council
RSVP: Call the DNC.
Source: Chicago Latino Network.