Pundit Patrol

Mark Brown: “Fresh from defending the use of town firefighters to demolish his pool house, a south suburban mayor has some more explaining to do about his home rehab project.

“The State Board of Elections is questioning about $40,000 in campaign expenditures by Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch, most of which Welch originally reported spending to remodel his campaign headquarters.

“It turns out the headquarters in question is inside Welch’s three-car garage, which he is in the process of expanding and equipping with a new kitchen and bathroom to better serve as a party and meeting room.”

John Kass: “The saga of King Rudolph the Great and his quest to build an 8-foot stone wall surrounding his gigantic castle traveled to Chicago’s City Hall on Friday.

“Chicago was once a land of bungalows. But now, more castles are cropping up, and King Rudolph’s is a doozy.”

Steve Chapman: “It’s hard to imagine he would be so indulgent if we learned that John McCain had a long association with a former Klansman who used to terrorize African-Americans. Obama’s conduct exposes a moral blind spot about these onetime terrorists, who get a pass because they a) fall on the left end of the spectrum and b) haven’t planted any bombs lately.”

Dale’s Mailbag: (near bottom) “The larger issue is the loss of faith in the system . . . We will return to documenting Gov. Blagojevich’s attack on Illinois’s outdoors in coming Sundays.”

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