Category Archives: Evil Rich People

Fight Far From Over!

Just released by Save Grant Park:

Fight over Children’s Museum Far from Over
City Council vote only Round One in a 15 Round Fight

CHICAGO – While expressing disappointment over the City Council’s decision to provide over $539 million in taxpayer subsidies for a children’s museum in Grant Park, opponent’s of the move say the fight is far from over. In addition to the current lawsuit against the city and several more that are planned, Save Grant Park says they will continue grassroots efforts to block construction of the Children’s Museum at Allstate Place.

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Odds & Ends

* Phil Kadner has more on Tony Rezko’s meeting with Jesse Jackson Jr. to discuss the proposed Peotone airport.

* Rich Miller has a dispatch about a state legislator angry about the governor’s slow response to downstate flooding.

* Media Matters has more about that “terrorist fist jab” that Barack and Michelle Obama apparently use to activate secret cells the world over.

* Ben Joravsky has more on Greg Hinz’s story this week about another Daley Special.

* CTA Tattler has more on that too.

Bob Dylan on George Ryan

“Former Gov. James R. Thompson doesn’t get it and never will. Why should George Ryan remain in prison? Bob Dylan answered the question decades ago in his song, ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,'” Mark P. Bloedel of Oak Park writes in a letter to the Sun-Times today.

As Bloedel – via Dylan – goes on to explain, “George Ryan must finish his sentence because the ladder of law must have no top and no bottom.”

The [Friday] Papers


* I think everyone’s missing the point about Mayor Richard M. Daley speaking at Northwestern’s commencement. Does NU president Henry Bienen believe that Daley is a good role model for ethical public service?

* Tony Rezko’s Las Vegas gambling debts.

* Children’s Museum parody songs.

Over at today’s Beachwood Reporter.

Please visit, and then return here for more political blogging throughout the weekend, after I duck out for some coffee that sadly won’t be from Dunkin’ Donuts.

War Council

“‘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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Friends of Stroger

The Sun-Times reported in a brief last week that Todd Stroger is holding a $125-a-person fundraiser this Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. I’m going to totally steal the list of names on Stroger’s fundraising committee from the S-T’s fine Cook County reporter, Steve Patterson, so we can start pointing fingers for Stroger’s coming re-election campaign and possible victory. The comments are mine.

* Former county assessor Tom Hynes. Still making up for running against Harold Washington; will also look for payback when his son, Tom, runs for whatever he runs for next.

* Investment banker John Rogers. Also a big Obama benefactor.

* Emil Jones, natch.

* Michael Madigan. Will call in favors when Lisa runs for governor

* Alds. Carrie Austin, Bill Banks, Anthony Beale, Howard Brookins, Walter Burnett, Willie Cochran, Toni Foulkes, Leslie Hairston, Michelle Harris, Lona Lane, Freddrenna Lyle, Toni Preckwinkle, Gene Schulter, Latasha Thomas, and JoAnn Thompson. Every one of them should be punished at the ballot box for putting personal loyalties and myopic political calculation above the public interest.

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Our little corner of the world is a less joyous place today than when the weekend started. The Spindle is dead.

* “Grassroots activism lost to corporate America [Friday] night when the 50-foot Berwyn ‘Spindle,’ an eight-car kabob, was dismantled under cover of darkness. Cermak Plaza’s pop icon was taken down with a crane to make room for a proposed Walgreens.”

* “Artist Says He Was ‘Heartbroken’ To Learn of Demolition.”

* All that’s left is the base.

* The Spindle by Flickr.

* State senate resolution to save the Spindle.

* I wonder if the pending pay raise for state officeholders would have been enough to save the Spindle. Somebody do the math.

* Isn’t this the sort of thing that earmarks were designed for?