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Furor Over Casino License Ignores Another Big Story PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 13 April 2004 18:00
With all the breathless coverage of the Illinois Gaming Board’s decision to put a riverboat in Rosemont, a big story has been completely ignored. Why did the board’s staff twist so many facts, ignore so many problems, and neglect to look into serious mob ties in order to put a casino next door to Rosemont, in Des Plaines? You don’t have to look much further for proof that staff favored Des Plaines than its selection of the casino-bidding finalists.

 
Illinois House Member Poses Problems for Daley Operation PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 06 April 2004 18:00
For well over two years, John Daley’s 11th Ward organization has carried state Representative Patricia Bailey (D-Chicago) on its back. Daley is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s brother. Bailey’s mother was one of a very small handful of influential African Americans who endorsed Rich Daley during his first successful mayoral race in 1989.

 
Questions Abound About New Illinois Riverboat License PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 30 March 2004 18:00
Last fall, Governor Rod Blagojevich took a brief but nasty beating in the Chicago media. Thick smoke from a super-hot fire killed nine people in a Loop office high-rise. One of the building’s managers, Elzie Higginbottom, was a Blagojevich campaign contributor, and when the city and the county dragged their collective investigatory feet, the media demanded that the governor step in.

 
Inside Obama’s Illinois Landslide PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 23 March 2004 18:00
Barack Obama’s victory in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary for Illinois looks a lot like Glenn Poshard’s 1998 Democratic gubernatorial primary win, only upside down. Poshard won a bunch of small southern Illinois counties with overwhelming margins.

 
Anger with Phone Company Could Be Big Factor in Illinois Elections PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 16 March 2004 18:00
Illinois Bell, Ameritech, SBC. Whatever you call it, the phone company’s name appears to be mud with at least some Illinois voters. Last year, you might remember, Texas-based mega-corporation SBC muscled a bill through both the Illinois House and Senate that opponents claimed would double some local phone bills.

 
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