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Racial-Slippage Theory Ignores Illinois History PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 04 May 2004 18:00
The concept of “racial slippage” is back, and it’s being misapplied to Illinois. Racial slippage describes a situation of minority candidates doing worse than the polls predict. According to the theory, some white voters lie to pollsters and tell them they support a black candidate because they might be embarrassed to admit that they aren’t going to vote for an African American.

 
Madigan Upends “Quiet” Year with Criticism of Illinois Governor PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:00
This was supposed to be a quiet year at the Illinois statehouse. The Democrats have some vulnerable incumbents, particularly in the House. The fewer problems, the less controversy, the better for incumbents with tough campaigns ahead.

 
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.

 
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