Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dick Durbin, we elected this creep?


Images-5WASHINGTON - Illinois' senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told Washington reporters Tuesday that the Republican House refusing to pass the Senate's amnesty for millions in America illegally was a key reason the Ebola outbreak is becoming a worldwide crisis.
Mr. Durbin suggested that, had the House GOP embraced the legislation, there would be more trained physicians in countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak now is spiraling out of control.
“We included in the immigration reform bill, which passed the United States Senate, a provision which provided, in one respect, if you are medically trained in Africa and promise to serve in Africa for a period of time before going anywhere else, we would honor that and respect that and not allow people to be recruited into the United States if they still had an obligation to their country,” he said at a Senate hearing on the Ebola outbreak Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill.
“And secondly, that doctors in the United States would be able to serve in these crisis situations overseas without jeopardizing their immigration status. That passed the Senate. That was in the immigration reform bill. It was never called for consideration in the House of Representatives.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Obama fights Ebola

Ebola outbreak: Barack Obama 'to pledge US troops to fight virus'

US President Barack Obama is to announce plans on Tuesday to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus, US officials say.
It is understood the US military will oversee building new treatment centres and help train medical staff.
There has been criticism of the slow international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the worst-hit countries. The outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people.
More than half of those killed by the virus have been in Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned recently that the country could see thousands of more cases.
United Nations officials will discuss the international response to the outbreak at a meeting in Geneva.
US officials said the aim of the country's anti-Ebola initiative is to:
  • Train up to 500 healthcare workers a week
  • Construct 17 heathcare facilities, each with about 100 beds
  • Establish a joint command based in Monrovia, Liberia, to co-ordinate between US and international relief efforts
  • Distribute home healthcare kits to thousands of households
  • Conduct a home and community-based campaign to train local people in how to handle patients
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed directly to Mr Obama for help in tackling the outbreak.
Several disease experts have welcomed the US plan, though some also question its focus on Liberia.
"We should see all of West Africa now as one big outbreak," says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, quoted in The New York Times.
"It's very clear we have to deal with all the areas with Ebola."
On Monday, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said greater and faster outside help was needed.
Ebola spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.
Liberia at a glance:
  • Infrastructure devastated by a 14-year civil war
  • About 250,000 people killed in the conflict that ended in 2003
  • One doctor to treat nearly 100,000 people before Ebola outbreak
  • Ebola cases this year: 2,046
  • Ebola deaths this year: 1,224
  • Population: 4.4 million
Source: WHO

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rauner - Somehow his message got lost!


By Mark Rhoads - Bruce Rauner
It is not the headline of the Tribune poll that should worry the handlers of Bruce Rauner because horse race numbers change all the time and Quinn did outspend Rauner by almost two to one on Chicago media during August in an effort to play catch up.
But what should worry the Rauner camp is the fact that the internals of the Tribune poll indicate that "voters view the governor as more trustworthy than his opponent."  You usually only get one chance to make a first impression and even if voters think Quinn is a failure in most ways, if they nevertheless think he can be trusted more than Rauner then Rauner has a major problem that is tough to correct by Nov. 4th.

In spite of Bruce Rauner's personal wealth and business success, he is still running for office for the first time and is making some of the familiar mistakes that first-time candidates often make. One of those mistakes is to follow the advice of handlers who think tailoring positions to polling data and forgetting about any enduring principles is a winning strategy.  It is not, and the Tribuneinternals on the trust problem for Rauner confirm that.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Robert Fioretti for Mayor. I don't know anything about the man except that the Sun-Times does't care for him.

Ald. Fioretti off to the mayoral races

 - Ald. Bob Fioretti - Stephen J. Serio
Ald. Bob Fioretti
Stephen J. Serio

He's tanned, he's fit, he's ready. And you even may have heard of him. But does Bob Fioretti actually have a chance to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel?
The first part of answering that question will come tomorrow, when by all indications the 2nd Ward alderman is scheduled to announce that he's going to take on Mr. Emanuel, whether or not Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis eventually enters the fray.
The alderman, a progressive who has allied with a few City Council colleagues to battle Mr. Emanuel over spending, crime and education, will be in the race to stay, says his campaign manager, Michael Kolenc. "His decision will be final."
Mr. Fioretti's ward on the Near West and Near South Sides is predominantly African-American, but he'll be targeting voters of all races and ethnic backgrounds with a focus on crime, education and job creation, Mr. Kolenc continued. While Mr. Fioretti's message "will be positive," Mr. Emanuel's job approval reading was a sorry 29 percent in one recent poll, Mr. Kolenc added.
Mr. Fioretti, 61, has an engaging personal story to tell.
A native of the Pullman neighborhood, he built his own law firm focusing on business clients and civil-rights cases, survived a brush with cancer and began to move toward a mayoral race after Emanuel allies sliced and diced his 2nd Ward into a half-dozen pieces in the latest reapportionment.
His mouth can get him into trouble. He was sued shortly after taking office by owners of the Congress Plaza Hotel, who alleged that he blocked their renovation plans to help a union that was on strike at the time. Emanuel aides have been known to shake their heads after hearing Mr. Fioretti's latest positions on tax-increment financing and other issues.
"Bob likes to say it the way it is," Mr. Kolenc responds. "He is not going to become a created candidate."
Still, most political strategists usually advise against multiple contenders running against a powerful incumbent because they split the anti-incumbent vote. By that standard, Mr. Fioretti likely would be better off if Ms. Lewis took a pass, and vice versa.
In a quick phone interview today, Ms. Lewis, like Mr. Kolenc, insisted that what someone else does will not affect her.
"I think Bob should do what Bob should do. It's a democracy!" Ms. Lewis said. Whether Ms. Lewis runs is "a question of hitting my benchmarks" on fundraising and voter registration — not on another candidate, she said. And her decision whether to run will come "when I hit my benchmarks."
Mr. Fioretti's campaign fund had about $326,000 in the bank as of June 30 and since has raised perhaps another $50,000. That clearly won't match Mr. Emanuel's nearly $10 million, but Mr. Kolenc expressed confidence that Mr. Fioretti could raise $3 million — "just enough to organize."
We'll see. Meanwhile, as of tomorrow, the race for mayor of Chicago officially begins. The election is Feb. 24.
Update, 2:10 a.m. — Mr. Fioretti and Ms. Lewis do, indeed, risk splitting the anti-Emanuel vote, says Chicago political consultant Thom Serafin, potentially preventing each other from gaining critical mass. But if both gain traction, they could pull enough votes to hold Mr. Emanuel short of the 50 percent margin needed to avoid a runoff.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

States Attorney Anita Alvarez has been caught taking multiple homeowners tax exemptions?

2 Houses

Fox News is reporting that Cook County's primary law enforcement official, the one that is supposed to protect us from crime and corruption, may herself have been receiving two homeowners exemptions. 

Of course it wasn't her fault. It was her husband's fault. That bad guy. He was greedy, inadvertent, unintentional, self-centered and mistaken, all at the same time. Problem is that the real estate belongs to her too. 

Do you want the details? Call her at her office at 312-603-8600. There are many questions to be answered. 

There is no word yet on whether she plans to resign. 

Rev. Peter Mary Rookey, R.I.P.

Helped many.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dale Bennett benefit party, Sept. 20

Dear Friends,
     On January 22, 2014, after a day of work, Dale Bennett, a Chicago Police Veteran of 22 years passed away suddenly.  Dale was a loyal and great friend to many.   He was a loving husband to his wife of 18 years, Cathy.  Dale had three daughters, Lauren, 17 Brooke, 16 and Dayle, 13, who were his purpose in life.   A group of Dale’s friends have joined together to raise funds to offset the cost of the girls’ college educations.
     On Saturday, September 20, 2014, we will hold a benefit at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL.   All of the proceeds will be placed in a trust account for the three girls and together we can make their educations a reality. 
     Please consider donating any goods or services from your business to help us with our silent auction and basket raffles.  You can contact one of our committee members listed below.  They will be more than happy to pick up your donation.  We will also be selling raffle tickets and taking monetary donations at
Please join us :
Do It For Dale’s Daughters Benefit
Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00- 9:00pm
115 Bourbon Street  
 3359 West 115th St,
Merrionette Park, IL.
 Valet Parking Available
Monetary contributions may be made directly to:
                 Do It For Dale’s Daughters
                  c/o First Midwest Bank
         11900 S Pulaski Rd. Alsip, IL 60803
                 Contribute directly online:

Take a chance on the $5,000. Raffle (50.00 per ticket- only 500 tickets being sold)
Tickets in advance - and at the door - $35.00 Adults   $15.00 Kids 12 and under:

                     Donation includes:
             Live Music, Food, Beer & Wine
             Basket Raffles, Silent Auctions

                Honorary Chairs:     
Matthew J. O’Shea-Alderman 19th Ward
 Tom Dart - Cook County Sheriff
James “Skinny” Sheahan – Special Olympics           
Bill Cunningham – Illinois State Senator
Frances Ann Hurley – Illinois State Representative 
            Committee Coordinators                        
Todd Fehsel 708-932-7836
Mike McGrath 773-230-7974        
John Blaney 773-203-9149                                 
David Coyle 773-707-3433
Matt & Trish Maloney 773-318-3751 
Mary Kay Gavin-Marmo 773-729-0811      
Roger Boylan 708-514-6843
Peter Sterchele 630-327-1875
Kevin Sheridan 312-520-1656
Wanda Hicks 773-858-7751                 
 Duane Bennett 773-726-7231  
John Patton 773-972-3245 
  Mike Williamson 773-480-9674
 Chris Sheerin 773-401-9355
Clifford Maloney 708-602-9142 
Joe & Char Luchsinger 773-497-5896 
Margaret McNicholas 773-320-4503  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bill Cunningham


From a local paper, "On Sept 2, Cassell Elementary School Principal Denise Esposito was joined by St. Sen. Bill Cunningham at a ribbon cutting for the Cassell addition." 

Someone please tell me why this creep, who is a major proponent of the gay rights movement and the legalization of marijuana  is hanging around a grammar school. 25 years ago he would have been laughed out of town. 30 years ago he would be in a straightjacket. 

I have to ask is he serious about these radical positions he takes or is he just trying to bullshit us? I find it hard to believe that a man from Mt. Carmel would try to push this crap.