SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Morning Shorts

Thursday, Jul 31, 2008

* Moody’s Downgrades GateHouse On ‘Likelihood’ Of Default

GateHouse Media is likely to default under its credit agreement unless it can negotiate an amendment to its covenants or get a cash injection from its largest stakeholder, Moody’s Investor Service says in a report downgrading the community newspaper publisher’s credit and probability of default ratings.

Moody’s downgraded GateHouse’s Corporate Family rating to Caa1 from B2. Under Moody’s definition, the new rating signifies a “substantial risk” of default.

Moody’s also downgraded its Probability of Default rating to Caa2 from B3.

* GateHouse Media cut to Caa1: Outlook negative - Moody’s

* News business is news-worthy

* Chicagoans happier with their city than Parisians, New Yorkers

* Chicago Lay-Offs a Possibility in Bleak 2009 Budget Picture

* Daley mum on budget shortfall specifics

Daley cited the national economic downturn as the reason he won’t release the city’s preliminary budget numbers to the city clerk by the deadline.

* Trash talk

Under Daley’s plan, the city would be divided into 10 to 20 “franchise areas,” each with a single hauler. Instead of choosing private companies to pick up their waste as they do now, businesses and institutions would be stuck with whatever company the Daley administration picks for them. For seven years.

Let’s see if we have this right: The mayor wants to usurp business owners’ choice, bestow monopolies on 10 to 20 lucky contractors and invite the usual abuses that inevitably occur when lucrative city contracts are in play. What part of this is good for the citizens of Chicago?

* Barking up the wrong tree

This year’s anti-pit-bull measure is a benevolent-sounding proposal to require that dogs (and cats) older than 6 months be spayed or neutered. The City Council got a lot of attention on Tuesday when former TV game show host Bob Barker showed up to talk in favor of the idea.

* Report: Illinois beaches 1st in bacteria levels

* GOP ‘Agenda for Action’ more wish list than blueprint

The Illinois House Republican “Agenda for Action” is a lot like a child’s Christmas list: There are a lot of good things on it, but the likelihood of getting them all is small.

* Lake County Radio Personalities Debate Pros and Cons of a Constitutional Convention

* Meth Coffee fails to amuse Madigan

* Decision to charge piano owners in Birkett’s hands

* Peraica donors include felons

* Alvarez, Peraica still trading barbs on questionable donors

* Peraica giving back donations

* Misspellings, grammar errors put county mag on ice

But county officials have the final say on what’s published. And Tracy accepted $24,999 from Stroger’s administration last November to launch the magazine — $1 under the amount that would have required the approval of the full Cook County Board.

* Pat Cassidy leaves WBBM-AM 780

* Politics Is National in Local Web Campaign

* Billing snafus led to some CTA overcharges

* Metra looking out for the Southland

- Posted by Kevin Fanning        


12 Comments
  1. - Ghost - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 8:50 am:

    Peraica sounds a bit whiny with his back and forth with Alvarez.

    Barker to speak on dog measure…. you just can’t make this stuff up.


  2. - Wumpus - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 9:12 am:

    Wow, Pravda would be proud of Comrad Toddler. I could have edited the newspaper for a nominal fee. I guess that is what happenes when you let political hacks do the work of real professionals.

    I thought democrats were against No-Bid contracts? I guess if theya re good enough for the warzone in Iraq, then they are good enough for the warzone of Chicago.


  3. - Skeeter - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 9:31 am:

    I have to love Burke’s dog ordiance.

    Here’s an idea: Let’s take the most responsible dog owners, and penalize them, since they are the only ones that would actually try and follow a law.

    My German Shep is not neutered because I take GSDs very seriously. I’m a responsible owner who believes that TRAINING is the way to deal with a dog, as is buying a dog only from the most reputable breeder.

    So of course, Burke, in his great wisdom, would require me to pay for a breeder’s license for a dog that I nave no interest in breeding. Perfect.

    When the right starts whining about “Nanny State” they need to look for further than Alderman Burke.


  4. - heet101 - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 9:32 am:

    Nice plucked paragraph on HRO’s agenda…I guess no political reporters have mused on the House dems’ ‘Agenda for Inaction’, ‘Agenda for Dysfunction’, or ‘Agenda for statewide bankruptcy’. At least HRO presented a few proposals that could save people a little money and make kids a little safer. Haven’t seen any type of plan from the dysfunctioncrats….Your left leaning slant is ever present. Welcome back from vacay!


  5. - Wumpus - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 9:54 am:

    Please issue an Amber Alert for Skeeter. I disagree with Skeeter a lot, but he is civil and does not seem to take himself too seriously. He is sounding like one of those nutty gun owners regarding his dogs.

    The breeding license seems like a nice little revenue scheme as there are a lot of responsible dog owners in Chicago who would follow the law.


  6. - DA - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 10:12 am:

    Poor poor Tony Peraica. Exposed for his ties and money from felons all the while running to become the chief lawdog in Cook County. If he wasn’t cooked and done before (and he was), he certainly is now. His best response is to complain that Assistant State’s Attorneys that Alvarez has worked with for two decades gave her some money. Come on! Is that really the best he can do? She got money from her friends and colleagues…prosecutors - he got money from his friends and colleagues…convicted felons. That’s the bottom line. Tony, go away!


  7. - Skeeter - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 11:30 am:

    Wumpus,

    Thanks for the strange personal attacks. They sure added to the debate.

    That being said, people do not spend $10 for a dog license. How many breeder’s licenses do you think they would sell?

    Further, I would like to see some Chicago official check my dog’s area to see if he’s fixed. I have hard time believing that the city is going to add “dog ball checkers” to the city budget.

    It will be on the books, Burke will feel good about doing something [very important of course — we can’t have a cranky Alderman Burke], but nothing will change.


  8. - Wumpus - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 11:35 am:

    No Skeeter, that was a compliment. I agree with you. That is the same arguement many gun proponents make, that is all.

    As for Dog Ball Checkers, I think Stroger still has more family and Daley still has more friends out there. Never say never.


  9. - Skeeter - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 11:51 am:

    Sorry,
    My bad.
    Mis-interpreted the prior comments. The “nutty” through me off.


  10. - Ghost - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 12:11 pm:

    Besides Skeeter, everyone knows that people who raise Pit bulls for cash or for fighting are law abiding citizens who will run out and comply with this measure, thus unknowingly thwarting themselves with their upstanding citizenry.


  11. - Skeeter - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 12:18 pm:

    Ghost,
    Are you trying to suggest that BOB BARKER may be mistaken about the merits of this legislation? But he is a recognized expert in canine reproductive behavior, isn’t he?
    You didn’t think Burke would bring in just some B-list semi-celebrity shill? Barker knows dog behavior and reproduction. Otherwise, why would he be testifying like some sort of expert?
    Maybe they can bring Bob back to check pit bull balls.
    “Fine, Bob, we will pass it but we want you and Burke to to the first examinations.”
    Who knows. Maybe pit bulls LIKE having that checked. We should ask Bob.


  12. - just the facts... - Thursday, Jul 31, 08 @ 1:08 pm:

    re the pet overpopulation and safety ordinance…

    First, there are at least seven exemptions for those owners who do not want to spay or neuter their pets, including a note from your vet — getting a breeding license is only one option for an exemption. Second, no one realistically expects this to be proactively enforced — it’s not the responsible owners who will be targeted, but rather gives the police another tool to use against those who don’t take care of their animals…

    Finally, knock Bob Barker all you want, but he really has dedicated that last 20 or so years of his life to this issue, and he is nationally recognized for doing so.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - More on the state grant suspensions
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser/event list
* How can we miss you if you won't go away?
* Question of the day
* Supreme Court justice ordered to testify
* Chicago downgraded
* Today's number: 4-6 weeks
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Human service cuts and state grant suspensions
* Stating the obvious
* *** UPDATED x1 - Double-down *** They really make this too easy...
* Crain's: "Market-based" solution is rigged
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Even more problems for Schock
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Ask the iTunes Guy: Solving all your playlist problems in iTunes 12
        * How to keep your email private with PGP encryption on your Mac
        * Hands-on with Huawei’s first Android Wear smartwatch
        * Huawei debuts ‘slimmest’ 7-inch phablet at MWC
        * Huawei intros smart wearables at MWC 2015
        * Sony Does A Tablet With An Add On Bluetooth Keyboard
        * MWC 2015: Watch the action unfold on our live social wall!

        * Former PayPal Retail Boss Don Kingsborough Joins Board of Raise, the Hot Gift Card Startup
        * The Best Kitchen and Cooking Shortcuts You Actually Use
        * Samsung’s New Answer to the iPhone
        * Qualcomm has a fingerprint ID technology that uses ultrasound
        * Nikon Outs D7200 DSLR with 24.2MP Resolution
        * 128GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Now Supports Touch ID Encryption
        * Huawei Watch Is A New Android Wear Smartwatch

        * Minnie Miñoso an all-time great, all of the time
        * No one meant more to White Sox than Minoso
        * Beckham getting work around infield
        * Beloved Minnie was a Chicago treasure
        * Baseball mourns the loss of Mr. White Sox
        * White Sox players remember Minoso
        * Rodon will take Sale's spot in Cactus rotation

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * 10 stories you may have missed..
        * Pyke: What local legislators say about transit .....
        * Chicago Tribune: Illinois being surrounded by r.....
        * Who’s Scarier: Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?..
        * Illinois lawmakers to propose measure to battle.....
        * Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains..
        * Wrestling a bloated university system..


        * Eastern Illinois University to name new president on Monday
        * Illinois lawmakers to propose measure to battle heroin abuse
        * Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
        * Major league baseball's 1st black Latino star Minoso dies
        * Garage fire victim died of smoke inhalation, burns
        * Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains
        * President Obama remembers Minnie Minoso as 'Mr. White Sox'
        * Peoria police expand use of gunshot detection technology
        * 16-year-old boy charged with murder in Aurora shooting death
        * Pipeline may carry crude oil through southern Illinois

        * Hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner
        * Tim Butler, congressional staffer, selected to fill former Rep. Rich Brauer's seat
        * Schock reimburses costs for lavish 'Downton Abbey' office decor
        * Brauer replacement could be chosen as early as Saturday
        * Quinn advocates consumer rights, blasts Rauner's budget
        * Rauner says he's 'staying out' of Chicago mayor's race
        * Quinn advocates consumer rights in Loyola speech
        * Judge won't delay sentencing for former state lawmaker Farnham
        * Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti says GOP should court women, Latinos
        * Explore salary information for the state of Illinois

        * Illinois hospitals, health care groups oppose Rauner's cuts to managed care
        * Why even mid-sized trading firms are hurting
        * What's happening with Chinatown's Tony Hu?
        * What's going on at Quick Leonard Kieffer?
        * National Louis University's radical rethink


          * String of residential burglaries hit North, West sides
          * CTA to double speed of some downtown buses that crawl at 3 mph
          * 2 men hurt in shootings on Far South, Northwest sides
          * Traveling Negro Leagues exhibit will be dedicated to Minnie Minoso
          * Missing boy, 12, located
          * Coaching legend Gillespie dies at 88
          * $75K bail for alleged DUI motorist accused of injuring elderly man
          * Autopsy: Minoso died from tear in pulmonary artery
          * Fans of Minnie Minoso pay tribute to player, baseball ambassador
          * Wis. Gov. Walker changes mind about immigration, now rejects 'amnesty'


          * WUIS / SJ-R Business Report - Sprucing Up Springfield; Karpman Furs Closing
          * Ex-Gov. Quinn Begins Collecting $137,000 Pension
          * Will Rauner Get Tough On Getting Tough On Crime?
          * AP: Lawmaker Aaron Schock billed private planes, concerts to taxpayers
          * White Sox icon Minnie Minoso dies
          * Chronic Mismanagement Drove State Into Its Fiscal Mess
          * People
          * Essay – Cashing In On Cutting Carbon
          * Lawmakers Aim To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy For Minors
          * Legislative Checklist March 2015


          * Jorge Chapa: Illinois' majority-minority future and the age-race shift
          * Quote of the Day: Monday, March 2, 2015
          * Hunters, outdoorsmen hope for ally in Rauner
          * Our Opinion: Looking for the leaders among Springfield's candidates
          * Statehouse Insider: That's not a nice thing to say
          * Rep. Rodney Davis and Rep. Mike Bost: Strong financial markets benefit Illinois
          * Quote of the Day: Sunday, March 1, 2015
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Report talk of Houston fundraiser just 'secondhand' info
          * Scott Zeramby: Consider the environment as marijuana industry emerges in Illinois
          * Tim Butler, congressional staffer, selected to fill former Rep. Rich Brauer's seat


          * Winners of SIC WYSE competition announced
          * Moline firefighters, police rescue 3 from apartment blaze
          * Illinois State Police re-route traffic on I-88 after bus fire
          * Freezing rain, sleet and/or snow? All of the above is heading our way
          * Teaching in the Digital Age
          * Decatur man's fascination with Sir Arthur is elementary
          * March is Severe Weather Preparedness Week
          * Wrestling a bloated university system
          * Raymond McIntyre
          * Howard Johns


          * Believe Project: $100 for winter coat and gloves for mom in need
          * Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now
          * Fighting in eastern Ukraine displaces Donetsk's soccer team
          * Di Maria, Mata failing to live up to price tags at United
          * Small SUVs, pricey sports cars to dominate Geneva auto show

          * Rep. Aaron Schock used taxpayer money for ...
          * Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. speaks to report...
          * Congressional art contest for students set...
          * Schock's more humble Peoria office contras...
          * Aaron Schock Repays $forty,000 For 'Downto...
          * Congressman pays back 'Downton Abbey' deco...
          * Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish offic...
          * Rep. Aaron Schock's wide travels raise que...
          * Illinois lawmaker repays $40K for lavish o...
          * Aaron Schock Repays $forty,000 For 'Downto...

          * The Constitution Was 'Fatally Flawed,' Dur......
          * USDA urged to create pathogen standards fo......
          * Democrats caught between Obama-Netanyahu f......

          * Tough talk on Iran, here and abroad...
          * Boehner’s worst failure yet: Incompetence,......
          * AIPAC’s three-pronged lobbying plan: Iran,......

          * Illinois Congressman Shimkus Pans FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules
          * Gone, But Not Forgotten: Jerry Costello ranked 2014's top ex-member donor
          * Northbound Red Line Trains Bypassing Uptown/Edgewater Stations This Weekend
          * CPAC 2015: Hispanic Leader Calls on Conservatives to Take Lead on Immigration
          * Unlikely Hero Does the Right Thing After Hundreds Pass Right On By
          * Americans Were Asked If They Think Obama Loves America. He May Not Love the Results.
          * Grandma Who Thinks She’s Watching Her Granddaughter Graduate From Afar is in For A Big Surprise
          * Kirk Condemns ISIS Kidnapping of Hundreds of Assyrian Christians
          * Scott Walker's response to a heckler brought crowd roaring to their feet
          * ISIS Destroys Archaeological Treasures in Mosul


          * IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather - Tornadoes, floods and severe storms can happen any time of year
          * IDHS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs - Program offers necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
          * 24th Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
          * Illinois Department of Human Rights Announces 2015 Spring Training Schedule
          * Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois - IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller