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Mr. Lucky and the retreating rumor-mongers

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009

* Mark Kirk must have a leprechaun for an uncle or something, because this week’s little kerfuffle couldn’t have played out in a more perfect way.

Imagine, for a moment, that a vicious rumor has been circulating about you for years. Pretty much everyone in politics has heard it at one time or another. Many don’t believe it, but it’s still out there and, like a zombie, refuses to die.

Well, what better way to have to confront it and flatly deny it than when a perennial and often outrageous candidate whom the entire political/media establishment views as a complete leper airs out the rumor via a tiny radio buy during the zero awareness zone between Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Oh, and this all plays out while you’re on active duty with the military. Oh, yeah, one more thing: The ad is based on two public statements by a couple of far-right sworn enemies, but both men are now in full, cowardly retreat.

Perfect, eh?

It almost reminds me of those scenes in the Godfather movies where all the Corleone enemies are wiped out in one bloody moment. Except Mark Kirk didn’t have to do anything but sit back and watch from wherever he is right now.

* Let’s run down the coverage. Actually, the coverage was more like a game of “Attack the Attacker.” First, the AP

Top Illinois Republicans condemned a perennial candidate’s decision Monday to air a political ad questioning the sexual orientation of the party’s front-runner in the U.S. Senate race.

The Republican Party said it would no longer consider Andy Martin a legitimate candidate.

“His statements today are consistent with his history of bizarre behavior and often times hate-filled speech which has no place in the Illinois Republican Party,” said party chairman Pat Brady.

Fellow Senate candidate Patrick Hughes said the radio ad has no place in the campaign. Dan Proft, a GOP candidate for governor, called it repugnant.

Tribune

A perennial candidate with a history of anti-Semitic rhetoric and legal disputes in federal court launched a radio ad for his Republican U.S. Senate campaign Monday that questioned the sexual orientation of the front-runner in the race.

Andy Martin, who has been sanctioned in federal court for filing hundreds of lawsuits and was found unfit to practice law by the Illinois Supreme Court, has previously used the airwaves to attack political opponents including presidential candidates George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Sun-Times

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, the front-runner in the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate, finds himself the object of an unusual attack ad from one of his lesser-known opponents.

Andy Martin, once known as Anthony Martin-Trigona, who has run for numerous elective offices over the last three decades in Illinois, Florida and Connecticut, taped a commercial questioning whether Kirk is gay.

From here on out, if anybody ever brings up this rumor again, Kirk and the media can just associate that future comment with the “discredited” Andy Martin. Case closed.

Like I said, Kirk must be related to a leprechaun.

Heck, even the two people behind the rumor being peddled by Martin are backtracking as fast as their little legs will carry them. Which brings us to…

…Another important point. Here’s the ad itself

I’m Andy Martin, Republican candidate for United States Senator. I approved this message because Illinois Republicans deserve the truth about their candidates.

I have over forty years of experience and integrity fighting corruption, and fighting for the truth in politics.

I helped expose many of Barack Obama’s lies in 2008.

Today, I am fighting for the facts about Mark Kirk. Illinois Republican leader Jack Roeser says there is a, “solid rumor that Kirk is a homosexual.” Roeser suggests that Kirk is part of a Republican Party homosexual club. Lake County Illinois Republican leader Ray True says Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals.

Mark Kirk should tell Republican voters the truth.

I’m Andy Martin a Republican you can trust for U.S. Senator.

Please vote for Andy Martin.

Paid for by Illinois Republicans for Andy Martin.

ABC7 got responses from both Roeser and True

Roeser told ABC 7, “I don’t really want to be associated with Andy Martin. He’s made a lot of legal statements and cases that I think are irresponsible. Whatever he says I don’t support.”

True said, “I request through the media that Andy Martin cease and desist from making any additional statements that are incorrectly attributed to me.”

Trouble is, both Roeser and True said exactly what Martin claims they said in his ad - a point mostly ignored by the media. Click here to listen to Roeser and True on WIND AM radio

Jack Roeser: “And you got Mark Kirk, who’s been so strong on his homosexuals so long, that the solid rumor is that he, himself is a homosexual. Does the party really need these people clubbing up inside the Republican Party and ruining it for their own purposes…?”

Ray True: “It’s more or less an open secret in Lake County that Mark has surrounded himself with people that have, I guess they call it now a ’special orientation,’ but we all know what that means.”

The fact is that Roeser and True got busted outside their little ultra-conservative comfort zones. And instead of owning up, they ran away from their own comments. That was probably predictable. But what bothers me far more is that nobody in the media has yet bothered to press Roeser and True to come clean. After all, without those comments, Martin couldn’t have run that radio ad. They are as responsible as he is.

Roeser and True are both longtime Illinois political players. They regularly make endorsements and contribute money to campaigns, whether directly or through their respective organizations. So while we’re all publicly bemoaning Andy Martin’s little ad, perhaps we should also be focusing on the source of this hateful nonsense - and on the candidates those two guys support.

As for me, I’m going back to the beach. I’m supposed to be on vacation, not dealing with goofiness like this.

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


Illinois Republican Primary Candidate weighs in on social media

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009

[The following is a paid advertisement.]

Rafael Rivadeneira, Republican Candidate for State Representative of the 41st District, says the new social media site, eVoter.com gives his campaign online leverage.

“eVoter.com is an opportunity to level the playing field and give all candidates the opportunity to get their message out there,” said Rivadeneira. “With evoter.com, it doesn’t matter how much money you have. Elections can now be won based on your vision for the people, not money and insider politics.”

Rivadeneira, who recently signed-up for an enhanced profile at eVoter.com, has been using eVoter for extra online communication, search engine optimization, and an added venue to raise support.

“eVoter lets candidates who are not part of the establishment effectively communicate their message to the voters,” he said.

To see how eVoter can help your campaign and to view Rivadeneira’s Candidate Statements, Endorsements, and Video Postings – including “My Republican Story” go to: http://www.evoter.com/rafael

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Morning Shorts

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009

Election 2010

* Jackson axes her campaign manager

Campaign Manager Rodney Shelton was informed his services would no longer be required.[…]

“It’s just an internal move,” campaign spokesman Bob Kettlewell said Monday, offering no further explanation. Deputy Campaign Manager Lisa Hargrove will move up to replace Shelton.

* Alexi Giannoulias’ lost Illinois millions

* Brady bashes suburban competition

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington ripped into some of his suburban challengers in the Republican governor’s primary Monday for opening the possibility to tax hikes if elected.

* Brady starts to campaign locally today

* Brady calls for second hearing on Thomson

* Governor candidates mostly accept evolution

* Candidates: State has a long way to go on reform

* Health care debate in 10th falls along party lines

* Schock part of congressional meeting with Karzai

* U.S. Rep. Schock visits Afghanistan

* Fooled ya again!

You read that here in an Oct. 9 commentary piece for the Tribune by U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill. He insisted that a government-run insurance plan was the key to affordable, accessible, quality health care. “A public option must be a central component of any health insurance reform legislation,” he wrote.[…]

He even threatened to conduct his own filibuster.

Gotcha!

Burris voted, along with every other Democrat in the Senate, for a bill that doesn’t include even a whiff of the public option.

* Incumbent and predecessor square off in District 21

* Russell believes his outsider status is what sheriff’s office needs

* Patlak: GOP Candidate Called Out for Being a Democrat

* The Grinch who stole immigration reform

How gullible can you get? Democrats only care about one thing, and it’s the same thing that Republicans care about: re-election. And any controversial issue that might get in the way - gay marriage, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and, yes, illegal immigration - usually gets shoved far back in the cupboard.

* Why Illinois citizens always come up short

State Government
* ICC approves plan to buy power from wind farms

The Illinois Commerce Commission has OKed a plan that would allow the agency that buys electricity on behalf of utility customers to seek proposals for long-term wind-power contracts.

* Texting while driving: State ban starts Friday

* New traffic laws for 2010 to go into effect Friday

* Motorists, police prep for ban on texting while driving

* How to deal with the new Illinois ban on texting while driving

* New Penalties for Calling in Bomb Threat to Schools to take Effect

* New Illinois Law Treats 17-Year-Olds as Juveniles for Misdemeanors

* Fewer complaints, more fines in smoking ban’s second year

* Illinois logs 8,000 smoking complaints

* Some DUI Prisoners Released Early Re-Arrested

* Revised law has 30-day window Safe Haven adds time to make life decision

Beginning Jan. 1, parents can relinquish newborns anonymously and without penalty to personnel at hospitals, emergency medical facilities or police or fire stations for 30 days after birth. Now the law only gives parents seven days and that’s considered insufficient to make a decision that can profoundly affect many lives.

* DuPage County hacked off by ComEd’s tree management

DuPage County officials are seeking the state legislature’s help to ensure vegetation is properly replaced along the Illinois Prairie Path and the Great Western Trail after ComEd trims or removes trees near its power lines.

The County Board turned to state lawmakers earlier this month after being told ComEd could not continue future management of vegetation along the trails to a standard officials said was agreed to earlier this year.

* Water leak damages reception area in governor’s office

* 2002: Blago becomes governor

* Illinois River flooding threat called minimal

* COLUMN: Maybe coal will be the symbol for this area’s Valentine’s Day in 2010

Michael Mudd, CEO of the FutureGen Alliance, said recently that he still expects a final decision by late January on the project for Mattoon.

FutureGen, as most of you know, is a $2 billion-plus project planned for Mattoon. It is awaiting final approval by the U.S. Department of Energy with the feds scheduled to make a final decision by late January.

* Our Opinion: Public access counselor bolsters FOIA

* Citizens need to make good use of amended FOIA


Miscellaneous

* Foreclosures aren’t fading

Home foreclosures, which have pummeled many Chicago area neighborhoods, are expected to continue to mount in 2010, and high unemployment will be the driver, experts say.

* Chicagoans Bracing for Single-Digit Temps

* Holiday retail sales up a tad over 2008

The spending bounce means retailers managed to avoid a repeat of last year’s disaster even amid tight credit and double-digit unemployment. Profits should be healthier, too, because stores had a year to plan their inventories to match consumer demand and never needed to resort to fire-sale clearances.

* Weather hampers post-Christmas sales

* Great Lakes at or near historical water levels

The Detroit News reports Monday that the latest estimates from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show levels in the Lake Michigan-Huron system and Lake Superior are between 5 inches and 9 inches above levels from one year ago.

* Invasive species lawsuit expands

* Minnesota AG: Keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

* Minnesota Weighs in on Asian Carp Debate

* Report: Coal use pushes mercury emissions up in Illinois

* Mercury pollution increases in Illinois

Legal forces in the Upper Midwest arrayed against the invasive Asian carp Monday, as Minnesota joined a lawsuit with Ohio and Michigan applying legal pressure to seal off Illinois’ carp-infested waterways from the Great Lakes.

* Bradley University offers computer gaming

BU’s computer science department is a partner with the interactive media program in the communication school on a range of offerings that, pending faculty approval, could mean that Bradley students would soon be able to opt for a minor in computer game technology.

* State says it will demolish Cline extension

* CTA offers penny rides on New Years Eve

* Winter hazard in new LED signals

Towns across Illinois and nationwide have switched to LED traffic signals because they burn brighter, last longer and save money by using 90 percent less energy than older incandescent bulbs. But they also emit less heat, meaning they sometimes have trouble melting snow.

* Illinois company to pay $1.25 million for lead in train toys

* Chicago company takes Yahoo to court over defamatory posts

* O my! Chicago pop culture center stage in 21st century

* Chicago Library projects record circulation in ‘09

* Water secret revealed decades of tainted well use

For more than two decades, residents in Crestwood filled their bath tubs, poured glasses at their dinner tables and washed their clothes without giving it a second thought.[…]

But this community of 11,000 did so not knowing their water wasn’t being piped completely from Lake Michigan as they believed.–

Water from a well tainted with cancer-causing chemicals was being used to supplement the flow, in an alleged scheme by the village to rake in a few extra dollars.

* Elmwood Park outage affected nearly 2,000

* County hopes to cut deputy layoffs with expedited retirements

* Our Opinion: County should not give in to deputies

* Fines possible, but unlikely, for snow-covered sidewalks

* Despite budget cuts, snow plows get thumbs up

* Aging CityLink fleet rusting away

* Springfield airport beefs up security; passengers urged to arrive early

* No. 3 Story of the Decade: 9/11 attacks shock Springfield

* After many delays, Orland Township moving this week

* NAACP opposes cutting community relations position

* Bloomington Council OKs $1.9 million in downtown projects

* Bloomington delays $1.4 million payment to developers

* Bloomington hires agency to collect on unpaid ambulance bills

- Posted by Mike Murray   Comments Off      


Round Up: Election 2010

Monday, Dec 28, 2009

* Feb. primary voting kicks off today

* State eases absentee voting rule

* Early primary a godsend for incumbents

* Schoenburg: Candidates duel over Bright Start accord

* Republicans Risk Aiding Democrats by Battling Their Own in 2010

* Finke: Quinn may be prisoner of publicity

* Female voters not supporting Quinn

* Democrats, Republicans seeking governor post differ on how best to fix finances

* Governor candidates take stands on social issues

Six of the seven Republican candidates call themselves “pro-life,” while the Democrats, Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes, support abortion rights. Only Hynes and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney support legalizing gay marriage.

* If William Kelly Does Not Understand Simple Facts About Displays In Illinois State Capitol Building, How Can He Be Comptroller For Entire State?

* Rauschenberger scored another win in political comeback

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Edward O’Brien sided with Rauschenberger in a case that centers on whether the candidate - a veteran GOP lawmaker who heads up a conservative fundraising operation - is really a Republican.

* 8th Congressional GOP candidates toe the party line on health reform

* 10th Congressional Democrats offering intership

* Bernard Schoenburg: Vigils aim to inform Schock and public

A recently formed social justice organization in Springfield is concentrating on areas including immigrant rights, and that plank of its platform has led to weekly vigils outside the capital city office of U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK, R-Peoria.

* “No Climate Tax” pledge signers increase to 13 IL congressional candidates

* O’Brien: I have the experience, record to transform Cook Co.

* Jim Mitchell wants one last term on Kane County Board

* Kane Co. Board Dist. 25 hopefuls differ on opinions, strategies

* DuPage County GOP candidates debate H1N1 vaccine preparation

* Census: Illinois remains 5th largest state but may lose 1 representative

* Will Illinois lose say in U.S. House?

* A call to arms

With the new year that begins Friday, you and every other Illinois voter can begin to sweep your state and county governments clean, or leave matters much as they are.

- Posted by Mike Murray   Comments Off      


Round Up: State Government

Monday, Dec 28, 2009

* State politics delivered decade full of news

* More should post what state still owes them

* Lobbying efforts continue in Springfield for FutureGen

* A look at the state’s quest to acquire FutureGen

* New year brings new public records law to Illinois

* Another new year, a whole bunch of new laws

* Do you text while you drive? It’ll cost you when new state law takes effect this week

* 6,100 drivers get Breathalyzers in law’s 1st year

* Early release sends some DUI offenders back to prison

Anti-drunken driving advocates reacted angrily earlier this week when the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that Gov. Quinn’s administration had released 18 felony drunken drivers from prison early to serve the rest of their prison time on home confinement.[…]

On Thursday, those same anti-DUI advocates were cheering after the governor ordered all 18 back behind bars to serve the remainder of their prison time. Each will be paroled between mid-January and mid-October under the terms of their original sentences.

* Quinn should release data on freed inmates

* State court ruling expected on malpractice caps

* Illinois Department on Aging issues winter tips for seniors

* Convicted of corruption, 12 still await sentencing

It has been more than four years since Jacob Kiferbaum pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme involving a hospital that needed state approval for a construction project, one of the earliest corruption scandals under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.[…]

What’s keeping them out of prison? For most, it’s the help they’re offering authorities in ongoing cases, involving Blagojevich and others — cooperation that could cut their prison time.

* Blagojevich’s lawyer moving sensitive files to new spot

- Posted by Mike Murray   Comments Off      


Morning Shorts

Monday, Dec 28, 2009

* No. 4 Story of the Decade: Economic downturn hits central Illinois

Thanks to early retirement incentives, agency consolidation and layoffs, state employment of 19,600 in Springfield at the beginning of the decade is down to approximately 17,200 by decade’s end.

* Record-low mortgage rates, but many can’t refinance

* Local home sales soar, up for third straight month

* Extension of COBRA subsidy to help Ill. jobless

* Food Depository Demand Up

The Greater Chicago Food Depository says more than 425,000 people picked up groceries from its food pantries in September. That’s up 70 percent since 2007.

* Stores say sales during holiday season trump last year’s

* Dart: Up to 500 Cook County correctional officers will be hired

* Traffic enforcement increasing in end-of-year push

Law enforcement officers in Illinois are increasing their traffic patrols in an end-of-the-year push to save lives on the roads.[…]

The statewide effort focuses on the deadly nighttime hours when data show more people die in motor vehicle crashes than at any other time of day.

* CBOE to offer members early share buyback : source

* The decade that was in Illinois

* President Obama election voted top Illinois story of decade

* Ice knocks out power for hundreds in Chicago

* Supt. Weis asks public to report more criminals

But his holiday spirits were tempered by a bit of bad news: the murder clearance rate has dipped about 4 percentage points this year to 54 percent. That includes killings committed in 2009, as well as older ones.[…]

The dip in the clearance rate is being attributed in part to a failure of citizens to tip the police off to criminals in their midst.

* Expect extra security at Chicago airports

Passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports can expect additional screening today following the failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight.

* Flight 253 and airline safety, plus a check-up on local transit plans

* Winter weather cancels 450 flights at O’Hare

* 3 new Pace express bus routes are slow to draw riders

* Mercury emissions rise in Illinois, even as figures drop nationwide

* Toxic chemicals in water wells have Grundy County residents on edge

* Lawsuit claims landfill made them sick

Residents living near a now-shuttered west suburban landfill are suing the owners, saying their families were sickened and their property values diminished by the stench allegedly caused by methane, hydrogen sulfide and other “landfill gases.”

* New Web site launched for Chicago Climate Action Plan

* Ohio Endorses Lawsuit Against Illinois in Battle over Carp

* Illinois receives $1.8M Internet grant

* Ex-SIU chancellor won’t get $680K

* Boycott Wrigley rink to bring down prices

* H1N1 vaccine now for all; here’s where to get shot

* State’s changes to juvenile age cutoff may raise costs for county

A new state law that makes the criminal justice system classify some 17-year-olds as children and others as adults keeps alive the question of when to punish and when to rehabilitate.[…]

It also raises the possibility, Winnebago County officials say, that they may spend millions of taxpayer dollars to comply with the new rules.

* Program to offer discounts for new appliances, rebates for old

The “cash for appliances” program is part of the federal government’s effort to stimulate the economy and encourage people to save energy. Each state is awarded federal money based on its population to run its own program. Illinois receives $12.4 million as its share.

* Chicago-area Catholic schools ranked by enrollment

* Tension Eases in CHA Mixed Income

Westhaven Park Tower — on the footprint of the Henry Horner public housing complex — is home to condo owners and public housing residents. This mix has led to some squabbles.

To quell some of the stress Westhaven agreed to add two CHA residents to the condo board. Johnnie Braswell is one of them. She says public housing residents now have a more equitable voice.

* Our View: Help that can pay dividends for the mentally ill

* Our View: When central Illinois reveals its ugliest side, confront and condemn it

Multiple articles in this newspaper over the last couple of weeks have made it abundantly clear just how many miles central Illinois has to go before anyone can truly claim victory on this being a “united” America, at least in regard to race. Clearly a gap remains between how we like to think of ourselves and how we are.

* Affirmative action must be based on income, not race

* Stealing may pay for some villages

* Economic council chairman has plan for ‘uphill battle’

* Word on the Street: Big names dropped into town

* Secret’s out Ho! Ho! Ho!

* The politics of minarets — here and over there

* Need for blood higher at this time of year

* Retailers with most thefts see drop in crime in 2009

* Lincoln, Heartland colleges team up to make obtaining degree easier

* Burris denies flip-flopping on health care

Sen. Roland Burris insisted he would never vote for an overhaul of the nation’s health insurance system unless the bill included a strong public option. And he promised that position wouldn’t change.[…]

But last week the Senate passed a health insurance bill that included no government-run health insurance to serve as a public option for those seeking low-cost coverage — and Burris voted for it.

Burris insists he did not flip-flop.

- Posted by Mike Murray   Comments Off      


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        * Dawn Patrol: Hypothermia killed man; woman with autism missing
        * Tap House Grill grows in the suburbs
        * 'Superstar' patient from Naperville healthy 6 years after tumor removal

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        * Academy nominations sought - The Beverly R...
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        * Lipinski Takes Action on Student Air Traff...
        * Rep. Lipinski Votes for Limited Authority ...
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        * Lipinski attacks Obama over terrorist thre...
        * Illinois vote: Dems split on aid for Syria...

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        * Democrat Giannoulias backs Republican Cros......

        * The [Wednesday] Papers
        * The College Football Report Top Ten: The Oakland Raiders Select Jameis Winston!
        * Who really benefits from Rauner’s donations to GOP organizations?
        * Require Higher education Advice? It truly is Identified In This Post
        * The Great Beefsteak Raid
        * Some Concepts About College You Must Know
        * No More Trouble in Completing Difficult Writing Assignments
        * The Highland teachers strike. A great editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
        * Sunday reads.
        * Gov. Mike Huckabee Endorses Mike Bost for U.S. Congress


        * Quinn still refusing to fire 20 political cronies
        * Illinois Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rauner for Governor
        * Rauner Web Ad: “Cut from the Same Cloth”
        * Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates International Day of Peace
        * Quinn Misleads Public on IDOT Again




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