Monday, June 30, 2008

GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - June 30, 2008

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: DuPage County is at the heart of Illinois Republican politics and Wheaton is at the heart of DuPage County. Outstandingly, Wheaton has an international reputation for being Christian, for being conservative, and for being Republican. Outrageously, for decades, Democrats, the Chicago Tribune, other newspapers, and TV stations have done everything they can to drive Christians, conservatives, and Republicans out of Wheaton, out of Milton Township, out of DuPage County, out of Illinois, and out of America. Outrageously, for decades, Democrats, the Chicago Tribune, other newspapers, and TV stations have demonized Wheaton's residents as being patriotic, warmongers, boring, mean-spirited, selfish, racist , sexist, bigoted, intolerant, wealthy, heterosexual, white, Christian, conservative, Republican, and worse. Sadly, because of that demonization, Wheaton's downtown and its Independence Day parade have suffered and some are reluctant to move to Wheaton or to stay in Wheaton. But surprisingly, the Chicago Tribune praises Wheaton for welcoming each year scores if not hundreds of refugees into its Wheaton Square apartment complex. That apartment complex surrounds Milton Township's headquarters and is at the start of Wheaton's Independence Day parades. Today, Diersen will again hand deliver parade flyers to each and every apartment in that complex, flyers that encourage the residents to watch Wheaton's Independence Day parade. This year the flyers report that Republicans are sponsoring two parade entries - the Chicago Highlanders and Cub Scout Pack 64. Sitting in front of me as I write this is a picture taken on July 4 last year of Big Queenie the elephant with the apartment complex in the background. Last year, Republicans contributed $2,000 for Big Queenie to walk in the parade behind Congressman Roskam. Before the parade began last year, the many who visited Big Queenie included residents of the apartment complex and many parade participants including Joe Birkett and Lisa Madigan.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-wheaton-refugeesjun30,0,3779580.story
-- VERY SAD: Politics, pageantry mingle at Chicago gay pride parade Participants seek support for same-sex marriage - Kristen Kridel
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-gay-pride-paradejun30,0,5796178.story
-- WHY DO SO MANY WHO DESPISE AMERICA WANT OBAMA TO WIN?: Obama to wrap his story around the Red, White and Blue - John McCormick
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-patriotism-mccormick_30jun30,0,7434622.story
-- Your Stroger-Daley Tax - Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/chi-0630edit1jun30,0,3891049.story

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
-- OUTSTANDING: Only 4 more days until Wheaton's Independence Day parade Republican participants include: Birkett, Bucholz, Eckhoff, Fortner, Hultgren, Kachiroubas, Olson, McBride, Milton Township Republicans, Muehlfelt, Sauerberg, and Roskam - Dave Diersen
http://www.wheatonjaycees.org/fourth/2008/index2.html
Please plan on coming to Wheaton on July 4 and watching its outstanding Independence Day parade. So far, Republicans Joe Birkett, Fred Bucholz, Grant Eckhoff, Mike Fortner, Randy Hultgren, Chris Kachiroubas, Debra Olson, J.R. McBride, Milton Township Republicans, Gary Muehlfelt, Steve Sauerberg, and Peter Roskam have registered to participate. Many thanks to Joe Birkett, David Carlin, Roger Claar, Kirk Dillard, Grant Eckhoff, Mike Fortner, Gwen Henry, Randy Hultgren, Gary King, J.R. McBride, Debra Olson, and Phil Suess for sponsoring the Chicago Highlanders. Many thanks to Mary Jo Arndt, Michael Connelly, Bob Larsen, Darlene Ruscitti, Tim Whelan, and John Zaruba for sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 64. Many thanks to All Star Printing for printing parade flyers.

CHICAGO PRIDE
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: All the religions of the world discourage homosexual activity. To participate in Chicago's Gay Pride Parade is to promote homosexual activity. Tragically, the parade's 232 participant entries and 14 advertisers reject all the religions of the world and promote homosexual activity.
http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: A veteran uses the "Gay Pride Parade" to promote homosexual activity
http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/1031266,CST-NWS-pride30.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Democrats blame "A band of fiscally conservative Republican senators" for HIV/AIDS problems
http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1029964,CST-EDT-edit29z.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: 65th House District: Laura Washington promotes Democrat Aurora Austriaco
http://www.suntimes.com/news/washington/1031505,CST-EDT-washington30.article

DAILY HERALD
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: More than 25 members of a Palatine "church" reject all the religions of the world and marched in the 39th annual "Gay Pride Parade" to promote homosexual activity
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213677
-- Killing pay raises is a good place to start - Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213705&src=
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: The increasing out-of-wedlock birth rate in America is one of America's greatest problems. In a personal conversation with George F. Will shortly after George W. Bush was elected President, I urged Mr. Will to urge President Bush to set a goal for America like John F. Kennedy had set a goal for America to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. I urged Mr. Will to urge President Bush to set a goal for America to bring the out-of-wedlock birth rate back down to pre-Great Society levels by the end of the decade. Sadly, Mr. Will did not take my advice.
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213717
-- High fuel prices pinch the working girl Trucker-reliant brothel biz seeing 25% downturn - AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213565

CBS2
-- VERY SAD: Thousands Attend Annual Gay Pride Parade Theme of March Was "Live, Love, Be Proud" Mike Puccinelli
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/gay.pride.parade.2.759599.html (Includes video clip)

NBC5
-- VERY SAD: Organizers See Spike In Attendance At Gay Pride Parade
http://www.nbc5.com/news/16742236/detail.html (Includes video clip)

ABC7
-- VERY SAD: Chicago turns out to celebrate gay pride - Ravi Baichwal
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6235482

SOUTHTOWN STAR
-- Governor could blame proposed budget cuts on Madigan - Rich Miller
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/miller/1030930,063008miller.article

NAPERVILLE SUN
-- Local projects 'held hostage' by funding feud Naperville Republicans Cross, Dillard, Dunn, and Meyer blast Democrats over stalemate - Tim Waldorf
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/1031194,6_1_NA30_CAPITAL_S1.article
-- "Prosecutors had sought a 60-day jail term for McCulloch, who previously worked on behalf of former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam."
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/1031354,6_1_NA29_FRAUD_S1.article

COURIER NEWS
-- OUTRAGEOUS: Bilingual classes required by law - Cigi Ross
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/1031273,3_1_EL30_A1BILINGUAL_S1.article

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
-- Where is Schock?
http://www.pjstar.com/news_columnists/x1816438202/Unfinished-business-for-library
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Schock isn't just a congressional candidate vying for the 18th District congressional seat. He still is an elected official. We're trying to let his constituents know where he stands on the issues. That can't happen if he doesn't talk. Some ranking Republican leaders in the 18th District are starting to get concerned. What is he thinking? Schock's campaign manager, Steve Shearer, has assured us Schock is just very busy and working hard at fundraising. And those same Republicans are wondering if Shearer is devoting enough time to Schock's campaign and instead is filling his plate too full. Shearer is angling for a position on the Illinois Republican Party's state central committee - a post that will be vacated by Demetra DeMonte, who recently was elected Republican national committeewoman. He also holds a pivotal role in Joan Krupa's campaign for Schock's 92nd District seat.)

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
-- Governor busy with federal agents
http://www.sj-r.com/news/x390621234/State-Capitol-Notebook

ILLINOIS REVIEW
-- Could non-citizens steal an election? - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/could-non-citiz.html
-- Yes, Non-Citizens can cast enough votes to alter election outcomes. - Mark Rhoads
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/yes-non-citizen.html
-- VERY SAD: Obama, the LGBT rights supporter - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/obama-the-lgbt.html

REPUBLICANS FOR FAIR MEDIA
-- Part 2 of Series What's Wrong With Journalism? Illinois Blog Blurs Lines of Journalism: A Matter of Trust - Daniel T. Zanoza
http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2008/06/part-2-of-series-whats-wrong-with-journalism-illinois-blog-blurs-lines-of-journalism-a-matter-of-trust.html

CAPITAL FAX
-- VERY SAD: Gay Pride Parade Shines Through Despite Rain
http://capitalfax.blogspot.com/2008/06/gay-pride-parade-shines-through-despite_29.html
(FROM THE REPORT: The biggest contingent by far was those who marched on behalf of Barack Obama. More than a hundred (maybe more than 200) people marched for Barack.)

ABC NEWS
-- McCain Pounds Obama for Position Flips - Tahman Bradley
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=5271961&page=1

WASHINGTON POST
-- Libertarian Barr Says GOP Is Played Out - Zachary Goldfarb
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-talk/2008/06/libertarian_barr_says_gop_is_p.html?hpid=topnews

NEW YORK TIMES
-- McCain Gets Praise, Not Backing, From Grahams - Robert McFadden
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/us/politics/30campaign.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

LOS ANGELES TIMES
-- John McCain visits with Billy Graham
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/john-mccain-bil.html
-- McCain visits evangelist Billy Graham and his son A retired general has blunt words about the GOP senator's experience. Obama takes the day off.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-campaign30-2008jun30,0,4564705.story

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
-- Candidates' wives under media microscope - Carla Marinucci
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/29/MNIB11FM71.DTL

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
-- McCain's judicial plan draws conservatives
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/06/29/McCains_judicial_plan_draws_conservatives/UPI-30321214783594/

CROSSWALK
-- Obama Backs Equal Pay for Women, Yet His Female Staffers Are Paid Less than Male Staffers - Fred Lucas
http://www.crosswalk.com/news/11578373/

MCCLATCHY
-- Lack of funds hobbling the 'Republican attack machine' - Steven Thomma
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/election2008/story/42490.html

CITY JOURNAL
-- Obama’s Boys of Summer A Who’s Who of 1968 radicals supports the candidate. - Daniel Flynn
http://www.city-journal.org/2008/eon0629df.html

HUFFINGTON REPORT
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who want Obama to win tell McCain that he must pander to Hispanics
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/30/primer-impacto-how-spanis_n_109856.html

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Illinois Memorial at the Vicksburg National Battlefield

Modeled after the Panthenon, the most impressive of the state memorials within the Vicksburg National Military Park honors the Illinois soldiers who took part in the campaign to capture the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy."

Leading up to the monument are 47 steps, one for each day of the siege.

Engraved inside the dome the names of each of the 36,325 Illinoisans who participated in this key battle.

Here's what Marlo Carter Fitzpatrick wrote about the memorial in Mississippi Off The Beaten Path:

Of the thousands of names listed, two are of particular interest. Fred Grant, the general's twelve-year-old son, is listed as his aide. Also listed is Albert D. Cashire, who served throughout the Vicksburg campaign. When Cahsire was hospitalized years later he was discovered to be a she--an immigrant named Jennie Hodgers, who had masqueraded as a man for nearly half a century.

Click here for Colonel Austin Bay's post on Vicksburg and the 26th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

To comment on this post, or to see read more about "My Mississippi Manifest Destiny," click here.

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Gay Pride Parade Shines Through Despite Rain

not even the rain could keep chicago away from the annual gay & lesbian pride parade. you'd like to say that a good time was had by all, but the very least we can say is, a very good time was had! some people are intent on bringing it all down, but they can hardly stop what basically turned into a huge street party.

the rain was not the only thing we had to worry about. a participant feel off a float, got run over and broke his leg, putting a stop to progress for 2/3rds of the parade's entries. an ambulance was dispatched, putting a big hole in the parade (this for a parade that always has huge gaps due to stoppage for cross-traffic). still, most of the politicians involved were never effected.

the biggest contingent by far was those who marched on behalf of barack obama. more than a hundred (maybe more than 200) people marched for barack. as always, vi daley, john fritchey and sara feigenholtz had strong contingents. and alexi giannoulias had a big group, many with very colorful (and new, at least to me) t-shirts. of course, this is the parade to go all out for! plus, alexi's very able chief of staff (and my former state rep) was there, as well.

deb shore was there, representing the metropolitan water reclamation district. roberto maldonado brought his message of bringing the government to the people to the parade. tom tunney also brought out a big crew. they were surrounded by the floats from the local television stations.

there were a number of politicians, though, who were effected by the parade stoppage. anita alvarez was among them and well represented. her t-shirt said it all (elect me!). jan schakowsky (and super-surrogate for barack obama) was another. the cook county democrats -- aka "the machine" -- had a float with joe berrios and todd stroger. stephanie neely brought up the rear.

more photos in the comments.

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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - June 29, 2008

SOUTHTOWN STAR
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: McQueary reports on Blagojevich the horse
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/mcqueary/1028284,062908mcqueary.article
(FROM THE REPORT: Blagojevich's trainer also recommended turning the horse into a gelding, or castrating him, at a young age. Blagojevich, you see, was a bit too aggressive and unfocused. Horses that keep their reproductive parts are called "studs" and can be used for breeding. But they require special handling and separation from other horses because of their temperament. So Blagojevich went under the knife. While learning about horse health care, I stumbled upon something profound. There is, in fact, a completely legitimate medical condition to blame for all the aggression among Democrats in Springfield. Forget the jokes about testosterone, or even the very real talk of impeachment. What we need is a team of surgeons. But I digress. On the day I met Blagojevich, he was in his stall waiting impatiently for his morning jog. Like the governor, Blagojevich the horse jogs a few times a week for three or four miles at a time. To see his daily routine and my exclusive interview with Blagojevich, watch the video posted on our Web site, www.southtownstar.com. You'll see him run gracefully around the track at Balmoral, pulling the cart on which I sat with his trainer. I think Blagojevich knew I was a member of the media. He kicked enough sand and grit into my hair to plug a Fox River levee. I also got a unique view of his posterior. There's a joke in there that might apply to the governor. But I'll let you figure it out.)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD, BUT NOT SURPRISING: Democrats Barney Frank and Lisa Madigan blame foreclosures on Republicans
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-jesse-jackson-conference_both_29jun29,0,936320.story
-- Obama's brass monkey king good luck token charms Indians - Laurie Goering
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-india-obama_goeringjun29,0,410922.story
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Mary Schmich promotes homosexual activity
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-schmich_bd29jun29,0,3104649.column

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
-- VERY SAD: Neil Steinberg promotes homosexual activity, again
http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/1029750,CST-NWS-stein29.article

DAILY HERALD
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: OUTRAGEOUS: Daily Herald promotes Obama, again
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213468
-- High gas prices not oil companies' fault - Nancy Thorner
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213091&src=
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Mike Sullivan of Mount Prospect blasts Birkett
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=212744&src=

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Schoenburg reports on Bill Brady, Joe Birkett, Dan Rutherford, Corvettes, and John Shimkus
http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x2113787711/Bernard-Schoenburg-08-election-up-next-but-2010-talk-already-in-the-air
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State Sen. BILL BRADY, R-Bloomington, who ran in the GOP primary for governor in 2006, has strongly hinted he’s laying groundwork for another run. And DuPage County State’s Attorney JOE BIRKETT, who was running mate to GOP gubernatorial candidate JUDY BAAR TOPINKA in 2006, has posted articles on his campaign Web site, www.joebirkett.com, including one from the Naperville Sun headlined “Birkett considers run for governor in 2010.” . . . State Sen. DAN RUTHERFORD, R-Chenoa, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, has also let it be known that he is a likely statewide candidate in 2010. Oh, and Blagojevich is raising campaign money too. If the past is prologue, much of what he’s raising could go to lawyers. Still, if he has any left, he just might run again as well. Brady visiting Turkey Sen. Brady is among a bipartisan group of about a dozen Illinois lawmakers visiting Turkey. “They have meetings with members of Parliament,” said PATTY SCHUH, spokeswoman for Senate Republicans. “They’re an official delegation meeting with government officials of Turkey.” She said the trip was sponsored by the Turkish American Society of Chicago, a nonprofit group, and the Chicago Turkish American Chamber of Commerce. “I think they’ve been trying to reach out in a number of ways to build some relationships,” she said. Schuh said she believes lawmakers who went on the trip are from all four legislative caucuses and are paying their own airfare. The trip was from June 20 through Monday. Brady’s district includes part of eastern Sangamon County. Corvettes get a day U.S. Rep. JOHN SHIMKUS, R-Collinsville, recently sponsored a House resolution to name June 30 “National Corvette Day.” No, Shimkus doesn’t drive one, and he has never owned a Corvette, said spokesman STEVE TOMASZEWSKI. But there’s an annual Corvette Funfest put on by a company called Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, which is in Shimkus’ 19th Congressional District. The event, Sept. 19-21 this year, is expected to showcase 12,000 Corvettes. MIKE YAGER of Mid America, as well as the National Corvette Association, came to Shimkus with the idea for the resolution, Tomaszewski said.)

ABC7
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: National Association of Latino Elected Officials lets known McCain hecklers get in
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=6233998
(FROM THE ARTICLE: McCain was interrupted four times by protestors, three of whom were identifiable as CodePink members. Four separate interruptions (as opposed to the number of people protesting, which can vary) may tie a record for recent McCain events. Of the first protestor, a woman from Code Pink who frequents most of McCain's stops in Washington, McCain quipped, "That's a very familiar voice to me." The woman was protesting the Iraq war, saying that she wanted a "peace candidate." . . . Before Obama took stage later in the morning, a NALEO official apologized for the protesters, noting they were not a part of NALEO and didn't represent NALEO. Protestors at a McCain events are not uncommon; many people are opposed to McCain's position on the war in Iraq. Especially in Washington, the likelihood of someone interrupting McCain is about as good as the likelihood of McCain addressing his audience with his signature appellation, "my friends.")

COURIER NEWS
-- OUTSTANDING: Elgin Township Republicans salute Shirley Rauschenberger - Betty Brown
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/lifestyles/brown/1028359,3_5_EL29_BETTYBROWN_S1.article
-- OUTRAGEOUS: Darlene Hulin adopts gay and lesbian pride, participates in annual parade - Gloria Carr
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/lifestyles/1028365,3_5_EL29_PARADE_S1.article

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
-- Let Illinois capture gas tax revenue, not Washington - Ronald Fraser
http://www.pjstar.com/oped/x1470893823/OP-ED-Let-Illinois-capture-gas-tax-revenue-not-Washington

CLTV
-- VIDEO CLIP: Obama's ties to the Chicago Machine
http://weareillinois.org/connect/newsDetail.aspx?newsID=4107

ILLINOIS REVIEW
-- The question remains: Who verifies who's qualified to vote? - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/the-question-re.html

NEW YORK TIMES
-- VERY SAD: Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own - Jodi Kantor
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/us/politics/29hussein.html

LOS ANGELES TIMES
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Andrew Malcolm ridicules the GOP and a House GOP report on three recent special election losses
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/house-gop.html
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Grover Norquist blasts Obama
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-ticket29-2008jun29,0,6172074.story?page=1

ASSOCIATED PRESS
-- VERY SAD: Huge crowds expected for SF gay pride parade
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gBqeOWTjCr7tV6mRHqWnUMnU0RVgD91JMAH80

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Tragically, anyone involved in politics who has ever engaged in a homosexual act is subject to blackmail by homosexual activists. The Democrat Party platform promotes homosexual activity, but the Republican Party platform does not. People who believe that homosexual activity should be promoted vote for Democrats. People who believe that homosexual activity should not be promoted vote for Republicans. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Homosexual activity does not divide the Democrat Party because the Democrat Party will not let you hold an important position in the party unless you promote homosexual activity. Homosexual activity divides the Republican Party because the Republican Party routinely gives important positions to people who believe that homosexual activity should be promoted and they use their positions to demoralize, denigrate, and dive out those who do not agree with them. Tragically, for decades, people who believe that homosexual activity should be promoted have dominated and divided the Illinois Republican Party.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/06/28/IN5H11EA7E.DTL
(FROM THE ARTICLE: DeNunzio is not the stereotypical face of the GOP. When he was chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party, he was in the Gay Pride Parade. "I wasn't happy about being in a parade with people running around half naked," DeNunzio confessed, "but I believe in the big tent." And that the GOP should be "a party that welcomes everybody." In that spirit and in recognition of the GOP's historic ties with African Americans, DeNunzio made the S.F. GOP a presence at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast. As a member of Mayor Gavin Newsom's 10-year plan on homeless commission, DeNunzio believes that San Francisco has "created a homeless industry." And he wants to take on that industry, but with the understanding that city policies should "respect the dignity of the human being." Christopher Bowman, another indefatigable Republican, thinks DeNunzio "was a helluva fine commissioner" - both on the homeless panel and on the Aging and Adult Services Commission. "He does his homework, and he gets things done." "One of the problems has been that many Republicans have a defeatist attitude," former Police Chief Tony Ribera, now at the University of San Francisco, noted. "I know that Mike does not." DeNunzio is aware that he is in an uphill fight. So be it. "Half the tennis players are not going to win," he shrugs. "They still go out and play.")

MSNBC
-- ‘Hanoi Hilton’ jailer says he’d vote for McCain Former captor denies account of torture, says McCain made it up for votes - AP
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25418965

ASSOCIATED PRESS & CNN & BLOOMBERG & CHICAGO TRIBUNE & THE HILL & BALTIMORE SUN & SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE & DAILY HERALD & CBS2
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Race based politics is extremely divisive and extremely destructive. Very sadly, "700 Hispanics attending the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference" make it clear that they will promote whoever panders the most to members of their race
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i_NxbDHD1WStzVfTazDU_yduIPzQD91J8BQG0
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i_NxbDHD1WStzVfTazDU_yduIPzQD91JAOJ80
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/28/mccain.obama.latino/?iref=mpstoryview
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aw6wkf3t3gLA&refer=home
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-campaign-mccain-obamajun29,0,4476422.story
http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/mccain-obama-battle-for-hispanic-votes-2008-06-28.html
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/06/obama_mccain_walks_away_on_imm.html
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/29/MNTM11GVVK.DTL&type=politics
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213467&src=110
http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/heckler.mccain.obama.2.759339.html

ILLINOIS BAR ASSOCIATION
-- VERY SAD: MURDERERS OVERJOYED: Illinois State Bar Association Assembly Votes to Support Abolishment of Death Penalty
http://www.illinoisbar.org/

NEWSWEEK
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Conservatives support Republicans. Liberals support Democrats. Republican leaders argue that Hispanics are conservative, do why do so many Hispanics (65% in the most recent poll) support liberal Democrat Obama?
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/archive/2008/06/27/is-the-hispanic-vote-really-up-for-grabs.aspx
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In early May, a Gallup poll showed Obama beating McCain 51 percent to 41 among Hispanics--a relatively narrow margin. But by the end of the month--as the Democratic race was winding down--Obama's support had skyrocketed to 62 percent, and McCain's had plummeted to 29. Polls taken since then have mirrored that massive 30-point gap, with the most recent (AP/Ipsos) showing Obama clobbering his Republican rival 65 to 21.)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Newsweek sets up Alan Jacobs, 49, an English professor at Wheaton College, as the spokesman for "young evangelicals"
http://www.newsweek.com/id/143760

DETROIT FREE PRESS
-- Is Obama switching positions? Some say it's a reality in politics - Margaret Talev
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080629/NEWS07/806290585/1009/NEWS07

REUTERS
-- McCain says: “Obama’s word cannot be trusted” - Jeff Mason
http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/06/28/mccain-says-obamas-word-cannot-be-trusted/

ANDY MARTIN
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Andy Martin Responds to the Washington Post
http://www.pr-inside.com/andy-martin-s-response-to-the-washington-r672702.htm

WONKETTE
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Ms. Wonkette uses profanity to argue that Corvettes are gas guzzlers, but my 2005 is rated by her EPA at 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway
http://wonkette.com/400796/breaking-house-passes-sweeping-national-corvette-day-legislation-making-oil-cost-like-four-cents

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Former State Treasurer and Cook County Appellate Court Justice Frances J. Lorenz Services Sunday and Monday

Former State Treasurer and Cook County Appellate Court Justice Frances J. Lorenz Services Sunday and Monday
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Chairwoman of the McHenry County Democratic Central Committee, has sent out an email concerning the Thursday death of transplanted Chicago politician Francis J. Lorenz.

Lorenz, who lived in Lakewood's Turnberry subdivision, was appointed state treasurer in 1960 and defeated for the office by Republican Bill Scott in 1962. A rematch for the office of attorney general in 1968 also saw Scott come out on top.

Lorenz had family in Crystal Lake and was passionately concerned with the treatment of a grandchild at school, according to a friend who conferred with him in the 1990's.

Locally, Lorenz was associated with Zukowski, Rogers and Flood, if my memory serves me correctly.

Here is Bergan Schmidt's email:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Justice Francis J. Lorenz on Thursday evening.

Justice Lorenz was the 2007 Recipient of the Democratic Party of McHenry County's Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement. As was stated on the 2007 program:

Retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice Francis Lorenz began his career as a lawyer for the city of Chicago. He became a leading authority in eminent domain law, and led efforts for land acquisition for O'Hare Airport and the Skyway Bridge. He was elected Clerk of the Superior Court of Cook County in 1956, then Cook County Treasurer in 1958. He was appointed Illinois State Treasurer in 1960. In 1963 he became Director of Public Works and Buildings, where he oversaw construction of the Chicago area's toll roads and major highways. Justice Lorenz was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial Circuit in 1970, where he served until his retirement in 1992.

Justice Lorenz was a generous supporter of our local Democratic Party and was quite pleased with the recent growth in Democratic strength in our county. The Democratic Party of McHenry County has lost a great friend.

A floral arrangement has been sent on the behalf of the party. Thus far, I know of 3 members of the Democratic Party of McHenry County who will be attending the visitation and/or funeral mass for Justice Lorenz. If you would like to do likewise,

visitation will be from 3 to 9 PM on Sunday, June 29, at the Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake. On Monday, June 30, there will be a service at 9 AM at Davenport Family Funeral Home, followed by Mass at 9:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church , 451 W. Terra Cotta, Crystal Lake.
Unfortunately, Lorenz retired so long ago there is very little information about him on the internet.

Posted first on McHenry County Blog, which contains articles on where Democrats are campaigning Sunday, plus details of State Rep. Mary Flowers single payer health care hearing in McHenry.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Progressive Blogs Roundup

furthering the effort to provide a little balance -- and a weekly reminder that the blogs on the left end of illinois' political spectrum are intellectually diverse and highly spirited. some of the posts from this past week include:

* rob nesvacil mocks the republicans' hypocrisy for criticizing the "seal" at a recent obama event. if you think about it, the only thing republicans can do to prevent barack from becoming president is to keep him from looking presidential. which it appears they will go to extraordinary lengths to do.

* SCAM has a piece about Fear of a Black Planet President. he asks, "And if voters really want to cast their ballots based on fear, they should try this on for size: "Ninety-five more years in Iraq.""

* josh kalven writes about david plouffe's presentation on the obama campaign's strategy for winning the electoral college this fall.

* josh kalven chimes in on McCain's Chicago Mess: "Unfortunately for him, Illinois Minutemen leader Rosanna Pulido was present at the meeting and has been publicly expressing her "disgust" with McCain's private comments in the days since."

* ccdem notes that dan seals is the 50 States, 50 Candidates for illinois.

* the candidate himself, dan seals, wants Help Electing the Government We Deserve. we do deserve better representation than mark kirk in congress, so give dan a hand.

* ellen of the tenth live blogs mark kirk's campaign call on your tax dollar.

* josh kalven once again points out mark kirk's hypocrisy, this time about kirk's bogus china drilling claim.

* ellen of the tenth writes about mark kirk opposes Oil Drilling Lease Use it or Lose it Policy in the week after the american petroleum institute's red cavaney admitted that there is no idle drilling equipment out there so the oil companies can't even explore the lands they have a right to drill on, let alone add new capacity from ANWR or the ocean shelf.

* hiram wurf posts about scott harper's campaign against the increasingly out of touch judy biggert, who's got some 'splaining to do about her vote against recession extension of unemployment benefits.

* jeff berkowitz wants you to tune in to his interview with scott harper tomorrow.

* mose buchele writes about how the Legal Troubles Deepen For marty Ozinga.

* josh kalven asks if steve sauerberg is ready for prime time.

* david ormsby writes that gov. blagojevich wants to cut hiv/aids testing and drugs to balance the budget. he observes that, if you couldn't afford rod's high-priced fund-raiser this week to make your views known, you can try the gay pride parade on sunday. i suppose it's possible the governor will come out of his shelter.

* congresswoman (and indefatigable obama surrogate) jan schakowsky posts a diary about dan biss' bid for the illinois house seat in evanston.

* josh kalven looks into Sen. Durbin Creating Parallel Party Apparatus In Illinois

* adam doster finds Medill Reports' clearinghouse on all things Con-Con.

* mose buchele notes what is going on in the cook county state's attorney race. am i the only one who doesn't think peraica wants to be state's attorney, he just wants to have his name on the ballot to set up a 2010 rematch?

* ellen of the tenth posts that her mom wants you to know that "medicare is not free:" In fact it's kind of expensive and at risk of getting even more expensive and/or more difficult to use. As this country cannot seem to get a reasonable health care plan opting to throw the federal treasury down the Iraq toilet, the issue has been whether to decrease physician payments and increase the Part B premium paid by seniors or let the doctors scratch and keep premiums as they are.

* the inside dope blogs about why newspapers are struggling to adapt to the 21st century.

* UMRBlog asks what were people's experiences with the recent flooding.

* josh kalven wants to start a conversation about affordable housing.

* will reynolds writes about Green Tuesday in central illinois.

* carl nyberg wonders why we teach our children to love the war.


typical disclaimer: none of these blogs (afaik) are currently represented on illinoize, which is why i chose to write about them here...

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Chicago, city of broad strictures

In posting this Tribune opinion, I suppose I could ask one question. What happened?

Chicago's grit is the stuff of legend. The city's hard-scrabble history conjures images of wind-beaten dock hands; rugged immigrants working punishing factory jobs; and 500 acres of slaughterhouses and their hard-time killing floors.

At the same time, Chicago has always adopted a work-hard/play-hard mentality.

The city drank its way through Prohibition; its brothels became legendary, as author Karen Abbott detailed in a great new book, "Sin in the Second City"; and though Chicago today has a well-earned reputation for fine dining and cutting-edge cuisine, it is more known for sating its hunger with a greasy kielbasa, a thick steak, or an inch-deep slice from Gino's East.

But Chicago seems to have lost a bit of its hard edge. The town that poet Carl Sandburg called "a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities" has itself gone soft, thanks to meddlesome politicians and public health officials who think Chicagoans aren't capable of making their own decisions about health, risk and vice.
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The fact is, a lot of "little soft cities" have become brassier and freer and, well, funner than Chicago.

At Reason Magazine, we recently took a look at how the 35 most-populous cities in the United States balance individual freedom with government paternalism. We ranked the cities on how much freedom they afford their residents to indulge in alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, gambling and food. And, for good measure, we also looked at the cities' gun laws, use of traffic and surveillance cameras, and tossed in an "other" category to catch weird laws such as New York's ban on unlicensed dancing, or Chicago's tax on bottled water.

The sad news, Chicagoans, is that your town came in dead last. And it wasn't even close.

Chicago reigns supreme when it comes to treating its citizens like children (Las Vegas topped our rankings as America's freest city). Chicagoans pay the second-highest cigarette tax in the country, and the sixth-highest tax on alcohol. Chicago has more traffic-light cameras than any city in America (despite studies questioning their effectiveness), restricts cell phone use while driving, and it's quickly moving toward a creepy public surveillance system similar to London's.
What happened to that gritty city of old? The city that was when I suppose my parents left the south to come up north to take advantage of the opportunities available. Of course this isn't necessarily about smoking up a storm at a neighborhood establishment, running a red light, drinking up all that bottled water, owning a gun at home, or even eating fatty foods. How did Chicago become soft?

Hat-tip Newsalert.

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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - June 28, 2008

ASSOCIATED PRESS
-- Illinois urged to get out of death-penalty limbo - Nguyen Huy Vu
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gja3D19Pj1Fgl_887NDy3u1C8-4wD91J1FQ00

DAILY HERALD
-- FRONT PAGE IN DUPAGE EDITION WITH COLOR PHOTO OF MCCULLOCH: DuPage political consultant Rod McCulloch gets probation, community service in election fraud case - Jim Fuller
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213059
-- State Representative Mike Fortner honored by the Metro West Council of Government, a group he helped found - Jack Komperda
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213154&src=5
-- Government gridlock is fine in Illinois - Jacksonville Journal-Courier
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213029&src=
-- Death penalty fate still undecided - AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=213292&src=109
-- Poverty doesn't justify abortion - C. E. Glomski, Elk Grove Village
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=212671&src=

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
-- Consultant Rod McCulloch gets probation for fake petition signatures Rips Birkett's prosecution case as 'politically motivated' - Dan Rozek
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1029851,CST-NWS-fraud28.article
-- No time for Obama to play it safe - Carol Marin
http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/1029880,CST-EDT-carol29.article
-- Enforcement of immigration law is good news for low-skilled Americans - David Francis
(Not posted as of 6:00 AM)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
-- Ex-political aide Rod McCulloch gets 2 years' probation for election fraud in Milton Township
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-mcculloch-both-jun28,0,555571.story
-- OUTSTANDING: National Rifle Association sues Chicago, Evanston, Morton Grove, and Oak Park to repeal their firearms bans - Azam Ahmed
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-nra-gun-suits-both-jun28,0,5491548.story
-- 11th Congressional District: Supreme Court ruling unlikely to change Ozinga's money plans - Erika Slife
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2008/06/supreme-court-r.html
-- Obama's success fuels (RACE AND GENDER BASED PREFERENCE GIVING) foes - Charles Babington
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-obama-affirmativeacti,0,7252949.story

CBS2
-- Where Does Obama Stand On Second Amendment? - Mike Flannery
http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/obama.second.amendment.2.759054.html (Includes video clip)

LAKE COUNTY NEWS SUN
-- OUTSTANDING: ICE arrests 43 illegals - Ryan Pagelow
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/news/1029174,5_1_WA28_ICE_S1.article

COURIER NEWS
-- Understanding the campaign cash ruling Foster and Oberweis try to grasp what it means for them - Dan Campana
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/1029748,3_1_EL28_A3FINANCE_S1.article

HERALD NEWS
-- "Illinois casino revenues have dropped sharply. A state smoking ban and a weaker economy getting the blame."
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1029635,4_1_JO28_JOLIETBUDGET_S1.article

CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD BUT NOT SURPRISING: Second Amendment: Hinz blasts Scalia and praises Daley
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=29994

OTTAWA TIMES
-- State Senator Frank Watson tells how tables turned on governor - Charles Stanley
http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=362404

ILLINOIS REVIEW
-- 96th House District: Senger endorsed by Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/senger-endorsed.html
-- Tell the Chicago Police to enforce the law (RE: Gay Pride Parade) - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/tell-the-chicag.html
-- Registering illegals to vote? - Fran Eaton
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/registering-ill.html

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
-- A 13th CD Harper-Biggert virtual debate on the War - Jeff Berkowitz
http://jeffberkowitz.blogspot.com/2008/06/better-than-brokaw-hosting-meet-press.html

TEXAS OBSERVER
-- Texas Republicans sport stiff upper lips at their state convention - Dave Mann and Forrest Wilder
http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2795

WASHINGTON POST
-- An Attack That Came Out of the Ether Scholar Looks for First Link in E-Mail Chain About Obama - Matthew Mosk
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/27/AR2008062703781.html?hpid=topnews
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Allen discovered that theories about Obama's religious background had circulated for many years on the Internet. And that the man who takes credit for posting the first article to assert that the Illinois senator was a Muslim is Andy Martin. Martin, a former political opponent of Obama's, is the publisher of an Internet newspaper who sends e-mails to his mailing list almost daily. He said in an interview that he first began questioning Obama's religious background after hearing his famous keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In an Aug. 10, 2004, article, which he posted on Web sites and e-mailed to bloggers, he said that Obama had concealed his Muslim heritage. "I feel sad having to expose Barack Obama," Martin wrote in an accompanying press release, "but the man is a complete fraud. The truth is going to surprise, and disappoint, and outrage many people who were drawn to him. He has lied to the American people, and he has sought to misrepresent his own heritage." Martin's article did not suggest an association between Obama and radical Islam. Martin was trying to launch a Senate bid against Obama when he says he first ran the Democrat's name by a contact in London. "They said he must be a Muslim. That was interesting to me because it was an angle that nobody had covered. We started looking. As a candidate you learn how to harness the Internet. You end up really learning how to work the street. I sort of picked this story up as a sideline." Martin said the primary basis for his belief was simple -- Obama's father was a Muslim. In a defamation lawsuit he filed against the New York Times and others several months ago, Martin says that Obama "eventually became a Christian" but that "as a matter of Islamic law began life as a Muslim" due to his father's religion. The belief that Obama unavoidably inherited his religion was not uniquely Martin's -- as recently as May, it was proffered by Edward N. Luttwak, a fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, in a New York Times op-ed piece.)
-- Tancredo Questions McCain - Jonathan Weisman
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/06/24/tancredo_questions_mccain.html?tid=informbox
(THE ARTICLE: He may be the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, but John McCain has yet to heal all the wounds on his right flank. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a failed presidential rival of McCain's and an anti-illegal immigration gadfly, launched into the senator from Arizona for meeting in secret with Latino leaders last week in Chicago. One participant in the meeting emerged to criticize McCain for taking a tougher stand on illegal immigration on the campaign trail than the line he allegedly used behind closed doors. Now, Tancredo is taking up the cudgel in an open letter to his party's presumptive nominee. "Recently in Chicago, you had a closed door meeting with a group of Hispanic leaders," he wrote. "Strangely, the closed door meeting was not on your official events calendar, no press was invited and no press release appears to have been issued. Yet, according to several news reports, you promised the group that you plan to pursue 'comprehensive immigration reform.' Senator, given your past sponsorship of amnesty legislation, such statements raise troubling questions. Are you planning to break a promise you made in February to postpone all other immigration reform legislation until we have first secured our borders?" Ahead of a scheduled McCain appearance in July before the National Council of La Raza, Tancredo warned, "I challenge you to deliver a message to that assembly which does not pander to their amnesty agenda. You should speak to the La Raza convention and to all Hispanic audiences about America's need for secure borders as a priority above all other immigration reforms. Moreover, I hope you take that opportunity to make it clear that it is in the long term interest of Mexico and other Latin American nations to halt the massive out-migration of their citizens." McCain has promised Republican lawmakers and activists that he will set aside his push to grant illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, at least until he can certify that the U.S. borders have been closed to illegal immigration. At the same time, he has tried to win back support from Hispanic voters who have fled the GOP since the party took up the immigration issue fervently in 2005.)

MSNBC
-- Veepstakes: Lieberman brings up Wright - Mark Murray
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/06/27/1171692.aspx

HOUSTON CHRONICLE
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Liberals want amnesty, want more guest worker programs, want more mass immigration, and want more homosexual activity. Conservatives oppose amnesty, oppose more guest worker programs, oppose more mass immigration, and oppose more homosexual activity. Those who want amnesty, who want more guest worker programs, who want more mass immigration, and who want more homosexual activity are going to vote for Obama, not for McCain. The more that McCain hints that he might be for amnesty, for more guest worker programs, for more mass immigration, or for more homosexual activity, the fewer votes that McCain will get. Therefore, those who want McCain to be for amnesty, for more guest worker programs, for more mass immigration, or for more homosexual activity want Obama to win and want McCain to lose.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/5861334.html

ALTER NET
-- Immigration Hard-Liners and John McCain: Strange Bedfellows or Forever Star-Crossed? - Jordan Smith
http://www.alternet.org/immigration/89755/?ses=aa31c59ca344da065e31de7297131d6a

VILLAGE VOICE
-- VERY SAD: Michelle Obama Woos Gay Democrats in Midtown - Julie Bolcer
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2008/06/michelle_obama_1.php

CORVETTE QUARTERLY-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Past/present Corvette owners include Joe Biden, Barry Goldwater, John McCain, Colin Powell, and Clarence Thomas. Diersen, who has owned a 1972 Corvette since 1971 and a 2005 Corvette since 2005, urges all Republicans, especially Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, and Republican party leaders, to own and drive American nameplate vehicles.
www.gopillinois.com (Files page)

CBS NEWS
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Sadly, Politico ridicules Congressman Shimkus for honoring Corvettes and therefore, sadly, Politico ridicules all past, present, and future Corvette owners. Sadly, Politico argues that Corvettes are not important because the are "truly a symbol of American pride," but instead, because they "help you get chicks" and because they look "really cool." The vehicle you drive says a lot about you. Who you ridicule and what you ridicule says a lot about you. Because Corvettes symbolize what is best about America's automotive industry, to ridicule those who honor Corvettes is to ridicule America's automotive industry.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/06/27/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4215883.shtml

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-- Only 6 more days until Wheaton's Independence Day parade Republican participants include: Birkett, Bucholz, Eckhoff, Fortner, Hultgren, Kachiroubas, Olson, McBride, Milton Township Republicans, Muehlfelt, Sauerberg, and Roskam - Dave Diersen
http://www.wheatonjaycees.org/fourth/2008/index2.html
Please plan on coming to Wheaton on July 4 and watching its Independence Day parade. So far, Republicans Joe Birkett, Fred Bucholz, Grant Eckhoff, Mike Fortner, Randy Hultgren, Chris Kachiroubas, Debra Olson, J.R. McBride, Milton Township Republicans, Gary Muehlfelt, Steve Sauerberg, and Peter Roskam have registered to participate. Many thanks to Joe Birkett, David Carlin, Roger Claar, Kirk Dillard, Grant Eckhoff, Mike Fortner, Gwen Henry, Randy Hultgren, Gary King, J.R. McBride, Debra Olson, and Phil Suess for sponsoring the Chicago Highlanders. Many thanks to Mary Jo Arndt, Michael Connelly, Bob Larsen, Darlene Ruscitti, Tim Whelan, and John Zaruba for sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 64. Many thanks to All Star Printing for printing parade flyers.

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Bill Foster: A Public Document for Offical Business

Bill Foster must think we in the sticks need big glossy pics to answer the questions on the small card attached to this Public Document for Official Business at the taxpayer's expense.

Gosh darn but we ain't that stupid.






xp Bill Baar's West Side

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Transportation jobs still in limbo

By Bethany Jaeger
The hype over moving an Illinois Department of Transportation building from Springfield to southern Illinois goes beyond the roughly 110 jobs at stake. It begs the question whether the administration will be sincere in following a statutory process for closing state facilities and whether politics will overshadow policy in the decision.

The governor announced this afternoon that he intends to move the department’s Division of Traffic Safety from Springfield to Harrisburg in Saline County. The press release says the move would save $12.8 million over the next decade, while allowing much-needed economic development in southern Illinois. Several local officials, on the other hand, argue that there are numerous options for cheaper office space in Springfield and no reason to move the workers, who travel throughout the state for their work, away from the centrally located city.

The governor made it sound as though the move was final, but there’s a process that must take place under state law before the state can close a facility. Skeptics don’t buy the logic and question the motivation. Whether politics or cost-savings are behind the move, it’s the process that deserves attention.

The public body in charge of overseeing that process is the bipartisan legislative Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. Dan Long, executive director of the oversight panel, says the State Facilities Closure Act is pretty clear: “No action may be taken to implement the recommendation for closure of a State facility until 50 days after the filing of any required recommendation.”

The administration has to file its recommendation to close the Springfield facility by July 1. That hadn’t happened by Friday morning, even though the governor officially announced Harrisburg would receive the IDOT Division of Traffic Safety shortly after. An IDOT spokesman said the intent is to file the necessary paperwork by the deadline. A public hearing has to be held, currently scheduled for July 31 in Springfield. Then the administration can’t actually close the Springfield facility for 50 days, which lands on September 11. The governor’s press release says the move would take six to nine months.

“If they’re acting already to move before the 50 days after the recommendation’s filed, I think it’s a violation of the act,” Long said. If that happens: “I suppose someone could go to court and challenge it.”

A legal challenge could come from anyone from the commission itself, to the legislators who serve on the panel, to the legislators who represent Springfield, to the public employee unions that represent the IDOT employees.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 represents the 110 of the workers affected by the move, according to spokesman Anders Lindall. Management would remain in Springfield. Lindall said he won’t speculate about the administration’s intent but did say, “We’re troubled by the way this entire process has proceeded so far.”

He compared the move to previous attempts to close Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet and another correctional center in Pontiac. “What’s common to each of them is that it seems very clear that there’s no logic or planning or sound policy behind any of them. Whether it’s political or whether it’s meant as a threat, I don’t know. But I do know that we don’t think it’s appropriate for anyone to threaten people’s lives and livelihoods, to threaten their jobs. And that’s what’s happening here.”

One political undertone involves the ongoing negotiations between AFSCME and the administration. They have to agree on a contract that spells out the amount state employees make and the amount they have to pay for health care and retirement benefits for the next four years. Threatening any state employee jobs could be perceived as a threat to compromise — or else.

Another political undertone involves the legislators whose districts would lose the Springfield jobs. The move first was announced the day after Springfield Sen. Larry Bomke, a Republican, voted in support of a measure that would have allowed the public to decide whether to recall public officials, commonly seen as a swipe against Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Bomke said the motivation seems clear to him: Retribution for the recall vote.

“I don’t think [the governor] likes Springfield,” he said. “I don’t think Springfield cares much about him.”

But Bomke said he felt skeptical that the move will actually happen. “This governor has a tendency to make announcements and then not follow through. So I’m hopeful this will be another case of that.”

Rep. Rich Brauer, a Petersburg Republican, described the plan as an “ill-informed idea that should be dropped,” as it would move some data entry employees with disabilities away from their homes and potentially affect their health care options. But, he said, “Unfortunately, the process isn’t binding. It’s going to take public opinion to change the fact that he has a lot of leeway on where he wants [to station them] and the fact that state government is here in Springfield.”

The question is whether the process will work as intended. After the public hearing, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability has to review the information gathered and issue a recommendation about whether to close the facility and move the jobs. The commission’s opinion, as Brauer pointed out, is not binding. The governor could still move the jobs. But in the past, the governor has followed the commission’s recommendations.

The governor’s press office did not return repeated phone calls or an e-mail.

Bomke said the governor has thumbed his nose at the law before (mainly in his push for health care expansions), and this time also would come with consequences. “If he does, then it gives us clear grounds to sue him,” Bomke said.

Would he do that? “Absolutely. In a heartbeat.”

Note: The State Journal-Register posted this article saying IDOT employees who don't want to move to Harrisburg would be offered same-level jobs within the agency.

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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - June 27, 2008

LOS ANGELES TIMES
-- Sen. Obama might be just Obama without law written by Sen. McCain - Andrew Malcolm
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/obama-mccain.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Funny how things go around and come around. In his initial run for the U.S. Senate in 2004, this fellow Barack Obama, who we seem to be hearing a lot about these days, was one of the very first beneficiaries of the so-called millionaire’s amendment that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Thursday. Obama’s main Democratic primary foe that year was Blair Hull, a wealthy investor who poured $28 million of his own money into the campaign. But under that same national campaign finance law, Hull’s immense personal spending on himself released Obama from the $2,100 per donor cap then in effect. And it allowed him to raise his own campaign money in increments up to $12,000 per donor. That national campaign finance law was co-written by another now familiar name, John McCain, the senator from Arizona. Now, McCain is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee who will face Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, on Nov. 4 to become president of these United States. Talk about unintended consequences. Some analysts believe that Obama might well have lost that crucial first step onto the national political stage without the financial boost he received from McCain's law allowing him to gather . . . sums in excess of that $2,100 cap. He certainly would have been unable to finance statewide television advertising. And then, talk about luck, an Illinois court also helped Obama further when it unsealed Hull’s divorce filing, allowing Chicago newspapers to report embarrassing details about the millionaire’s marriage at about the same time as the ads for this fresh Obama face began airing. But, wait! His luck wasn't over. In the ensuing general election, Obama faced Republican millionaire investor Jack Ryan. But, would you believe it, an alleged sex scandal involving his ex-wife forced him out of the race. And the Illinois GOP -- talk about desperate -- turned to that political powerhouse, Alan Keyes, who was destroyed by newcomer Obama.)
-- McCain seeks to reassure conservatives in Ohio - Peter Wallsten and Bob Drogin
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-mccain27-2008jun27,1,5132660.story

ABC7
-- OUTRAGEOUS: Gov says he won't stop contributions from state contractors - Andy Shaw
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=6230828 (Includes video clip)

CBS2
-- Did Rezko Witnesses Lie? Or Did Governor? New Court Documents Show Blagojevich Denied Having Conversations Described By Witnesses - Mike Flannery
http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/blagojevich.rezko.case.2.758300.html (Includes video clip)
-- McCain: Chicago Gun Ban Infringes On Rights Obama: 'What Works In Chicago May Not Work In Cheyenne'
http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/mccain.handgun.ban.2.757688.html

DAILY HERALD
-- During the 1990s, DuPage County was the face of Republican Party dominance in Illinois politics. Now, not so much. But two county officials are often mentioned as possible candidates for statewide office in 2010. State's Attorney Joe Birkett recently told the Daily Herald he's considering a run for either governor or attorney general. He narrowly lost the attorney general race to Democrat Lisa Madigan in 2002 and was the lieutenant governor nominee on the GOP ticket that lost in 2006. County board chairman Bob Schillerstrom also seems to have increasingly fancied himself a political player in recent years. Most recently he helped put votes on the mass transit bailout in exchange for getting a state-approved sales tax hike in DuPage that bailed out his budget. So here's the question: Come November 2010, do you think either Birkett or Schillerstrom will be on the statewide ballot? Feel free to elaborate. - John Patterson
http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/214
-- Governor asked to raze raises before cutting other programs - John Patterson
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=212766&src=109
-- Fledgling DuPage economic group needs cash - Jack Komperda
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=212789&src=2

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
-- Illinois lawmakers: ruling to make it tougher to pass gun restrictions - Jeff Meitrodt and Rick Pearson
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2008/06/illinois-lawmak.html
-- Millionaire's amendment decision won't impact Illinois much - David Mendell
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2008/06/millionaires-am.html
-- U.S. investigators interviewed Blagojevich on 'multiple occasions,' court document says Judge in Rezko case releases filings about governor - Jeff Coen and Rick Pearson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-blago-federal-probe-webjun27,0,1951543.story
-- VERY SAD: HITLER, STALIN, AND OTHER DICTATORS AGREE: Repeal the 2nd Amendment - Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Chicago Tribune promotes illegal immigration, amnesty, more guest worker programs, again
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-detainees_27jun27,0,5096979.story
-- Anonymous newsmakers - Timothy McNulty
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-oped0627mcnultyjun27,0,2237804.column
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A few readers have claimed it is hypocritical for me to support limited anonymous sourcing in reporters' articles while opposing anonymous postings on the chicagotribune.com comment boards. I see protecting those who need protection as a legitimate concern. The anonymous postings, however, allow the cowardly mob to conceal themselves as they spread hate and falsehood. Anonymity is a worldwide issue. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, visited the Tribune editorial board last week and discussed how the Internet, for all its glorious democratization, has also become a "superhighway for hate." He said Google and Yahoo and other Internet providers have not been able to find an acceptable way to reduce the widespread electronic hate speech without becoming censors. Few want regulations or legislation that endangers free speech. The ADL was instrumental in passage of an "anti-mask" law in Georgia in 1951, aimed at the Ku Klux Klan. Anonymous posting, especially the virulent ones that are racist and anti-Semitic, are, to my mind, the modern equivalent of wearing a mask. We ought not to allow it.)

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
-- Court blows away gun ban 5-4 VOTE Ruling D.C. law is unconstitutional triggers lawsuit challenging Chicago's curbs -- but experts doubt significant change here soon - Abdon Pallasch
http://www.suntimes.com/news/washington/1027715,CST-NWS-guns27.article
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF BLAGOJEVICH: Who lied, witnesses -- or gov? REZKO TRIAL Feds reveal he denied pay-to-play remarks described by 2 in court
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/rezko/1027691,CST-NWS-rezko27.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: NOT SURPRISING: Deborah Douglas blasts Obama's critics
http://www.suntimes.com/news/douglas/1027960,CST-EDT-douglas27.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Chicago Sun-Times editorializes against Second Amendment rights, again
http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1027954,CST-EDT-edit27a.article

SOUTHTOWN STAR
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Kristen McQueary promotes Radogno
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1027675,062708radogno.article

NAPERVILLE SUN
-- Choose DuPage wants more jobs for county Organization: $5.5M should be enough to push initiatives - Paige Winfield
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/1027558,6_1_NA27_DUPAGE_S1.article

WHEATON SUN
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Wheaton Sun knows full well which Republican candidates and elected officials will walk in Wheaton's 2008 Independence Day parade because its Wheaton reporter, Hank Beckman, reads the GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails every day. Outrageously, the Wheaton Sun article on the parade does not include anything about which Republican candidates and elected officials will walk in the parade. Outrageously, the article does not include anything about Republicans sponsoring the Chicago Highlanders or Cub Scout Pack 64. Outrageously, the Wheaton Sun, which acts as an agent of the Democrat Party, promotes its bias against Republicans.
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/wheatonsun/news/1026114,6_1_NA27_WSFOURTH_S1.article

OTTAWA TIMES
-- Election awareness, forum Saturday
http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=362308

LAKE COUNTY NEWS SUN
-- Vote Republican - Phil Collins
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/news/opinions/letters/1025360,5_4_WA26_LETTERS_S1.article
(THE LETTER: I heard Sen. Barack Obama say that the 2008 elections should cause change and I agree. We can change the government by electing more Republicans. Democrats control the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Illinois Senate and Illinois House. If Illinois voters want to change the government, we'll ensure that Republicans regain control of those four houses. If that happens, those politicians will decrease tax rates, decrease spending, defend us from terrorists and discourage illegal immigration.)

ILLINOIS REVIEW
-- Illegal immigration: Stop the Debate, it's not welcomed - Rosanna Pulido
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/stop-the-debate.html#more
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Dave Gorak makes some additional points about illegal immigration
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/wednesdays-alwa.html#more
-- Sen. Obama Has Skillfully Played Not One, But Many Different Race Cards - Mark Rhoads
http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2008/06/sen-obama-has-s.html

CHAMPION NEWS
-- State GOP Convention in Decatur: Just more proof that Republicans need the power to directly elect (Part 1) - Doug Ibendahl
http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1050
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Champion News has strongly supported the direct elections reform for a long time. We're talking of course about giving every Republican back the right to directly elect his or her own representative who sits on the Illinois Republican Party's senior governing board - that 19-member State Central Committee. We've made the case in favor and debunked every single one of the disingenuous talking points advanced by an old guard that is terrified at the thought of being held accountable by the Republican rank-and-file in a real election. But no written or spoken word could make a stronger case for this past-due reform than our recent State GOP Convention. Republicans who made it to Decatur were witness to the most slam-dunk case imaginable. Yes, the convention earlier this month was a divisive, rigged-up mess that did much to help guarantee disaster for many GOP candidates this fall, even the many decent ones out there. We certainly shouldn't be expecting John McCain for example to be spending any time in Illinois, other than for drop-ins to mine-out campaign cash for spending elsewhere. McCain's got to focus on states where the GOP leadership is competent and serious, especially since it's shaping-up to be another close election nationally. As long as the Illinois GOP keeps holding conventions where a few don't care how much they help the Democrats by demoralizing our own base, Republicans here shouldn't expect to be a player in a presidential election. And it really has nothing to do with native son Barack Obama being on the ballot. The same stupidity and unprofessionalism locked-up Illinois for John Kerry last time before the race had really begun. In many ways, this year's state convention was more destructive to GOP prospects than the last one in 2004 - and that one was pretty bad. And that's exactly the point. Through their actions, Andy McKenna, Jr. and his handlers did Republicans one big favor - unwittingly of course. They just reinforced everything we've been saying here at Champion News about the need for this Illinois GOP to wake-up and get serious. A lot of people got to see first hand in Decatur what happens when a handful of really bad players selfishly take advantage of a system where they feel immune from being held accountable by the Republican voters they are supposed to be serving. So we want to thank Chairman McKenna for becoming the Poster Boy for direct elections. Thank you Andy for proving our case.)
-- Effective GOP leadership still absent on Capitol Hill - John Biver
http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1049
-- Champion News Talk Radio welcomes state pension fund expert Bill Zettler
http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1048

TOM ROESER
-- See How the Archdiocese Cowed Pfleger? Back Bigger than Ever and on “Good Morning America!” . . . Fr, Andy Greeley Explains It All for You - Russert and Hesburgh Should Have Been Bishops. Figures.
http://www.tomroeser.com/blogs/blogview.asp?blogID=24637

CAPITOL FAX
-- What do you think the chances are that Sen. Radogno runs? What do you think the chances are of her winning the primary? - Kevin Fanning
http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2008/06/26/question-of-the-day-554/

REPUBLICANS FOR FAIR MEDIA
-- Does the "O" in FOX Stand For Obama? Softball interview with Obama May Mislead Public - Daniel T. Zanoza
http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2008/06/does-the-o-in-fox-stand-for-obama-softball-interview-with-obama-may-mislead-public.html

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
-- VIDEO CLIP: VERY SAD: Gay Agenda -- Shapes U.S. Politics
http://www.illinoisfamily.org/davesblog/blogview.asp?blogID=22637
-- VERY SAD: Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2008 - Arlene Sawicki
http://www.illinoisfamily.org/news/contentview.asp?c=33939

POLITICO
-- Meet the make-believe political strategists of TV - Daniel Libit
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=BC9D1553-3048-5C12-00F5BE5F28096DD0

CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY
-- Jigsaw Politics: The Congressional Hotbeds - Bob Benenson
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000002907403&cpage=2
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois: The fact that favorite son Obama will be the Democrats’ presidential nominee makes Illinois (21 electoral votes) one of the safest states for his party in November’s election. Obama gives Democratic strategists hopes for a “coattails” effect in the state’s host of six competitive House races. They are playing defense in two of these contests and are staging takeover bids for four Republican-held seats in a delegation in which they currently hold a 11-8 edge. The seat most vulnerable to takeover is the Republican-held 11th District, left open by retiring seven-term GOP Rep. Jerry Weller . Already benefiting from a blue-chip recruit in Debbie Halvorson, the majority leader in the Illinois Senate, the Democrats got a gift when the original Republican nominee dropped out of the race a couple of weeks after the primaries. The Republicans since have picked Martin Ozinga, a concrete company executive, as their replacement nominee, and he could ultimately make the race more competitive, but it is currently rated by CQ Politics as Democrat Favored. The Democrats’ other major takeover bid is in the 10th District, in the northern suburbs of Chicago. GOP moderate Mark Steven Kirk , one of the few Republicans to represent a district that favored Democrat John Kerry over President Bush in 2004, is also one of the nation’s best-funded incumbents. But he faces a rematch with the Democrat, business consultant Dan Seals, who gave Kirk a tough race in his 2006 debut as a political candidate. Democrats also are staging longer shot bids against 6th District freshman Republican Rep. Peter Roskam and for the 18th District seat left open by seven-term Republican Ray LaHood. Democrats are defending the seat that scientist/businessman Bill Foster won in a stunning special election upset this March. The 14th District seat he won had been held for two decades by Republican J. Dennis Hastert, the former House Speaker, who resigned his seat last year. Foster faces a rematch with dairy company executive Jim Oberweis, who is now burdened by four losses in major electoral contests this decade. Republicans are making another run at Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean , who has won two terms in the affluent, GOP-leaning 8th District in suburban Chicago because of her business background, campaign skills and relatively centrist image. She faces a challenge from Republican businessman Steve Greenberg. Both Bean’s and Foster’s races are rated Leans Democratic.)

CROSSWALK
-- This Time the Religious Right is Right - Sandy Rios
http://www.crosswalk.com/news/commentary/11578191/

CBS NEWS
-- Priest (PFLEGER) Who Mocked Clinton Stands By His Message - Scott Conroy
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/06/26/politics/horserace/entry4211585.shtml

WALL STREET JOURNAL
-- State Farm Sponsors Hispanic Voting Drive - Miriam Jordan
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121445311635606461.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some conservative critics are wary of the campaign because Latinos have tended to support the Democratic Party. State Farm doesn't have a political action committee and doesn't give money to any campaigns, a spokesman said, though it is likely that executives and employees associated with the company have given to both parties' candidates.)
-- Conservative Leaders Urge McCain To Speak Out on Social Issues - Elizabeth Holmes
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121452732081709177.html?mod=todays_us_page_one

MOTOR TREND
-- 'Vette Owners: Drive Your Corvette to Work Day is June 27
http://wot.motortrend.com/6260375/events/vette-owners-drive-your-corvette-to-work-day-is-june-27/index.html
(DIERSEN: Sadly, because of the anti-conservatives at GAO's Chicago Office and their supporters, I do not have a paid job to drive to. Further, sadly, if I was still working at GAO's Chicago Office and they found out that I had driven a Corvette to work, they would say that evidenced my bad judgment, evil motives, and disrespect for their planet earth.)

MID AMERICA MOTORWORKS
-- OUTSTANDING: National Corvette Day Official! - Mike Yager
http://www.mamotorworks.com/
(DIERSEN: CO-SPONSORS INCLUDED: Costello, Johnson, Kirk, LaHood, Lipinski, Manzullo, Roskam, and Weller SEE: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d110:1:./temp/~bd8DIN:@@@P/bss/110search.html)
(THE PRESS RELEASE: We very excited to announce that last night, June 25, 2008, the U.S. Congress approved the vote, presented by Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), to declare June 30th a National Day of Recognition for Corvette! As the longest running, most widely respected production sports car in United States history, the Chevrolet Corvette is more than a material possession. It is truly a symbol of American pride. In January, Mid America Motorworks launched a grassroots movement to honor America’s True Sports Car with a National Day of Recognition. Because the Corvette first rolled off a Flint, Michigan assembly line on June 30, 1953, we asked that June 30th be declared National Corvette Day. Be sure to remember your favorite sports car this Monday!)

DIERSEN: "It's the economy, stupid." It is obvious that Democrats are driving America's economy down to elect Democrats on November 4. Needless-to-say, it is very sad that so many are going to vote for members of a political party that drives America's economy down to elect its members. Democrats believe that "the end justifies the means." Real Republicans believe in the rule of law and they advance the Republican Party platform.

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