Archive | November, 2010

Topinka perfect person to eliminate own office

17 Nov

Who: Judy Baar Topinka

Office: Illinois State Comptroller

Job Description: The comptroller maintains the state’s accounts and issues payments in and out; additionally the office regulates cemetery funding and maintenance. The office was created by the Illinois Constitution of 1970.

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Chicago Tribune columnist: Boehner faces diversity challenge

17 Nov

By Kelli Heinz

People wanted to send a message to Washington. After two years since President Obama’s inauguration, the American public felt the promise for change has yet to be seen.

Many are not happy with the economy, unemployment and the new health care system. These issues dragged many voters out Nov. 2 in hopes of putting candidates in office to make change in Washington.

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GOP strategist McGovern: Anger pushed us over the top

16 Nov

By Courtney Sturgeon

“Anger is what drove this election,” said John McGovern, Vice President of Resolute Consulting. “Anger at a lot of things.”

If anyone knows about what drives an election, it’s McGovern. He served as a senior advisor to former U.S. Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, for eight years. He also played a role as Hastert’s press secretary and campaign spokesperson.

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This candidate could make problems for his landlord

13 Nov

By Ally Clark

Less than a week to go before petitions can be filed for the Chicago mayoral race, a new candidate is hinting at throwing his hat into the ring. Could this one be Rahm Emanuel’s kryptonite?

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Full steam ahead for Chico; Mayoral filing starts Monday

12 Nov

By Christine Hurley

Chicago mayoral hopefuls will begin turning in petitions Monday and it’s obvious one candidate, Gery Chico, will have no problem hitting the 12,500-signature mark to be eligible for the city’s top job.

The Chico campaign reports it has “more than 30,000” signatures with a full weekend of name-gathering in front of them. Considering the petition drive is all-volunteer in local neighborhoods, the favorable weather forecast for the next two days may buoy those numbers.

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County treasurer’s “lockbox” plays key role in Cook solvency

11 Nov

Who: Maria Pappas

Office: Cook County Treasurer

Job Description: As the manager of the second largest tax collection office in the U.S., the Cook County Treasurer is responsible for over $9 billion collected annually. The Treasurer’s Office is in charge of mailing, collecting, investing and distributing all real estate taxes for Cook County. Much work goes into the collection, which happens twice a year, including certifying refunds, investigating delinquent properties, accounting and auditing and processing court orders, among other things. The office also acts as banker of Cook County, keeping financial records and approving much of the accounts in many county operations.

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Berrios to be closely watched as new Cook County Assessor

9 Nov

Who: Joe Berrios

Office: Cook County Assessor

Job description: The assessor determines important property values for commercial and residential parcels. Values set by the assessor determine property taxes in an area. One-third of properties in the county are reassessed each year.

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