Archive | December, 2010

George Clinton ‘tears the roof off’ Rhymefest’s campaign fundraiser

30 Dec

George "P-Funk" Clinton performs his classic single "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)". (Photo by Len Kody)

By Len Kody

George “P-Funk” Clinton headlined a festive campaign fundraiser Tuesday night for rapper-turned-politician Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Smith is running for alderman of Chicago’s 20th ward.

The fundraiser was held at the Lincoln Hall bar and music venue, located on N. Lincoln Ave. It was an evening that mixed music with politics.

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As Lieutenant Governor, Simon to focus on Illinois’ education challenges

29 Dec

From Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Earlier this month, Sheila Simon was in the Capitol for the first time since she and Gov. Pat Quinn were elected Nov. 2. This time was different, though. The campaign was over, Simon was being shown her office spaces for the first time, and the reality of what lies ahead for the former Southern Illinois University law professor was starting to set in.

“There are different times when it settles in, in different ways. I guess being in the Capitol for the first time since the election makes it very real,” Simon said.

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Wonder how Mike Royko would have treated election? Try his Facebook page

28 Dec

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the second segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.

Would Mike Royko have embraced new technology?

Well, it’s been over 12 years since he wrote his last column, but he does have a Facebook page.

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Chicago election first test for new campaign finance laws

23 Dec

By Christine Hurley

The Chicago elections Feb. 22 will be the first affected by the state’s new campaign finance law, but candidates still have a window to make it “politics as usual” before adhering to the standards.

Starting Jan. 1 at midnight, political candidates and organizations will have limits imposed on all money coming from private sources. There will also be limits on the transferring of money between political committees.

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Chico would have intrigued Royko, says former Chicago Sun-Times colleague

17 Dec

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the first segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.

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Senator Kirk Dillard weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

6 Dec

By Kelli Heinz

When Illinois State Sen. Bill Brady was defeated by Gov. Pat Quinn in a squeaker Nov. 2, it was the second time the downstate politician from Bloomington stayed up late this year to learn his outcome. Brady similarly won by a narrow margin in the primary, narrowly squeezing out Sen. Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination.

Many political insiders think it might have been Dillard being sworn in as the state’s new governor in January, if he had been the GOPs candidate given his stronger ties to Chicago, where Brady bombed. The state senator—whose office is in western suburban Westmont—acknowledges his strong relationship with former Gov. Jim Edgar also might’ve tipped the outcome his way.

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