What is it that has the president so pessimistic as spring unfolds? Oh ... that.
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Unfortunately, there are man-made dangers hurtling toward us at blinding speed.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A columnist who's covered Jackson since his first days in public office suggests Obama's rise sent Jackson to his downfall.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.— who came into Congress bearing the heavy weight of his family name and lofty ambitions — counted Chicago's third airport as a signature issue for the better part of his time in office. And there's been no stauncher advocate for that project than Southtown columnist Phil Kadner. Construction of such an airport would bring much-needed jobs to an area plagued by chronic unemployment, and the airport itself, once realized, would serve as an economic engine for decades to come. So went the mantra. Targeted for a rural area outside the 2nd District until the latest congressional remap put the land into his district, Jackson's pursuit of the airport irritated Democrats and Republicans alike, from Chicago to Will …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
McCormick Place is filled with celebration as the race is called.
LIVE from McCormick Place: Patch reports live from the Chicago celebration. Comments on this post are set for pre-publication review.
About 15 minutes after the polls closed, news media sources put Illinois in the Obama column, giving the president 20 electoral votes.
President Barack Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Illinois, of course, was never in play. The only visit the president made to his home state late in the campaign came Oct. 25, when he returned to the South Side to cast an early ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Obama is the first president to ever vote early in a presidential election. The Wall St. Journal and the Associated Press called the state about 15 minutes after the polls closed. The president's handling of the economy is a major factor in many voters' decision this year. "This election bears serious significance for our future," said Sheila Brady of Orland Park, outside her Fernway Elementary School polling …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Here is a wrap-up of area political news.
Prison closures, layoffs and cutbacks to health care for the poor are part of the budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn released Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hultgren Supports McConnaughay Randy Hultgren, Republican congressman from the 14th District, which includes the far western suburbs, has endorsed Karen McConnaughay, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the 33rd State Senate District race, Patch reported. Durbin a Co-chair of Obama’s Re-election Effort U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin is one of 35 national co-chairs named to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, according to the Washington Post. Obama’s co-chairs include elected officials, campaign volunteers and a few celebrities. Quinn Says He is Not Sure About …
Monday, December 12, 2011
President Obama favors restricting the availability of Plan B and calls for “common sense.”
President Obama is a father, and perhaps in that role more so than as president, he has sided with the secretary of health and human services in blocking over-the-counter sales of an after-sex contraceptive pill to those 16 and younger. The medication, marketed under the name Plan B One-Step, is available without a prescription to persons 17 and older who can prove their age—and that will remain the case. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week issued a statement, which overruled scientists at the Food and Drug Administration who were preparing to allow the sale of the product, commonly known as a morning-after pill, without a prescription or age limit. Obama said he fully backs Sebelius’ decision. Critics of his …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The student loan crisis has surpassed the credit card crisis, according to the federal government.
President Obama last week announced his “Know Before You Owe” plan would allow some college graduates to limit federal student loan repayments to 10 percent of discretionary income starting in January, two years before the cap was due to take effect under federal law. The Obama administration has said that 1.6 million Americans will benefit from the lower monthly payments, and upwards of 6 million can take advantage of the loan consolidations, which will lower interest rates by up to 0.5 percent. Most of those affected will be current students or recent borrowers whose income is sufficiently low upon entering the workforce that monthly payments are a significant financial burden. According to a White House fact sheet, a teacher $25,000 in …
Friday, January 28, 2011
Phil LeBeau is the Chicago-based CNBC auto and airline industry reporter who got his start at Lyons Township High School's radio station, WLTL.
Back in the early 1980s, I worked at WLTL 88.1 FM, the Lyons Township High School radio station run by students. Phil LeBeau was on the news staff and was always very serious about the news. That’s saying something for someone who is a sophomore in high school. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I turned on the TV and saw him reporting on CNBC. LeBeau is the CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based out of the Chicago bureau. I had a chance to talk to LeBeau recently and learned about his journey from the La Grange radio station to working in Chicago for one of the major national networks, where his achievenments include interviewing President Barack Obama one-on-one. WLTL gave LeBeau the bug but it also helped him determine …