The [Thursday] Papers
"The first major debate in the Illinois governor's race was a brutal verbal battle that at times sounded as though the candidates were trying out for a Wizard of Oz revival as they jousted over who's best to fix the state's shambolic finances," Ray Long writes for the Tribune.
"Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn accused Republican challenger Bill Brady of not having 'a heart' for suggested widespread budget cuts. And Brady implied that Quinn doesn't have a brain for following a road of 'tax, spend and borrow.'
"Behind all of the heated rhetoric shone a light that illustrated clear differences between the two major-party governor candidates on education, taxes and corruption. The forum Wednesday at the private Union League Club of Chicago represented the first exchange open to reporters before the Nov. 2 election."
Here was the most important part, though, in the second-to-last paragraph:
"The debate excluded independent candidate Scott Lee Cohen, Libertarian hopeful Lex Green and Green Party contender Rich Whitney, who protested his exclusion along with about 20 supporters."
Wouldn't it have been nice to hear what they had to say? To watch them challenge Quinn and Brady from their own perspectives? To broaden the voters' choices?
After all, we've heard all we need from Quinn and Brady. Now they're just putting on little plays.
Another Chicago Coinkydink*
"The Democratic governor used his appointment power to make Spyropoulos a commissioner when he filled a vacancy for the $50,000-a-year position.
"Five months later, her father gave Quinn's struggling campaign a $25,000 donation right before the governor's narrow primary election victory. Theodor Spyropoulos gave another $25,000 after the primary, and his daughter has donated $1,000.
"Quinn has received political contributions connected to at least 77 of the people he has chosen for state task forces, agencies, boards or commissions since he became governor in January 2009, according to a Tribune review of public records. At least 20 of the donations from the appointees, their families or their businesses came within two months of the appointment.
"The governor told the Tribune he does not give any consideration to campaign donations when he makes an appointment: 'I never have, never will.'"
Yes, well, we know how it works. It's an insiders' game. "Consideration" is inherent.
Check out item No. 16 at They Tried To Buy The Primaries.
* I stole this term from Rich Miller but I'm pretty sure he didn't coin it.
If you believe in change, integrity and the presence of an African-American in the U.S. Senate, shouldn't Jones be your candidate? I'm just wondering.
Real World Newsbreak
Out of sight . . .
He'll lay a bunch of us off?
Make us pay for more of our health care?
Ask the government for a bailout?
"They would be John Danks, a 25-year-old starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox; and Jordan Danks, a 24-year-old center-field prospect for the same team.
"But, while growing up in Round Rock, Texas, Emily Danks was the girlie girl - wearing dresses and hair bows, taking ballet and piano lessons - and she wasn't crazy about that infield dirt.
"'I've never held a bat in my life,' she said. 'I was playing Barbies and dress-up.'
"Danks protested when her parents signed her up for eighth-grade volleyball but quickly found the sport fun. And nearing her 6-foot-1-inch height, she was good at it, too.
"A 19-year-old Ohio State sophomore, Danks is an outside hitter on the women's volleyball team and a starter in 26 games last season. Going into the Buckeyes' first Big Ten home games against Michigan and Michigan State this weekend, she is the team's second-leading scorer."
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I represent the Commercial Finance Association (www.cfa.com) the nonprofit trade group for the asset-based lending/factoring industries. We are holding our Annual Convention in Chicago this October, and our keynote is former President George W. Bush.
President Bush's remarks will take place Thursday, October 21 at 8:30 a.m. More information can be found at https://www.cfa.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=CFA&WebKey=b5ed60f5-125c-4b1d-aa4f-7a7bc8d3e488
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Posted on September 30, 2010
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