The [Wednesday] Papers
"Two weeks ago, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) came to Hinsdale to raise money for Republicans to fight the congressional map drawn under the direction of state Democratic Party chief and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan," Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch report for the Sun-Times.
"The very next night, the congressman broke bread with Madigan (D-Chicago) at a fund-raiser for Boehner's leadership fund at the Lemont home of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Chairman Terry Duffy."
Oh, but wait. It gets better.
"After making the Boehner event, Madigan skipped last week's Governor's Day Democratic day at the Illinois State Fair, opting instead for an out-of-state vacation with his family. His absence drew murmurs from some Democrats about why the speaker would miss the traditional Downstate party pep rally.
"That same day, Madigan was a no-show for Obama's visits to four stops in northwestern and central Illinois and didn't attend Obama's Aug. 3 birthday fund-raiser on Chicago's North Side, which Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) attended."
What in the world is Madigan thinking?
"We've said for more than a year, one of the messages of 2010 is the need for people to cooperate, and that's what Madigan's tried to do," Madigan Mouthpiece Steve Brown told the Sun-Times.
I wonder if that includes cooperating with Democrats. But I digress.
"'I don't think anybody can question the success of Democrats in Illinois since Mike Madigan has been chairman,' Brown said, referring to a stint as Democratic Party of Illinois chairman that began in 1998."
After all, Republican George Ryan was elected governor that year, followed by Democrat Rod Blagojevich in 2002 and again in 2006, before being impeached, removed from office and convicted of federal corruption charges. Good job!
"That record speaks for itself."
Maybe Madigan is thinking about changing parties. After all, he has a long history of running against Democrats.
The record speaks for itself.
And so it begins.
But seriously, why? Maybe a global food shortage has something to do with it.
"The airlines' tax break agreements with Sycamore, which have flown under the radar for years, have allowed United and American subsidiaries each to trim as much as $12 million to $14 million off their annual tax bills in recent years, documents show."
"The commercial district of Sycamore is based on Illinois Route 64, and stretches about a mile down starting from the intersection of route 64 with Illinois Route 23 and ending at Center Cross Road," according to the town's Wikipedia entry. "The district is composed of 2 story shops, a bank, a small movie theater, and The Midwest Museum of Natural History."
Let's see if a proactive Wikipedian edits that to include "the post office boxes where United and American airlines collect the sales tax proceeds absconded from Chicago."
"The Sycamore Police Department will transition into the new Police Station on DeKalb Avenue in May," the town's website says. "This summer Hyvee will open in the completely renovated shopping center on DeKalb Avenue and Oakland Drive and City's annual street maintenance program will be underway."
Serving your tax haven needs since 2001.
All honey purchases are routed through Sycamore.
Schooling The Prez
The day Karen Lewis has better negotiating skills than Barack Obama is a sad day for America indeed.
Genius Bar Hiring
Which explains why Apple just opened a store in Sycamore.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Felliniesque.
Posted on August 24, 2011
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