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Podcast: Can Garcia defeat Emanuel in Chicago Mayoral runoff April 7?

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Podcast: Can Garcia defeat Emanuel in Chicago Mayoral runoff April 7?

Why did Chicago Mayoral Rahm Emanuel fail to win the majority votes he needed in the Feb. 24 Mayoral election, and how did Jesus Chuy Garcia put together the coalition that denied Emanuel that victory. Ray Hanania and Monroe Anderson discuss some of the issues in this radio interview By Ray Hanania Former Chicago City Hall […]

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Garcia humbles Mayor Emanuel, forces run-off April 7

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced into an April 7 mayoral election run-off by Jesus Chuy Garcia because of his own missteps characterized by his failure to be the inclusive mayor he claimed to be. Emanuel isolated Hispanics, American Arabs and allowed his image as an arrogant, mean politician to tarnish his promises to make Chicago […]

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Rauner delivers first Illinois Budget address

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Rauner delivers first Illinois Budget address

Illinois’ Turnaround Budget from Governor Bruce Rauner Delivered Wednesday February 18, 2015; As Prepared for Delivery Good Afternoon, President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leader Radogno, Leader Durkin, Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Munger, Treasurer Frerichs and Members of the General Assembly Thank you for attending today. Thank you for your service to the people of Illinois. Over the past week, we’ve commemorated the […]

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Chillin’ with Radio host Thom Clark and the lakefront libs

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By Ray Hanania Thom Clark is probably the nicest journalist and radio talk show I have ever met. The guy just has class, and he always shows it to everyone, regardless of politics. Clark, who used to head the Community Media Workshop — now headed by an equally talented news media taskmaster Susy Schultz — […]

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Quinn No-Show Proves Sore Loser Label

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Quinn No-Show Proves Sore Loser Label

Quinn’s actions could be compared to the 5-year-old who fails to win at whack-a-mole at Chuck E. Cheese’s, only there’s no pizza around to dry his three-month-old tears. by Justin Shimko As Gov. Pat Quinn’s moments running the embattled and cash-strapped state died out, Illinoisans across the Prairie State caught a good glimpse of the […]

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Bruce Rauner Sworn in as governor, Quinn AWOL

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Bruce Rauner Sworn in as governor, Quinn AWOL

By Ray Hanania Bruce Rauner was sworn in as governor of Illinois, succeeding Gov Pat Quinn who declined to attend the inauguration in Springfield. Quinn’s absence reflects the personal animosity Quinn has with Rauner and with losing the election last November. Quinn claimed he preferred to spend his final hours working on behalf of the […]

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Fioretti challenges AWOL Mayor Emanuel to debate

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Fioretti challenges AWOL Mayor Emanuel to debate

By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti has challenged Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other candidates to join in a series of public debates to inform the public of the issues facing Chicago and Chicagoland, but so far Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused to join any debates. Fioretti released the following debate schedule where voters and […]

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From the Right: Christmas Lists and Thoughts

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Everyone makes Christmas lists this time of year. Here is my list to benefit everyone in Illinois…and a few back home. by Justin Shimko It’s that time of year where children are excited for Santa’s arrival all throughout North America and beyond. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and many others will be sending out their lists to […]

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Remembering that Southwest Gal, Judy Baar Topinka

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Remembering that Southwest Gal, Judy Baar Topinka

By Ray Hanania Judy Baar Topinka was one of the most energetic public officials I met. What a nice person. She was always smiling, even at moments of controversy. She was optimistic and always hopeful. It’s funny to see the mainstream news media pretend to be her friend. They pretty much ignored her, except when […]

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From the Right: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

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From the Right: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka was a true leader in Illinois, providing the blueprint for winning as a Republican in Illinois. by Justin Shimko The State of Illinois lost a fantastic woman early Wednesday morning as Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away suddenly after suffering a stroke just the day before. The news shocked […]

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