Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

Do the panic!

Posted by JP on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 09:59

Yeah, I know, it's supposed to be a politics blog.
After watching/listening to yesterday's Sox and Cubs games I've got a new theme song. At least Phantom Planet kinda makes panicking sound fun.


OK, I just realized ...

Posted by JP on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 15:39
The Sox are playing in the stadium that was going to be home field had the clock not stopped in the Illinois House all those year ago to buy some time on the new Comiskey financing scheme.

Obama on 'Mike and Mike' show:

Posted by JP on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 08:38
Democratic presidential nominee (and White Sox fan) Barack Obama was a guest via phone on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show just after 8 a.m. this morning. Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic noted they’d had Republican John McCain on recently and had little interest in truly focusing on politics. Here’s an overview of the segment. First question was what Obama thought of the Oregon State basketball coaching job. Obama’s brother-in-law is the new basketball coach there. Q: Thoughts of the Sox playoff opener? Obama: “I’m a little worried about our pitching rotation right now. It’s not optimal.” Obama: Why do you have turf in Tampa? Mike and Mike: “They have a dome.” Obama: “Your in Tampa, Florida man.”

The Republican who voted 'Yes' on the bailout

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 17:25
U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk wasn't reachable after being one of the lone Republicans from Illinois to support the controversial $700 billion bailout deal on Monday. But we caught up with him recently to get a better take on why he stuck his neck out to back the plan. Other Republicans in the 'burbs gave the historic proposal a thumbs down, including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo. (None of them claimed the speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed them to vote against the plan.) "I think they made an error," says Kirk of Highland Park of the votes against the bailout. Like other congressional members in the region, Kirk said he was swamped with phone calls, letters and emails from voters telling him to vote 'No.' They were mad.

Get your latest Obama rap video here -

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 09:46

Back in 2007, Chicago's Big Hit Buda made headlines with their "We Da Bears" tribute.

This time they have put their exceptional talents to elect Obama, with a video aptly titled "Elect Obama (remix)."

It may not go down in history like the Obama Girl video or the will.i.am spot - and given the that it is rap and features giant gold chains it probably won't be promoted by the campaign - but it is a high-quality, catchy mix.

See what you think:

Everyone makes mistakes

Posted by JP on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 16:11
From a news release emailed today ... Institute for Public Accuracy 915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045 Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Correction: Sierra Club and "Pickens Plan" An IPA news release, sent out on Sept. 22 quoting Tyson Slocum from Public Citizen, implied that the Sierra Club has thrown its support behind T. Boone Pickens' "Pickens Plan" because the Sierra Club has received money from the Texas oilman. This is false. Slocum was quoted as saying, "Unfortunately, some groups, like the Sierra Club, have signed on to Pickens' plan because T. Boone showers money on groups and politicians. That's one of the reasons we at Public Citizen don't take corporate money." The Sierra Club, in fact, has not accepted any money

Saturday Night rewind ...

Posted by JP on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:14

In case you missed it, here are the political highlights from Saturday Night Live.
That Obama impersonation needs some work.

Hey look, it's the governor

Posted by JP on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 14:18
Sitting down to eat a late lunch, flippin' channels and there's Gov. Blagojevich. He's appearing on WGN on a panel of Tribune sportswriters and a couple former Cub players assigned the task of compiling the best all-Chicago baseball team of all time. Upon his introduction, the governor said it's great to be with all the sportswriters. "It's the only part of the newspaper I read."

Inside McPartlin's departure from the tollway

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 20:03
Tollway board member Ronald Materick of Oak Brook left the tollway without much public fanfare more than a year ago. Materick was an outspoken board member, which is of course an oxymoron. Sure some tollway board members will criticize off the record or make measured statements against something blatantly questionable, like those massive Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs across the tollway. But Materick would actually go through the tollway's laundry list of contracts every month and when he saw something that didn't smell right to him, he would say it - right there in the board meeting in front of the press.

Yesterday's 'monumental' ethics reform today's chopped liver

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 07:16

Apparently the governor's no longer impressed with that "monumental" and "revolutionary" reform package he signed during his first year in office.

In fact, he no longer seems to acknowledge it. Consider these two news releases. (I highlighted some of the good parts)

First up …

December 9, 2003
Blagojevich signs monumental ethics reforms into law
Comprehensive package meets goals laid-out in Governor’s spring veto; Gives Illinois real, meaningful ethics reform for the first time