True to Hollywood form, it took a cold, cynical, almost hopeless thriller to win the best-picture Oscar for Joel and Ethan Coen, the writers and directors of some of the best-loved comedies of recent years. It's already been ten years since The Dude went bowling with Walter and Donny, and this weekend the brothers return with "Burn After Reading," a spy game that, judging from the trailers, promises to be a zany celebration of stupidity.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House voted 75-38 to approve exploring leasing the Illinois Lottery for years to come in exchange for billions of dollars upfront, money that would finance construction spending, possibly as much as $25 billion once federal and local dollars are added in.
But the proposal only dealt with the lottery lease, not how any money would be spent. That had critics claiming the move was merely done to provide political cover for Democrats who’d blocked previous construction spending plans.
Here’s how lawmakers representing the Daily Herald’s readership area voted:
House members voting “yes”
Mark H. Beaubien Jr., Barrington Hills Republican
Franco Coladipietro, Bloomingdale Republican
Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates Democrat
It isn't the first time and won't be the last, but 'maverick' John McCain has ripped a headline right out of Alan Keyes' 2004 Senate race play book.
A recent ad to hit the tube - most likely not in the uncontested Chicago area - slams Obama for voting to have kindergartners receive sex ed.
Keyes made the same slam back in 2004.
Here is the background...
The legislation in question was a state Senate measure from 2003 that aimed to update Illinois' sex education standards with "medically accurate" information. At one point, the legislation included a provision to allow students from kindergarten through fifth grade to be added to the middle and high school students receiving sex education.