January 19, 2022
PODGORSKI FRONTRUNNER FOR SILVESTRI'S COUNTY BOARD SEAT

It's outrageous. It's appalling. It's politically incorrect - and I mean that metaphorically not literally. To plagiarize President Joe Biden, it's a battle for the soul of Cook County, and democracy is hanging by a thread. To further plagiarize the president, that's not hyperbole. To be serious, 28-year 9th District county commissioner Pete Silvestri (R) announced his retirement Jan. 10, which prompted a flurry of interest among Northwest Side Chicago and northwest suburban politicians. Democrats hold a 15D-2R majority, so being a Republican commissioner is sort of like being the team's waterboy - seen and noted for service, but ultimately ignored by the majority. Full Article...


January 12, 2022
REPUBLICAN REMAP SUCCESS DOOMS PELOSI'S MAJORITY

The way to keep a job is not just to be good at it. Instead one must be so good as to be irreplaceable. But after some time irreplaceable morphs into delusional. There comes a time when one must metaphorically walk away before being carted away. That is Nancy Pelosi's predicament: She is irreplaceable but she won't walk away. Democrats have a present 221D-212R majority, with one (R) vacancy. But spectacular 2021 Republican congressional remap successes in TX, NC, OH, GA, MI - and anticipated 2022 successes in FL and PA - will likely erase the Democrats' majority. The Nov. 8 election will be anti-climactic. Full Article...


January 5, 2022
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December 29, 2021
LEFTISTS COALESCE BEHIND RAMIREZ TO BEAT VILLEGAS IN 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DIST.

No one ever said it was going to be easy. At one point it seemed that it was going to be easy for Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th). It was supposed to be a quick up-and-out - from Chicago's City Council to the U.S. House. He was supposed to clear out the field. Instead, it was the far Left, including those pesky democratic socialists, who cleared out the anti-Villegas field for state Representative Delia Ramirez (D-4), who wants to go to Washington as well and join Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Also known as "The Squad." Villegas's task will be to not get less than 45 percent in any ward, to get 55-60 percent in his ward, and to get 55 percent in the 33rd Ward, where Clerk of Circuit Court Iris Martinez, the ward committeeperson, has endorsed him. Martinez wants to take out Rodriguez-Sanchez in 2023 and needs to prove her clout by delivering for Villegas. And the alderman must get at least 60 percent of the suburban vote. That's a 52-48 win in a 2-person race. It will be a nasty, negative race, but I think Villegas will prevail. Full Article...


December 22, 2021
GOV. PRITZKER ON CNN LIST FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024; KAEGI USES PROCEDURAL TRICK TO GET RE-SLATED

For those who cling to the illusion of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, here is another fantasy: Governor J.B. Pritzker as the Democratic nominee for president in 2024.They have broadcast a list of 11 potential 2024 replacements and Pritzker is ranked at number seven below vice president Kamala Harris, transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) and governors Phil Murphy (NJ) and Gretchen Whitmer (MI). But he finished ahead of governor Roy Cooper (NC), Stacey Abrams (GA), commerce secretary Gina Raimondo and former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. That's not much of an accomplishment, especially considering whom he finished behind.Never under-estimate the political value of arcane parliamentary procedure. It got Assessor Fritz Kaegi re-slated at the Democrats' Dec. 13-14 slate-making confab, much to the shock of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) president Kari Steele. She thought she had the support of party chair Toni Preckwinkle, and thought that was enough to get the weighted-vote majority of the 80 ward and township committeepersons needed to dump Kaegi.  Full Article...


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