Josh Kalven

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by Josh Kalven
1:42pm
Mon Jan 4, 2010

Campaign Videos Galore!

With the February 2 primary is four weeks away and voters just tuning into the various races, candidates across the state are quickly rolling out new TV commercials and web spots. As the Chicago Current notes, Terrence O'Brien is the first Cook County board president ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:15am
Mon Jan 4, 2010

Cook County Board Prez: Daley Attended Preckwinkle Fundraiser

Yesterday's Chicago News Cooperative article on the Democratic primary for Cook County Board President included this interesting tidbit about Mayor Daley: Toni Preckwinkle, the 4th Ward alderman, has been coy about her efforts to gain the mayor’s backing. “He came ...
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by Josh Kalven
12:52pm
Wed Dec 30, 2009

More Support For Reinstating Glass-Steagall

In recent months, we've been tracking the growing chorus of lawmakers and financial experts who support reconstructing a wall between commercial banks and investment banks as a way of avoiding another financial collapse.  Such separation existed prior to 1999, as this ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:41am
Tue Dec 29, 2009

More On Bill Daley's Call For Moderation

Yesterday, we noted the flaws in Bill Daley's recent Washington Post op-ed, in which he urged Democrats to improve their 2010 electoral prospects by "steer[ing] a more moderate course on the key issues of the day."  Over at Huffington Post, Bob Creamer also took issue ...
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by Josh Kalven
9:55am
Mon Dec 28, 2009

Compare And Contrast These Budget Stories

Here is the Tribune's Rick Pearson today on the gubernatorial candidates' proposed budget fixes: Among all the issues facing Illinois' next governor, there is no greater divergence among the Democratic and Republican candidates in the Feb. 2 primary than on ...
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by Josh Kalven
4:50pm
Tue Dec 22, 2009

IL-GOV: Rasmussen Updates Poll, Hynes Courts Women, Personal PAC Endorses Quinn

Last Friday, we highlighted the latest Rasmussen poll on the Illinois governor's race and noted a strange oversight: While the polling firm tested Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes against GOP candidates Kirk Dillard, Andy McKenna, and Bill Brady, they forgot to include Republican ...
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by Josh Kalven
1:26pm
Tue Dec 22, 2009

Obama Signs Defense Bill, Extends Unemployment Benefits By Two Months

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the latest defense appropriations bill, which included a provision extending both unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage by two months. While those on the verge of exhausting their jobless benefits can breath a sigh of relief for ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:12am
Mon Dec 21, 2009

Reilly Talks TIF On Fox Chicago

Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly raised some eyebrows last month when he rejected a tax increment financing (TIF) district proposed in his 42nd Ward.  The move represented a new chapter in the ongoing push to rein in and provide more oversight over Mayor Daley's vast TIF ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:17am
Fri Dec 18, 2009

Great Moments In Public Broadcasting

It's not every day that you crack up watching a WTTW segment on local politics.  But I did just that at the end of Rich Samuel's Chicago Tonight report on the Cook County board presidency race yesterday.  Watch it: Classic. You can ...
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by Josh Kalven
12:06pm
Tue Dec 15, 2009

IL-10: IFT Endorses Seals, AFSCME Backs Hamos

Two major unions have waded into the Democratic primary in the 10th Congressional District.  First off, the Illinois Federation of Teachers has decided to back Dan Seals.  From a press release: “The Illinois Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse Dan ...

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