Josh Kalven

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by Josh Kalven
10:14am
Fri Oct 9, 2009

IL-GOV: Hynes Takes His Tax Hike Hyperbole To The Airwaves

As expected, state comptroller and Democratic gubernatorial challenger Dan Hynes went up on the air yesterday with the first campaign ad of the season. In the spot, which you can view here, he repeats his oversimplified description of Gov. Pat Quinn's tax plan from last year (...
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by Josh Kalven
12:24pm
Wed Oct 7, 2009

Don Rose Suggests "Dart For Mayor"

After Mayor Daley's Olympics campaign came to a screeching halt in Copenhagen last week, the conversation in Chicago quickly turned to the 2011 municipal elections.  As recent polling shows, the mayor is as vulnerable as he's ever been.  The parking meter debacle, rising crime...
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by Josh Kalven
9:39am
Tue Oct 6, 2009

IL-SEN: Giannoulias Ends 3rd Quarter With Most Cash

GOP Rep. Mark Kirk was the first Senate candidate to announce his third quarter fundraising totals yesterday, disclosing that he had brought in $1.6 million and ended the filing period with $2.3 million cash on hand.  In the 24 hours since, three of the Democratic ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:16am
Mon Oct 5, 2009

Sun-Times: Does Olympic Loss "Mark The End Of The Daley Era?"

Over the weekend, the Sun-Times' Fran Spielman summed up the incredible amount of work awaiting Chicago Mayor Richard Daley now that his Olympics obsession has faded: After spending his political capital on the Olympics at the expense of higher priorities, the ...
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by Josh Kalven
4:00pm
Fri Oct 2, 2009

"Showdown In Chicago" Picking Up Steam

In recent weeks now, we've reported twice on the upcoming demonstrations set to coincide with the American Bankers Association's three-day annual convention here in Chicago (October 25-27).  While the protest is being led by National People's Action and SEIU Illinois Council (...
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by Josh Kalven
9:38am
Fri Oct 2, 2009

Kirk And The Olympics

As Media Matters documented yesterday, "the conservative media have opened a new front from which to attack President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's support of Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics: smearing the city as unfit to host the Olympic Games, ...
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by Josh Kalven
3:00pm
Tue Sep 29, 2009

The Voices Of The Unemployed

This afternoon, we're going to be busy pulling together video from both Mark Kirk's health care townhall and the Responsible Budget Coalition launch.  Be sure to return this evening and tomorrow for more on those events. In the meantime, we urge everyone to circle back ...
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by Josh Kalven
9:43am
Mon Sep 28, 2009

Kirk, Roskam Join The Glenn Beck Brigade

This morning, U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk and fellow Republican Rep. Peter Roskam will hold a press conference in downtown Chicago that aims to directly tie SEIU Illinois (which sponsors this website) to the embattled Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (...
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by Josh Kalven
10:56am
Fri Sep 25, 2009

A Shimkus Flashback

We had to chuckle yesterday as we read this tweet from GOP Rep. John Shimkus: According to The Hill, around the time Shimkus was complaining about being "stuck" on Capitol Hill, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Michael Arcuri (D-NY) were ...
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by Josh Kalven
3:11pm
Thu Sep 24, 2009

Giannoulias, Balanoff Hit Kirk For Missing Unemployment Vote

At today's endorsement event at SEIU Illinois State Council headquarters, Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and union president Tom Balanoff both called out GOP frontrunner Mark Kirk for missing this week's congressional vote to extend unemployment benefits.  Watch it...

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