Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

2 years
ago

Joe Ricketts, His Children, and Their Political Ties

Good thing President Obama is a White Sox fan. This morning’s New York Times carries a front-page story about Omaha billionaire and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, whose money bought his family the Cubs in 2009, allegedly funding a new advertising campaign aimed at defeating Obama…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

In ‘The Amateur,’ Ed Klein Talks to Jeremiah Wright, Unloads on Obama

In The Amateur, a decidedly anti-Obama book released this week by conservative publisher Regnery, author Ed Klein claims to have conducted more than 200 interviews. Barack, Michelle, and the people closest to them in and out of the White House would not talk, but Klein’s interviews with the Obamas’ former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and with the Reverend Jesse Jackson were on the record, and they emerge as two of the more interesting figures in the book…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

‘Nothing to Lose’: Tammy Duckworth on Her Quest to Go to Congress

Representative Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth are scheduled to face off tonight in their first debate in the battle for the 8th District. The race, which pits Tea Party favorite Walsh against the Democrat and Iraq war vet Duckworth, is expected to be one of the most watched of the congressional races this year. I sat down with Duckworth last week for a wide-ranging interview…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Will Rahm Ever Buy His Boutique Jeans from This Store Again?

The Sun-Times’ Mark Konkol has a full-page story that reveals Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s expensive taste in jeans. Konkol’s source is Emanuel’s “denim advisor,” David Shelist, owner of The Denim Lounge in Roscoe Village and on Oak Street. After reading the story, I wondered if Rahm might object to being featured in the Sun-Times story buying such pricey jeans…

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3 years
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Scrubbing Pots and Pans—Blagojevich Comes Full Circle

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, behind bars for almost six weeks now, is washing pots and pans six days a week at the Englewood Federal Correctional Center in Colorado, according to Fox News’s Larry Yellin, who interviewed Blago’s former lawyers at the prison gate Sunday. After 90 days of pots and pans detail, Yellin reports, Blago will be teaching…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Nicolas Sarkozy and Rahm Emanuel: Separated at Birth?

If Nicolas Sarkozy survives the first-round vote this Sunday, and if he wins the runoff election on May 6th, we could see him standing together with Rahm Emanuel at the NATO summit in Chicago, one month from today. It’s interesting to observe the strong personality similarities between Sarkozy, the son of a Hungarian immigrant and former mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, and Emanuel, the son of an Israeli immigrant…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Tim Johnson Quits Congress with Parting Shots at Eric Cantor and the Chicago Tribune

After reading the Tribune’s blast at 15th District Congressman Tim Johnson in Monday’s editorial, “I really must be going,” I called the quirky 65-year-old Urbana Republican for a response. I first interviewed Johnson a couple of years ago when The Hill named him one of the hardest workers in Congress. The legislator, whose best friend in the House is Ron Paul, announced earlier this month that he was leaving Congress…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Bill Daley in David Corn’s New Washington Insider Book

Because the White House remains “Chicago on the Potomac,”—although less so now with the exit of Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod—it’s always fascinating to see how the latest Washington insider book portrays Chicagoans in the corridors of the West Wing. The latest of the genre is David Corn’s Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Will Guzzardi on His Plans for the Recount (and After)

Will Guzzardi, the 24-year-old, Ivy League-educated former Huffington Post Chicago editor, announced Monday that he would pursue a recount in the March 20th primary for the 39th District State Representative. When I spoke to the Brown University graduate on Monday night, he was trailing by 125 votes to five-term incumbent Toni Berrios, the daughter of Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. Guzzardi said he plans to file…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Ameya Pawar’s First Year: The Rookie Alderman on Rahm, Schools, and More

A year into his rookie year as 47th Ward alderman, Ameya Pawar sat down with me in his office on North Lincoln Avenue on a recent Monday evening. Despite pulling an all-nighter—he was writing a paper for a graduate class at the University of Chicago—the 31-year-old energetically listed for me all of his accomplishments and plans as alderman, a job that few expected him to win…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Quinn Brings Jerry Stermer Back in the Fold

During his campaign in 2010, Pat Quinn suffered the loss of one of his longest and must trusted confidantes, Jerry Stermer. Stermer now has a new job as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced today by the gov’s office.

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Joe Walsh on Tammy Duckworth: Did He Really Say That?

Nobody would ever call Joe Walsh a temperate personality; he has made his reputation and become a favorite of cable TV shout shows by saying what’s on his mind. But he went over the line in an interview with Politico’s David Catanese, held in an Elgin coffee shop, published today.

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Illinois Primary: Some Takeaways from Voting Day

Illinois had its primary yesterday, and, in an embarrassment to the state and its politicians, not too many voters showed up—24 percent in the lowest turnout in 70 years in a presidential primary. But for people like me, it was feast of important races. Here, some thoughts as I followed the races well into the evening…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Susan Crown on Why She Supports Mitt Romney

It’s common knowledge that two of Chicago’s wealthiest families—the Crowns and the Pritzkers—are staunch Obama supporters, so it surprised me to read earlier this year that Susan Crown, 53, was supporting Mitt Romney for president. I wondered: Why isn’t she in the Obama camp like her older brother, Jim, president of Henry Crown & Co.?…

Carol Felsenthal