Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

3 years
ago

Obama/Boehner Jobs Speech Mess: The Buck Stops with Bill Daley

When Bill Daley took over Rahm Emanuel’s job as President Obama’s chief of staff, the conventional wisdom had it that, finally, an adult was in the room. It may be too soon to judge Daley’s performance in the job, but he certainly earns a low grade for the dustup over the scheduling of Obama’s upcoming jobs speech…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Jan Schakowsky: ‘I Grew Up in a Different America’

On Friday, I posted part one of my interview with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, in which she promoted her new jobs bill and slammed the Republicans. Here’s part two, in which she discusses why she broke down during a recent meeting with constituents, how middle-class America is disappearing, and more…

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Tim Johnson on the Redistricting Map, the Debt Ceiling, Ron Paul, and More

The issue of redistricting congressional maps is back in the news, with the League of Women Voters of Illinois filing a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming that the new maps are unconstitutional. In July, 11 of 12 members of Illinois’s GOP delegation filed a federal suit challenging the new map. Congressman Tim Johnson, of the 15th District, was the sole Republican lawmaker not to join in the lawsuit. “I’m too busy serving my constituents…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Post Office Closings in Chicago—Will Low-Income Neighborhoods Bear the Brunt?

With the United States Postal Service losing $8.5 billion last year, some 3,653 post offices nationwide (out of 31,871) are being reviewed for possible closing. Illinois carries the dubious distinction of having the most potential closures—176. Chicago gets whacked with the possible closing of 12 stations, and all of them sit in the congressional districts of either Danny Davis or Bobby Rush…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Quinn Appoints Ed Burke’s Daughter to $117,000 Post—What’s the Difference Between Him and Blago?

With one Illinois governor in prison and another waiting to go, the current gov, Pat Quinn, seems remarkably tone deaf to charges that he is rewarding his political benefactors with cushy board jobs. His appointment on Wednesday of 41-year-old attorney Jennifer Burke—daughter of Alderman Ed Burke, next to Rahm the biggest foot in city politics—to the Illinois Pollution Control Board seems utterly over the top, even reckless…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Les Coney, Top Obama Bundler and Networker Extraordinaire

When President Obama’s re-election team released the list of his top campaign fundraisers last week—about 20 were from the Chicago area—I noticed that Mesirow Financial Vice President Les Coney was back on this year’s roster of big bundlers. Here, an edited transcript of our conversation, where he talks about meeting Obama, fundraising for the president…

Carol Felsenthal