16 August 2009

Ah yes... Chicago, Illinois

That's the place they've got all those "community organisers" isn't it...

The two largest public school systems in Illinois are under scrutiny, with federal prosecutors investigating links between important admissions decisions and political clout.

The University of Illinois and the Chicago Public School system are involved in separate cases that involve possible manipulation of the admissions process by state power brokers, which in the university case, includes disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich and convicted influence dealer Tony Rezko.

Between 2003 and 2007, for example, the college of law wrongly admitted about 24 politically-connected applicants in exchange for scholarship money, according to the report.
Hmmm... Tony Rezko... that sounds so familiar.

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8 comments:

James Higham said...

convicted influence dealer

Oh I like that - new career choice - become a CID.

Neo Conservative said...

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c'mon james... is that any way to talk about president mcdreamy's former next door neighbour?

i mean... what's a shady house deal, or two... between friends?

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Anonymous said...

Chicago is a great city. Ever been there?

Didn't think so.

Neo Conservative said...

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"nonny indignantly splutters... Chicago is a great city"

yup... chicago pretty much embodies everybody's utopian dream... doesn't it?

and hang on... haven't 4 of the last 7 illinois governors (not even counting blago) ended up in prison?

i'll tell ya, nonny... i'd be really interested in hearing what your idea of a "not so great" city is.

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Anonymous said...

haven't 4 of the last 7 illinois governors

You take pot shots at a city you've never set foot in and point to state governors as the reason the city sucks?

Stupid much? Oh right, you live in Belleville.

Neo Conservative said...

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"nonny wails... take pot shots at a city"

yeah, good point... let's ask a chicago cop...

A total of 510 Chicagoans were murdered in 2008, compared to 445 in 2007. The homicide rate remains well above that of such peer cities as New York, Los Angeles, and London, differences that are driven mostly by elevated rates of gun homicide in Chicago.

Over the past 10 years, Chicago has averaged roughly 420 gun homicides per year.

Source: Chicago Police Department, Research and Development, Crime Summary (January 2009).


p.s. - i live out in cow country... where the homicide rate is, well... zero.

belleville, to us, is the big smoke. i venture in occasionally... but would no sooner live there than chicago.

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jwkozak91 said...

"Over the past 10 years, Chicago has averaged roughly 420 gun homicides per year."

And this is in a city that has... ahem... banned guns within municipal boundaries.

Was having Toronto fill in for Chi-town in "Due South" more than just a coincidence?

To "nonny-mouse":

Illinois callers to the Dennis Miller Show also say "Chicago is a great city" - they qualify it with: "I'm glad I live in the suburbs."

"Stupid" is Toronto electing Liberals after Adscam, and electing Grits that cry over the Tamil Tigers in the next election.

Neo Conservative said...

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"jwkozak91 said... Illinois callers to the Dennis Miller Show also say "Chicago is a great city" - they qualify it with: "I'm glad I live in the suburbs."

apparently chicago proper loses 5000 folks a year to, well... let's call it... "urban flight".

and i expect toronto will really start to experience this phenomena, as the boomers start to retire in ever greater numbers... and head for greener pastures.

as an example... our property value here in hastings county has doubled in 8 years... as former city-dwellers bail.

that million dollar 50 year old cape cod in willowdale, could purchase two working dairy farms around here.

hey... just something to think about.

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