Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

2 years
ago

How the Chicago Teachers Strike Could Affect Obama, Democrats

For a few hours this morning, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post all had something in common on this the 11th anniversary of 9/11: Their top sections featured stories of the poisonous battle between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools versus Karen Lewis and the Chicago Teachers Union. The result is a huge stain on Chicago…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Chicago Stars at the DNC

Chicago’s starring role at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was the opposite of its role at the GOP convention in Tampa. At the latter, the city was a symbol of everything corrupt and thuggish about urban politics. Through the DNC lens, Chicago was once again was the shining city on the lake that the world adored on Election Night 2008…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Paul Ryan and Rahm Emanuel— Friendlier than You Might Think?

No matter the fate of the Romney ticket this November, Paul Ryan—who is scheduled to deliver the biggest speech of his life on Wednesday night in Tampa—is sure to try down the line for the nomination for the top spot. And my guess is that Congressman Ryan and our own Mayor Rahm Emanuel could end up running against each other for president—if not in 2016, then in 2020. Here, a look at what the two men have in common…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Blago’s GOP Flirtations and Other Juicy Stories in New Book ‘Golden’

In their upcoming book on Rod Blagojevich, Chicago Tribune reporters Jeff Coen and John Chase write that the former gov once threatened to fire an aide if he revealed a secret: that Blago had voted for George H.W. Bush. “If you ever repeat this, first I’ll deny it, secondly I’ll wait a little bit, then I’ll fire you,” Rod had told the aide…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Fred Eychaner and Ken Griffin, Chicagoans on Top Donors Lists

Lists just out from Politico ranking donors to the two presidential candidates show that, on the Democratic side, Chicagoan Fred Eychaner ranks number one. On the GOP side, at number nine with $2.3 million for Mitt Romney and other Republican PACs and candidates, is Chicago hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

No Successor Planned for Sun-Times’s Stella Foster

After announcing on Friday that her last column would run on August 6, the Sun-Times’s Stella Foster, who has been writing “Stella’s Column” (the successor to the legendary “Kup’s Column”) since December 2003, told me in a telephone interview Monday that it was her decision to retire…

Carol Felsenthal