Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

4 years
ago

 

Why No Heads-up for Rahm If Daley Has His Back?

It’s a widely held view among politica observers that Mayor Daley, despite his insistence that he’s not taking sides in the mayoral race, is secretly pulling the strings for Rahm Emanuel. Yet, several recent developments suggest the Emanuel-Daley alliance may not be as tight as suggested…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Jim Houlihan Won’t Run for Mayor

Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan has decided not to run for mayor, spokesman Eric Herman said this morning. Houlihan, 67, who told me in April that he was interested in the job whether or not Daley ran again, has changed his mind “after much serious thought and…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Democrats for Brady?

A friend called to tell me that Democrats are secretly supporting conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady because they predict he’ll be a one-termer. So they’ll grit their teeth for four years and then run a Democrat (who is not Pat Quinn) who can keep the office for multiple terms…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Blago Redux: Adam Jr. Wants Out

Sam Adam Sr. and Jr., the two lawyers who led the defense of former governor Rod Blagojevich, disagree about whether to stick with the ex-gov when his retrial starts in January. The elder Adam wants in; the younger Adam does not, according to a prominent Chicago defense attorney, my source on all things related to Blago’s legal troubles. That take was confirmed by Sheldon Sorosky and Aaron Goldstein, two of…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Behind Jerry Stermer’s Resignation: Insiders on the Exit of Pat Quinn’s Chief of Staff

I thought I had it figured out. The respected good guy Jerry Stermer, Pat Quinn’s chief of staff, resigned the post last week after acknowledging that he inadvertently sent political e-mails using his state account. Next to no one seems to understand why Stermer, who has spent much of his career advocating on issues involving the health and education of children, especially poor children, would leave over such a measly infraction—three e-mails out of some 39,000…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Right Nation 2010, Featuring Glenn Beck, to Take Place on Yom Kippur

It’s a whopper of a public relations blunder. Speakers for Right Nation 2010’s “evening extravaganza” on September 18th at the 10,000-seat Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates include Glenn Beck, gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, blogger Andrew Breitbart, Rep. Aaron Schock, and Tea Party leader Herman Cain. One problem: the evening convention, which follows an afternoon “activist training conference” for conservatives at the nearby Marriot Chicago Northwest, is on Yom Kippur, the holiest of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Blago: The View from Washington

If Rod Blagojevich has one hero in life besides Elvis, it’s Richard Nixon, and if there’s one newspaper that wrecked Nixon’s life and legacy it’s the Washington Post. How ironic, then, that the Washington Post is trumpeting almost the same line as Blago himself. The Washington Post of Pentagon Papers and Watergate? Yes. Last week, the paper ran an editorial titled “Federal prosecutors should not retry Rod Blagojevich.”…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

The Prosecutors’ Biggest Blunder in the Blago Case

The key mistake in the government’s case against Rod Blagojevich happened right at the start of the trial, during jury selection, with the choice of a juror who ultimately became the sole vote siding with the ex-gov on key counts of the indictment. Sources say the holdout juror, an African-American retired state worker who had worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health, should have been dismissed…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Kirk Ex-wife: Mark Will Win

Yesterday, I ran excerpts of my conversation with Kirk’s ex-wife, Kimberly Vertolli, in which she discussed the “Svengali figure” behind his campaign, Dodie McCracken. Here, Vertolli offers her take on what would seem to be Kirk’s perplexingly unnecessary exaggerations. She adds that, despite some missteps in his campaign, in the race between Kirk and Giannoulias, she would vote for her ex…

Carol Felsenthal