Dr. Green’s “outrageous” request for recount . . . 

How a judge should act . . . 

The best thing that could happen in respect of the contretemps over whether the Russians hacked the American election would be for the Central Intelligence Agency to be haled into the courtroom of Paul Diamond, United States District Judge. He is the

Source: ‘Outrageous’ Disenfranchisement – The New York Sun

Young Michael Madigan’s schooling and meteoric rise — St. Ignatius, Notre Dame, Loyola Law, corporation counsel, ICC officer, ward committeeman at 27

Michael’s schooling reflected his origins: 1956-60 St. Ignatius High School (later College Prep), 1960-64 U. of Notre Dame, 1967 Loyola Law school J.D., leading to his being elected 13th Ward committeeman by the ward’s precinct captains in 1969, making him, at 27, the youngest ward boss in the city.

A meteoric rise, and well deserved. In a short time he turned the ward from Republican into a Democratic stronghold.

In that year and into the next, 1969-70, he was delegate to the Illinois Constitution Convention which rewrote the Illinois Constitution. By which time he had become an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago and a hearing officer for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

In the latter capacity, in March, 1969, he heard a case whereby the Belt Line Railroad was asked by residents of the 7000 and 7100 blocks of 63rd and 64th streets and 64th Place, in the Clearing neighborhood, to erect a fence on either side of tracks running through that area, at 63rd and Harlem, with homes on one side, stores on the other, to protect the more than 200 young people in the area, at a cost estimated at $2,400.

There had never been a claim for injuries to a child under age nine in the area, said a Belt Line representative at the five-hour hearing, which had been requested by the local alderman. A resident countered this argument, saying, “Saving one child would be worth it.”

After a five-hour meeting, Madigan said he would take the case under advisement. The railroad’s lawyer had said it was up to the city to put up the fence, because the city had rezoned the area for residential housing. Alderman Frank Kuta (23rd), had argued the need for a fence: “Homes are on one side of the tracks, and stores are on the other,” so that children found it natural “to take a short cut across the tracks to purchase soft drinks or candy,” there being “no overhead crosswalk.” Some even played on the tracks, another man said. A Chicago Youth Commission representative noted that children are naturally attracted to railroads.

A fence would not always stop them, said a railroad spokesman. Plus, the precedent would force the railroad to enclose hundreds of miles of track. Saving just one child would justify the expenditure, said Kuta.

Madigan decided in favor of the residents. A six-foot fence was to be installed by June 15. When the railroad objected, asking an interim delay, Madigan said the ICC order “means what it says.” At issue this time was whether the railroad or the city would install it.

Ald. Kuta had pressed the issue after months of complaints from residents.

A year later, Madigan ran for the Illinois House 27th district with the Chicago Tribune endorsement, was elected, beginning his 45-year incumbency.

— more to come —

FLASHBACK–Obama Whispers Message for Putin in 2012: ‘After My Election, I’ll Have More Flexibility’

The boy president at his sleaziest best. What a rat.

President Obama was running for re-election in March 2012, when a live microphone picked up his whispered conversation with then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.

He assured the Russian, once he’s elected, no problem. Tell Putin. Fine, said the Russian. Later, supporting Hillary, he criticized Trump for sounding friendly to Putin, yet later ordered investigation of Putin helping Trump, for God’s sake.

Source: FLASHBACK–Obama Whispers Message for Putin in 2012: ‘After My Election, I’ll Have More Flexibility’

Reid: FBI director’s letter cost Democrats the election, Senate

He’s one guy gonna be missed, yeah? Wasn’t a dry eye in the house at his recent farewell party. Tears of joy, a wag commented.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Monday FBI Director James Comey was “heavily involved as a partisan” in the weeks leading up to the election and that Comey’s actions handed the presidency to Donald Trump.

How many ways can someone be a sore loser?

Source: Reid: FBI director’s letter cost Democrats the election, Senate – CNNPolitics.com

Speaker Madigan’s father was a ward superintendent — “in the aristocracy of city government”

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a paragon of blue-state success, was to the manor born. His father, also Michael Madigan, was “in the aristocracy of the city government,” a ward superintendent, per Chicago Tribune’s James Doherty in May of 1949 in his story, “A HALF HUNDRED IMPORTANT MEN –WHO THEY ARE: WARD SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE JOB SECURITY.”

These jobs may not be “political plums,” wrote Doherty, but “are the next thing to it,” he heard from other city employees. Ward superintendents “help keep the city clean” but they do not “push brooms” or “drive refuse trucks.” Rather, they “give orders” to those who do.

As civil service employees, they have job security, with pensions that allow retirement at $2,800 a year, are considered “men of influence” in the city hierarchy but “attract little attention. Their work is not spectacular, they get little publicity.”

Doherty listed them. Pay was $387 a month. “Several are on leave to take higher-paying jobs with the city or county.” The most senior of them had been on the job 40 years.

The elder Madigan was not high on seniority. To qualify, there was an examination, the last of which had been offered eleven years earlier, in June of 1938. The list which Doherty gave of those who passed was one that had been posted Dec. 1, 1939. So Madigan had passed the examination in 1938. He was to hold the position for 25 years, to 1963.

The family lived in a tidy bungalow belt house at 7146 S. Campbell, in the 13th Ward.

— more more more of work in progress about Speaker Madigan —