Hedges as temporary pilot, Danny Davis had his chance, gun-totin' mama

From the sublime to the heroic

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By Jim Bowman


Oak Park's new econ development creature to be headed for now by John Hedges

Wes Venteicher of Chi Trib: 

"My expectation for the next months is I don't want to miss a heartbeat," Abu-Taleb said. . . . 

Phil Rockrohr of Oak L: 

Hedges was the unanimous selection of the EDC's executive committee, [its] release said. He will assume the position on Feb. 24, but only serve until the agency appoints a permanent executive director in a few months, it said. 

Hedges was one of nearly 12 candidates reviewed by the board and the executive committee, the release said. 

Like Holiday Inn, no surprises here. Businesslike boiler-plate report as befits business-development people. 

Phil Rockrohr of Oak L at Sat. 2/22 Anan forum: Nice video coverage here. 

Oak Park Newspapers (me) at same session: 

Anan, asked by woman who hesitated to put it but finally asked why Hedges, whom he had roundly criticized, at least by implication, during their campaign:

 Tiny pause by Anan, who knows how to use one, then: "Next question."

 Got a laugh, did not stop there. 

"A lot is revealed about a man" in a campaign, he said. In any case, the choice was "for the village as a whole, regardless of how I feel personally."

 "Knowing what I know" about how government works, "it takes time to find the right person."

 Hedges is a "temporary pilot" for this vessel of business development as it moves "from old to new." He "is a placeholder, we know that."


He coulda been a senator: 

[Rep. Danny] Davis noted that Blagojevich, who was convicted in a corruption case in 2010, including for trying to sell the U.S. senate seat once belonging to President Barack Obama, had offered Davis a U.S. senate appointment. Davis rejected the offer, which came after Blagojevich's 2008 arrest. 

"Knowing how people felt about him, I declined the appointment and said, 'No Mr. Governor, can't do it because I think the perception is so great in terms of how you have handled your office that a person would have a hard time getting elected,'" Davis said. "Although it would have been great to be a United States senator. Oh my God, it would have been wonderful."


It's in the air they breathe . . . 

What a story out of Detroit, where a gun-totin' mama defended house and home and children from three punks, who fled. 

We have no such heroines in OP or Chi area, do we? No one has fired a weapon in self-defense with such a result?

That's one possibility. Another is, dare I say it? mine-run mainstream liberal bias, whereby gun-totin' mamas are not really grist for the mill. Tsk, tsk.

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Jim Bowman  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 9:43 PM


John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 4:45 PM

WJ Comments is littered with gun posts, recognizing success so the the paper adds Bowman a column that enables him to urge people to post gruesome stories of bad guys being shot by homeowners. Sounds like we got an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth string. Yippee!

Crook County  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 3:22 PM

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cops-burlgar-shot-to-death-by-homeowner-on-west-side-20140131,0,3394153.story Just happened a few weeks ago. The homeowner was charged for having an expired FOID card.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 2:47 PM

Nice finds, Joe of S Oak P. Took a dedicated searcher, did it not? Any more, anyone?

joe from south oak park  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 8:13 PM

this was a bit harder to find but more recent. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-burglar-shot-by-offduty-police-officer-in-her-home-20130906,0,5737435.story?track=rss

joe from south oak park  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 1:57 PM

one example that took me about 2 minutes of 'google fu' to find. http://articles.chicagobreakingnews.com/2011-02-21/news/28616745_1_elderly-woman-shot-burglar-shot-shooting

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