By Jim Bowman
Oak Park's new econ development creature to be headed for now by John Hedges:
"My expectation for the next months is I don't want to miss a heartbeat," Abu-Taleb said. . . .
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."
[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 . . .
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.