Here is the lastest installment in our bi-monthly political buzz updates – some routine, and as the lead story shows, even bizarre.
Cardinal George and the Klan
As unbelievable as it sounds after his last gaffe about Gov. Quinn’s presence at an award ceremony for a rape survivor, and what was publicly seen as an unsympathetic response to the woman’s past; Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has made yet another egregious comment; this time after negotiations were in progress to accommodate parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, with a new starting time for the newly routed annual Pride Parade that would pass their church.
George in an interview on the local FOX affiliate compared the parade organizers and participants to the Ku Klux Kan!
His words? “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”
We cannot help but think that His Eminence’s understanding of America’s cultural and racial history has been compromised, and while the Church’s position on homosexuality is not known to be supportive, or approving, that this comment is baffling, and as Equality Illinois’ Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Cherkasov notes, “is beyond words and comprehension” and he is asking sympathizers to call the Cardinal’s office for a public apology.
And, we agree, here is the number: 312-534-8230
What is ironic here, not to mention the absence of Christian charity, is that many of the city’s most prominent leaders are Catholic (and who march in the parade), and have been educated at its universities and colleges; the Church’s long tradition of charity towards the poor is excellent, and that many of the LGBT community leaders are also Catholic and have been educated in these same schools.
Someone must take the Cardinal aside for a lesson in public relations, to say the least.
See Cardinal George for yourself at http://tinyurl.com/6rhzpnk
Cassidy solicits opinions
And, speaking of a Catholic church – State Rep. Kelly Cassidy is holding her second Town Hall meeting on Thursday, January 26th at 6 p.m. The Town Hall meeting will take place at St. Ita’s Catholic Church located at 5500 N. Broadway. Cassidy will be hosting the Town Hall Meeting with state Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) to gather feedback as the General Assembly heads back to Springfield for the upcoming legislative session.
No doubt there will be tons of questions on how, and why, the Illinois State budget has taken odd twists and turns that can allow over $6 billion dollars of unpaid bills, while Sears Holding and CME get huge tax breaks.
While Cassidy has made a commitment to constituent communication that we like, we don’t envy her in this task.
For more information, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s full-time constituent services office at (773) 784-2002 or by email at RepCassidy@gmail.com
We are always proud as punch when our local companies exceed expectations, such as Groupon, but we were a bit perplexed to learn that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had some question about their IPO – initial public offering.
One glaring example: if the company was losing money why did Chairman Eric Lefkofsky say that the company would be eventually be “wildly profitable?”
Oh, now we’re worried — c’mon Eric don’t screw this up! Not that we need another deal on nachos and wings, but in an IPO you either make, or lose money, it’s that simple.