Friday, September 8, 2006
Personal Asides: On Sundays Political ShootoutBrunner and Stufflebeam Dan Miller Signs Up as Guest Lecturer for Roosevelt Course...The Crains Chicago Business List of Whos Who in Chicago.
Brunner & Stufflebeam.
Sundays guests on Political Shootout will be Terry Brunner and Randy Stufflebeam. Brunner is an expert and has been for a long time on corruption in government as longtime executive director of the Better Government Association. He was one of the first to zero in on the way George Ryan ran the secretary of states office. He has a string of great accomplishments to his credit. He was a state prosecutor in Wisconsin, a federal prosecutor and member of Attorney General Bobby Kennedys anti-corruption team and led the way to expose corruption in Chicago with his role in the BGA for many years. He is now associated with a group that is probing the extensive conflicts of interest that lie behind Mayor Daleys OHare airport expansion plans.
Also on the air will be a young man who is fast becoming a kind of folk hero among some leaders of grassroots movement conservatives in Illinois. He is Randy Stufflebeam, a vigorous ex-Marine who is waging a valiant write-in campaign for governor. It is too great a leap of faith for me to believe he can be elected on a write-in but his simply-stated program and idealism deserves recognitionfor he is without money and is fueled only with his own money and confidence. His father, a great guy, retired trucker, is his driver. He hearkens back to the days of yore when people ran for office without pausing first to see how many PAC checks they can collect: a day that, sadly, will never return but which deserve expression in the sunny, optimism of this candidate. You will hear why he left the Republican party for the Constitution Party and how he wants to make it a vital third force in politics. Both Brunner and Stufflebeam are sure cures for cynicism.
Dan Miller, a triple-threat man in public policy expertise, has signed up as a guest lecturer in my Roosevelt University course. One of the stars of the Sun-Times, where he is business editora division of the newspaper that is overtaking that of the Tribune who normally feels one of its strengths is businessDan has an outstanding background in three vital public policy constituencies. First, as a superb journalist, former editor of Crains Chicago Business and now with the Sun-Times he is an expert on the media. Second, as an expert in his field, he is superbly equipped to discuss business and its role in public policy together with a role he wishes it would play. Third as a highly acclaimed chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, he is well situated to talk about government regulation of business. As a working journalist he is, of course, non-partisan but intellectually he is a principled economic conservative-one of the bright spots on a paper that calls itself The Bright One.
Crains Chicago Business.
Crains Chicago Business, an excellent publication which always is an interesting read, puts out a Whos Who in Chicago every year. Its not clear whether the list is supposed to be Whos Who in Chicago Business or Whos Who in Chicagothe publication fudges in its description. Crains lists are invaluable and are utilized by many organizations as contact directories. But there is a tendency in Crains Whos Who to include some liberal feminist buddies of senior High Up executive Gloria Scoby which may do her good when they get together for cocktails but is not representative of either Chicago or the Chicago business community.
Some are legit, like Grace Barry, president of the Economic Club who scored big in headlines some time ago as a special favorite of Mayor Daleys group, getting some favors from the administration for womens businesses at OHare. But it isnt as Economic Club president that shes importantits political clout. One listee who is there because of feminism and no possible economic or social reason is Hedy Ratner. Ever hear of her? Gloria Scoby has. Ratner heads up something called the Womens Business Development Center. Her inclusion is simply a longtime favor that Crains continues to pay. The sprinkling of obscure names of women is part of Crains schtick. Can you imagine Mayor Daley getting up in the morning and thinking, God, I must talk to Karen B. Greenbaum about this? Who? Karen B. Greenbaum is another pal of Crains women clique. She is a Worldwide partner of Mercer Human Resource Counseling. No, I never heard of it either.
Several executives from the Chicago Bears are listedbut not the owner, Virginia McCaskey. Probably thats because she is a conservative who has been known to quietly and unobtrusively support causes feminists may dislike. Antoinette D. Wright is strictly a token to round out the African American component. Shes head of the DuSable Museum. Can you imagine Daley asking Jeremiah Joyce, do you think we can carry the DuSable Museum crowd? (By the way, where is Jeremiah Joyce?) Lynn Martin is a passe Republican feminist who was Congresswoman and George H. W. Bushs secretary of labor who heads a letterhead group that hires her out for consulting but causes not a ripple in Chicago except a good friend of fellow feminists at Crains. She was thought of because somebody said, cant we find a Republican feminist in Chicago? Whos Renetta E. McCann?...Aurie A. Pennick? Bonita Parker?...Judith M. Stockdale?...Benna B. Wilde?... Goldie Wolfe Miller (somebodys mother?)
No Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, although shes been a leader in a number of fields. Well, maybe shes not only Glorias rolodex. Youd think Lynn Sweet would be on the list: shes got more clout in politics than most of the women listed. Fran Spielman writes a third of the Sun-Times herself every day as city hall sage and super-correspondent. Makes you kind of doubt many of the other names, doesnt it?