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Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by DAND124 on Fri Apr 27 23:51:57 2012

http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/12159044-452/rep-bobby-rush-ill-stop-metra-in-its-tracks.html


Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is threatening to stop Metra “in its tracks” unless more African-Americans firms get work from a massive railroad construction project in his congressional district called the “Englewood Flyover.”

“There is no way that this contract will fly,” Rush told me in an interview.

Last October, Rush put on a hardhat and joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a groundbreaking ceremony at 63rd and State Street.

As LaHood wrote in his blog on Oct. 11, “the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago features one of the most hopelessly tangled railway bottlenecks in North America.” Construction of the “flyover” bridge will “quickly put 1,500 men and women to work.” Once built, the “flyover” will, LaHood said, “eliminate construction and backups” for 78 daily Metra commuter trains, 14 Amtrak trains and 46 freight trains.

Much of the money for the “flyover” comes from President Barack Obama’s stimulus package — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — designed to pump money into the troubled U.S. economy by creating jobs on infrastructure projects.

Rush is quoted in an Oct. 10 press release from LaHood’s shop about what he wants from the project: “The potential construction jobs and contracts from the Flyover arrive right on time” for residents of the impoverished Englewood community.

The total price tag for the “flyover” is $133 million, and Metra on April 10 accepted bids for the major portion of the construction — worth, Rush said, about $86 million.

Metra is in the process of analyzing the bids and Rush told me when I interviewed him Thursday in his Rayburn Building office here that he got a tip from a Metra source on Wednesday that none of the major bidders included African Americans — except for a security contract worth about $110,000.

Rush wanted to sound an alarm now, he told me, before Metra board members vote on the contract. While there is no date for a vote, Metra next meets May 11.

“I want Metra to rebid this contract. There is no way that this contract will fly,” Rush told me.

“And there is no way that Metra’s trains will run in the City of Chicago if this is the contract. We will stop Metra in its tracks, OK, on the tracks, cause we are not going to sit back and allow this mega-million-dollar project to come into our neighborhood, where unemployment is sky high,” he said.

Metra spokesman Michael Gillis declined to comment on the accuracy of Rush’s tip because, he said, the bidding process is not complete. Gillis told me the transit agency did all it could to encourage minority bidders, working with Rush for two years to find companies that could be part of the project.

Metra held five events in Englewood to “educate” firms from the community and “team them up with prime contractors who could be bidding on the project,” Gillis said.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Apr 28 03:31:17 2012, in response to Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by DAND124 on Fri Apr 27 23:51:57 2012.

If the folks aren't qualified to do the job, then what else can be done? It sucks because a project in a community should really be an opportunity to put that community to work.

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 04:21:08 2012, in response to Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by DAND124 on Fri Apr 27 23:51:57 2012.

Rush should be in GTMO instead of Congress.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 09:37:32 2012, in response to Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by DAND124 on Fri Apr 27 23:51:57 2012.

Reverse Racism in action.
It's about political contracts, not actually doing any good for the RR, whether it be METRA, Amtk, and NS.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Apr 28 13:33:32 2012, in response to Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by DAND124 on Fri Apr 27 23:51:57 2012.

How racist and dictatorial. He must be emulating his mentor.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 14:00:04 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Apr 28 13:33:32 2012.

Jesse Jerkoff Jackson is another one. When Amtrak maintenance crews get caught sleeping on the clock during the night when Washington brass makes secret 3am visits to the Chicago coach yards, they get fired. Then they go crying to JJ for their jobs back.

JJ is also a 3rd airport/Peotone fanatic.

Martin Luther King Senior they are NOT.

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 14:01:12 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Apr 28 13:33:32 2012.

Who was his mentor? After all, this is the fellow that founded the IL chapter of the Black Panther Party.

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:40:40 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 09:37:32 2012.

the job of a pol is bringing home the bacon for his constituents. Rush merely has the added ammunition of the race card. Think about the domestic content laws for FTA funded fleet purchases. Not much different from demanding subway cars be assembled within NYS.

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Posted by Rockparkman on Sat Apr 28 14:41:09 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 04:21:08 2012.

:-)

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 14:42:53 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:40:40 2012.

"Merely"?

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Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 14:49:22 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:40:40 2012.

No one is telling BBD to hire Blacks from the 5 boros, or that all rolling stick be built by Kawsaki and in Yonkers, not Nebraska.

SEPTA played the race card with the SL-V, and the Koreans can barely run a production line on the south side of Philly.

With Orion gone, no more buses from Oriskany either.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:54:59 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 14:42:53 2012.

If he were (not African)-American and demanded more jobs for his nabe, little comment would have been made. Do I defend his "stop..."? Not quite, though I personally don't like the design of the project. Bottom line still is that he exists to get work for his voters as do all the other pols.

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 15:03:58 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 14:49:22 2012.

IINM Kawasaki has Yonkers precisely to meet the built in NYS competition of Bombardier's plant in upstate. Although it failed, Breda tried to con LA by promising a local assembly line.
As to Hyundai-Rotem, management failure to properly train and supervise is not the fault of the line workers.

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Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 15:10:17 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:54:59 2012.

How would you design the Englewood flyover differently ?

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Posted by Easy on Sat Apr 28 15:11:53 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Apr 28 03:31:17 2012.

Not saying that it's right or wrong but LACTMA does something similar although it think that it's community based and not raced based. A significant number (20%?) of expo workers came from south LA. They are sometimes lower level trainees or recent tech school grads. It can be done if they set the rules up front and it is beneficial in the long term. Maybe it does cost a little extra but I think that we would all rather use money like that on job training rather than welfare for doing nothing.

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 15:53:47 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 15:10:17 2012.

1. the Rock should be 4 tracks.
2. a connection from the Rock to NS should be restored.
In the extremely vague fantasies for Illinois HSR, CUS is pretty much maxed out, whereas there is land nearby which could be used(former B&O GCS) and connected to the Rock for southern access and tunnelled via the lower level Wacker ROW to get out to the north.
3. and the flyover cancels the restoration possibilities for a south side LD station as once existed. NS freight could be rerouted to avoid the entire junction during most hours of the day.

BTW, the total Rock and ATK trains today are very few compared to what ran through there in the 50s when most stopped at Englewood.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 15:57:27 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Easy on Sat Apr 28 15:11:53 2012.

give a man a fish v teach him to fish

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 16:05:02 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 15:57:27 2012.

Some men you teach to fish can become poachers.

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 16:27:54 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 16:05:02 2012.

Thank you Sheriff of Notingham.

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Posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Apr 28 17:13:36 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Easy on Sat Apr 28 15:11:53 2012.

I was actually going to post an addition to my response about the race thing. I'm glad you mentioned it. I hate seeing things like this divided along racial lines. Anything community based should be welcomed, white, black, spanish, whatever.

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Posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Apr 28 17:16:29 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Apr 28 13:33:32 2012.

Racism stopping progress, fuckin waste. I agree with getting jobs for a local community, but leave the racial lines out of it

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 17:35:45 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 15:53:47 2012.

I think they should have the option of routing passenger trains from the ex-Pennsy to La Salle Street station in case we ever get commuter trains from Valpo. I do not believe that $1.5B fantasy of sending NICTD trains there will happen, not with that governor or any of his clones as successors.

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Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 17:37:07 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Apr 28 17:16:29 2012.

In Rush's little head, Racism is a one-way street. The concept of Reverse Racism does not exist.

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 18:40:51 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 17:37:07 2012.

OTOH, if the vast bulk of your constituents are xxxxx, then ...

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 20:05:21 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:54:59 2012.

No, that's not what he thinks he exists for. So don't say "merely" when it comes to violating people's rights.

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 20:06:05 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by NIMBYkiller on Sat Apr 28 17:16:29 2012.

+∞

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 20:59:29 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 17:35:45 2012.

all hail the Valpo dummy. Yes, and if the La Salle throat to GCS throat connection were restored (yes I know it is more than a half century gone) the GCS brownfield is a fine place for for an HSR station. CUS doesn't have lots of room left. Side note. apparently CREATE will pay for restoring double track NICTD access to the Metra Electric mains via a flyunder. A whole batch of 'Central Corridor' projects have been canceled not sure why.

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Posted by Rockparkman on Sat Apr 28 21:20:38 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 16:27:54 2012.

I LIKE THAT!!!

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 22:33:28 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 16:27:54 2012.

It's not a problem until it happens in your back yard, eh? Never mind your fake context . . . there are plenty of elephants in Africa damning you now . . .

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 23:22:48 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 22:33:28 2012.

FYI I live in Oakland CA. Read about my fair city some time. As to jobs/discrimination, I too have some experiences from several angles. I have also had experiences w/ seat warmers who make no effort to perform and presume entitlement because of their DNA.

Still believe that those who wish to become proficient and are not mentally handicapped can be trained and led toward excellence.


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Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:14:47 2012, in response to Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by DAND124 on Fri Apr 27 23:51:57 2012.

If unemployment is sky-high, you should APPRECIATE this project, Bobby Rush! I wonder if he wants some kickback.

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Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:17:38 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Easy on Sat Apr 28 15:11:53 2012.

Agreed fully. It appears as though Bobby Rush is saying: If you can't beat them, ban them. Not exactly leadership.

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Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:20:14 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Apr 28 14:40:40 2012.

Difference: what you mention (buy from NY) is not race-based; it has to do with giving qualified New Yorkers jobs. A similar thought existed on the bus side when Orion Bus Industries was in business (their plant location being in the Finger Lakes).

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Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:24:01 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 14:49:22 2012.

Nova Bus has a plant in Plattsburgh, NY (near the Canadian border); it opened in 2009. The NYCT 1200s were the first buses from that plant. The difference is that here, Orion (before it closed) and Nova Bus hire actually qualified workers.

SEPTA overplayed its hand with the race card.

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 17:32:34 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:14:47 2012.

The fact that he's the founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party has nothing to do with his viewpoint?

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Posted by italianstallion on Sun Apr 29 19:11:21 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Apr 28 14:01:12 2012.

He;s obviously trying to say Obama is Rush's mentor. Chris clearly doesn't know what a mentor is.

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Posted by znufrii on Sun Apr 29 21:06:50 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:14:47 2012.

Jobs don't mean anything if it's not done to reward his political base. Welcome to political patronage 101.

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 21:10:53 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by znufrii on Sun Apr 29 21:06:50 2012.

Um, no. Doesn't have to be the railroad through town. It can be other industries. But Rush isn't concerned about that, obviously.

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sun Apr 29 21:32:36 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 17:20:14 2012.

Constituent based turns into race based from a distance when the electoral district is overwhelmingly one group or another.

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Posted by znufrii on Sun Apr 29 21:53:00 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 21:10:53 2012.

huh? Not sure that I mentioned anything about a railroad, so your response makes no sense to me. Big surprise there.

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Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 22:03:23 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 17:32:34 2012.

I'm judging solely the message.

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Posted by znufrii on Sun Apr 29 22:08:43 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sun Apr 29 21:32:36 2012.

As I suggest below, the racial component of his argument is secondary, and simply an excuse for seeing government spending as his own personal patronage mill to reward his core constituency.

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Posted by R30A on Sun Apr 29 23:02:04 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by znufrii on Sun Apr 29 22:08:43 2012.

well... When you represent the blackest district in the nation...

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Posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 23:35:30 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by R30A on Sun Apr 29 23:02:04 2012.

. . . don't you mean misrepresent?

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 23:37:37 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by AMoreira81 on Sun Apr 29 22:03:23 2012.

No you ain't.

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Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Mon Apr 30 11:42:22 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 23:35:30 2012.

I don't ever follow most threads...I mainly look at those with a Chicago connection...and I seldom respond. But in this thread, DAMN is Olog-hai always this obnoxious??? Olog-hai doesn't live within 2000 miles. What did Rep. Rush ever do to him?

Unfortunately Chicago historically has had the reputation of being the most segregated city...AND IT STILL IS. The Chicago Tribune documented that today, 90 percent of the population live in an area that is racial identifiable(white, Black, Hispanic). The CREATE Englewood Project @ 63rd and State St. is racially identifiable (virtually 100 % Black) 4 1/2 miles due north (26th and State St.); racially identifiable 3 miles due east (Lakefront, can't go any further); due south 10 miles (City limits @ 138th St.) but continues through Calumet Heights, Riverdale, Dolton, Phoenix, Harvey, South Holland (Interstate 80-294)to the southwest suburbs: Dixmor, Markham, Hazel Crest, East Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, Homewood, Flossmor, Matteson, Chicago Heights, University Park (Yes, Past U.S. 30)miles from Englewood ...25 plus. Going west from Englewood, it is racially identifiable 3 1/2 miles to California Ave. and 63rd St. And within the city southwest, go five miles past 87th St. and Pulaski Rd.

David Harrison

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Posted by Olog-hai on Mon Apr 30 11:51:39 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Mon Apr 30 11:42:22 2012.

If you're going to defend the founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in this post, then you're the one that is obnoxious. Defending the indefensible is the hallmark of a fool. With all due respect.

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Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Mon Apr 30 15:37:34 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Mon Apr 30 11:51:39 2012.

You must not be Black.

David Harrison

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Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Mon Apr 30 15:49:18 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Mon Apr 30 15:37:34 2012.

No the issue is ideological. As you and I know I am not black, yet do not fulminate about Black Panther history.
On a more rail detailed level. Do you have an opinion aboutthe design of the flyover? And, what happened to the Central Corridor "xx" projects? I am curious.

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Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’

Posted by Joe V on Mon Apr 30 17:28:17 2012, in response to Re: Bobby Rush: I’ll stop Metra ‘in its tracks’, posted by Olog-hai on Sun Apr 29 21:10:53 2012.

Just another variation of age-old Chicago politics. Think New Jersey was the worst ?

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