Another Day, Another Multi-Million Dollar Penthouse Lists: 310 S. Michigan in the Loop

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This 4-bedroom penthouse in the Metropolitan Tower at 310 S. Michigan across from Millennium Park in the Loop just came on the market.

It has unique features including extensive crown molding and 5 fireplaces.

The 4180 square foot unit has a library with wood paneling and a boxed ceiling.

All 4 bathrooms are marble and en suite.

The unit has 2 powder rooms.

The kitchen appears to have custom cabinets.

It has a 4000 square foot terrace which doesn’t appear to be landscaped or built-out in anyway (at least as can be determined from the pictures).

The unit comes with 3-car garage parking, central air and washer/dryer in the unit.

There’s a lot of competition in the luxury penthouse category right now.

This unit has come on the market at $4.9 million, or $1.325 million more than the 2014 sales price.

Does this penthouse have unique features that will set it apart from all the others also on the market?

Beth Burtt at Baird & Warner has the listing. See the pictures here.

Unit #2501: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 half baths, 4180 square feet

  • Sold in August 2014 for $3.575 million
  • Currently listed for $4.9 million
  • Assessments of $2936 a month (includes heat, a/c, gas, doorman, cable, exercise room, exterior maintenance, lawn care, scavenger and snow removal)
  • Taxes of $24603
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer in the unit
  • Includes 3 car garage parking
  • Bedroom #1: 22×15
  • Bedroom #2: 15×15
  • Bedroom #3: 13×12
  • Bedroom #4: 13×12
  • Library: 22×17
  • Terrace: 4000 square feet

 

 

120 Responses to “Another Day, Another Multi-Million Dollar Penthouse Lists: 310 S. Michigan in the Loop”

  1. On the plus side you’ll become friends with the window washers

    There is a really small pool of buyers for this place

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  2. “There is a really small pool of buyers for this place”

    That’s true of ALL the penthouses that are over, say, $2 million. That hasn’t stopped them from selling. And for the prices to continue to rise.

    But that IS my question. If the pool is so small, at some point, doesn’t it get exhausted?

    The new Vista tower will have dozens of units just like this in price. Who is buying all of those? Then add on 9 Walton, 4 E Erie etc. etc.

    Apparently the rich are doing very, very well right now.

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  3. I really don’t get the interior design choices here. Every cabinet/wood fixture is a different color than the rest. I detect 3 different finishes only in photo #3.
    In #17 we have yet another finish.#20 and 21 each have their own shade.

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  4. The question is whether anyone would choose this location over River North, Streeterville, or the Gold Coast.

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  5. “The new Vista tower will have dozens of units just like this in price. Who is buying all of those? Then add on 9 Walton, 4 E Erie etc. etc.”

    Chinese foreign nationals. Those are the buyers for Vista and those that don’t buy at 9 Walton because they don’t know any better and those buildings aren’t marketed in China.

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  6. miumiu – the paneling/trim/cabinetry is bonkers. Decor is totally over the top. Nearly Trumpian, but not enough gold to be truly Trump-esque.

    Are the portraits of JFK and JFK Jr (photo #8) permanently affixed to the wall?

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  7. The finishes limit the buyer pool here.

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  8. “The finishes limit the buyer pool here.”

    totally agree but oddly enough, someone bought it once with these finishes already. i thought for sure that the current owners customized it but looking at the previous listing the finishes are the same.

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  9. Personally I’d rather have a brand new unit in 9 Walton for this kind of pricing and the location there is much better

    Some of these finishes are really fucking fancy but man they don’t match at all, like whats up with picture #9? Is it just a bad photoshop job or do these people not know about how to match wood stains

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  10. Nice condo! But its still just a condo. I really don’t understand the concept of buying $2MM+ condos and then paying HOAs of $2k+ per month on top of property taxes.
    For the same price, I would rather buy a single family home / rowhouse / townhouse in the Gold Coast or River North instead.

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  11. I’M SOLD!!! WHO WANTS TO ROCK 2NITE AT DOUBLE DOOR??? YESSSS!!!

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  12. @b

    Some rich people enjoy the security that living in a doorman building has

    folks that travel a lot don’t have to worry about their shit getting broken into and all that hassle

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  13. 2015 taxes?

    $34,274.50!!

    And $0.00 paid.

    Apparent owner has an interesting RE history.

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  14. @b

    Also it is not like you don’t have maintenance fees for a SFH or pay for heating etc which is included in the assessment often times.

    And if you travel a lot and for extended periods it sucks to have to shut down everything. I’d rather live in a high-rise any day over a SFH.

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  15. Condos can be convenient for people who don’t want the maintenance of a house. I don’t think I’d want to raise a kid in a condo, but I get why some buyers like them. Many older buyers also like that you can get larger square footage on one level and condo buildings feel more secure.

    If I were a rich celeb, I’d probably prefer a high rise over a single family for the security alone.

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  16. I have noticed the late fees on property taxes are not a deterrent to some. They know when the City finally gets serious about collecting from them, then they will pay. They figure they won’t pay these because the title company will take care of that at the closing table and save them the trouble of writing the check themselves.

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  17. Also, a condo can be more private. Some of these penthouse units have nothing the views into them. Some of the rooms, maybe the bedrooms, of this penthouse probably face the lake, so there is not going to be anyone with a view in.

    Few single family homes have that level of privacy outside of far out suburbs where home are very distant apart.

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  18. No comment that nearly every fireplace has a flat screen TV above it?

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  19. Wow. Very nice! What’s with the picture of Eddie Munster though?

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  20. This would be a great place for the Obamas. I can’t believe they would keep that house in Kenwood. Plus, they have the JFK homage almost done, just a pic of Teddy and its all set.

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  21. This place makes me nauseous.

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  22. Many of these loop penthouses are great for corporate rentals. Actually most of the condos in the Loop are great for rentals, only problem is turnover is a little bit higher.

    I’m actually surprised we aren’t seeing more condo deconversions to apartments in the Loop. There are a few office conversions happening. If rates remain low we’ll probably see some more.

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  23. I’m going to break a cardinal rule of this website and talk about decor; because the decor of this place cannot be changed – it is an integral part of the interior of the home. And all I have to say is Jesus Christ, the physician owner (Riz, is this your father?) of this home made WAAAAAAAAY to much money selling his private business to a multi-national and god damn this is what you get. and the owner is shockingly enough not moldovian either (or anywhere near eastern europe). This is arguably one of the ugliest properties I’ve ever seen. i don’t even know what this style is called except “TACKY”.

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  24. “Wow. Very nice! What’s with the picture of Eddie Munster though?”

    Isn’t that JFK Jr?

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  25. “Some rich people enjoy the security that living in a doorman building has”

    Why wouldn’t you?

    It’s far more secure.

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  26. “I really don’t understand the concept of buying $2MM+ condos and then paying HOAs of $2k+ per month on top of property taxes.
    For the same price, I would rather buy a single family home / rowhouse / townhouse in the Gold Coast or River North instead.”

    Every single property has upkeep. You have to replace roofs and windows no matter where you live. You have to pay for a gardener/landscaper if you own a SFH. Townhouses/rowhouses often have HOAs. And try living in one that is “fee simple” where you trim your bushes but your neighbor doesn’t have to. See how that works out for you.

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  27. “Chinese foreign nationals. Those are the buyers for Vista and those that don’t buy at 9 Walton because they don’t know any better and those buildings aren’t marketed in China.”

    There’s only so many of those buyers. They “sold” 25% of them. Who’s buying the other 75%? China is in a recession.

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  28. I like the decor better than many of the modern, minimalist is that a condo or a prep area for surgery look places. But it is over the top in some ways and will not appeal to everyone, that’s for sure.

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  29. “This would be a great place for the Obamas. I can’t believe they would keep that house in Kenwood.”

    Obama ain’t coming back here. He was a elite-concocted fraud anyway, never a Chicagoan.

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  30. “Obama ain’t coming back here. He was a elite-concocted fraud anyway, never a Chicagoan.”

    His wife is 100% Chicagoan so I’m sure they’ll spend some time back in the city eventually.

    But Chicago is too small to have an ex-president live here full time. The security would be a nightmare and they wouldn’t have any privacy. There was a reason Jackie Kennedy high tailed it out of Washington not soon after Jack’s death. She tried to live in their Georgetown house but there were tour buses and whatnot. It was just too small of a city for her to have privacy there.

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  31. “But Chicago is too small to have an ex-president live here full time.”

    Chicago is bigger than Houston or Dallas where 2 ex-presidents live. Obama is going to stay in Wash DC where he can capitalize and get rich making speeches just like how the Clintons act. Obama never had a real job in his entire life, and now he’s going to go for the greed and money, big time. That’s the democrat way.

    If Obama had any integrity whatsoever, he’d come back to Chicago and his “community organizing” “roots” and help the south and west sides. He won’t. He’s always been a fraud and an embarrassment to real and honest-working Chicagoans.

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  32. “Chicago is bigger than Houston or Dallas where 2 ex-presidents live.”

    They live in the suburbs, not the city core. Same as Reagan. Was he living in downtown LA? No.

    “Obama is going to stay in Wash DC where he can capitalize and get rich making speeches just like how the Clintons act.”

    No ex-president has stayed in Washington after his term was over since…um…who? I can’t even think of one. Jackie Kennedy was the closest thing to someone staying there because she had lived there for the prior 10+ years but even she couldn’t stay there.

    The Obamas are only staying there because their daughter is still in school and they don’t want to uproot her for her final year or two of high school. Understandable- but it will be hard to be living in that small city, that’s for sure, with all the tourists (as Jackie found out.)

    “Obama never had a real job in his entire life”

    Really?

    Teaching law at a major university isn’t a “real job”?

    Gosh. I guess I missed that memo.

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  33. “Obama never had a real job in his entire life, and now he’s going to go for the greed and money, big time. That’s the democrat way.”

    By the way- it was Ronald Reagan who started the “tradition” of ex-presidents getting paid big money once they left office.

    Remember when he went to Japan and earned $2 million for 10 days worth of speeches right after he got out of office? Lol.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-04/magazine/tm-2327_1_nancy-reagan-foundation

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  34. Was Woodrow Wilson the last president to actually live in Washington DC after leaving office?

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  35. Bill and Hillary bought a house in Kalorama, I think. But it was really for Hillary’s use- right? After she won the Senate seat. I don’t think they were really “living” there- per say. Bill spent more time in NY by then.

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  36. Here’s a cute movie coming out soon about Michelle and Barack’s first date in Chicago called “Southside With You”.

    Here’s the trailer:

    https://youtu.be/yhd-yvMjImU

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  37. “They live in the suburbs, not the city core. Same as Reagan. Was he living in downtown LA? No.”

    HW lived in Houston

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  38. “HW lived in Houston”

    Sorry. I guess I should clarify (as obviously no one here has ever been to Houston)- but living where George Bush Senior lives IS the suburbs as Houston is so sprawling and not really urban at all.

    It would be like living in Old Historic Edgebrook near the Forest Preserve. Actually, if the Obamas decided to live there, they’d get a lot of privacy. In the middle of Kenwood- not so much.

    From Wikipedia:

    Residence of George H. W. Bush[edit]

    In 1981 George H. W. Bush became Vice President of the United States and sold his Tanglewood house,[6] making a $596,101 ($1551564.5 in today’s money) profit. This started a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.[7] To resolve the IRS dispute,[7] in April 1985 Bush signed an affidavit that served as an agreement for him to build his retirement home on the lot at 9 West Oak Lane South,[6] a house along West Oak Lane South, a horseshoe-shaped street that leads to South Post Oak Boulevard.[5] The lot is within the West Oaks Addition subdivision,[8] outside of the Tanglewood subdivision limits,[9] but within the Tanglewood area.[6] The lot had 5,280 square feet (491 m2) of space and was 33 feet (10 m) wide,[10] making it the size of two tennis courts.[6] In 1992 the Harris County Appraisal District valued the lot at $79,200 ($133552.57 in today’s money).[4] Elisabeth Hickey of The Washington Times said that the lot appeared like “a small backyard”.[11] In 1992 Michael Wines of The New York Times said that it was “a postage stamp of a vacant lot, and most associates doubt that Mr. Bush intends to build a home there.”[12] Hickey reported that “[t]he idea that the president would build a retirement home on this tiny patch of land, with no room for a horseshoe pit and no lawn for the grandchildren,” caused some people to criticize Bush.[11] Jack Steel, a friend of the Bush family, said that the location would be too accessible for a residence of a former U.S. President.[13]

    John “Jack” Fitch, a longtime personal friend and former neighbor of George H. W. Bush,[14] sold Bush the 9 West Oak Lane South lot around 1989. As part of the sale, the Bushes had an option to buy an extra 4,320 square feet (401 m2) of land.[15] In 1992 Fitch said that the Bush family was “in the process of exercising that option right now.”[4] Because the Bushes, after leaving Washington, DC, had been unable to find a suitable alternative, they temporarily began leasing Fitch’s former house, a two bedroom house appraised for $367,200 in 1992.[10] In 1992 City of Houston employees repaved West Oaks Drive with a cost of $12,000 ($20235.24 in today’s money), to anticipate Bush’s arrival.[15]

    In December 1992 the Bush family announced that it was building a new house on the lot.[16] Edwin A. Eubanks was selected as the architect. Renaissance Builders was selected as the general contractor. Construction was scheduled to begin in early 1993 and end towards the fall of that year.[5] The Bush house was to include several outbuildings for a guard post/security office and a U.S. Secret Service detail.[4]

    By 1993 tourists began to visit the Bushes’ house. The neighbors felt upset due to the increased traffic and security issues. The subdivision received approval from the Houston City Council to erect gates to block the portion of West Oaks that houses the Bush residence from the general public.[17] When Houstonians heard that the city may pay for the gate, Houston City Council member Christin Hartung, whose district covered West Oaks, received mostly negative telephone calls.[18]

    The Bushes, as of 1994, live in the West Oaks house.[1] Swartz wrote that the Bushes prefer West Oaks because they “are too studiously sedate to live in River Oaks”.[3]

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  39. I have been to Houston and while I agree that Houston is sprawling and has almost zero zoning laws, I’ve never heard of West Oaks not being considered part of Houston by locals. We’re not talking Tomball or the Woodlands

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  40. “Kalorama”

    That’s in DC.

    Katonah.

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  41. “[Bush 43 lives in Dallas suburbs]”

    They moved?

    http://www.bergproperties.com/blog/president-george-w-bush-buys-8501-square-foot-house-in-dallas-preston-hollow-neighborhood/

    Preston Hollow is pretty much quintessential “Dallas” (not the TV show, the actual city). Yes, their house is in a gated community, and Dallas is very different from Chicago, but there’s *no doubt* that it’s *in* Dallas.

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  42. “Ronald Reagan retired from the White House to a home in the wealthy Los Angeles enclave of Bel Air.”

    http://millercenter.org/president/biography/reagan-life-after-the-presidency

    Again, LA is a very different city than Chicago, but Bel Air is *no doubt* in the city of Los Angeles. It’s less than 3/4 of a mile from UCLA!

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  43. “It’s less than 3/4 of a mile from UCLA!”

    It being the house Ronnie lived in from 1989 til he died.

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  44. Chicago is a big ass city and I’d be quite surprised if obama moved back here to claim his full time residence in Kenwood

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  45. HH’s back, full of hater-ade & IMO completely wrong again in posting “…He was a elite-concocted fraud anyway, never a Chicagoan.”

    It’s classic for the bitter asshat from Bridgeview to complain about Obama’s right to true Chicagoan status. HH’s the only one on the planet to call Emil Jones ‘elite’. Obama is prez primarily because of Jones, not an ‘elite concocted fraud’. Despite O refusing to play ball in Springfield with lobbyists & powers that be, Jones decided Obama was his only chance to see a black prez elected. Jones first got Obama slated (the old fashioned way – intimidating & converting others supporters) & then elected senator against Jack Ryan/Alan Keyes. After O became senator, Jones focused on getting O nominated by Dems. And what trees did you plant since ’02 HH?

    So Obama should reject any opportunities to make $ & focus on community and charitable deeds just like HH does? Yeah that’s the ticket! Hey HH no shout out for your candidate DonTee Bigtime? Imho he’s progressing from narcissism to truly sociopathic. Should make for a great 3 months.

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  46. “claim his full time residence in Kenwood”

    Moving back into that house as a primary residence is rather unlikely.

    Moving back and living in condo a east of Michigan and north of 18th seems more likely.

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  47. southbound: Emil Jones is a nobody. Obama is all the anti-white racist elite nationally could find in the entire country with Ivy degrees and who was somewhat articulate enough to read the teleprompter scripts. Obama is one-half white, so he was acceptable enough for the nitwit likes of you, and other liberals who claim to support diversity but will flee if it ever gets above 40%-50% in any given situation, neighborhood, school, or institution. You guys like your token levels, up to a point.

    DJT has good policies all around. An antiwar Republican who cares about the people, jobs, and American first? What’s not to love? Liberals like you (white beta males and white Uncle Toms) are reaching hysterical levels and resort to name-calling, because you can’t refute any of the policies, and most certainly cannot defend the Democrat record in places like Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, etc. Crooked Hillary would have the whole country follow that democrat failed model!

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  48. Obama is certainly not coming back to Chicago. It’s all about what Michelle wants to do at this point, she’s doing to decide where to go. She’s been pretty public about not enjoying the white house or even being first lady.

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  49. “Moving back into that house as a primary residence is rather unlikely.”

    The Obamas will have a lot to decide once their daughter is out of high school. They are still young. They will need a “forever” home to last for several decades (like the Bush senior home has been.) But there are a LOT of security concerns now (even more than on the earlier Presidents.) I’m not sure even a condo in the sky is all that secure.

    Smaller cities like Chicago just aren’t as good of a fit. At least in LA and NY they are used to dealing with celebrities. Chicago has so few of them that the light shines so bright they lose privacy.

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  50. “Again, LA is a very different city than Chicago, but Bel Air is *no doubt* in the city of Los Angeles. It’s less than 3/4 of a mile from UCLA!”

    I never said Reagan didn’t live in LA. I said he didn’t live downtown.

    LA is very different than Chicago, as you said. Celebrities live in big compounds far from the street with no views of the house behind the walls/bushes/gates. And yes, there are actually gated communities there as well. I can’t remember the last gated community inside the city of Chicago except for a few townhome developments where, I suppose, you can say it is “gated.”

    Living on a street in Kenwood is very, very different from living behind the gates in LA.

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  51. Additionally, Reagan never used drones to drop bombs on people around the world.

    I can’t imagine being an ex-world leader in this current environment.

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  52. “That’s in DC.”

    Yes. It’s in DC. Anyone who has lived there knows the different neighborhoods.

    Who’s the last President to live full time in the Capitol after leaving office? I think it was Wilson. There were stories of him holding court with foreign diplomats and all of that.

    No ex-President WANTS to stay there. You just want to get out of dodge.

    Bill and Hillary bought that house and then she used it when she was a senator. He lived in NY from what I understand.

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  53. No one wants to live in DC, other than government workers. Have you ever been? That place sucks.

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  54. I heard that Obama is going to live in a fancy rich, white/Jewish, WashDC suburb, where he can clean up doing speeches for big money. I see a zero percent chance that he’s going to help community organize or personally help in the south and west sides he claimed to care about when he was lying his way to to presidency. Trump is correct: There are more people on food stamps, in poverty, and crime is worse today in Chicago than when Obama took office.

    “Celebrities live in big compounds far from the street with no views of the house behind the walls/bushes/gates.”

    Yeah, they live behind their border walls, just like Paul Ryan does too, while advocating sanctuary and open walls for everyone else.

    Obama’s backers ponied up good money so they could buy that Kenwood “mansion”. Remember Rezko and they gave Michelle Obama a $400,000 salary, so they could buy that home for “appearances” sake? The elite didn’t want the country to see an image of Obama for what he really was: A nobody, with no job history, no money, no track record, etc. The elite liked him because he was the most articulate black man with Ivy degrees they could find, and since he was one-half white, they knew he wouldn’t have the potential to get out of control like a Jesse or Bobby Rush. Obama may have been the least qualified person who ever made it to the White House.

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  55. southbound: What do the top 5 states have in common demographically? Illinois/Chicago is at the bottom because it’s run by Democrat idiots and you’d be insane to want more Obama/Hillary policy for the rest of the nation to copy.

    CHICAGO (WLS) — A survey by 24/7 Wall St. found Illinois to be the worst-run state in the U.S.

    The survey, which ranked all 50 states from best to worst, considered factors like debt per capita, unemployment rate and median household income.

    The company cited poor finances, a major drop in home values and more people leaving the state than moving in last year as reasons for Illinois’ place on the list.

    North Dakota was rated the best-run state in the country, mostly noted for its surging economy. Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota rounded out the Top 5.

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  56. HH posted”…DJT has good policies all around. An antiwar Republican who cares about the people, jobs, and American first? What’s not to love?….Liberals like you … are reaching hysterical levels and resort to name-calling, because you can’t refute any of the policies…”

    HH again confirms the amount of ignorance a bigot blinded by hatred can post, but HH’s correct bout one thing – no one can refute policies that don’t exist except in momentary vapor trails.

    But here’s some refuting: Thou shalt not commit treason by asking US enemies to assist elect you by undermining your competition? Thou shalt not imply if your supporters want to prevent gun laws changed by SCt rulings they should just eliminate your competition? Oh yeah he’s jk.

    Imo Bigtime DonnieT is also poster man-child for adult ADHD whose symptoms include reckless impulsive behavior, being extremely distractable, low frustration tolerance, angry outbursts, poor listening skills, marital troubles…. but hey Bigtime DT really cares about HH (like BDT cares about all those subs he’s stiffed, lenders he’s stiffed, contract purchasers stiffed after DT changed his mind, students who paid DT for a real BS education, ex-wives who no longer looked as hot as his younger options..). Imo DT’s the epitome of scum.

    It’s a binary choice – imo she’s less likely to start WW3 if Putin claims the prez’s spouse likes being diddled by Putin better.

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  57. You’re what the Bolsheviks used to call “useful idiot”. By the way, all the physical “violence” in this election cycle has been done by leftists, like UIC-Bill Ayer’s brainwashed unemployable “students”, BLM bigots, looters, anarchists, hateful racist immigrants, gangbangers, unattractive beastly feminists, low IQ types, anti-white racists, beta-level out-of-shape “college educated” white traitors, value-signaling leftist narcissists, etc. It’s the epitome of scum. Stop lecturing about marital relations, Bill Clinton is the biggest misogynist in American political history. Absolute scum as a role model, and Hillary shows a failure to women for staying with him, just for “power”. SMH. Hillary voted for the Iraq war and Obama just sold 1.2 billion in arms to the Saudis and Hillary takes “donations” from the Saudis and Wall Street. Scum!

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  58. don’t forget “radical vegans”

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  59. “Imo DT’s the epitome of scum”

    The thing is that you know what you’re going to get with Hillary. She’s voted for a disastrous war in Iraq, and then after taking out the Libyan dictator for no reason at all, and creating ancharcy and instability in Libya, she started running arms through the Libyan embassy to send to Syrian rebels aka terrorist organizations. Look at the disaster she created – and now she just wipes her hands clean like she did nothing wrong. She’s a complete incompetent disaster. She wants to continue fighting the cold war – that was your grandfather’s war buddy, because Hillary is a grandmother herself. These are all known things. IMHO, and I’m not a Trump fan by any stretch of the imagination – at least he is a bit of an unknown quantity and some of his polices seem to make sense in that they are a repudiation of all of Hillary Clinton’s warmongering tendencies. and for that reason alone, in this binary election, there only is one choice, and that’s Trump. And Trump doesn’t sell his soul to Goldman sachs for six figure speeches either. release the transcripts hillary, and trump will release his tax returns

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  60. HH posted more self serving lies completely contradicted by facts “..all the violence in this election cycle has been done by leftists..”

    Two reports re facts: “In spite of Trump’s assertions today that his events are “love-fests” without violence…Trump’s denial that he was encouraging violent behavior is particularly laughable, considering the extent to which he has openly told participants at his rally to “beat the hell out of” protesters, told them he’d like to “punch [a protester] in the face,” and has described for his rally-goers the violent fate that “back in the old days” was expected for such protesters…”

    Imo HH’s deep seated hatred comes from HH realizing being born a white male no longer guarantees him a positive outcome – ability & successful efforts matter more now. Clearly those aren’t HH’s strong suits.

    And what’s with HH’s obsession w/appearance: “..out-of-shape college educated white traitors..”. Not to brag much but I’ve just done another charity’s 100 mile bike ride. What accomplishments do you guess HH’s proud of?

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  61. A hundred mile bike ride on a road bike nearly anywhere in the midwest is laughable and easy. Even i’ve done 50 miles rides on a mountain bike without even breaking a sweat.

    The violence Trump advocates is nothing, it’s faux outrage. LEave your real outrage for countries like the Philippines where Durante has admitted actually killing multiple people and is waging an extrajudicial war against ‘drug dealers’ and corruption. He’s issuing proscription lists like the great Sulla did after he marched into Rome to take back the Republic by making himself dictator.

    Trump’s alleged violence is amateur hour and the outrage from the left is fake.

    The real issue right now is that Wikileaks says that the DNC killed it’s mole in cold blood in the streets of DC. I dont doubt this – there is no such thing as a 27 year old Hilary supporter and certainly not one working at the DNC. Damn right he leaked the emails and now he paid for it with his life. These are the people you should be worried about.

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  62. “No one wants to live in DC, other than government workers. Have you ever been? That place sucks.”

    I love DC especially the restaurant scene and cosmopolitan nature of the place.

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  63. hd posted some weird sh-t even for hd. troll away but I’m out

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  64. “Imo HH’s deep seated hatred comes from HH realizing being born a white male no longer guarantees him a positive outcome – ability & successful efforts matter more now.”

    now THIS is some weird shit.

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  65. “Kalorama”
    “Katonah”

    Chappaqua

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  66. “Teaching law at a major university isn’t a “real job”?”

    Don’t think it was full time.

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  67. “Don’t think it was full time.”

    Lecturer, right? Not tenure track?

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  68. “Lecturer, right? Not tenure track?”

    Pretty sure it was not tenure track, but I think it was somewhat more serious than some adjunct positions, having had a conversation once w someone knowledgeable about it that I can no longer fully recall.

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  69. “What accomplishments do you guess HH’s proud of?”

    Up voting his own posts 20 times…lol

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  70. “I love DC especially the restaurant scene and cosmopolitan nature of the place.”

    I’m with you miumiu. It’s amazing now. It has really transformed over the past 20 years. They have redeveloped the northeast and also by the ballpark. Their Logan Circle neighborhood has been restored.

    It’s vibrant and dynamic in ways it never was before. There’s more to it now than just Georgetown.

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  71. “I heard that Obama is going to live in a fancy rich, white/Jewish, WashDC suburb, where he can clean up doing speeches for big money.”

    Nope. Living in the city. In Kalorama which is a beautiful neighborhood in a great location. His daughter goes to school in the city. They’re certainly not going to move outside so that she has a far commute.

    “A nobody, with no job history, no money, no track record, etc.”

    Yes. A nobody who was editor in chief of the Harvard Law Review. Lol.

    The jealousy has made you a very bitter man helmethofer.

    Truly sad.

    The Obamas have released their tax returns for over a decade now. It’s pretty obvious where their money came from. His book was a big hit. They had student loans and the condo in Hyde Park before that book hit it big.

    And, oh, by the way, no one has to “give” Michelle Obama a high paying job. She’s a Harvard educated lawyer who worked as an associate at Sidley Austin, one of the city’s top law firms, for several years. She would have commanded quite a high salary with her experience and education.

    You never attended any ivy league schools or worked in places like Sidley HH. You don’t know the network that develops once you’re in these institutions.

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  72. If you think for one second I’m jealous of affirm action, fraud, Obama you’re crazy. He had to invent the “fist bump” for his street cred. Lol. What a loser. Plus it’s likely he’s LGBT and his marriage is a fraud too. Yuck.

    You’re wrong Sabrina. They tripled her salary, for no reason whatsoever, to “to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.”

    “Despite this flexibility in her job, Michelle Obama was well-compensated, earning $121,910 in 2004 and–as the Chicago Tribune would report in a Sept. 27, 2006 story–getting a raise to $316,962 the next year.

    “Michelle Obama was promoted to vice president for external affairs in March 2005, two months after her husband took office in the Senate,” the Tribune reported. “According to a tax return released by the senator this week, the promotion nearly tripled her income from the hospitals from $121,910 in 2004 to $316,962 in 2005.”

    It’s obvious that Michelle was also an affirm action person, as was Obama and Obama isn’t authentically black, he’s white and raised outside the African-American community (hence, his “fistbump” BS!)

    Trump is far more qualified and accomplished than Obama was when he ran. Obama was manufactured like a Manchurian candidate.

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  73. “His book was a big hit.”

    ghostwritten.

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  74. “It’s vibrant and dynamic in ways it never was before.”

    The District was a vibrant and dynamic place before. I heard Pat Buchanan (who grew up in the District) explain how vibrant, healthy, economically sound, crime-free, and beautiful it was. Then the liberals gave us the Sixites and the open borders of the 1965 Immigration Act and the vibrancy ended and blight, poverty, crime and bad schools set in.

    New York City too, during the “Yogi Berra” glory days of the 1940’s and 50’s was never better, has never been surpassed even today, although people are trying to get it back up overall. During the 1970’s is was almost bankrupt.

    Same goes for London, Paris, etc. They probably peaked around 1964. Today, there are significant problems in those cities, as in Chicago today also.

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  75. “ghostwritten.”

    Must have gotten a better non-disclosure agreement than “deal master’ Trump.

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  76. HH it must be tough being a gay man stuck in a racist’s body…..

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  77. “You never attended any ivy league schools or worked in places like Sidley HH. You don’t know the network that develops once you’re in these institutions.”

    I hate to say it but I am curious about hh’s educational background

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  78. I am guessing he when to Sarah Lawrence College and was roomies with Rahm.

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  79. My bet’s HH started @ ‘Ford City U’ aka Daley CC as he’s not the sharpest knife and it’s close to Bridgeview. Then imo he finished degree in something like Criminal Justice @ Western or NIU. Meaning no disrespect to WIU or NIU but HH likely couldn’t qualify to matriculate @ Circle or SIU. Don’t sell short the network HH likely built attending Ford City U – prolly helps HH get a leg up over the other white bureaucrats at work

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  80. For all his bizarre, petty, bitter complaining about the world having passed him by HH is right about Michelle Obama; NOBODY triples their salary in such a manner as she did without some sort of connection, favortism, quid quo pro, etc.

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  81. Sid V echoed HH’s bitter whining about Michelle O promotion/pay: “NOBODY triples their salary in such a manner as she did w/o some sort of connection, favortism, quid quo pro (sic), etc.”

    Unlike HH I live in a real world. Do you believe DT Jr is paid per an HR study of salary range for recent MBAs or more likely gets paid over 3X what Joe Blow, recent MBA would receive? Imo Michelle O’s qualifications (including her husband becoming senator) made her more deserving of UofC promoting @ triple previous salary than whatever Trump’s apprentice/heir gets paid. But who cares – does whatever DT Jr or Michelle O gets paid cost you or HH anything? Neither UofC nor Trump cares what anyone else believes they should pay. It’s a free country – U of C & Trump can pay whoever whatever they want.

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  82. An apologist for the ways of the Chicago machine and the selfish and connected everywhere-therefore part of the problem. No wonder IL and Chicago is in the state it’s in.

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  83. Sid dear this is how the world works not just Chicago…. Money, power and family…… How do you the Chelsea Clinton was paid $600k by NBC plus $300k sitting on the board of IAC per year.

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  84. “Imo Michelle O’s qualifications (including her husband becoming senator) made her more deserving of UofC promoting @ triple previous salary than whatever Trump’s apprentice/heir gets paid.”

    Are you a Harvard trained attorney who worked at Big Law for numerous years?

    I have friends who are. They left Biglaw and went in-house at private equity firms in Silicon Valley. Are easily making $400k. With NO Senator husbands. Imagine that.

    But you’d better have the credentials. And how many do? There are just 500-600 Harvard attorneys who graduate every year- and spread out across the country (and the world.) You may be the only Ivy League attorney in your town.

    Did you know that in the entire Chicagoland area, there are only like 2200 Princeton alumni? (not including Michelle Obama, since she isn’t living here at the moment.) It’s a very, very small pool. When you go to an elite school (or schools, in her case) the network is really tight and small. It DOES open up doors, as Eton, Cambridge and Oxford all do.

    Michelle and Barack worked hard to get into the schools they did. Anyone can do it if they work hard enough. But most don’t have the guts (or the discipline) to try.

    Helmethofer certainly doesn’t.

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  85. “The District was a vibrant and dynamic place before. I heard Pat Buchanan (who grew up in the District) explain how vibrant, healthy, economically sound, crime-free, and beautiful it was.”

    Someone lived there before air conditioning?

    Who?

    There’s a reason Congress is given most of the summer “off” on recess. They can’t stay there!

    It’s actually considered a “tropical” appointment by foreign embassies because of the heat and humidity.

    So- no- it really wasn’t all that great back in the day.

    Most American cities sucked in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Rent was written in the early 1990s and people were living without heat near Hell’s Kitchen. So it’s only been about 20 years that there has been gentrification.

    And the gentrification has been amazing. Just look at Wicker Park and Bucktown.

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  86. “ghostwritten.”

    Dream on.

    He’s one of the few Presidents who actually writes most of his speeches.

    Again, the jealousy is just oozing from your words HH. It’s sad and pathetic.

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  87. “It’s obvious that Michelle was also an affirm action person, as was Obama and Obama isn’t authentically black, he’s white and raised outside the African-American community (hence, his “fistbump” BS!)”

    Again, I’m so sorry your life sucks HH.

    We control our own destinies.

    You earn your way into Princeton and Harvard. But you have to work really hard to get there.

    The Obamas ARE the American dream. Hard work pays off. America is one of the few countries in the world where a know nobody middle to lower middle class girl from the South Side of Chicago can attend not just one but two Ivy League schools and end up working in our finest private law firms. It’s amazing. God bless America.

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  88. I beginning to think that HH could actually be Donald Trump…..

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  89. “I beginning to think that HH could actually be Donald Trump…..”

    ha! ha!

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  90. Well it’s clear U of C can forget about SidV/HH endowing that new building they’d been discussing. Ha ha – idiots who can’t afford tickets to a DePaul game.

    SidV what does Chicago machine have to do with how much selfish & connected DT pays Jr or what U of C pays anyone? (Note to ignoramus(s) – U of C is private -imo you/HH are confusing it w/ UofI@ Circle). The rest of us understand what people are paid by private companies (unlike pay for a bureaucrat) isn’t set by an algorithm or union contract – being connected generally results in being paid very well, even if you’re black. Your bitter postings are as predictable as HH -r u HH just trying to sound like his beliefs enjoy widespread support (if 2 is a crowd) by posting under a different name? What a loser u are!

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  91. Sabrina asked “Are you a Harvard trained attorney who worked at Big Law for numerous years?”
    Can we agree Michelle O wasn’t promoted & paid to be VP Community and External Affairs of the U of C Med center b/c of her legal acumen or educational pedigree but for her connections & perceived ability to head off local res pressure for U of C to add a huge money losing level 1 adult trauma center? Apparently Obamacare changes the funding equation since U of C’s announced in past year it’ll spend $270 mil+ building one.

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  92. I’m not “bitter”. I’m a realist. Why should I rehash all the facts I already posted because deniers and haters resent the truth? Illinois and Chicago rank at the bottom, we are losing people, our taxes are going up exponentially. Washington DC was once a nice place and it was beautiful. I met an old timer Jewish guy at the Valley Lodge in Glenview, he’s the one who told me how nice New York once was, no longer. He grew up in the Bronx and said it was spectacular during his youth. He said it’s ALL GONE to shit, he said only the Italians kept up anything, two neighborhoods: Arthur Ave and Throgsneck. But really, we all know they ain’t what they once were. Paris isn’t even close to what it once was. Read the news much?

    Obama was raised by white people. That’s why he is where he is. His “fistbump” black crap is fraudulent. He’s divided this country like nobody else ever.

    The country has passed me by? Gee, BS. Sabrina talks up this feminist game, but women don’t create anything, invent anything, nor lead anything. The deal is…folks… that the alpha men who create and run everything, like to have females at the level below them. Why? because it’s easier to have them in the “management” roles rather than have other alpha males (competitors) right under them. It’s safer to have the women. Women aren’t as much a threat.

    Michelle Obama unlikely scored above 1300 on her SATs. You don’t “earn your way into Princeton unless you are white. To get into Princeton from New Trier you’d have to ranked in the top 10. Michelle Obama ranked that high ther? No chance. She was affirmative action totally. She could never have gotten into Princeton without her skin color. She couldn’t really cut it in the world of true entrepreneurs like Trump. There is NO COMPARISON to what Trump has achieved and what Obama and Michelle were given. This is a real estate blog, if people here cannot given Trump credit, then you are all in denial. Trump makes Steve Fifield or Dan McCaffery look like children in comparison. Sam Zell never built a damn thing.

    Obama didn’t write his book. You have no proof. Besides his autobiography was titled: “A Story of Race and Inheritance”. He’s the racist, not me. I just notice all the BS.

    “The Obamas ARE the American dream. Hard work pays off.”

    Nothing could be more ridiculous. Trump worked and produced and employed thousands. Blago, Obama, Paul Ryan, Michelle, Clintons etc. they have not. Who could defend such ilk? You know who you are.

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  93. DC is awful and most people there are unbearable. Yes, it’s better than it was 30 years ago, but most cities are. It’s restaurant scene is a joke and overpriced like the real estate.

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  94. Southbound you are a moron who thinks he’s brighter than the rest of us because he knows how things work in “the real world” and is not only OK with it, but apparently revels in it. That doesn’t make you smarter than the rest of us, just an unprincipled loser. You’re not teaching anyone any life lessons here. Re-read my initial post and tell my I’m HH again; only a clown would draw that conclusion. And if you think machine politics didn’t have a role in that pay raise, at least indirectly, you’re clueless. No backing by the machine, no rise to prominence by Obama and no overnight tripling of salary by his wife. Sure, she’s ostensibly qualified fom a thousand foot view but she skipped to the front of the line by years and it wasn’t her ivy league education that did it. It’s the halo effect from her husband’s annointment and nothing for her or anyone else to be proud of.

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  95. Of all the presidents I’d like to have a drink with, other than Grant or Harding, Obama is certainly very high on that list, and definitely the highest on any list of modern POTUS. Unfortunately, just like presidents Grant & Harding, our current president Obama, with his extra-dry Grey Goose martini in his hand, will be remembered as one of the worst presidents ever. Obama’s legacy will be, based solely on his polices, atrocious and pathetic, and he will be remembered as the last president of the 21 century experiment in elite controlled globalism.

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  96. “To get into Princeton from New Trier you’d have to ranked in the top 10”

    bwahahahahahaha.

    Seriously GTFOOH with that sort of BS. The CHYMPS schools aren’t looking solely for kids who work the grade weighting to have top 10 GPAs.

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  97. “Seriously GTFOOH with that sort of BS. The CHYMPS schools aren’t looking solely for kids who work the grade weighting to have top 10 GPAs.”

    They’re looking for legacy students, children of big donors and future extremely liberal globalists to mold.

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  98. Oh, I just figured something out–HH graduated from NT with a really good, but not stellar, GPA. And wanted to go to Princeton.

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  99. “legacy students, children of big donors and future extremely liberal globalists to mold.”

    with good grades & SAT scores

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  100. hd posted bait “They’re looking for legacy students, children of big donors and future extremely liberal globalists to mold.”
    CHYMPS focus on creating very diverse entering classes b/c in their opinion legacy kids & children of donors need exposure to rest of the world. hd’s kids will have a much better chance of admittance if hd relocates to N or S Dakota. HH had a theoretically better chance of admittance than Asian immigrants who are hs valedictorians w/ perfect SAT scores & all other requirements checked off list (rolf as I typed sentence imagining HH/SidV @ admissions interview pitching his plan to found a white males on campus club)

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  101. “According to the Princeton Profiles, the children and step-children of University undergraduate and graduate alumni have constituted between 10 and 15 percent of the enrolled classes at the University since the Class of 2000.

    In this time period, Yale has admitted between 8 and 13 percent legacy students, Harvard between 12 and 16, Dartmouth between 8 and 14 and Cornell between 14 and 17.

    The University of Pennsylvania has 13 percent legacy admits in the Class of 2018. Columbia and Brown did not release these percentages in their admission announcements and class profiles.”

    http://dailyprincetonian.com/news/2015/05/legacy-status-remains-a-factor-in-admissions/

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  102. “In this time period, Yale has admitted between 8 and 13 percent legacy students, Harvard between 12 and 16, Dartmouth between 8 and 14 and Cornell between 14 and 17.”

    These are not very high percentages (at least lower that what I anticipated). You have to also keep in mind that children of highly educated parents with good incomes have both huge environmental and some genetic advantages that would qualify them to go to good schools. So not all these kids got in like George W.; they were indeed qualified.

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  103. “They’re looking for . . . future extremely liberal globalists to mold.”

    Michael Lind would agree:

    “I was the guest of honor at an Ivy League law school dinner some years ago, when, in response to my question, the academics present—U.S. citizens, except for one—unanimously said they did not consider themselves American patriots, but rather “citizens of the world.” The only patriot present, apart from yours truly, was an Israeli visiting professor.”

    http://thesmartset.com/intellectuals-are-freaks/

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  104. “and some genetic advantages that would qualify them to go to good schools.

    So you’re a big believer in Eugenics?

    Too bad in genetics there’s this thing called “regression toward the mean.”

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  105. “They’re looking for legacy students, children of big donors and future extremely liberal globalists to mold.”

    The big three don’t need “big donors.” They are not Duke (which does.) They have endowments bigger than many countries’ GDP.

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  106. “Unfortunately, just like presidents Grant & Harding, our current president Obama, with his extra-dry Grey Goose martini in his hand, will be remembered as one of the worst presidents ever. Obama’s legacy will be, based solely on his polices, atrocious and pathetic, and he will be remembered as the last president of the 21 century experiment in elite controlled globalism.”

    You’re usually not remembered as “the worst president ever” with unemployment under 5% during your tenure.

    I’m just saying.

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  107. No backing by the machine, no rise to prominence by Obama and no overnight tripling of salary by his wife.

    Sid V: you need to go read Axelrod’s book about Chicago and Illinois politics – which ends with him working for Obama. He’s been working on Illinois political campaigns for 30+ years. The stories in the book about the Harold Washington campaign and that particular election are really illuminating.

    But if you really want to know how Obama was “anointed” (um…he wasn’t. Jesse Jackson Jr was the chosen one)- then you should actually read something about it.

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  108. “The country has passed me by? Gee, BS. Sabrina talks up this feminist game, but women don’t create anything, invent anything, nor lead anything.”

    You really have to ask: why is HH even IN America?

    A hater of the American dream and all. The Obama personify everything that is great about it. I would also rank Arnold Schwarzenneger up there as well. What he has done with just ambition and smarts is amazing. Same with Barack and also with Michelle.

    You don’t understand HH who gets into the elite schools. They don’t want all the kids from New Trier or Palo Alto High or Spence in NYC. No. That would be boring.

    But the woman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and managed to get herself into one of the best high schools in Chicago? That’s interesting. It also helped that her brother went there before her.

    Oh- and her school counselors told her NOT to apply to Princeton. They didn’t think she’d get in.

    The thing with college admissions is it’s not all about test scores. That’s why those football and basketball players are there. We know from NCAA reports that their scores aren’t anywhere near their classmates- no matter what schools you’re talking about. So why are they given admission?

    I had a friend who grew up on a farm in Iowa. A real farmers daughter. Used to help with the harvest etc. She got into every single elite school she applied to even though all of those kids at New Trier scored higher than her.

    Oh- and about women not leading anything- we’re about to lead this nation. Finally. And more will come when the men decide to stay at home and raise the children.

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  109. “Apparently Obamacare changes the funding equation since U of C’s announced in past year it’ll spend $270 mil+ building one.”

    Why would Obamacare change the funding equation on something like that? Please- explain it to me.

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  110. http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/8/11/12441618/chicago-apartment-rental-boom-compared-us-metros

    Chicago rental boom lags other cities

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  111. “You’re usually not remembered as “the worst president ever” with unemployment under 5% during your tenure.

    I’m just saying.”

    It’s easy to have 5% unemployment when the labor force participation rate is as low today as it was during the mid-1970’s and it’s not due to an aging demographic either. But Harding was president during the early part of the roaring 20’s and look how he is reminded. Or President Coolidge is pretty high up on the worst president ever list too, and he was in office during the remainder of the decade. But whatever, we’re all partisans, and this is a real estate blog!

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  112. “Oh- and about women not leading anything- we’re about to lead this nation. Finally. And more will come when the men decide to stay at home and raise the children.”

    that is a horrifying thought

    dark ages 2.0 here we come

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  113. “Harding was president during the early part of the roaring 20’s and look how he is reminded [sic]”

    For affairs and major scandals, variously involving Harding and his cabinet?

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  114. “Chicago rental boom lags other cities”

    metro area numbers. Chicago burbs–at least those that tolerate larger-scale apartment construction–are pretty moribund.

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  115. Sabrina posted “Why would Obamacare change the funding equation on something like that? Please- explain it to me.”

    Here’s my understanding but I defer to Riz or anyone in that biz: pre-Obamacare if uninsured patient received treatment @ U of C hospital (or any hosp.) they were billed @ cash payers rate (roughly 4x-10x what BC/BS & other insurers pay by contract) and since 90%+ were unable to pay, UfC hospital wrote off millions of uninsured’s bills as noncollectable. So UofC hospital like many hospitals attempted to avoid uninsured patients like they had the plague – taxi-ing them over to Cook Cty hospital as soon as they ethically could be transported away. Apparently with Obamacare being law of our land there aren’t many uninsured patients hence less U of C hospital write-offs.

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  116. “It’s easy to have 5% unemployment when the labor force participation rate is as low today as it was during the mid-1970’s and it’s not due to an aging demographic either.”

    Excuse me?

    Has anyone wondered how all of these so called “out of work” people are surviving for 8 years??? I mean- come on. I guess all those men are living off their wives out there making the big bucks.

    If they wanted to be working- they could. Plenty of jobs. Nearly every restaurant/store I go to in Chicago is looking and our job market isn’t even that good. Heck, the unemployment rate even in hard hit West Texas is only 8%. And they have lost thousands of good paying energy jobs.

    How about this stat HD:

    The weekly jobless claims are their lowest since 1972.

    Oh- and we’ve also gone the longest with the claims below 300,000 in the last 50 years.

    Obama ranks third in the last 40 years in job creation. He would probably be first if the Federal government had hired anyone. If he had Reagan’s federal employment gains, he’s be WELL over both Clinton and Reagan’s job creation numbers. Alas, we are still down 500,000 Federal jobs since 2008 instead of creating several million as his predecessors have done. Some of that is probably simply from the Baby Boomers retiring and no need to hire replacements.

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  117. “Chicago rental boom lags other cities”

    That is metro area, right?

    Chicago’s GZ is crushing it. 8,000 units under construction over the next year per Crain’s:

    Downtown rents have been rising for nearly seven years, fueling big profits for landlords but stretching the wallets of tenants. If there’s anything aside from a recession that can stop that streak, it’s the apartment building boom that started about four years ago and is gaining momentum.

    Appraisal Research forecasts that developers will complete more than 8,800 apartments downtown this year and next, with another 3,800 on tap for 2018. As competition intensifies, more landlords could lose their pricing power, forced to offer concessions or cut rents to fill their buildings.

    “This year will be a good year for property owners, but probably next year things are going to look a little different,” said Appraisal Research Vice President Ron DeVries. “In ’17, the pressure’s really going to hit.”

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  118. “we are still down 500,000 Federal jobs since 2008”

    Huh???

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/historical-tables/total-government-employment-since-1962/

    I think that you must be thinking of “all government”. As evidenced by that OPM table, the federal employment (both including and ex. military) is basically flat from 2008 to 2016.

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  119. Sabrina posted “Why would Obamacare change the funding equation on something like that? Please- explain it to me.”

    Today I learned EMTALA became law under Reagan, requiring hospital ER’s to treat every patient even w/o insurance or ability to pay, but fed gov’t didn’t fund this mandate so hospitals ate any losses. I believe EMTALA is less $ burden for hospitals going forward since Affordable Care Act (aka O’care) mandates we all be insured.

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  120. Closed for 3.8

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