Friday, April 23, 2010

Death watch at Broadway Bank

There's a death watch underway at Chicago's Broadway Bank, the financial institution owned by the family of Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who is currently Illinois' state treasurer. I drove past around 3:00pm, there were TV vans from CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, and WGN, the local CW station. Perhaps Fox 32 was on its way.

Even though it's a cloudy day, the blinds were pulled down on every window.

While taking these photographs, a young man walked the neighboring business, Ole St. Andrew's Inn, and said to me, "Today's the big day."

The big day refers to the day federal authorities seize control of the money-losing bank, the platform from which Alexi launched his political career. "We need a banker in the treasurer's office" he would tell anyone who listen.

The smart money (of which there isn't much inside the bank) is that Broadway will fail at the close of business today. I'm going out for a 10 mile run. I will be back in a couple of hours--will Broadway still be around?

UPDATE 7:15pm CDT: Chicago News Bench has its report on the hysteria, Fox 32 Chicago was on the scene.

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Giannoulias family's Broadway Bank loaned $20 million to felons while Alexi was senior loan officer
Giannoulias' Iranian ties
Another "Blackie" eye for Giannoulias
Giannoulias family could walk away with $15 million if bank fails
Giannoulias' toothless answer on "Jaws"
Senate candidate Giannoulias: Broadway Bank will "quite likely" close
Feds get tough with Giannoulias' Broadway Bank
Thanksgiving news dump: Giannoulias releases tax returns
Hypocrisy: Giannoulias wants banking crackdown--but what about Broadway Bank?
Ill. GOP: Four key questions for Alexi Giannoulias
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Hannity's report on Alexi Giannoulias
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Obama, Alexi, and Broadway Bank
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Obama's state treasurer pal needs a memory upgrade

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