[ • 16 Aug 2017 • No Comment]
THE LOOP — When CTA trains stopped running from the North Side into the Loop because of a death on the tracks Tuesday morning, Uber and Lyft sprung into action by raising rates. And the city of Chicago isn’t happy about it. “It is unfortunate that at least two ride-share companies chose to take advantage of this morning’s difficult commuter situation,” said Lilia Chacon, a spokeswoman for the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection department. Read more in...

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[ • 15 Aug 2017 • No Comment]
Trump’s new and dangerous bellicosity toward North Korea involves a subtle shift in his language, which may reflect a change in policy, a new speechwriter or both. The phrase “fire and fury” is relatively high rhetoric compared to his usual off-the-cuff, un-telepromptered speeches. It’s said by the New York Times to have been “improvised,” while another report said the words were scrawled on a piece of paper in front of him. We do know his statement was neither...

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[ • 13 Aug 2017 • No Comment]
The International Union of Operating Engineers is hosting a Supermarket Bomber Join the Rasmea Defense Committee for an evening of music, culture and struggle to honor Palestinian icon Rasmea Odeh. With keynote address by former political prisoner Angela Davis. Buy your tickets today! Tickets are available online for $5 at bit.ly/Rasmea1. At the door, the tickets are $10. H/T Legal Insurrection Read the full story »

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[ • 11 Aug 2017 • 4 Comments ]
The 2017 Illinois State Fair opened yesterday, so this seems like a good time to compare the state fair to the state of Illinois as a whole. The state fairgrounds are in terrible shape. So is the state. You can see it in the roads and bridges, the train stations, and more. And you can see it on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Illinois is falling apart, and the politicians don’t care The Coliseum building, the most popular attraction at the fair, is closed. It may be years before it opens again....


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[ • 11 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
For field goal kickers and punters in football, as well as for astute politicians, distance is the difference between winning and losing. In 2018, Republican candidates will be busily putting distance between themselves and President Donald Trump. And in 2019, those Northwest Side Chicago aldermen who don’t distance themselves from Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be at serious political risk. In recent years, Emanuel has imposed a phone tax, jacked-up water rates to cover one city pension shortfall,...


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[ • 9 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
For a guy who spent the election campaign disdaining generals, Trump has stuffed more into his cabinet than any president since World War II.    Remember his boast, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” Or the other gem, “I know more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.”  Then came “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”    So why have so many three-and-four-star generals taken those jobs? Do they...


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[ • 8 Aug 2017 • One Comment ]
For many years now a relatively large contingent of analysts, investors and journalists has been convinced the stock market was in a bubble because the “Shiller P-E” ratio was just too high. Back on 8/12/2013, in our Monday Morning Outlook, we made our case that the Shiller model was too pessimistic. Now that looks like a pretty good call. In the past four years, the bull market in stocks has continued, with the S&P 500 generating a total return – including both share price increases...


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[ • 2 Aug 2017 • One Comment ]
Let us stipulate, as everyone except Donald Trump acknowledges, that Vladimir Putin’s Russia “meddled” in our recent election–as the United States has done for decades in South America.    Let us also put the most “innocent” construction on this meddling. Let’s say–strictly for the sake of argument–that there was no collusion with the Trump campaign and no genuine hope Trump could be elected to serve as a “useful idiot” for Putin....


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[ • 1 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
Illinois Second District Democrat Congresswoman Robin Kelly employed Jamal Awan.    Jamal Awan was paid $58,321 by Kelly. The Junior US Senator for Illinois, Tammy Duckworth employed Abid Awan. The Awan family is charged with a variety of wire fraud offenses related to their work as IT staffers for House and Senate Democrats.
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