[ • 28 Jul 2015 • One Comment]
Opinions on the impending Iran nuclear deal run the gamut from the salvation of society to apocalypse now. If it works as the six-nations who negotiated it believe, it is the first and most important step on the long journey toward reconciliation of many conflicts in the Middle East. If it fails, views range from a moderate setback to a “catastrophic mistake” that could set off a new nuclear arms race leading even to Israel‘s annihilation. I’m for it, though not without...

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[ • 27 Jul 2015 • No Comment]
CDOBS Syndicate Home Page Top Stories on DNAINFO.com – Sunday, July 26, 2015 | 5:56pm: Police Beef Up Wicker Park Fest Security After Shooting Saturday Night Steve Bartin: Chicago’s 9 percent cloud tax will include real estate listings, prices Steve Bartin: Chicago tops in fatal police shootings among big U.S. cities Steve Bartin: Democrats show their hand in game of budget poker Steve Bartin: Yes, ‘ObamaNet’ Is Here: Meet ConnectHome, the ‘Free’ Internet That Costs Taxpayers Much...

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[ • 20 Jul 2015 • No Comment]
I’m not a psychohistorian, especially when the subject is still living–though hampered by problems of age–but I’m willing to bet that “Go Set a Watchman” is the real novel that Harper Lee always wanted to publish. But she got talked or even bullied into watering it down from a seriously political indictment of the 1950s South in transition to the inspirational and perennially best-selling “To Kill a Mockingbird,” whose 1960 publication coincided with...

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[ • 17 Jul 2015 • No Comment ]
The daily fee to rent a Divvy bike will jump by more than 40 percent next week because of a deficit and escalating costs to run the expanding bicycle-sharing system, officials are set to announce Friday. The annual membership will remain at $75. Starting Wednesday, the boost from $7 to $9.95 for a 24-hour pass is expected to generate an extra $400,000 during the remainder of 2015, or $800,000 on an annual basis, according to the city and Motivate. That Brooklyn-based company recently took over operation...


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[ • 16 Jul 2015 • No Comment ]
From the Chicago Tribune “Emanuel taps longtime problem solver Claypool to take over at CPS” Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to soon appoint longtime City Hall troubleshooter Forrest Claypool to head up the embattled Chicago Public Schools, two sources told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday. It’s a quick change of jobs for Claypool, who was appointed by Emanuel as his City Hall chief of staff in April. Before that, Claypool was president of the Chicago Transit Authority, a...


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[ • 15 Jul 2015 • No Comment ]
Buying local just got a lot less appealing for Chicagoans. The city reclaimed the highest sales-tax rate in the nation on July 15, when the Cook County Board, which oversees Illinois’ largest city, voted to raise its portion of the sales tax, bringing Chicago’s combined rate to 10.25 percent from 9.25 percent. Chicago is now right back where it was in 2008, when the county raised its rate to 1.75 percent from 0.75 percent (the same leap as the 2015 increase). Former Cook County Board President...


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[ • 14 Jul 2015 • No Comment ]
Since everyone else is sounding off on the Republican presidential candidate with the weird hairdo, I might as well join the scrum. (Unfortunately, I share a first name with him, which was bad enough with Rumsfeld–much better with Duck.) What I keep hearing are echoes of a couple of candidates long past: George Wallace and Richard Nixon. The late Alabama governor ran for president three times, twice in Democratic primaries and once in an independent party–but always with the same essential...


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[ • 11 Jul 2015 • No Comment ]
On the one hand, here’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, numbering the days for lawmakers can send their children to private schools “The days in which lawmakers support schools that are somehow good enough for someone else’s children, but not for their own – those days must be over.” On the other hand, here’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, sending his own children to University of Chicago Lab School After more than six years living just outside Washington, D.C.,...


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[ • 10 Jul 2015 • No Comment ]
Allstate does not hold any general-obligation bonds of Illinois, where the insurer is based, as politicians haggle over a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1, CEO Thomas Wilson said. “If you don’t like the income statement, the balance sheet or the governance, why would you loan them money just because they never defaulted before?” Wilson said yesterday at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters. “We have a philosophy that we’re not trying to take credit risk in the...


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