[ • 21 Oct 2014 • No Comment]
Ferguson, Missouri, the once obscure St.Louis suburb catapulted to international prominence last August when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed a fleeing–many say surrendering–unarmed young black man named Mike Brown. Night after night of protest and militarized police response followed and continue today as a grand jury meets. In the meantime another unarmed young black man was killed by police nearby. I don’t want to reiterate or relitigate the now universally known...

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[ • 20 Oct 2014 • No Comment]
Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor Chad Grimm earlier this month. After all, the union’s president, Jim Sweeney, was out in front of the push to beat Bruce Rauner during the Republican primary. After a stormy meeting with Rauner, who is running on a pledge to allow local areas to opt-in to “right to work” laws, Sweeney demanded that organized labor stop the candidate in his tracks. The...

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[ • 19 Oct 2014 • One Comment]
From the Pantagraph President Barack Obama is returning to Chicago in an effort to help Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn survive a tough re-election challenge. Obama is scheduled to headline a pro-Quinn rally Sunday night at Chicago State University. Read more in the Sun-Times Some CDOBs coverage of Chicago State Pat Quinn Named in Chicago State Lawsuit The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn...

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[ • 17 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
From NoCronies Fourteen Illinois counties face higher sales taxes if referendums pass at the ballot box this fall. The tax is called the Illinois County School Facility Occupation Tax, or County School Facility Tax (CSFT) for short. The law authorizing the tax, which passed in 2007, allows school boards representing 51 percent of a county’s student population to place a sales tax hike referendum of up to 1 percent on the ballot. Since 2007, the CSFT referendums have appeared on the ballot 59...


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[ • 16 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
Here is a multiple choice question: Republicans in the Illinois Senate are: (a) Irrelevant (b) Inconsequential (c) Invisible (d) All of the above The answer is (d). In the Illinois House, Democrats have a 71-47 “super-majority,” meaning they have more than three-fifths of the chamber, and can override governor vetoes and pass bills in overtime sessions. In the Illinois Senate, Democrats have a 40-19 edge, which is two-thirds of the chamber. Call that a “super-super-majority.” The Republican...


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[ • 14 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
What’s your biggest worry? ISIS? Ebola? Iran? Putin? The economy? The elections? Let me add to this menu of misery the wide-ranging prospect of cyberattacks–which some call cyberwarfare. There was that major cyber-assault on J.P. Morgan Chase and 9 other banks, though we’re assured it’s done no harm–yet. Plus the hacking of Target, Wal Mart and other retail giants, which “compromised” millions of credit cards but no one hurt–yet. We’re also advised...


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[ • 13 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
On the heels of exposing graft and corruption in Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative comes a Chicago Sun-Times story that his Urban Weatherization Initiative has fallen short of its stated goals. Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train an army of workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes. The initiative...


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[ • 10 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
There was more disappointing coverage of the hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in Friday’s papers. The Chicago Sun-Times, which has been doing the most to help the governor, made former Quinn chief of staff Jack Lavin’s testimony – and excuses – the focus of its story. The key point for us was Lavin’s contention that the neighborhoods that received the $54.5 million weeks before the 2010 election that Quinn narrowly won against Republican challenger Bill...


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[ • 9 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
In case you missed it The Beverly Area Planning Association hosted the forum in the wake of racist graffiti that was spray-painted on several cars, garages and buildings over a two-day span beginning late Sept. 19. The Beverly Area Planning Association hosted the forum in the wake of racist graffiti that was spray-painted on several cars, garages and buildings over a two-day span beginning late Sept. 19.DNA Chicago There is nothing that tickles my fancy more than any opportunity to scratch and sniff...


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