[ • 24 Apr 2014 • No Comment]
You can’t make this stuff up.  From the Free Beacon Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Chicago Sun Times readers were stunned last week to find that writer Neil Steinberg has penned a column comparing black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner...

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[ • 23 Apr 2014 • No Comment]
When it comes to forecasting near-term real GDP growth, there are parts of the economy that are easy to follow and then there parts of it that are tough.   The easy parts (with lots of timely information) are consumer spending, business investment, and home building. And despite one of the worst winters in multiple decades, this portion of the economy looks like it grew at a solid 2.5% to 3% annual rate in the first quarter, right in-line with the trend since the recession ended in mid-2009. To...

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[ • 22 Apr 2014 • No Comment]
Paris—My annual spring trek here, despite unseasonably chilly, Chicagoesque weather, has always been a welcome respite from America’s nonstop political din. Imagine days without a hint of Chris Christie, Darrell Issa, Rahm Emanuel, Bruce Rauner, Al Sharpton, Mike Madigan, Rush Limbaugh etc. Even the bad weather, however, does not obliterate the joys of dining here, whether at simple bistros or astronomically priced multi-starred restaurants. (Just the other evening Mlle. Y and I polished off...

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[ • 18 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
In a stunning violation of House rules, Illinois House Democrats used a subject matter only meeting today to advance legislation aimed at steering $100 million in public funds towards luring the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. Without a quorum present, and no Republicans to hold the rules accountable, the four present Democratic members claimed the committee roll call to be 9-0 (9 voting “yes” and 0 voting “no”) on the proposal, with even opposing Republicans not in attendance recorded...


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[ • 17 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
Democrats get positively apoplectic when Republicans propose mandatory photo IDs for voting purposes. That’s “vote suppression,” they holler. It’s racially discriminatory, they scream – especially since a third of all minorities don’t have driver’s licenses, and over 90 percent of blacks and 75 percent of Hispanics vote Democratic. It’s intimidation, they insist. Never mind that government-issued photo IDs are necessary to buy liquor, get a passport, board a plane and cash a check....


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[ • 17 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
In 2005, Forrest Claypool was a Cook County commissioner running for board president, and Gerald Nichols was a top aide — “patronage chief” was how Claypool put it — for John Stroger, the man Claypool was trying to unseat. Today, Claypool is president of the Chicago Transit Authority, and Nichols is his $100,000-a-year manager of legislative affairs. James D’Amico left his Cook County job last year after the inspector general recommended he be fired for allegedly pressuring...


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[ • 16 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
Alternate headline ‘Has-Been Rich Miller Running up the Bill‘ New information provided to the Illinois Mirror by Open The Books* shows that Rich Miller’s Ahead of Our Time Publishing received $222,021.76 in taxpayer dollars between 2005 and 2013.  When combined with the $34,000 Miller has received so far in FY2014, as revealed by the Comptroller’s Ledger website, that brings the total to a rather incredible $256,021.76. Over a quarter of a million dollars.  For Capitol Fax.  Paid...


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[ • 16 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
This “Captain Adorable” photo from the Daily Digg, Digg’s daily e-mail, saluting the little dictator.  Here’s the AP on it at SF Gate.
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[ • 16 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
Republican Senate candidate Jim Oberweis disclosed Tuesday that he and his wife had an adjusted gross income of more than $1.3 million last year, and he asserted that his opponent, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, is also in the ranks of millionaires.   At a tea party rally in St. Charles, Oberweis led the crowd in a chant: “Millionaire. Career politician. Dick Durbin. Must go.” Durbin has not yet disclosed his 2013 tax return, but in 2012 he and his wife, Loretta, a lobbyist in Springfield,...


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