[ • 23 Oct 2014 • No Comment]
After Pat Quinn (D) wins on Nov. 5, stories will proliferate in the media that Bruce Rauner (R) ran the worst gubernatorial campaign that money could buy. Well, you read it here first: Rauner is running the worst campaign money can buy, and is definitely on track to lose to the man who is arguably America’s worst governor. How can a guy spend $75 million from mid-2013 through Election Day, have a saturation TV presence, have an opponent whose “unfavorables” are double his “favorables,”...

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[ • 22 Oct 2014 • No Comment]
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending big money to sway another congressional race in Illinois. Independence USA, a Washington-based super PAC he controls, is buying $1.9 million in television ads supporting former GOP Rep. Robert Dold, who is in a close race to reclaim his seat from Rep. Brad Schneider, a Democrat, in the North Shore’s 10th congressional district. Read more in Crain’s Chicago Business   Read the full story »

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[ • 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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