[ • 18 Sep 2018 • No Comment]
Pam Pursell, president of the Du Quoin Education Association of Illinois, told teachers in an email that if they want out, “You MUST write a personal letter of why you do not want to belong to our union.” She added that there “is NOT a form to fill out online,” and if the opt-out letter wasn’t received within a week, “you will become a [union] member.” State politicians are abetting this blatant political resistance to the Supreme Court. In anticipation of Janus, New Jersey Gov. Phil...

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[ • 17 Sep 2018 • No Comment]
Two fresh hires at City Hall will help steer Chicago through the most momentous legal issue the city has faced in decades: reforming the Chicago Police Department. Tyeesha Dixon and Katie Hill this summer joined Chicago’s 280-attorney Law Department. Hill, 39, who most recently was policy director for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, will hold the department’s No. 2 job and report directly to Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel. Hill, who oversees all 15 of the department’s...

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[ • 14 Sep 2018 • No Comment]
Jerry Morrison, the politically well-connected and outspoken head of the SEIU, one of the state’s largest public sector unions, is scheduled to appear in the Misdemeanor Section of the Circuit Court of Cook County on October 2 on one charge of battery. Under Illinois law, he could face up to one year in prison if convicted. Read more at Chicago City Wire Read the full story »

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[ • 14 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
To the surprise of most and the delight of many, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel–alias Mayor 1 Percent, aka Mayor Coverup–announced he would not seek a third term.    Reasons genuinely unknown–maybe he thought he couldn’t win, maybe he was just too beat up to take on the fight, maybe he realized he would have a miserable time trying to cure Chicago’s deep-set ills in another term and maybe he learned the city would not land Amazon’s new HQ, which would have been...


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[ • 11 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Friday’s jobs report finally included what appears to be evidence of the long-awaited acceleration in wage growth. Average hourly earnings grew 0.4% in August, which meant they were up 2.9% from a year ago, the largest 12-month increase since the economic recovery started in mid-2009. By contrast, these wages were up 2.6% in the 12-months ending in August 2017. Moreover, this measure of wages doesn’t include extra earnings from irregular bonuses and commissions, like those paid out since...


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[ • 6 Sep 2018 • One Comment ]
Labor Day message:     Poll after poll shows us that “socialism” is no longer a wipeout political scare-word, especially among younger generations (I hate the term “millennials” and other catchwords for different age-groupings). The word “capitalism” doesn’t make them want to jump up and salute either.     Clearly the widespread appeal of Bernie Sanders a professed “democratic socialist,” is a major contributing factor.     Another...


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[ • 6 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Representative Dick Durbin sets precedent on the Abortion issue in 1989 H/T Billy Valentine
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[ • 5 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
What does Rahm (Lame Duck) Emanuel plan to do after leaving the mayor’s office next year? Here’s a thought: He’s planning to issue $10 billion in bonds to help pay down the city’s huge pension debt. Imagine the commissions that the bonds will generate. Now ask where Emanuel plans to work after he leaves office. Will it have anything to do where the city lags its bond business? Is leaving his office to “pursue other interests” and the decision to float all those...


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[ • 4 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Bishop Parprocki of Springfield Illinois speaks out against abuse. Homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time from Diocese of Springfield in IL on Vimeo.
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