[ • 30 Jun 2015 • No Comment]
Last week was amazing for civil and human rights–Obamacare was upheld, same-sex marriage became law, the Supreme Court put teeth in the weak 1968 fair housing act and ruled states did not have to put the Confederate battle flag on license plates if requested. Then came South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s call to remove that flag from state grounds–followed by other states taking similar action and major retailers announcing they would no longer sell paraphernalia displaying it. A...

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[ • 30 Jun 2015 • No Comment]
I remember a George Carlin comedy skit about “pre-boarding.” How does one pre-board an airplane? You either get on, or you don’t, he joked. You can’t pre-eat, pre-vote, pre-drive, pre-sleep, or have pre-sex, he said.  (The latter is an interesting concept, but let’s not go there.) But one can, however, pre-pay at the gas pump. In Cook County, the Democrats have pioneered “pre-slating.” That means getting slated before you’re slated.  Almost magical. That occurred June 25-26, when...

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[ • 22 Jun 2015 • No Comment]
I’m white inside but that don’t help my case ‘Cause I can’t hide what is in my face How would it end, ain’t got a friend My only sin is in my skin What did I do to be so black and blue Long before “black is beautiful” came that 1929 musical plaint, “Black and Blue,” title taken from a Langston Hughes poem. With Fats Waller’s music it became a huge hit, sung by Louis Armstrong and major African American singers of the 30s. Small wonder so...

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[ • 22 Jun 2015 • No Comment ]
(Rep.) Durckworth is now being sued by two whistleblowers who came forward to reveal her complete mismanagement of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. They are suing because when they tried to bring this info forward, Duckworth retaliated against them and punished them for shining a light on the mismanagement. “I Have Been A Very Effective Administrator… I’m Proud Of The Work That I Did At The State Of Illinois Department Of Veteran’s Affairs,” she said on WFLD in April. But that...


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[ • 22 Jun 2015 • One Comment ]
When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government...


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[ • 20 Jun 2015 • No Comment ]
Liberal reporters like Capitol Fax blogger Rich Miller and Chicago Reader writer Ben Joravsky apparently don’t see anything wrong with a sitting Speaker of the House using his public office to both write the property tax laws and handle property tax appeals in his law practice, as Michael Madigan has been doing for decades. In fact, they seem to believe two wrongs somehow make a right because the landlords of the buildings that house Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R-Ill.) old investment firm, GTCR, and...


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[ • 18 Jun 2015 • No Comment ]
(Mark) Brown’s current rant: Some seem surprised Rauner didn’t go so far as to cast Democrats in his commercials as Madigan’s zombie-like army of the dead, following along blindly while ravenously devouring tax dollars. But I’m sure the governor still has time and money for that later when this softer approach fails. I would never try to tell you Madigan is one of the good guys. As I’ve said previously, I wish he’d hang it up. But for right now, I’m really glad he’s down there in...


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[ • 17 Jun 2015 • No Comment ]
From the Chicago Tribune, on the Chicago Park District giveaway of Blackhawks’ Rally tickets Fans swamped Ticketmaster on Wednesday for free tickets to the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup celebration at Soldier Field, creating “higher traffic than usual” and wait times of up to 30 minutes. The tickets were made available at noon, but the relatively modest size of the venue — one of the smallest football stadiums in the NFL — meant many fans would be denied tickets. And on Ebay,...


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[ • 17 Jun 2015 • No Comment ]
Much of the world now knows of the verbal combat between filmmaker Spike Lee and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a couple of aldermen because Lee’s forthcoming film to be shot here is called “Chiraq.” The portmanteau was not coined by Lee but by local rappers several years ago during the rise in gun violence that made our city’s name a punchline. Consider: more than 10,000 shootings and some 650 murders in the past four years under Emanuel’s reign. In absolute numbers, we are...


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