[ • 17 Dec 2014 • No Comment]
“We tortured some folks,” said our folksy constitutional law professor-president in what may be the most inappropriate use of the word “folks” I’ve ever heard. He later said all the right things about how this is not who we are as a people. A debatable point, perhaps, since the rationale and orders for torture–excuse me, enhanced interrogation techniques–came from the leaders of this great nation, administered with our taxes by the Central Intelligence Agency...

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[ • 16 Dec 2014 • No Comment]
From WirePoints Let’s hope sincerity isn’t among the attributes of Chicago’s new Treasurer, at least when it comes to his action plan for city investments.   Kurt Summers was sworn in today as Treasurer and released a 90-day action plan that he described in a luncheon address at the City Club of Chicago. His comments are reported in a Sun-Times article linked here and the plan is linked here.   His plan contains a number of elements, but first on his list, and the one he emphasized...

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[ • 12 Dec 2014 • 6 Comments]
Here’s a multiple choice question. Bob Dold (R) won his comeback bid in Illinois’ upscale North Shore/east Lake County 10th congressional district because he: Got more votes than incumbent Brad Schneider (D). Spent more money than Schneider. Neutralized Schneider’s appeal to Jewish voters. Ran a brilliant, flawless relentless 2-year campaign to regain the seat he lost to Schneider in 2012. Morphed himself into Mark Kirk. Uttered the right platitudes in an anti-Obama year. Democratic turnout...

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[ • 10 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
From Governor Elect Bruce Rauner Early this morning, Illinois lost one of its all-time greats. Comptroller Topinka’s magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality brought a smile to everyone she met, and she had a servant’s heart, always only caring about what was best for the people of our state. Judy was a tremendous friend, and Diana and I will miss her deeply. We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to her family, including son Joseph, as well as her talented and loyal team in the Comptroller’s...


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[ • 9 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
A contentious 4-3 vote by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority board allowed Quinn’s former campaign manager, Lou Bertuca, 30, to become its new executive director. The outgoing governor’s appointees stood firm against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointees, who criticized the move as rushed and unfair to taxpayers without interviewing other candidates. “Just going to the governor’s assistant isn’t much of a search,” said Norm Bobins, a mayoral appointee and longtime...


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[ • 9 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
(My) definition of feminism also kind of echoes the one from Merriam-Webster: Feminism, the staid dictionary states, is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” If that’s the case, I guess I’m still a feminist. Sadly, somewhere along the way, things got increasingly complicated, with leading “feminists” adopting various strange, quasi-religious credos that certainly didn’t match my own. Christina Hoff Sommers published her landmark (and fantastic)...


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[ • 8 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Let’s face it: elected state’s attorneys or county prosecutors have a symbiotic relationship with police departments–as they should. Police are first responders in major crimes and help locate evidence, then prosecutors work hand-in-hand with cops to develop cases. That’s why prosecutors essentially become part of the often-racist police culture, as we’ve frequently seen. In Chicago recently the Cook County state’s attorney’s office was complicit in the police...


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[ • 8 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Continuing a week of protest over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the Rev. Michael Pfleger on Sundayinterrupted Mass — leading worshipers out of the pews at  Saint Sabina Catholic Church and into the street. “We are taking a stand with our young people,” Pfleger said, referring to those who have been protesting around the country. “I have never been more proud to be an American citizen than right now. We got your back, we are going to fight with you.” Read...


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[ • 6 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Don’t take this the wrong way: energy is important. Oil prices are important. But, we believeth those involved in economic punditry often bloweth them out of proportioneth. Many, who previously fretted that higher oil prices meant economic doom, now say the sharp drop means an economic boom. We are happy to be paying less at the pump, but, from a macro-economic perspective, we don’t expect lower prices to generate a noticeable improvement in the overall economy.   There are four pillars...


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