[ • 9 Jul 2018 • No Comment]
The US labor market is going from strength to strength. Like with corporate earnings, June jobs data beat consensus estimates – up 213,000 – pushing the average monthly gain for the past year to 198,000 per month. Meanwhile the unemployment rate jumped from 3.8% to 4.0%. Why? Because the civilian labor force grew by 601,000. We hate blowing one month’s data point out of proportion, but there is enough concurrent evidence out there to conclude that this gain in the labor force is...

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[ • 5 Jul 2018 • No Comment]
On this Independence Day, few people are likely enjoying their freedom more than Savion Canty. Charged with Class X felony aggravated carjacking with a weapon, Canty was being held without bail—until Tuesday. That’s when Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman allowed him to go free by posting a $2,000 deposit. Canty, 20, did that right away. Read more at CWB Chicago Read the full story »
[ • 3 Jul 2018 • One Comment]
There’s a lot of back-and-forth about “civility” in determining organized protest tactics against Donald Trump and his cohort–generated, among other incidents, by the Red Hen restaurant  owner booting out Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Congresswoman Maxine Waters calling for regular such confrontations to publicly berate other complicit officials.    I must say I loved hearing that crowd at Yankee Stadium spontaneously booing Rudolph Giuliani–who hasn’t been in...

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[ • 29 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
Confirmed by Voice Vote: Exec. Cal. #929 Ronald Gidwitz to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Belgium @StateDept — Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) June 28, 2018
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[ • 28 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
DISCLOSURE NOTE: Some unions have ownership stakes in Sun-Times Media, including the Chicago Federation of Labor; Operating Engineers Local 150; SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana and SEIU Local 1.
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[ • 27 Jun 2018 • One Comment ]
It’s clear after last week that Donald Trump does not really want comprehensive immigration legislation. After he was forced to cave on his inhumane policy of separating children from parents, the House came up with two bills–one conservative, the other “moderate.” He endorsed both, causing great confusion among his disciples. The conservative bill failed, as expected, and Speaker Paul Ryan delayed a vote on the other.    Recognizing immigration as his best issue, Trump...


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[ • 14 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
Wilmette, a village in New Trier Township, will be voting whether or not to opt into Cook County’s new minimum wage hike, which will take effect on June 26. However, this decision from the village has been met with a great deal of disagreement from the township given the potential that wage hike has to disrupt wages for even small companies with four or more employees. If Wilmette opts in, the minimum wage in 2018 would increase to $11. In 2019, it would go up to $12, and in 2020, it would...


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[ • 13 Jun 2018 • One Comment ]
Donald Trump’s barrage of fact-free tweets and other pronouncements in the past few weeks seem wilder, more unhinged, ignorant, self-contradictory and more dangerous than ever. While he wages verbal war on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and trade war on our allies, he claims dictatorial powers over the federal justice system.    In boasting he could pardon himself if he were convicted of any crime, he echoes Richard Nixon’s fabled claim that “if the president does it, that means...


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[ • 9 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
The aim of the law was simple: Repeat gun offenders in Illinois would face tougher sentences. But a Chicago Sun-Times review of sentences in Cook County since that new law took effect in January has found that no one is actually being hit with those stiffer sentences. There hasn’t been a single case in Cook County in which a judge has meted out those extended sentences that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Eddie Johnson pushed for and that they and sponsor Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, said...


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