[ • 25 Nov 2014 • No Comment]
More than a year ago, when in my naiveté,  I thought the congress might actually do something about immigration, I added to the discussion one widely overlooked benefit: adding millions of undocumented immigrants to the workforce would have a positive benefit on the economy, especially to the Social Security system. To quote myself:  “Contrary to the conservative argument that undocumented residents are a financial burden on the U.S., there are powerful arguments that citizenship and the...

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[ • 20 Nov 2014 • No Comment]
Crain’s Joe Cahill re the DePaul Arena at McCormick Place My guess is the final construction bill will exceed $140 million by a healthy margin. And who would cover the extra cost—DePaul? Not likely. Expect McPier—i.e., taxpayers—to pick up most of the overage.  Cost overruns would be easier to swallow if the entire project weren’t based on such unrealistic assumptions. Among the whoppers underlying McPier’s financial projections: DePaul’s mediocre men’s basketball...

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[ • 20 Nov 2014 • No Comment]
Tribune Headline warning of Archbishop Cupich visit to St. Agnes of Bohemia “Cupich to get firsthand look at archdiocese’s biggest ills” In contrast with what is actually happening at St. Agnes of Bohemia Sunday Masses 7:30 AM (English)               12:00 PM (Spanish)               4:30 PM (Spanish) 9:00 AM (Spanish)               1:30 PM (Spanish)               6:00 PM (Spanish) 10:30 AM (English)               3:00 PM (Spanish)       ...

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[ • 18 Nov 2014 • No Comment ]
Far more questions than answers emerge after the Democratic/Obamanian disaster of last week. The immediate questions are strategic: Will the Republicans make any small moves toward compromise to show they can govern? There are a few issues, such as lowering the corporate tax rate, which hardly any corporations pay anyway, that some Democrats mention as an area of compromise–providing a deal doesn’t cut net revenues. Some Democrats even suggest they might let the Keystone pipeline go through...


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[ • 17 Nov 2014 • 13 Comments ]
Washington D.C. and Chicago sources are reporting that the homily of newly appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, scheduled to be delivered at his installation mass in Chicago on Tuesday, has been written by Leftist National Catholic Reporter writer Michael Sean Winters. Reports claim that the homily begins with a 5-minute condemnation of Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput without mentioning him by name. Sources also claim that Winters is positioning himself to become the shadow writer for the...


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[ • 17 Nov 2014 • No Comment ]
From Crux   (Cardinal Francis) George said he’d like to ask (Pope) Francis if he fully grasps that in some quarters, he’s created the impression Catholic doctrine is up for grabs. Does Francis realize, for example, “what has happened just by that phrase, ‘Who am I to judge?’ ” Francis’ signature sound-bite, George said, “has been very misused … because he was talking about someone who has already asked for mercy and been given absolution, whom he knows well,” George said. (Francis...


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[ • 13 Nov 2014 • No Comment ]
The outcome of Illinois’ gubernatorial race, which Republican Bruce Rauner won by an unofficial tabulation of 171,900 votes (50.8 percent), proves anew that any mother’s can grow up to be governor – provided that can self-fund $28 million and raise another $60 million. Rauner’s win also reaffirms another pearl of wisdom: Bad always gets worse. If Illinoisans thought state government was incompetent and leadership dysfunctional under the Quinn-Madigan-Cullerton Democratic regime, they ain’t...


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[ • 13 Nov 2014 • No Comment ]
The Park District board moved Wednesday toward renaming a new $19 million park for the neighborhood it rests in, Little Village. At the request of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, the board moved Wednesday to initiate a 45-day notice period to rename what is now referred to as Park #553, at 2800 S. Sacramento Ave., as La Villita Park. The $18.9 million park (including the purchase price), which is still under construction, will eventually include two lighted artificial-turf...


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[ • 12 Nov 2014 • No Comment ]
Metra Fares increases are proposed Metra leaders will vote Friday on proposed fare increases, including up to 19 percent for monthly passes in the same year hundreds of employees’ salaries jumped by 15 percent on average. The pay of more than 320 of Metra’s nonunion staff members, ranging from low-level workers to supervisors, rose as much as 36 percent between 2013 and 2014, data obtained by the Daily Herald indicates. The changes resulted from Metra’s efforts to professionalize...


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