[ • 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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[ • 7 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
Roseanne Barr is not the only big TV star to get cancelled for using the horrendous “ape” slur against an African American. Back in 1983, Howard Cosell, arguably the greatest sportscaster of his time, came under fire from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for describing a black player as a “little monkey.” They demanded his ouster from the top-rated Monday Night Football telecast.    Cosell fought back, justifiably noting he had used the phrase about white...


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[ • 4 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
From 1001 Iraqi Thoughts It is hard not to receive the latest United Nations casualty figures for the month of May (at least 95 killed and 163 wounded) in a very favourable light. This outlook makes more sense when those numbers are compared to UN figures from May 2017 (354 killed, 470 wounded) and May 2016 (867 killed, 1,459 wounded). Iraq is currently experiencing its lowest levels of violence for nearly a decade, with security and intelligence forces working tirelessly to maintain this new status...


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[ • 2 Jun 2018 • 5 Comments ]
From Chicago City Wire An armed security guard associated with staunch anti-gun and nationally known social activist, Father Michael Pfleger, was arrested on May 27 outside St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church on the South Side where Pfleger is a senior pastor. The Chicago Police (CPD) charged Henry Eugene Hale, 35, with possessing a firearm without a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. He was released on $150 bond. A spokesperson for the CPD told Chicago City Wire that police officers...


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[ • 1 Jun 2018 • No Comment ]
Illinois Democrats rally around accused sexual harasser Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie). Before letting the process play out, before any of the accuser’s claims have been vetted, and after they all wore black in support of #metoo a few months ago, they jump to his side. Kind-of like Cullerton giving $100K to Silverstein in the primary. Not serious. https://t.co/UULZa118f4 — Kristen McQueary (@StatehouseChick) May 31, 2018
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[ • 1 Jun 2018 • One Comment ]
Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) on Wednesday “This is about the United States Constitution, people. And half the people in this country aren’t in it,” Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the resolution in the House, said. “They aren’t included in the United States Constitution. Isn’t that enough for you to realize the historic moment and step back from predispositions you’ve had and your heels dug in the ground on this issue and that issue and the other...


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[ • 30 May 2018 • No Comment ]
Is the Sun Time really independent from the Emanuel Campaign? Piecing this together Michael Sacks is a Florida Resident who is regarded as Rahm Emanuel’s money-man and leads GCM Grosvenor Capital. Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez is part of the buyout group which has purchased the Chicago Sun-Times. Michael Sacks has hired former Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez as Managing Director of GCM Grosvenor. John Kass is beginning to ask questions I’m amazed...


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