[ • 23 Aug 2017 • No Comment]
While the Sunday morning talk shows discuss the number of Civil War monuments that can dance on the head of a pin…and a rare Eclipse grabs focus…investors might be shocked at how the economy has accelerated. Although we still have more than a month left in the third quarter, and many more pieces of data to come, as of August 16th the Atlanta Fed’s “GDP Now” model, which tracks and estimates real GDP growth, says the economy is expanding at a 3.8% annual rate in...

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[ • 22 Aug 2017 • No Comment]
It’s an established, transparent pattern by now. When Trump is having a bad week or seriously under fire, he has a near-genius for changing the subject by week’s end. Sometimes it’s an outrageous tweet to distract attention–sometime an overt action, such as this past Friday’s firing of “Darth” Bannon. Most White House observers knew Bannon’s days were numbered. He actually submitted his resignation on August 7, but Trump held it for use at an appropriate...

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[ • 19 Aug 2017 • No Comment]
Mayor Bloomberg funding $2 million of ads backing Cook County Soda Tax Read the full story »

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[ • 16 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
THE LOOP — When CTA trains stopped running from the North Side into the Loop because of a death on the tracks Tuesday morning, Uber and Lyft sprung into action by raising rates. And the city of Chicago isn’t happy about it. “It is unfortunate that at least two ride-share companies chose to take advantage of this morning’s difficult commuter situation,” said Lilia Chacon, a spokeswoman for the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection department. Read more in...


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[ • 15 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
Trump’s new and dangerous bellicosity toward North Korea involves a subtle shift in his language, which may reflect a change in policy, a new speechwriter or both. The phrase “fire and fury” is relatively high rhetoric compared to his usual off-the-cuff, un-telepromptered speeches. It’s said by the New York Times to have been “improvised,” while another report said the words were scrawled on a piece of paper in front of him. We do know his statement was neither...


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[ • 13 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
The International Union of Operating Engineers is hosting a Supermarket Bomber Join the Rasmea Defense Committee for an evening of music, culture and struggle to honor Palestinian icon Rasmea Odeh. With keynote address by former political prisoner Angela Davis. Buy your tickets today! Tickets are available online for $5 at bit.ly/Rasmea1. At the door, the tickets are $10. H/T Legal Insurrection
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[ • 11 Aug 2017 • 4 Comments ]
The 2017 Illinois State Fair opened yesterday, so this seems like a good time to compare the state fair to the state of Illinois as a whole. The state fairgrounds are in terrible shape. So is the state. You can see it in the roads and bridges, the train stations, and more. And you can see it on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Illinois is falling apart, and the politicians don’t care The Coliseum building, the most popular attraction at the fair, is closed. It may be years before it opens again....


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[ • 11 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
For field goal kickers and punters in football, as well as for astute politicians, distance is the difference between winning and losing. In 2018, Republican candidates will be busily putting distance between themselves and President Donald Trump. And in 2019, those Northwest Side Chicago aldermen who don’t distance themselves from Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be at serious political risk. In recent years, Emanuel has imposed a phone tax, jacked-up water rates to cover one city pension shortfall,...


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[ • 9 Aug 2017 • No Comment ]
For a guy who spent the election campaign disdaining generals, Trump has stuffed more into his cabinet than any president since World War II.    Remember his boast, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” Or the other gem, “I know more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.”  Then came “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”    So why have so many three-and-four-star generals taken those jobs? Do they...


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