[ • 20 Sep 2018 • One Comment]
They’re flipping faster than lightning.  One friend suggests that if Robert Mueller lands one more flipper the Republicans should change their symbol from an elephant to a dolphin. Indeed, the latest flipper, Paul Manafort, onetime chair of Donald Trump’s campaign, is likely to be the most devastating in what Trump still calls a “witch hunt.” If in fact there was a conspiracy or collusion with Russia, as much current evidence suggests, Manafort was almost certainly a part...

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[ • 20 Sep 2018 • 2 Comments]
More more more on this story, here at The Hill, in addition to Sun-Times. From Sun-Times, in story headlined above: [The pastor, Fr] Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag was burned inside a portable fire pit placed the schoolyard next to the church. The ashes of the flag now rest in a church compost heap. “That banner and what it stood for doesn’t belong to the Archdiocese or Cardinal Cupich. It belongs to the people of this parish who paid for it,”...

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He’s 37. He has “Conservative Vice Lord” tattooed to his arm. He pleaded guilty to shooting a man in 1997. And he’s been sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison over the past 21 years. Yet, somehow, prosecutors say he was on the streets of Chicago, pulling a gun on an Uber driver near Rush & Division early Monday. His name is Percy Hicks. Police said the Uber driver had just dropped off a passenger and was sitting inside his car in the 100 block of West Elm around 2 a.m. when Hicks...

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[ • 19 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
The scope of an already massive Russia-linked money laundering case swelled Wednesday when Denmark’s largest bank said more than $230 billion in transactions flowed through its tiny Estonian branch, a larger amount than previously reported. Danske Bank Chief Executive Thomas Borgen resigned as the bank published results of a yearlong investigation into how its operation in the Baltic former Soviet Republic turned into a hub for illicit flows out of Russia and other ex-Soviet states into the West....


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[ • 18 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Pam Pursell, president of the Du Quoin Education Association of Illinois, told teachers in an email that if they want out, “You MUST write a personal letter of why you do not want to belong to our union.” She added that there “is NOT a form to fill out online,” and if the opt-out letter wasn’t received within a week, “you will become a [union] member.” State politicians are abetting this blatant political resistance to the Supreme Court. In anticipation of Janus, New Jersey Gov. Phil...


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[ • 17 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Two fresh hires at City Hall will help steer Chicago through the most momentous legal issue the city has faced in decades: reforming the Chicago Police Department. Tyeesha Dixon and Katie Hill this summer joined Chicago’s 280-attorney Law Department. Hill, 39, who most recently was policy director for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, will hold the department’s No. 2 job and report directly to Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel. Hill, who oversees all 15 of the department’s...


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[ • 14 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Jerry Morrison, the politically well-connected and outspoken head of the SEIU, one of the state’s largest public sector unions, is scheduled to appear in the Misdemeanor Section of the Circuit Court of Cook County on October 2 on one charge of battery. Under Illinois law, he could face up to one year in prison if convicted. Read more at Chicago City Wire
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[ • 14 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
To the surprise of most and the delight of many, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel–alias Mayor 1 Percent, aka Mayor Coverup–announced he would not seek a third term.    Reasons genuinely unknown–maybe he thought he couldn’t win, maybe he was just too beat up to take on the fight, maybe he realized he would have a miserable time trying to cure Chicago’s deep-set ills in another term and maybe he learned the city would not land Amazon’s new HQ, which would have been...


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[ • 11 Sep 2018 • No Comment ]
Friday’s jobs report finally included what appears to be evidence of the long-awaited acceleration in wage growth. Average hourly earnings grew 0.4% in August, which meant they were up 2.9% from a year ago, the largest 12-month increase since the economic recovery started in mid-2009. By contrast, these wages were up 2.6% in the 12-months ending in August 2017. Moreover, this measure of wages doesn’t include extra earnings from irregular bonuses and commissions, like those paid out since...


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