From Crooked City
Unable to win in court, Taylor began playing the media, a common strategy in wrongful conviction cases. He relentlessly pushed the claims against Burge and his men, setting up marches, speaking out in the media and forming allies with media and political elites. Soon he got other inmates to make the same claims about Burge and his men.
In particular, Taylor formed an intimate connection with a cadre of journalists—Steve Mills, Mike Miner, John Conroy, Eric Zorn, and Mary Mitchell,... Read the full story »
Next year’s race for the US Senate in Illinois promises to be one of the more unusual battles in many years. It’s already under way with incumbent Republican Mark Kirk running commercials a year and a half before the general election because he senses who his strongest Democratic opponent will be.
You could almost call Kirk’s commercial a shameless bid for sympathy were not both his situation and his likely opponent’s so tragic. Both candidates are physically challenged–with... Read the full story »
A 2005 pension law was intended to rein in school districts’ big salary spikes that boost retiree benefits and pension costs statewide, imposing cash penalties on districts that gave raises higher than 6 percent to outgoing educators. However, the issuing of large raises hasn’t stopped. Since the law was passed, raises for about 7,600 educators triggered penalties for a total cost to taxpayers of more than $38 million.
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