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[23 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

The last time a true Downstater was nominated for governor — Kankakee’s George Ryan really was a Chicago City Hall man at heart — he got picked to death on hot-button social issues.

His name was Glenn Poshard, and the conservative Democrat’s 1998 campaign against Mr. Ryan never caught traction as Mr. Poshard spent the spring, summer and much of the fall that year talking about gays, guns and abortion.
Now it looks as if the GOP nominee for governor will be Bloomington state Sen. Bill Brady. He smiles a lot more …

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[23 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

‘The voucher movement seems to have been born, or seems to have been started as a Republican idea. That’s the way Democrats look at it. That’s the way black lawmakers look at it. This is a Republican idea. This is what the Republicans want to push on us. . . . We don’t seem to see public schools not working in your area.”

The speaker was the Rev. James Meeks, explaining black resistance to vouchers. The venue was a sold-out lunch put on by the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI). The result? Something …

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[22 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

Fabulist liberal Eric Zorn, in The Trib tells us that the reason ObamaCare has bombed is that we ignorant mortals don’t understand what’s in it—implying that once we do, as he assures he does, objections as to the tremendous cost and conversion of 1/6th of the U. S. economy may dissolve.

…Radical feminist Carol Marin, the political oligarch commanding a newspaper column and two TV stations for her lefty views says in The Sun-Times (aka The Democratic Digest) that 27-year-old Jason Plummer the GOP lieutenant governor candidate equals the …

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[22 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

I was sitting in a hotel room in Vegas watching CNN when the news broke about a light plane crashing—quite intentionally—into that Austin, Tex., building where 200 Internal Revenue Service employees worked. In minutes they had the name of the American kamikaze pilot and quotes from the rambling suicide note he left on the internet.

Andrew Joseph Stack III also set fire to the home he shared with his wife and 12-year-old daughter, who recently split because he had been acting strangely of late.
Stack, who worked free-lance in computer technology, had …

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[21 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

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[20 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

In the aftermath of The Panic of 2008, it’s easy to understand why many investors are so “jumpy” lately. It seems that at the slightest sign of trouble, investors head toward the exits, to avoid getting stampeded like they were back during the mortgage security meltdown.

Sovereign debt defaults, and the potential for problems in Greece to spread around the world, are the most recent fear. This issue has undermined confidence, but the ultimate danger to the US economy has been vastly overestimated. Greece’s government owes about $400 …

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[19 Feb 2010 | 10 Comments | ]

Music Teacher Pulls Down $189,434.

Number of $100,000 School Salaries Up 10% To 12,438 In 2009.

As Illinois citizens struggle with the severe economic downturn plaguing the state, Illinois public school employees enjoy another record year of salaries, fringe benefits and pensions. See “Top 100 Teachers Salaries.”

Apparently there is no tax money for the barren shelves at food pantries or the lack of beds at homeless shelters or to extend unemployment benefits but there is enough tax money to pay:

An Instrumental Music teacher $189,434 for a 9 month work year.
A …

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[19 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

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[19 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

In a bid to preserve or create much-needed jobs, most of the stimulus spending for infrastructure is pushing short-term fixes, like repaved roads. Such projects have undeniable added value, allowing traffic to flow more smoothly and preventing crater-sized potholes from blowing out tires. Yet the roads will simply have to be repaved a few years down the line. In the long run, whether the stimulus helps bring down unemployment or not, little will have changed.

“Few of the [stimulus] projects are transformative,” said Joseph Schofer, professor of civil and environmental engineering …

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[18 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Not long ago, The New York Times’ editorial page columnist Gail Collins surveyed corruption in all 50 states and finds, unsurprisingly, that Illinois now holds the lead. And to confirm her estimate that nothing daunts the comatose Illinois pro-Dem, pro-Squid voter, a recent poll shows Illinoisans prefer Pat Quinn to Bill Brady 42 to 31. Isn’t that remarkable? Every all that’s happened.

It comes from an outfit called Victory Research which nobody ever heard of before—which means that it’s probably a prop for Quinn—but I don’t doubt …